The Last Bow

Dear Followers,
This is the last post on maverickonthemove.

We are sorry to bear the sad news of the passing away of Johnson Mathews. He had been battling cancer since February 2017. He breathed his last on 9th November 2017.

This blog meant a lot to him. Even in his last days, it gave him great joy to make us read notifications and comments on his blog. Dadda started his photography journey with a small Yashica camera bought with his first salary. Today, his Nikon D3s and set of lenses are our treasured mementos.

Even in the midst of an ambitious career, he found time for his passion. This last September, he completed 2 years of blogging. And although 221 posts cannot completely summarise his travels – many of his tours are still not made into posts and thousands of photographs still lie unedited- this blog will always remind us of the essence of Johnson – the traveller, the photographer, the maverick on the move.

With lots of love from his wife and two daughters.

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Vohrawad of Siddhpur – A Confluence of Architectural Styles Part 24 of 24

The Bohra settlements of Siddhpur display a distinctive architectural patois and global character born out of the confluence and influence of various architectural styles worldwide. Founded by the Solanki ruler Siddhraj Jaisinh in the 10th century on the banks of river Saraswati, Siddhpur is essentially a holy place for Hindus. It was only in the 19th century that the Dawoodi Bohras, an affluent Muslim trading community, fanned out and settled in Siddhpur, Kapadvanj and around port Khambhat. These Dawoodi Bohras carried out wealthy trade with European countries and greatly borrowed from the European architectural styles of the time while building their own houses.

The eclectic facades of the houses are characterised by Victorian gable pediments, ornate pilasters and columns, Baroque-style cornices, friezes, arches and hoods richly carved in wood and plaster. It is not uncommon to see Renaissance-inspired vines and arabesques on the facade. Intricate iron railings adorn the entrance to these houses which are raised above the ground by a 4-5 feet. The symmetry and orderliness of the buildings is reminiscent of the Art Deco of Paris. Each of the houses are painted in different shades of pastels lending even more vibrancy to the Vohrawads. However, they are not completely European in construction. Some houses have protruding balconies or ‘jharokas’ of typical Rajasthani havelis. They also have an internal courtyard, about 4 square feet in size, like traditional Indian houses. Almost all houses have the family insignia embedded on its walls. Most of these buildings are a 100 years old and are now dilapidated as the owners have left for better prospects.

In this series, I am bringing to you the intricacies and eccentricities of the Vohrawads of Siddhpur.

Vohrawad havelis
Mohalla lined by havelis on either side
Intricate murals on doors
Intricate murals on doors
A Vohrawad haveli

Vohrawad of Siddhpur – A Confluence of Architectural Styles Part 23 of 24

The Bohra settlements of Siddhpur display a distinctive architectural patois and global character born out of the confluence and influence of various architectural styles worldwide. Founded by the Solanki ruler Siddhraj Jaisinh in the 10th century on the banks of river Saraswati, Siddhpur is essentially a holy place for Hindus. It was only in the 19th century that the Dawoodi Bohras, an affluent Muslim trading community, fanned out and settled in Siddhpur, Kapadvanj and around port Khambhat. These Dawoodi Bohras carried out wealthy trade with European countries and greatly borrowed from the European architectural styles of the time while building their own houses.

The eclectic facades of the houses are characterised by Victorian gable pediments, ornate pilasters and columns, Baroque-style cornices, friezes, arches and hoods richly carved in wood and plaster. It is not uncommon to see Renaissance-inspired vines and arabesques on the facade. Intricate iron railings adorn the entrance to these houses which are raised above the ground by a 4-5 feet. The symmetry and orderliness of the buildings is reminiscent of the Art Deco of Paris. Each of the houses are painted in different shades of pastels lending even more vibrancy to the Vohrawads. However, they are not completely European in construction. Some houses have protruding balconies or ‘jharokas’ of typical Rajasthani havelis. They also have an internal courtyard, about 4 square feet in size, like traditional Indian houses. Almost all houses have the family insignia embedded on its walls. Most of these buildings are a 100 years old and are now dilapidated as the owners have left for better prospects.

In this series, I am bringing to you the intricacies and eccentricities of the Vohrawads of Siddhpur.

Vohrawad of Siddhpur
Elaborate windows of the Vohrawad
Intricate entrance to a haveli
Ornate windows with hoods and pilasters
A Vohrawad haveli

Vohrawad of Siddhpur – A Confluence of Architectural Styles Part 22 of 24

The Bohra settlements of Siddhpur display a distinctive architectural patois and global character born out of the confluence and influence of various architectural styles worldwide. Founded by the Solanki ruler Siddhraj Jaisinh in the 10th century on the banks of river Saraswati, Siddhpur is essentially a holy place for Hindus. It was only in the 19th century that the Dawoodi Bohras, an affluent Muslim trading community, fanned out and settled in Siddhpur, Kapadvanj and around port Khambhat. These Dawoodi Bohras carried out wealthy trade with European countries and greatly borrowed from the European architectural styles of the time while building their own houses.

The eclectic facades of the houses are characterised by Victorian gable pediments, ornate pilasters and columns, Baroque-style cornices, friezes, arches and hoods richly carved in wood and plaster. It is not uncommon to see Renaissance-inspired vines and arabesques on the facade. Intricate iron railings adorn the entrance to these houses which are raised above the ground by a 4-5 feet. The symmetry and orderliness of the buildings is reminiscent of the Art Deco of Paris. Each of the houses are painted in different shades of pastels lending even more vibrancy to the Vohrawads. However, they are not completely European in construction. Some houses have protruding balconies or ‘jharokas’ of typical Rajasthani havelis. They also have an internal courtyard, about 4 square feet in size, like traditional Indian houses. Almost all houses have the family insignia embedded on its walls. Most of these buildings are a 100 years old and are now dilapidated as the owners have left for better prospects.

