Peculiarity of Bombay Catholics
For Catholics Malad is Orlem and for other Bandra is a Catholic town. For someone living outside Mumbai and not aware of the Catholic traditions or its landmarks, even BMC office is considered to be a Church.
So what is Mumbai Catholics known for? In fact it is Bombay Catholics because it is Bombay Archdiocese. Perhaps Mumbai is the only place where Catholics are so pious to go to daily mass. Yes, every day and most of them. It could be because their Parish is far nearer than their counterparts in Pune, Bangalore or Delhi.
For Catholics Malad is Orlem and for other Bandra is a Catholic town. For someone living outside Mumbai and not aware of the Catholic traditions or its landmarks, even BMC office is considered to be a Church. So much so that a few also look at the VT station and wonders why there are two churches so close by.
You will find 9 out of 10 Christians in Bombay from a Catholic background. Wondering where are the Protestants and other groups? To go around Catholic place around Mumbai, the best bet is to get a Catholic driver as he is very likely to have visited every church or shrine not as part of his duty but as a Catholic and that too with family.
Not every Catholic drives to Goa during vacations. They also travel to Pune, Alibagh and a few to Nashik too. Most of them do not travel at all. Catholics in Mumbai are not from Goa as many perceive. Their origin is from Mumbai itself. So what is their mother tongue? In fact it is Marathi though many are not very fluent in it.
Aspirants to higher studies should know that there are colleges other than Wilsons, Sophias and Xaviers.
They you ask a Catholic cake during Christmas, you must remember that cakes are made round the year in Catholic families. You can ask for it any time, not necessarily wait for Christmas.
Because every space it taken up for construction in the name of development, Mumbaikars are now left with a few Catholic school grounds for their footballs and cricket hobbies. And you will find bare chest young boys playing in these ground at the designated times allotted. Please remember not all of them are Catholics. And those who are not playing are not at home playing guitar or singing carols. They could be at a Social near you.
Catholics favourite dishes could be hard core non vegetarian but fish items are the ones they crave for. And they also crave for PavBhajis and VadaPavs and PaniPuris. See for yourself at ELCO at Hill road.