Designs on the past
Unesco awardee Aishwarya Tipnis on how she restored an old haveli and outfitted it with modern amenities
Seth Ramlal’s haveli in the Chhota Bazar area of Old Delhi, hardly a 15-minute walk from Kashmere Gate metro station, is a repository of stories. It is one of many grand old mansions tucked inside the labyrinthine streets and alleys of Old Delhi—lanes that are dotted with shops selling everything from fruits to street food and auto spare parts. Ramlal’s haveli is steeped in history. It saw the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, other conflicts and wars and has stood the test of time—but only just.