Seven Ancient Cities Unite: A Microcosm of India
From the days of yore when it was known as Indraprasth, to the Delhi Sultanate of the Mughal and colonial period, to the present day capital of modern India, New Delhi represents the continuing existence of civilization and culture at the center of the subcontinent for the last 3,000 years.
Today, Delhi is home to the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judiciary of India and is a thriving city where new businesses and industries exist alongside ancient monuments. Its importance has made it into a satellite city, whose outer satellites are prominent engines of growth and prosperity.
While one can see the rich and varied heritage of the city everywhere, from the grand Red Fort to the elaborate Humayun’s Tomb, the best way to actually become a part of the experience is to visit the old town, Chandni Chowk, where one can truly experience a taste of the bygone eras.
“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