Sunday, December 16, 2007

Page 3 Delhi

Page 3 Delhi

Both seem to have an ear for gossip. Eh?

Happy Meal

Happy Meal

India is the emerging superpower. We are getting wealthier. We go to malls, dance in clubs, eat out in La Piazza, and chill out in Maldives. Yes, we are finally rich.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Flute Walla

The Flute Walla

Evening. Inner Circle, Connaught Place. Lady in yellow. Man with flute. Eyes don't meet. Alas.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Who's Lovin' It

Who's Lovin' It

One day the world will become truly globalised and we all will eat McDonald burgers.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Upper Crust

The Upper Crust

These are refined ladies of Delhi's upper crust society. Here they are waiting for an evening concert in the open grounds of the elite India International Center.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Ho Chi Minh in Delhi

Ho Chi Minh in Delhi

Who says he is dead? The Delhi Walla saw him the other day in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. Mr. Minh was stitching clothes (!)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Books are Boring

Books are Boring

Books can be a drag. Ask this poor girl in Delhi's Sapru House library.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Marigold Maidens

Marigold Maidens

Madames, take a break. Look into the lens. Smile.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Saree Meets Hejab

Saree Meets Hejab

What a beautiful sight when two different lifetsyles meet over high tea (!)

It's Falling

It's Falling (!)

Mr. Photographer (yes, the gentleman on the right), your jeans is falling down. Pull it up before its too late.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Once was Shahjanabad - II

Once Was Shahjanabad - II

Once this was a city of emperors and courtesans, kaftans and the Kohinoor, milk and ghee. Now it is just Delhi's touristy Muslim ghetto.

Once was Shahjanabad - I

Once was Shahjanabad - I

Once this was a city of emperors and courtesans, kaftans and the Kohinoor, milk and ghee. Now it is just Delhi's touristy Muslim ghetto.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Losers (!)

Losers

Delhi is a cruel city. Some Delhiwallas drive big cars. While others have to sleep on road divides.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Childhood Days

Unlucky Kids

Lucky kids. Unlucky kids. Rich Kids. Poor kids. Alas, we can not chose our families. Life is unfair.

*This picture was taken at Delhi's Rajouri Garden traffic light.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Breaking News People

Breaking News People

A cocky correspondent of a Delhi-based news channel adjust her ear-plugs before going "on air". India’s news channels are increasingly becoming more aggressive, more intrusive, and more irritating. They rush into people’s homes, they poke their mikes into unsuspecting people, and they always claim to bring the “breaking news”.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak

Delhi was celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid. Some people were exchanging greetings by hugging each other. In one instance a burqa-clad granny was caught biting her finger nails even as her decked-up grandson was busy snoring in a mithai shop. Of course, Eid did not mean anything to limbless beggars.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Ballimaran Bylane

The Ballimaran Bylane

This is one of the great historic districts of old Delhi. The poet Mirza Ghalib lived here. Tonight the street is as bright as day. After all, it is the Ramadan season.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

East Vs West

East Vs West

Sari Vs Trousers. Black Vs Blonde. East Vs West.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Dark Shadows Falling

Dark Shadows Falling

Ramadan evening. Jama Masjid. The minaret casting its long shadow upon the faithful.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Private Moments

Private Hours

Hush. Don't look here.

Deepak Chopra - The Seller of Sprituality

Deepak Chopra - The Seller of Sprituality

Deepak Chopra, America's leading spritual guru, was in Delhi to promote his book on Buddha. Delhi, in many ways, is his real home town. He was born and brought up here.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Careful (!)

Careful

Delhi - big city; many people; few buses.

School Dreams - While He Was Sleeping

School Dreams - While He Was Sleeping

It takes a school to raise a country. In Loni, a Delhi suburb, people are poor, money wise. But many do not spare efforts to provide education to their children, including daughters.

Recently I visited one of these private schools. (Please note there is no government-run school in the neighborhood I visited. Private schools can be expensive)

School Dreams - Lovable Teacher

School Dreams - Lovable Teacher

It takes a school to raise a country. In Loni, a Delhi suburb, people are poor, money wise. But many do not spare efforts to provide education to their children, including daughters.

Recently I visited one of these private schools. (Please note there is no government-run school in the neighborhood I visited. Private schools can be expensive)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

College Creativity

College Creativity

Delhi's Miranda House students are preparing for some good theater. Here the college's drama society is discussing the script of its new play, an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

Friday, August 24, 2007

The Grave Digger

The Grave Digger

The hill was alive with the sound of the grave digger's shovel. I was looking for a grave. In the next hill perhaps? It was dug yesterday. For Qurratulain Hyder. She was an Urdu writer who died on August 21, following a prolonged lung ailment, in a hospital in NOIDA, a Delhi suburb. I have never read Ms. Hyder. Yet I came here in Jamia Nagar’s Muslim graveyard to express my sadness at her passing away.

