Byculla was the most fashionable locality in mid 19th century Bombay. Hosting a number of dressmaking, millinery and outfitting establishments as well as reputable family hotels with substantial garden facilities, Byculla particularly catered to female visitors and residents of the city.
Byculla boy Badani at his best.
Boundaries: Royal Western India Turf Club (1886)
Horses owned by the Aga Khan dominated the racing scene in the city in the 19th c. Since his arrival in Bombay from Persia in 1848, the Aga Khan I resourcefully consolidated and legitimated his position as the head of the Ismaili community and emerged as the most prominent and probably wealthiest Persian in Bombay.
With a capital start, Hersh jumped off with the lead, closely followed by
Acharya and Camera…
Boundaries: Tabela, Jogeshwari
Buffalos and buffalo milk have been sidelined in the imagination and diets of Indians largely due to the overwhelming presence of the dairy cow.
Now buffalos are at the risk of being removed from the landscape of Greater Bombay. Several tabelas (stables) have been labelled unsanitary and made to relocate.
Hashim Badani captures a tabelawalla making a splash.
Boundaries: Girgaum Chowpatty
Festivals bring Bombaywallas in close proximity to the Arabian Sea. On the occasions of Ava Ardui Sur Jasan and Narali Purnima a host of items are offered to the sea – coconuts, flowers, sugar, dal ni pori (pastry filled with sweet lentil).
At Ganesh Chaturthi and Mohurrum, idols and tabuts (models of Husain’s tomb), are immersed in the water.
Hersh Acharya captures Bombaywallas at the beach for a Ganesh Visarjan.
Boundaries: Bombay Panjrapole (1834)
Near Madhav Baug Post Office, Bhuleshwar.
The colonial government’s cruel policy of culling stray dogs in the hot seasons prompted sethias Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy and Amichand Shah to found the Bombay Panjrapole in 1834.
The Panjrapole has been serving animals in distress for 179 years, offering a serene, permanent home to those that would otherwise have to manage or languish on the street.
Bombaywalla thanks Saroosh Dinshaw, Adi Mogrelia, Perin Bhatena and the staff of the Panjrapole for their kind and generous hospitality, tea, ghatia and Maaza.