Bombay – Hamlet To A Metropolis
Bombay, the commercial capital of India occupies a significant position among the cities of the world today. One of the largest cities in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, the city has a deep natural bay and is one of the most populous cities in the world with approximately 14 million people residing on the island. The city is referred to as the financial capital of India, and is the highest contributor to India’s income tax as well as corporate taxes.
Originally, the island was a conglomeration of seven islands and was linked to Indian mainland. However, periodic depressions, titanic movements and a spurt of volcanic activity led to earth movements that resulted in a cluster of seven separate isles and gave its present coastline to the Bombay Presidency.
The Seven Isles that made up the island of Bombay was Colaba, Old Woman’s Island (now Lower Colaba), Bombay, Mazagaon, Parel - Sewri - Sion, Mahim and Worli. Popularly called as the ‘Queen of Isles’; Ptolemy in 150 A.D. coined the term ‘Heptanesia’ for the Seven Isles.