Category Archives: Fountains

Gather ye rosebuds

26 August, 2013
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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.

Simply Flora.

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.

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Flora please, not Frere

13 May, 2013
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Flora Fountain

Fountains: Flora Fountain (1869)
Junction of Hornby Road, Esplanade Road and Churchgate Street, Fort (presently Hutatma Chowk).

Flora Fountain is a defining landmark in the city so much so that it has become an address in itself, which any Bombaywalla will easily recognise.

Though originally named Frere Fountain, after governor Sir Henry Bartle Frere (1862-67), the architect of the new Fort district, the Fountain has always been referred to by its adopted name. Flora is the Roman goddess of flowers and the season of spring; a minor deity in Roman mythology, a major madame of Bombay.

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