Earlier on a trip to Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, I saw a house that I could so easily live in \u2013 Patwaon ki Haveli.\nA house that \u2013 in itself is such an object of beauty that the soul would be content. So pretty that there would be no need to step outside.\nThen on a recent trip to Penang I found one more house that has a similar essence.\nThey are different architecturally \u2013 one is totally Rajasthani and the other totally Peranakan.\nBut what I love about both is that each of them is true to the traditional character of the place & time of its creation and to the aesthetics of their master. Unlike some palaces of the time that were trying so hard to be European, these were true to their native character. The assertion of identity is seen in every detailed aspect of the house is so intense that it resonates with my sense of native pride.\nHere are some pictures of the mansion in Penang.\n \n\u00a0\nThe owners who came as laborers to Penang and built a little empire in their lifetime. Not royals, not nobles, not through inherited wealth. Just on the strength of their minds & muscles.\n \nA glimpse of the kitchen:\n\u00a0\u00a0 \nSo a new home is added to my list of dream-houses!\nSee my other dream houses:\nThe Jaisalmer Haveli \nThe Qashqai Nomad\u2019s Tent\n\u00a0\njm\nFeb 2015\nThe post One more Dream Mansion \u2013 Penang appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.