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From dingy slums to swank condos, this is where Mumbai lives—and how much it pays

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From a dingy single room in crumbling slums to some of the most expensive residences in world, Mumbai’s real-estate market has it all.

And, income willing, the Indian financial capital’s 21 million inhabitants can take their pick, with monthly rents ranging between Rs300 ($5) and Rs1.2 lakh ($2,000).

Since last year, Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui has been chronicling what Mumbai’s houses look from the outside—alongside estimating how much rent their residents typically pay.

Cheek by jowl in a megacity that just doesn’t stop growing, this is how Mumbai lives.

Windows of various shanties in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, are seen in Mumbai January 28, 2015. The rent for a 100 square feet (9.29 square meters) shanty in Dharavi ranges from 2.5 Indian rupees ($ 0.04) per square feet to 3.5 Indian rupees ($ 0.06) per square feet. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Windows of various shanties in Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, are seen in Mumbai. The rent for a 100 square feet shanty in Dharavi ranges from Rs2.5 ($0.04) per square feet to Rs3.5 ($ 0.06) per square feet. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)
Windows of various apartments of a residential building are seen in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai March 18, 2015. The cost for buying a 270 square feet (25 square meters) one-bedroom apartment in this building is around 11,850 Indian rupees ($190) per square feet or 3,200,000 Indian rupees ($ 51,175). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around 12,000 Indian rupees ($ 190) per month. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Windows of various apartments of a residential building are seen in Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, in Mumbai. The cost for buying a 270 square feet one-bedroom apartment in this building is around Rs11,850 ($190) per square feet. The rent for an apartment in the same building is around Rs12,000 ($190) per month. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)
A high-rise residential tower is seen next to shanties in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai March 18, 2015. In Mumbai, the windows of new high-rise apartment blocks, old low-rise residential buildings and shantytown shacks portray the disparity in living conditions and incomes in the Indian city. Rents for a place to live range from more than $2,000 to less than $5 a month. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
A high-rise residential tower is seen next to shanties in Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, in Mumbai. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)
High-rise residential towers are seen behind shanties in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai March 18, 2015. In Mumbai, the windows of new high-rise apartment blocks, old low-rise residential buildings and shantytown shacks portray the disparity in living conditions and incomes in the Indian city. Rents for a place to live range from more than $2,000 to less than $5 a month. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
High-rise residential towers are seen behind shanties in Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, in Mumbai. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)
Windows of various apartments of a high-rise residential building are seen in the western suburb of Mumbai February 8, 2014. The cost for buying a 269 square feet (25 square meters) one-bedroom apartment in this building is around 9,293 Indian rupees ($ 150) per square feet or 2,500,000 Indian rupees ($ 40,000). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around 10,000 Indian rupees ($ 160) per month. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Windows of various apartments of a high-rise residential building are seen in the western suburb of Mumbai. The cost for buying a 269 square feet one-bedroom apartment in this building is around Rs9,293 ($150) per square feet or 25 lakh ($40,000). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around Rs10,000 ($160) per month. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)
Windows of a high rise residential building are pictured in south Mumbai January 27, 2015. The cost for buying a 900 square feet (83.5 square meters) two-bedroom apartment in the seen building is around 70,000 Indian rupees ($ 1,119) per square feet or 63,000,000 Indian rupees ($ 1.07 million). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around 110,000 Indian rupees ($ 1,760) per month. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Windows of a high-rise residential building are pictured in south Mumbai. The cost for buying a 900 square feet (83.5 square meters) two-bedroom apartment in the seen building is around Rs70,000 ($1,119) per square feet or Rs 6.3 crore ($1.07 million). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around Rs1.1 lakh ($1,760) per month. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)
A man stands next to a window of a residential building in central Mumbai January 28, 2015. The cost for buying a residential apartment in Mumbai close to the city centre ranges from Rs12,000 ($200) per square feet to Rs1,12,552 ($1800) per square feet.
A man stands next to a window of a residential building in central Mumbai on Jan. 28. The cost for buying a residential apartment in Mumbai close to the city centre ranges from Rs12,000 ($200) per square feet to Rs112,552 ($1800) per square feet. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)
Windows and doors of an old residential building are pictured in central Mumbai October 10, 2014. The cost for buying a residential apartment in Mumbai close to the city centre ranges from 12,000 Indian rupees ($ 200) per square feet to 112,552 Indian rupees ($ 1800) per square feet. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Windows and doors of an old residential building are pictured in central Mumbai. The cost for buying a residential apartment in Mumbai close to the city centre ranges from Rs12,000 ($200) per square feet to Rs1.12 lakh ($1800) per square feet. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)
Windows of a high rise residential building are pictured in south Mumbai January 27, 2015. The cost for buying a 900 square feet (83.5 square meters) two-bedroom apartment in the seen building is around 70,000 Indian rupees ($ 1,119) per square feet or 63,000,000 Indian rupees ($ 1.07 million). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around 110,000 Indian rupees ($ 1,760) per month. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Windows of a high-rise residential building are pictured in south Mumbai. The cost for buying a 900 square feet two-bedroom apartment in the seen building is around Rs70,000 ($1,119) per square feet or Rs6.3 crore ($1.07 million). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around Rs1.1 lakh ($1,760) per month. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)
Workers take a lift at an under construction high-rise residential tower in Mumbai's central financial district August 25, 2014. The cost for buying a 2,500 square feet (232 square meters) three-bedroom apartment in this tower is around 70,000 Indian rupees per square feet ($ 1,119) or 175,000,000 Indian rupees ($ 2,798,682). REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Workers take a lift at an under construction high-rise residential tower in Mumbai’s central financial district. The cost for buying a 2,500 square feet three-bedroom apartment in this tower is around Rs70,000 per square feet ($ 1,119) or Rs 17.5 crore ($2,798,682). (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)
Windows of high-rise residential buildings which are under construction are seen surrounding a residential tower (R) in central Mumbai January 12, 2015. The cost for buying a 2400 square feet (223 square meters) three-bedroom apartment in the completed residential tower is around 36,400 Indian rupees ($ 580) per square feet or 87,360,000 Indian rupees ($1.40 million). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around 150,000 Indian rupees ($ 2,400) per month. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Windows of high-rise residential buildings, which are under construction, are seen surrounding a residential tower (right) in central Mumbai. The cost for buying a 2,400 square feet three-bedroom apartment in the completed residential tower is around Rs36,400 ($580) per square feet or Rs8.74 crore ($1.40 million). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around Rs1.5 lakh ($2,400) per month. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)
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