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History of Seven Bungalows and four bungalows Andheri (w) and plague in bombay 1898

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This is the last of Seven Bungalows


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  The Andheri area got its name from the seven cottages that were built there in the 1890s of which Shanti Niwas is the only one left today. Last week the BMC razed the wall of Shanti Niwas. How long will the building remain? Sandeep Ashar studies the changing face of this area

Crumbling Shanti Niwas

Shanti Niwas, owned by senior citizen Perin Irani (63), was built in 1898. The wall that was demolished last Wednesday was 100 years old. The BMC claims it tore down the wall, as it has to widen the road.

Irani, who was in Delhi on some urgent family business, complained the demolition was done in her absence and that the BMC process lacked transparency. I fear robbers and bootleggers will now have access to my house, Irani said from Delhi.

The wooden structure of her house has cracks everywhere. It may cave in anytime, fears tenant Ghulam Rajane, who has a 40-year-old bakery at the ground floor of the bungalow.

Irani, according to a close relative, has plans to sell the property as she has been unable to repair the structure due to a paucity of funds.
Heritage site

Activist Mohan Krishnan, who has been advocating the preservation of the site as heritage, said that it is sad that rampant concretisation is eating up the citys landmarks.

Saving Grace

Ratan Kunj, part of the Talati heritage and owned by Kuldeep Jain has changed with time but has retained some of its old qualities.

Kuldeep Jain, son of former Mumbai sheriff Shadilal Jain, said the house was haunted when they first moved in. There were leakages all over. We have renovated the building keeping its geographical significance in mind, he said.

Area history

Eleven affluent families sailed from Marine Drive to Versova island when Bombay was hit by a plague in September 1896. Seven settled at the island building seven bungalows in the area. Four families settled in the area now called Four Bungalows. Most of the 11 families were Parsis. The area till the 1980s was known as a den for smuggling and other nefarious activities.
The concrete jungle Original owner: Homi Talati
Sold in: 1987
Whats there now: Two multi-storeys, Talati Terrace and Embassy Tower

Original owner: Ravi Jasra
Sold in: 1990s
Whats there now: New owners have renovated the original Vijaydeep.

Actors Yogita Bali, Kuldeep Kaur, Premnath and ganglord Yusuf Patel have lived there
Original owner: Parsi widow Frennie Dastoor
Sold in: 1987
Whats there now: Three multi-storeyed buildings called Jewel Mahal

Image result for Shanti Niwas 7 bungalows Original owner: Dadabhai Naoroji
Sold in: 1985
Whats there now: Seven-storeyed Sea Pearl

Naoroji breathed his last here
Original owner: Natwar Parekh
Renovated: Built in 1857, the Parekhs worked on the original structure of the bungalow in 1980s to make it inhabitable

Original owner: Gwalior House was owned by an unknown businessman
Sold in: 1980s
Whats there now: Seven-storeyed Marin Vue


Blast from past

Shanti Niwas, when sold, will suffer the same fate as the other six bungalows a multi-storeyed building will be built on its premise.

Kuldeep Jain (73), who has lived in the area for 42 years, said the concretisation of the area started in the early 70s.

When we (our family) came here in 1963, the seven bungalows were the only houses here. One could see Andheri Station (Navrang Cinema) from here, he said.

Jain added famous names including freedom fighters like Dadabhai Naoroji and Bollywood yesteryear greats Yogita Bali, Premnath lived in the seven bungalows.

In fact, Naoroji breathed his last at his sea-facing bungalow which has now given way to a seven-storied building Sea Pearl.

Last Bungalow of Seven Bungalows Survives ~ Wannabemaven

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Oct 4, 2014 - Seven Bungalows history is an interesting tale. Shanti Niwas is the last remaining bungalow in seven bungalows. During 1890's, 7 bungalows,

The Last Bungalow of Seven Bungalows Survives

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Ever wondered why Seven Bungalows is called Seven Bungalows? How did it get its name?
Here is some interesting trivia about Seven Bungalows.
During early British era, this area was a marshland. Nothing but seven bungalows stood here in the midst of mangroves and coconut palms, while the Arabian Sea lay adjacent. Most of these bungalows were owned by affluent Parsis; one even owned by Dadabhai Naoroji – Founder of the Indian National Congress. Dadabhai Naoroji breathed his last in his cottage in Seven Bungalows. It is disappointing to learn that Dadabhai Naoroji’s bungalow along with 5 other bungalows were sold to the land mafia, and high rise towers built in its place. In present times, Seven Bungalows is considered a plush Mumbai locality with sky-rocketed real estate prices.
But, while six out of seven bungalows made way for buildings, one still stands undeterred. Built in 1898, Shanti Niwas (the last remaining bungalow) belongs to an elderly lady. The ground level is let out, and has been running Nazneen bakery for over 40 years. Simple yet elegant architecture of Shanti Niwas clearly reflects the work of an era gone by.
seven bungalows historyShanti Niwas – The last remaining bungalow of Seven Bungalows
seven bungalows historyExteriors of Shanti Niwas. The structure has lost its paint but not its charm.
The bungalow is in a tarnished state, and watching its crumbling exteriors will dishearten you. Some activists have been advocating the preservation of the bungalow as Heritage. But nothing has been said or done so far. It also won’t be wrong in assuming that the bungalow is eyed by a dozen land sharks, and it is uncertain how much longer the bungalow will stand here.
seven bungalows historyLeft side entrance of Shanti Niwas. Rusted iron beams support the structure
So, the next time you pass by Seven Bungalows, you know the history of this place. Before it is too late, try to catch a glimpse of this bungalow (without disturbing its residents, that is). And don’t forget to buy some Mava cakes and Nankhatai from the bakery below!
Locate it:
Shanti Niwas stands opposite Nana-Nani Park, Seven Bungalows, Andheri West. (Again, if you plan on catching a glimpse, please avoid disturbing the residents of this property).

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Members of the first Indian National Congress, 1885

Seven bungalow history Archives - Mumbai Community

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