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Queen’s Statue Esplanade Road Mumbai-Old Postcard
Old 1890 postcard of Queen’s Victoria Statue in Esplanade Road in Bombay (or Mumbai). There are two old postcards in this post. Shown is once British-era Bombay’s most famous boulevards. That is the Esplanade Road, now called Mahatma Gandhi Road. Visible on one side is the canopied Queen Victoria’s marble figure. The trend of installing Queen’s sculptures all over India began earnestly after 1857. When the Indian Empire came under the direct rule of the British Crown.
Thus doing away with East India Company’s rule over India. Victoria never came to India even for the Delhi Durbar of 1877 when she became the Empress of India. But she became absorbed into Indian life. Thirty years later after the mutiny of 1857, she was studying Hindustani, eating Indian curries. The British brought England with them. Bringing cricket, polo, clubs, statues, construction of fine buildings, and so on. All these have been absorbed into the Indian way of life as their own.
Read also The British Raj in India. See my post Queen Victoria’s Canopied Statue Bombay-Old Photo 1898.
Did you know- many local words that influenced the English language for eg teak from the Malayalam word thek, similarly mango from Malayalam manga, pyjamas from Urdu payjamah, while ‘shampoo’ is from the Hindi word champo.
From the collection- c1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#1)., Old Photo – Darjeeling Himalayan Railway 1890., Arrival Of Lord Mountbatten At Delhi – Old Print 1947., Coonoor In Nilgiris – Old Postcard 1910.