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#SecretMumbai: The Prosperous Family That Preferred Wisdom Over Riches

August 22,2019

In the 17th century, the Kapol Baniya community migrated from Diu to Mumbai to trade with the East India Company. In their native land, this community had trade ties with the Portuguese. Sir Mangaldas Nathubhoy, a philanthropist and mill owner, was among the most prominent Kapol businessmen of 19th century Mumbai. Many iconic buildings, such as

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#SecretMumbai: Mumbai's BEST Days

May 09,2019

Trams were introduced to Mumbai 145 years ago when the Bombay Tramway Co. began horse-drawn services in the city. The stables and stores were located on a plot on Colaba Causeway. Its office building - today's Electric House - was constructed on the plot in 1883. In 1905, the company’s operations were taken over by

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#SecretMumbai: How An Attack Was Ditched

August 29,2018

When Bombay (now Mumbai) was a fledgling trading post of the East India Company in 1715 CE, Governor Charles Boone took a call to protect this town against potential threats by local and European powers with a fortification. This project was partly funded by the wealthy traders in the town who realized peace and stability was key to their prosperity. During the ‘Kille Vasai Mohim’ or Conquest of Vasai (1737-39),

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