Street life, like in most places in India, predominates here; people wash, eat, sleep and work outside. They will offer you to show you around temples and invite you to their “brother’s shop” as part of a tour. Madurai is not just overpopulated it is over-fucking-populated, and whoever tries to tell you otherwise is a liar. It’s near impossible to take a photo of Madurai without having a passerby in the shot. To show you just how packed the streets of Madurai are I rushed to one of the nearby apartment blocks and climbed onto the roof. This photo was taken at around 8am in central Madurai. I wasn’t quite ready for India then and I’m still not quite ready to go back yet.