An old painting of the Red Fort along the Yamuna

Thomas Metcalfe, as Governor-General’s Agent at the Imperial court of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar in early 19th century Delhi, ordered a series of images of the monuments & ruins of this city, to be created by Delhi artist Mazhar Ali Khan. Here’s one such masterpiece…a painting of the Red Fort as viewed from Metcalfe’s…

Fireworks at Dussehra

If there’s one festival that truly epitomizes the victory of good over evil, it’s Dussehra. Celebrated across the country on the same day as Dashami of Durga Puja, Dussehra celebrates the victory of Lord Ram over the ten-headed demon king, Raavan. Effigies of the demon Raavan along with his two demon brothers Meghnath and Kumbhakarn…

Colors of Durga Puja

If you’re lucky enough to be in India at this time of the year, you are in for a season of festivities. Navrata, Durga Puja, and Dussehra just passed by our lives and filled Delhi with a spirit of celebration. While Durga Puja is typically the main festival of Bengalis and is celebrated with much fervor in…

A Pilgrimage of Sorts

If you have been to Delhi but not visited the dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin, you have missed something! Even if you are not a particularly devout follower of Sufism, this shrine would still give you a spectacle of how faith can indeed move mountains. But let’s begin at the beginning….. So the other day, together…

Peacocks at the Hauz Khas!

Have you seen the gorgeous beauties at the Deer Park in Hauz Khas village? They make this little village all the more special! Here are a few pics from my camera…  

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…

Traffic jam!

I have to share something crazy that happened the other day. I was driving around with a friend in Dwarka and if you have been to that part of the city, you’d not expect the kind of traffic even remotely close to what the neighbouring area of Gurgaon faces.  So we happily took a turn…

An invitation to Dilli Haat

The other day I took a friend visiting from Chennai to that most artsy of markets in Delhi: Dilli Haat. And hello, was I surprised! Her rapture revealed to me how much I take this place for granted. In the ninety minutes we had, my friend had lapped up skirts, trinkets, wooden artifacts and jute…

An alternate view | Red Fort, Delhi

The first point to be ‘ticked’ off the list when a traveler visits Delhi is usually the Red Fort, the beautiful red-sandstone-and-marble citadel built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648 AD. Though not much of its splendor remains, visitors are still touched by the imagined beauty of the palaces where Mughal life once…

Forgotten mosque | Madhi Masjid, Delhi

Today is World Heritage Day, or more formally, the International Monuments and Sites Day, a day dedicated to raise public awareness about the natural and cultural heritage of the world. What an apt opportunity for me to share with you some pictures of a beautiful old mosque that I came upon recently!

A Village with a Tank | Hauz Khas, Delhi

A crooked lane leading through a tiny urban village. Houses, restaurants, art galleries, boutiques stacked together like matchboxes along a touristy circuit.