Pigeons and Flowers

20 January 2018, Delhi, India

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We leave the streets of Old Delhi and ascend to the rooftops.

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Here some friends of Dhruv Gupta are having morning tea.

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Delhi, Fatehpuri Masjid, Humayun's Tomb, India, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Travel

They keep pigeons, which is a popular pasttime in Old Delhi.

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A flock of pigeons is released, fly around for awhile and the come back (to where they get fed).

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Here Neville is talking to Dhruv Gupta.

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Next we visit Fatepuri Masjid. This was built in 1650 by Fatepuri Begum, one of the wives of Shah Jahan, who came from Fatepur, a town in Rajastan. Despite its age, this presents as more of mosque for ordinary people than a tourist attraction.

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One of the four entrances to the central square of the mosque, from the inside.

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Next to the mosque is Khari Baoli, a street known as the site of Asia’s largest spice market.  Here, we are in a flower factory, producing  garlands and no doubt flowers for religious festivals and other purposes.

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This group of young people pulling and pushing a cart were very happy to be photographed.

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Guardian of the chillies.

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Street tightrope boy.

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Here we are drinking tea in Dhruv Gupta’s immaculately restored haveli:  David, Maree, Neville, Bernie, Ian, Di, Andrew, Emma, Dhruv Gupta and Jools.

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In the afternoon, with a different guide, we visited Humayan’s Tomb.  I have a fuller coverage of this in a post from my 2014 visit to India, including a brief history of India up to the time of Humayan.

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On the way in….

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The elegant ceiling of the tomb.

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Later, in the Nizamudin area, where outside photography was not encouraged.

(Help is at hand).

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9 comments on “Pigeons and Flowers

  1. Wow! Love those pigeons – especially the 2nd and 3rd shots. And beautiful people + surroundings images. Btw – What is/was your life occupation?

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Yes, it’s not easy to get a composition for pigeons en masse in flight.

      I worked in the Australian Public Service for 35 years and ended up a systems developer in IT. My actual qualifications were a Master of Economics in Economic History. What about for you?

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  2. leggypeggy says:

    Nice shot of the tightrope walker. We didn’t see many of them in India.

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  3. Meredith Stokes says:

    Great photos again Murray and memories also! Thanks!

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