The MG in MG Road stands for Mahatma Ghandi, as per Wikipedia. This is one of the busiest roads in the city and a big part of the TWU Amazing Race held on Sunday, August 15. It features tons of shops, restaurants, pushy street salesmen, and street dogs.
To say the road is bustling is a vast understatement. It reminds me of Chicago during the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup Parade. Today was India's Independence Day, but the word from locals is the area generally looks like this:
Shops are compact here. Moving to Chicago was a shock because of how much less space existed for stores than in Michigan and suburbs generally. Coming here is just as much of a shock. You'll find rows with more stores than I ever thought could comfortably exist:
The list of surprising in much longer though. The American presence can be felt in every corner of the world. It sometimes shows up in odd places, as in jeans companies (Wrangler, Lee, Levi's) having their own stores -- a rarity in the States if it even exists. The short version of what I was surprised, and slightly disappointed, to see: