Photographer's Note


This is Jaisalmer, a very wonderful city with loads of Jain temples.
However the building in the image is a house called Patwon-ki-Haveli.

I scrounged this from the internet:


'The five Patwa havelis were the first ones to crop up in Jaisalmer and are known locally as the Patwon-ki-haveli. The first was constructed circa 1805 by a merchant called Guman Chand Patwa and is the biggest and the most ostentatious. Patwa was a man of considerable means, and for his five sons he built the elaborate five-storeyed complex which reportedly took 50 years to finish. All five houses were constructed in the first 60 years of the 19th century. The havelis are also known as the ‘mansion of brocade merchants’ as the family ostensibly dealt in threads of gold and silver used in embroidering dresses. However, they reportedly made their fortune elsewhere; through opium trade and by moneylending.'

As I said before all countries suffer from the drug trade and this has happened throughout history so I cannot foresee any change unfortunately, as someone somewhere will always want to make easy money.

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