QUEST: A schools’ initiative from The Indian Express
Quest organised a heritage walk at GANDHI SMRITI with the students of Delhi Public School, R K Puram
School trips are always fun but this trip was not only enjoyable but also very informative. It was my first visit to Gandhi Smriti and I was very impressed by the way the volunteers conducted the tour and guided us. They told us about how Gandhi Smriti was a place symbolising peace and serenity. People from all over the country come to this place to pay respects to the Father of the Nation. At the museum, we learnt about Mahatma Gandhi’s life and discovered facts, which until then had been unknown to us. The gardens were very beautiful. We took a stroll with our classmates and the guide. All in all, it was a great trip and I cannot wait to visit the place again.
* Pragati Sinha, X-C
Recently, on a school trip, we visited Gandhi Smriti. The trip commenced with a visit to ‘Martyr’s Column’, where Gandhiji was assassinated. There were footprints made of stone, signifying the steps of the Father of the Nation in his final moments. Next, we visited a room, where Gandhiji lived in his final days. On display were some of his personal belongings and inspirational quotes, which will continue to be a source of pride and inspiration for future generations too. The best part was a tour of the museum. We were first shown a short presentation of the fateful, tragic day when Gandhiji was assassinated. The tour of the museum was educative and fascinating. One of the incredible features on display was the Tree of Unity, depicted by a group of people holding hands, which would light up a pole and, if any one broke the connection, the lights would go off. Another spectacle was a beam, which was divided into rotating segments, each displaying a unique ideal that Gandhiji believed in.
* Sonakshi Saini, X-C
On January 30, 1948, a great man left us. His name was Mahatma Gandhi. He was the man who led India to independence from the British. Gandhiji was a very noble man and is still respected all over the world. He believed in ‘karma’ and in the power of truth. He lived the last 144 days of his life at Gandhi Smriti. Gandhi Smriti, formerly known as Birla House or Birla Bhawan, is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, situated on Tees January Road, in New Delhi. Fortunately, I got a chance to visit the place as my school organised a trip to the place. It is a very well-maintained place. We got to know a lot more about Gandhiji there. There is a great museum, which makes use of latest technology. Each segment preaches Gandhiji’s message to the people. The place is very serene and informative. We also saw many short clippings on Gandhiji’s life, which made us respect him even more.
* Manan Raizada, X-B
A school trip to Gandhi Smriti for Class X students was organised in January. We got a chance to know about the life of the Father of the Nation. Gandhi Smriti, formerly known as Birla House or Birla Bhawan, is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi situated on Tees January Road. It is here that Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and was assassinated on January 30, 1948. It was originally the house of Indian business tycoons, the Birla family. It is now known as the Eternal Gandhi Multi-Media Museum. The Martyr’s Column now marks the place, where Gandhiji was assassinated. We also saw a three-minute film based on Gandhiji’s last day and the museum at the place has a number of artifacts associated with Gandhij’s life and death. We also saw Gandhiji’s well- preserved spectacles, walking stick, his room and office etc. It was a great opportunity for us to see Gandhi Smriti as every aspect of his life has been so beautifully presented that it made us even more anxious to know about Gandhiji’s life.
* Mehak Tanwar, X-B