Capital Notice – An American Reader Partially Funds The Delhi Walla

I Me Myself

Peter Saal gifts a Flickr subscription.

[Text by Mayank Austen Soofi; picture by Virendra Singh Gosain]

The pictures in the blogsite The Delhi Walla are uploaded through Flickr.com, the online photo management and sharing application. Last year an American called Peter Saal gifted a one-year subscription of unlimited Flickr services to The Delhi Walla. It meant that I could store and show any number of pictures to you.

I have never met Mr Saal. Why then was he spending his money for this blogsite? Mr Saal wrote:

Mayank’s photography and prose are always illuminating. I have learned more about Delhi – socially, historically, and culturally – by viewing and reading Mayank’s photographs and writings. His ‘street photography’ has a freshness that I have only encountered in the work of Raghubir Singh.

It was very flattering. As the subscription was coming to an end in May, 2010, I wondered if Mr Saal still feel the same about my work. When I contacted him asking if he would be interested in gifting me a subscription for yet another year, he e-mailed saying, “I’d be willing… how much is it?”

Why was he doing it? He said, “I admire your work.”

A history buff, Mr Saal visited India in June, 2006. Besides Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore and Hyderabad, he also came to Delhi. In our latest correspondence, he noted, “The Delhi Walla makes it evident that there were plenty of things that I didn’t see (and many Delhi-ites probably don’t know about). If the economy ever recovers, I would love to go back for an extended visit.”

Mr Saal, I’ll be your guide.