Infrastructure: Marine Drive (1940)
(presently Netaji Subhaschandra Bose Marg).
Drives were among the public activities in which the ladies of Bombay first participated. Upper class native women were a secluded, sheltered lot; disallowed from attending the meetings, balls, nauches, farewell parties and annual exhibitions that men enjoyed.
As criticism of these exclusionary practices grew louder from the city’s European population, largely because it skewed the male-female ratio at their balls, native men conceded that being spotted in a carriage with their ladies, might, in fact, be quite fashionable.
Hersh Acharya captures Marine Drive in a superb, single sweep.
Infrastructure: Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link (2009)
also referred to as the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
Causeways were among the earliest infrastructural projects that connected the Town and Island of Bombay to its neighbouring islands.
Colaba Causeway, constructed in 1838, was among the last of these projects, joining the southermost islands of Colaba and the Old Woman’s Island to that of Bombay.
This spectacular view is shot by Hersh Acharya.
Infrastructure: Tardeo Road
The suburb of Tardeo was developed from the 1850s onwards to host the industries, establishments and citizens that were considered unsuitable for accommodating in the city centre of the Fort or the residential stronghold of Byculla. Mills, gas companies, widows, pensioners and a few European and Indian householders like the Adenwallas and Jessawallas gathered in Tardeo and made good neighbours.
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This magical photograph is shot by Hersh Acharya.