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Old January 9th, 2009, 12:53 AM   #1
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Mahratta's Showcase: Bombay, India

As my thread on Vasai continues, I've decided to add another set of pictures from my recent India trip - Mumbai, the financial centre of India.

Here are some pictures of South Bombay, one of my favourite places on Earth. It is a mix of the architecture and the street life of the area.

Siddhivinayak Mandir, not in South Bombay (it's in Prabhadevi, between Dadar and Worli, so a fair bit north of South Bombay itself)

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Watson's Hotel, located in South Bombay. The oldest surviving cast iron building in India, built in the 1860s. A common tale describes Jamsetji Tata being excluded from the hotel as an Indian, which led him to build the rival Taj Mahal Hotel (profiled later). Although the building is a class II historical structure it is in a decrepit state.

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Old January 9th, 2009, 12:59 AM   #2
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Whoa! That doesnt look like it will stand much longer.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 01:04 AM   #3
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Let's hope it does, it's a brilliant historical landmark.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 02:10 AM   #4
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Hautatma Chowk, formerly Flora Fountain:

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the British influence in South Bombay is particularly strong. Hopefully more buildings around old cities in India (most, like Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad etc. are far older than Bombay's) get restored in the same way

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Old January 9th, 2009, 06:36 PM   #5
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Very nice shots Mahratta
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Old January 9th, 2009, 08:14 PM   #6
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the David Sassoon Library (I didn't notice the foot until I uploaded)

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Streetscapes of Old Bombay

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Old January 11th, 2009, 03:08 AM   #7
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Old January 11th, 2009, 07:04 AM   #8
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Incredible snapshots! I look forward to more.
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Old January 11th, 2009, 07:46 AM   #9
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very nice pcitures
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Old January 11th, 2009, 06:03 PM   #10
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More.

I love the juxtaposition of old and new, beautiful and decrepit in South Bombay (and all around India, really)

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Rajabai clocktower

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Old January 12th, 2009, 02:58 AM   #11
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More Mumbai:

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Top quality photos!
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Definately a rich architectural heritage, shame about the quality but then it is India.... all that is wonderfull and awful at the same time.
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the David Sassoon Library (I didn't notice the foot until I uploaded)

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nice pictures btw
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Old January 13th, 2009, 01:08 AM   #15
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Definately a rich architectural heritage, shame about the quality but then it is India.... all that is wonderfull and awful at the same time.
Sometimes the awfulness is wonderful.
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Eros Cinema, one of the few remaining art deco cinemas of Mumbai. It was built in the late 1930s. 'scuse the sun-glare

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an out of focus picture of part of the Mumbai skyline at dusk

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Old January 14th, 2009, 03:02 AM   #17
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Watson's Hotel

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Stunning architecture....you can really see the British influence in many of those buildings + Indian flair.
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Couldn't have said it better myself, mate! Colonial architecture with a tropical Indian flavour resulting in excellent buildings.

Thank you for sharing these pictures.
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Wow! Didn't expect those building in India! Thanks for enlighten me!
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