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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

India Gate



INDIA GATE: A symbol that defines Delhi for most.

"Garche hai mulq-e-daccan meN in dinoN qadr-e-suxan.
Kaun Jaye Zauq par dilli ki galiyaaN chhod kar."


Roughly translated from Urdu, this means that although the seat of power has shifted to the south along with all the comforts of the world, who would want to leave the streets of Delhi. This is a couplet (called 'sher' in Urdu) penned by Zauq, a contemporary of the incredible Ghalib. These lines are something that define what Delhi means to a true Delhiite. For a Delhiite there is no other place like Delhi. Nothing, money, power, authority, will attract us away from Delhi. Even though relations might take us all over the world, a Delhiite will always want to return to the place he belongs.

14 comments:

nituscorner said...

Nice capture priyanka. this is one of my favorite structure of our country.Like the Taj Mahal, it truely symbolises India.

nituscorner said...

Nice capture priyanka. this is one of my favorite structure of our country.Like the Taj Mahal, it truely symbolises India.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

The India gate is magnificent. Such a monumental architectural structure. I was fortunate to be in Delhi in December 2007 and stayed at the Taj right next to India Gate. We had beautiful views of India Gate and we would go down and watch all of the people and activity occurring below it. I hope the rebuilding of the hotel is going well.

Prachi Pandey said...

good capture well accompanied by ghalib's line

amatamari said...

Really a beautiful image and written an interesting
thanks ...

Patty said...

Wonderful looking gate. I think we all like to stay close to where we've always lived or was born. I'm about ten miles from where I was born, and so is my husband. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.

Jazzy said...

grand!
i like your explanation, v interesting.

Hilda said...

I love your photo of the gate all lit at night, but even more, I love the sentiments that you wrote. That's how I feel about Manila, and the Philippines in general, no matter how frustrating it can get sometimes. Beautiful post!
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magiceye said...

beautiful image in the light available!

wonderful 'sher' too! wah wah!

Deepak Barua said...

looking magnificent

Kris said...

Can you tell me when it was built (please)?

I'm not familiar with it.

अविनाश said...

i have very very special memories of this monument

agni said...

Nicely captured, including the sher. One note about the translation of "qadr-e-sukhan": sukhan means poetry, so what this is actually saying is that though the seat of poetry has shifted to the south... :-)

Tushar said...

मुल्क-ए-दक्कन की देख ली हमने बहुत कद्र-ए-सुखन;
दिल्ली बुला ले फिर हमें, इस दुआ में कटते हैं दिन!
फिर न जायेंगे कभी दिल्ली की गलियाँ छोड़ कर!

I miss Delhi :(
Nice Captures!

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