Launchpad: Bombaywalla, Exploring Bombay In Mumbai

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Crawford Market clock tower signage
Esplanade Balcony. Image by DJ Murty
Esplanade Balcony. Image by DJ Murty

Everyday as Bombay evolves in Mumbai, so many changes transpire in the city around us. For the history lover, this city holds treasures at every nook and corner And here is a blog looking at just that. Launched recently, Bombaywalla i a blog that sheds light on some of Mumbai’s ancient buildings, structures and stories. Here’s an excerpt from e-mail interview with Simin Patel, founder of Bombaywalla.

What is Bombaywalla? When was it launched?
Bombaywalla is a website that assists in knowing and understanding the built environment of Bombay. It reminds Bombaywallas of the wonderful architectural details in the midst of which they live and which they often forget to see. It was launched on 21st March, 2013.

Gargoyle at Town Hall
Gargoyle at Town Hall

In what way do you think it will help Mumbaikars/travelers?
It will help Bombaywallas, permanent and visiting, to understand the city- its structures, streets, its evolution into a great metropolis. Discerning Bombaywallas will quickly realize that new street names and street histories do not correspond; that streets and structures have been named after citizens who are much younger than the patch of ground which honours the persona. This website will assist in knowing the city correctly and historically.

Crawford Market clock tower signage
Crawford Market clock tower signage

From where do you get help with regards to information/pictures?
We are an informal team of three – Dj Murty takes most of the photographs, Sitanshu Shukla helps with the design and branding and I use the findings from my archival research to generate the textual content for Bombaywalla. Shaun Coutinho’s firm Innate Designs manages the programming.

Can readers also contribute?
Since the site was launched, readers have written in, keen to contribute with photos. Yes, it would be great if readers contribute with interesting historical material and photographs.

If you have any interesting stories about structures in Mumbai to share with Bombaywalla, visit the website and contact them with the info. And if you want to share them with us, you can comment below or email us at [email protected] 

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