Travelling is a heavily romanticised experience in modern literature, often described as limitless in terms of the learning it offers – learning about culture, history, language, art and various ways of life, along with the development of the trait of empathy. Due to my parents’ unquenchable desire for travelling, I have visited quite a few countries abroad, seen quite a few airports while in transit, but have all the while ignored the ethereal beauty of my own hometown – Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan and a popular tourist destination. I have come to realise that this is a common phenomenon; people are so interested in visiting places far away that they underestimate the value of places close to them. So, on my latest trip to Jodhpur for Diwali, my uncle, my enthusiastic cousins and I managed to budget some time away from shuttling between the homes of distant relatives and visit the old quarters of Jodhpur, primarily the Mehrangarh Fort.

After traversing the long-winded road leading to the fort, at an elevation of 410 feet, we were greeted by a mesmerising view, a view encompassing the entirety of the city of Jodhpur, also addressed by its sobriquet, the ‘Blue City’, on account of all the blue-coloured houses visible from above. Legend has it that the houses were painted blue on the orders of the founder of the city, Rao Jodha.

Mehrangarh, its foundations laid in 1459 C.E. by Rao Jodha, is enclosed by impenetrable walls. Its boundaries enclose several palaces, known for their expansive courtyards and intricate carvings. The impact of cannonballs fired by the attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. The fort is also home to a fully stocked museum, with items from the private collection of the current ruler, Raja Gaj Singh. The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathore dynasty, in armour, costumes, paintings and royal palanquins.

I also managed to visit the famous clock-tower, ‘Ghantaghar’, which overlooks the bustling local Sardar Market. For me, in addition to its rich history, the vibrant colours, which provide a picturesque backdrop to everyday life, really make the city beautiful. I initially found it difficult to wrap my head around why this old, quaint town is so closely associated with only the colour blue, as many other stunning hues can also be seen on the busy streets and in the bazaars. One can see a plethora of long, colourful skirts worn by the women, with complementary headscarves, as well as coloured turbans worn by men. The captivating bright oranges and yellows commonly seen in shops selling fabrics on ‘Nai Sadak’ serve to add to the vivid impression of life here. However, as seen in the case of a name like ‘Blue City’, legends hold a very powerful place in people’s lives and tend to stick.

Prior to this experience, I was oblivious to what Jodhpur had to offer and now, I’m so glad to have had an opportunity to appreciate my hometown from the eyes of a tourist, which I encourage everyone to do – for the time being, leave your far-fetched desires of visiting exotic countries (and perhaps, planets), and visit your hometown, with the mindset of a tourist, and when you do so, do not forget to keep an iPhone camera handy…:) (Genuinely speaking, with just a little bit of correct framing and composition, look at the pictures it can give you.)

A Message to All My Readers: I want to thank all my readers for the motivational comments I receive on my blogposts, as these deep, insightful comments are what make me want to continue blogging. This has been perhaps my longest hiatus from WordPress, and I’m deeply apologetic for it. I promise, after finishing eleventh grade, twelfth grade and college, I’ll be more regular. 😉

13 thoughts on “A Closer Look at My Hometown

  1. Very well written 😉 looks like u had lots of fun! And gr8 pix!!! It’s nice to read abt the different places u went. I love to travel and now I want to travel around India. Travelled the US and went to Europe and now I want to go to Goa, Agra, etc
    And ye keep posting… Love to read what u write😆

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  2. Very well written 😉 looks like u had lots of fun! And gr8 pix!!! It’s nice to read abt the different places u went. I love to travel and now I want to travel around India. Travelled the US and went to Europe and now I want to go to Goa, Agra, etc
    And ye keep posting… Love to read what u write😆
    Spelt my name wrong lol

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    1. You are extremely sweet and I’m so blessed to have a friend like you! Yes, touring India can be a very delightful experience. India is a country of paradise…we have every trekker’s dream, (the Himalayas), volcanic Deccan regions, islands, vast stretches of coastline, deserts, snow-covered Kashmir, different varieties of food, music and culture in every state and whatnot! Ancient temples and ruins of ancient places of worship are everywhere, thanks to India’s rich, glorious history of kings and kingdoms….

      Goa and Agra are, again, great options! However, now I must visit Europe (especially France).

      Thanks, I love your blog too! But you haven’t posted in a long time…:) (just like me)…

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  3. Wow.. !! 😍😍!!
    And I’m so envy of you right now😋😋 !! I have some deep connections to Rajasthan and to it’s beautiful cities, but somehow haven’t witnessed the mesmerizing beauty of Jodhpur, not yet!! So this post did set a reminder on me that there’s still lot beauty left to witness and treasure… 💞 !!
    “Unquenchable desire to travel” !! 😍 That’s kind of super cool.. isn’t it ?! 😋 Traveling is indeed an adventure, a learning of all sorts.. 😍😍!!

