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The suburb of Tardeo

8 July, 2013
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Infrastructure: Tardeo Road

The suburb of Tardeo was developed from the 1850s onwards to host the industries, establishments and citizens that were considered unsuitable for accommodating in the city centre of the Fort or the residential stronghold of Byculla. Mills, gas companies, widows, pensioners and a few European and Indian householders like the Adenwallas and Jessawallas gathered in Tardeo and made good neighbours.

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This magical photograph is shot by Hersh Acharya.

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You say Tata and I say hello

5 July, 2013
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The Esplanade Hotel (1871)

Porticos: The Esplanade Hotel (1871)
Esplanade Road, Fort, (presently Esplanade Mansion, Mahatma Gandhi Road).

Among the urban legends of Bombay is the story that the industrialist Jamsetji Tata begun the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 1903, in retaliation for being denied admission into the European run and owned The Esplanade Hotel.
The story seems implausible for several reasons not least because John Watson’s The Esplanade admitted Indian guests as early as 1871, the year of its opening. Three young Bengalis, fresh from passing the Civil Service Examination in England in 1871, chose to stay at The Esplanade Hotel before their return to Calcutta.

Yesterday’s newspapers inform that the Esplanade Mansion (nee Hotel), India’s oldest surviving building with a cast iron framework, will be redeveloped. See the Local category of our Media Section for the reports.

The photograph is shot by Hersh Acharya.

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Just the pits

1 July, 2013
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Edward Theatre (1884)

Balconies: Edward Theatre (1884)
Kalbadevi Road, Dhobi Talao.

There was a wide choice of seating arrangements in theatres in Bombay in mid 1800’s- the Dress Circle, Gallery, Stalls and Pit. The pit often hosted noisy and drunk spectators that bothered the young, unmarried European actresses on stage.

Tickets, ranging from Rs. 4 to Rs. 1, could be bought at the offices of The Times of India or The Bombay Gazette newspapers or on the night of the performance, at the theatre itself.

This photograph of perfect proportions is shot by Hersh Acharya.

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I want to hold your hand

28 June, 2013
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Boundaries: Marine Drive (1940)
(presently Netaji Subhaschandra Bose Marg).

Public displays of affection (PDA) in 20th c Bombay were most common between men. Men holding hands or strolling the streets arm in arm were a regular sight. These roadside romeos were not necessarily gay. In fact, homosexual, like hetrosexual couples in Bombay, for the most part, stayed awkwardly apart in public.

Now that the Washingtonwallas have given a thumbs up to gay couples, Bombaywallas might follow.

The photograph is shot by Hersh Acharya.

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What we’re Hearting, Lonely Planet India

27 June, 2013
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Bombaywalla Lonely Planet

Bombaywalla, Lonely Planet (India), July 2013.

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