Foreign returned: Between expatriate and repatriate in Mumbai

Byculla is a neighbourhood in South Mumbai, the fourth station on the central railway line. A century ago, when the megalopolis of Mumbai was the seven islands of Bombay, Byculla was won from the sea as part of the great reclamation scheme. I find my exact location on a series of topographic maps displayed at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Byculla, Mumbai, ten minutes from the railway station, through the city’s largest vegetable market, and into the grounds shared by the museum and the zoo. These surrounds, I see on the maps, would have once been an extension to the fishing island of Mazagaon.

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