Treating the movie buffs of the national Capital, the 21st edition of ‘European Union film festival,’ marked a successful debut with the premiere show of Coriolanus, a British film, on Friday. This three-week-long festival, organised by Delegation of European Union and Embassies of EU member states in partnership with local organisations, will witness 24 award winning European movies from 24 European countries.Inaugurated by Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the EU to India, the festival will traverse through 11 cities in India including Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Jodhpur till August 14. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Welcoming film lovers from across the country Alan Gemmell OBE, Director British Council India said, “The festival is a fantastic opportunity to share ideas, use stories to bring us together and celebrate the shared love of film in India, UK and across the EU.”The 24 European movies that will be shown in the festival are based on perennial themes – the redemption of love, the resilience of youth, and love for one’s family, presented in a contemporary manner and in accordance with today’s world. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBringing literary geniuses like Cervantes and Shakespeare to the screen, directors have given each story a modern setup and a 21st century story-line. The opening movie, Coriolanus, a Ralph Fiennes directed Shakespeare drama highlighted the fickle-mindedness and hypocrisy of a war-torn Rome, where Martius, a great soldier and a man of inflexible self-belief despises the general populace. The hungry citizen of Rome are ready to listen to anyone who offers them false promises; manipulated and manoeuvred for political benefits, they banish Martius from Rome. Thus, turning the great soldier into a vengeance seeking anti-hero, who joins his arch-enemy Aufidius and in the end is betrayed by him. This tragedy is another work of art from Shakespeare, after Antony and Cleopatra, that perfectly displays the fallacy of human psyche and the way it is affected by greed, pride and love. Portrayal of women has always acquired a special place in his plays and in Coriolanus, Volumnia— Martius’ mother, has an immense effect on his life. She is strong, determined and willing to sacrifice anything for her country.The festival will be screening movies across varied genres ranging from the comedy of the absurd to gripping drama, unexpected romance and heart-throbbing action. “Films have a universal appeal. The European Union Film Festival has won a special place in the Indian film calendar and in the hearts of viewers by showcasing the wry, the unexpected, the beautiful and even the tragic events of ordinary lives in unfamiliar settings,” said Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India.More such award winning movies from Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom will be screened in various locations across the city and the schedule can be found on their official website. The entry is based on first-come-first-serve basis, with mandatory registration.
Kolkata: With an eye on Delhi, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is all geared up for Saturday’s “united opposition rally”, which party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said would sound the “death knell” for the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha polls. Leaders of over 20 opposition parties are expected to attend the rally at the iconic Brigade Parade Ground here on Saturday to vow to put up a united fight against the “misrule” of the saffron party. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal The TMC hopes to use the rally as a platform to prop Banerjee as a leader who can “take along other parties” and challenge the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the general election. Banerjee, the brain behind the mega opposition rally, on Thursday said the regional parties would be the deciding factor in the Lok Sabha polls. “It will be a ‘United India Rally’ against the misrule of the BJP. It will sound the death knell for the BJP … The saffron party’s seat count in the general election will not cross 125. The number of seats the state parties will win will be much higher than that of the BJP’s. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “The federal parties, that is the regional parties, will be the deciding factor after the elections,” she claimed. Chief ministers Arvind Kejriwal, H D Kumaraswamy, N Chandrababu Naidu, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s (DMK) M K Stalin, besides dissident BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha are among those billed to attend the mega rally. Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and his party colleague Abhishek Manu Singhvi will also take part in the rally. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar, Rashtriya Lok Dal’s (RLD) Ajit Singh, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, Patidar leader Hardik Patel, Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and Babulal Marandi of the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha will also be present on the stage alongside the TMC supremo. Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Gegong Apang, who quit the BJP on Tuesday, is also set to attend the meet. The rally will, however, miss the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi and BSP supremo Mayawati. They have deputed senior party leaders to attend the programme. The three politicians had attended the swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy last year. According to state Congress sources, the party unit was not very keen on Kharge and Singhvi attending the rally as it would send a wrong message to its workers who are fighting against the TMC in West Bengal. The Communist Party of India (Marxist), along with the other Left parties, has decided to give the rally a miss. Asked to comment on Mayawati skipping the rally, Banerjee said BSP’s “senior leader Satish Chandra Mishra will be attending, which is a big thing for us”. About the TMC’s ambitions in the national arena, a senior party leader said, “Nobody can deny that Mamata Banerjee is one of the most popular Opposition leaders in the country and can take others along with her to fight the BJP. She has experience both as a (former) central minister and as a chief minister. The rest is for the people to decide.” Several top TMC leaders, during the campaign meetings for the rally, had claimed that the “people are waiting for Mamata Banerjee” and urged the party workers to ensure that the next government at the Centre was formed under her leadership. The BJP leadership predictably mocked the rally, saying the Opposition should first decide on its prime ministerial candidate and then think of ousting Narendra Modi and the ruling party.
