They have very much in common
Do New Delhi and our home:
Greywalls with the Lutyens skylight,
Delhi with its dome!
And then we have our driveway,
About two hundred metres,
Which entices you towards the house
That’s waiting there to greet us.
New Delhi has the Rajpath,
Two miles in Lutyens’s plan,
Where up the slope he draws you
To Rashtrapati Bhavan (pronounced “Ban”).
The Banquet Hall in Delhi
Has two fireplaces in it.
He lifted them from ours at Greywalls,
Isn’t that the limit!
A Vice-regal road of wooden parquet
Flooring’s in the house,
We’ve got that in our tearoom here,
He copied it – the louse!
And then the geometric layout,
Mughal Gardens grand –
Just take a look round Greywalls’ garden,
Then you’ll understand!
You, no doubt, think I live in
But a Lutyens little toy,
In fact, I feel in all respects
Just like the great Viceroy!