What do you think was the most memorable part of our trip to Jaipur and Delhi? Asked my husband once we were back in Chennai .
A lot of exciting things, I said.
Such as, he prompted.
Well, visit to the Amber Fort for one thing, the workmanship of the crafts men inside this tourist attraction was absolutely breath taking, don’t you think? I said.
More than that, we should give credit for preserving this historical monument in its pristine form, he observed.
Wasn’t the ride on the elephant to the Fort adventurous? he said.
Me too, and for a second I thought the hapless elephant which looked quite advanced in age was bearing down under our weight, he said sounding very sympathetic.
I don’t think so, because when I looked around I found there were others like us, so there is no need to feel guilty, I assured him.
By the way, you know our maid wished to see the photographs of our trip and became nostalgic when she saw the picture of the TajMahal and I was quite surprised when she told me the name of the king who built it and in whose memory it was built, I said feeling proud of my maid’s general knowledge.
Did you show the photos of our elephant ride? He asked laughing.
Well, I did and after peering closely at them she said, ‘amma, is the elephant you and aiyya are sitting on, real or a sculpture like the one we find in Mahabalpuram?’
n.meera raghavendra rao