The sky may be gray, but our hearts are definitely not. The Mumbai monsoon is the most exciting time of the year because of the masala chai, romantic walks, dancing in the rain, rainbows and quick getaways...
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Mumbai formerly called Bombay is the capital of Maharashtra state located in southwestern India. It is the country’s economic and commercial center and its principal port on the Arabian Sea. Mumbai is India’s most populous city and also an economic capital of India. Mumbai is one of the largest and most densely populated urban areas in the world. It was built on a site of an ancient settlement, and it took its name from the local goddess Mumba a form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva, one of the principal deities of Hinduism whose temple once stood in what is now the southeastern section of the city. The names possibly an Anglicized corruption of Mumbai or perhaps of Bom Baim (“Good Harbour”), supposedly a Portuguese name for the locale, it became known as Bombay during the British colonial period. Although Bombay remained in common usage the name Mumbai was restored officially in 1995.
Mumbai’s cultural life reflects its ethnically diverse population. The city has a number of museums, libraries, literary organizations, art galleries, theatres, and other cultural institutions. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is one of the British architectural building, it is a mixture of Hindu and Muslim styles contains three main sections: natural history, art, and archaeology. Nearby is the Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai’s first permanent art gallery and a center for cultural and educational activities. Indo-western music concerts, festivals, and dance productions are held throughout the year in the city’s many cultural and entertainment facilities. Mumbai also is the center of the enormous Indian film industry, known as Bollywood, the name derived from an amalgamation of Bombay (the city’s former name) and Hollywood.
The seven islands that came to comprise Mumbai were home to networks of angling settlements. For quite a long time, the islands were heavily influenced by progressive indigenous domains before being surrendered to the Portuguese and hence to the British East India Company.