City Walk – Full Moon Street, Asiad Village
The dream stroll.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
There’s something you shouldn’t miss before planning to leave Delhi forever.
A night stroll along Asiad Village Road leads into one of South Delhi’s best-kept secrets: a virtual forest of trees nearly gobbling up the roadway itself that at night becomes a setting straight out of a magic-realism novel.
Suddenly, you’re not in Delhi at all. (Even though you are.) Perhaps some exotic forest very, very far away?
When this unique excursion coincides with a full moon the scenery becomes almost ethereal. Street lighting struggles to beam downwards because so many tree limbs are webbing this space; while tiny leaves on a neem suddenly appear melancholy because of such dim lighting. In other words, the thicket of leaves seems almost invisible in moonlight, cast against an otherwise starless sky. But their black shadows make glowing patterns on the road.
At 9 pm there’s still some traffic. A few cars are slowly moving past. Their headlights expose the road with its wealth of fallen leaves, in all their quietude.
To be sure, there are any number of residences around here (this is a housing society after all); and the dwellers themselves are sometimes spotted strolling along the pavement. But because of the tree tangle and scant lighting, passersby can appear as unreal as an apparition.
Whatever else you may do, try scheduling this unique walk during a full moon.
The other world