Showing posts with label Asia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Asia. Show all posts

05 May 2013

The National Museum of Maldives (second visit)

Today it's my second visit to the Maldives National Museum. I came here for the first time in 2009, and I wrote about this visit in my book (in Italian) on the Maldives and in this blog. Actually I did not quite come here, as in 2009 the museum was still housed in its old premises.

The National Museum of the Maldives was inaugurated on 19 November 1952, by the Prime Mnister Mohamed Ameen Didi, in the Usgekolhu, the last remaining building of the old Sultan's palace. It was an old building, inadequate for a modern museum.

Construction of the new (current) museum began in 2007 and it was inaugurated by then president Nasheed on 25 July 2010. The new building is a donation from China.

The museum houses artifacts as well as shells and corals, symbols of the Maldivian cultural as well as natural heritage.

There is a hard to find book on sale, probably the only one about the Museum of Malé, Maldives. Printed in 2010, just after the new museum gifted from China was completed, and before the tragic events of 8 February 2012, when almost all of the pre-islamic items in the museum were destryoyed by islamic fundamentalists.

The then president Nasheed had just been deposed and a wave of fanaticism shook the capital. A group of fundamentalists broke into the Museum and destroyed everything that was associated with the rich pre-islamic culture of the islands.

The book contains short descriptions of most items on display and color pictures of many of them, including some of those destroyed, some irreparably. As such it is bound to become a rare document, even tough not all objects are represented here.

President Nasheed at the Museum inspecting
 now destroyed pre-islamic scultpure (photo by Wearetraveller.com blog)

You can contact the Museum or the Ministry of Tourism and see if they will mail the Museum's book ((2010), edited by Nasheema Mohamed and Ahmed Tholal) to you as it does not seem to be available online and at bookstores.

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Heritage Department
Malé
Maldives

You can buy my book on the Maldives here (in Italian)


24 December 2011

Book Review: Inferno, by James Nachtwey, *****

Synopsis
A document of war and strife during the 1990s, this volume of photographs by the photojournalist James Nachtwey includes dramatic and shocking images of human suffering in Rwanda, Somalia, Romania, Bosnia, Chechnya and India, a well as photographs of the conflict in Kosovo. An essay by the author Luc Sante is included. The book is published to coincide with an exhibition of Nachtwey's work at the International Centre of Photography, New York.

11 August 2010

Itinerario di un viaggio in India, Himachal Pradesh: Spiti and Kinnaur, India, 12-29 Agosto 2010




viaggio in Himachal: Spiti and Kinnaur
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01 May 2008

Recensione: Verde e zafferano, a voce alta per la Birmania (2008), di Carmen Lasorella,***

Aung San Suu Kyi
Sinossi

La protesta dei monaci birmani contro il feroce regime del paese è scoppiata sui media nazionali nell'ottobre 2007, ma purtroppo non è così recente. Le purghe del regime cercano di cancellare da tempo i segni del bagno di sangue che è in atto da molti anni, mentre il resto dell'umanità, l'Occidente, la politica, la burocrazia, noi, restiamo sospesi fra l'indifferenza e la valutazione di un intervento. Eppure, è poi così lontana la Birmania? Il suo feroce regime militare fa affari con gli europei, gli americani, i cinesi, gli indiani, i russi... La Birmania acquista da questi paesi tecnologie e armi, e si sdebita con la droga, le gemme preziose, le prostitute-bambine, i legni pregiati


27 August 2004

Recensione/Book Review: "Un indovino mi disse/A fortune teller told me", di Tiziano Terzani, ****

English review below

Sinossi

Nel 1976 un indovino cinese avverte Tiziano Terzani, corrispondente dello "Spiegel" dall'Asia: "Attento. Nel 1993 corri un gran rischio di morire. In quell'anno non volare mai". Anni dopo gli torna in mente quella profezia e la vede come un'occasione per guardare il mondo con occhi nuovi. Decide di non prendere aerei per un anno, senza rinunciare al suo mestiere. Il risultato di quell'esperienza è un libro che è insieme romanzo d'avventura, autobiografia, racconto di viaggio e reportage.