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4 December 2018

Paharganj: Living room of backpackers in India


Paharganj, the living room of backpackers in India. The crowded neighbourhood is open till late in the night, making it a top destination for people looking for quick bites.

30 November 2018

Ansal Plaza: The cool kid who came late in the 90s


When Ansal Plaza opened in 1999, it drew the college crowd away from the traditional hangout places at South-Extension, Greater Kailash, New Friends Colony and Connaught Place.

13 November 2018

North-East Festival in Delhi: Pork and music


Pork is the god of foods in the north-east. In every state, from Assam to Nagaland to Manipur, pork is one dish in the north-east that brings together people in agreement that yes, it's good food.

28 October 2018

Rajdhani Express, moving on


Watching the world go by from the window of a moving train is quite an experience. People going about their lives in the middle of nowhere, out on the fields of a village whose name you don't know and would probably never know, as you would have moved on in the next few seconds.

27 October 2018

Homes on the outskirts of Kolkata


It is pointless to look at Indian cities in black and white. More than any other country India has the most vibrant colours for flaneurs to enjoy.

23 October 2018

Kolkata-Burdwan highway and a bit of Grand Trunk Road


There are many vehicles in India that cannot be put under any category of automobiles, such as this one. They are found everywhere, from city streets to the highways.

19 October 2018

Durga Puja at closing time at Delhi's Chittaranjan Park


On Navami, a night before the idols of Goddess Durga are to be taken for immersion in a symbolic farewell, the rush to take selfies for the year 2018 is visible on the faces of people who have come to the Durga Puja pandals at Delhi's Chittaranjan Park, a Bengali neighbourhood. 

18 October 2018

Durga Puja sideshow at Delhi's Chittaranjan Park


People stand in a long queue to enter a Durga Puja pandal at Chittaranjan Park, or CR Park, in New Delhi.

5 October 2018

Rajdhani Express - An observation


Few people have time to travel by train these days. Those who do, especially younger millennials and even the not-so-young ones, would be seen taking a train only because they have no other choice.

24 September 2018

People walking on the tracks, as seen from inside a Rajdhani Express


Adding to the there-are-two-kinds-of-people-on-Earth cliche that you often hear in the movies, we have another two-kinds-of-people thing - those who walk for leisure and those who walk because they have to.

17 September 2018

Homes by the tracks, as seen from inside a Rajdhani Express


It’s like an old, plastic device with a glass window where photos of some monuments roll by as you see through the pinhole.

11 September 2018

Burdwan at night


People offer prayers at Sarbamangala temple in Burdwan, West Bengal. This old temple sees thrice the number of visitors on moonless nights, considered auspicious for worshipping the Goddess Kali.


25 July 2018

Humayun’s Tomb, summer and open spaces


Humayun’s Tomb is the first of the grand dynastic mausoleums that were to become synonyms of Mughal architecture, with the style reaching its zenith 80 years later in the form of the Taj Mahal.


9 July 2018

Fagu and Chail


Fagu is a quiet hill village 20 kilometres from the crowded and noisy Shimla, where the smell of diesel fumes hangs in the air.

2 July 2018

Cycling in Delhi


In Delhi, if you took a proper look from the backseat of your car in any season, rain or shine, you can play a sort of game during your long commute everyday - count the number of cyclists.

30 May 2018

Udaipur in summer


On the way from the airport to Udaipur city, you get to see some strange sights.

30 January 2018

Dastkar nature bazaar


Dastkar nature bazaar in Mehrauli in south Delhi is a great alternative to Dilli Haat.

21 January 2018

Human first, worker later: An art school in a Meghalaya town takes a different route


What appears to be an art school for children and young adults at Nongstoin town in Meghalaya is actually much larger in scope than only making students put colours on paper.

20 January 2018

Delhi Comic Con, in its 2017 edition, has come a long way


The Delhi Comic Con has come a long way. The 2017 edition of the event, held in December, was light years ahead of what it was when it was first organised at the cultural centre Dilli Haat back in February 2011.

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