Category Archives: Sociology & Urban Studies

SINGAPORE 1819 – A LIVING LEGACY

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On October 18th, my new book, SINGAPORE 1819 – A LIVING LEGACY launches.  This is my third book, and it comes some three years after the first two. I’m immensely pleased that it’s finally done, given that it is pretty … Continue reading

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Akbar’s Agra – Fatehpur Sikri and the Agra Fort

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In 1563, the Emperor Akbar, the third of the Mughal Emperors, entered Agra and made it his capital. Initially, he lived here, in what would become the Agra fort, on the banks of Yamuna River. But in 1571, he would … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III-11: Agra…City of the Taj

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Most visitors to Agra come for one purpose alone – to marvel at the Taj Mahal. They day-trip here from Delhi or spend at most a night in this city. That is a pity, since there is so much more … Continue reading

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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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