Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Walk Through Old Delhi...Quick Re-cap

Since most of the PEERS participants are 'non-delhiites', we were looking forward to a walk through Chandni Chowk with freelance photographer, Abhinandita Mathur. There were few images already lingering in our heads based on earlier descriptions of Purani Dilli and it was valuable to have a one-time resident take us through the congested capillaries of the old city - supplementing visuals with engaging narratives.

After a quick breakfast near the main road at Chandni Chowk we made our way to Nai Sarak, which was filled with dilapidated Havelis and residential complexes converted to cloth and stationary markets.

The lanes became narrower and crowds grew thicker as tea stalls, chatwallahs, flower-sellers, vegetable venders and loaded handcarts battled for inches of space.The constant movement around us was almost dizzying yet exhilarating. The entangled network of wires overhead helped block out the blazing sun. Next came Kinari Bazaar which was flooded with zardosi fabrics, glitter trimmings and wedding accessories. After a short Nimbu Pani break at Chawri Bazaar, we finally ended up at the Jama Masjid.

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