Sarson ke Khet is a journal of sorts, with photos and notes from my travels around Delhi and India. The blog focuses on issues relating to, and/or simply documents historical architecture and urbanism in Delhi/India. I am an architectural historian based out of Delhi.
The name “sarson ke khet” literally means “fields of mustard” (sarson = mustard, khet = field), and refers to the iconic imagery of lush mustard fields in northern India, with their small yellow flowers and bright green stems carpeting the landscape. Used here with irony (but not complete irony), the imagery of mustard fields has culturally represented bucolic nostalgia juxtaposed against the harshness of modern urban life, and when situated next to architectural history they refer to collective memories of culture and tradition, while also representing wider human cultural landscapes.
— Varun Shiv Kapur
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