Pic-A-Day Project: The Last Flicker

A relatively unknown monument in the plethora that adorn Delhi, Safdarjung’s Tomb was the last important building created by the mighty Mughals. Architects and puritans have often mourned its lack of subtlety and refinement when compared to earlier Mughal monuments, some even pinning the reason on the culture of that period itself -when showiness, bawdiness,…

Pic-A-Day Project: Heart of Delhi

Connaught Place , the ‘central business district’ designed as part of the Lutyens’ delhi project, was built between 1929-33, after the major areas of New Delhi (Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, Parliament House) had been built and the new city inaugurated. It was inspired by the magnificent Royal Crescent in Bath, England, and was named after…

Pic-A-Day Project: Hi Tech City

Juxtaposed against the modern buildings of central Delhi, the Jantar Mantar (an astronomical observatory built by Jai Singh II of Jaipur in 1724) proves the scientific bent of mind of our ancestors nearly 300 years ago. Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah had these structures built in order to predict the movements of celestial bodies and compile…

Pic-A-Day Project: Music of the Soul

Thursday evening will bring many followers to the Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin, the 14th century Sufi saint of the Chishtiya order who’s still revered by thousands of people in Delhi and around. And at his shrine you can still see a rendition of Qawwali on many a spiritual Thursday. The credit for creating the Qawwali…

Pic-A-Day Project: City of Baolis

In the scorching heat of summer, imagine an age when there were no ACs to cool you… Horrible thought? But what if you could simply step down into a deep baoli and relax within its cool recesses? Or say, enter one of the arched rooms lining the step-well for an afternoon chat with friends? If…

Pic-A-Day in June: Holy Waters

Once upon a time the ‘bangla’ or residence of Raja Jaisingh, this beautiful structure housed the eighth Sikh guru, Guru Har Krishan during his stay in Delhi in 1664. The guru spent his days nursing people suffering from a cholera epidemic in those days, providing them water from a well at this ‘bangla’. Eventually the…

Pic-A-Day Project: Reflections…

A bit late in the day, but come on folks! Isn’t late evening the best time for a drive to the India Gate? This monument to war heroes is today the new center of people power. Be it candle light vigils or world cup celebrations, this is the place Delhiites flock to whenever a momentous…

Pic-A-Day Project: Morning Walk

As the days get hotter, we gotta make the most of our mornings…so here’s some inspiration for all you Delhi lovers! What could be more inviting than a walk along the broad avenues of Lutyen’s zone? Edwin Lutyens was the chief architect of ‘New Delhi‘, the central administrative area of the city, at the center…

Pic-A-Day Project: Where it all began…

‘Purana Qila’ or Old Fort is said to be located at the site of Indraprastha, where the magnificent drama of the epic Mahabharata was enacted. The fort that you see there today was originally the inner citadel of Dinpanah, the city established by Mughal Emperor Humayun in 1533 AD. Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun in…

Pic-A-Day Project: Flowers for thee…

On the 4th day of this series, we present to you a park like no other.Lodi Gardens is the serene enclosure within which lies a royal necropolis.The Lodi and Sayed kings lie in peace within beautiful mausoleums surrounded by lovely blooms, and the city folk of the 21st century enjoy walking their dogs and exercising…

Pic-A-Day Project: And the Light Lives On…

As promised, we are here with our first photograph of the month: the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, with the silhouette of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the backdrop. Burning brightly under the India Gate since 1971, this flame marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, paying homage to the country’s fallen soldiers. Thank you…

Resting Ground | The Delhi War Cemetery

There is something about a cemetery that makes me feel at peace with the world. When Death, the great equalizer, is all around me, it suddenly ceases to be frightening any more. Peace envelops me as I look around, too conscious of the impermanence and the fragile beauty of life. My friend Moony and I are visiting the…