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The Gothic clock towers 260 feet high and is adorned with oriental figures. From the times it played Rule Britannia, God Save the King and a Handel Symphony among sixteen tunes that changed four times a day, it now has a repertoire is limited to the wafting chimes of the Big Ben on the quarter hour. It is named after the mother of a 19th century stockbroker, Premchand Roychand, who paid Rs 2 lakhs to build it. The tower itself is now closed, partly to conserve the beautiful spiral staircase, partly because of some unfortunate cases of suicide. And judging from the way kids are off=ing themselves these days, a good thing too! Incidentally, descendants of the the Roychand family now live in Switzerland.


 

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