Mumbai is full of these little tenements, where a lot of people live in cramped spaces. I pass by this one often. Itâ€™s tucked away in a small lane, just off the main road, and is a fairly long and beautiful old chawl. I find myself wondering what goes on in these tiny little homes, which are almost-like-but- not-quite community living. Although most of these chawls are occupied by Marathi speakers, this one is called â€˜Madras Chawlâ€™. I tried asking how it got this name, but nobody seemed to know. One resident said it was actually called â€˜Bhagirath Bhavanâ€™ and Madras Chawl was just the BMC name. Solid walls, lovely ironwork railings, a large staircase, this chawl has far more character than any new building Iâ€™ve seen.