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Mumbai's slum life

<p>A man sits on a broken swing at a playground in a slum in Mumbai September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A man sits on a broken swing at a playground in a slum in Mumbai September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man sits on a broken swing at a playground in a slum in Mumbai September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A boy tries to hit a shuttlecock as he plays in a slum alley in Mumbai July 26, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A boy tries to hit a shuttlecock as he plays in a slum alley in Mumbai July 26, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A boy tries to hit a shuttlecock as he plays in a slum alley in Mumbai July 26, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A man cuts up a tin box inside a tin container recycling factory in a slum area in Mumbai July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A man cuts up a tin box inside a tin container recycling factory in a slum area in Mumbai July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man cuts up a tin box inside a tin container recycling factory in a slum area in Mumbai July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A man takes a bath outside his shanty in front of the Indian national flag in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai January 24, 2012. Female workers at Dharavi made a 151ft-long (46m) Indian flag to celebrate India's Republic day, according to organizers. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A man takes a bath outside his shanty in front of the Indian national flag in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai January 24, 2012. Female workers at Dharavi made a 151ft-long (46m) Indian flag to celebrate India's Republic day, according...more

A man takes a bath outside his shanty in front of the Indian national flag in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai January 24, 2012. Female workers at Dharavi made a 151ft-long (46m) Indian flag to celebrate India's Republic day, according to organizers. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Ashfaq, 10, carries his two-year-old brother Farhaan through a flooded pathway in a Mumbai slum June 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

Ashfaq, 10, carries his two-year-old brother Farhaan through a flooded pathway in a Mumbai slum June 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Ashfaq, 10, carries his two-year-old brother Farhaan through a flooded pathway in a Mumbai slum June 6, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A Indian national flag is pictured in a street in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai January 24, 2012. Female workers at Dharavi made a 151ft-long (46m) Indian flag to celebrate India's Republic day, according to organisers. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A Indian national flag is pictured in a street in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai January 24, 2012. Female workers at Dharavi made a 151ft-long (46m) Indian flag to celebrate India's Republic day, according to organisers....more

A Indian national flag is pictured in a street in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai January 24, 2012. Female workers at Dharavi made a 151ft-long (46m) Indian flag to celebrate India's Republic day, according to organisers. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A man gets a shave by a roadside barber in a slum area in Mumbai, March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A man gets a shave by a roadside barber in a slum area in Mumbai, March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man gets a shave by a roadside barber in a slum area in Mumbai, March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A statue of animated movie figure Shrek is placed outside a recycling shop in the Dharavi slum area in Mumbai July 29, 2010, which is one of the largest slums in Asia. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A statue of animated movie figure Shrek is placed outside a recycling shop in the Dharavi slum area in Mumbai July 29, 2010, which is one of the largest slums in Asia. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A statue of animated movie figure Shrek is placed outside a recycling shop in the Dharavi slum area in Mumbai July 29, 2010, which is one of the largest slums in Asia. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Saeed, 10, carries his nine-month-old sister Muskaan through an alley in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai October 27, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

Saeed, 10, carries his nine-month-old sister Muskaan through an alley in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai October 27, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Saeed, 10, carries his nine-month-old sister Muskaan through an alley in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai October 27, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Shobha Vakade, 28, who took a loan of rupees 18,000 ($400) from a micro finance company to start her own business, strings beads into necklaces outside her house in a slum in Mumbai October 26, 2010. India's microfinance industry, which surged to prominence when George Soros-backed SKS Microfinance raised $358 million in an IPO, faces a regulatory clampdown that could erode profits and hurt growth. Reports of dozens of suicides by poor borrowers in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, the hub of India's microfinance sector, prompted the state to enact an rules against aggressive recovery practices by lenders who make loans that average about $150 to poor customers at interest rates that can top 30 percent. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

Shobha Vakade, 28, who took a loan of rupees 18,000 ($400) from a micro finance company to start her own business, strings beads into necklaces outside her house in a slum in Mumbai October 26, 2010. India's microfinance industry, which surged to...more

