Friday, September 6, 2013

Kahin Door... Capture 1: Rang Hai Kesariya Is Bhoomi Ka..

To begin this series, I would love to choose the fabulous Sunset moment that I witnessed from the Fort Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan. 

Kumbhalgarh was one of the most impregnable fort of Indian history. Apart from a peripheral wall which extends to about 38 km in length, (and is the second longest wall in the world after great wall of China), conquering the fort was made further difficult due to its terrain and the bravery of Mewar warriors. I wonder as to what extent does the valour of Rana Pratap could be attributed to the fact that he was born here. 

While I stood transfixed, watching the setting Sun that evening, the sky soon turned  to the perfect shade of saffron, as if the entire hill was coming ablaze, paying homage to the courageous warriors of Mewar in Kesariya colours.

Across a couple of centuries, few thousands miles and a couple of oceans away, a poet must have seen something similar that evoked these verse: 

Softly the evening came. The sun from the western horizon
  Like a magician extended his golden want o'er the landscape;
    Trinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forest
      Seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together.

                - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline

Kesariya Balma

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