How Bombay's historic colonial district is mutating into Mumbai's iconic retail hub
Bombay was the Ilha da Boa Vida or the Island of Good life while the Portuguese occupied it in the 16th century. The British later built the crescent shaped fortification at the core of which was Bombay Castle. And within that crescent the good life continued. The southern half of the crescent, from the Town Hall until Apollo Gate (anglicized from the palwa fish), was the foreigners’ enclave, the elite colonizers who came in the garb of traders—Baghdadi Jews, Armenian Christians, and of course primarily, the British. While cotton was traded in the wide open space that is now Horniman Circle, women folk of this elite community shopped at a bazaar all along Medows Street.