The Lost Mumbai – Then and Now

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Flora Fountain (East Side)

Flora Fountain (East Side)



  1. This had been a fascinating tour Sharukh. I love the mix of old and new pictures as well as the history. I am always interested in the history and amazed when you mention dates that are hundreds of years before English settlers landed on the shore of our country. Also, I do want to know the origin of the name Banganga – who wouldn’t?

    1. Well, as per mythology stories Lord Rama and his younger brother Lakshman were on their way to find Sita (Lord Rama’s wife) who was kidnapped by the evil Ravana. When Lord Rama asked his brother to fetch some water, he quickly shot an arrow on the ground and the water emerged. It is believed that the water of this well comes from one of the tributaries of the Ganges a.k.a. Ganga. The word ‘Ban’ means ‘arrow’ so Banganga actually means Ganges which emerged from an arrow. That’s the story behind its name.

      1. Not sure how much of that is true, but the tank is right next to the sea and it still has sweet water which they say emerges from a spring beneath. I went here with my mother because its hard to find this tank.

  2. So much rich history Sharukh. And as always you describe it so well, with enough details yo inform without overwhelming me. The photos are my favorite part; and it is quite astonishing to see that not a lot has changed abput the city arxhtecturally speaking. I love the preservation factor of I ian culture. Ditto on Banganga. What’s up with that?

      1. It’s funny hearing the water hold referred to as a “tank”. The only other place I have lived where water ho,ding areas are called tanks was in the hill country of Texas. Everywhere they are ponds or spring fed lakes. Great story!

  3. I love, love the post, history about Bombay and SoBo never cease to fascinate me. It was the best days of life when i stayed there and can you imagine it was such a regular sight every day. The happier days of life where I studied at Rajabhai library. Mumbai rocks. Glad to go into flash back moments, a Bombay I never knew. I wish to come back, someday and live in the great city. Superb pictures:)

    1. Yeah, I miss that old style Bombay with heritage buildings, but sadly now all that we see is these tall giant buildings coming up in the sake of development which for me symbolizes the ever growing greed and hunger of the people ruining the charm of the city. So where did you lived in Bombay? You have shifted to suburbs or to a new city? If I may ask.

  4. Of course, you can. The family is based in Mauritius and there are plans to be back to Mumbai, which is home to the heart, in a couple of years. I agree selfishness and greed, characterized by builders violating FSI is taking a toll on Mumbai. I stayed at Churchgate, opposite Marine Drive.

  5. Wow, such a great look at the beautiful past of Mumbai ~ a beautiful way to bring in the New Year ~ great series of photos and tremendous writing. Cheers to a great 2016.

  6. Such a nice representation of the transition a city does through. History, the names and those sepia images show an era gone by. What a lovely post and great writing you got there.

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