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Gillette Castle and Fort Trumbull

25 June 2011
Hartford is a home to many artists. This weekend we visited Gillette Castle State Park. The castle was originally a private residence commissioned and designed by William Gillette, an American actor who is most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage.

This was the guy who was neighbor to Mark Twain, who spends his 8 years of life on boat because he loved staying on boat, who didn’t remarry after early demise of his lovely wife. Who built the castle but never referred it as a castle, who built the private rail road and whose passengers were Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin etc?

How can somebody think of owning a private rail road? That is so amazing. Everything in his house is made up of wood, e.g. latches, locks, electric switches.

There are a number of oddities in the castle personally designed by Gillette, such as unusual doorknobs and locks, and a system of hidden mirrors for surveillance of the public rooms from the master bedroom.

It’s a really beautiful place.


From the day I read article in times of India about Shreesh Jadhav, I am eager to meet him. He is indeed a great personality of our times. I was having little bit information about him that he teaches in the institute of the Belur math. Yesterday while surfing the internet I found this blog “From here and dere”. He is also one of thousands of fans\followers of Shreesh Maharaj (as he known in the Belur Math). He started his blog with the first article dedicated to Shreeshji.

From his blog only I came to know that Shreesh Jadhav is now known as Swami Sarvotamanand. This guy has got a privilege to meet Shreesh Maharaj. (It is a big deal for me.)

One step forward in knowing Shreesh Maharaj. Now the first thing to do as soon as I reach India is to visit Belur Math to meet Shreeshji.