I may not have been apparently too keen while moving around in the historic Cairo Museum today but I was trying to absorb a lot more than the facts that were detailed to me. Tatunkhamen died when he was 18 years old but he earned phenomenal fame because of the way his dead remains were preserved or the 11 kg gold headgear that was prepared for him post his death. The statues at the museum had left feet forward symbolising a step towards After-Life.
Somehow I find this entire emphasis on After-Life funny specially when you are told about vain Kings who preserved the remains of their servants so that they can serve them once they enter their 'After-Life'. It is amazing how 4000 year old artefacts are preserved so brilliantly.
In the evening I witnessed magic at the light and sound show in the cradle of the glorious Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. Mr Amitabh Bachchan launched the 'India by the Nile' festival here. Earlier in the day Mr Bachchan addressed a press conference at the Marriott hotel in Cairo. The Egyptian media went crazy and there was a stampede situation. A few people actually fell down as the media personnel wanted to have a piece of Big B.
We are going to Alexandria tomorrow. I think it will be a very interesting trip.