Tag Archives: Colonialism

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Bombay (Mumbai)

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The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel was and still is the grande dame of the Bombay/Mumbai hospitality scene. It appears, like a mirage at the edge of Apollo Bunder, facing the Arabian Sea. In fact, the best view of the hotel … Continue reading

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Bombay Art Deco (Churchgate and Marine Drive)… and Malabar Hill

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It is a very little known fact that today’s Mumbai plays host to the second-largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world after Miami. Most visitors gape in awe at the city’s monumental Victorian Gothic buildings, and oftentimes overlook … Continue reading

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Old Bombay Districts – Bazaargate, Ballard Estate, Colaba and Mazgaon

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This third “walk” through Old Bombay takes the grand tourist through four districts and suburbs, providing for a multi-cultural experience. Bazaargate Bazaargate was the erstwhile “Black Town” of the city; the commercial heart of the non-European residents of the city. … 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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Singapore Writer’s Festival 2015 – The Fluid Identities of Southeast Asia, 7 Nov, 4 – 5 pm

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I’m very happy to update that I shall be a featured writer at the Singapore Writer’s Festival 2015. Join me and journalist, Elizabeth Pisani (author of the book, Indonesia, Etc – Exploring the Impossible Nation) at a panel on “The … Continue reading

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(Unhealthily) Obsessed with the Colonial

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Last week I paid a visit to the venerable Hotel Des Indes in The Hague (the Netherlands) – the sister hotel to the late Hotel Des Indes in Batavia (today’s Jakarta), sadly demolished by Soeharto in the 1970s. It struck … Continue reading

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