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Nariman Point and Cuffe Parade

Mumbai is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the financial capital of India. With a population of approximately 13.66 million it is one of the most populous cities in the world. Along with the neighbouring suburbs of Navi Mumbai and Thane, it forms, at 18,950,000, the world's fifth most populous metropolitan area. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. Mumbai's port handles over half of India's maritime cargo.

Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment centre of India, generating 5% of India's GDP and accounting for 25% of industrial output, 40% of maritime trade, and 70% of capital transactions to India's economy. Mumbai is one of the world's top ten centres of commerce by global financial flow, home to important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India and the corporate headquarters of many Indian companies and numerous multinational corporations. The city also houses India's Hindi film and television industry, known as Bollywood. Mumbai's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a better standard of living, attract migrants from all over India and, in turn, make the city a potpourri of many communities and cultures.

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Rear Side view from Marol Hillview Apartment

Marol is a suburb in Andheri (E), Mumbai. Marol consists of the area Marol, Marol Naka, Marol Depot, Marol Pipeline, parts of JB Nagar, and parts of MIDC Andheri. Its proximity to the international airport makes it a prime business district. Located off the Andheri-Ghatkopar link road, it has good east-west connectivity. The area was inhabited from ancient times, and came under the hands of the Portuguese and then the British.

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The Mumbai planetarium complex at Worli.

Four planetaria in India are named after India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru Planetariums, located in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Jawahar Planetarium in Allahabad. The planetaria at Kolkata, Jaipur, Chennai and Hyderabad are called Birla Planetariums (either M. P. Birla or B. M. Birla) as they became possible from the donations from the house of Birlas (a prominent Indian business house also known for its philanthropy). In all there are 30 planetaria in India and many more are likely to come up in places like Surat, Nashik and Rampur in the short future.

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Back Bay viewed from the south east
Credit: Greg O'Beirne

Back Bay is a waterbody off the coast of Mumbai city, located to its (south) west.The shore of Back Bay includes the famed Chowpatty Beach of Mumbai. Other landmarks are the office district of Nariman Point, which is actually only an extension of the Back Bay Reclamation; the Queen's Necklace, which is a promenade road along much of the foreshore, that was once called the Marine Drive during British rule, and has been since renamed as the Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Road; the Oberoi Hotel; the Air India headquarters building; the Marine Plaza Hotel; the Taraporewala Aquarium; Wilson College, and the Malabar Hill promontory to the north-west of the bay, and which includes the wooded Governor's House or Raj Bhavan compound.

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