Islets amid Pools of History
Another beautiful city that has seen the ravages of war and conquest. Yet, the city has somehow held on to its charm and vibrancy. Once you get acquainted with the place, there is a definite joy to be found exploring its hidden alleyways and numerous palaces and forts.
There are a fascinating assortment of islets to visit, each with its own palace complex or other attraction. There is a certain perfection in the art of converting these small sand banks into structures of great beauty. The people who built this city cared for it greatly.
Udaipur has all the potential to become a cultural powerhouse, like Venice or Paris. It is only limited by imagination and courage. There is a certain nostalgic allure about the place with all its unique heritage and traditions. It should be more widely known and experienced by more people.
“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