Imagine the tales this door could tell of people entering it, through the years, and also about the designer and craftsman who made it. The homes in the Poles date back hundreds of years and yet much of the craftsmanship remains today. Beautiful sights to see on the early morning Heritage Walk. If you are in Ahmedabad, it is not to be missed.
This one reminds me of Williamsburg , Virginia, during the Colonial period. The merchants would put a symbol on the door or on a post in front of the store such as a candlestick, or candles to notify the shoppers, who were unable to read, what was available inside.
Many of the Indian architecture students at Cept lived in the Pols, and guess what? Their dream was to live in one of the huge high rise apartment buildings on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. David asked if it was lack of modern plumbing and they said no. A few years ago most had been renovated to provide modern plumbing, at least in one room. The reservoirs for catching monsoon rains are still in use. I guess the desire for something new is universal. With many of the houses and buildings being renovated, it seems that there are some people who appreciate the charm and elegance of the Pols and are willing to spend time and money to insure this continued urban lifestyle. I imagine it is much the same as other urban dwellers in large cities around the world.
Namaste. . . . . . . .Anne. . . . . . . . T I I I