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Delhiwale: Line of control

That this is a novel sight is undisputed. No other pathway in the vicinity has such a divider. Indeed, the Old Quarter roads and passages know no divide— rickshaw men, cyclists, cart pullers, bikers and pedestrians (humans as well as cats, dogs, goats and rats) go about in all directions.
As the noon hour approaches, the street gets chaotic with increased traffic(Mayank Austen Soofi)
As the noon hour approaches, the street gets chaotic with increased traffic(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 08:18 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Delhiwala: Amid despair, there’s hope

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.
(Mayank Austen Soofi)
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Updated on Jul 11, 2020 08:37 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Delhiwale: Farewell, lockdown silence

A Walled City woman is starting to miss the silence of the past few weeks
Updated on Jun 11, 2020 07:53 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Delhiwale: A vision in Pahari Rajaan

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.
Updated on Jun 05, 2020 03:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMayank Austen Sooi

Court sentences 4 to death in Jaipur serial blasts case

Seventy one people were killed in a series of nine bomb blasts that ripped through the Walled City on May 13, 2008.
The four convicts were brought to the court around 3.25pm and were back in Jaipur central jail around 4.40pm after the sentencing. (ANI Photo)
The four convicts were brought to the court around 3.25pm and were back in Jaipur central jail around 4.40pm after the sentencing. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2019 08:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByJaykishan Sharma

Delhiwale: A dormitory for pigeons

A man-made nesting for free birds
In Galli Sooiwallan street in the Walled City where some residents have set up a kind of free public dormitory for the birds.(HT Photo)
In Galli Sooiwallan street in the Walled City where some residents have set up a kind of free public dormitory for the birds.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 12, 2019 02:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Delhiwale: Walking inside a kaleidoscope

A Walled City stroll that takes you through constantly changing scenes
A lane in Walled city.(HT Photo)
A lane in Walled city.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2019 02:34 PM IST
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Hindusan Times | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Delhiwale: Dargah’s neem

A tree inside a Sufi shrine
The shrine’s rose seller claims that the neem tree at the dargah is more than 500 years old.(HT Photo)
The shrine’s rose seller claims that the neem tree at the dargah is more than 500 years old.(HT Photo)
Published on Aug 23, 2019 01:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Radicals vandalised Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s statue in Lahore

Security guards rushed to the spot and nabbed the attackers who were chanting slogans against the former ruler of Punjab.
Superintendent of police Syed Ghazanfar Shah told the Dawn newspaper that the attackers were motivated and vandalised the statue “on the basis of religious biases”.(HT image)
Superintendent of police Syed Ghazanfar Shah told the Dawn newspaper that the attackers were motivated and vandalised the statue “on the basis of religious biases”.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 14, 2019 10:08 AM IST
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Delhiwale: The old water bags that still survive

The goat-skin water bags that are still being used in Old Delhi.
Jameel, a resident of Walled City, is a water-seller who still uses the ‘mashak’ or a goat-skin bag to store water. He says that the profession has been passed down to him through a long chain of these forefathers.(HT Photo)
Jameel, a resident of Walled City, is a water-seller who still uses the ‘mashak’ or a goat-skin bag to store water. He says that the profession has been passed down to him through a long chain of these forefathers.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 31, 2019 03:33 PM IST
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Hindusaan Times, New Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Delhiwale: Old Delhi’s oldest dry cleaner

The life and times of a Walled City landmark.
Founded in 1922, the Subhan Factory takes its name from the founder who lies buried just outside the city walls.(HT Photo)
Founded in 1922, the Subhan Factory takes its name from the founder who lies buried just outside the city walls.(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 17, 2019 03:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi

They were not part of mob, say kin of suspects held for Old Delhi tension

Zubair, who works in a factory that manufactures plumbing accessories, is among nine people nabbed till Wednesday night in connection with a case of alleged rioting and vandalism of a temple on the night of June 30 that led to communal tension in the Walled City’s Lal Kuan area and adjacent localities.
CRPF jawans and Delhi Police personnel stand near Durga temple, at Lal Kuan Bazaar, Hauz Qazi area, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. All markets opened after a parking row between two people on Sunday night turned communal. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)
CRPF jawans and Delhi Police personnel stand near Durga temple, at Lal Kuan Bazaar, Hauz Qazi area, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. All markets opened after a parking row between two people on Sunday night turned communal. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 04, 2019 04:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbhishek Dey

Eid Mubarak: Singing the tunes of the Walled City

Amid the revelry of Ramzan is the musical tradition of waking up people for the morning meal, which catches the ears like a melody.
Jama Masjid in Old Delhi is a sight to behold during the month of Ramzan, and on the day of Eid.(Photo: Gokul VS/HT)
Jama Masjid in Old Delhi is a sight to behold during the month of Ramzan, and on the day of Eid.(Photo: Gokul VS/HT)
Updated on Jun 05, 2019 12:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByEtti Bali, New Delhi

