As Indian cities expand at breakneck speed, they gobble up surrounding villages at a blistering pace. Mumbai is no different. However, if you look for it, you will still find traces of several villages, older than the city itself, that have survived the onslaught of urbanisation. Some maintain their way of life, because they are fishing villages and depend on the sea for survival. Others are not so lucky and have become sites for low-income housing in a city where real estate is one of the most expensive in the country.
These images bring us snatches of life from a few of the tens of villages that dot the financial capital of India.
All photos by Gopal M S