Ganesh Chathurthi, the celebrations of Lord Ganesha’s birthday, is one of the most eagerly awaited festivals in Maharashtra, as Ganesha, the charming and infinitely wise elephant headed God is a revered and extremely popular deity. Modaks are synonymous with Ganesh Chathurthi as Lord Ganesha loves these delicious, sweet fluted dumplings, and they are offered to…Read More

Unsung heroes of Chembur – Zipwalla

Do you have a suitcase with a missing caster or strap? Is the zipper of your wallet or handbag jammed? Never fear! All you need to do is visit Chembur’s expert ‘bag repairer,’ located at the Janata Market, close to the Chembur local railway station. ‘Ravi Bag Repair,’ is run by two brothers, Raj Guru…Read More

Tinkering with Time

The Pancholi Watch Company is located right in the heart of the Chembur market. Since the entrance to the shop is directly opposite the Chembur local train station, the shop has become a landmark. The Pancholi Watch Company started functioning in its present location on the ground floor of the Shree Adhinath Co-operative Housing Society…Read More

ENCENS Chembur

Does any Mumbai neighbourhood have a perfume named after it? Yes! No, it’s not the tony Cuffe Parade area of South Mumbai, or cool Bandra, or plush Worli. It’s our very own Chembur! Chembur is the only suburb in Mumbai that has the distinction of having a perfume named after it! ‘Chembur’ by Byredo is a…Read More

Diyas for Diwali

The festival of Diwali is celebrated on Amavasya or the new moon day when there is darkness everywhere.  Since it is believed that evil spirits and dark forces become powerful and active when there is no light, people light millions of diyas or oil lamps in every corner of their home to dispel the darkness. The…Read More

Sculpting the Divine

     He has one hundred and eight names, and is beloved among Hindu gods. Ganesha, also called Ganapati, is worshipped as the god of success, wisdom, knowledge, and prudence. This wise and playful god, considered the destroyer of evil and obstacles, is always invoked first in any Hindu festival.      Ganesh Chathurthi, the…Read More

Salt pans of Chembur

Natural salt pans are flat expanses of ground covered with salt and other minerals, usually gleaming brilliantly white under the sun. Such land is formed in places where large water bodies have evaporated over thousands of years, leaving behind remnant salt and other minerals. Mumbai has around 5300 acres of saltpans, and they generated substantial…Read More

Salt Satyagraha

During Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt Satyagraha Movement, the Congress Committee of Trombay Island regularly organized salt marches from Trombay to Suman Nagar to support the movement protesting the unjust British prohibitions on salt making. Dozens of men from the area came forward to make salt, but they were quickly arrested and jailed by the British. Seeing,…Read More

Discovery of medieval relic in Chembur

A commemorative stone slab found on the campus of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) at Deonar in Mumbai in 2016 shows that land in Deonar was gifted by 14th century King Hambirarao to one of his  military commanders on October 3rd, 1368. The slab is inscribed in medieval Marathi, and is interspersed with Perseo-Arabic and…Read More

The Birdman of India

Salim Ali, (1896-1987) referred to as ‘India’s bird man,’ was a famous naturalist and ornithologist. Interestingly, his interest in birds began in Chembur. By the time he was three years old, Salim was orphaned. Salim and his eight siblings were then looked after by their maternal uncle Amiruddin Tyabji.  Uncle Amir often took his large…Read More