Mumbai, the city that never sleeps, is the commercial capital of India. Mumbai is pulsating, alive, always on the move, vibrant, fun and much more. Mumbai, also called as Bombay, is the most modern city of India. Mumbai symbolizes the spirit of vibrant and changing India. The history of Mumbai goes back to the seventeenth century. Once a cluster of seven islands, Mumbai was presented to King Charles II in 1661 as part of the dowry when he married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal.
Over a period of time Mumbai has transformed itself into a city with thriving markets, business houses, different communities reflecting a cosmopolitan way of life, rarely seen elsewhere. Thus, Mumbai represents the ever-changing face of today's India- the old coupled with the dynamic and vibrant new, and yet the heart of the Mumbai city is filled with Indian customs and values.
Mumbai is also the capital of Maharashtra state. Though Marathi dominates the language seen but English and Hindi are widely spoken and understood. The fast-paced life of Bombay has given rise to numerous fast-food joints in almost every nook and corner of the city. In addition to this, Mumbai is also known for its own lip-smacking pau bhaji, bhel puri and kababs. Mumbai is a shopper's delight with bargain buys, exclusive boutiques, ethnic markets and mini bazaars. The recent shopping Mall culture has added many new shopping spots on the Mumbai shopping landscape.
The Mumbai city also has a flourishing cultural life. Being the seat of the Indian (Hindi) film industry, Mumbai stages regular performances in music, dance and drama. The Hindi film industry, also known as Bollywood, produces the largest number of films in the world. Mumbai caters to the needs of almost all sections through sporting activities, nightclubs, pubs, theatres, beaches, shopping Malls and restaurants. Old and new, rich and poor, classical and modern- Mumbai is truly a melting pot!
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