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9 Things You Have Definitely Heard If You Belong To Or Live In Rajasthan

You are a true Rajasthani if you have heard these lines atleast once in your lifetime, probably from a distant cousin, in your college located in a different state or from an NRI relative 😉

1) I’m sure you eat Dal Bati Churma everyday!
You live in Mumbai, do you live on vada pao?dal bati

2) You must travel on camels there. How does that feel?
It’s surely a humpy ride, but it’s ok as we share the water that they store.camel-safari-1

3) Is the entire state a desert or do you have some roads too?
No no, our life is basically a desert safari.desert

4) I know everyone is a Marwari in Rajasthan.

Yeah, the toh sab jaano cho 😀Marwari

5) You know, there’s no water supply in Rajasthan.
If that was true, Rajasthanis would have set a world record of staying alive without water by now !!Jal Mahal

6) We know everyone wears Ghagra choli and turbans there.
Damn Bollywood !Turban

7) You must belong to a royal family na?
Yes, you caught me 😀khoobsurat

8) You must live in a grand Haveli !
They surely have left us with a lot of their property, but we haven’t shifted there yet.umaid bhawan palace

9) You are a Rajasthani, tumhaare yaha toh bohot jaldi shaadi kar dete hai.
Umm, if only you would take some time and step out of 1950s, you will know the answer to this better.balika vadhuImage credit: indiaopines.com

 

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The newly restored Tal Katora  

Jaipur beat is coming up with a new story that talks about our history, our mistakes with a learning curve- to value our heritage.
The story is about Tal Katora. Why Katora? As it looks like a floating cup so it got the name –Tal Katora (Water Body +Cup Shape). Many of us remember spending time at Talkatora and Pondric garden with our grandparents. Back then when it was in a good condition.

And here goes the story…Once the Pride of walled Jaipur City ‘Tal Katora’ which is situated just behind the Jai Niwas garden, fenced on three sides by broad embankments and on the fourth by Badal Mahal of City palace, that has lost its charm for years has now regained its glory.  

Talkatora lake Jaipur

Earlier it was known to be flooded with alligators that were regularly fed at the Darbar expenses (Paid by Jaipur Royalty) but with the passage of time it became nothing but a barren land. With the advancement of urban development and the starting of piped water supply, vanished the lure of the water structure which was the life line for the city dwellers and soon it was used as a major dumping ground for the cities solid waste.
I remember visiting the place some 15 years back and I recall it just as the name (Garbage Dump Ground) with bad odor that made it difficult to even stand for a moment.

But we learned from our mistakes and after almost 22 years the place restored its splendor with the help of volunteers and Jaipur municipality.

Talkatora lake Jaipur
Now there is water in the tank, people living in neighboring area have blocked their household drainage to stop the filth flowing in, entirely changing the face so much that  when someone comes across the splendid Talkatora Garden he is sure to feel amazed by the overwhelming beauty which was lost for years.

Newly restored and developed Tal Katora and Pondrik Uddyan has now become a wonderful place. With colorful fountains reaching a height of 70 ft., array of flowering pots is surely adding to the terrific beauty of the abode. People of all ages are visiting this place now and enjoying hot summer evenings sitting over the lush green grass next to the soothing fountains.

Talkatora lake Jaipur Beat
Cosmic Delight

 

Talkatora lake Jaipur Beat
Colorful fountains light up the beauty of night sky

So, whether as a tourist or a local, the pleasant sight of these pressure fountains and Talkatora lake with boating is encouraging enough to make one trip 😀 Apart from admiring the fountains and illuminated trees, one can also get the flavor of ‘Chuski- Barf Ka Gola’ and big sized Papodams sold by the vendors outside the park.

Talkatora lake Jaipur