view looking back at the port was grand as we started out into the bay.
The big white building is the Taj, a landmark in the city and symbol of
disgust at the British Raj. It was built after a rich Indian was not let
into a fancy hotel (this was back in the "no dogs or Indians allowed" days)
got so mad he decided to build his own. It has outlived the original he
got kicked out of, and is now one of the premier pieces of property in
the city (the big ugly skyscraper next to it is a 70's addition, and the
entire complex is now officially called the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower).
The Gateway of India was built for a visit
by the British king in 1911; unfortunately construction didn't start until
a few months before he came (pretty typical on the planning end of things
here) and so wasn't ready for him - in fact it wasn't completed until 13
years later! About the only "famous" thing that the British ever did was
march out under it when they left India in 1948. In any case, the whole
complex is a pretty important center of Indian pride (and it does look
pretty cool from the water.)