In the courtyard, where the kings of Marwar have been anointed for generations sits Padam Singh -- straightening his crisp white kurta and priming his well groomed moustache each time a visitor steps into the pristine courtyard.
For the last 25 years, the 68-year-old sentinel has come to his post at the Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur. Reliving history, quite literally, as he lives and works inside the precincts of the majestic fort, which was built in 1459.
For those who stop by, intrigued by his stately moustache and costume, Padam Singh displays how the hookah was used during those times. Just like it has no opium, his hookah does not puff out any smoke; it is an empty contraption to show tourists what it looked like in those times.