Twentyfive-year-old Taniya Sanyal, hailing from Kolkata, has broken all rules to set a new record, as she became the first women firefighter at the Airport’s Authority of India (AAI). It is a unique initiative taken by AAI to break the misogyny in the field of emergency firefighting as they inducted women as equal stakeholders in the industry’s workforce. AAI is growing at a rapid pace as India is set to become the third largest aviation market in the world by 2020. The expansion of the airports demand skilled workforce and AAI currently has 3,310 firefighters for its 129 airports. The firefighter force is a mandatory department which is required for the safe landing of planes across the country. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”My prior experience of having set new recruitment rules for lady firefighters at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation came handy here. At AAI, we have set new standards for recruiting women firefighters. Taniya is the first lady to have joined the ranks. I look forward to many more women firefighters standing at par with our male counterparts in the future,” AAI Chairman Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra said to Millennium Post.Taniya has been always inspired by her lady teachers, who have encouraged her to accomplish everything that she has aspired for. Her parents have always stood by as a support system, giving her the freedom to carve her own destination. She remembers – how her parents accompanied her to Bhubneshwar all the way from Kolkata for her AAI entrance examination. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis is the 73rd batch off AAI’s fire training and, among the 55 candidates of BTC (Basic Training Course), she is undergoing the same rigorous, extensive training as the rest of her 54 male batchmates. The four-month training, which commenced on January 28 and will be ending on June 9, will entitle her to the position of Junior Assistant in fire service. Taniya expressed her excitements in joining the team and said, she is indeed thankful to AAI for giving her such a noble opportunity to be the first woman in the fire service – which could go a long way in encouraging several others to join this dynamic profession. The firefighting team is a vital force in the aviation sector and introducing women has set a new standard for the selection procedure. The physical standards for male firefighters included a basic height requirement of about 1.6 meters and a minimum weight of 50 kg. The minimum weight for women firefighters was set at 40 kg and the height norms were also reduced. Despite relaxing the norms, the work requirements for women firefighters have been kept exactly the same, which is an important aspect of promoting gender equality.Taniya, talking about her future, says unambiguously that she wants to excel in this field and wants to motivate more women to participate. She has always been an out-of-the-box thinker and her profession demands her service to humankind. As a part of AAI, she wishes to explore several more possibilities and opportunities with them.The Kolkata girl has an MSc in Botany and a specialisation in Bharatnatyam, Kathak, and Rabindranritya. From being a girl next door to becoming a power girl, Taniya Sanyal wants to be an inspiration for the women of our country. To them she’d say, “Be confident and try something new, because you never know what is waiting for you.”
Kolkata: South Eastern Railway’s (SER) documentary on braveheart Pushpa Sing, who is keyman in the engineering department, under Kharagpur Division has won the ‘Best Creativity Award’ in the 64th All India Inter Railway Documentary Competition held at Ahmedabad, recently.The unique documentary was conceptualised by P.S. Mishra, general manager of South Eastern Railway. This documentary video was released on International Women’s Day this year and Pushpa was felicitated by the Chairman, Railway Board, on that very day. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPuspa Singh, a woman with strong determination, devoted herself to her duty bypassing all hardships. All through the video presentation, her courageous deeds in various odds were vividly and vehemently picturized. Her work and activities overwhelmed the audience during the competition. Twenty Railways and Railway PSUs participated in the competition. Meanwhile, with a view to provide secured and comfortable journey to the passengers, South Eastern Railway has planned to run Howrah-Puri Express and Puri –Howrah Express (opposite direction) with modern LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches instead of existing conventional coaches. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe services of Howrah-Puri Express with LHB rake will start from Howrah with effect from April 30 and from Puri on May 1. The Howrah Puri Express with the installation of the new LHB rakes will have one AC first class compartment, three AC 2 Tier coaches, four AC 3 tier compartments, eleven sleeper class coaches and two general second class bogies. The LHB coaches have a number of facilities. During collision or derailment, the coaches do not climb onto adjacent coaches, due to the use of Center Buffer Coupling.
