“To the debate of wasps
the dialectic of monkeys
the chirping of statisticsit offers
(tall pink flame
made of stone and air and birds
time in repose on water)
the architecture of silence”
~ Translation “El Mausoleo de Humayún”
by Octavio Paz
Any experienced traveler should know better than to visit monuments that generate heavy tourist footfalls on weekends. The first Saturday after a much publicised re-opening post a controversial six year restoration, had to be far, far worse.
But we had signed up for a walk around the Nizamuddin neighbourhood and it seemed imprudent to shuttle up and down within our short time frame. That is the reason we landed at the grand mausoleum of Humayun that gloomy afternoon, along with a few hundred other people.
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