Mesmerizing Colors

During my research for The Sky Above Darjeeling, I came across images of havelis – the mansions of wealthy merchants in Rajasthan. I was mesmerized by their colors, their splendor, and their magical atmosphere shaped my vision of the world of Mohan Tajid, of Winston and Sitara and of Ian’s past.

A fascination that was revived when I discovered this photo gallery of havelis on BBC Travel the other day.

The abandoned mansions of billionaires

While most of Shekhawati’s havelis have crumbled and remain abandoned, a small window into the world of these painted mansions is being preserved. (…)