IIT Bombay is in Powai, a town-suburb of Bombay. Where the IITB campus is active but sedate (humming with determination), the town around it seems the opposite: moving faster and yet (apparently) doing less. One sees it in the children sitting on doorsills, the clusters of people orbiting around (or sitting on!) the produce, not buying, not selling, talking in staccatos of Hindi or (I am told) Tamil ... my untrained Western ears detecting the occasional English word, or, likely, English word imported from India (like veranda, bungalow...).
The main thoroughfare (on which IITB's main gate opens) is hectic. Vehicles in a range of size and number of wheels: bicycles, scooters (2); same with sidecars, motorized rickshaws (3); autos from the tiny to the US compact, jeeps galore, giant buses (4); trucks (4, 6, 8...). Some cows, crows, and many many dogs. Children playing or serious in school uniform, women in traditional garb, men (almost always) in Western long trousers and long-sleeved shirts -most people of both sexes wearing sandals or less.