It caters to all to all kinds of tourists and does it rather well without letting anyone feel left out. Quiet spots for contemplation; fantastic photo-ops for the serious or click-happy photographer; architecture, history and a jaw dropping collection of objets d’art on display for those interested in culture, design and history … the Fort has it all. But the activities that are the most popular and draw the tourists are the fun ones like ‘how to tie a turban’, ‘how to play chess’, having your palm read, etc.
That afternoon in February, I had just finished walking though one part of the museum at the Fort and was crossing one of the many courtyards there, when I saw a couple of international tourists requesting some Fort’s ‘volunteers’ to show them how a turban was tied. And within seconds, it was showtime.
Presenting the story of how a turban is tied in the words of the “demonstrator” 🙂
First we spread out the turban cloth to show how looooooong it is.
Then we kind of scrunch it up length-wise, take one end of the turban cloth and begin wrapping it around our head.
Followed by a pull here, a pull there … Don’t forget to straighten out that last metre of cloth for that final flourish…
The final metre of cloth, the final coil around the head…
The whole process must have hardly taken over in a minute, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Going through the photographs, I could not help noticing the expressions of the people in the background or how one of them pulls out his camera halfway through tying the turban.
One thing the photographs do not show is the excited squeals of the international tourists, who went “Wow” every 5 seconds or so. My request is that when you read this post or attempt to tie a turban, please do imagine the excited squeals in the background. It was highly entertaining. 😉