An ancient charm, a sense of belonging, a place that makes my curious instincts alive by presenting numerous questions and eventually answering those itself.
It can be a monument, an old village, a barren land, ruins of a king’s fort or just another building at the same place where my grandfather saw it as a boy. It can be the way people dress up or talk. In fact, it can easily be a way of life.
Heritage to me is all of that and everything else that is preserved over the years and deserves to be protected for the times to come. It is the taste of ‘Tundey kebabs’ in Lucknow, ‘Paradise Biryani‘ in Hyderabad, and ‘Malai Chaap’ in Delhi. It is the ‘Havelis’ in Rajasthan, ‘Forts’ in Chhattisgarh, and Temples’ in Tamil Nadu.
It is the way you get lost in thoughts while walking down the lanes where you grew up, while looking at that silver plate that once belonged to your mother’s grandmother, or while reciting a story to your children exactly how your dad told it to you. It is something that makes you feel you still have a place to go back to, where you can sit for hours and continue to be astonished at how there could be so much of legacy associated with so little.
What does Heritage mean to you? Please share your thoughts in comments.
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