Bombay has always been a home to the rich, the lavish and the flamboyant. Some pursue lifestyles envied world over, some pursue habits that intrigue them, some chase passions that one would never dream of. But then, Bombay is a place for everyone - and they were part of its vividness.
Cowasji Jehangir Readymoney had an association with University of Bombay and he financed the erection of several notable buildings there, including the Convocation Hall designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott. He was made a Justice of the Peace for the town and island of Bombay and a member of the Board of Conservancy. In 1872 he was created a Knight Bachelor of the United Kingdom in recognition of his donations to the Indian Institute in London and other charitable causes in Bombay.
The Currimbhoy Ebrahim name has become synonymous with philanthropic donations for scholarships, institutes and universities, similar to the activities of the other Indian baronets. The activities were mainly connected with Mumbai. The Currimbhoy Ebrahim Khoja Orphanage -Baug-e-Karim, 2, Altamorent Road, Mumbai was set up in 1894 for the welfare of orphans in the Shia Muslim Khoja community. The University of Mumbai offers the Sir Currimbhoy Education Scholarship for doctoral research, awarded on the basis of open competition.
Premchand Roychand was a 19th-century Indian businessman known as the "Cotton King" and "Bullion King". Recorded as the first Indian broker able to speak, read and write English, he entered the lists as a stock broker in 1849. He was the founding member of The Bombay Stock Exchange. The Rajabai Clock Tower, named after his mother, in the University of Bombay, and the library was built from a donation by him, as was the library.
Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Esq., was a wealthy businessman and philanthropist who founded several education institutions in Mumbai. In October 1830, the British East India Company leased Byramee seven villages between Jogeshwari and Borivili, that totalled over 12,000 acres (49 km2) and Land's End, Bandra, a cape with the Bandra Fort that became known as the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Point. Byramjee built a beautiful, large mansion as his personal home on the hill overlooking the fort.
Piggybanks have little to do with pigs. In medieval times, people would store excess change in earthen vessels made of a clay called Pygg. The colloquial use of the term evolved over the ages. Of course, the shape of the container was made to be a pig, which appealed to adults and children!