Time on the rooftop of a haveli.
Time is the blackest evil, a disease worse than tuberculosis. It runs around the eternal havelis of Mandawa, and—
eats and eats and eats.
Dot by black dot, it envelops the haveli like a cosmic plague of black spots.
In this photograph taken during the lab-made COVID-19 pandemic, I witnessed a natural pandemic of time on the haveli walls, from the ground to the rooftop.
This is what it looks like when time is on the rooftop of a haveli, eating it carelessly. In the presence of the departing sun and the moon that has arrived too soon.
I stood on the rooftop, not moving, as if I was frozen in time to a time that now looks too ancient and false. Frozen to a time of Maharajas and splendid life, which is what the present time is eating before my eyes.