City Moment – Yoga Homage to Emperor Muhammad Shah, Lodhi Gardens
The memorable instant.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
This is the short story of one woman and four men.
One evening The Delhi Walla sees Miss Fatima, Mr Suhail Ansari, Mr Mohan, Mr Kaushal Suryavanshi and Mr Anil Kumar in Lodhi Gardens. They are gathered under the 15th century tomb of Muhammad Shah, one of the least-known men who ever ruled Delhi.
Describing themselves as yoga practitioners, all five of these people go on to perform various kinds of limb-twisting yoga positions. Their yoga mat: an Archaeological Survey of India slab. This piece of stone briefly details the life of the aforementioned emperor and his mausoleum, and—it must be said–never did the slab look as interesting as now.
After half an hour or so, the yoga experts wrap up their dazzling exercises and starts to walk away, their backs turned to Muhammad Shah’s tomb. It is a beautiful moment.