Category Archives: Sociology & Urban Studies

The Imperial, New Delhi (and Maiden’s Hotel, Delhi)

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In Delhi, I had the splendid opportunity to stay at not one, but two of the city’s historic grand hotels. The first, was, of course, Hotel Imperial (today’s The Imperial, New Delhi), Delhi’s modern and luxurious hotel establishment, the equivalent … Continue reading

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Monumental Bombay II – Oval Maidan to Crawford Market

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The second part of our walking tour of Old Bombay takes in some of the most iconic, monumental and stupendous buildings and public spaces in Bombay in what constitutes the civic and cultural heart of the old city.  Many of … Continue reading

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Dream Of A City, or The Importance of Being Kennie

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Recently, I dreamed of a city… It was a city I had known before. An impossible city, perched precariously on a craggy peninsula and island at the mouth of the Pearl River; floating at the edge of the South China … Continue reading

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Velha Goa (Old Goa)

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In the heyday of Velha Goa, one would have arrived by barge up the Mandovi River, docking to the north of the city proper, and arriving into Old Goa by way of the ancient Viceroy’s Arch. Today, it is far … Continue reading

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Resolution for 2018: Keep Calm and Smell the Roses

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My resolution in 2017 was to commit acts of rebellion, great and small, as frequently as I can. I have to say that’s almost all I’ve been doing this year, professionally, at least. I’ve succeeded in taking the museum in … Continue reading

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Pettah – Dutch and Multi-cultural Colombo

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The name “Pettah” is derived from the Sinhalese “pita-kotuwa”, which means “outside the fort”.  This exactly describes what Pettah was and is today. In the Dutch era, this area was known as the “oudestad”, or Old Town.  Where the Fort … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III-5: Tranquebar (Tharangambadi)… Danish India

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To the south of Pondicherry sits a somewhat laidback and half-forgotten port city, which for more than 200 years, was the capital of a modest Danish colonial empire in India. This is the city of Tranquebar, or Trankebar in Dansk. … Continue reading

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