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March 15, 2005

Space and Refuge

Delhi is a continuous public drama, played out in the constant swirling flow of people, vehicles, animals, smells, colours, and noises. There is little open space; most space is packed full, save fr the sanctuaries of religious temples, private homes, and parks. But for the poor of Old Delhi, perhaps the Jamu Misjid mosque is the only refuge, the only large empty space whose ediface points resolutely towards Mecca. The expanse is filled with the music of water and wings. Sunlight flashes from the surface of a fountain where revelers wash and children make boats from newspaper. Pidgeons arc and turn as hawks watch from the minarets above. Descending into the old city below, the senses are molested with noise, dirt, but more than anything, I think, the lack of open space.

"The most important part of a window is the empty space
in the center. The most important part of a door is
the space through which you pass. The most important
essence of things is that which you cannot see."
-Tao Te Ching

Posted by Julian at March 15, 2005 08:13 AM


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