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Hot Diggity Dog Diggity

26 July, 2013
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Staircases: Town Hall (1833)

Staircases: Town Hall (1833)

Fort (presently Asiatic Society of Mumbai).

Dogs in Bombay have not always had it easy. In the early 1800’s the colonial government passed regulations permitting the culling of stray dogs during the hot seasons. In 1832, the culling was particularly indiscriminate, leading to the Bombay Dog Riots of 1832. The native inhabitants of Bombay, outraged by the killings, attacked European constables, blocked the supplies to the garrison at Colaba and shut their commercial establishments in protest; effectively bringing the city to a complete halt.

Currently, dogs across India are in danger of being destroyed by speeding cars of the government of Gujarat.

This pensive dog and model in motion are captured by Hersh Acharya.

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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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Room for Scandal

19 July, 2013
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Signage: Grand Hotel (1922)

Signage: Grand Hotel (1922)

Ballard Estate.

The Grand Hotel is not only a popular name for hotels across the globe it also refers to a genre of hotels.
Grand hotels were large establishments run by a manager and his staff (rather than the proprietor), had an atmosphere of anonymity and availed of the latest technologies of lifts, electric fans and gadgets.
Scandals were good business for grand hotels. High passion romances and affairs, a small dose of suicides on the hotel premises, all became the stuff of urban legend.

Once again, DJ Murty in the house.

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Somewhere beyond the sea

15 July, 2013
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Infrastructure: Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link (2009)

Infrastructure: Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link (2009)

also referred to as the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

Causeways were among the earliest infrastructural projects that connected the Town and Island of Bombay to its neighbouring islands.
Colaba Causeway, constructed in 1838, was among the last of these projects, joining the southermost islands of Colaba and the Old Woman’s Island to that of Bombay.

This spectacular view is shot by Hersh Acharya.

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In the jungle

12 July, 2013
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Motifs: Victoria Terminus

Motifs: Victoria Terminus (VT) (1888)

Bori Bunder (presently Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus {CST}, Dadabhai Naoroji Road).

A lion (pictured above), representing England, and a tiger, representing India, guard the entrance gates to the main block of the Victoria Terminus.
Recently the lion roared that tigers wishing to make it past the entrance gates of England will be required to deposit a security bond of £3000.

This photo establishes Mr. Murty as a young master of photographic camouflage.

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