Mumbai or the erstwhile Bombay was originally an archipelago of seven islands. Colaba, Little Colaba or Old Woman's Island, Isle of Bombay, Mazgaon, Mahim, Worli and Parel. These were connected to each other through a series of land reclamation projects over a period of five centuries. The last of which was the Colaba causeway, built in 1839 by the British. Before which, Colaba and Little Colaba were accessible only during low tide. Though I was decent at History in school, this bit of information seemed to have either been missed in the syllabus or by me. I think it might've been the latter. Curiously, I learnt about this while roaming around the streets of Mahim in Mumbai. Hoping to find some original street food, I found this very old-looking but well-maintained sweet shop which had quite a curious sort of name 'Joshi Booda Kaka Mahim Halwa Wala'.I was curious and went in. This turned out to have a 225 year old history. Now how many sweet shops have you seen which have a history of 225 years and still rocking. I haven't. I then got a superb lesson in history from the owner Mr. Joshi on Booda Kaka Mahim Halwa and on Mumbai.
Chowder Singh started blogging in November 2011 on Indian street food, small restaurants and hole-in-the-wall kind of places that in spite of producing brilliant quality food, are largely unrecognised outside of their localities. He believes that these are the real heroes of Indian food, who have been consistently putting out their family recipes over many years and now will hopefully get more recognition for the superb work that they've been doing.https://chowdersingh.comDisclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. NDTV is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.