Enterprise and cosmopolitanism gave it vibrancy. Inclusiveness gave it character. It created space for everyone who came in searching for a home, or for living a life or making a fortune.
It wasn't an ideal place. No, on the contrary, it had all the contradictions and the inequities of a rapidly growing metropolis. But somehow it managed to overcome adversity and be a catalyst of change.
Everyone who called it home knew there was no other place quite like it anywhere in the world. There couldn't be.
Bombay was once that city. Then, Bombay became Mumbai.
But long before its name changed, parochialism and insularity had begun to transform its ethos.
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