CD Foundation recently organised an International Food and Fashion Festival in collaboration with multiple embassies, partnering with the luxury five-star Eros Hotel. Speaking on the occasion, Charu Das, Director of CD Foundation said: “15 countries coming together for 22 events, made this 8-day long extravaganza one of the greatest events of all time”.Chefs from different embassies and countries participated to showcase their cuisines. Fashion shows by designers from different countries were highlight of the evenings. The event also witnessed renowned artists from across the world presenting Jazz/ Sufi/ Classical performances to enthrall the audience. Mornings of all the eight days saw Ambassadors and diplomats from their respective countries interacting with guests over coffee/ tea. Afternoon masterclass was a super hit event with Chef Khulood Atiq (UAE), Chef Leila Denarol (France), Chef Petr (Czech Republic), Faeq Hamza sir ( Palestine) and others who talked about their popular local cuisine.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said infant mortality rate in the state has come down from 32 to 25 per 1,000 live births. “In #Bangla, we have reduced infant mortality rate (IMR) from 32 to 25 per 1,000 live births,” Banerjee said in a tweet, on the occasion of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) Day. The chief minister said ORS are a cost-effective method of health intervention. “Acute diarrhoeal diseases are one of the leading causes of mortality in infants,” Banerjee added.
Mumbai: Biography of the quintessential Bad Man of Bollywood – the celebrated actor Gulshan Grover – is being published next month by Penguin. The first look of ‘Bad Man’ was released recently. With stories of projects within India and internationally, Gulshan Grover’s journey has been unique and replete with eccentric and iconic roles.The actor says, “I have been a part of many stories across regions and languages but this is a completely new experience for me. Having my story told in a book is exciting and yet unnerving.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDirector Mahesh Bhatt, who has directed Grover in several films, says, “The ability to deconstruct and reinvent one’s persona is the lifeblood of all successful durable entertainers all through history. The reason Gulshan Grover has been able to survive in this novelty seeking business, where the audience is continuously asking for a new, fresh experience, is because he manages to do just that. Gulshan is a shape-shifter.” Swati Chopra, Senior Commissioning Editor, Penguin Random House India, adds, “Gulshan Grover’s ability to immerse himself into a role, often villainous, is legendary. Through his biography, we get a rare insight into the mind and world of the ‘Bad man’ of Bollywood. We are delighted to be publishing it.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGulshan Grover has always stood on his own, right from the start of his career. At a time when aspiring actors would covet the lead role in a film, he stood out by choosing villainous roles that he went on to perform with absolute finesse. His breakout role came in Ram Lakhan, which gave him the title of ‘Bad Man’. In this authorised biography, written by senior journalist Roshmila Bhattacharya, Grover talks about his life’s journey – the ups and downs, films, failures, his successes, the industry through the decades, balancing Bollywood with other work and his international projects, and how he has always stayed relevant. Published by Penguin India, ‘Bad Man’ will be available at bookstores near you and online, at the click of a finger releasing this July.
