Safdar Jung’s Tomb

For the entry into Safdarjung Tomb the fee will unburden you all of five rupees. I don’t understand why they can’t increase the entry and save some money to maintain the upkeep of the place, at least not issue entry tickets in glossy paper that will cost all of 5 rupees to print. It’s one of the nicer and cleaner spots in Delhi but the tomb itself hasn’t been swept of or dusted since the Mughal progeny dissipated into the hordes of common people of India.  I did approve of the place in general but when I think of how much more can be done it’s just frustrating. Lodhi Gardens till now had been the best of these old Delhi relics and I’m told that the sole reason for this is because the ministers grace this venue for morning walks. As is the case of everything semi-functioning in India,  it is for them that certain things work occasionally and we just exult in the moment of associated comforts.  It’s a privilege to live in an area where ministers and politicians live as it means there are no power cuts and people tell me this proudly.  What can I say except  congratulate them and hope that that person remains in power! In Jorhat, people likewise await the visit of the chief minister so that they can marvel at the fact that electricity can exist beyond 2 hours at a stretch. Sigh. Enough about things that cannot change and will not unless, seeing the amazing development of Gujarat, someone like Modi minus the sinful past becomes the prime minister and proactively tries to better the country. I think all of us who live abroad see the potential here and lament over the possibilities. What’s also frightening is the uneven rate of development not being in sync with the reach of development. If in a grand old capital city like Delhi there are so many places which are still untouched by progress, there is very little hope for my own little town. The immediate surroundings of a mall or five star cannot claim progress for itself, it’s every Indian’s right and unfortunately almost every Indian is blissfully unaware, unconcerned or has given up hope. Anyway, I digress and here are the pics from Safdarjung. Enjoy! 🙂

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