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Sunday, 2 June 2013

Gothic corners

The weather is changing now but,we've had three weeks or more of too hot weather.  Relentlessly still, humid and sunny.  Fantastic for sitting in a cool cafe with an equally cool drink but exhausting for anything else.

Wandering around Mumbai with my camera, a target for every tout and taxi driver in the city, I found myself seeking out leafy and shaded streets and enjoying the gothic side of the city.

Like all Colonial architecture there is an incongruity to it that can make it seem out of place yet, in the use of local materials and some adaptation of ornamentation it leans towards local traditions too.  At least that how it seems to me.  Here are some pictures of what I've been looking at:

Rajbai Clock Tower, on Fort Campus, University of Mumbai
Rajbai Clock Tower, the Mumbai cousin of Big Ben

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 Gated gardens with lovely wrought iron work. 

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 Guarding the Garden
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 More elaborate architecture in Fort with a "raven" for added effect

In the last week the breezes have started blowing, the clouds billowing and as I wrote this one of our first sprinkles of rain fell.  Things are cooling down just as work winds down for the summer and my thoughts are on monsoon travels.


magiceye said...

Beautiful captures!

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice captures.

BombayJules said...

Great shots AMASC....I have been wanting to get out and take photos of Bombay's lovely colonial buildings for ages. It's either too hot or too something!

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rupam sarma said...

Beautiful captures.

Chuzai Living said...

You took beautiful photos! They make me excited about moving to Mumbai! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!!

amasc said...

I'm glad you're excited. I love Mumbai but for some people it takes time to see the beauty of the city. I try to do my little bit to get it out there in advance.