Will the funny vitrified tiles age like this?

Just look at this bungalow! I often pass by this house on my walks, mostly in the evenings.

How beautifully charmingly it ages! An interestingly done facade with natural stone. Can any of the artificially contrived surface materials, that folks and interior designs use so often, match this beauty?

One of the things about this is also that this stone is glossy like glass. Glass means maintenance, at some point, will be a pain.

Bungalow facade with natural stone

Which building in Ahmedabad…

Which building in Ahmedabad would attract you enough to spend a good part of your day in its presence?

That sounds like a contrived question. Let me re-attempt.

Is there any built space in Ahmedabad that you may want to spend all your day in?

At one point, when I was a child, the garden in Gandhinagar offered that space. But then children have fascinating ways of turning their surroundings into entertaining spaces.

Now, a member would immediately say, Karnavati Club.

Recall more such spaces? We are building more buildings. But those buildings can’t seem to hold us, accommodate us. In fact, the more time we spend among such buildings, the greater is the feeling to go away somewhere far, somewhere where the memory and sights of these buildings can be obliterated.

Such is the city we’ve built and continue to build.

Stone & Deficit of Patience

What we witness in our age is a serious serious deficit of patience. Gurus tell us and we acknowledge, and then we fall back to rectangulism as soon as we come to interior design and such matters.

In the background you see a gate made about 600 years back in Lucknow. 600 years! What would it take to make something as beautiful right now? Don’t tell me money!