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Chandigarh Museum

Some might say that a city that’s not even a century old shouldn’t really have a museum, but we do. There isn’t much to show save for some mammoth fossils and random artifacts unearthed when the city foundations were being laid, but so what? The museum was closed the day I went for a walk and click but this statue caught my eye.DSC_2014a

Some similar statutes are scattered through the atrium. This one in covered in river clay, a method used to clean relics of grime and city pollution without damaging the stone itself. The museum was designed by Le Corbusier, who planned the entire city back in the 1950s. One thing I am particularly proud of are the captions in Braille next to the pieces on display. Of all the museums I’ve visited in India, this is the only one to have this facility.

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I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. I was, and am suffering from depression and things had gotten out of control. I had chronicled it in my posts, but I have removed them. Not because I wanted to hide that facet of my life; if that were the case, I wouldn't be writing this. But I was lucky to come across many, many wonderful people out here who helped me. Even if it was just to post and tell me I wasn't alone. I can't tell you how thankful I am for all of you. I've tried since, to tell my own story as an attempt at catharsis (didn't work) and as a means of telling others that they weren't alone either, not in their depression, nor in their cutting or burning, nor in their thoughts of and attempts at suicide. So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost dark self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on. I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice. I am a depressive, have been for some time, so some things do trigger me for no rhyme or reason; I don't expect anyone to understand that this happens, just maybe accept that it does. If not, I am sorry.

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14 thoughts on “Chandigarh Museum

  1. Braille captions …awesome ! Most that I have been to don’t even have ramps for wheelchairs. I have been to Chandigarh twice , but missed this museum. Thank you for sharing this .

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    Posted by thatmishmash | 09/06/2016, 6:01 PM
  2. New towns and cities need museums – I reckon they help to anchor them in time (or am I talking nonsense?)

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    Posted by Mick Canning | 04/06/2016, 8:04 PM

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