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Chandni Chowk: Where old city seeks modern amenities

The Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat comprises 10 assembly segments including Model Town, Tri Nagar, Shakur Basti, Shalimar Bagh and Adarsh Nagar

A top view of the Chandni Chowk constituency. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2024 03:11 PM IST

Delhiwale: This way to Gali Manihar Wali

Glimpse into the past of Lahore's Walled City reveals how time has transformed its streets, like Gali Choori Walan, now home to a paper bag maker.

Delhiwale: This way to Gali Manihar Wali
Updated on May 04, 2024 05:22 AM IST

Delhiwale: In cold red

Delhi's red sandstone monuments contrast with the red sherbet of Rooh Afza, a soul enhancer rooted in Purani Dilli's history. A refreshing drink with a rich past.

The sherbet was prepared from the extracts of spinach, watermelon, endive, khas-khas grass, coriander seed, damask rose, etc (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 07:08 AM IST

Delhiwale: Chronicling the march of time

Purani Dilli's historic quarter is undergoing profound changes, from new buildings to personal transitions, altering the fabric of daily life.

A wall on Shah Abul Khair street has been painted over with drawings of old-style doorways and arches. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 05:22 AM IST

Delhiwale: This way to School Wali Gali

The Walled City dictionary: As part of our ‘Walled City dictionary’ series, that is chronicling every Old Delhi aspect

On entering one of these grand doorways, the view turns out to be underwhelming, much like a traveller exiting out of a grandiose railway station only to find a small, dull, nondescript town. Perhaps not much of the original mansion survived the years. (Mayank Austen Soofi)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 06:18 AM IST

Traders, residents behind G20 festivity in Delhi’s Walled City

Residents and traders said they were compelled to decorate the Walled City themselves, claiming a “lackadaisical attitude” by authorities

Decorations at Jama Masjid in Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 10, 2023 08:43 PM IST

Ghalib’s Haveli in Delhi spruced up for G20

Officials said MCD, PWD and the state department of museum archaeology jointly worked on the facelift project

Ghalib’s Haveli after the revamp. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 11:14 PM IST

Old Delhi’s havelis now reborn as new cultural centres of city

In the three months since its opening, Kathika has become one of the most popular cultural spots by hosting book readings, poetry recitations, workshops

A Kathak performance at the Kathika cultural centre. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 27, 2023 11:57 PM IST

Waqf Board files police plaint against demolition drive at New Delhi madrasa

The madrasa, which is claimed to be nearly 200 years old, is managed by Delhi Waqf Board, and is located in Bengali Market area.

A wall and portions of some rooms were razed at a madrasa in Bengali Market area during an anti-encroachment drive on Tuesday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2023 11:51 PM IST

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)
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 08:18 AM IST
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)
Updated on Jul 11, 2020 08:37 AM IST
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
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
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)
Updated on Dec 21, 2019 08:48 AM IST
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)
Published on Sep 12, 2019 02:00 PM IST
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)
Updated on Aug 30, 2019 02:34 PM IST
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)
Published on Aug 23, 2019 01:51 PM IST
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)
Updated on Aug 14, 2019 10:08 AM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

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)
Updated on Jul 31, 2019 03:33 PM IST
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)
Published on Jul 17, 2019 03:38 PM IST
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)
Updated on Jul 04, 2019 04:07 AM IST
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)
Updated on Jun 05, 2019 12:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, 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)
Published on May 28, 2019 05:29 AM IST
New Delhi | By

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)
Published on May 20, 2019 07:23 AM IST

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)
Updated on May 06, 2019 07:51 PM IST
New Delhi | By

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)
Published on May 04, 2019 04:29 AM IST
New Delhi | By

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)
Published on Mar 06, 2019 01:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

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)
Published on Mar 01, 2019 02:53 AM IST
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)
Published on Jan 29, 2019 03:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

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)
Updated on Jan 14, 2019 02:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMayank Austen Soofi
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