Photo Essay – Ramzan Sky, Matia Mahal Bazaar
The silvery stretches.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
Yesterday, it was a blue sky. Today, it’s embroidered in silver.
One day before the start of the Islamic month of Ramzan, the sky above the Matia Mahal street in Old Delhi was screened with silver jhaalars.
The Delhi Walla saw a man climbing atop a ladder to install the decoration. The jhaalars were made to entwine around the thick power cables that dominates the area’s aesthetics. The Matia Mahal street starts from Jama Masjid and goes all the way to Chitli Qabar Chowk. It is lined with classic eateries like Kalan Sweets, Al Jawahar Hotel, Karim’s Restaurant, Aslam Chicken and Shireen Bhawan mithai shop
Just who will care to look up at the jhaalars amid such distractions, you may ask.
Well, they are there and will stay there until the end of Ramzan.
The silver stitchings in the sky
If only they put half the effort in clearing up those filth-lined streets! Matia Mahal is an anti-aesthetic Black Hole that sucks in the merest traces of visual beauty that are bold enough to exist anywhere in its vicinity.
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