Saturday, 16 August 2008

16 August 2008: We did something today

It's the first blog posting in ages where we've actually done something. Today could almost be described as a success. First, we managed to get our train tickets out of here. Yes, we're leaving - we've stayed here so long now that we've been added to the electoral register.

This afternoon we went to the fascinating T.M.F.K.A.P.O.W.M (The museum formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum). Its actual name – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya – is a bit of a mouthful. It's got loads of interesting sections. Andy liked the Natural History section (Dead Zoo) and weapons section. Jen liked the sculptures and the snuff bottle collection. Each to their own.

Unfortunately for snuff bottle fans, Andy had the camera today so check out the urban safari below. The big three of rhino, white tiger (it's an albino normal tiger) and lion. The fish were pretty vicious as well.

Here's how people used to do battle on the Indian subcontinent. Check out the serrations on the sword.

Today was also Raksha Bandhan. On this day, sisters tie rakhi strings on their brothers' wrists to symbolise the sibling bond. Rakhis used to be made of red and gold thread but now they are a fashion accessory and come in all colours and shapes (including Harry Potter, Batman and Pokemon). Good to see the international merchandising wagon moves fast.