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A view of the pedestrian corridor made under the Chandni Chowk redevelopment project in New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Caution not the keyword at Chandni Chowk market

By Ashish Mishra, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2021 12:49 AM IST
A spot check by HT at the popular market in Old Delhi on Monday, found a majority of shoppers not wearing masks or wearing one improperly.
The bazar is located in the Walled City’s Chitli Qabar neighbourhood. Every day, hawkers claim the pavements from the early hours of the morning, decking their many stalls with their specialities. (Representative Image)(Photo: Sanchit Khanna)
The bazar is located in the Walled City’s Chitli Qabar neighbourhood. Every day, hawkers claim the pavements from the early hours of the morning, decking their many stalls with their specialities. (Representative Image)(Photo: Sanchit Khanna)

Delhiwale: Straight out of a fairy tale

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2021 07:43 AM IST
A pavement market in Old Delhi, replete with memorable sights and sounds
Police have also recovered a knife from the accused that he had used to stab the victim.(Shutterstock Image/File Photo)
Police have also recovered a knife from the accused that he had used to stab the victim.(Shutterstock Image/File Photo)

Unwilling to share food, man stabs another in Delhi, booked

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 05:42 AM IST
The man who has been arrested was identified as Riyasat Ali, a homeless man, currently residing at the Old Delhi railway station.

Delhiwale: On walking past Old Delhi’s iconic Gali Jagat Cinema Wali

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 05:49 AM IST
The afterlife of a long-gone grand single screen cinema, now ignored

Delhiwale: It’s a dog-love-cat world

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 05:12 AM IST
In Old Delhi, an unusually loving bond between two traditionally hostile species
“She can’t leave me,” Zakir says. Katto’s wings are tied to her feet on either sides by a rubber band.
“She can’t leave me,” Zakir says. Katto’s wings are tied to her feet on either sides by a rubber band.

Delhiwale: The winged companion

By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 06:40 AM IST
The young Zakir’s fruit cart is parked on a pavement in Old Delhi’s Matia Mahal bazaar. His home is nearby. He acquired Katto just last week.
Photo exhibition gives a peek into Delhi under lockdown(Instagram/parulscape)
Photo exhibition gives a peek into Delhi under lockdown(Instagram/parulscape)

India-Italy photo exhibition titled ‘Present Absent’ captures Delhi’s stillness in Covid-19 lockdown

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 12:34 PM IST
Photographer Parul Sharma showcases ‘a Delhi not many have ever seen’ during the Covid-19 lockdown, in the ‘Present Absent’ photo exhibition at the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
The wall’s beauty is particularly poignant because it is unintentional(Mayank Austen Soofi)
The wall’s beauty is particularly poignant because it is unintentional(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: Mesmerising shades of blue

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2020 03:34 AM IST
The wall lies at one end of a courtyard, snuggled inside the little-known Sufi shrine of Sheikh Kaleemullah Jehanabadi in Old Delhi, just across the road from Red Fort.
Amid the Covid-19 crisis, heritage walks are being conducted online or physically with limited participation.
Amid the Covid-19 crisis, heritage walks are being conducted online or physically with limited participation.

World Heritage Week: How heritage walkers took a detour

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 01:29 PM IST
This World Heritage Week, we decode how heritage walks have changed their path in the pandemic.
Shahi Tukda available near Jama Masjid is immensely popular during the winter months of Delhi.(Photo: Instagram)
Shahi Tukda available near Jama Masjid is immensely popular during the winter months of Delhi.(Photo: Instagram)

Old Delhi and winter foods: A perfect gourmet affair

Hindustan Times | By Mallika Bhagat, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 06:53 PM IST
Whether you wish to indulge in a scrumptious breakfast or have a sweet tooth that’s aching for treats, it’s in Old Delhi that you can make the most of winters!
This neighbourhood is tucked upon old Delhi’s Pahadi Imli.(HT photo)
This neighbourhood is tucked upon old Delhi’s Pahadi Imli.(HT photo)

Delhiwale: Eavesdropping at Pahadi Imli

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 07:19 AM IST
The aural way of experiencing a Walled City neighbourhood

