Enter a time machine
In Mumbai, you can never step into the same city twice; every day, something disappears, something new takes its place. Fortunately, a number of museums spread across the metro offer Mumbaiites a chance to reconnect with the city’s past and, for a few rupees a day, revisit what it was like to commute, trade and live in the Bombay of yore.
At the BEST Transport Museum in Wadala, for instance, you can check out miniature models of the city’s first horse-drawn trams, which operated between 1874 and 1905 and charged one anna (one-sixteenth of a rupee) for a ride. You can also check out miniature models of every bus depot in Mumbai, take a break on 100-year-old tram seats and then tour the displays of old ticket-issuing machines, passes and badges through the years.
At the lesser known but equally fascinating Ballard Bunder Gatehouse Navy Museum, you will find the knee-high lights from the top of a lighthouse, giant anchors up to 6 ft tall and scale models of ships, trawlers and dhows. Old maps and photographs of Mumbai and its diverse communities — goldsmiths, policemen, mill workers and fisherfolk — are also on display.
Continue your journey through Mumbai’s cultural history at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in the Byculla zoo compound, which houses samples of antique armoury, textiles, embroidery, woodwork inlaid with ivory, a number of miniatures of south Indian temples and busts of the various communities of Mumbai, all in traditional garb.
At the RBI Monetary Museum in Fort, you can check out a different kind of green revolution, via coins dating back to 600 BC.
A short drive away, at Kala Ghoda, is the erstwhile Prince of Wales Museum, now the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, where you can browse through European oil paintings and old Indian artifacts — including Akbar’s suit of armour — or marvel at a stuffed white tiger and numerous stuffed birds in the natural history section.
Your museum trail would not be complete without a visit to Mani Bhavan, Gamdevi, where you can revisit Mahatma Gandhi’s charkha, prayer beads and slippers, or seek out lesser-known exhibits, such as the letter Gandhi wrote to Hitler, advocating ahimsa and asking the German dictator to mend his ways!
After the cabinet meeting, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the new buses will start arriving from August 2022 and by September 2023, all buses, including the 1,500 electric and 450 CNG-run air-conditioned buses, will be inducted into the city fleet.
Strong protests by pro-Jammu parties erupted in Jammu on Wednesday over barbaric murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur. The protesters owing allegiance to the Dogra Front, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal raised slogans against the brutal killing and demanded strict action against the perpetrators. They also demanded sacking of the Ashok Gehlot-led government over the deteriorating law and order situation in Rajasthan. The protesters also burnt effigies of the two attackers.
Jammu & Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha held a meeting with several political leaders of the union territory at Raj Bhawan in Srinagar on Wednesday evening. The meeting was held to discuss the current situation in J&K and the Amarnath Yatra that will begin on Thursday. The Lt Governor said the meeting was held to discuss the management of Amarnath Yatra. PDP chief spokesman Suhail Bukhari, however, didn't say whether pDP president Mehbooba Mufti will attend the meeting.
Amid tight security first batch of yatris reached Baltal on Wednesday, one of the base camps for the Amarnath Yatra, as the pilgrims will have a night halt at the camp. On Thursday morning they will be leaving for the holy cave. At several places, documents were checked thoroughly. Every year the annual Amarnath yatra is taken from two routes via Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag district. Some pilgrims were busy chanting hymns.
A 15-year-old pedestrian succumbed to injuries sustained after being hit by an SUV near Botanical garden, Chandigarh. Lavanya was identified as Lavanya, 15, a resident of Nayagaon. The incident took place on Tuesday when Lavanya was crossing the road near gate number 1 of Botanical Garden. She where she succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday. Lavanya is survived by The victim's mother, Nancy Sharma, who works in a hotel and 10-year-old brother, and her father.