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Finding Gold

Finally, this weekend, I got about exploring the city I shifted to about 5 months ago. Well, also to be honest, museums sometimes require a little extra push from most of us. This push was given to me by INTACH! To know what it stands for and more, do visit their website – http://www.intach.org/

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This post is about DR. BHAU DAJI LAD MUSEUM in Bombay (Mumbai), earlier known as Victoria & Albert Museum. You would be surprised to know that most of my companions originally from Bombay had never visited it – the third oldest in India.

This beauty is located in Rani Baug and is a mere minutes’ walk from the Byculla station. It has been restored from a ramshackle to the extravagance it is today by INTACH with help of the Jamnalal Bajaj fund.

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                From underneath the chandelier

Painted a beautiful celadon green, with intricate golden work all over, you wouldn’t wanna miss this place.

There are displays of beautiful ivory, Kutch, Ratnagiri, silver handiwork amongst others with each display having a set of working craftsmen depicting how the particular craft is done! This is the first that I have seen in any museum till date and definitely adds lure.

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The ceiling design incorporates the Judaism star which indicates David Sasoon’s contribution towards art and craft.

The story goes that during the making, one of the ships carrying tiles and other material sank, causing the ground floor’s flooring to be mediocre when compared to the astounding ones on the first floor.

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This magnificent chandelier was curated on its restoration made (unimaginably) from acrylic and its pattern was made to match those of the railing!

My personal favorites were the spiral stairs in the middle of the photo gallery and the V&A logo entwined (you won’t miss it).

Do visit their site for more information and you can also subscribe to their newsletter to get regular updates about their exhibitions & conferences http://www.bdlmuseum.org/

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                                                                       A view from the first floor

Do not take where you live so much for granted, that you forget its offerings. This week, go out & explore that fort, museum, lake or restaurant that you have ignored since so long and find gold in your own backyard!

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