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‘Long be­fore the Mus­lims ar­rived in In­dia with their ge­o­met­ri­cally pre­cise form of gar­den de­sign, In­dia was cer­tainly not a wilder­ness. Gar­dens in the Hindu epics are men­tioned as places of great nat­u­ral beauty where groves of trees were decked with flow­ers or laden with fruit. Tem­ples were built near springs or rivers and sto­ries of gods and god­desses of­ten take place in ver­dant glades and dense forests and on flower-strewn banks bor­der­ing rivers whose limpid wa­ters are dot­ted with lo­tus flow­ers.’

CLAU­DIA HYLES SO YOU CAN SEE IN THE DARK AND OTHER IN­DIAN ESSAYS (2016)

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