• Venkatarangan Thirumalai visiting the Salar Jung museum on the 3rd of April 2022
    Travel Review

    Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

    Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad exceeded my expectations with the variety and the nature of its collections. Everyone visiting the city should spend a minimum of half-a-day here. While the other two important museums in India I had visited earlier, the National Museum in Janpath, New Delhi and the Indian Museum, Kolkata (Imperial Museum at Calcutta) were established or benefitted with the collections of Indian Government (and earlier by British India), the Salar Jung museum owes its founding and breathtaking artefacts to a private (aristocratic) family, mainly the Prime Minister of Hyderabad during the Nizam’s rule, Mr Mir Yousuf Ali Khan aka Salar Jung III (1889–1949). The present-day building was…

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    Tamil Nadu Police Museum, Egmore, Chennai

    Last month, one weekday afternoon, I went to see the recently opened Police Museum in Egmore, Chennai. Tamil Nadu Police Museum is situated in the erstwhile Madras Police Commissioner’s Office in the city. The british-era building, an Indo-Saracenic structure, was built in the 1842 and following the City Policer Act of 1856, the 14 acre property with its bungalow became the first Police Commissioner’s office. It continued to function there till the second millenium, for over hundred-and-fifty years. Following an extensive conservation and renovation activities undertaken by the state government it was opened to public as Tamil Nadu Police Museum by (then) Chief Minister Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami on the 26th…

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    Gandhi Memorial Museum, Madurai

    After my brief visit to Rameswaram, I am staying for two days in Madurai. Today, I went to Gandhi Memorial Museum in Madurai. This follows my trip to the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, the residence of Mahatma Gandhi, and the Raj Ghat in Delhi, the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi Memorial Museum, Madurai was established in 1959, in memory of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The museum preserves and exhibits the blood-stained garment worn by Gandhi when he was assassinated. The museum is on a campus called Tamukkam, which in Telugu means a sports pavilion. The museum is free for entry and is open on all days…

  • Lounge,  Travel Review

    Pudukkottai Government Museum

    Today while driving to Rameswaram from Chennai (Madras), I stopped for an hour at the Government Museum, Pudukkottai (அரசு அருங்காட்சியகம், புதுக்கோட்டை). Surprisingly, they had a sizeable number of artefacts. Unfortunately, due to the extensive renovation of the building, which had been stalled for two years due to the pandemic, the items on display are all cramped in the few available display windows – for example, marine animals and ancient musical instruments share a display and so on. If you are in the region, then spending an hour or two here will be a welcome break in your journey. Thanks to Subashini THF whose post about this place a few years…

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    Visit to Fort St.George Museum in Madras

    During every visit to Fort St. George Museum, I learn something new about the British era. It may be because I keep forgetting most of what I saw the next day of the visit! It was 2010 when I had last visited the Fort St.George Museum which is in the same compound as that of the Tamil Nadu State Government’s Secretariat. Today after my meeting at the secretariat, I had some time to spare, so I visited the museum. There is an entry fee of Rs.25 per person (Indian Citizens) collected by Archaeological Society of India (ASI) who own and maintain the museum. Compared to what I remember, the museum…

  • திரு ராஜீவ் காந்தி நினைவிடம், ஸ்ரீபெரும்புதூர்
    Chennai

    Rajiv Gandhi Memorial, Sriperumbudur

    I was a teenager when India’s former prime minister Sri Rajiv Gandhi got assassinated on the 21st May 1991. He was India’s youngest PM and was seen to be full of ideas for a modern India that was waiting to be unshackled. For my generation, he symbolised our aspirations for the future in a prosperous India; with his death, we saw our dreams and hopes come crashing down. A part of the young me and millions of other Indians died with him on that day. It was a double blow for residents of Tamil Nadu as the tragedy took place in our state near Chennai and the suicide bombers were…

  • Sri Venkateswara Museum, Tirumala (திருமலை திருப்பதி தேவஸ்தானம் அருங்காட்சியகம்)
    Faith

    Sri Venkateswara Museum, Tirumala

    Being a Vaishnavaite, I have been to Tirumala Tirupati for many times to offer my prayers to God Sri Venkateswara there. Almost always I go there with my family – we would’ve pre-booked for a time for our darshan – it being Tirupati it would be crowded and we would’ve stood in the queue for at least a few hours, being tired, the majority decision will be to return to Chennai immediately after – this would leave me no time to see around the hills. A few times when I had the time it would be in the late evenings or early mornings when nothing else, other than the main…

  • Chennai,  தமிழ்

    Dr Kalaignar’s Memorial

    சென்னை மெரீனா கடற்கரையில் முன்பு வரை இரண்டு சமாதிகள் இருந்தது – ஒன்று அறிஞர் அண்ணா அவர்களுக்கு மற்றொன்று டாக்டர் எம்.ஜி.ஆர் அவர்களுக்கு. 2016இல் டாக்டர் ஜெ.ஜெயலலிதாவை இழந்த தமிழக அரசு அவரையும் இங்கேயே அடக்கம் செய்தது. இந்த மாதம் டாக்டர் கலைஞர் கருணாநிதி அவர்களும் இங்கேயே அடக்கம் செய்யப்பட்டார். தற்போது மெரீனாவில் நான்கு முன்னால் முதல்வர்கள் நீண்ட உறக்கத்தில் இருக்கிறார்கள்! நால்வரும் தமிழக மக்களின் நினைவில் என்றேன்றும் இருப்பவர்கள். இன்று கலைஞரின் சமாதிக்குச் சென்றிருந்தேன். மக்கள் வரிசையாக வந்த வண்ணம் இருந்தனர். சமாதி மேடை அழகான மஞ்சள் பூக்களால் அலங்கரிக்கப்பட்டு இருந்தது. வருவோர் அனைவரும் செல்பேசியில் படம் எடுத்துக் கொண்டிருந்தனர், அது அவர்களின் அன்பைக் காட்டியது, அதில் சிலர் தம்படம் (செல்பி) எடுத்துக் கொண்டிருந்தனர், அது தனிப்பட்டோர் விருப்பம் என்றாலும் இறந்துச் சில நாட்களே ஆகித் துக்கம் குறையாத தருணத்தில் அப்படிச் செய்வது மரியாதை குறைச்சலாக  எனக்குப்பட்டது – அதனால் நான் தவிர்த்துவிட்டேன். கலைஞர் மறைந்த ஆகஸ்ட் 7ம் தேதி என் பேஸ்புக் பக்கத்தில்…