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Mural in Chandan Cinema, Juhu, Mumbai

Chandan Cinema in Juhu, a suburb in western Mumbai, recently celebrated 40 years. The first time I visited Chandan Cinema was 11 days ago, when it was one of the venues for the Mumbai Film Festival 2014. I noticed a mosaic mural on a section of the wall on the first floor and took these photos with my mobilephone.

mural Chandan Cinema 1

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CST Station Mumbai Platform 1 stained-glass portholes

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (the erstwhile Victoria Terminus) in Mumbai was built by the British in 1887 in Anglo-Gothic Italian architectural style and is one of the busiest railway stations in the world. Apart from the grand architecture and many beautiful stained-glass windows in the main building, there are a series of stained-glass portholes on the wall of its Platform 1. Here are photos of some of these portholes:

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CST stained glass 1

CST stained glass 2

CST stained glass 3

CST stained glass 4

CST stained glass 5

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St Xavier’s College, Mumbai

Built by Jesuit priests in 1869, St Xavier’s College in Mumbai is not only one of the finest educational institutions in India, but the college building is an important landmark in Mumbai. The architecture is Indo-Gothic in style with stone walls, spires and both pointed as well as round arches. After attending a talk at the college, I decided to take a few quick and random photos (with my mobilephone) of the grand architecture. Here they are:

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Armenian Church of St Peter, Mumbai 2

Here are some excerpts from a flyer that the Armenian Church shared with me:

“It is believed that the Armenian Church Mumbai was established by relatives of one of the Queens of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great. The relatives of Queen Mariam were initially residing at Surat, then shifted to Mumbai and finally to Agra where the Queen lies buried at Armenian Cemetery.”

“This Armenian Church is the oldest Oriental Orthodox Church in Mumbai and it is the mother Church of all Orthodox Churches in Western India. The present church structure as we see today is the one reconstructed in the year 1961.”

The few people I met at the Church seemed to be Syrian Christians who spoke in Malayalam (the language of the people from Kerala). The church interior was sparse but I liked the soft glow and warmth of the lamps.

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Amenian Church Fort 13

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Amenian Church Fort 20

Armenian Church of St Peter, Mumbai 1

Armenians have been in India for several centuries, reportedly from 7th century AD – mostly trading with people in South-West India (the Malabar Coast) which is now the State called Kerala. Some Armenians settled there, traded for a living, and practised their religion – an orthodox form of Christianity. Over centuries they travelled northwards and arrived in Mumbai (some went to East India as well and settled in Calcutta – which has its own history), though there aren’t too many Armenians in Mumbai now as far as I know.

So, it’s no surprise to find an Armenian church in Mumbai. This church, The Armenian Church of St Peter, is tucked away in the Fort area of South Mumbai on Nagindas Master Road (earlier known as Meadows Street), and hence very few people know about it. I had visited the Armenian Church of St Peter with a few friends a couple of months ago and, with permission, was allowed to take photos of the church interiors. The Church, which preaches a form of orthodox Syrian Christianity, was originally established in 1796, though this building is a reconstructed one from 1961.

Amenian Church Fort 1

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Faces, Bhuleshwar/Kalbadevi, Mumbai

Several Sundays ago, I was roaming around Bhuleshwar/Kalbadevi in South Mumbai at 7:30 in the morning with a group of amateur photographers. The other photographers were better equipped and experienced than me – and made comments like “Wow, I got that shot!!” I felt kind of hopeless as a photographer with my small camera. So, apart from the red door of the BOI Bullion Exchange Branch building which I posted yesterday, I took photos of men who were simply sitting there, not doing much, probably biding time until their day job began.

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