Monday, October 30, 2006


Ecstasy :
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a drug designed to have the effects of amphetamines but originally synthesized to avoid the drug laws; it is now a controlled substance. It is informally called ecstasy.It is used by some abusively and illegally without a prescription.

Ecstasy :
1. The state of being beside one's self or rapt out of one's self; a state in which the mind is elevated above the reach of ordinary impressions, as when under the influence of overpowering emotion; an extraordinary elevation of the spirit, as when the soul, unconscious of sensible objects, is supposed to contemplate heavenly mysteries.

2.Excessive and overmastering joy or enthusiasm; rapture; enthusiastic delight.

3.Violent distraction of mind; violent emotion; excessive grief of anxiety; insanity; madness.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Tomb of the Stonemasons.

This sombre sight has an interesting story behind it. These are not ordinary tombs, but tombs of stonemasons. The ones who created the magnificent Adalaj step well - a truly astounding subterrianan edifice . The well was constructed by an invading ruler who fell in love with the queen of the kingdom. He ordered the construction of this well to please her.

Once the well was finished and the king happy to find the queen pleased asked the masons whether any well could be constructed as magnificent as this one. The stonemasons in a bout of pride answered yes. The king enraged and fearing someone could entice his new found love away from him ordered the execution and made sure their tombs were placed on top of the well as a reminder to others.

This could be a story of where pride could go before the fall, or the vain of vanity but simply the fundamental moral is always, and I say always know that your boss is always right.

From the bottom of the well.

This view is from the bottom of the well. If you look closely you might be able to see all five floors. The well is five storeys below the ground and is a truly astounding monument to a fusion of Indo-Islamic architecture. There are the more Islamic flowers and leaves style but there are also enough dancing maidens, all carefully handcrafted by a group of stonemasons who would eventually reach a tragic end.

The Sentry's Quarters.

White and Lonely Flower.