Tuesday, July 25, 2017

When Mumbai was Bombay


This is how buildings were decades back when Mumbai was Bombay.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Space crunch


Space crunch at flea market hence this lady vendor has managed to squeeze herself in the available space to sell her wares.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

God re-homed.


These idols in Thakurdwar, discarded from apartments are now re-homed under a tree. In Mumbai, even God faces housing shortage.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Street Shopping


Shopping at the flea market in Kumbharwada.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Skywatch


The sky last afternoon.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Chapel


A pretty chapel at the entrance of Khotachi wadi, Charni Road.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Monochrome mania


The Goan Institute Building on Jagannath Shankar sheth Road.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Tapri chai


In Mumbai a 'Tapri' is a shanty tea shop strategically located at the street corner, near college campuses, offices or basically near any establishment that will provide customers for brewed tea or chai. The above was at a street corner in Girgaon.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Shades of grey


A break from the rains celebrated by the lone bird in Mumbai

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Goat in a hurry


The goat in a hurry heading for the scooter.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Monochrome mania


Gusty winds and heavy rains in Bandra east.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day - Motion


Stirring to slow cook Haleem, a delicacy made of wheat, barley, meat, lentils and spices. This was clicked on Mohammed Ali Road during Ramadan.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Clouded sky


Birdie flying home before it pours. A clouded sky last evening in Bandra east.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mumbai monsoons


The first rains of the Mumbai monsoons have cleaned the dust off the trees and leaves.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A cute old chawl


A cute old chawl in Chira Bazaar.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Monsoon sky


The sky last morning in Bandra east.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Multipurpose


Use as a sun shade in the afternoon and as a bed at night! Smart porter.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Monochrome mania


Street entrepreneur fighting the summer heat in the morning at Bhuleshwar market.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cannons as bollards


These are Cannons inverted and buried to act as bollards or markers between Zaoba wadi and  Navi wadi in Girgaon. But the local story is that they symbolise the end of strife and beginning of peace.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Gordhandas in Girgaon


A beautiful old building against a cloudy sky in Girgaon.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Spiral staircase


In the olden days domestic help were supposed to use this staircase and enter homes through the back door. This is one of the surviving relics of that period in Chira Bazaar, Girgaon.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

St.Francis Xavier church


The St.Francis Xavier church, built in 1872 in Dabul, Chira Bazaar, Girgaon, has a bell that dates back to the 18th century and is a relic from a church in Vasai (Bassein) fort.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Historic Girgaon.


The Students' Literary and Scientific Society's Girls' High School also called Kamalabai Brahmankar Shala, after its popular principal,  opened in 1848. It was the 1st high school in Bombay for girls. In 1884 the school moved to the present premises. This shows that education for girls was of great importance and was encouraged in Maharashtra in those days.
Information gleaned from Siddhartha of Awestrich

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Monochrome mania


The Mumbai Marathi Granth Sanghralay,in Girgaon, was founded on 01Aug1898 by MB Gurjar, NM Joshi, Shridhar Modak and Anant Pithkar, who were the educated elite of India those days. They started this repository of Marathi literature to satiate the thirst of the vast populace who had nowhere to go to access fine Marathi literature. Today the books there are used for research by scholars. The building has undergone a lot of changes since inception but remains true to its original purpose of literary education of the masses.
This information was provided to me by Siddhartha of Awestrich who took us on a walking tour of Girgaon.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Girgaon


Thank you Awestrich for inviting me to this wonderful walk chronicling Girgaon by the well informed tour leader Siddartha. Learnt a lot about the cultural and historical heritage of Girgaon. Walking through Girgaon is literally a walk back in time. Shall post a few pictures of the walk this week.
The Sanskrit term "Giri" stands for hills and "gram" denotes a village. Thus, Girgaon means a village at the foothill of mountains. The hill referred to here, is the Malabar Hill, which is about 4kms away.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

Minaret and the moon


A minaret of the Minara masjid piercing a cloudy sky to be with the moon.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Street food


Mohammed Ali road, around Minara masjid, turns into a street food fest at night during Ramzan when the Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. What was originally a place for Muslims to break their fast after their evening prayer has turned into a full fledged street food fest for all foodies in Mumbai.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Boredom


Boredom on the street.

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