Mumbai – the City of Dreams Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay) is considered to be the commercial capital of India. People of Mumbai are known all over the world for their joie de vivre, their aptitude to work hard and, most importantly, living a highly tolerant cosmopolitan life. Mumbai is the abode of an estimated 18 million people, Pre 16th century, it was made up of seven separate islands – Colaba, Mazagaon, Old Woman’s Island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel and Matunga-Sion. In 1662, these islands came into British possession from the Portuguese as a wedding gift when Prince Charles II married Princess Catherine of Braganza, daughter of the then Portuguese king.
Over the centuries, these islands have been connected together by land into the single bulk of Mumbai that exists today. The diversity in Mumbai is enormous. On one hand there are posh areas like Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Lokhandwala, Walkeshwar, etc. where the rich and famous live in swanking apartments and bungalows. While on the other, there is Dharavi, the biggest slum in the world. No mention of Mumbai can be complete without speaking of the Mumbai film industry, often lovingly termed as Bollywood.It is correctly the biggest film industry in the world, clearly superseding Hollywood in sheer volume – it churns out 800 films a year.