The Taj at Apollo Bunder

26 November, 2015
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Shine On

Windows: Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (1903)

Merewether Road and Strand Road, 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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