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    1. Yes, Rajasthan is indeed beautiful…It’s a shame that I haven’t travelled in my home state enough. Travelling is such a beautiful thing…any exotic places you’ve been to worth mentioning?

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      1. Na na.. it’s not a shame! You’re still growing up in your teenage and there’s lot to catch up with, that are obviously more important than everything else.
        Haha.. have been to many😍! Mention? May be someday 😜

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  4. These photographs are so stunning, it reminds me of that scene from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani where Naina and Bunny are talking about his fear of missing out. I love the picture you’ve painted of Jodhpur, it feels like I’m right there too. And I so agree, even in London, when I actually go out and explore, I’m greeted with plenty of beautiful sights that I didn’t even know existed. Wonderful post. And I hope you’re well! 🙂

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    1. It feels amazing to have readers as dedicated and loyal as you are. I really wanted you to know how much that means to emerging writers/bloggers like me who have so much to learn from the likes of you.

      I liked that movie too! But I liked the final sunset scene, where Naina and Bunny realise that by being somewhere, just anywhere, they’re missing out on something somewhere else. That’s the scene where they understand the importance of being at peace with where they are at the moment. I think that was just beautiful!

      And yes, Jodhpur is a breathtaking place, which I recently got to experience, courtesy my uncle and cousins. It never fails to astound me how much deeper we can experience life just by the power of observation, even in places we visit routinely. Ironically, we appreciate people who have the power of observation and a sense of keen insight (comedians, journalists, etc.), but we never try to cultivate that quality in ourselves. (Speaking for myself here, not trying to generalise; I’m sure you are quite an observant person) 😉

      I want to voit London someday. The maximum I’ve stayed there is a one night layover while in transit. 😉

      And of course, hope you’re doing well.

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      1. Likewise, sister. I’m forever impressed by your writing skills and every time I read your posts, I come away having learnt a great deal. If I remember correctly, you said that you want to pursue either journalism or politics? Correct me if I’m wrong! The manage following section of my account, in the past year or so, keeps removing a few bloggers from my list (it removed you and I thought you had simply disappeared) and I count on that to keep up-to-date with content.

        I believe we’re referring to the same scene from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani! I call it the FOMO scene because it was the perfect explanation of FOMO. But, yes, as you’ve discussed, I didn’t think too much about the meaning of the scene until I recently watched it again and realised just how much Naina had the right of it.

        That’s wonderful that you got to experience it with your family. An experienced shared with those you love are treasured moments, you received the all-inclusive package. I find it ironic that many journalists and comedians share a very similar personality, but their expressions come from different motivations, one seeks to propel ideals and educate and the other seeks to entertain. Ironically, those two disciplines together combine the ideal experience. I think Trevor Noah is able to combine the two disciplines with perfect amity.

        Oh, do! In particular Kew Gardens and Regent’s Park, the latter is surprisingly eccentric in its design!

        You too. 🙂

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  5. That’s so sweet of you! No, I’ve taken up science. Gearing up for medical entrance next year! I’m into political commentary more as a hobbyist.

    Oh…Does WordPress really do that? I don’t think I’ll ever disappear though. Especially if I have devoted readers like you. 🙂 That last paragraph you wrote in your comment, about loved ones and spending time with them, is so beautiful…I think I’ll quote it in my next English exam.

    As far as comedians are concerned, I really like Trevor Noah, but it’s always a treat to watch John Oliver and his investigative comic approach.

    Trevor Noah is brilliant when it comes to American politics and the global scenario, but I don’t think he’s quite upto his own standards when he makes jokes on India. They come across as rather overdone/cliched at times. Living in India, I know that there is so much more to make fun of than just using old stereotypical jokes. 🙂 But yeah, that comes with living here.

    After you recommended it, I watched Hasan Minhaj’s piece on India elections. It was very educative (and funny) for the American audience, but a bit cherry-picked, to be honest. For example, all the people not getting to vote in Assam are illegal immigrants. He doesn’t mention that; he only mentions their religion. Nonetheless, the piece was funny and he built a good narrative.

    And this is precisely why I love John Oliver. His team does more research for the sake of comedy than journalists do here in India. John Oliver’s pieces, covering any story, are purely works of art. I think while covering the 2014 Indian general elections, he even spoke of the beautifully arranged logistics we have in place here, to cater to such a large voting population. He gives a very multifaceted view of a story.

    Anyway, it’s always a pleasure to hear from you!

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