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A better story

10 December, 2015
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Windows: Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (1903)

Merewether Road and Strand Road, Apollo Bunder.

Miss Bombaywalla would like to butter up those constituents bitter about the last post on Mr Tata & the Taj with a better story on Mr Tata’s motives:

Historians Sharada Dwivedi and Charles Allen explain that Jamsetji Tata envisioned the Taj as an enterprise that would boost the morale and landscape of Bombay which was still recovering from a devastating bubonic plague (1896-1900).

The Taj was a symbol of the restored health and confidence of Bombay as a whole. An indigenous enterprise, the newest marker on the city skyline, the Taj welcomed advancing ships and their passengers to its gates as much as it did to the restored city.

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