Our Bombay is more famous than their Bombay.
So, Mumbai’s postmen make frenzied rounds of the city to deliver a letter from New Zealand addressed to Bombay and came back exasperated and unsuccessful… only to find there is another Bombay. Guess where — in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Mumbai postal circle realised this after much homework, and informed the New Zealand Postal Authority (NZPA). The letter, which flummoxed all in the Returned Letter Office (RLO) and kept them searching the city for over a week, will now be sent back to Auckland.
On December 27, the Mumbai General Post Office received a letter addressed to Windsor Trevor Albert living in 649 Pinnacle Hill Road, Bombay 1850. The letter, sent by the Auckland Regional Council (ARC), had the address neatly printed in typescript. The department was sure the Bombay on the letter meant Mumbai.
“Most letters from abroad have Mumbai as Bombay, so we did not suspect that it could be some other place,” said DT Singhade, manager, RLO. Department Supervisor SS Salve came to the rescue. She started researching on Bombay and after a few days found that the place was in Auckland. The full name of the place is Bombay Hills.
“The name of the street also matched. NZPA officials did not know about it. We told them such a place exists right in their backyard,” she said.