Railway kitsch and Bombay posers

20 May, 2013
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Facade: BB&CI Railway Administrative Offices
(1899) Churchgate (presently Western Railway Head Office).

The celebration of the 160th anniversary of the Indian Railways has occasioned some wonderful examples of railway kitsch. At the Bombay, Baroda & Central India (BB&CI) Railway Administrative Offices, green spotlights compliment the signs in red and neon and the locomotive, all recent additions to the structure and setting.

The green lights, though close and tangible, could well be the one(s) Gatsby believed in, the orgastic future that makes us ‘run faster, stretch out our arms farther’.

A host of Bombaywallas pose by the locomotive, some as precariously as they would be placed on a daily commute (see our gallery above).

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