wonderful bazaars and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets.(Trip Notes)
It is an icon of Jaipur. Its unique honeycomb design comes from the five stories of intricately latticed windows.
These were designed to allow the ladies of the court to see out over the street with out being seen.
The lattice also helps to cool the air flowing through it.
It is built of red and pink sandstone and is spectacular when it seems to glow in the early morning light.
Night at the Cinema
The film itself was very enjoyable. Not too long by Bollywood standards at about 3 hours (Bollywood movies can be much longer). It was the true story of Milkha Singh, one of the greatest Indian athletes. While the dialogue was mostly in Hindi, some of the film was set in Australia and it was easy to follow the storyline. We also had some whispered help from Monty. Eventhough it was a serious story of courage, resiliance and endurance there was room for plenty of Bollywood dancing and singing!
Now the cinema experience. First of all the cinema was a beautiful building, very plush and ornate. There was an interval during the film and plenty of time to stock up on snacks. The audience behaviour was something none of us were used to. Maybe because many films are so long, the audience seemed to treat it as background entertainment to their own conversations. Phones were freely answered, catchups continued and the noise level from the audience was quite high. As we got into the film, the audience seemed to participate with it more. When Milkha competed in a major race the audience cheered him on, hollered when he won, whistled when he kissed the girl and shouted at the badies! Truely an experience.
While I won't provide links to it here, I see the full movie is uploaded to youtube if anyone would like to view it.