Purani Dilli at Ramzaan| A Photo Essay

On any ordinary day, one peek at the majestic Jama Masjid of Old Delhi will take your breath away. It will bring to your mind a picture of a royal cavalcade proceeding slowly from the Delhi Gate of the Red Fort to the entry of the royal mosque, a mighty Mughal Emperor making his way…

What’s in a name! Chawri Bazaar, Delhi

Do you know how Chawri Bazaar got its name? ‘Chawri’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Chawhat’ meaning a ‘cross-section of four roads’. Another theory suggests the name comes from the Marathi word chawri, which means ‘meeting place’. The name could have stuck because of the many meetings that occurred here to resolve disputes before…

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…

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…

Ode to the master blaster | Cricket in the alleys of Delhi

So Sachin Tendulkar completed a hundred centuries yesterday, and the nation erupted in joy. In a country where every child is a future Sachin, we often come across the game being played at the most unexpected nooks and corners of our cities and villages. I scoured flickr for a few such images today, and here’s what…