The Festival of India : the myths and mandalas of the city within the city




García, Luis Richard, 1962-

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Traveling for several months by bus, plane, car, and train, I saw many regions of the country. I visited small villages that were celebrating festivals, got lost in the big cities, and enjoyed countless architectural masterpieces: the Taj Mahal, the temples of Khajuraho, the Viceroy's Palace by Lutyens, the Mill Owners Association by Le Corbusier, and the Indian Institute of Management by Kahn, to name a few. The latter represent Western influence on architecture in the country. I have fond memories of each city and place from my journey. Some, such as canoeing through the back waters of Kerala or pony trekking up the Himalayas in Kashmir, Others such as Delhi have a special significance for being the location of my thesis, and Varanasi for being its inspiration. Still others have a deep rooted attachment to me such as Bombay which brought back my childhood memories of Mexico City. As I reflect back, I must say I had a truly wonderful experience. Even when I thought I was miserable and wanted to leave, deep down inside I was having the time of my life. I hope this thesis represents not only my own personal values and beliefs, but the values, beliefs, and feelings consonant with those shared by the people of India. I also hope that this thesis will not be seen as another attempt to infiltrates India with Western philosophies, but rather the opposite--that India infiltrate us in the west with its ancient philosophies