Tucked away in a narrow by-lane of Burhanpur, near Dilli Darwaza, we visited the beautiful
Tucked away in a narrow by-lane of Burhanpur, near Dilli Darwaza, we visited the beautifulwooden house of the Hathiwala family, traditional keepers of elephants for the armies of the Marathas and Mughals. Built by Govardhan Das over a century ago, the house was a defensive structure in itself with windows and doors that could be shuttered so well, even daylight couldn’t creep in. “Ye log bahut sampatti ke maalik hotey they” (They used to have a lot of wealth). That is why security was important, explained our guide Ghanshyam Malviya or Guruji, as we climbed the narrow wooden stairs behind him, to enter his friend’s home. Over snacks of shakarpare, moong dal halwa, and delicious lemongrass tea, the Hathiwala family shared insights about the lives of their ancestors in Burhanpur, a hundred years ago.
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