The Victorian heart of Bombay, photographed in 1968, but looking effortlessly timeless

Bombay 1968 showing Azad Maidan, the Victoria Terminus, and the dock. The strong contrasts of congested space and open sea shaped Bombay and subsequently Mumbai urban life from its early mercantile and colonial beginnings, into the present-day. Salman Rushdie, Bombay-born like Rudyard Kipling, describes Bombay anthropomorphically, as ‘an outstretched, grasping hand, reaching westward’ into the sea.

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