It was in the centre of Delhi, a few minutes from Connaught Place. Named after Maharaja Ugersen, this baoli (well) is one of many that provided drinking water to Delhi. The emperors and kings took pains to ensure that people did not go thirsty in the scorching heat of the city. As I approached the steep old broken walls I stepped into a new space, that took me a few centuries away. Boys were diving 30-35 feet into the water below. The new skyscraper in the back formed a fitting backdrop encapsulating the Delhi of today. Modern India, merging with its ancient past.
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