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A boy looks on in the Daharavi slum area in Mumbai, India, on Jan. 30, 2009 A sprawling slum area in the heart of the fastest growing city in the world, Dharavi and its affiliate slum areas have been thrust into limelight in the year 2008 like never before. Earlier it was the slum redevelopment authorities who threatened to break down the shanties and build new infrastructural projects, and during the far end of the year it was the movie "Slum Dog Millionaire". Winning Gloden Globes, 8 Oscar's & 7 Bafta's the movie has bought to light the ruggedness and the struggle of the life in the slums of Indian cities. While the movie is a fairy tale story of positive endings the real hardship, unemployment and economic disparities seen in the slums is striking and deplorable. Yet the slums of Mumbai offer hope and oppurtunity to the few who travel and live away from their native villages and try make a living out of India's growth curve and rapid industrial progress. .. 2009 brings with it, recession, downturn and unemployment. In this scenario the life in the slum gets more rugged and difficult. This photo essay is a peek into the daily lives of city slum dwellers who live, hope, dream, relax, enjoy in the premises of these slums at the fringes of progress and development awaiting for an oppurtunity to break free into the other side.