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Truly, the jewel in the city's crown

November 27, 2008

It has been years since this treasure of Mumbai was renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus after the great Maratha monarch, but it has remained VT (for Victoria Terminus) for many Mumbaikars.

The Central Railways's main terminus has remained the symbol of Mumbai buzz, where millions hop off onto its platforms every day. It is also been a snapshot of the city of dreams as captured in Hindi films with scenes of outsiders entering the city and building their lives here, thus adding to the charisma and sense of possibility that Mumbai offers.

One of Mumbai's most beautiful buildings -- completed in 1888 -- flagged off India's first train 155 years ago and is at the heart of the city's heritage quarter.

On a Sunday morning, if you stand across the street from this marvel, you can gaze at it for hours, such is its unique beauty. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2004. Nothing in Mumbai has been able to match up to the grandeur of this imposing work of art.

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