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Bombay Then and Mumbai Now

Jim Masselos (Editor) Naresh Fernandes (Editor)


Enriched with in-depth historical research and exclusive photographs, Bombay: Then documents the transformation of the once ‘insignificant cluster of islets’ into one of the most exciting spots for cultural exchange in South Asia. Among other views, the book illustrates the Mankeshwar temple and the Rajabai Clock Tower wrapped in scaffolding; the construction of Victoria Dock and the opening of its massive underwater gates; a lush and sparsely populated Malabar Hill; a rare view of the interior of a Parsi fire temple; factory scenes inside the Royal Mint and the Times of India units; what the stock exchange looked like nearly a century ago; and many breath-taking aerial shots of this beautiful island-city. Bombay: Then is a sheer visual treat through extraordinary historical photographs.


Mumbai – India’s financial nerve centre and biggest port – is a melting pot with a population of over fifteen million. Bursting at the seams, the crowded, pulsating city is not just a city of gold but also a city of dreams – it is home to the Hindi film industry, also known as Bollywood.

Mumbai: Now captures the city’s chaotic but spirited and robust present, and brings this shape-shifting, elusive city to you – from the stories of the first Goan migrants to the lives of native Koli fishermen; from the tradition of dabbawalas to that of ‘cutting’ chai; and from the potters in Dharavi to the pink flamingos in Sewri – in a series of beautiful, moving pictures that capture the many moods and faces of Mumbai.

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About the authors

Jim Masselos

Jim Masselos is Honorary Reader in History at the University of Sydney.

Naresh Fernandes

The author Naresh Fernandes is editor-in-chief of Time Out India. A renowned journalist, he has previously worked with the Times of India and the Associated Press in Mumbai and with the Wall Street Journal in New York. His writings have appeared in numerous national and international newspapers and magazines. He is the co-editor of the anthology, Bombay Meri Jaan.
The photo research was done over a long period of time by Pramod Kapoor, who is a collector of historical records and photographs and a publisher by profession. He has previously compiled pioneering books like the Unforgettable Maharajas; India: Then and Now; and will soon be launching Witness to Life and Freedom: Margaret Bourke-White in India. He compiled the pathbreaking illustrated book, New Delhi: Making of a Capital, which is a bestseller.
The photo researcher, Chirodeep Chaudhuri has worked in the Sunday Observer, the Outlook Group and at Time Out Mumbai. Many of Chirodeep’s projects on Mumbai have been exhibited around the country and abroad; and his work has been included in exclusive books on the city. His work is also a part of the permanent collections of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, USA).

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Bibliographic information

Title Bombay Then and Mumbai Now
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.11.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Roli Books
Language: English
isbn 9788174365729
length 240p.