Category Archives: Boundaries

Which way to the beach?

20 September, 2013
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Boundaries: Girgaum Chowpatty

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.

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Homies

16 September, 2013
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Boundaries: Bombay Panjrapole (1834)

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.

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Dhobi Raj

19 August, 2013
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Boundaries: Dhobi Ghat

Boundaries: Dhobi Ghat (1890-95)

Dhobiwada Road, Mahaluxmi.

Amongst the various professions in Bombay, dhobis or washermen hold the distinction of having the most city spaces named after them. Not only are the areas in which they operate called Dhobi Ghats, they can also claim Dhobi Talao, Dhobi Street and Dhobiwada Road.

Hersh Acharya masterfully captures a dhobi in the swing of things.

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Bombay’s USP

12 August, 2013
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Boundaries: Marine Drive

Boundaries: Marine Drive (1940)

(presently Netaji Subhaschandra Bose Marg).

If Bombay were to be part of someone’s dowry again, as it was in 1661 when Catherine of Braganza married Charles II, ‘sea breeze’ would still be the city’s unique selling point.
The promise of sea breeze has been the most consistent claim over the centuries. From house rentals to hotel advertisements to city guides, Bombay has always been sold through the sea.

Hersh Acharya captures the Arabian Sea with the promise of breeze, showers and all.

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I want to hold your hand

28 June, 2013
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Boundaries: Marine Drive (1940)
(presently Netaji Subhaschandra Bose Marg).

Public displays of affection (PDA) in 20th c Bombay were most common between men. Men holding hands or strolling the streets arm in arm were a regular sight. These roadside romeos were not necessarily gay. In fact, homosexual, like hetrosexual couples in Bombay, for the most part, stayed awkwardly apart in public.

Now that the Washingtonwallas have given a thumbs up to gay couples, Bombaywallas might follow.

The photograph is shot by Hersh Acharya.

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