How Bombay Became Mumbai
The term “Mumbai” is an eponym that derived its name from the local Goddess, Mumbadevi.
During the British Raj, Mumbai was known as Bombay. As independence dawned on India, the ruling party of the state, Shiv Sena, demanded a name change. That is when the name Mumbai graced the city.
The Lifestyle & Culture of Bombay
The most popular landmarks of Mumbai were, in history, used as vantage points for the rulers. Gateway of India was previously used as a landing place for British officials. The city’s culture is an intricate blend of music, festivals, cuisines, fine arts, and different languages. Although Mumbai has undergone a modern makeover, the old Bombay lifestyle was always defined by the myriad of festivals and artistic expressions.
History of Old Mumbai
Bombay was a major bed of cotton textiles from Gujarat. By the 19th century, Bombay became a central figure for transiting raw materials like opium and cotton, and a pivotal industrial sector. Large groups of traders, shopkeepers, and bankers flocked to the city, giving rise to an influx of population and habitation.
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