Ask anyone who has visited the zoo in Mumbai ( Jijamata Udyaan ) , a clear misnomer in this case , to review it and it will be a mean and ugly picture . Such is the pathetic condition of the animals imprisoned there. While the apathy, that the zoo is a testimony of, invokes anger , all is NOT LOST .
Within the same complex , there stands a structure which is the oldest museum in Mumbai . Formerly known as ‘The Victoria and Albert Museum ‘ and not being able to escape its rechristening , it is now called ‘Dr Bhau Daji Lad’ Museum. Its successful restoration and reopening has given some of us a glint of hope , that with staunch conviction and the right people at the helm of things , Mumbai can and will hold on to some of its character.
About the museum :
The Palladian style building with its Victorian interiors is a spectacle. The museum looks grand with its Minton tile floors , gilded interiors and fine embellishments.
The stairs leading to the first floor and the chandelier just add to the old world charm of this fabulously restored museum.
The displays of various communities that inhabited the city , old maps and dioramas give every visitor a glimpse of what BOMBAY must have been like.
There are life size statues outside the museum , some of which are headless too , that still instill a sense of awe in anyone who takes the time to observe the fine details.
The audio visual room was a delight and looking at the pictures of the city in the bygone days , when space was not a luxury and the city still breathed , took me back in time
This is a place you do not want to miss .