New Delhi: While admiring a really splendid chandelier, I had innocently asked if it was imported from Belgium, or some other European city. Taken aback and irritated by my question, 'India had been making chandeliers from as far back as the Mughal era' he replied.
He went on to explain hat the chandelier had 55,000 pieces of glass and had been designed and made in India. Adding that most of the fancy chandeliers that we see in showrooms and hotels these days are usually made in Firozabad, and are being exported to many other countries. Thoroughly chastened, I immediately decided to visit Firozabad and try to see how these chandeliers are made.
My visit was planned for the very next day. The route from Agra took only an hour to reach Firozabad - a distance of about 40 km that took me across the Jawahar Bridge, to the other side of the Yamuna. Through chaotic traffic, like most of India, everyone was determined to go first! But all those who decide to visit Firozabad can take heart, the chaos ceases when you hit the National Highway leading to Kanpur. Through the Babul trees that line both sides, one can see the mustard fields in bloom.
Author: Shona Adhikari, IANS
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