City Moment – The Woman’s iPad, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah
The beautiful Delhi instant.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
One cold evening The Delhi Walla saw a burqa-clad woman in the dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the 14th century Sufi saint. The shrine is in central Delhi.
The woman was sitting outside Hazrat Nizamuddin’s tomb, amid pilgrims of her sex. A notice on the door said:
Women are not allowed inside.
Unlike men, the burqa-clad woman could not step into the chamber to bow her head at the saint’s tomb. However, she was trying to take its photo through her iPad’s still camera.
Positioning the tablet towards the door, she was moving it around to get a clear view of the Sufi’s grave, draped in colorful sheets and red roses. Engrossed in the task, now her mouth was open, now it closed, now it opened again. Just as she was about to click, a man stepped in; the tomb’s view was blocked.
Finally, a time arrived when all men seemed to have disappeared. The tomb surrendered itself to the woman. She clicked on her iPad. It was a beautiful moment.
Where Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti Nearest Metro Station Jangpura or Khan Market
Eye-witness account, second-by-second