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If you are in Delhi, the Thursday evening Qawwali at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah is something you cannot not miss! Post the routine evening prayers, the mosque gears up for a mesmerizing Qawwali performance. One’s spirit can revel in those sounds for days. The feeling of being associated with so many people just through music and faith, is one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had. Its strange how being a part of something so distant from you can in fact, bring you closer to your own self.

Incase spirituality is not the driving factor for you, go there just to eat! The tikkas and kebabs outside the mosque are absolutely delicious. Each time I go there, I make sure to pack two extra plates of mutton tikkas. Super cheap and irresistible.

Incense sticks

Megaphones that resonate the prayers

Entrance to the mosque’s compound

A panoramic view of the dome.

Thursday evening Qawwali at the Nizamuddin Dargah.

People gathererd around to catch a glimpse of the enthralling Qawwali performance at the Nizamuddin Dargah.

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I recently travelled to Pangot and Bhowali in Uttarakhand. Contrary to the scorching summer heat in Delhi, Uttarakhand was overwhelmingly pleasant. So much so that it reminded me of the winters – The rains, the mountains and the mist. This is an ode to my journey through wonder.

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The traveling mist slowed down a while,
Begging for me to stop and look
At her own fleeting tenor
That she tried so hard to retain.

She was cold and coy,
Slid right through my soul
I shivered, I froze.

I looked back as she tore away
Her spirit off from mine
Into the brightness of the darkest sky
She smiled as she dispelled me
From an autumns’s fugitive cry.

8/6/2013