During the 1780s, Benjamin Franklin, already in his 70s was serving a diplomatic post in France as American ambassador. His performance for the job was stellar and proved worthy for the American cause. As good as he was making his way with French diplomats, he also had his way with French women. Well, in fact, with many women keeping in mind his flourishing intimate history.Our admired and esteemed Founding Father, inventor, writer, and scientist, did have an exceptional prowess to impress women with his libido since a very young age.Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) , North American printer, publisher, writer, scientist, inventor and statesman.As we learn from his autobiography his urges remained ubiquitous even late into life. “The hard-to-be-governed passion of my youth had hurried me frequently into intrigues with low women that fell my way,” he writes.His libido indeed ‘hurried’ him once he was in Paris, though at the beginning he was a bit feeble. His wife Deborah Read with whom he had been married for 44 years had recently passed away due to a stroke in their home in Philadelphia. Franklin quickly recovered, however. The two of them had grown distant over the last years.Benjamin Franklin’s Reception at the Court of France 1778In the French capital, Franklin was a popular face and the attention he received from French women soothed him well. He was their perfect ‘amitie amoureuse’ which translates to amorous friendship in English.The term describes a special form of intimacy which entails the exchange of tender cheek kisses and hugs, exchange of affectionate words over a cup of coffee and in letters, but not necessarily going to bed with someone.Aerial view of the gardens of the Petit Trianon. The Petit Trianon is in the center, the Temple de l’Amour is behind, the Pavillon français is in front in the same perspective. Photo by ToucanWings CC BY-SA 3.0At Versailles for instance, Franklin met with Marie Therese Louise of Savoy, Princess de Lamballe who was a close confidante of Queen Marie Antoinette. He befriended Princess de Lamballe and once joined her on a trip to Amsterdam.Madame la princesse de Lamballe by Antoine-François Callet (circa 1776, Callet)He also sought close female friends among his neighbors. One of them was Anne-Louise Brillon de Jouy. The two of them lived in Passy, at the time a fancy neighborhood outside Paris. Franklin lived in this neighborhood for most of his stay in France, from early 1777 until the summer of 1785.Anne-Louise was much younger than Franklin, with almost 40 years age difference. She had an ear for music and was the composer of March of the Insurgents which toasts the victory of America in the War of Independence.Statue of Benjamin Franklin at Washington Square Park in San Francisco, CA. It was donated to the city of San Francisco by Henry Cogswell in 1879.“She follows with invitations to tea, chess games and tete-a-tetes in which she pours out her troubled soul to him. The delighted Franklin, now in his 70s, soon presses her for more tangible evidence of her affection. She plays coy, however, and steers the relationship with ‘Cher Papa’ (her endearing term for him that soon catches on widely) into a safer daughter-father pattern, over his useless protests,” writes Claude-Anne Lopez, author of Mon Cher Papa: Franklin and the Ladies of Paris.Another woman Franklin got close to was Countess d’Houdetot, who was 25 years his junior. Also called Sophie, she is best noted for having inspired the French writer and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau during the 1750s.Depiction of the 1776 Staten Island Peace Conference. On the right stands Admiral Richard, Lord Howe. On the left, John Adams, Edward Rutledge, and Benjamin FranklinComing from a well-moneyed family and married to an army man, this countess loved discussing politics with Franklin. However their conversation probably gravitated away from politics, especially taking into account that one of the letters she sent to Ben read “a million tender compliments to Mr. Franklin” at its signature.But perhaps the most intriguing woman to whom Franklin fell for in Paris and with whom he probably had a more intimate relationship with was Anne-Catherine de Ligniville or simply Madame Helvétius.When Franklin met her, she was already a widow, just like himself. In her 60s, she was called Minette by her friends and was an exceptionally jubilant and animated person. They were most definitely a good match.Benjamin Franklin in London, 1767. Painting by David Martin, displayed in the White House.Madame Helvétius had used the inherited fortunes from her late husband to open the hottest salon in the city–La Société d’Auteuil. Stories from her smashing parties traveled far and wide. Her salon gathered the most esteemed intellectuals which Franklin found most enjoyable. He loved this place. Keeping company in the salon was also Madame Helvétius’s small army of fancy Angora cats.While Franklin was captivated by Madame Helvétius, not all of his friends liked the idea of them together. We learn that from letters authored by Abigail Adams, spouse of statesman John Adams. John and Abigail were invited to dinner with Franklin and Madame Helvétius during their trip to Paris, a city which Abigail described as “the very dirtiest place I ever saw.”Anne-Catherine de Ligniville HelvétiusFor Madame Helvétius, Abigail writes: “I was highly disgusted and never wish for an acquaintance with any Ladies of this cast.” She goes on: “After dinner she threw herself upon a settee where she shew more than her feet. She had a little Lap Dog who was, next to the Dr., her favorite. This She kisst and when he wet the floor she wiped up with her chemise. This is one of the Drs. most intimate Friends, with whom he dines once every week and She with him.”This letter was sent to Lucy Cranch and is dated 5th September 1784 a year before Franklin departed from France. And why did he leave?At the time rumors were flagrantly shared that Franklin wanted to propose to Madame Helvétius. Both of them were widowed and enjoyed each other’s company. If he did indeed propose, apparently his proposal was turned down. Friends criticizes Madame Helvétius for her reported decision and Franklin was deeply missed by more than just one woman in Paris.Read another story from us: In the late 1700s, Benjamin Franklin invented a musical instrument that some thought caused melancholia and even deathWhen Benjamin Franklin passed away in 1790 he was buried next to his wife. As instructed in his will, the writing on the tomb simply reads ‘Benjamin and Deborah Franklin’.
