Saturday, February 20, 2010

Photo Essay - Sense of the Place

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Janpath Janta

In love with clichés.

[Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Paharganj = Foreign tourists. Kinari Bazaar = Narrow streets. Khan Market = Rich-looking people. Turkman Gate = Ghetto Muslims. Select Citywalk = Mall rats. Gali Qasim Jaan = Ghalib's haveli. Connaught Place = White pillars. Punjabi Bagh = Punjabi families. GB Road = Sex workers. Gali Parathe Walli = Steamy parathas. Basant Lok = Barcoded consumers. Lodhi Road = Leafy trees.

Trying to get a sense of the place often translates to seeing it through the prism of its popular clichés. It is an easy exercise, but the result is shallow in wisdom and only partially true. Take a look.

Connaught Place

An Evening in Connaught Place

Kinari Bazaar

Such is Life

Blueline 520

Delhi Wallas

Chandni Chowk

Sense of the Place

Khan Market

7 pm In Khan Market


Sense of the Place

GB Road

Difficult Choices


Oh Jerusalem

Basant Lok

Barcoded Consumers

Kucha Pandit

Sense of the Place

Punjabi Bagh

Chunni Munni de Daddy

Gali Qasim Jaan

Dead Poet's House

Pratap Street

Hello Aunty

Gali Parathe Walli

Just Parathas

Turkman Gate

Ghetto Life

Select Citywalk Mall

Mall Rats

Matia Mahal

City Lite

Lodhi Road

Green Delhi

Nizamuddin Basti

One Day in the Basti

Iltutmish's Tomb

City of Tombs


Bronzelight said...

Hey Mayank,
Title: You've got good set of pictures with impressive captions
What do you do?
If you're a professional photographer and would have been a known to, then I would have invited you to my wedding, as you've got a good
click in "New Innings at Sacred Heard Cathedral"
That's my wedding pic
Its nice, just wanted you to know that the person in it has viewed it..
keep blogging.

ramesh_lalwani said...

Very nice capture of life in Delhi.I like shot outside ghalib memorial as best.

Vishal said...

Nice post. I just wish MCD had stricter building codes with strict enforement to better protect heritage building, e.g. ban ugly overhanging wires and billborards at Connaught Place.

Ehsan Amir Ali Jahan said...

Just amazing! Thanks MAS
Delhi is truly more than the collective sum of its cliches!

Anonymous said...

where is gali paranthwalla located at??i wanna try out their food.

Saketh said...

Beautiful Delhi....lovely captures mayank.....

Anonymous said...

Yeh dilli hai mere yaar
Bas ishq mohabbat pyaar!!!!