Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai

Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai

A Summary of Mumbai: The Bhau Daji Lad Museum

The Incredible Story of Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai

In the middle of the bustling city of Mumbai, sat an old Renaissance Revival structure. It was in a pitiful condition with broken glass, broken balustrades and algae covering the building. Plastic covers kept the leakage out.

The interiors were no different from the exteriors, if not more derelict. The leakage and algae had found their way here. A few plants had buried their roots inside the walls.

And the display cases were every museum lovers nightmare personified. Artefacts had been damaged, broken even due to careless handling. Fungus called these artefacts home. The old and original display cases had scratches and weren’t sufficiently lit up. Visitors could hardly make out the artefacts inside.

I am speaking of a museum nestled in a progressive city like Mumbai. This museum is called Bhau Daji Lad Museum formerly called the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Read more about Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai

History of the Louvre Palace: Part 2

History of the Louvre Palace: Part 3

Becoming the Biggest Museum in the World: Musee du Louvre

The last part in the History of the Louvre Palace

I shall be writing this article in a couple of parts. Louvre Palace has got a rather long and complicated history and all of it is fascinating. So I thought it will be better to break this article into a few parts. This is the third and the last one. You can read the first part here and the second here.

415,000 artefacts spread over 782,910 sq ft: that’s how large the Louvre Museum is. If you were to look at each artefact and painting for just six seconds, you’d take about 4 months to see the entire museum.

For a person who is not fond of museums, these numbers might be scary but for a person who adores them, these numbers sound like paradise. They make me want to pack a bag and set up a tent inside the museum.

If you are like me, the story of the Louvre Museum might be just another historical story that’ll make you fall in love with this Castle turned Palace turned Museum.

The Louvre Museum has the most perfect setting i.e. it is in reality a Royal Palace. In a recent poll on Instagram I asked my friends which type of museum they like: one housed in a new buildings or the ones in a real Palace. I was surprised to find my friends loved museums which were set up in Palaces. It just adds in to the aesthetic.

Just like this the Louvre Palace is the best backdrop to constitute the world’s largest museum right on the banks of the Seine.

History of the Louvre Palace: Part 1

We explored a part the story of this museum in the last two articles, in this part we’ll talk about the Louvre’s journey into the most turbulent time in French history: the French Revolution and beyond. Read more about History of the Louvre Palace: Part 3

History of the Louvre Palace: Part 2

Forging the Biggest Museum in the World: Musee du Louvre

The next part in the History of the Louvre Palace

I shall be writing this article in a couple of parts. Louvre Palace has got a rather long and complicated history and all of it is fascinating. So I thought it will be better to break this article into a few parts. This is the second one. You can read the first part here. Explore how the Louvre Castle transformed into a Royal Palace. 

 

The Biggest Museum in the world, is what the Louvre is.

Once upon a time, Parisians didn’t travel to the Louvre to adore artefacts. In fact, they never came here. The Louvre Fort was only meant for soldiers to protect Paris. A few centuries later, this fort was no longer a part of Paris. The renaissance had demolished and obliterated the Louvre from history itself.

This week we’ll explore how a fallen fortress turned into a magnificent Royal Chateau and a Museum.  Read more about History of the Louvre Palace: Part 2

History of the Louvre Palace: Part 1

History of the Louvre Palace: Part 1

The Lost Days of the Biggest Museum in the World: Musee du Louvre

Let us explore the History of the Louvre Palace

I shall be writing this article in a couple of parts. Louvre Palace has got a rather long and complicated history and all of it is fascinating. So I thought it will be better to break this article into a few parts. This is the First one:) Explore how the Louvre Palace was not a Palace.

What does the world’s biggest museum look like?

That was a question I never asked myself when I studied French and the country this language came from: France.

The glass pyramid which is a mascot for Musee du Louvre, made me assume that this was indeed a new building. A building having a lot of space to store historical artefacts.

A couple of years later, when I visited Paris, Louvre was of course included in our itinerary.

