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I was recently talking to a friend of a friend, who's a lawyer in Mumbai. He asked me if I'd visited the Bombay High Court (it's allowed to retain the city's former name) yet.
"I've only been there to get some documents notarized, and I waited outside, " I replied. "Well, you really must go in and see a trial. It's pure entertainment," he insisted. "The best time to get there is around 10 a.m."
The thought of witnessing the pandemonium really appealed to me, but I'm yet to take his advice. Since I live in the suburbs north of the city, and the Court is located in the Fort district of south Mumbai, my best option for getting there is the Mumbai local train. At that time of the morning, it will be pandemonium enough on the train though!
The Bombay High Court is definitely worth visiting if you're staying in south Mumbai, just for the architecture alone. It's an imposing late 19th century Neo Gothic building that was apparently modeled on a German castle. Visitors can wander through it. More information is available on the Bombay High Court website.
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