Thursday, August 25, 2005

Mumbai

My discovery of India started in Mumbai where I landed with two of my classmates. Read about it here.

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the commercial capital of India. Mumbai was built on what was once an archipelago of seven islands which were coalesced into a single landmass.

With about 16,4 million inhabitants (2001 Census), Mumbai is the most populous city in India and one of the largest cities in the world. Besides Marathi, Maharashtra's official language, other major languages spoken in Mumbai are Hindi, Gujarati and English.

Mumbai has traditionally owed its prosperity largely to its textile mills and its seaport. This has now been replaced by industries employing more skilled labour such as banking, engineering, diamond polishing, healthcare and IT. The city is also the centre of the Hindi movie industry, Bollywood.

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