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Partial Cross-Section of a City

Partial Cross-Section of a City

Three women who came to the city of Delhi at three different points in its history, with three different backgrounds, and to three different settlement “categories”. All of them see their work as something which is making a difference, education, housing and food….yet three different positionalities…three kinds of differential access to resources…..three different ways of negotiating these differential access…. Continue reading

Encountering Chirag Dilli

Encountering Chirag Dilli

As the playful production of momos go on in the first floor of a shop in Chirag Dilli, Vikas, one of the 25 year old momo entrepreneur jokingly ask – “इतनी फोटो खीच रहे हो, कहीं बेन तो नहीं लगवाओगे?” ‘you are taking so pictures, will you ban us (laughs)’ …. and me “मेगी की तरह मोमो को बेन कर दिया तो दिल्लीवाले सड़क पे उत्तर आएंगे!” ‘if momos are banned like magi then dilli walas will protest on roads’……. laughs break as I taste the ingredients! Continue reading

The (kind of) FirsT visit to Savda Ghevra

The (kind of) FirsT visit to Savda Ghevra

“वह ज़मीन और आसमान की दूरी को डोर के आधार पर ही नापती है। मुझे लगता डोर उसे अपने इशारो से नचाती है… कहने को तो वो खुले आसमान में उड़ती है पर उसके हालात किसी बंधे जानवर की तरह ही होते है जिसकी डोर किसी न किसी के हाथो में होती है। …मैं डोर … Continue reading

Gali Qasim Jan ki vo Haveli….

Gali Qasim Jan ki vo Haveli….

The famous haveli at Gali Qasim jan at Ballimaran, whose resident at one point was the epitome of Urdu poetry, is one of the many mute witnesses of the Mughal tehzeeb. Like with many, Delhi have made Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan also its own, to an extent that ‘Ghalib ki Dilli’ is a common phrase … Continue reading

Mehrauli “!”

Mehrauli “!”

Mehrauli, the oldest continuously inhabited place in Delhi, where there are still remnants ranging from the Mahabharata period to the tear soaked grounds of the last Mughal emperor to the insensitive atrocities of the Raj. Continue reading

The Magic of God’s Own Country

The Magic of God’s Own Country

“the social state of a city depends directly on its moral state, and – I fear dissenting voices, but I must say what I believe to be truth – that the moral state of a city depends – how far I know not, but frightfully, to an extent uncalculated, and perhaps uncalculable – on the physical state of that city; on food, water, air and lodging of its inhabitants.”

~ Charles Kingsley Continue reading

Delhi’s step-wells – stepping back in time

Delhi’s step-wells – stepping back in time

As published on Yahoo India (http://in.lifestyle.yahoo.com/blogs/traveler/delhi-fascinating-stepwells-step-step-083240446.html) —————– My explorations for baolis (step wells) started when I visited the art installation by Asim Waqif at Agrasen ki baoli. The installation was enticing with its message to conserve water and the joy of water that it projected, but what was more exciting was the fact that there … Continue reading

Kashi, The city of Light

Kashi, The city of Light

Kashi has ever been considered as a center of  the Hindu world, a circle through which the eternal & infinite light of Shiva passes, a city where death itself is celebrated. To celebrate death finds no parallel in any part of the world, a city where people don’t fear death, all the more people from … Continue reading

…a revisit to Chandigarh…

…a revisit to Chandigarh…

One must admit that no other city in India would pull architects as does Chandigarh. Chandigarh the “The City Beautiful”, indeed a beautiful city, with beautiful architecture, jolly go people and such good looking girls!!! Chandigarh is probably the most talked about cities. I still remember the excitement I felt when I first decided to … Continue reading