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28 June 2011

Ghalib Kebab Corner



Ghalib Kebab Corner in Nizamuddin.




Shop No. 57, near Lal Mahal, Ghalib Road, Nizamuddin, New Delhi. Open noon to midnight.

16 June 2011

Indian Coffee House, MG Road


Indian Coffee House on MG Road was where staffers of the next door Deccan Herald newspaper used to go every evening, not to eat toast or dose, but to enjoy a good Gold Flake or a Navy Cut.

It was shut down in April 2009, and was shifted to Church Street, behind MG Road.


There was a cigarette shop outside the old Indian Coffee House (it might still be there). The cigarette man decided to play humour to customers who light up. In the background one can also see a Bangalore metro pillar in the initial stage of the project.

Also read : 'Coffee minus the smoke' in the discontinued short takes column Salt and Pepper in the Times of India, Bangalore.

(Photo shot with a cellphone camera in 2007)

11 June 2011

The only choice we get is what to worship




"In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship—be it JC or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother-goddess or the four noble truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles—is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive." David Foster Wallace.

8 June 2011

Service centre of a different kind


Jostling for space at a market complex and flanked on both sides by the swanky glass windows of Kotak Mahindra Bank, Nirula's restaurant and an Airtel office, is an unnamed cycle-rickshaw repair shop.  



The shop has aptly advertised itself, so much so that any rickshaw-wala will instantly know it is the place to be when the chains come undone or the tyres squeal. Yusuf Sarai, New Delhi.

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