February 6, 2010

Mumbai aka Bombay - the commercial capital of India

Mumbai, formerly called as Bombay, is the capital city of Maharashtra state of India. Even though New Delhi is the capital city of India, Mumbai is considered as the commercial capital of India.

Mumbai was originally under various kingdoms and later under Muslim and Mughal rulers. The city got significance during the Portuguese settlement. The city was started to be refereed as Bombay when the British took over the control of the city. In the 18th century CE, Bombay became a commercially important city. In the 19th and 20th centuries CE, due to lot of commercial establishments and Indian freedom movement, Bombay became one of the most powerful cities of India.

As Marathi and Gujarati speaking people used to call the city as Mumbai, it is believed that the name of the city originated from the Goddess of the city "Mumba Devi". Then, somehow it became Bombay. Nevertheless, it is officially called as "Mumbai" now and no more as Bombay.

Mumbai aka Bombay is the home for Indian cine industry (Bollywood), and this is the city where the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) is located. Almost all the MNC (multi national companies) have their branch in Mumbai city.

Mumbai is well connected and easily reachable by train, bus, and air. There are domestic as well as international airports in Mumbai.

Mumbai has a lot of sight seeing options within the city as well as around the city. Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Chowpatty beach, Juhu beach, Maha Lakshmi temple and Siddhi Vinayak temple are some of the worth visiting places of Mumbai. Let me explore these places in detail in the forthcoming posts.

Till then....Happy travelling.

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1 comment:

  1. It is the most rejoicing to me, a Mumbaikar by birth that you would be introducing Mumbai in your blog.I would be thankful to you if you take the readers in and around Mumbai to show them the real culture of this capital of Maharashtra. Mumbai belongs to whom is a total political question and I am not at all intending to go for it. Mumbai belongs to the fishermen (Koli in Marathi) and the credit for city's development goes to everyone from people from Gujarat, Konkan and all other parts of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Bengal.
    I would be certainly watching your forthcoming posts with interest. I reserve my comments till then.
    With warm regards.
    Mangesh Nabar