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The house of Mangey Lal Gochwal and Kusum Lata overlooks Feroze Shah Tughlaq’s tomb in Hauz Khas Village. Their drawing room probably has the best view in Delhi.

delhi Updated: Jul 12, 2017 11:37 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
Mayank Austen Soofi
Hindustan Times
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The home of Mangey Lal Gochwal and Kusum Lata, in Hauz Khas Village, faces emperor Feroze Shah Tughlaq’s tomb.(Mayank Austen Soofi / HT Photo)

At last, by dint of roaming the city, we have finally found the drawing room with the best view. The home of Mangey Lal Gochwal and Kusum Lata, in Hauz Khas Village, faces emperor Feroze Shah Tughlaq’s tomb. Indeed, their drawing room balcony overlooks the neighbourhood’s 14th century monuments. Heritage-sensitive souls ought not to worry: the 75-year-old house stands outside the monument’s stone walls — even if it is something impossible to believe while sitting on the couple’s sofa.

The Gochwals are one of the village’s many landlords. The various rooms in their multi-floor Delhi house are home to a variety of interesting people, including a yoga instructor and a photographer.

Kusum Lata moved to this house after her wedding in 1986. By now, the monument has become her friend. “Even when there is no one in the house, I don’t feel alone,” she says. “I simply sit on the balcony and look at the gumbad (dome).”

Kusum Lata’s day always begins with a cup of tea in the balcony.

Hundreds of birds sitting on the domes of the monument complex are waiting for her when she steps outside. She feeds them grains.

Her husband, who has his morning tea on the sofa, cherishes the cool breeze that blows into the drawing room from the lake beyond the monuments. He wistfully talks of the 1960s, when the American embassy regularly held parties in the monument. “They would decorate the whole place with candles,” he says. This evening, as the sky darkens, the monument is simply melting into the approaching night. It will reappear tomorrow.

First Published: Jul 11, 2017 15:48 IST