Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Conversation with the Man at the Museum

"I'm taking a panorama photo, it's not a video!"

But the museum employee would not listen to me. "I don't know anything about that," he said, "but you have to pay 2000 rupees to take videos."

I showed him the 200 rupee permit that I'd bought to take photographs in the museum with my DSLR camera, but he insisted that I had been taking a video. I tried to show him the panorama photo I had taken with my smaller camera, but he didn't want to see it. "I don't know these things," he kept saying.

The more I tried to show him the photo, the more agitated he got, the louder and more shrill his voice got, and he then went off to report the 'video' to the authorities. He returned a few minutes later by himself - looking sheepish, I thought - and then suddenly straightened up and said that I was using two cameras but had paid to use only one.

I just kept looking at him because the whole encounter was ridiculous, and he soon ran off, but not before telling me to delete the 'video' I had taken because I would be 'checked' upon leaving the museum. Of course, nothing ended up happening.

2 comments:

Priyanka S said...


Was this NGMA in Bombay and were you there by yourself? I had a weird experience there too, ultimately had to run off without even looking at most of the paintings :( shame, it's a pretty area though...

Khadija Ejaz said...

Nope, the Prince of Wales museum, but I think the NGMA was nearby. I was by myself, yes. I had a good time though, Bombay is quite safe, a LOT safer than Delhi!