It was an image that the terrorists had meticulously calculated to grab the world’s attention: the Taj’s dome on fire smouldering against an unforgiving sky. The hotel’s century-old heritage wing destroyed.
But with Mumbai, the Taj has recovered. The charred dome has been restored. Signature restaurants (Wasabi, Golden Dragon) and the Harbour Bar, splattered with blood during the attacks, are back in business.
Many who work here say the renovation stands for the same defiant spirit with which Sir Jamshedji Tata initially set up the Taj in 1903 in retaliation against policies that forbade non-whites from luxury hotels.