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Jaipur: Sawai Jai Singh's Golden Dream

Jaipur: Sawai Jai Singh's Golden Dream

The only planned city of its time, Built by Sawai Jai Singh in his prime, Constructed with pink sandstones pretty, It’s our own Jaipur city. It was the emperor’s vision, It was Jai Singh’s dream and ambition, constructed in the beautiful nine-grid pattern, one for each planet, Mercury to Saturn. The Jantar Mantar of astronomical size, Is really Jaipur’s finest prize. Jaipur: Sawai Jai Singh’s Golden Dream [Illustrations by Kusum Chamoli] And the Hawa Mahal which represents Shri Krishna’s crown,...

The Beggar who is a Money Lender

The Beggar who is a Money Lender

August 5: A beggar is someone who is so poor that she has to beg people for money. For, she generally has little that belongs to her. No money to buy food, no proper shelter to live in, not even perhaps, two sets of clothes to wear. Or, at least that’s what we’re told to believe. But Bhanwari Sethani forces us to take a new look at the tired, old pictures of the beggar that we have in our mind....

The Peacocks are Dying

The Peacocks are Dying

May 11: The residents of the Rajasthan State Electricity Board colony in Heerapur, 12 km from Jaipur, are in shock. They don’t know how to reconcile to the sudden, unexplained deaths of 19 peacocks in their colony in the first week of May. The priest at the Radha Krishna temple in the colony is inconsolable: there are no more peacocks to peck at the vessel filled with jowar. In the first week of May, at Sirsiya village in Phagi district, a villager saw six of the birds die, foaming at their mouth as they tried to dance....

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