Indian logic

It was about time to approach Mahatma Gandhi, India’s national symbol. So I found my way to the Gandhi Smriti (Gandhi remembrance), the place where Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and where he was shot on January 30, 1948.

one of the guards

In the garden the guards kept at least two monkeys, apparently to keep other monkeys out. Or maybe it was to entertain the visitors – because in the museum there wasn’t much entertainment.

fun?

Maybe the most interesting part was the showcase with Gandhi’s glasses and sandals. Nearly all other walls of the ground floor were plastered with huge signboards that described his life and ideas in many glorifying words. Too many words – reading all of it seemed impossible. And even though I didn’t manage to pay attention to every word, I realised that some fragments and quotes were used several times. Every time I was confused and wondered: Have I been standing here before?

Gandhis last "steps" to the point where he was assassinated.

Gandhis last “steps” to the point where he was assassinated.

The upper floor hold a weird multimedia exhibition. Already on the stairs I couldn’t pass a guy that wanted to make me speak into a pipe – and no matter what I would say, the machine “converted” my words into a song of Ghandi that then blared from the speakers.

Actually I understood non of the exhibits. All was about much light and sounds and strange figures, but I learned nothing about Gandhi. Finally I found two videos shown on screens. But the headphones of one of them didn’t work. And the headphones of the other had a cable so short that it was nearly impossible to look at the screen when putting them on.

No wonder the dustbins near the museum didn't make much sense either, with no path leading to them.

No wonder the dustbins near the museum didn’t make much sense either, with no path leading to them.

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