Location: The Kalidasa Memorial in Ramtek, Nagpur.

Point of Contact: An old-stone gazebo in the courtyard from where you can stare into the wild blue yonder, unencumbered.


Poets have presence. Certainly in the work they create. And inexplicably sometimes, they forever remain in the places they once sought inspiration from. When you find them, you find a passage into their beautiful, ingenious minds. This is their legacy, coming to life, in vivid detail, whenever their words are recalled.

Walking past the kernel of this memorial – a circular construction that’s probably the merger of a minaret, a gazebo and a temple – I reflected upon murals of the Mahakavi’s work adorning its walls. He gave us words that breathe and burn – literary sensations that the world has been obsessed with. A mammoth white cotton ball lingers far above me in an otherwise fairly lit sky and I know just which one of his works I’ll be ruminating on. There’s a gazebo with the perfect view of this giant, fluffy, singular fog. Looking up, I fall gently back onto one of its pillars, sinking down into a cold marble floor. It has such a long journey to make, with such heavy purpose.


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