The day I almost missed a Flight - Textiles of the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

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In the late 80s I had heard about the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad and the things I heard evoked a desire to visit. Life came in the way between me and this little not-so-significant desire. Twenty five years later, as I planned a business project in the top 10 cities in India, I saw a latent opportunity to fulfill this desire. As I write this, I realise that one's bucket list is not created when we grow old or face death. It is a bucket that we carry around maybe from the time we are little, filling it with desires big and small. And if we consciously make an effort we may still have a full bucket when we arrive at the stage when we have the time, the freedom & the money to afford the fulfillment of these desires.  All that we need is the ability to hope  - which will plug all the little leaky holes in the bucket that come from life's little circumstantial restrictions ( a.k.a. failures). And so in 2014, I planned my travel to Hyderabad, scheduling additional time in the city for these items on the bucket list. IMG_6343S Thanks to Salar Jung and his passions, the museum has many wonderful sections that I will cover in separate articles. IMG_6693S A quick peep into the hall had revealed that most of the exhibits were 'royal textiles' a category that I am not personally attracted to.  I thought that this section would not take up much of my viewing time and so I decided to view this section last during my second visit to the museum, on the morning of my flight out of Hyderabad. I was right ... none of the textiles made my heart skip a beat. Until I came upon one at the very end of the hall! A phulkari that was so amazing and so unlike anything I had ever seen that I stood riveted with excitement. I could not have enough of it! I clicked it from all angles smitten completely by its colors and motifs. I felt huge pangs of desire to meet the woman who created it. I stood and gazed - groups of other visitors came and went - school children, tourists & people from other places while I continued doting on this piece. After awhile it struck me that no matter how much I loved it, I could never touch it or own it and I was distraught! And so, I spent and unexpected amount of time first falling in love with the piece and then feeling bad for myself as I had to tear myself away from it. I had lost myself in the viewing and lost all track of time. As I reached the gate the mesmerism began to fade and with a jolt I became aware of my space-time coordinates. Panic struck! The traffic gods were kind and I just about managed to make it to the airport in time. Had I missed the flight it would have been with a smile on my face. A few pictures of the textiles - that do not do justice to the pieces. The glass shelving ruins some of the visual and the phone camera is not really a professional camera. 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