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Bombay: The Acclimatisation Station for India – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 24th, 2012 · No Comments · Culture, India, Multi-culturalism, Travel

The Gateway of India, a domed arch of yellow basalt surrounded by four turrets, was built in Bombay in 1927 to commemorate the arrival, sixteen years earlier, of the British King, George V; instead it marked his permanent exist. In 1947, the British left their Empire under this same arch, the last of their troops marching mournfully on to the last of their ships… Cities are gateways: to money, to position, to dreams and devils. A migrant from Bihar might one day get to America; but first he needs a spell in the boot camp of the West: Bombay the acclimatisation station.

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