Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra
One of the best ways to experience a city is to walk through it.
And Jaisalmer with its charming architecture, narrow lanes and friendly bystanders is a treat to explore on foot.
The lanes are narrow and the buildings tall. They share walls in a way that each building is open only and the front and the back. Maybe this layout is designed to keep the sun out and provide shade for residents.
Strolling cows & goats have as much of a right to be there as the cycles and scooters. In fact these animals have a special place in the lives of the residents. When the morning meal is cooked, an additional portion of all the dishes is cooked for the animals. These animals do not belong the family but are expected to stroll past the house. A plateful of the various dishes is offered to the animal before the family eats. This is a ritual followed every single day and is also seen in the small towns of Gujarat.
And this practice has led to an evolution in the layout of the house exteriors: a concrete container is constructed just outside the house in which the cow’s meal is served!
The layout of the house usually also has an open verandah facing the street on which people sit and share the news of the day doing ‘timepass’ and creating community bonds.
The architecture of Jaisalmer is famous for the intricate art but this article is about the tiny lanes.
A few photos below:
The Strolling Cows:
Lunchbox of the Passing Cows:
The Chill-n-Chat Verandahs:
Unexpected sights just around the corner:
Shrines along the way:
The auspicious Hindu symbol of Swastika – that is usually seen on entrances / new beginnings
Playing cards to pass time:
Just enjoying the street view:
And finally the amazing streets of Jaisalmer:
A city to return to again and again!