Constructive Change in Kasi

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Change in Kasi is something that my posts have hitherto only opposed and condemned in many ways. This post is about change that belongs to a different category. When I posted the old image of the oldest lift with the change for worse in it, I demonstrated the negative or destructive kind of change that’s predominant in Kasi today. Yet, there’s the positive or constructive change too.

The image above shows a hotel on one of the eighty plus ghats of Kasi, the only hotel that I found merging seamlessly with the environs. There’s a slight discordance alright, but who can mark that in the first look?

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The image above juxtaposes a tall stone building on a ghat of the pakki mahaal and our hotel on the same ghat. Of course, the house to the left has all the marks of the ravages of time on it that the new building hasn’t: the patches of outer stone surface missing, the moss growth on walls that’s turned black, a definitely distinct shape and material of the windows (iron rods and no panes of glasses) etc. Architecturally and with respect to the construction material, they have many similarities.

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The centre of the image above is dominated by a very old and well used stone structure that resembles the very famous Hazara of Panchganga Ghat whose image can be seen below, along with the one in front of the hotel. It was a clever move indeed to put the stone diya stand there. It definitely lends the whole new building some kind of claim on age.

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One look at the two sides of the stone steps in the image below makes it very clear that the building to the left is the old one and the one to the right has been recently constructed, yet, the very attempt that has been made to merge it with the environs is noteworthy.

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This change has the spirit of sustainable and organic kind of development, using local building material. It also follows the tradition of the ghat architectural designs. The images below are from different ghats. The one to the left is a part of the hotel mentioned above and those to the right are from some other ghats. It is this spirit that makes the change noteworthy.

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This change has the spirit of sustainable and organic kind of development, using local building material. It also follows the tradition of the ghat architectural designs. The images above are from different ghats. The one to the left is a part of the hotel mentioned above and those to the right are from some other ghats. It is this spirit that makes the change commendable.

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