Rue Romaine Roland, Pondicherry, India
Pondicherry museum Reviews
A petite museum Nov 19, 2014
Pondicherry a port city of the French during its colonial rivalry with the British,is a small town in independant India which has still not grown into luxury or development.It still preserves the rare cultural village heritage and people here are very simple, happily enjoying the basics of advancement.
The town and lifestyle is slow and even the government calls the town as one "where time stands still".
The town has many places of interest and the museum interests those who seek to know more about this petite town.
Housed in a small colonial building it has a few sections which showcase stone fossils and archaeological finds relating to the prehistoric period.Roman artifacts depicting the trade connections of the Roman era, sculptures of the gods and goddesses dating back to the Pandya,Chola and Vijayanagar period.Colonial artifacts of the French era,numismatic section and rare minerals found around the coast.I admired the many art and indian paintings as also the colorful marble statues of the European medieval era.
A palanquin, push rickshaw and a horse cart made me to think of the by gone holidays of my childhood when my cousins, friends or myself,rode the horse cart or climbed a tri cycle rickshaw or hand pulled two wheeled rickshaw which were the common mode of transport or ran behind all or any of them through the cobbled streets to the churches,markets or to the beach.Musing on memories I walked through the old photographs nailed to the walls and pained was I,at the few of of them.
It is very Unfortunate that the entire museum is showcased in just about eight to ten rooms and in two balconies which may be around 4000 square feet.For those who knew Pondy better know it to be one which cannot be put behind a few doors as it has a past and very many things to boast about.
The entry fee to the museum is a bare rupee 10 but sadly no photography is allowed.
All you need is about an hour or so to enjoy the petite historical showcase and no one will bother you if you tend to become engrossed spending more time studying it in detail.After musing through the few rooms and artifacts I felt that smallness doesn't matter before the greatness of the towns history and the knowledge gained for a few cents or does it!
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