Fiction often mimics history. Movies, plays, and books can take ideas and inspiration from historical events to create compelling stories that hold the attention of audiences around the world. It was a different story, however, for the crew of the Mignonette. Duhaime.org’s LawMag tells us the story of the Mignonette, a short-range yacht that sailed from Southampton, England on May 19, 1884.Sketch of the Mignonette by Tom Dudley.The port they were sailing to? Sydney, Australia, 13,337 nautical miles away. With a crew of four people, the Mignonette wasn’t a large vessel and wasn’t created with strong winds and tall waves in mind, two things which are very common out in the open ocean. This would prove to be a problem for the small craft.On July 5, 1884, the Mignonette was set upon by a storm which whipped the sea into a froth and threw the small craft around, causing massive amounts of damage.The crew — Tom Dudley, Edwin Stephens, Edmund Brooks, and the seventeen-year-old Richard Parker — climbed into the lifeboat and escaped the destruction of the yacht. This would only be the start of their problems, however.Memorial stone to Richard Parker in Peartree Green, Southampton. Photo by Hethurs CC BY-SA 3.0The four men soon realized they had only grabbed two small tins of preserved turnips and no water. To add to their desperate situation, they were more than 1,600 miles from the Cape of Good Hope and over 2,000 miles from South America.Out in the middle of the ocean with no salvation in sight, the men quickly lost hope. They remained disheartened, desperate, and seemingly doomed, for fifteen days. Then, young Richard Parker broke. He reached out of the boat, cupped his hands, and drank seawater. This would end up being a death sentence.When a person drinks seawater, it causes horrible side effects. This is doubly so when you have an empty stomach, which allows the salt to flood the system without being diffused through food. The symptoms start with severe dehydration, the salt pulling water out of your system. If untreated, an overexposure of this salt causes headaches, dizziness, and blood in the urine and stool. Eventually, the salt can cause kidney failure, seizures, and ultimately death.Photograph of the lifeboat exhibited at Falmouth in 1884.This was the situation for Richard Parker. The young man quickly started to feel the effects and within days had sunk into a delirious and near-death state. This made the Captain, Tom Dudley, bring up the old tradition of drawing lots. The other men made no move to do so. Captain Dudley came to a decision. In court, he gave testimony about the event. “I took out my knife — first offering a prayer to God to forgive us for what we were about to do and for the rash act, that our souls might be saved — and I said to the boy, ‘Richard, your time has come.’ The boy said, ‘What me, Sir?’ I said, ‘Yes, my boy.’”The Euxine.According to Captain Dudley’s testamony, Parker was then bled and eaten by the remaining crew. Five days later, on July 29th, the men were saved and taken to Falmouth, England. Two of the men were sentenced to death, but were given conditional pardons and served six months in prison.The case became famous, and people realized the correlation to the Edgar Allan Poe novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.Edgar Allan Poe in 1849In the story, the main character, Arthur Gordon Pym, finds himself in the same situation as the Mignonette crew, with a group of four men starving on a shattered vessel. The men end up drawing splinters of wood, and the unlucky man who drew the shortest splinter happened to also be named Richard Parker.Parker faced his death in the book very differently from the real Richard Parker. “He made no resistance whatever, and was stabbed in the back by Peters, when he fell instantly dead.”Read another story from us: Charles Dickens’ Pet Raven Inspired Edgar Allen Poe’s Most Famous WorkIn the book, the men proceeded to eat the dead crewman over the course of four days, just as the crew of the Mignonette had, and were close to death when they were finally saved. This was only novel that Edgar Allan Poe published, and, in this case, history mimicked fiction in a horrific way.
