Mumbai also known as “Bombay” is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. It is the wealthiest city in India & also the financial, commercial & entertainment capital of India.
At first there were just seven islands separated by swamps, the land was dangerous and unhealthy. A thousand years ago the islands were part of the Magadhan Empire. Later they belonged to the Silhara family and in 1343 they became part of the lands of the Sultan of Gujarat. In 1534, the Portuguese captured the islands and established a trading centre there. The Portuguese called the place Bom Bahia, meaning ‘the good bay’, which the English pronounced Bombay.
Mumbai’s climate can be best described as moderately hot with high level of humidity. The mean maximum average temperatures is about 32 °C in summer and 30 °C in winter, while the average minimums are 25 °C in summer and 20.5 °C in winter. Mumbai experiences four distinct seasons: Winter (December–Feb); Summer (March–May); Monsoon (June–Sep); and Post-Monsoon (Oct–Dec).
The city is known for its distinctive street foods. Although street food is common all over India, street food in Mumbai is noted because people from all economic classes eat on the roadside almost round the clock and it is sometimes felt that the taste of street food is better than restaurants in the city. Many Mumbaikars like a small snack on the road in the evening. People of Mumbai cut across barriers of class, religion, gender and ethnicity are passionate about street food.
Mumbai is known for the number of hardworking professionals it produces every year. Between the age group of 20-45, Mumbai is known to produce a very young and driven workforce that is extremely devoted to whatever line of profession they are in. Usually, travelling from one place to another in Mumbai is a feat in itself, but distance is never a problem for the local Mumbaikars.
The mention of Mumbai people is incomplete without a fair mention of the Page 3 socialites and the tinsel crowd of Bollywood or Hindi Film Industry. The city is home to most of Bollywood’s biggest superstars who live in different pockets of Mumbai. Pali Hill, Bandra and Juhu house some of the richest tinsel folk such as the Ambanis, the Kapoors, the Bacchans, the Khannas and the Khans.