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Delhi blog of the week

Starting today, we’re kicking off a weekly guide to the most interesting blogs about Delhi

delhi Updated: May 03, 2013 02:47 IST

One of the many things Deepa Krishnan writes about is the Diwan-E-Khas at Red Fort

Delhi magic

Friday, May 3, 2013

BloggerComing from traveller, mother and entrepreneur Deepa Krishnan, this blog speaks of its writer’s love for the history-laden local eateries and shops of Old Delhi, its fashionable women, the city’s various moods and flavours and its interesting treasures and traits. Delhi Magic, which came up in 2007, has posts that describe in detail the slums of Delhi and food walks to multilingual signboards and the Delhi Metro, among other interesting aspects. There are some unusual and fascinating posts, like one on truck art and another of the cycle rickshaw pullers in the city. While the piece on truck art observes the colourful paintings, glow-signs and lines such as ‘Maa ka aashirvaad’ and ‘Soch kar socho, saath kya jayega’, the entry on rickshaw wallahs has interesting insights about their lives. The piece goes on to delve into how many rickshaws are housed in the city, both legally and illegally, without getting judgmental. There’s also some information on how difficult it is for rickshaw pullers to find passengers to ferry, and how their earnings remain paltry even in monthly multiples.

What makes the blog endearing is that Krishnan talks about things that matter to the common man, and her style is devoid of pretension. There is also a feature called ‘Ten Things That Define Delhi’, where the writer picks 10 things that characterise Delhi, and writes about them one at a time, over a series. These include iconic government buildings on Raisina Hill, the Qutub Minar complex and ‘the gorgeous dilliwallis,’ to name a few.

What makes her posts stand apart is how some aspects have been explored with the help of the stories behind their origin, and historical pointers. The best thing: it focuses on the old charms and uncelebrated people of the city.
-Usama Sulaiman