Madam - signage sunday - for kids alone close upNow this sign is from a trip I took down to Chennai last year – it’s a beautiful area and filled with amazing things to look at.

This was at a museum of buildings where they’d collected traditional buildings of various styles and castes from four states into one place. So you could wander about and see how the weavers from Karnatakas rural areas lived compared to, say, the Brahmin from Chetinad.

Utterly fascinating. And very educational.

I was put onto the museum by one of my charming colleagues who grew up in the area and used to go there on school trips.

It was fairly quiet when we were there, but you could tell it was usual overrun with kids. Not only school trips but families doing something ‘a bit different’. That’s the Indian desire by the way, whenever something is suggested, the ultimate pursueder is ‘well, it’s something a bit different’. Anything from the place you’re going to eat, to what day or time it is…

Anyway, as they have so many children and they might not actually all want to be forcibly educated by looking at architecture, they museum had also laid on play area. And as they don’t want the older children, or even the comedy uncles playing there – they’ve sensibly put up a sign saying it’s a child only play area.

Madam - signage sunday - for kids alone wideExcept that is not what the sign says. No, it reads ‘this place for kids alone’.

Which is fair enough.

But to the European eye – steeped in stranger danger for all our children – then this would appear to be a welcome mat for the unsavoury.

Leave your lonely child here, and let the hidden throngs of strangers do what they may…


This one really did need rewording.


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 as well – but it is mostly signs, and mostly Indian signs at that).

If you’d like to read more check out these vaguely related posts

Not so secure

Made in China

In case of rash driving

Or look at the complete list of Signage Sundays.

Do please comment below, sign up for the newsletter, so you don’t miss anything sign related, or tell your friends all about it till they feel compelled to sign up themselves…