WHEN IN DILLI

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A few kids smile at my lens; a frame in Purani Dilli

It was a Thursday evening. I just got home from work, another rainy day has passed. I checked the places to visit in Delhi, AGAIN. The song “THE ODYSSEY” was playing on my new phone. The thoughts of Delhi being insecure and how one of my cousins had bad experiences in the capital thronged my head. Even when I didn’t want to think about it, the pictures of NIRBHAYA! When I was in school, my cousin always used to tell me his experiences in Delhi and I never really thought I would want to go there. It was never the destination for education or career. But the lanes of Delhi- 6, the poems about Delhi by Zubair Rizvi and Ghalib, the street food, the culture, the historic forts and the infrastructure from the Pre- Independence Era. The beauty of the places as seen in the works of the great photo journo Scott Schuman or Manou. One week, that’s it! Bang! Tickets done.

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Purani Dilli on a lazy sunday
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Jama Masjid 1/2
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Dyeing in progress; Shahpur Jat Market

 

 

 

WHEN IN DILLI

 

 

 

 

 

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Faizan Bhai dyeing a dupatta in BLUE; Shahpur Jat Market
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Shades of white; Lajpat Nagar
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The storyteller Daadi; Chawri Bazaar
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Storyteller Daadi has a lovely smile; Chawri Bazaar
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Hamid was so happy after I took his picture; Fashion Street
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Daadi holds Nancy, one of her dogs when I requested for a picture; Shahpur Jat Market
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Nani walks past the cotton candy walls; Shahpur Jat Market
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Jama Masjid 2/2
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Conversations; Fashion Street
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Munni, a jatni at Shahpur Jat Market; I had to try really hard to make her laugh as she was very conscious in front of the camera
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Life in monochrome; Malviya Nagar
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My obsession with walls 2/2
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A crowded metro on my way back to my friend’s house where I was crashing
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Tangled; Purani Dilli
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Chacha gives me glances upon being requested for a picture; Purani Dilli
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Curious Eyes; Purani Dilli
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I would die to see them smile at my lens this way; Purani Dilli

” bichhaḌ ke tum se maiñ ne bhī koī sāthī nahīñ DhūñDā

hujūm-e-rahguzar meñ duur tak dekho akelā huuñ

koī TuuTā huā rishta na dāman se ulajh jaa.e

tumhāre saath pahlī baar bāzāroñ meñ niklā huuñ “

 

Before heading to the capital, my itinerary was almost scheduled. And it was scheduled real tight. I wanted to make the most of it, come on, it was my first time in Dilli after all and my very first solo trip. I can’t deny the fact that I was as scared as I was excited. From day-1 to Day-3 I did a LITTLE BIT of sightseeing which totally changed my perspective towards Dilli.

Now, when I think of Dilli, there is a smile on my face as I recollect the conversations I had with the two little kids at Chawri Bazaar, Munni at Shahpur Jat market, the Shikanji I had on my way to Jama Masjid, Daadi holding Nancy, one of her dogs for a pose for my camera, the unknown passerby handing over the singhada- something that I have never had before, the beautiful girl in lehenga at the metro station and the muhavare( idioms) of the hawker at Sarojini Nagar Market. There is so much going on at the very moment in Dilli. Just like the colourful walls of the capital, people are colourful too! I am grateful to all the people whom I met in the city and we share a different relationship now. A strong bond. I never knew I will make these many friends whom I would miss this bad. Thank you for making my trip so special and memorable. Dilli, you are so full of love. No doubt, you are called Dilwalo ki Dilli.

I really miss you!

 

♣ CREDITS ♣

PHOTOGRAPHY & EDITING | SHIVANI BORUAH

POEM | Shayari by ZUBAIR RIZVI

CONCEPT | A small photo story of Real Dilli through my lens

PLACES TO VISIT FOR A SHORT BACKPACKING TRIP TO DELHI|

I hope you could see the REAL DILLI through my lens. From Day- 4 onwards AIFW had started, the real reason for me being in the capital, which will be covered in another upcoming post.

P.S.: I am not a photographer!

~ Lots of Love,

S

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