The Less Favorite Mosque

In the chaos of¬†Chandni Chowk, in the horrific blare of horns and pushing and shoving of thousands of people going about their daily business and shopping sprees, history is often lost… What remain are yards and yards of sequinned sarees displayed on shop windows, vendors selling everything kitschy in the world, and a din like…

Wonder where this is?

  The old monument quiz is back, friends ūüôā A crumbling old mosque set in a queen’s garden…what and where do you think this is? Folks, ¬†this is the mosque at Qudsia Bagh built in the eighteenth century by the queen Qudsia Begum herself, wife of then Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah Rangeela. A¬†stroll in the…

Dusk at the Jama Masjid

A year ago around this time, on a sudden impulse,¬†wanderfool¬†and I hopped onto the yellow line of Delhi Metro one afternoon, and went to¬†Chandni Chowk. At first we got caught up in the alleyways and just hopped from shop to shop, not buying anything, just taking in the hustle-bustle of the vendors, the fragrance of…

Poetry in Stone

Little did I know before I started my discovery of Delhi that this was once a land of many poets. Khusrau, Rahim, Zauq, Ghalib and countless others gave to this city its beautiful culture of lyrical poetry over the centuries. I owe my discovery of one poet’s grave to that of another…and each of them…

Pic-A-Day Project: The Story of Delhi

On the last day of the Pic-A-Day project, here’s bringing to you the story of Delhi itself, projected in brilliant colors on the walls of the Old Fort. If you want an introduction to the story of this magnificent city, there’s nothing better than this Sound and Light show, replete with colors, projections, music and…

Pic-A-Day Project: Friday Prayers

The majestic Jama Masjid at twilight, full of pigeons in the fore ground, is a sight to behold. Add to that the melodious call to prayer echoing through the bazaars of Old Delhi, and you’ll almost feel transported to Shah Jahan’s time. Can you imagine the emperor walking out of the Delhi Gate of his…

Pic-A-Day-Project: Garden Tomb

World Heritage Monument, first garden tomb in India, and an inspiration to the Taj itself… This, my dear Delhi lovers, is the Tomb of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun. It was built by the wife of the emperor and its location near the Yamuna was selected so that the king could rest in peace near…

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: 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 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: Tribute to a Guru

Here’s a picture of the historical Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, which you must have seen while in Chandni Chowk. Although the current structure came up only in 1930, the site commemorates the spot where the 9th Sikh Guru – Tegh Bahadur – was beheaded on the orders of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1675. In 1735,…

Pic-A-Day Project: Flying High!

This is the famous rampart of the Red Fort, from where the Indian tricolor is unfurled every Independence Day by the Prime Minister of the country. The fort of course, has seen many a royal coronation and many a bloody battle, but today it is one of the most unmistakable symbols of the country’s independence….