Lots of beaches have seagulls or wading birds - Juhu beach just has crows (oh, and a few pigeons, and one or two wheeling "cheels", the scavenger kites). Juhu is marvellous, full of life and energy, just like the city that it adorns, Mumbai. But my, bits of it are really filthy.
I took myself off to Mumbai at the weekend for a mid-term break and stayed at a small hotel which wasn't so much fronting the beach as embedded in it. I love getting my feet wet but in Juhu you need to keep a sharp eye out for what you are stepping on.
What surprised me most was the amount of devotional objects - Hindu deities, eathernware pots for pujas, garlands of flowers - that were brought in on the tide.
Someone suggested to me that these were leftovers from Durga Puja, a Hindu festival (celebrated particularly in Bengal) in which devotional objects are ritually immersed. But that's back in October. Some of these items were plastic and could have been around a while, but the pots and flowers looked fairly fresh.
So how did all this stuff end up littering Mumbai's (otherwise) most magical beach?
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