Know Your Bombay!

Parsi Times brings you interesting facts about our beloved Bombay! Explore this city’s amusing history and get to know why and how so many streets and places got their names with KYB!


Names like Nagpada and Agripada are of South Indian origin, signifying a hamlet. This district was once occupied by the ‘Agris’ or cultivators. The Agris of Bombay, were divided into three kinds – the ‘Bhat Agris’ or rice cultivators; ‘Mitta Agris’ or salt manufacturers; and ‘Bhaji-pala Agris’ or vegetable cultivators. Agripada is also connected with the Central and Western Railway.

pg-kybApollo Bunder and Street:

Once a maze of docks and wharves, the name ‘Apollo Bunder’ was derived from the word ‘Polle’, native to the Konkani language. In the early 1900s, the British government began to reclaim this area in order to build a welcoming arch to receive the King and Queen of England. Did you know that the Taj Mahal Hotel located on the sea-face, which was built by the Tatas in the 1880s, occupies what was once a boat basin?!

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