This travelogue begins with an appreciation of Bombay as a port city. Beyond the port and Taj Mahal Hotel is a teeming city, dominated by caste. The narrator casts a baleful eye on the ... See full summary »
This travelogue begins with an appreciation of Bombay as a port city. Beyond the port and Taj Mahal Hotel is a teeming city, dominated by caste. The narrator casts a baleful eye on the treatment of hardworking Untouchables, especially the women. We watch a building's construction, see the byplay among castes at a market, and visit a fishing village where caste has less influence. The women clean and dry fish caught by men. Here Hinduism finds harmony in the relationships of couples. There are pressures for all to marry, and girls as young as ten are wives. We watch a funeral procession of a young bride. Then, we end at Bombay's race track, a grand melting pot for rich and poor. Written by
"Colorful Bombay" offers an intriguing glimpse of the old and new traditions, side by side in India, opening with a shot of the impressive Taj Mahal Hotel, a sprawling complex in the midst of a bustling city.
At the lower end of the spectrum, we view the hard workers occupying the lowest end of the caste system, all laboring to build a house with men and women sharing heavy duties.
A simpler life style is shown in the fishing villages. Still another aspect of India is "the racetrack" where every color and creed mixes to enjoy the sight of horses racing along the track to the finish line.
The narration refers to Bombay as "the gateway to India" as we leave the city.
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