If you have ever been to or passed through 28, Subhash Marg, you would’ve definitely noticed the residential building with a life-size replica of an airplane built on it. The magnificent ‘Jahaz Wali Kothi’ catches the eye of the young and old alike.The Kothi is currently witnessing the fourth generation of residents. Now divided among three brothers.
It was commissioned in 1955 and completed in three years’ time.The founder-designer of the Kothi, Late Madhuri Sharan Rastogi, did not live long enough to enjoy the pleasures of residing in it.
The silver-painted airplane was well ahead of its time with the lights and propellers, all in action. The propellers were attached to the pulley which could be operated through a motor. Later, the damaged metallic propellers were replaced with the wooden ones. The airplane is well ventilated with the help of three equally placed circular cemented openings. Not just for show, the airplane can accommodate 20-25 people in it.
In the words of one of the inheritors, Manoj Rastogi enthusiastically shares all the information busts the myth that in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, the building was covered for security reasons.
Now, the Hawai Jahaj kothi has been renovated to re-glorify its beauty its history its elegance.It appears that the owner of the building wanted to give a message to his family to achieve sky-high prosperity in all directions of human development and a long-lasting inspiration in the psyche of visitors.
Till date, it is the first and the last building in India having such a replica.
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