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About Bombay (Mumbai), India
India has been British colony for about 200 years. Initially Bombay was 7 islands - (1) Colaabaa, (2) Mazaa Gaanv, (3) Old Woman's Island, (4) Wadaalaa, (5) Maahim, (6) Parel, and (7) Maatungaa-Sion. They were the part of Ashok's kingdom. So Bhaiyaa and Bihaaree came here to settle down. These 7 islands passed through many hands, - Sultaan of Gujaraat, Portuguese, British. Every ruler left behind the proof of his residence. The Mauryans left behind Kanheree, Mahaa Kaalee and the caves of Ghar Puree (Elephata Caves). The Sultaan of Gujaraat built Dargaah at Maahim and Haajee Alee. The Portuguese built the two Portuguese Churches - Prabhaa Devee and St Andrews at Baandraa. They built forts at Sion, Maaahim, Baandraa, and Bassien.

How these 7 islands came to be known as Bombay - the Portuguese named them "Bom Baia" - or "Good Bay". Then British built a city out of these 7 islands and called it Bombay. The original settlers of these 7 islands were Kolee fishermen worshiped Mumbai Devee. Her temple still stands at Baboolnaath, near Chowpaatty. The Kolees called the island Mumbai - means "Mumbaa Mother Goddess".

Those who know Hindi and can relate Hindi words with English may enjoy the following --

Bombay has no bombs and is a harbor not a bay.
Churchgate has neither a church nor a gate. It is a railway station.
There is no darkness in Andheri.
Laal Baag is neither red nor a garden.
No king ever stayed at Kings Circle
Nor did Queen Victoria stay at Victoria Terminus..
Nor is there any princess at Princess Street ..
Lower Parel is at the same level as Parel
There are no marines or sailors at Marine Lines.
The Mahalaxmi Temple is at Haji Ali not at Mahalaxmi.
There are no pigs traded at Dukar bazaar.
Teen Batti is a junction of 3 roads, not three lamps.
Trams used to terminate at Kings Circle not Dadar* Tram Terminus (Dadar Tram Terminus)
Breach Candy is not a sweetmeat market, but there is a Hospital.
Safed Pool has the dirtiest and blackest water.
You cannot buy coal at Kolsa street.
There are no Ironsmiths at Lohar Chawl.
There are no pot makers at Kumbhar Wada.
Lokhandwala complex is not an Iron and steel market.
Null Bazaar does not sell taps (Nal).
You will not find ladyfingers at Bhindi Bazaar.
Kaalaa Chowki does not have a black Police station.
Hanging Gardens are not suspended.
Mirchi Galee does not sell chilies.
Figs do not grow in Anjir Waadi.
Sitaphals do not grow in Sitaphal Wadi,
Jackfruits do not grow at Fanas Wadi.

But it is true that you may get fleeced at Chor Bazaar!
Aamchi Mumbai is great where everything is possible, even the impossible one.



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Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 03/14/13