A better story

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

Merewether Road and Strand Road, 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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2 thoughts on “A better story

  1. Sujata

    Your pictures of the beautiful Taj Mahal Palace hotel remins me of the recent big book on Taj history by the authors you’ve mentioned. I believe it’s out of print, but I lust for it! Also, I’d love to know more specifics about the interior decoration of this hotel in the prewar period. Miss Bombaywalla, have you any pictures to share?

    1. admin Post author

      Hello Sujata, Thanks for your little notes.Dwivedi and Allen’s book has many lovely photos of the Taj from the prewar period. I used them for my thesis. It also covers the practices of interior decoration.


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