My mobile camera encouraged me to do a Delhi photoblog while coming back from the Red Fort last Sunday. Since a large number of my readers live outside India ( I hate the term ‘foreigners’) , a photoblog like this one would be in order for them. Many of them see Delhi through the eyes of tourist places and hotels and they do not get to see how people in India actually live their lives.
Let me know if you like this Delhi photoblog. It would be better if you suggested improvements. Some pics are crappy, but I am not a professional photographer, you see.
The staid government colony, Lodhi colony, is undergoing an image makeover these days. Graffiti is making this habitat an interesting place for the backpackers.
Whomsoever has planned and executed this project deserves my kudos.
Speaking of doors, I found this one..isn’t it pretty?
Can you guess who she is? I think she is a working woman. Carrying her child on her back, she is seen flitting from home to school to back to home. She can be found in places as diverse as New York, Nigeria, Japan or Delhi.No?
What is the grandmother saying? Can you guess? Perhaps, she is pleading to save the environment. “Save trees.”
Yes, the ladies need to be fearless. Whether young or old, they should look the world into its eye.
Delhi photoblog would be incomplete without this picture. Our mornings begin with chai. This chaiwalla uncle is preparing tea for his guests. I am calling this gentleman an uncle because he is a little younger than my dad.
The most famous chaiwalla ( tea-seller) of India is our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He used to sell tea in the trains and railway stations in his teens.
This is paradise my friends, paradise. If you like this photo, the credit goes to my Gionee camera.
My kids would have hijacked some of these pups had they been around ;)))
Morning News !
Elsewhere, a gent is catching up on some morning news.
Setting up shop
Can you imagine India without color? I took this snap when a shopkeeper had just opened up his stall to sell bangles. Gods and bangles jostle for space in this stall.
India has always been known as the land of spices. I read in my history classes that the Romans and Egyptians used to trade their bullion for our spices which is not a bad deal after all!
Sharing is caring
We share our spaces, roads, homes and even food with animals and I hope you like this photo from the Delhi photoblog.
Color my skies
Elsewhere, our skies were getting ready to welcome their guests- the kites.
People in Delhi fly kites on January 26th and August 15 but this was the first time that kite flying was promoted on an international scale in the city. Good effort but a lot of distance to cover.
If you were around, you could have bought a few puppets as well in the festival.
Kathputlis or puppets are dying in Delhi. When I was young, I could see many puppeteers around and telling stories about folk heroes through the kathputlis. Video and mobile games have replaced this popular form of entertainment and alas, our kids don’t know much about this craft. Puppeteers use their hands and voice skilfully to recount ancient tales of folk heroes and heroines.
A jeep hauls up a heavy kite!
I have flown kites when I was in teens but never knew that some of them need to be hauled up by jeeps!
Have you ever flown kites?