Hold­ing Fort

India Today - - BEST OF INDIA - By Papon, singer and com­poser

Be­fore mov­ing to Mum­bai for pro­fes­sional com­mit­ments, Delhi was my sec­ond home for 15 years. Hail­ing from As­sam, I was al­ways in­trigued by the his­tory and ar­chi­tec­ture of Delhi Sul­tanate. I of­ten fre­quented the mag­nif­i­cent In­doIs­lamic mon­u­ments spread all over Delhi. The Hauz Khas Fort, if I can still call it one, was the clos­est to where I stayed in Delhi. Al­most ev­ery week­end I would spend the evenings get­ting soak­ing in the mys­tic blend of na­ture, his­tory and ar­chi­tec­ture of the fort. I would of­ten sit there and imag­ine Al­laud­din Khilji walk­ing around the lake that he had cre­ated. Or vi­su­alise an imag­i­nary chat with Firoz Shah Tugh­laq who built his own tomb here. The mes­meris­ing sun­sets have of­ten in­spired the mu­si­cian in me. Two of my pop­u­lar songs— Din guzre woh and Kyun hota hai pyar were cre­ated on the steps of the fort. What sad­dens me is the lit­ter all around. When will we learn to con­serve our mon­u­ments?

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