Monday, August 26, 2019


                             ( The Shed )
                        ( Hudson Yards Mall )

                        ( The Vessel )


Hudson yards is a new  sprawling neighborhood  in Manhattan close to Lincoln Centre ,Heliport, Chelsea Ferry stands  , Highline. and Hudson river . Massive structures have come up in this old abandoned railway yard . These structures  are  altering the Hudson river skyline .You can see rising skyscrapers. Shops , Restaurants , a mega-mall,  the vessel and the  Shed, an innovative visual and performing arts center over here.

The vessel occupies a key place in this complex.Designed by   British designer   Thomas Heatherwick , Vessel  is newly built  centrepiece interactive sculpture in Hudson yards just opposite to  newly built Hudson Mall . In 2017, i used to go for morning walk through this area and i could see some metal structures  coming up near highline. Nobody could answer my query at that time as to what exactly was coming up at this place.

  It is exactly located close to 10th  avenue between 30th and 33rd  street near Hudson river .

Vessel in particular   is a honeycomb shaped art installation   made of glass, copper, bronze and steel at a cost of US  $200 million.It is 150 feet in height spread  between16 floors . It has 80 landings and 2500 individual steps for its vertical climb. You can also use an elevator to go up .

 From outside, Vessel looks like a structure made from shining copper.I was told that the high-rise apartments that are being built presently in this abandoned railway yard  shall provide accommodation to many  thousand   families.

This is a unique piece of architecture. I was also  told  that the ribs of   Vessel were built in italy and later shipped to new york.The construction was done under high rise enclosures so that  none could copy this unique architecture.till it was declared open  to public.

You can look at the city  and Hudson river from different heights, angles and vantage points.

Anytime  ,if yo happen to be in New York, pay a visit to Hudson Mall  (       seven-story, 720,000-square-foot ),  Shed  and Vessel.

(Avtar Mota)

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Saturday, August 3, 2019



                                  ( Reasi Fort outer view . crumbling from within .)

                                             ( Basholi  Fort  extinct ))
                    ( Dharnidhar Fort Rajouri Almost extinct )
                                                     ( Hiranagar Fort  Crumbling )
                                                              ( Jasrota Fort facing extinction  )
                                 ( Kaleeth Fort Facing extinction )

                                               ( Mohargarh Fort Crumbling )

                                                             ( Samba Fort Crumbling )
                                                       ( Laddan Fort Udhampur )


‌History of Jammu is written in so crumbling structures left totally unattended to the vagaries of the nature. Due to neglect, so many structures have faced extinction. 

‌‌Forts are a special feature of Jammu's historical past. Mostly spread in the areas falling between river Ravi and Chenab , these forts are facing neglect and apathy from all quarters.. In this context, i need to mention that almost all historical forts that are either crumbling structures or are have become extinct. Just one or two surviving forts demand immediate repair, restoration and attention . These forts could be listed as under:

(1) Jasrota and Jasmergarh Forts near Kathua facing extinction.

(2) Lakhanpur Fort built by Jamwal Rajputs facing extinction.

(3) Ramnagar Fort needing restoration,repair and attention.

(4) Mastgarh Fort in Jammu city is extinct now .The Mosque in Mastgarh locality was actually inside the extinct fort.The mosque was built by Raja Gaje singh (1672-1707) for Khalil Khan an emissary sent by Aurangzeb .

(5) Ramgarh Fort about 20 kms from Jammu and close to Border. Almost extinct.

(6) Samba Fort crumbling structure .

(7) Mohargarh Fort about 11 kms from Samba on Mansar lake road near village Nadd crumbling .

(8) Sumrata Fort about 100 kms from Jammu built by Sumbaria Rajputs. Facing extinction .

(9) Basholi Fort in Basholi town facing extinction . The fort look like a heap of debris.

(10)Bhimgarh Fort in Reasi crumbling from inside.

(11) Bilawar Fort facing extinction.

(12) Bhaderwah Fort facing extinction .

(13) Bahu Fort in Jammu city needs , restoration, attention and repair.

(14) Mahanpur Fort near Thein facing extinction.

(15) Mankote Fort facing extinction .

(16) Kapoorgarh Fort near Nagrota facing extinction .

(17) Jaganoo Fort near Udhampur facing extinction.

(18) Salaal and Dhyangarh Forts in Reasi facing extinction.

(19) Kiramchi Fort built by Bhatiyal Rajputs facing extinction.

(20) Nanga Fort near Ramgarh Jammu now extinct.

(21) Devigarh Fort now extinct.

(22) Baddu Fort near Bilawar almost extinct now.

(23) Chenani Fort built by Chandel Rajputs now extinct.

(24) Thaloda Fort near Manwal facing extinction.

(25) Syedgarh Fort near Ramgarh now extinct.

(27) Akhnoor Fort needs repair, renovation and attention.

(28) Hiranagar Fort. facing extinction. 

(29) Poonch Fort almost extinct.

(30) Darhaal Fort almost extinct.

(31) Kaleeth Fort near Nowshera /Jaurian almost extinct.

(32) Laddan Fort. Udhampur almost extinct.

(33) Gajpat Fort Ramban crumbling due to neglect.

(34) Dharnidhar Fort Rajouri crumbling and facing extinction..

(35) Thein Fort (Near Lakhanpur) facing extinction.

  History of entire Jammu is linked to these forts that need attention . If some restoration is done, at least to some historically important forts , the enormous tourist potential of these places can be tapped. 

(Avtar Mota)

The gates of old walled city of jammu are nowhere to be seen now. I mean Jogi gate and Denis gate . The surviving Gumat gate is facing total neglect.

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