Tag: Old delhi

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  • The Bhishtis of Shahjahanabad: Breathing relics of a world gone by

    The Bhishtis of Shahjahanabad: Breathing relics of a world gone by

    Once intrinsic to the social landscape of Delhi and celebrated heroes for saving an emperor and braving wars, currently there are just three practising bhishtis (water carriers), who have been relegated primarily to delivering water to street vendors. Sahapedia-UNESCO Fellow Yusra Hasan nostalgically writes about the bhishtis of Shahjahanabad.

    July 22, 2018
  • Railways official suspended after train wrongly sent to Old Delhi

    Railways official suspended after train wrongly sent to Old Delhi

    The railways on Tuesday suspended a logging operator after a New Delhi bound passenger train was sent to Old Delhi Railway Station “mistakenly”, an official said. According to Northern Railway officials, the Panipat-New Delhi and Sonepat-Old Delhi passenger trains arrived at Sadar Bazar railway station at 7.38 a.m. “While both arrived there at the same …

    March 27, 2018
  • Old Delhiwallah

    Old Delhiwallah

    Among the last few of the old Delhiwallahs, who kept up the tradition of the colourful Lalas of Chandni Chowk, was Narain Prasad, grandson of Lala Jugal Kishore, founder of the Indraprastha School for Girls (where Kamla Nehru studied) and then Indraprastha College for Women. The nonagenarian Narain Prasad, who headed these two institutions lifelong, …

    August 21, 2017
  • The Bhisti’s blessing

    The Bhisti’s blessing

    A strange custom, now discontinued, in Old Delhi was the blessing by the Bhisti or mashak water-carrier. A woman, accompanied by a child, would bring a laddoo, which the Bhisti would put at a road crossing and pour most of the water in his waterskin on it and sprinkle some on the child, after which …

    July 10, 2017
  • Delhi’s buzzing Jama Masjid

    Delhi’s buzzing Jama Masjid

    The silence was broken by a siren, followed by an azaan — a prayer call — from the Jama Masjid. It was time to break the daylong fast. Minutes earlier, people had sat still with plates full of dates, fruits and snacks in front of them, uttering prayers under their lips. According to a Muslim …

    June 23, 2017
  • Race against time

    Race against time

    As one treads down the genteel vicinities of Purani Delhi, the wafting aroma of biryani and the loud salvo of marketeers in the Meena Bazar present a perfect welcome to its visitors. Walking along the scenes, one finds no escape route from the fascinating and captivating charm of Chandni Chowk. The sky-high minaars and the …

    June 1, 2017
  • Food festival celebrates glory of Old Delhi

    Food festival celebrates glory of Old Delhi

    Old Delhi's favourite shahi tukda, mouth-watering nihari and biryani, plates of dahi bhalla and papdi chaat were up for grabs at a recent food festival here. With over 15 stalls at the Old Delhi Food Festival, visitors were spoilt for choice as they gorged on lip-smacking dishes from the 'nukkads' of the walled city. Serving …

    April 1, 2017
  • Delhi awaits literary feast

    Delhi awaits literary feast

    Delhi is all set to experience a literary feast – the fifth edition of Delhi Literature Festival. The festival, which will kick off from February 10, will be studded by host of speakers, including renowned writers like Ashok Vajpeyi, William Dalrymple and Taslima Nasreen. The three-day festival in the capital will begin with a session …

    February 4, 2017