Category Archives: Furniture

Hair cutting and costing

17 October, 2017
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1. Dinesh Jadhav is the fourth generation of the Jadhav family to run the saloon in Gamdevi. 2. Youngsters want the latest cuts while old-timers want the original styles from Dinesh’s grandfather’s time. 3. Dinesh’s grandfather Baburao (left) and his great-grandfather Trimbuk (right), who founded the saloon. Trimbuk Jadhav served in the Indian Army. 4. A photo from 1948 of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Santsena Samaj, the association that governs the Nhavi caste, to which the Jadhavs belong. 5. The annual licenses of the establishment from the 1930s and 40s.
6. Three storeys of the building have already been demolished, leaving the ground floor standing with its shops for the time being.

Furniture: Gamdevi Hair Cutting Saloon

40G Jethabhai Kalyanji (J.K.) Buildings, Harishchandra Goregaoker Road, Gamdevi.

Local barbers in Bombay were bound by both the Bombay Municipal Act and their caste association, the Santsena Samaj, to such an extent that the intervals at which the floor of the saloon was swept, the type of bin for the reception of hair and sweepings, the price of the hair cut, and even the fitness of the barber himself, were all pre-determined.

The saloon’s licenses could be suspended or revoked, the barber and his family could be ostracised by their fellow caste members, if he did not comply with the conditions of costing and cutting.

Photos by Hashim Badani a Number 1 Photographer who gets a Number 2 Haircut.

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Have you seen my wife Mr. Jones?

19 May, 2017
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Furniture: Jones Lodging House

Rachel Lodge, Merewether Road, Colaba.

Lesser than a hotel and more than a boarding house, lodges were a popular form of accommodation in Bombay in the early 20th century.

They offered something of the privacy of a hotel, without the convenience of in-house catering, and were preferable to the intimacy of the boarding house, where Bombay’s landladies embarked on bouts of excessive drinking with their boarders and even died from an overdose of alcohol.

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Dr Miss Bombaywalla

16 September, 2015
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Furniture: St. Antony’s College (1950)

62 Woodstock Road, Oxford, England.

Miss Bombaywalla is happy to report that she has passed her viva examination and has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Her examiners were Dr Faisal Devji, University Reader in Modern South Asian History at the University of Oxford and Dr David Washbrook, Research Professor in South Asian History at the University of Cambridge.

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Ladies & solid foods

7 January, 2014
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Furniture: Koolar & Co. (1932)

Furniture: Koolar & Co. (1932)

Noor Mahal, King’s Circle, Matunga East (presently junction of Ambedkar Road and Hormusji Adenwalla Road).

Ladies and solid foods were introduced into restaurants in Bombay at roughly the same time in the late 1800’s. Prior to their inclusion, native women were cooped up at home and hardly partook of the city’s vibrant public culture and an array of cold drinks- lemonade, ices, soda water- dominated the menus of refreshment rooms across the city.

Ms Bombaywalla was dismissed so quickly by the proprietor of Koolar & Co., she thinks it will be another century before a lady and her camera are welcomed into cafes.

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Tall boy

23 December, 2013
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  Furniture: Adenwalla Baug

Furniture: Adenwalla Baug

Tardeo Road (presently Javji Dadaji Marg).

In homes in Bombay, it was not bratty four year olds that were called boys but rather the grownup male Goan staff of butlers and cooks as well as items of furniture like this Tallboy table.
The infantalization of adults was a common means through which individuals asserted their power over others.

Bombaywalla has a penchant for tall boys, as do most short girls.

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