Students keep a date with history at Old Fort

Dec 03 2012, 10:25 IST
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SummaryBeing an English teacher, history had no room in my life.

Being an English teacher, history had no room in my life. If ever I did read history, then it was about poets and writers. But a walk through the Old Fort has changed my outlook on the subject. It was just like being a part of that era. I believe it is one of the most picturesque sites in Delhi. The area is littered with ruins. Crumbling walls and niches peek out from the surrounding vegetation. The best part was the signages and boards explaining the significance of each monument. Children were fascinated to see the historical structures. The Old Fort was a calm and serene place and made the children forget the chaos of the city for the duration of their trip. The softened stones of the ruins and the raw elements cloak you with a sudden rush of feeling. Images from the past, voices of lost friends and other memories contribute to the ruin’s effect on a person. I thank The Indian Express for giving us the opportunity to learn, explore and experience history .

Pooja Datta, Primary Teacher

After tolerating the chaos of Delhi roads on a daily basis, one longs for some quiet time in a serene place. What does one do in such a situation? Head for a place out of Delhi? Not quite. For there are places in Delhi, where once you enter, you will forget the noise and buzz of the city. Old Fort, also known as Purana Qila, is one such place.

My experience with the 75 Heritage walk enthusiasts to the Old Fort was overwhelmingly positive. The Heritage Club of G D Salwan Public School undertook the responsibility of sensitising children about our rich cultural heritage and how to protect it. The visit to the Old Fort , which was a The Indian Express initiative, was one such step towards our aim. One of the striking features of the Old Fort is its scenery. The lush green lawns and trees provide a serene environment. There are birds chirping on trees, the air is fresh and the whole visit is invigorating. The monuments and ruins here are like pieces of art — timeless in their beauty. The monuments were built mainly from sandstone and one can only marvel at the size and strength of the construction, which has withstood the test of time. The craftsmen who built these

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