Everything in this country is very cheap (except rent).
My backpack's zipper has been broken for about 2 years. I like this bag, and never had the heart to throw it out (or perhaps I am just too cheap). I went into a store to get it mended in the UK, but they said that, for the cost it would take to fix it, I may as well buy a new one.
There is a guy who sells bag in a little stall next to my office in Bandra. I showed him the bag and, with the just the right amount of pointing and smiling, he figured out what I wanted. He fixed it in ten minutes, for 80 ruppes (about 80 pence). Even if the quality is crap, I can re-do it every 3 weeks and it's still cost effective.
Guy Fixing My Bag (1 of 2)
Guy Fixing My Bag (2 of 2)