Seeing Things

A visual experiment with a really cool cola candy I found around the house.





On good days at work, when deadlines aren’t killing us all, we go exploring. What is mostly meant to be a short walk around the office, sometimes leads us to some remarkable monuments in the most unlikely places.

The Begampur village branches out into several narrow lanes – congested with small multi-storeyed houses and shops. Enveloped by this hustle bustle of the Shivalik road and cramped residential structures of Begampur Village, sits the enormous, inconspicuous Begampur Mosque. It is almost hard to imagine such narrow galis of the village leading into something so spectacular.

It was almost unreal to see this magnificent structure right in the centre of the city. Just the idea of experiencing something from the 1300s right next to you is other-worldly. It feels like time travel. Though the mosque wasn’t very well maintained nor was it inviting tourists, it seemed to be a part of the lives of the residents of Begampur – Little children playing cricket and elderly gentlemen basking in the sun; and explorers like us, exploring. It is a luxury to break out of a usual work day and slow down to see the real things.

Few of the useful articles I found about the architecture and hisory of this mosque are this and this.

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.

I have to admit, in this era of generic soap packaging, i was surprised to find something so refreshingly different at the local grocery store. Though I would change a lot of things about this, but something about it is just strangely appealing.

Here’s a picture of Saurabh in action. After having mastered walking on the slackline, he’s now practicing the art of levitation. In case you want to know more about his mystical powers, his work, or just him, you can check out his blog here.