Read the full story at The Delhi Walla - Searching for Qurratulain Hyder in a City Graveyard.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Changing Times

Changing Times

Delhi is a largely conservative city with occasional pockets of openess. Here college students are smoking hookah in a sheesha bar.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Delhi's Street Children

Delhi's Street Children - II

21-year-old Javed, a former street kid who arrived alone and penniless in the city some fourteen years ago, led us, in excellent English, into the inner life of New Delhi railway station region. Brainchild of a British volunteer, the walk is organized daily by Salaam Baalak Trust, a NGO established by film-maker Mira Nair.

Click at The Delhi Walla to read the full story – Street Walk with Street Children.

The World of Kaanwariyas

The World of Kaanwariyas – II

Appearing annually during the rainy month of Shrawan, and invoking the hippie-God Shiva with the constant cry of Bam Bam Bhole, they are called Kaanwariyas or Shiva Bhakts. Dressed in saffron-colored t-shirts and knickers, these men – young, old and even children - walk all the way from Haridwar, sometimes from the higher reaches of the Himalayas, carrying the holy Ganges water to their homes.

Read the full story at The Delhi Walla - Marching with the Holy Water.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman

Humid and hot afternoon and Bus No. 543 stuck in a hopeless traffic jam. A sense of Dante’s hell lurks in the air. Suddenly she appears...and at least one young man sighs in relief!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Evening Ragas

Music Shop in Delhi

Mr. Ishrat Ali is an employee of Godin & Co., the capital’s legendary piano shop at Connaught Place, for the last thirty years. He cannot see; neither can he remember his age...Click at The Delhi Walla to read the full story – City Landmarks – A. Godin & Co.

Music Shop in Delhi

Music Shop in Delhi

Chronicling the city’s legendary piano shop that also sells sitars, tablas, and harmoniums. Click at The Delhi Walla to read the full story – City Landmarks – A. Godin & Co.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Horny Pleasures III

Horny Pleasures IV

India is a sexually repressive society. It is not easy to find a sex partner. Fortunately soft porn Hindi films* provide some solace to baser instincts.

*This picture was taken outside Ritz cinema hall in Delhi's Kashmiri Gate

Horny Pleasures II

Horny Pleasures III

India is a sexually repressive society. It is not easy to find a sex partner. Fortunately soft porn Hindi films* provide some solace to baser instincts.

*This picture was taken outside Ritz cinema hall in Delhi's Kashmiri Gate

Horny Pleasures I

Horny Pleasures II

India is a sexually repressive society. It is not easy to find a sex partner. Fortunately soft porn Hindi films* provide some solace to baser instincts.

*This picture was taken outside Ritz cinema hall in Delhi's Kashmiri Gate. Photographer is Shashwat Saxena.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Plane Watching

Plane Watching

Pity those poor folks sitting inside the plane. They missed the thrill which these two kids experienced while watching it lift off from Delhi's Palam airport runway.

Bazaar Security

Bazaar Security

Delhi is always prone to terrorist attacks. Here in Sarojini Nagar Market (a place which did witness a deadly bomb attack few years back) a police-walla looks for possible suicide bombers in a bazaar bylane full of evening shoppers.

The Baby Market

The Baby Market

Delhi's Shankar Market is situated just beyond the Outer Circle of Connaught Place shopping arcade. But it could have been as well named Mini CP. With mini CP-style corridors, mini pillars (white in color,of course), mini showrooms, it suffers from a great CP hangover.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sitar Concert in a Piano Shop

Sitar Concert in a Piano Shop

This picture, taken at a more-than-hundred-year old Connaught Place showroom in Delhi, is dedicated to Maria Irod of Bucharest.

Holy Kitchen

Holy Kitchen

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is a Sikh temple in Delhi but anyone with any caste or religion can go in, pay respects to the holy book, and have a clean, satisfying meal, made lovingly by pious people, in the langar. Everyone, rich or poor, is served humbly and expected to leave only after they have eaten to their heart’s content.

Indeed, there are very few holy places in the capital which are so welcoming to people of all faiths.

Breaking News Boy

Breaking News Boy

This young man has a tough job. In the heat and humidity of a Delhi August, he runs from this place to that to cover events as they happen. There are many rival news channels in the city, the competition is tough and he has to be constantly on his toes to be the first. In exchange, he has to hear the general crib about the "news-hungry, intrusive, insensitive media-wallas."

Happy Childhood

Happy Childhood

Please do not feel pity for this happy child. He does not go to school and in fact sell balloons to rich people's children; yet he is looking so happy in life. Or is it the samosa he is having with tomato sauce?