16 May, 2009

Mumbai – Home to Bollywood


The Indian state of Maharashtra’s capital is Mumbai. It is the second largest city in the world, according to the latest population figures. The city is home to just over 14 million people. It is the entertainment and commercial center of India and home to several renown financial institutions including the National Stock Exchange of India, he Reserve Bank of India and the Bombay Stock Exchange. It is also home to many international corporations and Bollywood, India’s famous film and television industry. The city is famous for its potential for a better standard of living and many immigrants from all over India make the city ethnically diverse.

Archeological evidence seems to prove that Mumbai has been inhabited since the Stone Age. It has been ruled by several different empires throughout its history including the Maurya Empire, the Silhara Dynasty and the Gujarat Rulers. The Portuguese took control of the city and the area surrounding it in 1534; they only retained control until 1535 when they ceded the land to Great Britain who in turn handed over to the British East India Company in 1668. Of great historical importance, the communal riots of 1992-93 ripped the city apart and caused over 1000 deaths.

Mumbai is the center for Indian cinema and currently has many large theaters. Travel guides point out the fact that the worlds larges dome IMAX Theater is located here. This theater not only shows Bollywood films but also Hollywood and Marathi movies. The city is home to the Mumbai International film festival which is known throughout the world.

People who travel to Mumbai will be treated to a city that is rich with history and culture. This ethnically diverse city, home to the famous Bollywood is an interesting place to visit. It is one of the prime examples of the flattening of the world today. Its vast technology and information companies show us that these things have been a great equalizer of the world. This is a great city to travel to, visit and live in.



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