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14 September 2015

Ganesh Chaturthi

Idols of Lord Ganesha are on sale ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi at Jhandewalan in New Delhi. It's a good time for artisans to make some money.

10 September 2015

Jawaharlal Nehru University: In the dead of the night

Morning came at midnight on Jawaharlal Nehru University campus. Everyone looked alive, fuelled by snacks from Ganga dhaba, cigarettes and Coca-Cola. Because it was the presidential debate night. Candidates of student parties got a chance to abuse one another on stage. They also recycled lines borrowed from their parent parties – Congress, BJP, Left groups. The election to the students’ union posts are on September 11, the day peace died in the modern world.

The show went on well past midnight.

8 September 2015

Fish at Market No.1

There are no fishermen at Market No.1 in Chittaranjan Park, only businessmen. But the vests they wear make them appear as if they had themselves went out to sea to fish. The stocks arrive at midnight from places as far as Mumbai and by eight in the morning the fish are flying off the iced concrete blocks.

4 September 2015

Delhi Book Fair: Stephen King for Rs20

Because it's the Delhi Book Fair.

This looked like a good product. But it was not for sale.

Even they have a stall here. Books, anyone?

Learn it from the master.

Finding brain.

Got these for Rs20 each after running amok on a mile-high pile of unknowns. Found them buried under a rubble of Mills and Boon fantasies (yes, fantasies). Took about an hour of effort.

The Delhi Book Fair, despite its shortcomings, is an island of relief on the vast skeletal Pragati Maidan campus, or perhaps the national capital itself.


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