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Mumbai’s Hidden Museums #3   Leave a comment

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Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery

In the unlikely centre of the city’s business hub of Nariman Point lies a humble display detailing the life of an even more humble patriarch and his family of freedom fighters – an individual, personal history of the kind that has long been overlooked in the general narrative of the independence struggle. At the Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery,  photographs and handwritten correspondences trace the early life of his father Jamnalal Bajaj, the founder of the Bajaj family business. Key artefacts include rebellious letters  renouncing his inheritance and captivating photographs of Jamnalal leading a satyagraha defying a British ban on flying the national flag. 

Among the gallery’s many highlights, the photographs that struck me most are those of Jamnalal Bajaj, a wealthy businessman, opting to be a ‘C’ class prisoner and undertake arduous manual labour during his…

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Posted June 24, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

Khajuraho – Chopra Tank   Leave a comment

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This is one of those monuments that is missed by almost all visitors to Khajuraho. Although it is just 180m north of the Chitragupta Temple, it lies outside the western group of temples complex.

To find it, turn left immediately after leaving the Western Temples complex and continue along the Rajnagar Road for about 300m. Then take the first left along Lalguwan Road for further 300m. Chopra Tank lies in the middle of waste land to your right, enclosed by a wire fence, with only a couple of rather bored looking guards for company. The location is marked on Google Maps as “Chopra Tank Unesco”

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The Chopra Tank is a three storied stepped tank, square in plan, dating to around the 11th century A.D. Sadly it is very much in a ruined condition today. I very much felt like it’s an abandoned orphan, detached from its more glamorous counterparts, and…

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Posted April 9, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

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photo essay: buddhist sanchi, stories told and untold   Leave a comment

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Posted March 27, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

photo essay: buddhist sanchi, stories told and untold   Leave a comment

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Sanchi. The little town in the heart of Madhya Pradesh had been calling out to me since as far back in time as I could remember. From before I moved back to India. Before I even knew the immensity of its import in the bigger scheme of things.

I would fantasize wandering around the 2,300-year-old Buddhist stupa built by Ashoka the Great, in the company of birdsong and golden rays of sunshine. It epitomized all my soul was constantly hungering for: a space which was closer to nirvana. Don’t get me wrong. I am a hard-core city person. I love the rat race, of ambition and success. But within a mantle of purpose and intention. Of meaning and depth. Sanchi, I believed could help me put the pieces, which I knew as my “life,” into some semblance of balance. For is that not what Gautama Buddha preached about. The…

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Posted March 27, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

BAA Southwell Minster study day: From medieval toilets to one of the purest symbols of western thought   Leave a comment

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Posted February 25, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels

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Stained Glass Attitudes

Southwell Minster pulpitum

The British Archaeological Association runs a number of study days that are free for students, the most recent was at Southwell Minster, the dinky little pepperpot-topped cathedral in Nottinghamshire that hardly anyone has heard of. The day was led by Philip Dixon, consultant archaeologist at the Minster and a well-known figure to many BAA members. I highly recommend any students interested in medieval architecture to go on these trips (travel money is reimbursed to a reasonable level), as they are an excellent opportunity to point at things in buildings with people who know an outstanding amount about them and are always a rewarding experience.

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Southwell does not have a rail station, so getting there from London means travelling to Newark first, but this did mean I could have a visit to St Mary Magdalene, Newark, one of the finest parish churches in the country. Its enormous steeple, consisting…

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Posted February 25, 2018 by Aadil in Aadil's Astronomy Space and Travels