Wednesday, January 26, 2005


After getting my room changed at NW, a nice newly modernised one on the 4th floor, we went off to what Navin described as an exhibition of handicrafts. It just so happned this exhibition was held at Valluvar Kottam, monument to the celebrated Tamil writer/philosopher Thiruvalluvar. About 2000 years ago he wrote a treatise on living and ethics called the Thirukkural, and all of its 3300 verses are inscribed on stone in the gallery section of this monument. It is interesting rather than stunning, but was an excellent setting for the craft fair.

The craft fair consisted of hand-made goods from around India - from fabrics and paintings to bronze and stone statues of all sizes. Some were pretty cool, I especially liked the stone and bronze statues of Hindu Gods, but it is too early to think about buying anything right now. Unfortunately the exhibition ends next week, but I am sure that there will be plenty of other opportunities to buy such items.