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MUMBAI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 27, 2010: A unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. All for a pittance. The "laundries" are called "ghats": row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry. Next they are ironed and piled into neat bundles. The most famous of these Dhobi Ghats is at Saat Rasta near Mahalaxmi Station where almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation.The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel in Mumbai has re-opened after the terror attacks of 2008 destroyed much of the heritage wing. The wing has been renovated and the hotel is once again the shining jewel of Mumbai. pic Graham Crouch
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