Delhi Series | Shahjahanahbad

Delhi, like Biryani has cooked with many spices of cultures and religions over time to become the exotic city of today. Chandni Chowk, previously known, as Shahjahanabad was the last city built by emperor Shah Jahan before the modern Delhi of today existed. Shahjahanabad was a center of trade, with the king’s fort i.e. Red fort that was an example of true craftsmanship of the Mughal times. Next to River Yamuna, this walled city celebrated Urdu and Persian poetry, painting, music, food, textiles and jewelry, thus becoming a cultural hub of those times. I have always felt Delhi is a melting pot of cultures, i.e Persian, Urdu, Punjabi and English. This city today has shops; makers and artists from all these cultures that have co- existed for over three centuries. Through this photo-essay, I made an attempt to document food, architecture and daily life of the commoners in this part of the capital city.