Little England in India

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If only the bus were a little more red and a little less boxy, I could have sworn I was in South Kensington or Knightsbridge in London rather than in Mumbai. The double decker bus, the Victorian Gothic architecture — a common inheritance of the British empire that is at once familiar and strange. I did not spend long enough in Mumbai to explore further the lingering British influence and how it had been adapted to local circumstances.

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I wonder if people on their first visit from Mumbai to London have that same mix of feelings of déjà vu and novelty.

This entry was written by Donal Hanley , posted on Friday February 29 2008at 12:02 am , filed under Heritage and Preservation, South Asia, Transportation and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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