Inspect Chandni Chowk project, orders Anil Baijal

The decision comes after DUAC, which had objected to the shifting of utility services on the central verge, was not convinced with changes made by stakeholders
Anil Baijal Monday ordered a joint inspection of the Chandni Chowk redevelopment project on May 29 by all stakeholders and the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC), which had raised objections to the project.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Anil Baijal Monday ordered a joint inspection of the Chandni Chowk redevelopment project on May 29 by all stakeholders and the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC), which had raised objections to the project.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 28, 2019 05:29 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Turnout dips in Chandni Chowk station re-polling

The voter turnout on Sunday was 42.14% compared to 50.69% on May 12, when Delhi went to vote across all seven seats.
The re-poll was necessitated at this booth after the presiding officer had “forgotten” to delete mock poll data.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The re-poll was necessitated at this booth after the presiding officer had “forgotten” to delete mock poll data.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 20, 2019 07:23 AM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: The walled city fights back

Many youngsters in the walled city have quit their cushy jobs to start NGOs and civil society groups that work in the sphere of health, education, cleanliness, rehabilitation of the homeless.
A crowded Matia Mahal near Jama Masjid (Above). Youngsters in old Delhi (Left) are quitting their cushy jobs to come to the aid their ‘neglected community’. And they say no votes if parties do not follow their ‘manifesto(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTOs)
A crowded Matia Mahal near Jama Masjid (Above). Youngsters in old Delhi (Left) are quitting their cushy jobs to come to the aid their ‘neglected community’. And they say no votes if parties do not follow their ‘manifesto(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTOs)
Updated on May 06, 2019 07:51 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByManoj Sharma

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Traders’ issues hold the key to Chandni Chowk

Of the 10 assembly segments in the constituency, seven house some of the city’s biggest wholesale markets and industrial units.
Till 2008, Chandni Chowk only housed assembly segments in Old Delhi. When a delimitation exercise was undertaken, other north Delhi neighbourhoods such as Model Town, Tri Nagar, Wazirpur, Shalimar Bagh and Shakur Basti were added(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Till 2008, Chandni Chowk only housed assembly segments in Old Delhi. When a delimitation exercise was undertaken, other north Delhi neighbourhoods such as Model Town, Tri Nagar, Wazirpur, Shalimar Bagh and Shakur Basti were added(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Published on May 04, 2019 04:29 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByVatsala Shrangi

Gandhi Maidan parking in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk finally takes off

The much-awaited ‘multilevel parking cum commercial complex’ at Gandhi Maidan in Chandni Chowk will finally see light of the day.
The much-awaited ‘multilevel parking cum commercial complex’ at Gandhi Maidan in Chandni Chowk will finally see light of the day.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The much-awaited ‘multilevel parking cum commercial complex’ at Gandhi Maidan in Chandni Chowk will finally see light of the day.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 06, 2019 01:38 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Get your houses checked, north Delhi civic body tells residents

Taking cognizance of the two building collapses in Devnagar of Karol Bagh within a span of five days, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) on Thursday issued an appeal to residents to get their houses “examined by corporation engineers” if they feel it’s become “weak”.
On February 23, the chhajja (parapet) and staircase of a 40-year-old building fell in Devnagar, an incident in which an elderly couple had a narrow escape. On Wednesday, a four-storey building collapsed and a woman sustained head injuries while escaping.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
On February 23, the chhajja (parapet) and staircase of a 40-year-old building fell in Devnagar, an incident in which an elderly couple had a narrow escape. On Wednesday, a four-storey building collapsed and a woman sustained head injuries while escaping.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 01, 2019 02:53 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBaishali Adak

Delhi’s chemical traders demand water, power in Narela

The chemical traders of Delhi say there is no clarity on when the Integrated Freight Complex, where they were allotted plots by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), will get essential services.
Chemical traders in the Walled City were ordered to shift to the Integrated Freight Complex, Narela.(Anjali Sinha / HT Photo)
Chemical traders in the Walled City were ordered to shift to the Integrated Freight Complex, Narela.(Anjali Sinha / HT Photo)
Published on Jan 29, 2019 03:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Delhiwale: The instagrammable shop

All manners of used household equipment constitute this shop in Old Delhi which rightly calls itself Cheap Electricals.
Manmohan Swaran is the owner of a shop called ‘Cheap Electricals’ on Old Delhi’s Ganj Meer Khan Street.(HT Photo)
Manmohan Swaran is the owner of a shop called ‘Cheap Electricals’ on Old Delhi’s Ganj Meer Khan Street.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 14, 2019 02:02 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Delhiwale: There’s something new about Jama Masjid’s stairs

