The First Duty of the Sovereign…
The years have not been kind. This is a place that is stuck in history that has had little to mention since the Capital of the local Mewar Kingdom was moved to Udaipur. Prior to that, it had a reasonable fort and city to match for the time period.
There is not much to say about this place. It is a good thing no one visits. The whole area is marred by desecrated and dilapidated monuments from the numerous successful conquests of the fort by foreign forces. There is precious little, but reminders of the vanquished past.
The Ignominy of being a conquered people… the saddest part is that this place has great potential to resurrect itself as a remarkable themed hotel complex for cultural tourists. Unfortunately, it seems everyone who ever believed in or cared for this place is long dead.
“The child in each of us knows paradise.
Paradise is home. Home as it was or home as it should have been.
Paradise is one’s own place, one’s own people, one’s own world, knowing and known, perhaps even loving and loved.
Yet every child Is cast from paradise - into growth and new community, into vast, ongoing change.”
— Octavia E. Butler
“Now it occurred to me that perhaps this was what happened when cities died. They didn’t die with a bang; they didn’t die only when they were abandoned. Perhaps they died like this: when everybody was suffering, when transport was so hard that working people gave up jobs they needed because they feared the suffering of the travel; when no one had clean water or air; and no one could go walking.”
— V.S. Naipaul
“When the astonished gods behold it as they fly by in their aerial chariots, they always speculate upon it at length, saying ‘This must be a natural abode of Siva; for such beauty is never seen in an artificial construction’; even the artisan who created it was (himself) suddenly amazed, and said: ‘I cannot bring myself to endeavor to create such a thing again; how is it that I made this?’”
— Baroda Copper Plate Inscription of Karkaraja II
“If we look at the path, we do not see the sky. We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars Our quest, our earth walk is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.”
— Native American Saying
“Kochi, formerly called Cochin, is a former European settlement with a large Christian population and a seafaring heritage. It is a town of enormous charm that reminds some visitors of the Caribbean more than India.”
— Gary Weiss