Regardless of the age, there is one thing common amongst all of them - flourishing commerce.Amidst this hustle and bustle lies a far quieter and very old edifice, which stands still, almost forgotten. Peter's Armenian Church was built three centuries ago in 1796 for a thriving community of Armenians in the Bombay of old.
At the age of 23, Zabel married Joshi and moved to India and the romance continued, this time also with India and with Bombay, its melting pot of languages and cultures. "I have a wonderful family and great friends who are Indian Hindus. I speak Hindi fluently, I also speak Gujarati." Armenians first came to India via Kerala and established solid roots in Kolkata.
Today, they are as much a part of India's melange of cultures as anybody else, speaking the local language, absorbing some customs and feeling perfectly at home.
Kolkata still has a visible Armenian community of over 150 people, but Chennai's Armenian population is long gone and over the years, Mumbai's Armenian population or what was left of it migrated to the US and Canada, while the older generation joined their ancestors in the cemetery at Antop Hill.
Today, the number of Armenians in Mumbai has dwindled to exactly one woman, and the church has no Armenian priest to conduct their services.
"There are no services for Armenians, though we use the church to do our prayers," says Zabel Joshi, the last surviving registered Armenian in the city.