Category Archives: Signage

Are you being served?

7 February, 2014
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Signage: Falkland Road

Signage: Falkland Road

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All bar none

31 January, 2014
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Signage: Express Restaurant (1965) brun and maska (bread and butter) on a round table in a restaurant together, Bombay was its cosmopolitan best.
Converts had fallen out of caste with their original community when they had converted to Christianity and were eventually, grudgingly accepted back into the community’s fold.

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Ottis ayah & boy John

20 January, 2014
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Signage: Railway Bakery & Stores

Signage: Railway Bakery & Stores

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Mutton role

3 January, 2014
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Signage: Mutton Street

Signage: Mutton Street

Art Centre, 13-13/A, Mutton Street.

Mutton was an underestimated barometer of the social climate of the city in the aftermath of communal riots.
Butchers would often withdraw selling mutton to members of the community with which there was conflict, when tensions were still high, and would resume sales once normalcy was restored.

Today there is virtually no mutton to be found on Mutton Street.

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Pyaar mein saudaa nahin

13 December, 2013
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Signage: Voodoo

Signage: Voodoo
Kamal Mansion, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba.

The Queen’s Necklace has turned into a noose for Bombay’s gay community. In 2012, the city’s iconic gay landmark, the Voodoo nightclub, finally shut down after a raid by Vasant Dhoble, the killjoy, hockey-stick wielding Assistant Commissioner of Police.
Voodoo had welcomed city’s LGBT community in the early 1990’s when most of the other nightclubs kept them out.

Bombaywalla urges all Indians to face the direction of the Supreme Court and sing

Gay gay, gay, gay gay, gay
Gay re saiba
Pyaar mein saudaa nahin

in light of its shameful verdict recriminalizing homosexuality.

Photo by Bipin Kokate from the Mid-Day website. Thanks to Mustansir Dalvi for suggesting the song.

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