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Until recent years Mumbai was known as Bombay. The name change resulted in the reorganization of states following independence in 1947, however it took until 1996 Bombay to be renamed. Mumbai is the city’s Marathi name and seems to have been the original name of a settlement in the area. It was the British which gave the city the name of Bombay. The city is actually made up of a cluster of seven islands which were once separated by creeks and channels then reclaimed and bridged over the years by the residents. In 1661 Bombay as it was known then, was given to King Charles II as part of a dowry in his marriage to Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal. In 1668 it was handed over to the East India Company. Some two hundred years later, India was taken over from the East India Company by Queen Victoria, the then Queen of England and the land was ruled by a viceroy. Evidence of the British rule is apparent in the wonderful British neo-gothic architecture preserved around the city.

For centuries Mumbai has been a strategic port and a natural one. The Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and British all went there to buy and sell goods and have contributed to creating a very cosmopolitan city. There are large ship building yards with cargo such as textiles, machinery, electronics, sugar, cotton fibre and food grains. Known as a city that never sleeps, I certainly found it to be buzzing when I arrived during the wee hours of the morning. During the early hours the different areas are active with early morning markets and street sellers cranking up for busy passing workers grabbing a coconut or sugar cane juice or choices of the cities own pau bhaji, bhel puri and kababs. No one can think of Mumbai these days without being aware of Bollywood, the biggest Indian film industry which creates hundreds of Hindi block-busters every year, making it the largest producer of films in the world.

The city is one of contrasts. From sky scrapers to mud huts and lean to’s, and from ancient handed down traditions to high fashion and nightlife, Mumbai is undoubtedly the richest city of India, paying half the nations income tax, but the other side of the city is sadly so poor that it breaks your heart. Children live in the streets and in slums, begging for whatever they can get, with little hope of a future that so many of us take for granted.

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  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2010 at 7:28 AM

    Surely one of the best page on Mumbai. I love the way of description of Bombay life.

  • tranceperent's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2006 at 3:20 AM

    awesome bombay tips, man i have myself never been to some of these places

  • Escadora7's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2006 at 1:48 PM

    Hi there! Nice Mumbai pages! We just came back from Mumbai a couple of weeks ago - didn't try the McDonalds there though! hehe Best wishes, Ash & Eve

  • Justin_goa's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2006 at 11:30 PM

    Hi Great pages and tips.. a small correction on the tip about the literacy. Kerala state records the highest literacy in the Country, which is 96%.

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2006 at 3:58 PM

    I've always been fascinated with Bombay (I can't get used to Mumbai) and hope to visit someday. It looks like the most interesting and vibrant city in India. And Happy Birthday!

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2006 at 11:47 AM

    WOW!!! What a lovely page!!! Great pictures and tips too. Hope you enjoyed staying in my city. And thanks for bumping me off the #1 spot!!! You deserve it!!!

  • vinod_bglore's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2006 at 3:16 AM

    Hey, fantastic pages, and your pics r realr treat to see.... Best wishes to you -- vin

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2006 at 8:03 AM

    Hey Keewee.. What an incredible city.. Very impressive architecture, and your photos are just super. You show the heart and soul of this city, it's such a shame that there is so much poverty here. Awesome page girl.. I'll be back.. ;-)

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    May 10, 2006 at 4:53 PM

    Just started reading your Mumbai pages. GR8 job. The GPO is intresting inside but big Q's.I spent 2 weeks on Valkeshar rd in '86, living with a Parsi family. A very interesting city.Did u watch the trains arriving at Churchgate? What a scramble! Tim

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2006 at 9:41 PM

    so thats where you where,^..^ and you made an outstanding Mumbai page. made me sad and also very curious about this City.

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