In this series, I am bringing to you the intricacies and eccentricities of the Vohrawads of Siddhpur.

Vohrawad of Siddhpur – A Confluence of Architectural Styles Part 21 of 24

The Bohra settlements of Siddhpur display a distinctive architectural patois and global character born out of the confluence and influence of various architectural styles worldwide. Founded by the Solanki ruler Siddhraj Jaisinh in the 10th century on the banks of river Saraswati, Siddhpur is essentially a holy place for Hindus. It was only in the 19th century that the Dawoodi Bohras, an affluent Muslim trading community, fanned out and settled in Siddhpur, Kapadvanj and around port Khambhat. These Dawoodi Bohras carried out wealthy trade with European countries and greatly borrowed from the European architectural styles of the time while building their own houses.

The eclectic facades of the houses are characterised by Victorian gable pediments, ornate pilasters and columns, Baroque-style cornices, friezes, arches and hoods richly carved in wood and plaster. It is not uncommon to see Renaissance-inspired vines and arabesques on the facade. Intricate iron railings adorn the entrance to these houses which are raised above the ground by a 4-5 feet. The symmetry and orderliness of the buildings is reminiscent of the Art Deco of Paris. Each of the houses are painted in different shades of pastels lending even more vibrancy to the Vohrawads. However, they are not completely European in construction. Some houses have protruding balconies or ‘jharokas’ of typical Rajasthani havelis. They also have an internal courtyard, about 4 square feet in size, like traditional Indian houses. Almost all houses have the family insignia embedded on its walls. Most of these buildings are a 100 years old and are now dilapidated as the owners have left for better prospects.

In this series, I am bringing to you the intricacies and eccentricities of the Vohrawads of Siddhpur.

Elegant porches of the havelis

Intricate door of havelis

Elaborate windows

Vohrawad of Siddhpur – A Confluence of Architectural Styles Part 20 of 24

The Bohra settlements of Siddhpur display a distinctive architectural patois and global character born out of the confluence and influence of various architectural styles worldwide. Founded by the Solanki ruler Siddhraj Jaisinh in the 10th century on the banks of river Saraswati, Siddhpur is essentially a holy place for Hindus. It was only in the 19th century that the Dawoodi Bohras, an affluent Muslim trading community, fanned out and settled in Siddhpur, Kapadvanj and around port Khambhat. These Dawoodi Bohras carried out wealthy trade with European countries and greatly borrowed from the European architectural styles of the time while building their own houses.

The eclectic facades of the houses are characterised by Victorian gable pediments, ornate pilasters and columns, Baroque-style cornices, friezes, arches and hoods richly carved in wood and plaster. It is not uncommon to see Renaissance-inspired vines and arabesques on the facade. Intricate iron railings adorn the entrance to these houses which are raised above the ground by a 4-5 feet. The symmetry and orderliness of the buildings is reminiscent of the Art Deco of Paris. Each of the houses are painted in different shades of pastels lending even more vibrancy to the Vohrawads. However, they are not completely European in construction. Some houses have protruding balconies or ‘jharokas’ of typical Rajasthani havelis. They also have an internal courtyard, about 4 square feet in size, like traditional Indian houses. Almost all houses have the family insignia embedded on its walls. Most of these buildings are a 100 years old and are now dilapidated as the owners have left for better prospects.

In this series, I am bringing to you the intricacies and eccentricities of the Vohrawads of Siddhpur.

Arched windows
A Vohrawad haveli
A Vohrawad haveli
A Vohrawad haveli
Intricate details on doors

Vohrawad of Siddhpur – A Confluence of Architectural Styles Part 19 of 24

The Bohra settlements of Siddhpur display a distinctive architectural patois and global character born out of the confluence and influence of various architectural styles worldwide. Founded by the Solanki ruler Siddhraj Jaisinh in the 10th century on the banks of river Saraswati, Siddhpur is essentially a holy place for Hindus. It was only in the 19th century that the Dawoodi Bohras, an affluent Muslim trading community, fanned out and settled in Siddhpur, Kapadvanj and around port Khambhat. These Dawoodi Bohras carried out wealthy trade with European countries and greatly borrowed from the European architectural styles of the time while building their own houses.

The eclectic facades of the houses are characterised by Victorian gable pediments, ornate pilasters and columns, Baroque-style cornices, friezes, arches and hoods richly carved in wood and plaster. It is not uncommon to see Renaissance-inspired vines and arabesques on the facade. Intricate iron railings adorn the entrance to these houses which are raised above the ground by a 4-5 feet. The symmetry and orderliness of the buildings is reminiscent of the Art Deco of Paris. Each of the houses are painted in different shades of pastels lending even more vibrancy to the Vohrawads. However, they are not completely European in construction. Some houses have protruding balconies or ‘jharokas’ of typical Rajasthani havelis. They also have an internal courtyard, about 4 square feet in size, like traditional Indian houses. Almost all houses have the family insignia embedded on its walls. Most of these buildings are a 100 years old and are now dilapidated as the owners have left for better prospects.

In this series, I am bringing to you the intricacies and eccentricities of the Vohrawads of Siddhpur.

A Vohrawad haveli with carved wooden panels
One of the grander havelis of the Vohrawad

The porch of Vohrawad haveli