Himachal State Museum -Simla

 

statemuseum3State museum’s in India are pretty standard
and this was no different .
There is the pre-history gallery
and the anthropology gallery
followed by mannequins
in traditional attires.

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The exhibit does not do justice to the
rich culture and history of these places.

Often times, the information is also not updated
For instance the architectural and sculptural map of India
does not include any of the monuments from the Northeastern states.

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It feels careless
museum after museum
we never update ourselves and
it spoils the museum-going experience…

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shimla snapshots

It’s been two months since I moved to Shimla
and this place is teeming with colonial leftovers.
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this post is an ode to some landmarks in Mall Road area…

Christ Church 1857

 

Old Railway Board Building 1896

 

Post Office 1910

 

Central Telegraph Office 1922

 

Indian CoffeeHouse 1957

But these are beautiful reminders
and Shimla has done well in preserving
and promoting these heritage buildings.

 

 

 

Halong Bay 2.0

halong4halong3I first heard about Halong Bay
from a professor at a museum workshop.
he talked about ecotourism in these islands
and his involvement with its world heritage move.

I have been here twice now and
it is undoubtedly a museum of its own kind.

These cruises usually take you
to one of the many caves in the islands
and we got to see the hang Dau Go this time.

The best part about the trip
this time however, was the sun.
It was warm and sunny
topped with some wine
towards the last stretch.

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My Son Ruins

My Son (pronounced mi-son) is probably
the most unheard temple ruins in Southeast Asia.
It is not Angkor Wat
but these are Hindu temple ruins
after the fall of Champa kingdom.

To make matters worse,
we have the Vietnam war bombing
that wrecked the place.mysonmyson2myson6myson5myson7myson3myson4Today, it stands as a popular destination
for offbeat travellers curious to explore
since it has joined the elite club of
UNESCO World Heritage site.

cambridge book depot

all those weekend outings
during boarding school life
never brought me here.
why?
because it was off bounds
(though only 100 yards further)
and i was that goody two shoes
who broke no rules 😉

but i finally made it.cbdepot5cbdepot2
this is the famed ruskin bond hangout.
on certain saturdays when he is in mussoorie
he actually comes here and chills with his fans
he came to our school once
I vaguely remember
but i realised I would not read his books twice
once is good enough…
cbdepot6cbdepotcbdepot3but this place is a must visit
if you want ruskin bond collection
all his books are housed neatly
i however collected
a ruskin bond selection instead.cbdepot7

Cultural Museum at Utkal University

To begin with,
I did not know
that Utkal University had
an anthropology department
established as early as 1958.

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Although I was reluctant to enter
one cannot not enter
after seeing the welcome mural
at their entrance.
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Besides the usual university museum artefacts,
their museum was super impressive
because they had actually excavated
three human skeletal remains
which was also on display.
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