Manoj Sharma

Manoj Sharma

Manoj Sharma is Metro Features Editor at Hindustan Times. He likes to pursue stories that otherwise fall through the cracks.

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The brainchild of late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi, Palika Bazar was built by the NDMC during the Emergency in a record time of less than a year and opened in 1979.(Sanchit Khanna/HT photo)
The brainchild of late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi, Palika Bazar was built by the NDMC during the Emergency in a record time of less than a year and opened in 1979.(Sanchit Khanna/HT photo)

‘Notorious’: Another tryst with infamy for Delhi’s Palika Bazar

PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 02:41 AM IST
By the mid-1980s, as the popularity of audio and video cassettes grew, many gifts and garments shops in the central hall of the market began selling electronics items.
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Disabled face a job crisis in the post-Covid world

By Manoj Sharma, New Delhi:
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 04:56 PM IST
Rizwan Safi, 24, gets distressed every time his wife asks him about when he is returning to work
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Ramesh Sharma (in white) and Satish Kumar Sherawat (in black) at Singhu village.(HT Photo)
Ramesh Sharma (in white) and Satish Kumar Sherawat (in black) at Singhu village.(HT Photo)

They have turned our lives upside down: Singhu village on farm laws, stir

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 04:59 AM IST
The village is home to about 250 families. Being close to Delhi’s industrial areas such as Narela and Kundli, a rental economy has developed in the village over the years, but more than half of the families depend on agriculture.
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Khan Market’s Grover Tailors, which had earlier stitched for foreign dignitaries, including presidents, has suffered an 80% drop in business.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Khan Market’s Grover Tailors, which had earlier stitched for foreign dignitaries, including presidents, has suffered an 80% drop in business.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Not making the cut: How coronavirus killed tailoring

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 04:04 PM IST
These suave, English-speaking tailors, many of who learnt their craft in London, say they survived the ready-made revolution in the 1990s and the 2008 financial crisis—but the pandemic has pushed them to the brink.
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Dharampal Gulati(PTI photo)
Dharampal Gulati(PTI photo)

India’s masala king, founder and face of MDH, dies at 97

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 01:27 AM IST
Mahashay Dharampal Gulati, who died on Thursday at the age of 97 after a cardiac arrest, earned several sobriquets over the years: MDH Uncle, Dadaji and Masala King.
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Customers at a book shop on Platform 1 of the New Delhi Railway Station.
Customers at a book shop on Platform 1 of the New Delhi Railway Station.

Final station: Pulp fiction on its last legs, say sellers

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 12:03 AM IST
Long before the mobile phones came to the scene and water started selling in plastic bottles, these books were among the essential travel companions, especially on long train journeys.
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The pandemic has almost wiped out tourism in Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The pandemic has almost wiped out tourism in Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19 pushes tourism in Delhi to the edge

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 10:36 AM IST
Paharganj, once a bustling, thriving market whose entire economy depends on foreign tourists, is a microcosm of the devastation caused by the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the capital’s tourism sector.
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Dr. Maheshwar Prasad Chaurasia, additional medical superintendent of DDU Hospital and author of a book on the novel coronavirus. (Below) Some other books on the subject.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Dr. Maheshwar Prasad Chaurasia, additional medical superintendent of DDU Hospital and author of a book on the novel coronavirus. (Below) Some other books on the subject.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19 warriors, survivors wield pen as pandemic inspires fiction

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 01:11 PM IST
Dr Maheshwar Prasad Chaurasia always wanted to write a novel. In May, he attended a webinar on how to write and publish a book. At the workshop, his writing instructor suggested that he start his journey as an author with a non-fictional work. He decided to write a book on Delhi’s fight against the coronavirus disease pandemic.
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Dr. Maheshwar Prasad Chaurasia, additional medical superintendent of DDU Hospital and author of a book on the novel coronavirus. (Below) Some other books on the subject.(Sanchit Khanna/HT photo)
Dr. Maheshwar Prasad Chaurasia, additional medical superintendent of DDU Hospital and author of a book on the novel coronavirus. (Below) Some other books on the subject.(Sanchit Khanna/HT photo)

Covid-19 warriors, survivors wield pen as pandemic inspires fiction

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 01:26 PM IST
Dr Maheshwar Prasad Chaurasia always wanted to write a novel. In May, he attended a webinar on how to write and publish a book. At the workshop, his writing instructor suggested that he start his journey as an author with a non-fictional work. He decided to write a book on Delhi’s fight against the coronavirus disease pandemic.
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India’s two dozen circuses are struggling to survive in the aftermath of the Covid-induced lockdown.
India’s two dozen circuses are struggling to survive in the aftermath of the Covid-induced lockdown.

