Paradox decoded: When Delhi’s past walked its streets

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Sports lover Ananda Gupta, a witty and sensitive spirit, with the late Mohammed Habib-ul-Rehman, master embroiderer, loyalist and ex-armyman. Picture made at the Dhobi Ghat off Hailey Road . JJ Valaya recreates Delhi’s rich past in these black-and-white images. (JJ Valaya)

Sports lover Ananda Gupta, a witty and sensitive spirit, with the late Mohammed Habib-ul-Rehman, master embroiderer, loyalist and ex-armyman. Picture made at the Dhobi Ghat off Hailey Road . JJ Valaya recreates Delhi’s rich past in these black-and-white images. (JJ Valaya)

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Nishant Peralta, entertainer, poet and spiritual nomad of Indo-Spanish descent. Picture made at the annual market on Bakra Eid at Jama Masjid. JJ Valaya recreates Delhi’s rich past in these black-and-white images. (JJ Valaya)

Nishant Peralta, entertainer, poet and spiritual nomad of Indo-Spanish descent. Picture made at the annual market on Bakra Eid at Jama Masjid. JJ Valaya recreates Delhi’s rich past in these black-and-white images. (JJ Valaya)

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Subodh Gupta, artist, son of the soil and dabba-wala in disguise. Picture made against the calligraphic wall of the Qutab Minar. (JJ Valaya)

Subodh Gupta, artist, son of the soil and dabba-wala in disguise. Picture made against the calligraphic wall of the Qutab Minar. (JJ Valaya)

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Sumant Jayakrishnan, a scenographer and Devanagari calligraphist, who is passionate about fiction, with Laxmi Malakar, JJ Valaya’s former chauffeur, “a soft speaker, gentle soul”. (JJ Valaya)

Sumant Jayakrishnan, a scenographer and Devanagari calligraphist, who is passionate about fiction, with Laxmi Malakar, JJ Valaya’s former chauffeur, “a soft speaker, gentle soul”. (JJ Valaya)

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Artist and punctilious rebel Malavika Tiwari. Picture made at the slums on a hillock in Vasant Vihar. (JJ Valaya)

Artist and punctilious rebel Malavika Tiwari. Picture made at the slums on a hillock in Vasant Vihar. (JJ Valaya)

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