As we travelled alongside the Seine River, I was looking out for a modern glass pyramid and I found none. Read more about History of the Louvre Palace: Part 1

Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle

Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle

Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle

The Himeji Castle in Japan has never collapsed by natural or man made disasters in its 400 year long history

Pinkish white cherry blossoms, beautiful gardens, tea ceremonies, Kimonos and a great culture: that’s what we can summarise Japan as. We look at it as a country with rich culture yet a strong work ethic and tech savvy youngsters. This tiny nation has garnered for itself a respect for their sanitation and hygiene.

Yet Japan is also home to many havoc creating, devastating earthquakes.

How does it survive the after effects of earthquakes and continue to develop?

This is a unique country in itself. A country which has unfortunately destroyed a few of its castles and rebuilt new buildings. Other castles have collapsed due to wars, or the wrath of nature.

There are just three important and original castles that still exist to this day that exemplify old Japanese architecture. Out of these three is Himeji Castle (Himeji-Jo), or as some people call it the White Heron Castle.

Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle amidst the cherry blossoms
Picture Credits: Seattleite7 (Wikipedia Commons)

The Himeji Castle can be called as the King of all Japanese Castles simply because it is the largest and the most famous of them all. During my research, a few people have listed this castle as a part of the 7 Wonders of Japan!

What makes this castle so famous? Read more about Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle

The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles

The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles

The French Glitter:

Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles

The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles is a French Masterpiece

As we parked our vehicle and walked around the corner, the beauty of Chateau de Versailles took us by surprise.

The high fence was glittering gold under the summer sun, the hints of more gold shining on the rooftop of the Palace.

The regal statue of Louis XIV on horseback spoke about the importance the French have for their Sun King. Read more about The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles

A Crash Course on Brahmi: India’s oldest Script

A Crash Course on Brahmi: India’s oldest Script

A Crash Course on Brahmi:

India’s oldest Script

Facts about the Brahmi Script I learnt on a sunny Saturday Afternoon 

What’s more fun than getting the opportunity to hold a bunch of 2000 year old coins in your hand? That’s how I spent one scorching October afternoon. The 38° celsius weather did nothing to stop me from attending a crash course about the Brahmi script. Read more about A Crash Course on Brahmi: India’s oldest Script

Visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Startford-Upon-Avon

Visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Startford-Upon-Avon

Explore the Place Where Shakespeare Heard His First Lullaby

Visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Startford-Upon-Avon

Shakespeare is one of the world’s most famous playwrights. The stories he has authored have surpassed time and geography. Despite the many cuss words literature students throw at Shakespeare, this man continues to live through our textbooks and culture.

*Look out for the coloured words, what is special about them? 

The Early Life of A Tudor Boy

William Shakespeare was born and raised in a quaint little town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. John Shakespeare, his father, was a wealthy man. William was the third of eight children. He was the first child to survive infancy. This new infant was lucky enough to have been born in the largest house on Henley Street. Read more about Visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Startford-Upon-Avon

How Forts in Maharashtra Live Through Stories

How Forts in Maharashtra Live Through Stories

How Forts in Maharashtra Live Through Stories

Stories that make Maharashtrian Forts Special

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is a national hero in India and a much respected figure in the state of Maharashtra.

The story of Shivaji Maharaj is one of the most common legends that most Maharashtrians grow up with. In fact, the story of Shivaji Maharaj is an inspiration to anyone who wants to learn from it.

Many universities and management books have recently begun teaching leadership and management styles of this great man.

Since I’m born and raised in Maharashtra, the wind of Shivaji’s great victories didn’t evade my ears. It was this fascination that led me to love history as a subject.

Read more about How Forts in Maharashtra Live Through Stories

The Story Behind Bloody Mary

The Story Behind Bloody Mary

Spooky Stories: Who is Bloody Mary

Is the folklore about Bloody Mary real? It might be…

We’ve all heard the spooky story of Bloody Mary. As a child, I was too creeped out by this story even though in my early days I would be scared of the smallest of things, like the Dementors in Harry Potter.

However some adventurous sorts have tried chanting ‘Bloody Mary’ thrice in front of a mirror at midnight in hopes to say hi to this crude looking woman. This legend also narrates how Bloody Mary would appear and steal children.

Most adults (who aren’t creeped out anymore, like me) would dismiss this ancient legend by thinking it as a nice gimmick to get children to bed on time. However this story of Bloody Mary is not just an old myth but a story woven around a real person! Read more about The Story Behind Bloody Mary