Reminiscing Victoria

In my earlier post, I had mentioned that Kolkata (Calcutta) has two landmarks which are synonymous with the city. Howrah Bridge and of course, Victoria Memorial.

For a city which was created during the British Raj, it is not surprising that both its landmarks are British creations. Personally, I consider Howrah Bridge to be the signature for my city. It may be in part because that was the structure I saw first when I came to Calcutta for the first time, as a very small kid. When my mom told me that we would be going over that bridge, I wondered and worried, how on earth are we gonna get on top of those steel structures! In my defense, I was 5 years old. πŸ™‚

I digress.

To get back to Victoria Memorial, it was built, as the name suggests, in memory of Queen Victoria. In 1901, at the death of the Queen, the then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon suggested the creation of the Memorial. The Memorial was finally opened in 1921.

Designed by the British architect, William Emerson, the building is made with white Makrana marble, like the Taj Mahal. And, it does not need a rocket scientist to figure out the similarity in design of the two structures. I guess, it is sort of poor man’s Taj Mahal. πŸ™‚

But, there’s no denying that it is a beautiful structure, and I enjoy going there for an occasional walk.

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I have shared three shots of the building, taken from, essentially the same place, early in the morning. Do let me know which one you like the most.

This post is also in response to this week’s photo challenge: Three

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48 thoughts on “Reminiscing Victoria

    • Hey Cathy! Thank you so much for giving your honest opinion! And the day I take criticism as “wrong”…well, that’s the day I stop learning! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  2. The Taj Mahal is the symbol of love. Queen Victoria is just a symbol of an era. I prefer the Taj Mahal, but I never had the opportunity to look at. And what are the colored lines in image?

    • I agree, Marie! I have had the privilege of seeing both structures…and the grandeur of the Taj is in a different league of its own! About the lines, honestly, only after you mentioned it, did I notice them, after enlarging the image..Maybe my monitor is not that good…I can see them only in the second image…Is it the same for you? I don’t really know what they are! 😦

      • This is a problem of quality. How do you save the images in your camera? Just a JPEG? Let use NEF too with the maximal megapixel! And after to edit let save JPEG high quality (12) or PNG (normal) format. Try it! Maybe even is another problem: the vapor, fog etc. Unfortunately, I’ve also experienced on my pictures.

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  4. If it would be a postcard I would go for the first one…
    If it would be an advertisement for a β€˜British tea brand’ I’d take the second one.
    The light in the third one is really nice. You zoomed in…for some reason I would like this one in a squire frame and skip 1/4th from the Left side. I wonder, which one do you like best?
    It’s a pleasure to see al these wonderful views of where you live!
    Nice!

    • Thank you Belinda! as usual…you have provided a perspective I would never have thought of! I will try the cropping in the 3rd image as you suggest..have never tried square frame before…wish I could show the result to you!
      If you ask me…I liked the first one most, because of the different hues of the sky…which looked nice to me..of course my lightroom processing skills are very ordinary…it could have been done much better, i think. Thanks again for your advice! πŸ™‚

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  7. Beautiful building and it looks very nice with the reflections in the water.
    My favourite is the first one because it has the best composition. In the second photo, the building is too much centred and in the third photo it should have been more air (well, technically speaking more water) below the reflection.
    I also like the colours in the first photo best, but that’s just a matter of taste. The monochrome one is also very appropriate.

    • Thank you CG! My opinion is also more or less on same lines…though I do want to try out Belinda’s suggestion on the third shot…I enjoy trying different stuff with same buildings..to try and see if I can sneak in a fresh perspective! πŸ™‚

  8. I have visited Taj Mahal several times – but every time I feel awed by the sheer size. You don’t get that feeling in Victoria Memorial.

    BTW: When I was a kid I used to think that the name is “Victorial Memorial”

    • haha…victorial!! i like that name! πŸ™‚ And I agree with your point on the awe-inspiring feeling of the Taj..Even I never get that with Victorial..i mean Victoria! πŸ™‚

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  12. So happy to have come across your blog! Im heading to India in a few days and I thought I’d ask you this question: To the Taj Mahal or not to the Taj Mahal? {bear in mind overrun tourist hotspots make me sad}

    • Hmmm..well…usually for people visiting India, the famous triangle of Agra, Delhi and Jaipur is very popular…and if you ask me, the Taj is indeed quite an awe-inspiring sight…but, you cannot avoid the tourists…in the second most populous country in world, can you? πŸ˜€ How long are you guys planning to stay in India? Remember, India is many countries in one country..but, I am sure you would have done your research! πŸ™‚

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