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Bandra – Then and Now Posted by on Mar 28, 2022

Bandra, Mumbai is a bustling suburb on the west coast पश्चिमी तट of Mumbai city. Waves लहर from the Arabian Sea pound Bandra’s shores day दिन in and day out, bringing landlocked घिरा residents to her beaches सागरतट and waterfront तट promenades. I grew up in the sleepy suburb उपनगर in the seventies and eighties…

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Chor Bazaar – Thieves Market Posted by on Jan 6, 2022

Thieves Market Mumbai

One of India’s original flea markets कबाड़ी बाजार located in South Mumbai. The word for flea is kabaddi in Hindi. The name of the market is ‘Chor Bazaar’ or ‘Thieves Market’. It’s original name was ‘Shor Bazaar’ because it was noisyशोर But over time evolved and true to its name took on the form of…

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What is it about street food? Posted by on Aug 14, 2021

Mention samosas in a gathering जनसमूह of non-Hindi language speakers and there are smiles मुस्कान all around! Mention bhajjias and hot sweet chai in a gathering of Hindi language भाषा: हिन्दी speakers and the beams light up the room! What is it about food खाना that is a cohesive जोड़नेवाला component of relationships!? When it…

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The Transformation of Hindi Films Posted by on Jul 23, 2021

While growing up in Bollywood, literally सचमुच, I did not watch Bollywood movies. That’s because theaters were usually packed with men, yelling चिल्ला, whistling, and catcalling at the screen. For my safety’s sake, I refrained परहेज from going to movie theaters that showed Hindi movies. However, I did watch the occasional प्रासंगिक movie that was…

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Mumbai: Koliwadas and Gaothans Posted by on Jun 19, 2021

The Kolis are one of Mumbai’s oldest communities सबसे पुराने समुदाय living in Koliwadas. Their industry उद्योग which is fishing is instrumental in determining निर्धारण में सहायक the coastline of Mumbai. There was another एक और community that flourished निखरा back in the day. These natives communities मूल निवासी समुदाय are called the Gaothans. This…

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The Kolis Posted by on Jun 9, 2021

A short distance दूरी from the house I grew up in, is a little fishing village गाँव called Danda Koliwada. The village is so close that every afternoon दोपहर the smell of drying fish मछली comes wafting into  the open windows खुली खिड़कियाँ of my home. The Kolis, as these fisherfolk मछुआरों are called dry…

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Afghans Among Us – Pathans Posted by on May 25, 2021

The Pathans are Afghan tribal communities आदिवासी समुदाय that originally come from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and north Baluchistan. They are one of the largestसबसे बड़ा tribal communities in the world. According to oral traditionमौखिक परंपरा of history, they believe they are the descendantsवंश of the biblical King Saul. History of the Pathans The Pathansपठानों…

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