A new addition to Delhi’s great monument is already becoming a part of its daily life.
The recent addition of metal railings at Delhi’s iconic Jama Masjid looked out of place initially, yet are already merging so intimately with daily life that’s it’s well-nigh impossible to imagine the staircases without them.(HT Photo)
The recent addition of metal railings at Delhi’s iconic Jama Masjid looked out of place initially, yet are already merging so intimately with daily life that’s it’s well-nigh impossible to imagine the staircases without them.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2019 03:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Sepia Dreams: Visiting Shahjahanabad, one haveli at a time

From residences of famous Bollywood actors to abodes of great poets, we take you on a trail of Walled City through its havelis.
Ghalib Ki Haveli in Ballimaran in Old Delhi has been turned into a museum .(Photo: Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times)
Ghalib Ki Haveli in Ballimaran in Old Delhi has been turned into a museum .(Photo: Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 01, 2018 02:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByEtti Bali, New Delhi

Delhiwale: The roof without that view

While other roofs might have a view of Jama Masjid domes, the roof of a house in Old Delhi’s Chitli Qabar in all its delicious ordinariness seems to have escaped from the Walled City stereotypes.
Roofs of houses in Old Delhi have been a part of artistic imagination for some time now.(HT Photo)
Roofs of houses in Old Delhi have been a part of artistic imagination for some time now.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2018 01:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi

Journey of music: How members of Dilli gharana are keeping up with changing times

Even today, the custodians of the centuries-old Dilli Gharana of music, known for its Khayal gayaki, live and practice their art in the old, romantically named Mausiqi Manzil in the Walled City. But with changing times and commercialisation, they are experimenting with their craft to stay relevant
The khalifa of the Dilli Gharana, Iqbal Ahmed Khan (right) with his cousins, vocalist Imran Khan and Tanveer Khan in Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The khalifa of the Dilli Gharana, Iqbal Ahmed Khan (right) with his cousins, vocalist Imran Khan and Tanveer Khan in Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 27, 2018 12:12 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByDanish Raza

Delhiwale: The intimate pleasures of a Walled City ‘saloon’

Discovering intimate dimensions of old Delhi by hanging out in one of its atmospheric barber shops.
Waseem Ilahi is the proprietor of the Wali’s Unisex Saloon in Bazar Chitli Qabar, Delhi .(HT Photo)
Waseem Ilahi is the proprietor of the Wali’s Unisex Saloon in Bazar Chitli Qabar, Delhi .(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 01, 2018 03:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMayank Austen Soofi

A workshop for heritage structure owners of Shahjahanabad on how to renovate properties

There are 783 heritage structures, including 229 historical buildings and 325 havelis, identified by the authorities.
The booklet will be distributed for free among haveli owners at the workshop on Saturday.(HT FILE PHOTO)
The booklet will be distributed for free among haveli owners at the workshop on Saturday.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 22, 2018 03:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Workshop on need to conserve walled city havelis soon in Delhi

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation will, on September 22, hold a workshop to create awareness about the history of the sprawling havelis in Delhi’s Walled City and the need to conserve the structures
The 16th century heritage garden Sunder Nursery, adjacent to the UNESCO world heritage site has undergone renovation and will be open to the public.(HT Representative Photo)
The 16th century heritage garden Sunder Nursery, adjacent to the UNESCO world heritage site has undergone renovation and will be open to the public.(HT Representative Photo)
Published on Sep 18, 2018 03:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

The book keepers: How an Old Delhi neighbourhood rallied to save a library of rare reads

Hazrat Shah Waliullah Public Library is home to about 20,000 books, including rare works in Urdu, Persian and Arabic
Mohammad Naeem, co-founder of Hazrat Shah Waliullah Library supervises the restocking of the new shelves, part of library’s renovation.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Mohammad Naeem, co-founder of Hazrat Shah Waliullah Library supervises the restocking of the new shelves, part of library’s renovation.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 02, 2018 03:46 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByDanish Raza

Delhiwale: From Nizamuddin West to Matia Mahal, city’s haleem trail

A journey into the world of a legendary one-dish meal of wheat, lentils and meat.
Mohammed Naimuddin sets up his stall of haleem daily at noon at Gali Kababiyan in the Walled City’s Matia Mahal Bazar.(HT Photo)
Mohammed Naimuddin sets up his stall of haleem daily at noon at Gali Kababiyan in the Walled City’s Matia Mahal Bazar.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 03, 2018 08:34 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMayank Austen Soofi
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