711205 - Conversation in Car - Delhi
Gurudāsa: The old gate?
Prabhupāda: Yes. This is a gate.
(break) . . . petroleum, and old car also.
(break) . . . headquarters for officers. (break)
Gurudāsa: Ministers and . . .
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Prabhupāda, that is the Prime Minister's house, isn't it, Gurudāsa?
Gurudāsa: No. Home Minister.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Hunger strike.
Prabhupāda: . . . (indistinct)
Gurudāsa: Prime Minister is not there.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Oh, whoever it is, they're having a hunger strike. His . . . (break)
Gurudāsa: Here's Jagjivan Ram's house over here. The Minister of Defense lives here.
Gurudāsa: Minister of Defense. (break) Central Secretary.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Very impressive.
Prabhupāda: That is Parliament.
Prabhupāda: And in front, Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Prabhupāda: That is India Gate.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Very impressive, Prabhupāda.
Prabhupāda: This is British design.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: The British built these buildings.
Gurudāsa: Except that building. That building, J. M. Jolly built. That building, Mr. Jolly from Bombay built that. Adyar Bhavan.
Gurudāsa: Indians could never build such buildings.
Prabhupāda: Their style is different. Just like temples.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Yes.
Prabhupāda: Gorgeous temples. That's a different style.
Prabhupāda: This style is European style.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Oh. Greece, Grecian.
Prabhupāda: Hah. European culture means Greece and Roman.
Gurudāsa: It's called Doric.
Prabhupāda: Doric? Yes.
Gurudāsa: Śrīla Prabhupāda, should I try and arrange a meeting with the President?
Prabhupāda: (indistinct) . . . simply waste of time (break) We have got already . . . (indistinct) . . . here's a Sikh temple.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Very nice.
Gurudāsa: But inside there's nothing. Inside there's . . . (indistinct)
Prabhupāda: Nobody goes inside.
Gurudāsa: Oh. (laughs)
Prabhupāda: Everyone is satisfied by . . . (indistinct) . . . (laughter)
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Why can't we get land like that and build something like that in Delhi?
Prabhupāda: It is very conspicuous.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Looks like marble.
Prabhupāda: Yes. That you can do with white cement.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: White cement?
Prabhupāda: White cement, maybe. White cement.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: People will know we are pretending.
Prabhupāda: No, white cement is used now. You plaster with white cement, it becomes almost like marble.
Gurudāsa: Nara-Nārāyaṇa said he could reproduce that sandstone, red sandstone, in cement also.
Gurudāsa: Like that palace in Govardhana?
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Like the government buildings. That's sandstone.
Prabhupāda: Sandstone, yes.
Devotee: That's sandstone.
Prabhupāda: (indistinct) . . . (laughs) This is the fashion, to take the wife to the backside, and as soon as the sārī is entangled in the spokes . . . dangerous.
Gurudāsa: (laughs) (break) (end)