THIS LEAFY residential area, once dotted with bungalows set in large, forested compounds, is today crowded with highrisc apartment blocks, home to Mumbai’s rich and famous. The Parsi Towers of Silence are also located in this area. Parsis who believe that the elements of earth, water, air and fire are sacred and should not be defiled, place their dead in these tall, cylindrical stone towers to be picked clean by vultures. This, they believe, is one of the most environmentally friendly ways of disposing of the dead. A fall in Mumbai’s vulture population, however, remains a cause of worry. A high wall and a thick belt of trees surround the Towers, which are closed to visitors. The Hanging Gardens provide a pleasant open space in the vicinity, with good views of the city.