"In Mumbai, the air is saltier. The sea is roilier. The traffic is snarlier. The pinks are pinker. The ostentation is crazier." ~ Hanya Yanagihara

Our view of the Arabia Sea...
was one of the many perks
of splurging on the grandeur of The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel...
built in 1903, 
twenty one years before the Gateway of India.
Seriously, if it's okay for Prince William and Kate...
it should be fine for Ren Man and I.

Not sure how I didn't already know this,
but apparently I love dosa, 
and since the Taj did such a great job with breakfast, 
every morning began with dosa. 

Of course,
when it came to making us feel like royalty,
the red flag man sealed the deal.
Yes, his job is to keep the birds away from the beautiful pool area.
He did a fabulous job BTW.
Trust me on this...
the Taj Mahal Palace is always a good idea.

From its location,
we were able to explore nearby icons
 showing the historical significance left behind
 from the British rule from 1858-1947. 
We had the pleasure of meeting one of those icons;
a famous, now 94 year old Boman Kohinoor,
 while dining at the Britannia, 
one of the few remaining Parsi cafes. 

(It appears Conde' Nast requires you to click on the link to Youtube.)
You will not be disappointed!
He is amazing
 and so is the food.
Known as Mumbai's Big Ben,
the Rajabai Clock Tower was completed in 1878.
During the British Raj,
it played the tune of God Save the Queen
 and Rule Britannia among others.
The Prince of Wales museum, now known as 
is the main museum of Mumbai and recently received a 
UNESCO award for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
David Sassoon is remembered as Mumbai's most famous
 Jewish businessman and philanthropist. 
Click on his name for an interesting read on his background.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM), UNESCO World Heritage Site
Driving through the busy streets of Mumbai by car,
 as if looking through a viewmaster...
haircut anyone?
snapshots of present day Mumbai...
clicked into view...
great use of edible trash...

nothing like an illegal veggie market on a bridge right in front of the police
and real life unfolded before my eyes.

At the same time...
the skyline revealed the past...
dotted with the few mill chimneys still standing...
as evidence of the evolution of the textile industry.
While researching which fabric markets to explore while in Mumbai
 I was dumbfounded to learn that many of the textiles sold in Mumbai markets today
 are actually made in China.
a few of the mill chimneys are being protected
 and their importance in the history of Mumbai preserved.

As I reminisce India...
it is filled with constant chatter, controlled chaos
 and full on color.

Stay tuned for one more post on Mumbai coming up next.



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