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Bombay’s USP

12 August, 2013
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Boundaries: Marine Drive

Boundaries: Marine Drive (1940)

(presently Netaji Subhaschandra Bose Marg).

If Bombay were to be part of someone’s dowry again, as it was in 1661 when Catherine of Braganza married Charles II, ‘sea breeze’ would still be the city’s unique selling point.
The promise of sea breeze has been the most consistent claim over the centuries. From house rentals to hotel advertisements to city guides, Bombay has always been sold through the sea.

Hersh Acharya captures the Arabian Sea with the promise of breeze, showers and all.

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Driving the Ladies

22 July, 2013
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Infrastructure: Marine Drive (1940)

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.

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I want to hold your hand

28 June, 2013
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Boundaries: Marine Drive (1940)
(presently Netaji Subhaschandra Bose Marg).

Public displays of affection (PDA) in 20th c Bombay were most common between men. Men holding hands or strolling the streets arm in arm were a regular sight. These roadside romeos were not necessarily gay. In fact, homosexual, like hetrosexual couples in Bombay, for the most part, stayed awkwardly apart in public.

Now that the Washingtonwallas have given a thumbs up to gay couples, Bombaywallas might follow.

The photograph is shot by Hersh Acharya.

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Sitting on the dock of the bay

14 June, 2013
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Marine Drive

Boundaries: Marine Drive (1940)

(presently Netaji Subhaschandra Bose Marg).

Sitting by the sea is a relatively recent recreational activity in Bombay. In the 1800’s, the popular forms of public pastime were chilling in the Maidan, the grassy expanse that surrounded the Fort settlement, and for the upwardly mobile, drives by the sea front in horse drawn carriages and buggies.

The monsoons make visiting Marine Drive all the more exciting.

This awesome photograph is shot by Hersh Acharya.

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