Mumbai has 72 miles of coastline, some of it covered in mangroves and some of it sandy or rocky â€” but none of it is clean.
There isn’t a beach culture here. It’s not a place for gathering and tanning â€” more often it’s a public toilet, garbage dump and, sometimes, a free place to hang out. Exercising and running are next to impossible. The litter makes it an obstacle course. There are cows, crows and stray dogs â€” but there are also a gazillion candy wrappers, chips packages, cookie packages, shoes, bottles, detergent sachets, disposable cups, and thousands and thousands of blue and white plastic bags.