A bad break-up is a devastating experience for all concerned. Some ex-partners sink into a depression, others endlessly pore over what went wrong, and the rest just bottle it up. In Zagreb, capital of Croatia, there’s a place where such demons can be released and confronted. But this place isn’t a psychiatrist’s office or medical facility. It’s a museum.The Museum of Broken Relationships exists so that what’s left behind from a union can be celebrated, and indeed contemplated.The Museum of Broken Relationships (Croatian: Muzej prekinutih veza) is a museum in Zagreb, Croatia, dedicated to failed love relationships.As co-founder Olinka Vistica put it in a piece for National Geographic, “We transformed the concept of a museum from that temple about historic things. Museums can be about you and about me…”Just as objects like ancient swords and pottery carry the weight of those times, so do items in this Museum’s collection. Take the toy rabbit donated by film producer Vistica and her former love, sculptor Dražen Grubišić.After their 4-year relationship ended in 2003, this small creature and a holiday snap were chosen to symbolize what they used to have to the world at large. The need to share spread from there.Zagreb ‘s Museum of Broken Relationships entrance interior. Photo by Prosopee CC BY SA 3.0An art exhibit grew from the unhappy event, followed by a world tour and finally what a Vice article on the collection described as a “globally-crowdsourced supply of woe.”The Museum of Broken Relationships set up home in a former palace owned by painter Count Kulmer in late 2010.And just like in a traditional museum, if the items on display look obscure there is accompanying text to help the casual visitor.Museum of Broken Relationships – Zagreb, Croatia, June 2012. Photo by Robert Nyman CC by 2.0It would be easy to chuckle at some of the strange examples donated over the years. These range from a damaged gnome, which “squats under the description of its angry flight through the air on the day marking divorce of a 20-year marriage” (National Geographic), to a can of love incense. As Vice states, “The description beside this groovy-looking container … simply reads: ‘Doesn’t work.’.”Museum of Broken Relationships – Zagreb, Croatia, June 2012. Photo by Robert Nyman CC BY 2.0There are also macabre exhibits, such as a pair of severed mannequin hands. Yet these share the space with more touching items. National Geographic writes that “A letter from first loves parting ways in Sarajevo on the brink of the war that dissolved Yugoslavia memorializes yet another romance that never stood a chance.”In addition to physical remnants, the museum offers a virtual space where precious documents and the like can be uploaded.Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships. Photo by Prosopee CC BY SA 3.0There is also the option to record a message or even a confession. Everything is strictly confidential of course.Whether surreal or profound, Vistica sees the Museum as an important human resource. Speaking to Time Out, she said “All the stories tell us of a universal and yet personal experience… The connection between the visitor and what is presented is so obvious and direct… I wouldn’t say this is a cemetery of love, quite the contrary, this is about building new relationships and emotions, and honouring old ones.”This exhibit, labeled “ex-axe” was donated by a woman from Berlin. She used it to chop her former lover’s furniture in frustration after being left for another woman: “two weeks after she left, she came back for the furniture. It was neatly arranged into small heaps and fragments of wood. She took that trash and left my apartment for good. The axe was promoted to a therapy instrument.” Photo by Robert Nyman CC BY 2.0The idea caught on. A Los Angeles branch of the museum opened in 2016, and the establishment resembles a typical museum in that merchandise can be obtained in a gift shop.National Geographic wrote about “commissioned work from local designers like bad memory erasers” and “jewellery stringing shards of broken china.”The irony of the Museum of Broken Relationships is its location, positioned between two churches. Apparently “brides and grooms rotate for portraits against these spiritual backdrops, while wedding guests refuel during the happy day with coffee on the terrace of the museum’s well-positioned cafe.”Read another story from us: 8 Creepy Museums in AmericaNew couples in the first flushes of romance may think nothing of visiting the tragic resting place of burnt-out love. However, they should tread carefully, for one day they too could be adding a contribution to this unusual collection.