Photos: Snapshots from a pandemic-era Mumbai

  • Slowly, Mumbai city is opening up, inching back to a semblance of its bustling, busy, beloved self, with lessons for the future. HT’s photographers scan the usual haunts, to find markets that are bustling, railway stations still deserted, parks and promenades only periodically in use, and the seaside missing its throngs.
Published on Jul 08, 2021 08:38 PM IST
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In the Crawford Market area, where there’s a corner and a street for everything you could think of, the bustle looks almost completely normal, until you notice the masks (even if most are worn poorly, on the chin).(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)
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In the Crawford Market area, where there’s a corner and a street for everything you could think of, the bustle looks almost completely normal, until you notice the masks (even if most are worn poorly, on the chin).(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)

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Azad Maidan is eerily calm on a weekday afternoon. Even the grass is growing untrampled in the monsoon. (Pratik Chogre / HT Photo)
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Azad Maidan is eerily calm on a weekday afternoon. Even the grass is growing untrampled in the monsoon. (Pratik Chogre / HT Photo)

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A few stragglers wait for a bus or rickshaw at the Bandra railway station. Commuting has become both easier and more difficult, as crowds thin but trains remain off limits to most and buses continue to restrict the number of passengers.(Satish Bate / HT Photo)
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A few stragglers wait for a bus or rickshaw at the Bandra railway station. Commuting has become both easier and more difficult, as crowds thin but trains remain off limits to most and buses continue to restrict the number of passengers.(Satish Bate / HT Photo)

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Beaches and parks are open only for a few hours each day. Social distancing remains in force.(Satish Bate / HT Photo)
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Beaches and parks are open only for a few hours each day. Social distancing remains in force.(Satish Bate / HT Photo)

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On a Mumbai Metro skywalk, the thinned crowds are in stark contrast with normal rush hour, when the throngs would be a busy blur.(Satish Bate / HT Photo)
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On a Mumbai Metro skywalk, the thinned crowds are in stark contrast with normal rush hour, when the throngs would be a busy blur.(Satish Bate / HT Photo)

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The Churchgate Khau Galli is a common stop for hungry commuters but only a few eateries are open, and even fewer are patronised.(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)
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The Churchgate Khau Galli is a common stop for hungry commuters but only a few eateries are open, and even fewer are patronised.(Bhushan Koyande / HT Photo)

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Dadar’s Shivaji Park has welcomed back some of its loyalists, for a few hours each week. The cricket and football have resumed, as have the strolling, jogging, yoga and tiny tots rope-skippping.(Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)
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Dadar’s Shivaji Park has welcomed back some of its loyalists, for a few hours each week. The cricket and football have resumed, as have the strolling, jogging, yoga and tiny tots rope-skippping.(Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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A deserted Marine Drive on a weekday afternoon. Those who haven’t stepped out in a while are in for a rude shock as views of the coastal road construction jut into the Arabian Sea.(Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
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A deserted Marine Drive on a weekday afternoon. Those who haven’t stepped out in a while are in for a rude shock as views of the coastal road construction jut into the Arabian Sea.(Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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