City Style – A Woman from Kashmir, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti
Searching for the stylish.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
She looked like the cover picture of a yellowing National Geographic magazine.
One evening The Delhi Walla saw a woman in an eatery in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. She was seated with her companions-one man, one woman. Despite the heat, her head was covered with a shawl that fell down gently over her back. Her long blue top had yellow and purple flowers. Her many-colored necklace was almost as large as her face. She looked a little shy.
There was no one dressed like her.
The woman said she was from Kashmir. Some time later, her woman companion stood up and started to fuss around her. The friend lifted her shawl and rearranged it, after which she started to lovingly arrange her large necklace though it didn’t need any arrangement. The woman patiently let the friend finish her task. The project took more than a minute. In the end, the friend appeared to be vastly content but the woman’s expressions remain unchanged. Yes, the dress made her, and yet, she looked free of it. The contrast was dramatic. That made her truly stylish.
Free, yet attached