Mumbai (1661-1947) | Bibliography I

David, M. (1995). Bombay, the city of dreams. Bombay: Himalaya Pub. House.

“Bombay is essentially a city built by the British to serve their commercial interests from the beginning.  Unlike other cities in India, it is essentially a city of immigrants.  The British went out their way to invite and provide facilities for trading communities to come and settle in Bombay and also to ensure religious toleration.  Bombay came to be developed as a trade centre – a “baniya city”.  Since the primary interest of most communities is business and money-making, Bombay communities have lived harmony for years despite the fact that the city is multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual.” (Preface (x))

Bombay: the City of Dreams is composed of events and persons of significance that shaped the “Bombay Dream”.  It was originally in a form of a series of articles under the column “Bombay Down the Ages” in the Daily based on the historical research done by David for over 35 years.  Despite the fact that this book documented Bombay from the prehistoric times to the present, a large proportion is dedicated to the British colonial period in Bombay when most policies and projects were done in transforming the city into a commercial centre.



C.I.E. Griffiths, P.J. (1946) The British in India. London: Robert Hale Limited.

Spear, Percival. (1965) The Oxford History of Modern India 1740-1975. 2nd Edition. Dehli: Oxford University Press.

David, M. (1995). Bombay, the city of dreams. Bombay: Himalaya Pub. House.

Patel, S. and Masselos, J. (2003). Bombay and Mumbai. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Dossal, M. (2010). Theatre of conflict, city of hope. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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