Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus

The second most photographed building in India. A masterpiece of Victorian architecture. Domes, spires, Corinthian columns and minarets – the best of Baroque, with a strong flavour Indo-Islamic elements. Buttresses, domes, turrets, spires and stained glass windows. Gargoyles, stone carvings of peacocks, monkeys and British lions. The statue of Progress atop the dome instantly recognizable.
Named after the reigning monarch in the Silver Jubilee year of her reign. If ever a landmark deserved to be called Victoria Terminus, it is this.
Instead, it is named for a Maratha warrior who traveled only on horseback.
Can history be changed by changing names?

Drabble (n) - an extremely short work exactly one hundred words in length. The purpose of the drabble is brevity and to test the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space.

[Perhaps not immediately apparent, but this was written on the day when there was large scale violence in my city of adoption because a politician who is trying to make political capital by fanning parochial hatred was arrested by the police.
It is the same ideology that he swears by that led to Mumbai having a Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus and two Chatrapati Shivaji Terminals (one each for the domestic and international airports).
When will we, as a nation, wake up and learn that none of this is material to the quality of our lives?]

No comments:


Related Posts with Thumbnails