#SecretMumbai: Water In Memory Of A Daughter

Once upon a time, the city of Mumbai was littered with pyaavs or public drinking water fountains. These ranged from the simple to the ornate and were built by wealthy merchants as an act of charity. Right opposite the General Post Office at the beginning of Mint Road stands one of the ornate kind, complete with minarets, bas-reliefs and stone brackets, in the Indo-Saracenic style. Built by Devidas Purbhoodas Kothari in memory of his late daughter, Bai Leelavati Tribhivandas, the pyaav was earlier encroached upon by typists sitting outside the GPO; but now, it has been cleared and restored by conservation architect Rahul Chemburkar.



Published in The Mint on 29th August, 2019.