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A better story

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

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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The Taj at Apollo Bunder

26 November, 2015
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Shine On

Windows: Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (1903)

Apollo Bunder.

Legend has it that the Indian industrialist Jamsetji Tata begun the Taj in 1903, in retaliation for being denied admission into the European run and owned Esplanade Hotel or Watson’s Hotel in Bombay. This account is highly implausible.
The Esplanade Hotel hosted 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, stayed at the Esplanade before their return to Calcutta.

In another popular account Tata begun the Taj after being barred from entering Pyrke’s Apollo Hotel in Bombay. This is also an implausible anecdote.
Apollo Hotel (1887) was run by a Parsi proprietor, Hormusji Modi. E. W. Pyrke was made a partner proprietor only in late 1904, a year after the Taj had opened, and after which the business was conducted under the modified name of Pyrke’s Apollo Hotel.

This post is dedicated to the cities, citizens and structures that have been brutally attacked by terrorists in recent months.

‘Shine on’ says photographer Hersh Acharya.

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‘THE CHARGES ARE MODERATE’

23 August, 2013
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Facades: Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Facades: Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (1903)

Apollo Bunder.

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel continued the long established discourse of offering moderately priced accommodation in Bombay. At the time of its opening in December 1903, room rates on a per day basis were Rs 6 and upwards, comparing favourably with the rates of smaller hotels, that had as early as 1871, charged between Rs 4 to 5 per day.

Hersh Acharya captures the original Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the New Taj, which stands on the site of W. B. Green & Co.’s four-storied Apollo Bunder Restaurant and Café and the glorious Gateway.

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