The Withering Bamboo Grove Be Like the Bamboo The Higher You Grow The Deeper You Bow – Chinese Proverb Bangalore’s sprawling Cubbon Park was teeming with people as usual. Quintessential young couples lost in their world. Fitness enthusiasts sprinting while chatting breathlessly.
While reading up on this building, which has had a storied past, I was happy to find out that the recent restoration taken up by the Rajasthan government. Much of the damage caused by the neglect and abuse it suffered due to the bus boarding activity has been addressed. The house has been restored to the glory it enjoyed as the residence of the maharajah of Bikaner. Now, a hep cultural center, its Facebook page boasts of the high-society events.
Once upon a time in Jaisalmer, the walls of Salam Singh’s Haveli trembled with occurrences of cruelty. Women feared event its shadow, and the curse it could bring upon them. A few miles away in the Thar Desert, Kuldhara village has similar stories of a curse, and remains an abandoned place. Legend says that it remains deserted to this day because of the misdeeds of diwan Salam Singh.
The musty smell was a constant feature. My childhood memories are attached to this smell, and then few. Like running down to buy kachoris if any guest came. Since the famous shop was so close, we followed the golden rule of “always eating fresh”.
As someone who straddles two cultures, of Bengal and Haryana, she’s a person with some amazing stories. And she’s shared some for me to illustrate and use as part of my #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. So in Deepti’s words and with my illustrations …
Kila Dalijoda was built by Raja Jyoti Prasad Singh Deo in 1931. It was the hunting lodge for the Panchakote Raj Dynasty. Today, Debjit Singh Deo and his wife Namrata have converted it into a boutique hotel.
Chat up with any of the locals in Kurseong, and soon you may hear a host of ghoulish stories – almost as if the entire town is a haunted one. Victoria Boys High School, on Dow Hill, is the most talked of haunted spot.