Documentary Photographer Abhishek Singh is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From the project ‘Discovering the Roots: Exploring My Ancestral Home’.  To see Abhishek’s body of work, click on any photograph.



Our ancestral home serves as a bridge that connects us to our heritage, providing a glimpse into the lives and experiences of our ancestors. The place where our roots lie holds immense significance, as it embodies the essence of our cultural identity and holds the key to unraveling the stories of generations past. In this essay, I will delve into the exploration of my ancestral home, a place that holds both historical and sentimental value, and recount the rich tapestry of memories and traditions associated with it.



My ancestral home, nestled in the heart of a small village, has witnessed the passage of time, and stands as a testament to the resilience and strength of my forefathers. The construction of the house dates back several decades, reflecting the architectural style prevalent during that era. The walls, adorned with intricate carvings and weathered with time, tell tales of a bygone era. Exploring the history and origin of the house has provided a deeper understanding of the social and cultural context in which my ancestors lived.



Within the walls of my ancestral home lie countless narratives waiting to be discovered. It witnessed the laughter and tears of my ancestors, sheltered their dreams and aspirations, and offered solace during times of adversity. Each room holds a unique story, narrating the lives of those who once called this place home. The faded family portraits on the walls provide a glimpse into their lives, connecting me to a bygone era.

Beyond its personal significance, my ancestral home embodies the cultural heritage of my lineage. It stands as a microcosm of the traditions, customs, and values that have been passed down through generations. The design elements, furnishings, and artifacts within its walls reflect the aesthetics and artistic sensibilities of the past, providing valuable insights into the cultural tapestry that shaped my ancestors’ lives.



Sadly, the once vibrant dwelling now stands abandoned, a silent witness to the passage of time. The ravages of neglect have left their mark on its weathered facade, crumbling walls, and creaking floorboards. The echoes of life that once resonated within its halls have been replaced by eerie silence. The reasons for its abandonment may be varied, ranging from societal changes to economic constraints, but the end result remains a poignant reminder of the impermanence of human existence.

In the crumbling walls of my abandoned ancestral home, I find a bridge that connects me to my past, anchoring me to my roots. Its neglect serves as a poignant reminder of the fleeting nature of time and the importance of preserving our heritage. As I gaze at its faded grandeur, I am filled with a renewed determination to honor the legacy of my ancestors, keeping their stories alive for generations to come. My ancestral home may be abandoned, but its spirit lives on, weaving together the threads of my family’s history and inspiring me to embrace my identity with pride.



All images and text © Abhishek Singh



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