City Hangout – Flyover Sunset, Bhishma Pitamah Setu
Twilight over the rush hour.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
One more evening at the Bhishma Pitamah Setu where a handful of folks have flocked from near and far to view an amazing sunset. It is one of the most poetic destinations to spend this precious hour in the city.
The flyover in central Delhi happily offers broad pavements for pedestrians and their sky-gazing. And indeed, by now (6.15pm) quite a fair number of citizens—including an idle auto-rickshaw driver—are gazing westwards, as though worshipping the spectacular dissolving of another Delhi day.
They see that the sun has condensed into a red sphere, while the skies resemble a painter’s canvas in progress. Some patches are orange, others green and blue, with the colours changing every moment. Nothing seems lasting, and yet it all looks… eternal.
This bridge shows some of the most bewitching twilight views in the Capital. Pity those unlucky folk speeding along the flyway trapped within their cars, who are more than likely oblivious to the grand show unfolding in the skies above.
A stairway leads down from the flyover to a road beneath which is packed with traffic. Even so. A woman standing on the steps is contemplating the setting sun, which soon disappears.
Darkness has now descended upon the flyover’s pavement. Suddenly a car stops, unloading some teenagers as the car stereo blares a Hindi film chartbuster. A reverie stands broken, but a new one begins. Come soon before the winter fog/smog ruins the panorama.
The most bewitching sunset views