National Geographic : 1981 Jul
East meets West in fashionssold at this posh shop near the Back Bay (right). Clothing on display here may be made with Bombay textiles, the city's first major product in the 19thcentury. Local mills stillspin or weave nearly a thirdof the country's fabrics, helpingto make this city In dia's wealthiest. Bombayites pay a third of the nation's income taxes, even though they total only 1.2 per cent of the population. English remains a main language of trade in most partsof the metrop olis. But Marathi,Gujarati,Hindi, and dozens of other tongues help de fine neighborhoods where diverse ethnic groupspreserve theirdistinc tive customs. In a neighborhood of South Indians, Hindu priests (below) gatherneara temple.