‘The River that Stalwarts had to Cross’ is a view of Bund Garden dam looking westward from the bridge to Yerwada. This colonial period bridge has lions that represented the British Empire decorating at four corners of the bridge. It was built soon after Queen Victoria took over the reins of India from the East India Company. The books sitting on the balustrade along with a wild pigeon and paintbrushes and a palette are associated with the world on the other side of the river.
Historian V.K.Rajwade single-handedly compiled the 18 volume Maraathyaanchyaa Itihaaasaachi Saadhane (मराठ्यांच्या इतिहासाचीं साधनें), a source book of original documents of the Maratha Confederacy. The Itihasacharya could not take the atrocity of the English indoctrination available in the Deccan College for more than a few months. Tilak the patriot graduated from the Deccan College along with his colleague Gopal Agarkar. Tilak was a mathematician and a scholar. By deciphering the references to the constellation Orion in the Vedas Tilak has put forward a theory of migration of the Vedic Aryas from the arctic region.
Sant Dnyaneshvar was native of Alandi a few miles to the North. His Dnyaaneshvari (ज्ञानेश्वरी), Marathi commentary of Bhagavad Gita, has withstood the passage of centuries and rules the spiritual domain all over rural Maharashtra. Vagvaijayanti (वाग्वैजयंती) is a collection of poems by Ram Ganesh Gadkari the poet-playwright who left a lasting imprint on Marathi literature of the 20th century. In his poem Dasara he has paid a tribute to the social courage of the Bhagvat family in which Mumbiram’s paternal grandmother was born.