Oh, a young lady asked me to post some stuff from Bombay. She is a very brave young lady. This much I can say.
So, I took out a few old pictures. I didn’t have the time to sort out all the old black and white negatives, or to edit them, but here are a few…..
Oh yes, plus two YouTube videos at the end…
What you see above, is a typical Bombay taxi. This is a vanishing breed. The Fiat old old used to be manufactured by a company called Premier, which closed many years back. Their factory used to be next to the steel mill where I used to work. The steel mill has been shut, and has been replaced by a mall. Since they could not continue using the ‘Fiat’ name, the car was called the Premier Padmini.
People still call it the Fiat. One day, this will disappear into the dust of history.
One of the great walkways of Bombay is Marine Drive. The sweep of the road is also called Princess’s Necklace, and is still on of the most charming parts of the city.
For some reason, I could not find my pictures of Bombay VT Station, which modern day political idiots have renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Station. Stupid is, as stupid does. The station is still called VT
What you see above, is a dramatic shot of Shivaji himself, who resisted Aurangzeb, the last of the great Mughal Emperors. This was a war of power, not religion.
He stands before the new wing of the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel. The old wing, which is really where the charm lies, was built by Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, as a riposte to the British, who did not allow Indians into their clubs.
Much of Bombay life is lived on the streets. The people have spirit. It is amazing
This last picture is that of some of the colonial buildings, as seen through the Gateway of India. Nowadays, they have ringed off the Gateway, and put in some ugly police boxes there.
It is from the Gateway of India that the last British ships left India, ending the British Raj in India.
And finally, two videos. One, which is one of the best loved songs about Bombay. This one is timeless. It is from 1956. Johnny Walker, the actor, is one of the most loved actors of the time.
And the last, is tongue in cheek one, sung by my orthopaedic surgeon in Bombay. Dr Dilip Nadkarni. I went to him when I had a shoulder injury.
Brilliant chap. Super doctor, and he loves singing. He practices singing for a few hours a day.
Sadly, they changed the name of the city from Bombay, to Mumbai. For me, it will always be Bombay