Beginning of a story writing job


“Sometimes professions are created and offered to you as a gift!”

I never planned to be a conservator (of cultural property). I was just a curious kid who wanted to know img_20170209_224557about life, how living bodies work, how the whole world works?! I had very good artistic skills too. Was doing B.Sc and just wanted to do research in biotechnology or genetics someday. But, very different course of action was getting created, that happened to (/was planned to) meet me.

“Its so very amazing that sometimes, most beautiful things that happen to us are nowhere near our thoughts (/dreams).”

No matter how you intentionally, unintentionally or because of unpleasant experiences move away from a path. the path follows you and brings in magic at most testing times. Times when only magic could rescue you! (this would be clear only when i tell my story..)

///… a thought process has begun on its lonely way down the memory lane… hope it grows and blossoms into a complete story!!!….. stories usually have an end, and some begin from the end!///




Author: namitajaspal
Namita Jaspal, with inherited skills of art and aesthetics and passion for science, opted to pursue post- graduation in ‘Conservation of Cultural Property’ after her graduation in Science from Delhi University in 1992. Four year intense training at National Museum Institute provided the right foundation to start a career in Conservation. She is currently practicing conservation consultancy for Heritage property including monuments and collections. She has been doing independent research in conservation techniques and procedures in Indian context. She is currently working on the conservation of wall-paintings of Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji (The Golden temple at Amritsar. The project is nearing completion and getting a lot of appreciation for the organized and ethical treatment it is providing. It is for the first time in the history of Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji (The Golden Temple) that wall painting conservation and preservation is being done in a scientific manner, keeping the codes of Ethics into consideration while decision making. Another project just completed is of the Conservation of Krishna Temple at Kishankot, Gurdaspur, Punjab. In her private Conservation Laboratory, she is not only providing onservation services, but also mentoring young aspiring conservators and archaeologists by the way of training and paid internships. She has been a guest lecturer at DIHRM (Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management). With all the updated knowledge database and innovative practical approaches relevant to the Indian conditions, she could successfully do curative and preservative treatment of very old textiles like a nine feet long flag from nineteenth century that is regarded as priceless memorabilia of second Dogra regiment at Chandi Mandir, and four hundred years old (seventeenth century) Chola Sahib Ji of Sixth Guru of Sikhs, Sri Hargobind Sahib Ji. Apart from this she has done conservation of Photograph collections, archival records, numerous paintings, manuscripts and other cultural objects. She is also involved in preparation of up-gradation proposals for museums and such organizations. Her expertise includes Conservation and preservation technologies and procedures for conservation of varied material like wall paintings, paper, photographs, textile, ceramics, stone, metal and archaeological objects.

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