Hit by pandemic, India’s circuses forced to walk financial tightrope

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 03:21 AM IST
The Great Bombay Circus was to travel to Delhi where it has been regularly performing in places like Peeragarhi, Rajouri Garden and Karkardooma, in December.
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According to the latest National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) report, overall crime in Delhi went up by 20 percent in 2019, compared to the previous year, including crimes against women.(HT file photo)
According to the latest National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) report, overall crime in Delhi went up by 20 percent in 2019, compared to the previous year, including crimes against women.(HT file photo)

‘Digital’ the buzzword for police in Covid-19 era

By Manoj Sharma and Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 02:41 AM IST
What started with Zoom calls for law-and-order meetings and WhatsApp for sending notices and summons to minimize touch and physical contact, has had a transformative effect on the Capital’s police, with many of its legacy processes and procedures going online.
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Ram and Ravana face off during the Ramlila at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.(HT photo)
Ram and Ravana face off during the Ramlila at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.(HT photo)

Permissions, tests, masks, checks: How a Ramlila overcame the odds

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 05:00 AM IST
The SBKK’s Ramlila has, over the years, seen the participation of some the biggest names in classical music and dance, and has figured prominently on the capital’s cultural calendar.
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Placement agencies say employers are sceptical about allowing their help to return to work post-lockdown. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
Placement agencies say employers are sceptical about allowing their help to return to work post-lockdown. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

Domestic workers face Covid test, interviews as they return to work

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 06:43 AM IST
Even five months after the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions began, thousands of domestic workers — maids, cooks, nannies — have not been able to return to work since employers continue to see them as potential carriers of the coronavirus.
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Vedpal Memorial School in Uttam Nagar. The school management had to furlough several teachers due to fund crunch.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Vedpal Memorial School in Uttam Nagar. The school management had to furlough several teachers due to fund crunch.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

It’s a battle for survival for Delhi’s budget schools

PUBLISHED ON OCT 05, 2020 05:21 PM IST
Hundreds of Delhi’s budget schools in predominately migrant colonies and rural areas such as Hastal, Karawal Nagar, Sangam Vihar and Narela battle for survival as their fee collections drop by as much as 90% with thousands of students missing
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Most traders in markets such as Lajpat Rai market, Bhagirath Palace and Sadar Bazar are concerned over the government raising duties on Chinese items.
Most traders in markets such as Lajpat Rai market, Bhagirath Palace and Sadar Bazar are concerned over the government raising duties on Chinese items.

Little bits of China all around us

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 03:14 AM IST
Ashok Malhotra’s first-floor shop is a fascinating jewel in this crown. Almost all of the lights on display in his flickering shop, Malhotra informs us, are imported from the Guzhen, famous as China’s (and slowly the world’s) lighting capital.
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A textbook problem: Schools shut, publishers count losses

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2020 11:28 AM IST
The continued closure of schools and other educational institutions due to the Coronavirus pandemic has dealt a blow to the textbook industry, with booksellers and publishers experiencing an unprecedented decline in their business after decades of robust growth.
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Workers assembling toys at the Little Genius Toys factory in Greater Noida.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Workers assembling toys at the Little Genius Toys factory in Greater Noida.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

India’s first toy-making hub pins hopes on ‘vocal for local’

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 01:22 AM IST
Planned in the late 1990s, the Toy City, where plots were allotted to over 100 toy makers, has wide, well- laid out, tree-lined roads and signage.
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The rickshaw-pullers who earlier used to make anything between 500 and 700 per day, now barely made Rs 100-150, with the wait for passengers stretching for hours.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
The rickshaw-pullers who earlier used to make anything between 500 and 700 per day, now barely made Rs 100-150, with the wait for passengers stretching for hours.(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

Last-mile lifeline for rickshaws with Delhi Metro set to resume

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 06:23 PM IST
The fate of the humble rickshaw in the Capital has been closely tied to the Delhi Metro. With the Metro reopening from next week, rickshaw-pullers feel their lives too would be back on track
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School uniforms hung outside a shop in Gandhi Nagar. School uniform manufacturers and sellers are facing severe losses as schools remain closed due to the Covid pandemic. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
School uniforms hung outside a shop in Gandhi Nagar. School uniform manufacturers and sellers are facing severe losses as schools remain closed due to the Covid pandemic. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

Sellers of school uniforms all dressed up but nowhere to go

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 10:36 AM IST
Covid effect: As schools have remained shut since March 19 in the national capital, uniform sellers, manufacturers, and fabric suppliers have been hit hard; many of them have huge stocks that are yet to be picked up by vendors.
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South Delhi Municipal Corporation has proposed a redevelopment plan for Mehar Chand Market(Amal KS/HT Photo)
South Delhi Municipal Corporation has proposed a redevelopment plan for Mehar Chand Market(Amal KS/HT Photo)

