Monday, June 4, 2018

Ruined Versailles

I thought of the faraway time when we made love and all of life was still ahead of us - and of all those years since, impalpable, as if dissolved into thin air. I knew that the return trip is the real journey, when it floods the days that follow, so much so that it creates the prolonged sensation of one time getting lost in another, of one space losing itself in another. Images are superimposed on one another- a secret alchemy, a depth of field in which our shadows seem more real than ourselves. That is where the truth of the voyage lies. The hardest thing, then, is having to get up with nowhere to go. 
                                                                                       ~ Michele Lesbre, The Red Sofa

These crumbling havelis of Kolkata still continue to haunt my dreams...

Also see:
A Walk through a Santhal Village


RustyNeurons said...

Oh My God, Priya, these are stunning pictures. I have always wanted to visit Kolkata and the plan hasn't really materialised, but this is such a great motivation for me to plan that trip.

By the way, absolutely brilliant quotation in the beginning of the post.


pRiyA said...

Thanks! Kolkata is stunning and what's more I was so utterly fortunate to have the BEST person ever to show me the sights, Dithi, my host was simply brilliant and enthusiastic and I'd return home every evening with my mouth agape and my eyes bulging. It has taken me so long to digest everything (look at me gushing), and I still haven't managed to draw anything because that city left me so over awed.
And yeah, that quote! One of those serendipitous moments! ;-)