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Battle of the Clocks

25 February, 2014
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Clocks: Victoria Terminus (VT) (1888)

Clocks: Victoria Terminus (VT) (1888)

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

Guest Post by Dr. Prashant Kidambi.

In the early twentieth century Bombay witnessed an extraordinary ‘Battle of the Clocks’. The controversy erupted in July 1905 when the Government of India, invoking the imperatives of science, civilization and commerce, introduced a Standard Time for the whole country. The Victoria Terminus, like other railway stations in the city, fell in line and adopted Standard Time. But across the road, Indian nationalists in the Bombay municipality orchestrated a vociferous public movement against the decision, and succeeded in overturning an earlier Corporation resolution adopting the new time. They thereby inaugurated a tradition of local resistance to Standard Time that lasted until March 1950.

Hersh Acharya captures the clock that compromised first.

Dr. Prashant Kidambi is a Senior Lecturer in Colonial Urban History at the University of Leicester.

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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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The Victoria Terminus (VT) celebrates 125 glorious years

31 May, 2013
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Staircases: Victoria Terminus (VT) (1888)
Bori Bunder (presently Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus {CST}, Dadabhai Naoroji Road).

2013 is an important anniversary year for railway structures across the globe. The Victoria Terminus, Bombay’s most iconic landmark, designed by Frederick William Stevens, turned 125.

In another great city, New York, the magnificent Grand Central Terminal celebrates its centennial.

Photographs courtesy Hersh Acharya. Have a look at the glorious gallery of photos above.

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