Photos: Take a walk with flâneurs in Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune and Bhopal

In Mumbai, Gopal MS photographs what he sees: everyday folk, hilarious graffiti, patterns in unlikely places, ruins, signs of new money and old habits. Collectively his work is a unique record of the city from the ground up, ever changing and never changing. In Kolkata, Manjit Singh Hoonjan's company, Calcutta Photo Tours, has helped locals take the same delight in their neighbourhoods as they do when they visit exotic destinations. In Pune, Anurag Vaidya walks around the old and new city to see how much the past influences everyday life. In Bhopal, architect Huzoor Choudhry, who creates signage for local monuments, has worked on interpretation panels in museums and proposed projects to restore the Moti Masjid area down to its cobbled streets. Take a walk with some of India's flaneurs in this collection of images.

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A musician plays in a narrow alley, just off Bazzar Street in Bandra, Mumbai. (Gopal MS)

A musician plays in a narrow alley, just off Bazzar Street in Bandra, Mumbai. (Gopal MS)

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“Mumbai may seem like one city, but when you start to look closely, you realise it’s multiple cities in one, a complexity that is the mark of any great city,” says Gopal, 47, an advertising executive. (Gopal MS)

“Mumbai may seem like one city, but when you start to look closely, you realise it’s multiple cities in one, a complexity that is the mark of any great city,” says Gopal, 47, an advertising executive. (Gopal MS)

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A family which was part of a religious procession in Pydhonie, Mumbai. (Gopal MS)

A family which was part of a religious procession in Pydhonie, Mumbai. (Gopal MS)

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“I draw happiness from walking through my city and documenting the ordinary. A first trip is just a glance; keep going back and the layers of familiarity build up,” says Manjit Singh Hoonjan, who runs Calcutta Photo Tours. (Manjit Singh Hoonjan)

“I draw happiness from walking through my city and documenting the ordinary. A first trip is just a glance; keep going back and the layers of familiarity build up,” says Manjit Singh Hoonjan, who runs Calcutta Photo Tours. (Manjit Singh Hoonjan)

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A porter rests by the ghat at the flower market in Kolkata. The flower market in the city is one of the largest flower markets in Asia. (Manjit Singh Hoonjan)

A porter rests by the ghat at the flower market in Kolkata. The flower market in the city is one of the largest flower markets in Asia. (Manjit Singh Hoonjan)

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The red brick and green shuttered windows are a classic architectural feature in Kolkata. Over the last decade, Hoonjan’s company Calcutta Photo Tours, has helped locals take the same delight in their neighbourhoods as they do when they visit exotic destinations. (Manjit Singh Hoonjan)

The red brick and green shuttered windows are a classic architectural feature in Kolkata. Over the last decade, Hoonjan’s company Calcutta Photo Tours, has helped locals take the same delight in their neighbourhoods as they do when they visit exotic destinations. (Manjit Singh Hoonjan)

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Idol makers at Kumortuli-- presumably the only neighbourhood of idol-makers in the world, braid jute hair to put finishing touches to idols just before the grand Durga Puja festival in Kolkata. (Manjit Singh Hoonjan)

Idol makers at Kumortuli-- presumably the only neighbourhood of idol-makers in the world, braid jute hair to put finishing touches to idols just before the grand Durga Puja festival in Kolkata. (Manjit Singh Hoonjan)

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“With the digitization of photography, old film studios are on the brink of extinction. Either they shut shop or improvise,” says Manjit Singh Hoonjan of this photograph he made in Kolkata. (Manjit Singh Hoonjan)

“With the digitization of photography, old film studios are on the brink of extinction. Either they shut shop or improvise,” says Manjit Singh Hoonjan of this photograph he made in Kolkata. (Manjit Singh Hoonjan)

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“As with all history, the food, architecture, people, traditions and stories are connected. You can only make those connections if you’ve walked through an area over and over yourself,” says Anurag Vaidya, Pune’s own flaneur. (Anurag Vaidya)

“As with all history, the food, architecture, people, traditions and stories are connected. You can only make those connections if you’ve walked through an area over and over yourself,” says Anurag Vaidya, Pune’s own flaneur. (Anurag Vaidya)

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Sinhagad, a fort on a hill, just outside the city of Pune, Maharashtra. In Pune, Anurag Vaidya walks around the old and new city and runs a company called Firasti Maharashtrachi (Flaneurs of Maharashtra) with Shantanu Paranjape. (Anurag Vaidya)

Sinhagad, a fort on a hill, just outside the city of Pune, Maharashtra. In Pune, Anurag Vaidya walks around the old and new city and runs a company called Firasti Maharashtrachi (Flaneurs of Maharashtra) with Shantanu Paranjape. (Anurag Vaidya)

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The best research still comes from walking the streets and taking it all in, Huzoor Choudhry, an architect, says. “Bhopal slowly grows on you.” (Huzoor Choudhry)

The best research still comes from walking the streets and taking it all in, Huzoor Choudhry, an architect, says. “Bhopal slowly grows on you.” (Huzoor Choudhry)

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A tourist inside the Taj-ul-Masjid in Bhopal. (Mujeeb Faruqui / HT Archive)

A tourist inside the Taj-ul-Masjid in Bhopal. (Mujeeb Faruqui / HT Archive)

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A view of the lower lake from Rani Kamlapati Mahal in Bhopal. (Mujeeb Faruqui / HT Archive)

A view of the lower lake from Rani Kamlapati Mahal in Bhopal. (Mujeeb Faruqui / HT Archive)

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