In Photos: Dusty Delhi Days

Back in September, I moved to New Delhi. Over these six months, the weather has gone from sweltering to frigid to- presently- clear skies and a gentle breeze. And with that, the air quality has dramatically improved. (In Delhi, that means it’s no longer hazardous like in the winter months, just plain unhealthy.) My own feelings towards the city have oscillated between fascination and exasperation – apart from the absence of fresh air, there’s also the relentless honking, the inexplicably high prices, the disproportionate concentration of assholes – and yet, it’s been good to be here. Delhi is steeped in history, and the chaos fuels the writing somehow.

I learned things from my time at The Caravan and was especially happy to be part of the #metoo issue- the movement only taking off in India towards the end of last year.

Being the capital, Delhi also hosts numerous events – lectures, art shows, special film screenings – throughout the year. In September, the farmer’s march drew over a hundred thousand workers from across the country, and the Queer Pride Parade took place in November, the first one since the Supreme Court’s decision to finally rid the country of Section 377.

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On Raisina road, with the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s Estate) in the distance

 

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Delhi Queer Pride Parade, November 2018

 

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Farmers travelled across India to the capital to participate in the protests, September 2018

 

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Khan Market

 

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Evenings at Lodhi Garden

 

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Old Delhi

 

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Daryaganj Book Market

 

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Safdarjung’s Tomb

 

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Delite cinema, founded in the 1950s

 

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Afternoon slumber, Old Delhi

 

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Jama Masjid

 

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United Coffee House, Nehru Place

 

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The Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri

 

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Sunlight, winter afternoon

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