Thursday, March 25, 2010
Seven Cities - What's "NEW"?????
Playing for the Crowd
Definition: Not before seen or known, although existing before; lately manifested; recently discovered; as, a new metal; a new planet; new scenes.
While this is the "clinical" definition of the word.......the word "new" has meanings and connotations that are personal to each of us. For some of us.....just hearing the word gives a sense of "excitement".....to some it is an excuse to replace something "old"......to those pilgrims landing in an undiscovered land, they were able to use the word to give association to someplace they left behind....a la (New York, New Orleans, New Mexico, Nuevo Laredo.....and on and on).....but....
I also remember "NEW COKE".....which got old very fast!
However, when you combine "New" + "Delhi".....there some history.....it was only fitting that after seven different cities were built that someone finally had to give it a name more fitting of the times......
The beauty of NEW DELHI......is that everything that makes it so unique and exciting rests in the history that reminds you of the yesteryears.......well.....the yester....yester.....yester....yester...yester...yester YEARS......YEP...that many!
Just the other day, I had my second visit to Purana Quila, this time as a guest of Linda's - Seven Cities Tour Group.....if you remember from my earlier blog entry on Purana Quila......there were inhabitants on the very site we visited dating back to 2400 years before Christ.
Prayer Rugs in Mosque
Now back to Seven Cities, and the unique group that tours the Seven distinct cities that had risen and fell in and around what is now known as the NCR (National Capital Region)...now that's a name that you would hope never "sticks"......
There are approximately 28 participants that make up a group.......and then they are broken into "sub-groups" and assigned a city to research, study and then make a presentation to the other members of the group......when I first heard about the offering of such a tour, I wanted to attend, but my schedule never would allow such a thing......so Preston and I decided we would embark on our own Seven Cities exploration.....
For newcomers to the area........I highly recommend joining the Seven Cities Group, either in the Spring or Fall......it is a great way to meet new people and learn about the exciting city you are living in.....NEW DELHI.....and it's predecessors will certainly open your eyes to the rich and exciting history that surrounds you!
Linda's group had the Mehrauli area, which included Qutub Minar.....which was the first city of the area......so I included some of the photographs that she took of her group making their presentation.....and I also included some new one of Purana Quila.....see my first blog entry if you are interested in the history of the area.