A Grand Tour at Rashtrapati Bhavan

February 26 2017

Courtesy the Press Club of India, at least 125 scribes and their families had a good tour of the Rashtrapati Bhavan last fortnight. They walked through the Bhavan, wondering at the marvelous architectural and sculptural beauty, visiting the Mughal Gardens and the Darbar Hall. President Pranab Mukherjee had opened the Rashtrapati Bhavan for the scribes. Sometime later, it was announced that the grand museum would also be opened, so the Club jumped up and claimed right of first sight, before any member of the public could enter. Though more than a 100 journalists had submitted their names for the proposed visit, there were only a handful on the appointed day. They could see the photographs and personal items used by previous presidents, their memorabilia and hand written notes and the expensive gifts they had received from their foreign visits. But perhaps the most thrilling was getting their photos taken with President Pranab Mukherjee. How? Well, there is a hi-tech chair. If you sit on it and click a button, lo and behold, your photo standing right next to His Excellency comes up on the touch screen. The scribes even walked side by side with Mahatma Gandhi and Lady Edwina Mountbatten on the day the Bhavan was inaugurated: virtual reality at its historic best, no doubt!

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