It was built as a museum, used first as a hospital during the Second World War, has an astounding collection ranging from Indus Valley artefacts to Assyrian bas reliefs that were left there and never claimed sometime in the early forties, jeweled daggers, chain mail and armour that seem as if they belonged to a race of giants, collections of paintings from the late Karl Khandalavala, lawyer who fought the Nanavati case, collections from the Dorab Tatas. And its dome presides over an eight-sided jharokha from an ancestral home that must be seen to be believed. Most Mumbaikars have the Museum on their bucket list. That’s what happens when you take beauty for granted.


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