City Moment – Feeding the Soul, Connaught Place
The beautiful Delhi instant.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
One cold morning The Delhi Walla saw a woman vendor in the F-block of the colonial-era shopping district Connaught Place. The showrooms were still closed. The Inner Circle corridors were empty, except for a few sleepy guards.
The woman was sitting cross-legged on a bench. She had three polythene bags filled with cracked corn. A little banner was sticking out from one of them. The hand-written notice was in Hindi.
Kabutaron ka daana yaha milta hain
[Grain for pigeons is available here]
The woman was wrapped in a shawl. A flock of pigeons was gathered near her. A man in a pink shirt, black trousers and white half-sleeved sweater came to her and purchased the food-grain. Carrying a plate, he walked to the pigeons and flung corn in the air. The birds flapped their wings and started pecking at the food. The man left.
Another man appeared. He too bought corn for the birds.
After him, a biker arrived. He was wearing a helmet.
The pigeons had a filling breakfast; the woman had a good sale. It was a beautiful moment.
Feeding the soul