Driving the Ladies

22 July, 2013
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Infrastructure: Marine Drive (1940)

Infrastructure: Marine Drive (1940)

(presently Netaji Subhaschandra Bose Marg).

Drives were among the public activities in which the ladies of Bombay first participated. Upper class native women were a secluded, sheltered lot; disallowed from attending the meetings, balls, nauches, farewell parties and annual exhibitions that men enjoyed.
As criticism of these exclusionary practices grew louder from the city’s European population, largely because it skewed the male-female ratio at their balls, native men conceded that being spotted in a carriage with their ladies, might, in fact, be quite fashionable.

Hersh Acharya captures Marine Drive in a superb, single sweep.

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