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Graffiti :( In the olden times the conquerors simply demolished local culture to show that "I was here." Today we have a subtle form of expression but this quest of man (or woman :P) is still not dead.Unfortunately this is a global phenomenon.
You bet! This is something which has always bothered me !! I have not seen such marks in any of the monuments or temples abroad...!! Have you? Is this again an Indian thing or just random found everywhere?
Gosh.. how i hate this.... the worst was in Hawah mahal in jaipur.. dont know if you've been there... you go up the fort thru a winding path.. and all thru, the walls were filled with Graffitti, ranging from love messages to foul words, combined with paan stains and Ruffle chips packets strewn all across... I wish there was something we could do...
So true Lakshmi, these graffiti just irritates me.
yuck!can they even create such beautiful monuments/halls?I have never been inside the hall though...
I request to all the travellers specially to Indian tourist that ...for god sake do not spoil the name of India .Show the world that we are the most well behaved and well mannered citizens .Tour India and let others to see the beauty of that place
Responsible tourists. I do not think the people who scrawled there are aware of the existence of such a term. I wonder if scribbling in such places satisfies their ego.
Ugh. How selfish can they get?
Put a hidden CCTV and publish their act in the local TV channel. This will teach those vandals a lesson!
That is a shame that people write on monuments and national history. Its not just India though, people write on things everywhere, and it is not right. Btw, I found a new travel site - baraaza.com. I think you might like it. Melissa
I am working on a few posts showing such similar acts of vandalism - one in a very rare and beautiful structure in mallai olakkaneswara temple and another in darasuram. These wanton acts show how little these people know/realise/ appreciate our rich heritage, for them visiting such amazing treasures is but a romantic interlude. We talk of portugese destroying the beauties of elephanta http://www.poetryinstone.in/lang/en/2008/08/31/the-delicate-coils-of-snake-in-stoneand earlier of Md Gazni, Malik Kafur - rampant destruction, but to see sons of our soil indulging in similar is no less heart breaking. Lets do our part in educating them to understand and appreciate the nuances of art. Once they learn to appreciate it, they would begin to like - love and preserve them.one such beauty http://www.poetryinstone.in/lang/en/2008/09/22/just-a-chain-in-stone-part-2rgdsvj
Very irresponsible act...and I guess you have to cane them publicly or impose a hefty fine.
An work is hard, and to create an art? a worst feeling seeing worth destruction.
We need to educate the tourists before letting them into historic monuments, i guess. This should help.
It's really sad state of affairr. Those who have created such master piece never wrote their name any where and those idoits , spoling beaty
hi lakshmiYour post inspired me to dig this old one of mine and post it..a historical graffitihttp://www.poetryinstone.in/lang/en/2008/09/23/a-historical-graffitirgdsvj
I say :We need big wide boards at such places for people to write whatever they can to solve such problems.
Thanks everybody for your suggestions..Here is mine.I think the authorities are as much as to blame as tourists ..when you have world heritage monuments managed by officials who have no pride in the history or governments who are not interested in preserving the rich culture, there is very little chance of tourists being responsible. Its extremely disappointing to see pilgrims destroy heritage monuments by their worship ...Any movement has to start with us. If we can do anything to preserve and showcase pride in our culture and heritage, I hope posterity will have something left of this heritage
Let me tell you one incidence about authorities. There are few caves at Bedse near Kamshet, Maharashtra where ancient paintings like those found in Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad were discovered during British raj. When knowledgable Collector heard this he expressed his desire to visit the site and to study Order was passed to clean up caves to geared up his visit.They cleaned up everything including priceless paintings, authorities simply whitewashed all the walls and the treasure was lost foreever.
I agree to what you wrote as an update.It is a shame but then that is a difference between being literate/illiterate and also sensitive to other more than your personal needs....
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