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Bombay:: Modern yet ancient || Glitzy yet heart-rendingly poor
Let me tell you about my city.

The city of Bombay originally consisted of seven islands, namely Colaba,
Mazagaon, Old Woman's Island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel, and Matunga-Sion. This group of islands, formed part of the kingdom of King Ashoka, which have since been joined together by a series of reclamations.

After his death, these islands passed into the hands of various Hindu rulers until 1343. In that year, the "Mohammedans" of Gujarat took possession and the Kings, of that province of India ruled for the next two centuries. The only vestige of their dominion over these islands that remains today is the mosque at Mahim. Who tore everything down? The Portuguese/British perhaps?
Post
partition anti-muslim mobs perhaps?

In 1534 the Portuguese, who already possessed many important trading centers on the western coast, such as Panjim (Goa), Daman, and Diu, took Bombay by force of arms from the "Mohammedans". This led to the establishment of numerous churches which were constructed in areas where the majority of people were
Roman Catholics. There used to be two areas in Bombay called "Portuguese
Church". However, only one church with Portuguese-style facade still remains; it is the St. Andrew's church at Bandra. The Portuguese also fortified their possession by building forts at Sion, Mahim, Bandra, and Bassien which, although in disrepair, can still be seen. They named their new possession as "Bom
Baia" which in Portuguese means "Good Bay".

This name was later changed to "Bombay" by the British and much later challenged by the Shiv Sainiks, a renegade political party in the state, saying that the name of the city was "Mumbai" from the Mumbadevi temple. Nobody really put up a fight. The fact of the matter is the Kohlis who are the fishermen
of…...

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