Today was the day to nurture my cultural side:-) No! Watching Bollywood films, listening to "Driving home for Christmas" or reading "The Skinner" is just not enough! India is blooming with historical and cultural sights - just waiting for me, and my city Mumbai is no exception.
If you want to get a feeling of the British Colonial India - South Mumbai is the place to go! Monumental buildings all around and in one of the largest we ended up today - at the formerly named Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, now named Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay. It was the coming King George V (at that time Prince of Wales) who laid down the foundation stone of the museum in 1905.
In company with Indian school kids and American cruise-tourists we explored all the exibitions on all the floors - Indian in the permanent ones and Egyptian art in the temporary one. Well done to us! Some impressed more than others, I have to admit. My hightlights from the visit are:
|One happy dude!|
- The statue of the God for amusement and joy in life. Funny guy!
- In the coin room (Yawn, Pia:-) ) - Indo-Greek section on Alexander the Great. Yeah!
- The Golden Buddist statues - gorgeous.
- All the school children who were smiling, greeting and waiving and then when one started to shake hands with my dear friend Pia, they all wanted to shake hands!
|Indo Greek on Alexander the Great|
You can find more info on the museum here