Mumbai Memories

Long before the success of Danny Boyle’s multi-Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire, based on the lives of various youngsters living in its cavernous slums, or the massive terrorist attacks a few months earlier on its historical and business landmarks that left hundreds dead or wounded and plunged the city into s rare standstill, Bombay was a city that fascinated foreigners and Indians alike with an alluring image of fabulous wealth and poverty living side by side, the endless teeming hustle and bustle of its streets, ports and nightlife, the glamour and proficiency of its film industry (now named Bollywood), as well as being a major Asian financial centre.

The name Bombay was most likely taken from the Portuguese who arrived there during the 16th century and named the area Bom Bahia (good bay), yet in the mid ‘90s the local powers-that-be decided to give it a more Indian name and renamed it Mumbai, after the Hindu patron goddess of the city. Technically both names are still permissible. Below are some quotidian images from the city:

  5 comments for “Mumbai Memories

  1. May 2, 2009 at 4:38 am

    Great shots Arya. What do you shoot on?

  2. July 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    A good if short description on Mumbai, Arya.

    I was also planning on traveling Mumbai last
    December but had postpone the trip to India
    to another year as my work situation changed.

  3. Arya
    July 2, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for the compliment, Rob.

    These images were all taken with my first Digital Camera, a Kodak CX7300. Perfect for a novice to the field, as it is both simple to use and cheap to buy.

    I have since moved on to a more expensive and sophisticated Olympus.

  4. Bruce Jennings
    August 26, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I met Arya at the Paris Hotel in Sultanahmet, Istanbul way back in ’05. I’m happy to say that we have become good friends and have kept in touch. I am a big fan of his work. He is the most traveled person that I have ever met and his experience shows in his insightful writing and photography. I would strongly recommend that you look at his other work. It’s always an inspiration to me. Good Travels—Bruce Jennings [ Hot & Humid Florida ].

  5. July 22, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Arya,
    I am from India, Mumbai whenever you want to come in India pls. mail me on atulkumar_s@yahoo.co.in. I am always there for your assistance. thanks

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