Once Upon a Time in Bombay
"It is said that Bombay is the Alexandria of India. Its geographical position and commercial relations bear evidently some resemblance to the great eastern entrepot
of the Mediterranean. As the swampy Rhakotis, a mere fishing village which Alexander the Great transformed into the splendid city of Alexandria, the desolate islet of the Bombay Koli fishermen was changed into the present capital of Western India." -- J. Gershon da Cunha
in Origin of Bombay
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posted by bluefly
on Feb 21, 2012 -
Nisha Sondhe, a portait photographer and photojournalist, has been documenting similarieis between New York and Bombay (Mumbai) since 2008:
An art director once told me, “I know you can shoot exotic things abroad and make them look beautiful, but can you take pictures of familiar things and make them look beautiful as well.” Which was interesting to me because when I would show work for jobs in India, people would ask me why they needed to see “photos of boring everyday things in India.” New York art directors are just like Bombay art directors. In fact, New Yorkers in general are just like Bombayites and the more I looked around the more I realized that the two cities are exactly the same.
posted by ChuraChura
on Jul 25, 2011 -
It has been nearly a year since the Mumbai terror attacks. Journalist Jason Motlagh has written a four part article about them for The Virginia Quarterly Review. The first part
is about the initial attacks and the history of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terrorist organization responsible. Part two
continues describing the events of the first night as well as police and media responses. The third
is about the events of the second day and includes intercepted phonecalls between the gunmen and their handlers as well as recounting the initial interrogation of the sole terrorist captured alive. The last part
is about the last day of the attacks and the aftermath. The article has a large number of photographs and is a harrowing read.
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 19, 2009 -
Tuesday, July 26th, 2005, was a wet
day for the city of Mumbai, India (formerly Bombay), to say the least. Within 12 hours, it rained more
than half the average annual rainfall. Upwards
of 400 people are believed to have died, with more in adjacent regions. In many regions, the water rose as high
as five feet. All transportation links to the rest of India were severed
. Within the city, many commuters who left work, for home, on Tuesday evening, didn't
reach home till Wednesday night. There have been substantial financial
damages. The state apparatus was caught offguard
and proven unprepared
; the police were nowhere to be found, and the meteorological department found wanting with their warnings. The rumour-mongering of an incoming tsunami or cyclone also didn't help, as 24 people died in the resulting stampede
. Alas, just as one is relieved that the ordeal
is over, it appears there's yet more to come
posted by Gyan
on Jul 31, 2005 -
The Bombay(Mumbai) blasts.
Why detonate two car-bombs in Bombay? Destabilize the economy creating a climate for terror.
Terror attacks have become commonplace
in parts of India. The US condemned the Bombay attack- Powell called Indian officials. But, it seems like India should do more before if it wants broader US support. As the WSJ editorial page put it- "We think India could have helped build even closer U.S. ties had it decided to send troops to Iraq. The U.S. has driven a wedge into the center of Muslim terrorism with its occupation of Iraq, and it is looking to see who its friends really are." What is the lesson from all of this to the Indian government? What would you do if you were running India?
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy
on Aug 28, 2003 -
About 2, if not more blasts
rocked Mumbai on Monday afternoon. About 40 people are dead
, and numerous injured. The bombs were apparently placed in taxis, and the two confirmed explosion sites are the historic Gateway of India, a huge tourist spot and the Mumba Devi temple, after which the city get its name. The city has been prey to a string of deadly bomb attacks since December last year, with the most recent, on a bus, killing three in July, and suffered a simliar serial blast back on March 12th
posted by riffola
on Aug 25, 2003 -
From the You Learn Something New Everyday
file: I had no idea there was such a huge move industry in Bombay, India, known worldwide as Bollywood
. I need to get out more, I'm becoming quite the ugly american lately...
posted by mathowie
on Aug 16, 1999 -