It’s holiday time in Mumbai and most of the children are at home. It’s also the time when most of the domestic help has gone off on leave or will be going away in the no-so-merry month of May.
In the run up to the long holidays this weekend heralding the month of May, I will bring to you a series of how you can have the Perfect Mumbai Summer.
In the summer of 1969 I remember going to the Planetarium in Calcutta. It was still called Calcutta in those days and we had travelled 36 hours from Bombay by the Gitanjali Express. My mom was taking my brother and me to meet our dad who was posted to the Border Roads in NEFA (now called Arunachal Pradesh). We had a day to spend in Calcutta before we took the first flight out to Tezpur. Uncle Anjan, in whose house we were staying, had no idea of what to do with children so he put the three of us in the Planetarium to cool off and see the stars. My mom and brother were soon snoozing under the starlit sky but I very foolishly sat through the entire show.
However, that sparked an interest in the celestial world and I’ve always been fascinated with the stars and planets and try and identify them in whichever sky I find myself under.
I thought it was one experience every child should have so I took Daughter No1 and Anna Shetty just once to the Nehru Planetarium and Science Centre in Mumbai. They weren’t too thrilled with the stars but they were definitely intrigued by the exhibits in the Science Centre.
Should you decide to go to the Planetarium, remember that it is closed on Mondays and all major festivals so it would serve you well to call in advance and see if it is open the day you plan on visiting.
Luckily you can also book online to avoid the disappointment of not getting a ticket at the counter.
Nehru Centre Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai – 400018. India.
Phone : 91 22 2496 4676 – 80
Fax: 91 22 2497 3827
Discovering the world
I must admit that I haven’t visited the Planetarium lately but Wow Dinga and Little Po were thrilled with the interactive exhibits at the Science Centre.
Though the Science Centre and the Planetarium share the umbrella, they unfortunately don’t share the same entrance and going there these days is a bit of a fiddle with the entire road ( Dr. E Moses Road) being dug up to make way for the Metro. But should you decide to go there, it is definitely worth your while especially now in the summer when there are special programmes for children
Nehru Science Centre
Opp 4 Seasons Hotel, Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400018
Once again none of the pictures are original because mine were taken so long ago when cameras weren’t digital and every photograph was actually captured on film!