VOTD | Colorful Jaipur from 1932

Check out this nice documentary on Jaipur made in 1932 by James FitxPatrick. Its amazing to see how the walled city was used by people under the colonial power.

Here is the video transcribed…

Off the beaten track of turns and travels lies the city of jaipur capital of Jaipur state unquestionably the most colourful of all the cities in India. It was found in 1728 by the mathematician and astronomer Jai Singh who inspire to make the most wonderful city in India and succeeded in at least making it the most unique. This main street is over a 100 feet in width and about 2 miles in length running in a straight line. In addition to being pure oriental in its atmosphere Jaipur is one of the cleanest and most prosperous cities in India. The buildings are all painted in one uniform colour rose pink which reflects the soft and fascinating life. The shops run along both sides of the streets each been a single cell and a continuos archaic. The roof seems to provide a habitation for goats and more particularly for monkeys who skip above from windows to windows hooping themselves almost everyone and anything that suits their fancy. Perhaps the only place in the world where birds and beasts live in close proximity with mankind and they do here in Jaipur. The reason for this may be due to the fact that Jain religion, the more orthodox branch of Hinduism, which thrives here prohibits the injuring or killing of anything that lives in flesh. The adjurers of this religion numbering above one millions of India’s population will not so much lift a finger to brush a fly or an insect from their baby’s eyes. More over the Jains actually support beast hospitals where old or lam animals are housed and feed. These little tick birds are not so religious for their diet consists of ticks and insects which inhabits the skins of dumb beasts. Its remarkable to know how little fear the animals and birds seem to have of each other or the human life that moves above them. The sights of the extremes of religious fanaticism this kind of dumb animals seems to reflect itself upon the people of Jaipur for they are the contented and peaceful nature living in sort of divine resignation to life as it choose to deal with them and all the lives around them.

No one has been able to prove from just where the provable art of no angry with its cargo of animals but we may be permitted to our guests we would say Jaipur for no where in the world have we seen so many different types of animals mingling so freely with mankind. …And the road to Amber the former capital of Jaipur we are reminded of the prestigious remark – When better bullock carts are build India will build them. …The approach to the Maharaja’s palace at the back of one of his elephants runs an atmosphere that is typical of India. Our routes traces along one of the oldest roads in the world leading from Jaipur to Amber and on to Delhi, the road over which as passed the sumptuous procession through centuries of time, Mughal emperors, Maharajas, Princes, Dancing girls and countless other phantoms of oriental splendor only to be supplanted on this day by groups of curious tourists for lands were undiscovered by Amber was at the zenith of power and glory. Amber palace, build above 400 years ago and abandoned in 1728 by the whole cart of the Maharaja moved to Jaipur. There are several of these deserted palaces throughout India which were build in enormous cost and then suddenly abandon by the whim of an extravagant ruler who apparently enjoyed the thrill of building new palaces and new cities. The silence and remorse of Amber is not emphasised by the wild peacocks which are prone to inhabit the abandon habitats of men. The grounds of the palace also provide a space for wide monkeys. …


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