Town Hall, Bombay: Bombay was the largest, most populous and enterprising city of the British Empire. Considered the ‘Eye of India’, the picture postcards of Bombay were the most varied. They tell of an idyllic Bombay, long gone, with spacious tree-lined avenues and trams, bullock carts and buggies ferrying people and goods.

A passage to India

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The dawn of the 20th century at the height of the British Raj saw significant changes in the landscape of India. These included the evolution of new capital cities in the plains and summer retreats in the hills; formation of new towns; establishment of cantonment towns with their military and civil lines; development of ports; and the creation of an extensive rail and road network. Picturesque India: A Journey in Early Picture Postcards (Niyogi Books; Rs 1995; 423 pages) by Sangeeta and Ratnesh Mathur documents them visually through a selection of vintage postcards posted by Europeans from their travels to India. Presenting a pictorial journey through pre-Independent India…

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April 2019