It looks like a sequel, but you probably wanted to know why I talked about Bombay and not about Mumbai…Well, I honestly did not know the ethymological background of Mumbai yet! At first I assumed that the name “Bombay” was a British corruption of the original “Mumbai”.
Mumbai, a cluster of seven islands, derives its name from Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the Koli fisher folk, its oldest inhabitants.
So I was told
Ok, you want the names of the seven islands as well, right? Colaba, Mazagaon, Old Woman’s Island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel and Matunga-Sion.
The change (back) from Bombay to Mumbai was first proposed as far back as 1982 by the municipal government. However, it was not until 1995 that the change was actually made from Bombay to Mumbai. Of course, a lot of people still name the city Bombay, even Bombayites (or should we call them Mumbaites 😉 )
Enjoy every day,