Photographer's Note

My time machine has brought me to Bombay, India in 1988, long before the city was renamed Mumbai.

Truly this is nothing special, just a man who seems to be sharing his lunch with a flock of crows. Judging from his clothes he may have been an employee of the famous luxury Taj Mahal Hotel just across the street, maybe working as a cleaner. Maybe he came here every day to find the birds waiting for him. Crows are known to be quite smart, so they may very possibly have learned that they would be fed every day at the same time and place.

In the background is the Gateway of India, Bombay's most famous landmark, built between 1915 and 1924 to commemorate the visit in 1911 by the British King and Emperor George V and his wife Mary.

In February 1948 the last colonial British troops left through this gate after India had gained its independence a few months earlier.

The map coordinates 18.92157 72.83352 will show you where I took this photo. Just click Map: view in the box to the right.

I have scanned it from a Kodachrome slide. Here is a larger version.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9516 W: 508 N: 18512] (82138)
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