Is this name thing a recurring theme? In English, August Agastya Sen who wishes he were English and his name August is harassed about his name. In Split Wide Open August’s country cousin KP is quizzed about his name Kut Price, in Ravan & Eddie the young boy is renamed and spends a good part of his time wondering about his name. In Stairway to Heaven the protagonist VJ prefers his shortened initialized name to what he’s been given. And the girl who becomes part of his life has no name. She’s just The Girl.
Whatever, as they say. Not quite I’d reply. They are part of this city; Bom Bahia, Boa Vida, Bombaim, Mombaim, Bombay, Mumbai call it what you want.
For me it will always be Bombay.