Delhiwale: Aloo for the soul

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 05:36 AM IST
Apart from the aloo bhaji, the cart has fried fish, a pan filled with steamed rice, and rotis. Parathas are made on order. A quick tasting spree reveals all the dishes to be nice enough, but the aloo bhaji definitely stands out—crispy and squishy at the same time.
Simply called Chai ki Dukaan, Muhammed Waseem’s tea shack in Old Delhi’s Mohalla Qabristan neighbourhood exists like an unconscious work of art.(HT Photo)
Simply called Chai ki Dukaan, Muhammed Waseem’s tea shack in Old Delhi’s Mohalla Qabristan neighbourhood exists like an unconscious work of art.(HT Photo)

Delhiwale: The museum of tea kettles

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 12, 2020 05:33 AM IST
A chai stall in Old Delhi with so much beauty and character.
Hundreds of artists, gigantic stage and thousands of audience make Ramlilas in Delhi-NCR a spectacle that can only be witnessed to be believed.(Photo: Sonu Mehta/HT)
Hundreds of artists, gigantic stage and thousands of audience make Ramlilas in Delhi-NCR a spectacle that can only be witnessed to be believed.(Photo: Sonu Mehta/HT)

Ramlila tradition to pause due to Covid-19? Actors, organisers in despair

Hindustan Times | By Mallika Bhagat, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 01:02 PM IST
Delhi witnesses hundreds of Ramlilas every year, but this year due to the pandemic, the permission to allow organisation of these, is still awaited, leading to disappointment among actors and organisers.
Photowalk at Dhanauri Wetlands in Greater Noida(Photo: Virendra Shekhawat/Delhi Photography Club)
Photowalk at Dhanauri Wetlands in Greater Noida(Photo: Virendra Shekhawat/Delhi Photography Club)

Photowalks in Covid-19 world: Small and socially distanced

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Sanchita Kalra
PUBLISHED ON OCT 06, 2020 01:22 PM IST
With social distancing norms, smaller groups and safety protocols, photo walks are seeing an increasing interest with camera enthusiasts
Farmers in Punjab are protesting the passage of the three agriculture bills in Parliament and have called for the three-day rail blockade starting on Thursday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Farmers in Punjab are protesting the passage of the three agriculture bills in Parliament and have called for the three-day rail blockade starting on Thursday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

28 trains cancelled as Punjab farmers begin three-day rail roko agitation

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2020 06:30 AM IST
Farmers are protesting against the Centre’s three agriculture bills; divisional railway manager says only 14 pairs of special passenger trains were to be operated, as routine passenger train service remains suspended due to Covid-19
A long-time dweller of Old Delhi’s Galli Hakimji Wali, Ms Zarrin writes poetry and also teaches Urdu literature.
A long-time dweller of Old Delhi’s Galli Hakimji Wali, Ms Zarrin writes poetry and also teaches Urdu literature.

Delhiwale: The poet of Galli Hakimji Wali

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 12:42 PM IST
Gaining insights into a verse writer’s intimate thoughts.
Mr Alam gets his balloons from Sadar Bazaar. He says he lives by himself in this city.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Mr Alam gets his balloons from Sadar Bazaar. He says he lives by himself in this city.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: The balloon hawker’s smiley

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Mayank Austen Soofi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 15, 2020 12:05 AM IST
Munaf Alam, with his black mask slumped under his chin, is the only island of stillness in this ocean of chaos and confusion.
Sections of the complex are owned by a number of traders. The building also houses offices of real estate agents and godowns.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Sections of the complex are owned by a number of traders. The building also houses offices of real estate agents and godowns.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

‘We fear for our lives’: Residents, workers in complex complain of apathy, neglect

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ashish Mishra
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 06:31 AM IST
Built before 1922, the complex is located barely 40m away from railway tracks and spans a 5,000-square yard area in Ram Bagh near Azad Market in north Delhi.
The iconic eatery near Old Delhi’s Haveli Azam Khan was famous for its signature meat stew.(HT photo)
The iconic eatery near Old Delhi’s Haveli Azam Khan was famous for its signature meat stew.(HT photo)

