Wednesday, July 22, 2009

ABC Wednesday - A for Asiatic library


The Asiatic Society of Bombay is based in Mumbai, India. It can trace its origin to the Literary Society of Bombay which first met in Mumbai on November 26, 1804, and was founded by Sir James Mackintosh. It was formed with the intention of "promoting useful knowledge, particularly such as is now immediately connected with India". After the Royal Asiatic Society was established in London in 1823, the Literary Society of Bombay became affiliated with it and was known as the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society since 1830. The Bombay Geographical Society merged with it in 1873 followed by the Anthropological Society of Bombay in 1896. In 1954, it was renamed the Asiatic Society of Bombay; it acquired its present name in 2002. It is funded by an annual grant from the Central Government of India.
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19 comments:

  1. Well, Magiceye, it's not an eclipse but it's a very nice building. Again, I appreciate the historical background.

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  2. Interesting photo, building and facts.

    Did you enjoy the eclipse? It is just beginning here in Hawaii right now, but will only be partial.
    Namaste & Aloha-

    Comfort Spiral

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  3. Great post! Really enjoyed the information and it's a beautiful shot!

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  4. Now that is what a library should look like! Makes me want to enter and browse.

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  5. un bel immeuble et merci pour les explications
    a beautiful building and thank you for explanations

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  6. It is a magnificent structure... Hope that the library has loads of visitors.

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  7. Impressive place and lovely photo!

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  8. Great shot! Thanks also for the history!

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  9. A nice building and a bit of history as well.

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  10. That's an amazingly involved history. I know some people who'd love to be able to do research here.

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  11. What a grand gleaming building, very fitting for what it holds!

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  12. Heard this morning on the news that people were hurt in the stampede to see the eclipse .. glad you were not there ..

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  13. That's an imposing building with a fascinating history. Good choice for A!

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  14. Very grand and imposing building.

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  15. A fine looking building housing a lot of history.

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  16. Impressive looking place! I wonder what the British considered "useful knowledge regarding India"... Is this the original building or has that been replaced along with the names?

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