One day in Vadodara – things to do in the cultural capital of Gujarat

One day in Vadodara – things to do in the cultural capital of Gujarat

Whenever I hear anything of a "cultural capital", the first thing that comes to my mind is Saint-Petersburg, with its grand palaces, museums, domed cathedrals and special charm. Of course, I could hardly expect Vadodara, also known as the cultural capital of Gujarat, to have something in common with the Russian city on the Neva ...read more »

Taras Shevchenko Museum in Moryntsi – a journey to the Ukrainian past

Taras Shevchenko Museum in Moryntsi – a journey to the Ukrainian past

Almost every nation has a revolutionary poet who belonged to the poorest section of society and whose passionate poetry sounded like a voice of the whole nation. Ukraine is no exception. Every Ukrainian is familiar with Taras Shevchenko‘s ‘Testament': When I am dead, bury me In my beloved Ukraine, My tomb upon a grave mound high Amid the spreading ...read more »

Rainbow Ride (“Auto World” Vintage Car Museum in Ahmedabad

Rainbow Ride (“Auto World” Vintage Car Museum in Ahmedabad

How do you like this rainbow ride? 🙂 This is just a small part of the retro car collection exhibited in "Auto World" Vintage Car Museum (Ahmedabad). I'm rather indifferent to automobiles, and I could never understand the fascination around the latest version of this and that model. A car is merely a means of ...read more »

Andrew’s Descent (Andriyivsky Uzviz) – a charming street in Kiev

Andrew’s Descent (Andriyivsky Uzviz) – a charming street in Kiev

Andrew's Descent (Andriyivsky Uzviz) - one of the most picturesque streets in Kiev that always attracts tourists as well as the city dwellers. It was named after Andrew the Apostle, or Saint Andrew, a patron saint of Kiev. According to the legend, after preaching in the south of modern-day Ukraine he traveled up the Dnieper ...read more »

European Oil Paintings of Prince of Wales Museum (Mumbai)

European Oil Paintings of Prince of Wales Museum (Mumbai)

There are lots of art galleries in Mumbai, but unfortunately (or fortunately) I often have difficulties appreciating modern art. However, visiting a gallery of European oil paintings in Prince of Wales Museum (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya) is always a pleasure. The gallery is situated on the second floor of the museum, and  I've noticed ...read more »

Inviting Delhi, or what to see in Delhi on a short visit

Inviting Delhi, or what to see in Delhi on a short visit

A couple of days ago I’ve come back from Delhi. It was my third visit to this city, and actually I hadn’t been planning to see much – the main purpose of my trip was to extend my passport in the Ukrainian embassy. To be honest, I expected this job to be complicated and boring, ...read more »

My cultural shock: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

My cultural shock: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

I’ve always loved museums and to be honest, I expected to find much more of them in a multifaceted city like Mumbai. However, I’ve discovered only two so far – the glorious Prince of Wales Museum (actually, now it’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, but I will never be able to pronounce that:) ), and ...read more »

A birth place of Rudyard Kipling – J J School of Art in Mumbai

A birth place of Rudyard Kipling – J J School of Art in Mumbai

Every time I went to the Crawford Market , I couldn’t stop admiring the building of Anjuman-i-Islam School, just like almost any other structure in the historical center of Mumbai. Right next to the school there is Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art, and a  couple of days ago I found out it was actually a ...read more »