Category Archives: Sociology & Urban Studies

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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Le Grand Hôtel d’Europe et Hôtel de l’Orient, Pondichéry

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La grande dame de l’ancienne scène d’hospitalité à Pondichéry, c’était le Grand Hôtel d’Europe, établi par Monsieur E. Magry (qui était un de la communauté créole de la ville) en 1891. Malheureusement l’hôtel a été fermé en 1996 et puis, … Continue reading

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The Tamil Quarter, Pondicherry

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The Tamil Quarter (or erstwhile “Black Town”) of Pondicherry sits to the West of the French Quarter. It was separated from the latter by a Grand Canal that bisected downtown Pondicherry, and still runs through the city today. In size, … Continue reading

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Le Quartier Français, Pondichéry

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We begin our tour of Pondicherry in the Ville Blanche, or White Town. This is the town the French built, and it as Gallic and Mediterranean as it can be, thousands of miles away from Marseille. Most of the buildings … Continue reading

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The Connemara Hotel, Madras

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The Connemara Hotel was the grande dame of the Madras hospitality scene. Its earliest incarnation was a private residence bought in 1815 by one of the foremost merchants of the city at the time, Mr John Binny. The road on which … Continue reading

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Old Madras III – Santhome, Mylapore and St Thomas Mount

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In 52 A.D., so it is said, St Thomas – one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ – landed at the Malabar Coast (the South-west Coast) of India, and travelled across the sub-continent to the ancient (and magnificent) port … Continue reading

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