" I had gained 15 pounds since the morning ... "

The Taj Hotel

The Taj Hotel, "built in the colonial hey-day of 1903, was a tonic reminder that India takes everything and makes it simply and irresistibly Indian. The Taj still offers an astrologer, and its bookstore has a large section of erotica. Outside its ceremonial entrance, horse-drawn victorias still clop toward the ocean. And when I weighed myself on the scale in my room, it said I had gained 15 pounds since the morning." -- Pico Iyer.


Further chapters of Bombay Bazaar:
images 12 - 22
images 23 - 30