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The Tamil Quarter, Tranquebar

From the Danish Quarter of Tranquebar, we amble down Post Office Road to explore the Tamil Quarter.  Like in Pondicherry, the Tamil Quarter is also segregated into a Hindu Quarter and a Muslim Quarter. 345 more words

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Cities and Travel... at the Museum

When I first started work one of the things I was determined to do was to take my love for cities and for travel into the museum, on the understanding that CITIES and TRAVEL were two things that resonated strongly with the contemporary Singaporean visitor, who loves travel and who – living in a major city – would understand and be further curious about the condition of urban living. 653 more words

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Le Grand Hôtel d'Europe et Hôtel de l'Orient, Pondichéry

La grande dame de l’ancienne scène d’hospitalité à Pondichéry, c’était le Grand Hôtel d’Europe, établi par Monsieur E. Magry (qui était un de la communauté créole de la ville) en 1891. 453 more words

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The Tamil Quarter, Pondicherry

The Tamil Quarter (or erstwhile “Black Town”) of Pondicherry sits to the West of the French Quarter. It was separated from the latter by a Grand Canal that bisected downtown Pondicherry, and still runs through the city today. 595 more words

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How to Build A Museum (Podcast Interview)

So I did a podcast interview with Thomas L. Fraser about Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore, the challenges of being a Museum Director and what to look out for if you’re thinking of giving to a Museum. 49 more words

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Eight Months In, or the Insidious-Amazing Way in which the Museum just creeps into your System and TAKES OVER

When I first got the job, someone – a good friend of mine who just so happens to be the other Director of a National Museum (there aren’t that many – you know who you are) warned me that I would get “sucked” into the job; that soon enough I wouldn’t be able to draw the line. 1,935 more words

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The Grand Tour III-1: Imperial City...Calcutta (Kolkata)

Calcutta (Kolkata) is the first stop on my third segment of the Grand Tour of the East. The capital of the province of West Bengal, and the cultural capital of Bengalis worldwide, it is a worthy first stop, and quite possibly my favourite city of all on the Grand Tour. 996 more words

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