After my recent visit to Bombay, I realized that I should actually be grateful for the rental market in Chennai. My apartment, which I share with a roommate, costs a total of Rs. 10,000 per month. It is furnished, in a middle-class building, and in a safe and centrally located neighborhood. I just learned that my friend in Bombay pays Rs. 1 million per month for his place (it’s furnished and serviced, and obviously much MUCH nicer than mine). That’s a hundred times more! I realize that’s not quite a fair comparison because these two apartments are in different cities, but I was wondering: are there any other countries in the world where the difference between a middle-class apartment and a fancy apartment is that much? What about in the same city?