• In 1661, the Portuguese would get the short end of the stick when Charles II of England married Catherine of Braganza, whose dowry happened to include several of the islets. The British, notably laconic people who generally don’t go in for extra syllables, mispronounced the Portuguese “Bom Bahía” and called their new territory “Bombay.” In 1668 they leased the islands to the British East India Company for the whopping price of £10 per annum, a truly staggering sum when one considers that the current going rate for a nice two-bedroom-apartment in South Mumbai is $3,000 a month.

Photography by Shriti Banerjee

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