Dhobi Ghat
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Inside India's human laundry

19 June 2012 Last updated at 00:06 BST

It has been described as one of the world's largest laundries - Dhobi Ghat in the centre of Mumbai is where hundreds of thousands of clothes are washed daily, in a ritual which has - so far - stood the test of time.

But with more Indians now owning washing machines, what future does this old tradition have in modern India?

Rajini Vaidyanathan has been taking a look.