The sunny sky with glazing glasses made our day walk. We were made to walk in narrow roads which led us to many historic places I never visited before. All those places were part of a pettah, which means a village inside a fort. The pettah was occupied by people of different trades, one of which was and still is silk weaving.
The journey of our tour began with the walk to the Dargah. It looked like a mosque, but it wasn't. the guide told us the difference between a Dargah and a mosque. I was interested in it because there was a sufi saint buried there. We learnt that buried sufi's head always faces Mecca. The guide also told us more about Islam and sufism. "Terrorism has no religion" - said our tour guide. I will always remember that.
Then we walked to the temple. It was based on the story of Mahabharata. It was a story of some Pandavas who fought against 100 people and they won. So the temple was spiritual and meaningful. We also saw a basil plant also called tulsi. People eat that when they cannot have kids. So they go and pray there and eat it. Then the fertilization begins. I was surprised that a small leaf could make a difference. It was an amazing experience to be there.
The last place we walked to was to see silk weavers. We saw how people make silk and give it colour. The health consequence for this it that it's so loud, so people may get deaf. Then we went to the place where they dye silk. They dip it in the benzidine-based dyes. They don't use gloves, or masks, or coats to prevent injuries and health problems.
I enjoyed this day as I learned a lot of new things and experienced them, instead of just reading about it.