Dilli Hai Dilwalon Ki
In the country’s north
A city where time travel is feasible
A city that never sleeps
Woven into the rich fabric of its territory
Are historical moments of pure beauty:
Imposing Mughal-era Red Fort and
Rashtrapati Bhavan: a symbol of India.
Colonial-era parliament building and
Penchant of bureaucrats for high tea,
A flower girl threading vibrant Marigolds outside a temple.
From old neighbourhoods dating back to the 1600s,
To the elegant metro system
From looming Qutab Minar to serene Lotus Temple.
From wholesale markets where labourers
Haul sacks of spices and vegetables
To Meena Bazaar where jewellers weigh gold on dusty scales.
From Old Delhi’s, sprawling Jama Masjid mosque,
To Chandni Chowk; a vibrant bazaar filled
With food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls.
From modern futuristic Delhi’s Pragati Maiden to
Satellite cities of skyscraping offices and glitzy malls.
From chaotic and chronic traffic jams to
A boy flying a kite from a rooftop.
From rock music live concerts to
Sufi devotional songs.
Delhi is a city of chaos and dreams
That has been repeatedly ravaged and reborn,
Where remnants of lost empires are found
In almost every neighbourhood,
Dilli hai dilwalon ki…
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©Ranjeeta Nath Ghai, Atrangi Zindagi Ka Safar, 2016.
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