Asia | 16.03.2010
It's a dog's wash in Japan!
Bildunterschrift: 3-year-old poodle Mizuho being shampooed at "Pet World Joyful Honda". The service inside the closed machine includes a tear-free shampoo, rinse and blow dry. The course runs for 30 minutes and costs only 1,000 yen (about 11 US dollars or eight euros).
HBS Cases: Developing Asia's Largest Slum
In a recent case study, HBS assistant professor Lakshmi Iyer and lecturer John Macomber examine ongoing efforts to forge a public-private mixed development in Dharavi, featured in the film Slumdog Millionaire. But there is a reason this project has languished for years. From the HBS Alumni Bulletin.
Dharavi (Portuguese spelling Daravi British Anglicised spelling Darravy, Dorrovy) is a slum and administrative ward, over parts of Sion, Bandra, Kurla and Kalina suburbs of Mumbai, India. It is sandwiched between Mahim in the west and Sion in the east, and spread over an area of 175 hectares, or 0.67 square miles. In 1986, the population was estimated at 530,225, but modern Dharavi has a population of between 600,000 and over 1 million people, Dharavi is one of the largest slums in Asia,
In expensive Mumbai, Dharavi provides a cheap, but illegal, alternative where rents were as low as 4 US dollars per month in 2006. Dharavi exports goods around the world. The total turnover is estimated to be between 500 million US dollars  and over 650 million US dollars per year.Wikipedia article "Dharavi".