I sometimes wonder why I closely interact with other cities but remain content to intently glance at Delhi, the city where I live. As a result I know and understand Delhi more by eaves-dropping on it through the lens of my camera…
My laptop has folder after folder of photographs on Delhi and the way it behaves and probably evolves… and when I look at these photographs that I’ve clicked over the years I go back to the utterly readable description of Delhi that Sam Miller gives in his book: ‘Delhi – Adventures in a Megacity’.
Look at the way Sam gets into the heart of life in Delhi: ‘The bucket was full of water, submerged in which was a large and varied collection of wrist-watches. I asked the bucket’s guardian why the watches were under water. He looked at me as if I was very stupid, and said with a look of disdain, ‘because they’re water-proof’.’ This is one city where Sam and I agree that ‘sashaying and pirouetting in search of space and the possibility of forward movement’ are incidents that may seem ‘subversive, almost revolutionary’, but so essential to make it what it is.
So Sam, pardon me for using your own words, but ‘you may be travelling faster than me, but at least I’m in comfort’ because my pictures take me back to your text again and again and again…
Title: Delhi – Adventures in a Megacity
Author: Sam Miller
A post written with a fervent hope to make it to the Jaipur Lit Fest as a guest of Random House!
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05 January 2012