East, West & a house in Aamchi Mumbai

[Picture Source/Credit: Telegraph.co.uk & Flickr.com]

The Telegraph has a story about plans to turn Rudyard Kipling’s house in Mumbai into a museum.

The house where Rudyard Kipling was born in India is to be turned into a museum, but the author will be written out of history, failing to get a mention anywhere in the building because of “political sensitivities”.

Kipling has described the location of the bungalow in his poem To the City of Bombay.

The story also highlights the fact that philanthropy is alive and well in India’s corporate circles.

The light green timber building, with its vast, airy rooms, and elegant gothic lattice work, is in urgent need of restoration after suffering severe water and termite damage while it was left empty between 2000 until 2007.

In 2007, Sangeeta Jindal, the wife of a prominent Indian industrialist, announced that her JSW Foundation would fund the restoration.