When I was in India – Part II by Harry Erskine
This article was first published in Bangor Aye, January 2012, Bangor, Northern Ireland. When I Was in India – A Travel Journal in Many Parts
Part II – Touchdown in Bombay
Upon arrival in Bombay I registered at the Taj Mahal hotel, one of the world’s famous hotels which in the early 1960s had an air of past grandeur sinking into genteel dustiness where history and tradition hung like ectoplasm in the corridors.
My porter and I rocked and clanked up into the heights of the building in an ancient Victorian lift with ornate gates. My room was in the rear recesses of the building that in an Irish country house would have been referred to as the servants’ quarters and it dawned on me that the tea company that I had joined was probably not one of the greater commercial enterprises in India.
After a tepid shower in…
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