Anandilal Podar's descendants didn't forget their roots - his grandson, Mr. Kantikumar R. Podar, started to renovate the haveli and turned it into a cultural center.
The frescos on Podar Haveli create a snapshot of life in those days - gods and goddess who blessed them, the traditional attires, the merchants in traditional clothes, mundane tasks, and also the western influence - such as trains, locomotives, gramophones, and women in western clothes.
Because the house is now a museum, with rooms displaying various artefacts of Rajput and Marwaris, it's easy to forget that once it was simply someone's home. People grew up in this house and woke up daily to see the murals. Did they stop by and see the paintings ... or was it an invisible aspect of their homes?
It would be lovely to see these homes restored, and the stories of the people who lived in those homes documented.
P.S. All pictures clicked by Tushar Shukla and are not meant for commercial use. Artwork and content by Seema Misra.