The Grand Old Man of India

Dadabhai Naoroji who is fondly called as the Grand Old Man of India, was a Parsi intellectual, educator, cotton trader, and an early Indian political leader. He died in 1917 at the age of 92 and was one of the founders of the Indian National Congress, which was India’s first political party. He was a…

The River of Learning

The heritage building called Elphinstone College, was established in 1856 is an institution of higher education in affiliation with the University of Mumbai. Said to be one of the oldest colleges of the University of Mumbai, it boasts of a illustious alumni with names like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Pherozshah Mehta, and Jamshedji Tata. The college celebrated 150 years in 2006 with Sesquicentennial celebrationsas is categorized…

A Lost Cause

These ruins belong to one of the most grand hotels of the city at one time, called  Watson’s Hotel which was restricted to ‘whites only’. The hotel is said to be the first of its kind to boast of ceiling fans. while popular folklore has it that the 1903 Indo-Saracenic style The Taj Mahal Palace hotel resort owes its existence…

Banking In Style!

Moving along in my exploration of the Victorian town side of Mumbai City, this is the Head Quarters of the Standard Chartered Bank Mumbai. What I loved about this building is are the statues that you can see from across the street. I have added the entire structure inset, with the image. Do let me…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Old Fashioned 2

Flora Fountain, at the Hutatma Chowk is another heritage structure which is found at the heart of Churchgate, south Mumbai. Constructed in 1864, the working fountain is surrounded with intricate sculptures and depicts the Roman goddess Flora. Although parts of the structure are broken, I sure hope that they restore it soon. The fountain looks…