There is nothing more precious in Mumbai than a good flat.
With a population density of some 21,000 people per square kilometer, the city’s core is one of the most claustrophobic places on the planet. The air is equally thick with pollutants. There are wonderful things about Mumbai, but after a day outside, one needs a place to relax and reflect on what those things are. A refuge is the difference between happiness and surrender.
“When I first came here I thought I was here in the city’s final stages,” New Yorker Suketu Mehta wrote in “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found,” his Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoir. “Then I moved to a nicer apartment.”
But as with most precious things, decent apartments and decent prices are rare in Mumbai. Here is a rough guide to prepare for the search.