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Esplanade Emergency

11 September, 2016
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Interiors: Lady Willingdon Building for the Parsi Ambulance Division (1932)

1 Esplanade Road, Fort (presently M. G. Road).

Though located at 1 Esplanade Road, the Lady Willingdon Building for the Parsi Ambulance Division was in fact the last of the great medical institutions to be built on the Esplanade.

Once the grassy expanse that surrounded the Fort, the Esplanade was developed as part of the new city centre after the Fort walls had been destroyed in the 1860s.

By the 1890s, the Esplanade was dotted with medical institutions catering to women- the Bomanjee Edaljee Allbless Obstetric Hospital (1890), the Parsee Lying-in Hospital (1895) and the Pestanjee Hormusjee Cama Hospital for Women and Children (1896).

Three decades later, in naming the facility of the Parsi Ambulance Division, Lady Willingdon Building, the prominence of women on the promenade continued.

Hashim Badani shoots effortlessly on an emergency visit.

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My Deco strongest

14 October, 2013
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Motifs: New India Assurance Building (1936)

Motifs: New India Assurance Building (1936)

Esplanade Road, Fort (presently Mahatma Gandhi Road).

Move over the pale, frail labourers depicted on the marble reliefs of Bombay’s Neo-Gothic structures.
Feast on the fearful symmetry of the human form, framed in the city’s Art Deco buildings.

Hashim Badani captures a lean, mean Indian man and his machine.

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