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.