Friday, March 18, 2016

Peek a Boo into Bangalore's Aeronautical Museum

Do you have interest in Aircraft?  I don’t have much, but as a Mom, I had to bring some forceful curiosity for it.

Though I go to HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) market to buy good fish, fresh vegetables, in the weekends, last weekend, I went to the HAL Aeronautical Museum. It’s just 2.5 km from my home. For long time, I kept planning to take my son there, but as people say, ‘nearest is the last-comer’, I had been postponing my trip to prove that right.

Situated in HAL premises in the old airport road, and just  8 km from MG road, this museum is India's first aerospace museum. Established in the year 2001, the museum showcases the development of Indian aviation industry and indigenous aircraft models designed by HAL for 6 decades. It’s just a must watch for those who keep interest in Aviation industry.
Most of the aircraft are displayed outside the main building, in the open space. The aircrafts are displayed in individual display zones and are properly fenced off with chains.







There are two halls – Hall 1 and Hall 2. Hall 1 is a circular building, chronicling the history of aircraft manufacturing.  This hall houses seven galleries displaying photographs that chart the growth of aviation in each decade from inception till date, in India. Photographs of the visitors like Lord Mountbatten, King Zahir Shah of Afghanistan, the late King birendra of Nepal, while visiting the HAL premises to important milestones like the first flight of the HT-2, the HF-24 Marut etc are showcased here. Many of these pictures are rare. Pictures of Vultee Vengeance bombers under construction in the 40s, Dakotas being overhauled, Tempests, Devons, under overhaul in the 50s, Vampires, Gnats, Maruts under construction in the 60s etc are on the display in the galleries. Each gallery has metal models of the aircrafts. Several photo mosaics illustrating HAL's expertise in Trainer aircraft, Combat aircraft, Transport Aircraft are also showcased here.



Hall 2 is smaller in size, but  displays motorized cross section of several models of aero engines, highlighting various functions of the engines. One can see some real engines here, such as Dornier, Jaguar and Kiran.
The most enjoyable experience in the hall 2 is the Air Traffic Control building. It hosts a couple of flight simulators running PC Flight sims to give the visitor a feel of what it is sitting in a cockpit. A charge of Rs. 10 is levied from the visitor to go to level 3, where a dummy ATC has been built. The ATC gives a clear view of the Bangalore Old airport. With aircraft taking off every hour, the ATC is a good experience.

The Museum houses a small souvenir shop that sells mementos and beautifully maintained park.

The Museum can be a rich resource of knowledge as it houses a library on Aerospace and traces the development of the aviation industry’s exciting phases since 1940.

The Museum is open to public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all days.

Entry Fee: Rs 30 per person

Contact: +91-80-2231 8341

Monday, March 14, 2016

’Coz Life is short and Time runs fast…

Cring! Cring!

My phone was ringing…

My palms were shivering. Heart beats were increasing, ears were warming……

What would be the result??? 

Mind took me for a quick tour to a moment of decades ago. The day, the moment, when my matriculation result was out.  

Previous night, I could not sleep untill the wee hours. Since morning, I could not eat anything properly. I was restless for whole the day. 

I was eagerly waiting for the result. I was waiting for my brother’s call. But, when I could see his name in the display of my phone, I was unable to tap the ‘Yes’ button. After long rings, phone became silent. I picked up the piece on my hand. Wondered what would be the news!

In few minutes, the phone rang again. This time with all my courage, I picked up the call.

“It’s 4.3!”  My brother seemed to be quite happy.

I smiled….relaxed….as if suddenly some black clouds became white above my head….as if I heard some chirping of the bird….as if I felt that my belly started asking for some food, suddenly. I could feel few eye-drops of happiness on my cheeks. I went to the kitchen to grab something quickly.

Yes! It’s quite an improvement from 5.3 to 4.3.  Last week, the doctor said that if the creatinine level does not come down, he is very near to Dialysis.  Sometime back, probably a year back, we all got frightened, cried, when his creatinine level went to 2. But, now look at our happiness level…

Life’s truthfulness….No one can beat the truth, no one can stop the destiny! 

Hope, my dad’s creatinine level comes down more….. Hoping for the best….Prayers to God!

Value your Time Past, Time Now, and Time Future!
This is your life, do whatever you love to do.
Live your Dream, wearing your Passion.
Open your mind, arms and heart to New Things…..
’Coz  Life is short! Time runs fast…

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