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The annual culture fest called the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Part II – Shops etc.

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A Visit to Dr. Kotnis Memorial, Solapur

During another trip to the southern town of Maharashtra- Solapur; we visited this well maintained museum dedicated to the memory of Dr. Kotnis. This Indian doctor is much revered in China too and we were glad to find this treasured link maintained so well in his birth town of Solapur.

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A Glimpse Inside The Mumbai City Museum

There are two famous museums in Mumbai and I decided to tour the less famous of the two. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad or Mumbai City Museum as its known is situated at the entrance to the city zoo.

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It has recently been refurbished and restored to its former glory. Here are few glimpses from inside this treasure trove.


The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Shopping, Eating etc.

Mumbai’s social calendar has a special marking for the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, held in the heart of historical south Mumbai precinct of Fort. There are open air arts installations, side walk converted into gallery, food as well as handicrafts stalls. So year after year, more and more people from the city look forward to this festival; for more than one reason.

Here are few glimpses of the said festival, divided into series of art installations and handicraft stalls.

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The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Art Installations Part II

Mumbai’s social calendar has a special marking for the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, held in the heart of historical south Mumbai precinct of Fort. There are open air arts installations, side walk converted into gallery, food as well as handicrafts stalls. So year after year, more and more people from the city look forward to this festival; for more than one reason.

Here are few glimpses of the said festival, divided into series of art installations and handicraft stalls.

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The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – Art Installations Part I

Mumbai’s social calendar has a special marking for the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, held in the heart of historical south Mumbai precinct of Fort. There are open air arts installations, side walk converted into gallery, food as well as handicrafts stalls. So year after year, more and more people from the city look forward to this festival; for more than one reason.

Here are few glimpses of the said festival, divided into series of art installations and handicraft stalls.

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Christmas Merriment in Mumbai Part I

We too celebrate Christmas here in Mumbai, although not on such massive scale. But hey, its festive season and all churches, malls as well as restaurants are lit up. So, let’s just enjoy!!

The very famous Afghan Church with Stars lined up.

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The main door of this church with festive lights and a Star.

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The Star hanging on the porch; which has vintage wooden beams.

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The nativity scene outside the Mount Mary Church.

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And here’s a close up.

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A beautiful couplet welcoming all and sundry to the Mount Mary Church.

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The beautiful statue of Mother Mary at the Mount Mary Church.

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The flower decked altar of the same church.

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The Last Supper of Jesus carved at the base of the altar.

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Another nativity scene inside the Mount Mary Chucrh.

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Here’s a closer look.

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The interior – all shiny and colourful of the same church.

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The mistletoes and bells hanging on the door.

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The outside open altar with the Christmas tree and its very own Santa clause.

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The Portuguese Church decorated in a pretty simple way.

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The front façade of the same church.

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The Bazaars of Jaipur

Jaipur is famous for its shopping scene – offering everyone a bargain or more as per their taste and budget. Very rarely tourists don’t venture into Jaipur’s maze of various bazaars; it’s such a major attraction.

So, here are few photographs taken of these famed market streets by me while (of course) shopping for one thing or another.

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Very interesting streetlamps in the older part of the city. They can be linked directly with Jaipur’s royal lineage.

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The colourfully decorated pink gate that opens to various markets in the Old City.

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The similarly styled signboards of the shops.

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The shops on either side decked in pink hues.

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A heritage building getting repaired, housing mainly shoes shops.

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The famous Tripola gate opening into a busy intersection of three bazaar streets.

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A decorative terrace of one of the buildings.

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A Minaret soaring high and forming backdrop of one of the many market streets.

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The busy market scene as can be seen from the Hawa Mahal.

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The road leading to the modern shopping malls located on and around M.I. Road.

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A walk around Mumbai High Court

The year 2012 is the sesquicentennial celebration year for the Mumbai (Bombay) High Court. So, to mark the occasion they have organised an exhibition describing the history of the said court. This includes a live court room complete with jury boxes and judges’ seat, various legal documents, decrees and photographs of old times.

It was a walkthrough in an era gone by and hence, we when attended the exhibition; we had quite a happy time despite all that sombre legal stuff around. Sadly as no cameras were allowed inside as per the government regulations, I couldn’t capture the building and the said courtroom from inside. But nothing has stopped us from taking pictures from outside of the building and here they are: