Sunday, June 25, 2017

A brief respite


At one of the street food vendors on Mohammed Ali road.

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.

Thank you Siddhartha for the valuable information.

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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Monday, June 5, 2017

Monochrome mania


Family that shops together stays together! Street shopping in Kumbharwada.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Skywatch


The Mumbai sky last morning.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nature's bounty


Nature's bounty at the erstwhile Crawford market rechristened as Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Readying for breakfast


Setting up the beach umbrella to provide shade for him and his customers who drop in for breakfast on the go in South Mumbai.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Streetside shopping


On a street near Kumbharwada, South Mumbai.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Monochrome mania


Communication on the go. Stay connected. On a street near Bhuleshwar, South Mumbai.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Street moods


The guy in the front seems upset about something while those behind are happy to be! This is a street scene in Kumbharwada, South Mumbai.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Flight home


The Mumbai sky last evening.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Breakfast


Time for breakfast before setting up shop in Kumbharwada, South Mumbai.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Monochrome mania


Pavement entrepreneurs in Kumbharwada, South Mumbai. A cobbler on the left and on the right is a place for second hand mobile accessories.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Dramatic sky


The Mumbai sky last evening.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Standards of living.


From life in tin roofed and tin walled homes to concrete boxes as you climb up the ladder of living in Mumbai.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kerbside barbershop


A kerbside barbershop behind the Bandra fort.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Rajesh Khanna


A mural of Rajesh Khanna (29 December 1942 – 18 July 2012) who was an Indian actor, film producer and politician who is known for his work in Hindi cinema. He was referred to as the "first superstar" and the "original superstar" of Indian cinema. He starred in 15 consecutive solo hit films in the period 1969 to 1971, still an unbroken record.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Signs of monsoon approaching


The Mumbai sky in Bandra east this morning.

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