THE PROPHETIC Ghadi Babu declares time and again that ‘ghadi brahmanashini hai. Taj-o-takht nahin rahe, mahal nahin rahe. Yeh haveliyan bhi nahin rahengi’. Ghadi Babu is a somewhat more eccentric and foreboding antecedent to the omniscient Samay from BR Chopra’s Mahabharat. When Bhoothnath returns as an overseer to demolish the haveli, we know and understand that time has played its cards and the prophecies of Ghadi Babu have been realised. The result has been the annihilation of a way of life and not only the metaphorical but also the literal demolition of the havelis.