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Friday, 9 September 2011

Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai

I'm a sucker for museums, The Prince of Wales Museum, or more properly, The Chatrapati Shrivaji Museum, Mumbai called me in.  It's an excellent looking building and, should you wish to shop, has a fantastic gift shop.  I paid my foreigner ticket price for which I got a "free" audio tour, a pamphlet and a postcard.

Exterior of Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai

 It's a fine museum although the second floor is currently closed and looks as good inside as out but
far too many wet afternoons in Chamber Street Museum, Edinburgh, as a kid make me feel that the central well is incomplete without goldfish.

Entrance lobby

The exhibitions are well laid out and informative and there's plenty to see to while away a couple of hours.

 exhibit POW museum mumbai

The most memorable part of the visit though was The Man catching up with me somewhere between Miniatures and Coins.  He was delighted to tell me that he'd been offered a range of drugs ... in a museum!  OK, on the streets, sort of expected especially since we most certainly still have a touch of the wide eyed tourist look about us.  But a museum!  Definitely a Memorable Mumbai Moment. 

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Fireworks for Ganesh

Ganpati fireworks, Goregaon East

Just one of the elements of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration. Good photography practice for Diwali.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Mumbai mixture

There's no theme to this post, just a collection of pictures taken recently. I've got over whingeing about grey skies and poor light and decided just to suck it up and take pictures anyway. No more excuses accepted, it's going to be like this for about half the year so I just need to adapt.

Repainting the Taj Tower, one little bit at a time

Repainting the Taj hotel tower, one little bit at a time.

Family Outing Marine Drive Mumbai

Family outing Marine Drive, overexposed but I like how the family group are thrown into isolation against the mainly white background.


I was attracted by the vibrant orange, the only good thing about grey light is that bright colours are more eycatching.

Snack Salesman

This came out a bit softer than I hoped for and I'm quite shy about taking pictures of strangers so I didn't hang about to correct my mistakes. I like his face anyway and that there's a "big balloon" in the background.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Monsoon August

Rain on Aarey Milk Colony
View over Aarey Milk Colony through the rain.


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Wall foliage

Wall foliage, colour saturation levels not fiddled about with, it really is this green.

Aary Milk Colony and a hint of blue sky
The last day of August and the first hint of blue skies to come.

I admit, I was blase about monsoon. I'd been through four and half wet seasons in Saigon so it was clearly going to be more of the same. No. It's wetter; the rain is heavier and lasts longer, at least it does this this year. I'm not sure how this year relates to previous monsoon seasons. It's the levels of moisture in the air that's taken me by surprise though, everything is always slightly damp, and there are weird mildew like smells around the flat that I'm trying all sorts of things to cover up or clear. However, it's cool, the breeze is lovely and everything is green and sparkly so it's not all bad. I just want some more blue in the sky.