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How bottle masala made by East Indians of Bandra makes any dish taste good.

I don’t think I could have had a better introduction to bottle masala. I was working in advertising and one of my friends from work, Rajesh, invited me for lunch. He had just moved into a paying guest room in Mumbai’s Bandra neighbourhood and had acquired one of those small gas burners. He said his […]

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Only 11 bungalows remain on Pali Hill

This article from TOI is a bit dated, and things might have changed, but a great piece of journalism, republishing it again.  The felling of bungalows in the leafy and exclusive oasis of Bandra’s Pali Hill has been recorded with dismal regularity. But the pace of redevelopment—and the growth of multi-storey towers—is staggering. Of the 32 bungalows […]

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Castella de Aguada or the Bandra Fort.

Castella de Aguada (Portuguese: “Fort of the Waterpoint”), also known as the Bandra Fort, is a fort in Mumbai. “Castella” is a misspelling for Portuguese “Castelo” (castle). Properly, it should be called Castelo da Aguada, although it seems its Portuguese builders actually called it Forte de Bandorá (or Bandra Fort). It is located at Land’s End in Bandra. It was […]

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Lost Heritage – Godiwala Bungalow at Mount Mary Road.

Acclaimed Film Director Bimal Roy lived here before he passed away in 1966, his family though continued to stay at the place and subsequently were sent notices by Godiwala’s to give possession of the same. Watch the video to know more, directed and produced by Bimal Roy’s son, Joy Bimal Roy. This short film explores the Godiwalla […]

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Mehboob Studio

Mehboob Studio is an Indian film studio and recording studio in Bandra (W), Mumbai, founded by director and producer Mehboob Khan in 1954 who ownedMehboob Productions and is most known for films like Mother India (1957), which won the Filmfare Awards for Best Film and Best Director and was a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[1] It is spread over 20,000 square yards and includes five shooting stages. It soon become popular with […]

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