Delhiwale: Death of a landmark nihari

Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 04:05 AM IST
An iconic eatery in Old Delhi calls it a day
The pandemic too is now leaving its mark in the red sandstone iconic Jama Masjid monument in Old Delhi.(HT Photo)
The pandemic too is now leaving its mark in the red sandstone iconic Jama Masjid monument in Old Delhi.(HT Photo)

Delhiwale: Jama Masjid, these days

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 06:14 AM IST
A look at how an imposing Mughal-era monument is affected by the Covid-19 pandemic
Minto Bridge, built in 1933 as per RV Smith, has been a perennial flood-prone spot in the national capital, with reports of inundation every few years.(SN Sinha/HT archive & Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
Minto Bridge, built in 1933 as per RV Smith, has been a perennial flood-prone spot in the national capital, with reports of inundation every few years.(SN Sinha/HT archive & Arvind Yadav/HT photo)

Waterlogged since 1950s: Why Minto Bridge is Delhi’s flooding constant

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vatsala Shrangi
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 08:03 AM IST
A short but heavy spell of rain on Sunday inundated the underpass yet again, drowning vehicles and killing the 56-year-old driver of a mini truck.
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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Manoj Sharma
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.
(Mayank Austen Soofi)
(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwala: Amid despair, there’s hope

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2020 08:37 AM IST
A native of Patna in Bihar, Mr Ansari is in his 30s and spent almost all his life in Delhi working through a series of tea stalls. But “this is my life’s first stall that I own,” he informs matter-of-factly.
Residents of Gali Chhatta Lal Miyan in the sealed lane.
Residents of Gali Chhatta Lal Miyan in the sealed lane.

Chandni Mahal’s lanes of uncertainty

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prawesh Lama and Ashish Mishra
PUBLISHED ON JUL 08, 2020 04:53 AM IST
Though officials said cases were still surfacing in the two lanes, local residents said the last known case was reported on June 1 and the infected woman has fully recovered.
Karim’s complex is tucked at the front of Gali Kebabian street, thus named because it was traditionally home to kebab makers.(HT Photo)
Karim’s complex is tucked at the front of Gali Kebabian street, thus named because it was traditionally home to kebab makers.(HT Photo)

Delhiwale: A walk beyond the iconic Karim’s

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 05:53 AM IST
From early morning to late night, the iconic restaurant would always be crowded. The diners would wait for their turn to enter in any of the three eating halls by standing about the alley.
Chacha Chaiwale’s, or tea man uncle’s, establishment in Old Delhi is one of these dreamlands.(HT Photo)
Chacha Chaiwale’s, or tea man uncle’s, establishment in Old Delhi is one of these dreamlands.(HT Photo)

Delhiwale: In the dream world of Chacha Chaiwale

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Mayank Austen Soofi
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 04:29 AM IST
Tucked into the narrow Haveli Bakhtawar lane,Chacha Chaiwale’s stall is only a few steps away from the historic Jama Masjid, and its vibes are as confident as that of the red sandstone 17th-century monument.
Devotees offer prayers at Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib in Delhi.(ANI)
Devotees offer prayers at Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib in Delhi.(ANI)

Hustle bustle returns, long queues of devotees in masks as places of worship reopen across India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 09:58 AM IST
While devotees showed up in a large number at various places of worship across the country, social distancing norms were seen in practice along with other preventive measures.

Delhiwale: A vision in Pahari Rajaan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Mayank Austen Sooi
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 03:48 AM IST
It’s a pity that this exquisite piece of architecture goes unnoticed. And not only these days when barely any explorer dares to venture into the crowded, cramped Old Delhi due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to 12 people who were arrested for being allegedly involved in the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in the Seemapuri area of national capital Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to 12 people who were arrested for being allegedly involved in the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in the Seemapuri area of national capital Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

In Delhi court’s bail order for 12 CAA protesters, an unusual condition

Hindustsn Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2020 09:42 PM IST
Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar Malhotra also told the accused to not disturb public peace and directed them to join the probe as and when directed by the investigating officer (IO), conditions that are often imposed by courts in such criminal cases.
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