Madam - inconvenience truly regrettedThis sign is from the Golden Temple, in Amritsar.

When I visited in November last year, they were doing a spot of building work and the main entrance wasn’t open and you had to go round the side.

What I like about it is that the sign would appear to express genuine regret at the inconvenience. Really, quite heartfelt.

And I suppose if you’re re-routing pilgrims from the most holy site in the Sikh world, well it is rather serious. And might just make you get a move on with the whole project.

It does make you realise how jaded the usual signs are. They sound so incredibly bored compared to this one.


This sign is part of our regular series, Signage Sundays, where I indulge my obsession for all things sign related (and, I confess, occasionally, a few things that aren’t sign related – but it is mostly signs, and mostly Indian signs at that).

If you’d like to read more check out these other posts from the same trip to the Golden Temple and Dharamshala:

Signage Sunday : please do not throw eatable in holy pool

Paying respects at the Golden Temple

Signage Sunday : Not made in China

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