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The Mumbai Museum

The Prince of Wales MuseumFor this week’s photo-walk, I decided to visit the Prince of Wales Museum; the idea to go there is basis the comfort of taking pictures without people bothering you, also it had been a while since I had gone to the Museum, so kind of 2 birds with one stone thing happening. Like most of my trips this one also was on a weekday, but it also was a public holiday so there were hordes of people there. From a search engine point of view must also add the new name of the museum  is called Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya- Like VT now referred to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

The first thing you notice with tStone Sculpture 1he museum is that the ticket counter is very polished, not like the one at the Zoo, the people also are rather helpful, I walked in with my camera bag, the gaurd informed me I need to get a clearaStone Sculpturesnce for the same, hence I requested the ticket vendor, he quickly took out two passes one for mobile phone and one for my DSLR the cost for the same 300 rupees. The guard then wrapped a thin strip of paper around my hand this to inform all other guards that I can use a phone camera, they also tied a badge onto my DSLR this to further ensure I don’t get probed at every security zone, the only request they made is that I don’t use flash in the museum and disturb people. I walked towards the entrance shooting pictures of statues that areplaced all over the lawns, the entrance is deceiving and opens into the reception area of the museum, here you can rent translators and tape guides to help you through the museum, I have been here so quickly moved towards the stone sculptures exhibit. I was very surprised they had added lighting to most idols and they made for some great pictures, as with everything I got bored fairly quickly and moved to the 2nd floor, herThe Samurai Dolle there was an exhibit that I had not seen before, it had ornaments, dolls, cutlery, decorative items stocked in a room that looked like it was straight from Hogwarts. I loved the samurai dolls on display absolutely amazing.The Painting Exibit

From here I moved to the painting exhibit, this one is sponsored by the Tata group and is spectacular, they also have benches with paper and pencil for artist to draw inspiration from the paintings on display, they also have some awesome benches there, it’s quite a sight feel like you are in a Museum in Paris. Next on the agenda the 2nd floor and the weapons exhibit, this use to be my most favourite displays as a kid, I never got the sculptors, but stuffed animals and weapons always rocked. Unfortunately the weapons are encased in glass aThe Rhino nd don’t photograph to well so I moved on changed my lens to a zoom lens and went on trying to capture some raVintage Furniturendom portraits. While on my way out I also dropped by the animal/bird exhibit, missed the large whale there but the rhino compensated for it – from there I backtracked towards the exit, there I spotted a paint exhibition sign, unfortunately it said no pictures so totally avoided it, sat in the lawn for a bit taking HDR shots and then headed out (featured on the top). The museum in Mumbai is awesome, the exhibits are brilliant and the place is really well maintained. I would definitely recommend it to all, if you have not seen it it’s a definitely must visit.

Our trip does not end there,Statues Decorating the lawns froGreat Workmanshipm there I moved towards Jahangir Art Gallery which is about 1 minute away from the museum, the footpath is layered with artist who have some awesome pictures on display, as I moved ahead I saw a boy desperately trying to pose so some photographer (currently me) would take his picture, he had a wierd hat on but really I could not take his picture did not call out to me, what can I say too bad…from there on to my regular destination Rhythm House – its an old music store which has been in Mumbai forever, did not end up buying anything but going through the very large collections of DVDs was a lot of fun. Finally I took a cab and headed home. If you are in Mumbai and end up visiting the Museum, do take some time off to walk around that are, its called Kala Ghoda and has some awesome places to see , eat and just window shop. (The gallery plugin is not working to well so could upload all the pictures – if you have a solution to the issue please write back to us)

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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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My Route 66

Riding a Motorcycle is about muscle memory, like swimming – you will never forget it but if you don’t keep at it, you will not progress to the next level. This week, we will be focusing on certain key basics while we showcase areas of interest in and around Mumbai.

Currently, I have a fixed route while riding, Home – Narmain Point – Walkeshwar – Mahalakshmi – Home. I have been fixated on the route for about 2 months now. Two reasons for selecting this route: the awesome view at Marine Drive and the twists and turns on the Walkeshwar stretch. What I have found most helpful while riding is looking ahead – being able to look ahead, being able to notice what’s important – is a vital specially when you are riding in Mumbai. You never know when someone tries to sneek past you or jump in front of you. Looking would seem very ordinary and that that’s something everybody is capable of, but you will notice that there is much to learn about looking ahead.
You ride towards where you look, so to learn cornering well, you will have to look in the right direction. In traffic, you will have to learn to notice far more than you usually see. Whether safety or speed appeals most to you, you will have to work on your looking skills. The only advice I can give here is try not to get distracted. Focus on what’s ahead and anticipate your move accordingly. Marine drive is ideal for practising – this road is broad and in the morning has a lot less traffic.

Enough about the looking. Let’s go back to the riding. I generally leave home at about 7:00 am, go through Marine Drive upto Narimain point and then turn towards Cuffe Parade; note the Cuffe Parade road tends to get very crowded even at 7 in the morning; from there it’s pretty much back towards home. When I hit Chowpatty on my way back, I don’t take the right to go home, I carry on towards Walkeshwar – this is the other end of South Mumbai – the road is an uphill with a few twists and turns to master the art of cornering, the top most being a complete U-Turn towards Hanging Garden (more on that a little later). In my opinion, the essence of motorcycle riding is cornering: You may keep enhancing your cornering skills for the rest of your life, and you will probably never reach full perfection (well, maybe with the exception of Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa). What kinds of mistakes are often made in corners, and what is the reason for those mistakes? What can you do about it? What is the perfect line, and how do you find it? When do you brake, and what is the right speed for a corner? I think too many things to cover in one post, suggestion – practise slow cornering; the aim should be to be able to take an uphill u-turn without putting your leg on the road.

Now, back to riding. So post taking the dreaded U-Turn at Walkeshwar, I head towards Hanging Gardens. These are the iconic public parks which anyone who has lived in Mumbai is aware of. Amazing open spaces at the top of a hill; I actually went into the park this weekend, something I have not done in about 15-20 years; I was pleasantly surprised at how well the park was maintained. There were a lot of senior citizens walking and sitting around the park, there was classical music playing on the PA system, clean bathrooms. I was pleasantly surprised. I then went on to the Shoe House Park…. I have no idea what it is called, but there is a giant shoe in there; as kids, Milind and I used to climb up to the top of the same. Again, pleasantly surprised – the park was maintained well, people were not littering, absolutely awesome! I had my camera along, so did some photography and rode back home. Check out the amazing beach view from one of the lookout points in the park. If you are in Mumbai or live here and enjoy bike rides like we do, check this route; I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised. As usual, check the gallery for pictures from Hanging Garden, both early morning and late at night.

The amazing Photo Gallery

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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