by on March 18, 2016
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‘Heritage homes’, the first thought which comes to mind on hearing these words are the houses that carry with them some enigma of the past, the dwellings which had once been witnesses of the great deeds of our ancestors. If we talk about India, its history and culture is ancient and dynamic, spanning back to the beginning of human civilization. Beginning with a mysterious culture along the Indus River and in farming communities in the southern lands of India. Being placed in the center of Asia, history in India is a crossroads of cultures from China to Europe, and the most significant Asian connection with the cultures of Africa. Heritage homes depicts the forgotten times in today’s fast changing world. The country is known for its rich and unique cultural heritage. As a result of its exclusive history, India is a home to many religions and languages. Religious practices of various faiths are an integral part of everyday life in this country. India's history is more than just a set of unique developments in a definable process; it is, in many ways, a microcosm of human history itself, a diversity of cultures all impinging on great people and being reformed into new, syncretism forms. The architecture and houses, the forts and the city dwellings tell us a lot about the riches of the country, its cultural diversity and most importantly its inhabitants.
There are no hard and fast rules or a set definition to describe what a heritage home is. According to Cambridge English Dictionary, “Heritage” means a property that is or may be inherited. Thus by concept itself, people relate it to something “old” or that has been passed on through generations, thus having a sentimental value attached to it.
Amongst common misconceptions, there is one which says that a heritage home is supposedly of only “the rich and famous”. This cannot be far from the truth. Heritage is, simply, what we consider worth saving.
According to Dr Dianne Snowden, chair of the Tasmanian Heritage Council, “Our heritage tells the story of who we are and where we have come from. It also reveals the story of changing ideas and values, tastes and interests. “
Goa’s historical homes for instance are breathtaking in appearance and have a rich architecture- a blend of Portugese and Indian colonial fusion. There are more than a decade old homes in Goa which are being currently nurtured in the best way to preserve the culture of Goa.
India being one of the oldest civilizations has houses and forts which dates back to centuries. These heritage homes from their furniture to the engravings on the wall to the architecture of the buildings reflect the rich culture of each era of the country’s rich history !