When 26/11 happened it angered and pained all of Mumbai. For those who don’t live in the city their image of The Taj is that it is the haunt of rich people. Such people don’t know Mumbai, or the Mumbaikars, and definitely not The Taj. The Taj is a living monument, it is a symbol of the city and Mumbai would be incomplete without it. The terrorist strike turned to rubble large chunks of this grand structure but not its spirit. It speedily rose from the ashes to recover its beauty once again, cheered by all of Mumbai. Whether you are in The Taj or admiring it from outside, while promenading the sea front, it is impossible not to be struck by its sheer aesthetic presence.
The Taj is not just for those who can afford its rooms, bars and restaurants; its aura goes well beyond that. This is why the attack on Taj became a rallying point for citizens, the flames touched them too. No other hotel in the country can summon this kind of all round, spontaneous feeling of belonging. As for those select few who check in the hotel for business, leave it with a sense of pleasure. This is not surprising for the staff here are not Ambassadors of the hotel, but are Ambassadors of the guests. So, whether we look at The Taj from the outside or from the inside, it is one special place for all. After the restoration it continues to exhibit its original, timeless charm.
If this is hard to believe, take a walk into it now.