Weekly Photo Challenge: Hot

Hutatma Chowk or the Martyr’s Square was renamed to its current name in 1960 in the memory of the 105 Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti members who were killed in a police fire that marred their peaceful demonstration in January of 1960. They were demanding a separate Marathi-speaking state in the country, and their efforts bore fruits…

House of Knowledge

The Asiatic Society of Mumbai has its origins from the Literary Society of Bombay founded by Sir James Mackintosh that met in Mumbai on November 26, 1804, for the first time. It was named as Asiatic Society of Bombay in 1954, after the institution broke away from the Royal Asiatic Society. When the name of…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Old Fashioned 2

Flora Fountain, at the Hutatma Chowk is another heritage structure which is found at the heart of Churchgate, south Mumbai. Constructed in 1864, the working fountain is surrounded with intricate sculptures and depicts the Roman goddess Flora. Although parts of the structure are broken, I sure hope that they restore it soon. The fountain looks…

Humble Beginnings

Churchgate has been etched in history for many right and wrong reasons. However, this ‘town’ in the city of Mumbai is special to me because I started my professional life here. Personally, it is the town of many firsts, a place where me and my closest friend sowed the first seed of professional ambitions. It’s…