Essay On Home – A Review of Home by Prabhaswar Dutt
Essay on Home, written by Prabhaswar Dutt Saini is an interesting essay written for publication in The Hindu. It is basically a review of the entire article written by the author in his book titled as “Home”. Essay on Home was published by the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi in May, 1983.
The main article starts with a review of history and the current status of India and China as a global empire. The next part of essay consists of twenty four short paragraphs that describes about the architectural features, architectural development of different cities of India, and description of their living quarters. According to this essay the basic characteristic of the Indian culture is unity while the other characteristics such as unity of religion, unity of nation and unity of blood are national traits. There are many nationalistic statements in the main article such as India is a great melting pot and that the unity of India is like the ocean.
In the third paragraph of the essay the author has described the architecture of southern Africa. According to this essay the homes of south Africa resemble to Indian huts. This description is very interesting because there are many huts that are similar to the homes of the Chinese in the north. According to this book “The book of Southern Africa: History, Culture, Geography, Economic Areas and People” by G. K. Stainton that the people of southern Africa are fond of building large houses with tall chimneys. This kind of houses is known as “Aotwongundu” which stands for ancient homes.