Shobha Vakade, 28, who took a loan of rupees 18,000 ($400) from a micro finance company to start her own business, strings beads into necklaces outside her house in a slum in Mumbai October 26, 2010. India's microfinance industry, which surged to prominence when George Soros-backed SKS Microfinance raised $358 million in an IPO, faces a regulatory clampdown that could erode profits and hurt growth. Reports of dozens of suicides by poor borrowers in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, the hub of India's microfinance sector, prompted the state to enact an rules against aggressive recovery practices by lenders who make loans that average about $150 to poor customers at interest rates that can top 30 percent. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>People watch outside a shanty at the supporters of veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare at a rally against corruption in Mumbai August 25, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

People watch outside a shanty at the supporters of veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare at a rally against corruption in Mumbai August 25, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

People watch outside a shanty at the supporters of veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare at a rally against corruption in Mumbai August 25, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A woman carries a bundle of clothes through a street at a slum in Mumbai September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A woman carries a bundle of clothes through a street at a slum in Mumbai September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman carries a bundle of clothes through a street at a slum in Mumbai September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A local resident walks with a stick as he tries to help put out a fire in a slum in Mumbai March 4, 2011. A fire gutted a large shanty town, home to hundreds of residents, next to Bandra station in Mumbai's suburbs. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A local resident walks with a stick as he tries to help put out a fire in a slum in Mumbai March 4, 2011. A fire gutted a large shanty town, home to hundreds of residents, next to Bandra station in Mumbai's suburbs. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A local resident walks with a stick as he tries to help put out a fire in a slum in Mumbai March 4, 2011. A fire gutted a large shanty town, home to hundreds of residents, next to Bandra station in Mumbai's suburbs. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Rubina Ali ( R ), who acted as young Latika in the oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire", sits with her family amid the ruins of the Gharib Nagar slum in Mumbai March 5, 2011. A fire gutted the slum, a large shanty town which is home to thousands of residents next to Bandra station in Mumbai's suburbs. The makeshift shack where Ali lived was also destroyed in the blaze. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

Rubina Ali ( R ), who acted as young Latika in the oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire", sits with her family amid the ruins of the Gharib Nagar slum in Mumbai March 5, 2011. A fire gutted the slum, a large shanty town which is home to thousands...more

Rubina Ali ( R ), who acted as young Latika in the oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire", sits with her family amid the ruins of the Gharib Nagar slum in Mumbai March 5, 2011. A fire gutted the slum, a large shanty town which is home to thousands of residents next to Bandra station in Mumbai's suburbs. The makeshift shack where Ali lived was also destroyed in the blaze. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A slum dweller sleeps beside a window draped with clothes hung to dry, in a shanty in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai March 23, 2011. Over 40 percent of India's almost 1.2 billion population live in poverty. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A slum dweller sleeps beside a window draped with clothes hung to dry, in a shanty in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai March 23, 2011. Over 40 percent of India's almost 1.2 billion population live in poverty. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui more

A slum dweller sleeps beside a window draped with clothes hung to dry, in a shanty in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai March 23, 2011. Over 40 percent of India's almost 1.2 billion population live in poverty. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A girl carries water as she walks on a pipe in a polluted slum area in Mumbai on World Environment Day June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A girl carries water as she walks on a pipe in a polluted slum area in Mumbai on World Environment Day June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A girl carries water as she walks on a pipe in a polluted slum area in Mumbai on World Environment Day June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>High rise residential buildings are seen behind a slum in Mumbai July 20, 2010.  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

High rise residential buildings are seen behind a slum in Mumbai July 20, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

High rise residential buildings are seen behind a slum in Mumbai July 20, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A man selling watermelons shouts out to customers on a street in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai August 13, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A man selling watermelons shouts out to customers on a street in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai August 13, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man selling watermelons shouts out to customers on a street in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai August 13, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A man looks out of a window from a shanty in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai September 28, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A man looks out of a window from a shanty in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai September 28, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man looks out of a window from a shanty in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai September 28, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>An employee works inside a metal workshop in a slum area in Mumbai October 28, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

An employee works inside a metal workshop in a slum area in Mumbai October 28, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

An employee works inside a metal workshop in a slum area in Mumbai October 28, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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