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Etti Bali May 14 2015

The Bombay of the 60s

Kanan Budhiraja May 15 2015
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If people were mangoes, Mumbai’s people would be the juiciest of all. Aamchi Mumbai is indubitably India’s favorite city. The blistering heat of the Sun is bearable when your evening resort is a sprawling shoreline that touches the expanses of beauty and magnetism. We all know about Bandra-Worli sea link, humongous skyscrapers and the nuances of Mumbai’s hustle and bustle; what we don’t know is that this city of dreams is a dream itself.

The buzz of Bombay Velvet has led theaters on fire. Thence, let’s go back in time and discover how the city of Mumbai has evolved over the years. Where it started, where it came and where it is heading. The flamboyant era of 1960’s saw Mumbai, the then Bombay as an emerging power of South Asia. A decade after independence, 1960’s Bollywood was the time of pure romance; the former era dealt with the rich-poor conundrum while the latter was the epoch of gangsters.

Here are some amazing ways that vouch for the transition of Bombay to Mumbai, and before the word metropolis was added to it.

1. From 4 million in 1960’s to the current population of 21 million and a fair estimate of 28 million by 2020.

Image by Sudeep Mehta on nationalgeographic.com

2. As amazing as it may sound, but 1960’s was the time when Jazz clubs and high-end restaurants began to flourish in and around Mumbai’s vicinity.

Image from the official site of Amelia Music Play House

3. 1969- a year that welcomed Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong.

Image from the official site of mic.com

4. When the Bombaikar’s were merrymaking through the night with George Harrison, The Beatles.

Image from the official site of mic.com

5. What seems like an unbelievable event, the then Bombay’s traffic jam was made of hand-pulled rickshaws and carts, sans the pollution and the cars.

Image from the official site of mic.com

No wonder 196’0’s Bombay wasn’t as populous as today’s Mumbai, a stark fact about it is that today, there are parts of Mumbai where walking is faster than driving through.

Image from oldphotosbombay.com

6. A camaraderie between the then Bombay and today’s Mumbai - Gateway of India and Taj Hotel.

Image of the Gateway and Taj Hotel of the '60s by dinodiamumbaiphotos.com

Image of the Gateway and the Taj Hotel today by tourmet.com

7. Queens necklace, Marine Drive

Image of Marine Drive in the '60s by memumbai.com

Image of Marine Drive today by trekearth.com

In the midst of 2015. Bombay Velvet took us to 1960s. Driven by multiple impulses, Mumbai will always remain at the cusp of lush and sparsely populated areas, lively and jammed up places, exotic getaways, pristine shorelines and a heart that throbs on the beat called life.

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