Recently, a former-colleague-turned-current-colleague and good friend thebombaybong uploaded this beautiful image of a statue of Queen Victoria set against the backdrop of the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
I was immediately reminded of Victoria Park in Hong Kong, which I had visited just a few days earlier
A statue of Queen Victoria is present in one of the largest parks in my home city of Bangalore, India, too. I live in Taipei, Taiwan, now. It takes about 8 hours of flying, including transits, to get from my home city to Hong Kong and Taipei. Isn’t it amazing how much before the advent of modern warfare and conveniences, one fellow member of our species, one individual, managed to lord over such vast territories! Her reign of nearly 64 years is the longest by a female monarch, giving the world the Victorian Era.
Do you have a statue of Queen Victoria (list) or any Colonial Era monarch in your city?
The morality and outcomes of colonialism are difficult to discuss objectively, and some bias is bound to creep depending on your heritage. But unquestionably, Queen Victoria has left her mark on human civilization, connecting such vastly different cities as London, Kolkata, and Hong Kong.
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In Culture Cupcake, an antonym I coined for “Culture Shock” :P, I write about my experiences in Taipei—my home since January 2015—about my travels in Taiwan and around East Asia during my year-long AIESEC internship :) I occasionally contrast these experiences with my life in Bangalore, Mumbai, and Jammu & Kashmir.
…bringing with it such adventures as checking into the wrong airline and This is your captain speaking. We have a slight delay as we are unsure where our co-pilot is, and much more. – Airport Stories
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