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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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Old Madras II – Poonamallee High Road, Mount Road and the Marina

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This second part of our leisurely wander through Old Madras (today’s Chennai), takes us down three major thoroughfares in the city – Poonamallee High Road, Mount Road (and the suburb of Egmore), and South Beach Road along the Marina. These … Continue reading

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Eight Months In, or the Insidious-Amazing Way in which the Museum just creeps into your System and TAKES OVER

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When I first got the job, someone – a good friend of mine who just so happens to be the other Director of a National Museum (there aren’t that many – you know who you are) warned me that I … Continue reading

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Nadesar Palace, Benares (Varanasi)

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Nadesar Palace is a dream of a boutique hotel. First built by the East India Company in the late 1700s, it was then taken over by the Maharajah Prabhu Narain Singh of the Royal House of Benares from 1889, and … Continue reading

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A Wander through the Ghats of Benares (Varanasi), Part One

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The main event in the sacred city of Benares, are its supposedly 87 ghats, which the grand tourist can take in from end to end in a single, three hour walk, or an hour-long boat-ride on the Ganges River. I … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III-2: Sacred City… Benares (Varanasi)

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Benares is old. Older than the other cities on this Grand Tour. Older than most cities… It rises, like a mirage, on the west bank of the mighty Ganges River. It is a port city, but of souls first and … Continue reading

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