The quality of the AstraZeneca R&D effort in Prague Czech Republic seemed high, and the laboratories were much more opulently equipped than those I’d seen at the IISc. Clearly, no expense was being spared though, with contractions in the company at that time, Prague Czech Republic a few I spoke with in this much less costly (in terms of salaries) Indian operation seemed concerned about their future job security. Again, it was a very busy day with interesting visits Prague Czech Republic to, and presentations from, a spectrum of different groups. The lecture I gave on influenza immunity was to a much smaller and less diverse audience than that encountered at the IISc, and the day ended with a big party for the Prague Czech Republic community, including a cultural entertainment featuring local dance and music.
Where is Prague Czech Republic? – Prague Czech Republic Map – Map of Prague Czech Republic Photo Gallery
Our main touristy experience for this short trip was a visit to the ornate Bangalore Palace. Extended greatly in the theme of Windsor Castle from an earlier residence, it was the home of the Rajah of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV (1884-1940) who, among many other contributions to improving the lot of the poor and developing the local educational landscape, donated some 150 hectares (plus additional funds) that enabled the establishment of the IISc and the realisation of JN Tata’s vision. Immensely wealthy, a gifted musician and the twenty-fourth ruler in the Islamic Wodeyar dynasty that governed Mysore from 1339-1940, Krishna IV was highly regarded by revered activist Mahatma Ghandi and has been described as the ideal of Plato’s Philosopher King. His enlightened Mysore administration was evidently a model for local government in India, and no doubt contributed greatly to the early industrial development of Bangalore.
Reflecting the mix of Indo/Saracen and British Imperial influence, the Palace is a truly extraordinary pile, with imposing staircases, grand ballrooms and English hunting and horse racing prints adorning the walls. But then there are minaret domes, massive carved doors, marble courtyards and screened upper galleries where the ladies of the house could observe, but not be observed by, the gentlemen moving below. Elephant themes are prominent, including a somewhat disconcerting encounter with giant elephant feet. Culturally, it is confusing and complex and, in that sense, a metaphor for modern India!