Family Album – The Senguptas, Civil Lines
The Delhi coffee table.
[Text and photos of photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
In order to feel the intimate life of Delhiites, The Delhi Walla is going from house to house, requesting people to show their family photos. The project will never end. Here is the third instalment. This album belongs to the house of Senguptas, who lived in north Delhi’s Civil Lines. I found it in the house of a rag-picker in Kashmere Gate. The name and address was hand-written on the back of one of the photos, along with the year in which they were presumably taken. It was 1943. The photos are so fragile that they crumble on touch.
Scenes of their history
Collecting the scattered pieces of the lifestyle of Delites of recent past
my goodness. These have to be some of the most hauntingly beautiful photos I have ever seen. They remind me of Ismat Chughtai’s pen portraits of her extended family in ‘kaghazi hai pairahan’.
Photos 2 and 3 are my favorites.
Guy in pic-1 looks like Bollywood actor Keshto Mukherji
A story with every album would be nice. 🙂
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