The making, unmaking and remaking of Mehar Chand Market

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 10:19 AM IST
The story of the making and unmaking and the possibility of remaking of the Mehar Chand Market has been full of turns, both fortuitous and fateful.
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With coaching centres remaining shut, the streets that were swarming with students not so long ago are now emptier than ever before.(Raj K Raj/HT file photo)
With coaching centres remaining shut, the streets that were swarming with students not so long ago are now emptier than ever before.(Raj K Raj/HT file photo)

How Covid-19 killed the economy of Delhi’s ‘coaching colonies’

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 01:49 AM IST
Delhi has hundreds of institutes providing coaching for IAS, engineering, medical and a host of other competitive exams in places such as central Delhi’s Old Rajender Nagar, north Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, and Jia Serai and Ber Serai in south Delhi, which together are home to about 1 lakh students.
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RK Garg (seated) and his son Shree Garg, who run Guptaji Marriage Bureau.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Archive)
RK Garg (seated) and his son Shree Garg, who run Guptaji Marriage Bureau.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Archive)

Indian matchmaking hit hard in era of distancing and coronavirus

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 03:51 AM IST
While a large number of them have had to permanently shut shop in the past three months, as business has nosedived like never before, those that have survived say finding a perfect match has never been so tough.
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A person at a shop selling flags folds up a national tricolour at Sadar Bazar in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A person at a shop selling flags folds up a national tricolour at Sadar Bazar in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

August 15 approaching, traders say tricolour sales lower than never before

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 02:45 AM IST
With schools, colleges closed, and most government and private organisations deciding to keep their Independence Day celebrations low-key, the demand for the national flag, manufacturers and traders say, have dropped.
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Minto Bridge witnessed violence during the riots at the time of Partition. There are several accounts of how those fleeing the walled city — on foot and in tongas — to refugee camps in Purana Qila and Humanyun’s Tomb were ambushed and killed near Minto Bridge.(HT Archive)
Minto Bridge witnessed violence during the riots at the time of Partition. There are several accounts of how those fleeing the walled city — on foot and in tongas — to refugee camps in Purana Qila and Humanyun’s Tomb were ambushed and killed near Minto Bridge.(HT Archive)

A lot of water has flown under this bridge: The Minto mark on Delhi’s history

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 12:05 PM IST
Curiously, though Minto Bridge and Hardinge Bridge were renamed Shivaji Bridge and Tilak Bridge respectively, the first refused to shed its colonial name, unlike the latter, whose old name is known only to a few.
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Pedestrians and vehicles jostle for space in a crowded street leading to no social distancing at Jama Masjid market in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
Pedestrians and vehicles jostle for space in a crowded street leading to no social distancing at Jama Masjid market in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

Scant space for social distance in Delhi’s congested walled city

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 06:02 AM IST
Social distancing, a man living in Old Delhi says, is an oxymoron in old Delhi , which has a population of about 12 lakh crammed in an area of 6 square kilometres.
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Jantar Mantar, a popular protest spot, has been vacant since curbs were imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19.
Jantar Mantar, a popular protest spot, has been vacant since curbs were imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19.

Hashtags replace placards as dharnas go online

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2020 05:49 AM IST
Innovating and adapting, they now organise e- dharnas, e- strikes, e- memorandums and e- rallies—many of them on Zoom, their “Zantar Mantar.”
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Many believe so many restro-bars going bust is bad news for Connaught Place, which has undergone a great revival in the past few years.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Many believe so many restro-bars going bust is bad news for Connaught Place, which has undergone a great revival in the past few years.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Bars that brought Connaught Place back to nightlife face closure

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 11:56 PM IST
About a dozen restaurant, bars and cafes, have exited Connaught Place and industry sources say 50 others are on the verge of shut down because of high rents, new guidelines of reduced operating hours and ban on serving alcohol.
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With people avoiding public transport from fear of Covid-19, bicycle sales are soaring in the national capital. (Amal KS/HT photo)
With people avoiding public transport from fear of Covid-19, bicycle sales are soaring in the national capital. (Amal KS/HT photo)

Bicycle sales ride on safety and health concerns

By Manoj Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 05:19 AM IST
With Delhi’s gyms remaining closed and people avoiding public transport (even cabs) from fear of Covid-19, cycle sales are soaring in a city that used to swear by cars.
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Imran is a reporter and presenter at Radio Mewat, a community radio station in Mewat.
Imran is a reporter and presenter at Radio Mewat, a community radio station in Mewat.
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