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London

Posted by themischord on January 23, 2007

Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:

(Wordsworth on Westminster Bridge)

I should have been born in the time of Wordsworth to agree with that. London today stands little close to that. Although the city didn’t exactly fit into my expectations of a ‘romantic’ (referred purely to architecture) one, it offers a visitor much to live and feel. With every stone talking history, it felt like I lived the ages.

My strongest annoyance is the London skyline – a motley of architecture from eras I won’t even try to guess. A view from the Tower of London, drove me mad. Really, how can the city council allow this?! Glass buildings to backdrop William’s fortress. Huh!

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But on my second visit to the place, here was a sudden moment of inflection when I felt I was parallely existing in different times. Imagine being in multiple times, like we are virtually in multiple places when watching tv. Awesome! No sci-fi novel can beat that experience. Thanks London!

London is full of interesting places. But the best I would rate, are the museums. Greenwich, place of the prime meridian has a maritime museum with the earliest clocks and devices used in navigation. It’s extremely inspiring to walkthrough the progress of a civilization. The British Museum is my other favorite. No words for their collection. I had to be dragged away from the Rosetta Stone by my friends, who couldn’t understand what was the big deal with a stone. Now here is where I am with the historians. I believe that history is not only a fascinating story, but a compass directing to the future. What a fantasy to be digging the earth, instead of lines of computer code!

Other things to mention –

Westminster Abbey – the dead live here
Cullinan – the largest diamond in the world
Guard change at Buckingham Palace – much ado about nothing?!
Koh-i-noor – the diamond taken away from my home country, originally excavated in my home town
Canary Wharf – an exteremly picturesque corporate location
British Museum Library – breath-taking, fascinating, awesome and awe-inspiring

A thought… I heard this, more than once, from more than one person – “Koh-i-noor is ours. Why doesn’t the Government of India do anything to bring it back?” I wonder, should these people (includes me), who have left their country for reasons not so platonic, even bother?

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2 Responses to “London”

  1. santhosh said

    splendid.
    more pictures pls.

  2. Swapna said

    Blaming me for dragging you away dont worry lets make another trip to British museum

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