Thursday, November 05, 2009

City Living – Hauz Khas Village, South Delhi

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Past and Present

A new morning at a new address.

[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]

6.23am: Waking up in Hauz Khas Village, my new address. Looking out the window into the 13th century ruins. Ferozeshah’s tomb, the madrasa, the lake. Beyond - Deer Park. The trees laced with the morning mist. The rest of Delhi invisible.

6.45am: Sitting with EM Forster’s A Room With A View.

7.47am: The back terrace lit up with natural light. On the ledge, a bird’s nest (There’s an egg!).

8.15am: The village lane. A schoolboy on his bike. Boutique stores, still closed. Morning walkers. A peacock flying on to a car’s roof. Fruit sellers outside the village gate. A road looping ahead. On the left, the woods. Opposite, the sun rays splitting through the branches of trees. They are falling on a cyclist, an empty plastic bottle, a sweeper. Moments later: a traffic light, a ruin, a flower seller. Turning left. Green Park Main. Hauz Khas ends.

Note Hauz Khas Village is the outcome of a successful marriage between rural setting and urban chic, with ruins as backdrop. In this jumble of art galleries, restaurants, furniture stores, and private houses, you would find a few apartments that are available on lease. Architecturally unimaginative but livable, the monthly rent of a one-room flat may cost between Rs 7000 and Rs 9000.

Click here to read a travel story on Hauz Khas.

The window view

Window View


The terrace view

Breakfast Ideas


New hormones

Gen X

Incredible

Bird Spotting

Breakfast ideas

Breakfast Ideas


On a clean start

Good Morning


Riding on to a happy day

Morning Ride


Message in a bottle?

Message in a Bottle?


Hauz Khas-Green Park border

Red Light


The flower-seller

Portrait


The staircase window

A Window With a View

10 comments:

Vimesh said...

loved the room with the view...

so u have shifted you library from your previous residence near Hzrt Nizamuddin's Kanaqha to Hauz Khas ?

:)

Rajiv said...

wwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh wwwwaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh jiiiiiiiii


nw new adress nd new paiseeeeee:)

nice viewwwwwww
ash karo ji

Ramit said...

You were up to take pics at 6:23am? Whoa!

Anindya said...

Amazinggg....
Why don't you ever cover west Delhi so nicely :(

phebe said...

Nice peacock-on-a-car photo! =)

Priyesh said...

Welcome to South Delhi MAS !!!
:)

Anonymous said...

Thank god you have shifted; living atop a butcher's shop can't be good for you :-)

Syed Asad Hasan said...

why did you change the location?
were you not in love with the basti and specially dargah of nizamuddin auliya.

Anonymous said...

waao
can i drop in sumtime?

Guava said...

that is sooperb! ur new addres,i.e. HKV is one of my fave places in delhi. hope u hav been going around the amazing eateries thr...gunpowder, tlr and ofcourse naivedyam...if u lik south indian food :)