Diplomat intrigued by similarities between structures in India, Taiwan

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Image taken from Sridharan's Facebook page

Image taken from Sridharan's Facebook page

Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) India's representative to Taiwan said Thursday that the Presidential Office building in Taipei had captured his interest because of its striking similarity to the Central Railway Station in Chennai, India.

Sridharan Madhusudhanan said on his Facebook page that when he recently saw a news photo of the Presidential Office, he was again reminded of how much it resembled some of the buildings in India -- "especially the grandeur of Chennai Central Railway Station, around which I lived and worked for a decade."

Intrigued by the similarities, Madhusudhanan said, he did a quick search to see whether there was any connection between the architects of the two buildings, but found none.

The Presidential Office in Taipei was designed in 1907 by Japanese architect Uheiji Nagano, Madhusudhanan noted, adding that he was writing the Facebook post on Sept. 28, the 150th birthday of the architect.

According to an Indian news site, the Central Railway Station in Chennai was designed by British architects George Harding and Robert Fellowes Chisholm and was opened around 1873.

Madhusudhanan's post about the two structures attracted wide media attention in Taiwan after Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) shared it on her Facebook page.

The Indian diplomat has a great fondness and respect for Taiwan and deep curiosity about its culture, Kuan said, citing his participation in the annual Dajia Matsu pilgrimage earlier this year.

Joining the thousands of devoted Matsu followers on the pilgrimage, Madhusudhanan walked nine days and eight nights along a 400 kilometer route that passed through four cities and counties in central and southern Taiwan.

The diplomat, who is also an author, has translated a collection of ancient Chinese poems titled "Shijing" into the Tamil language.

Madhusudhanan has been serving as director general of the India Taipei Association since August 2016.

(By Chen Chun-hua and Elizabeth Hsu)
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