Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Caught off Guard by Pretty Things
Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, is known as the Pink City. Stories vary on why the maharajah who founded the city in the early 1700's made its walls pink. Some say because he loved the colour, others say it was to imitate sandstone found in Mogul construction. Either way, it's safe to say it's an architectural novelty for visitors and convenient reminder of where you are at all times.
Upon further research, I've discovered that Jaipur is not only the first planned city (in India) but the placement of its streets, walls, gates, etc. were all devised based on Vastu Shastra (Indian Feng Shui). Perhaps this lends credence to my "vortex of serendipity" claim?
The other thing Jaipur is known for is silver. Even the most ardent girlie-girl-side deniers (such as myself) will eventually squeal in delight at the price of jewelry. And so here we are, drunk on our pretty pink surroundings and discount precious metals, chumming around with our new best friends the silver sellers.
(I call shotgun on the sikh)