Fountain: Flora Fountain (1869)
Junction of Hornby Road, Esplanade Road and Churchgate Street, Fort (presently Hutatma Chowk).
At a time when the public presences of women in the city are being brutally challenged, Flora reminds us of the quintessential Bombay woman. Flora has withstood the titles that categorise through gender- she is neither Bai Florabai, Floradevi, Goddess Flora or Flora wife of Flavonius.
Last Friday, the citizens of Bombay gathered at the Flora Fountain to protest the rape of a 23 year old journalist who was documenting abandoned mills in the city when she was assaulted.
Photo courtesy Rahul Patel.