I have been here in Delhi now for 3 months and in that time I have experienced many things. Foremost what it is to live in a poverty stricken environment filled with such resilient yet very happy people. It is after all the life they were born to know and there are few who can afford a comparison.
I have come to know their ways and become accepted it seems into the local community. At the bakers I visit sometimes they call me 'Delhi Boy' I think because I eat and live as they do.
Most people spend perhaps at most a week in Delhi before they continue because of the conditions here, favoring as they do the nice hotels and tourist attractions. But these very same people are missing out on the contemporary experience of Indian culture that awaits those who wish to know the world truly.
And so, lets continue our tour of the Indian Capital...
The Iskcon Temple, East Kailash. This is the major place of worship for the Hindu God Lord Krishna and Srimati Radharani the Supreme Goddess.
A depiction of the young Lord Krishna when he defeated the snake in the river.
Humayun's tomb. Humayun was the second Emperor of the Mughal Empire, this is his resting place.
A little closer to the tomb. Inside is the white marble coffin of the late emperor but as with most of these places pictures are not allowed.
The old ruins of Qutab Minar. This place has been inhabited by a number of different cultures down through the ages.
The height of the arches in this picture will give you an idea of how tall these buildings were.
This is the Qutab Minar tower after which the place was named. It was commissioned for India's first Muslim ruler Qutb-ud-din Aibak in 1193.
This picture reveals how the architecture was built. They created the initial structure and then faced it with large solid carvings.
Back once again, Asif and the Lotus Temple. Take a bow my friend.
The Lotus Temple is dedicated to all faiths and many different sermons take place there. Inside as you look up there is a giant glass star, and the harmonic resonance of the slightest sound is incredible.
The Hindu Temple of Akshardham. It was built quite recently, construction finishing in 2005. The architecture has been modeled on that of the ancient Vedic culture.
The Elephant plinth that continues around the entire perimetre was hand crafted and up close is highly detailed. It has more than 100 depictions of how these intelligent creatures have always been a big part of the Vedic life style.
My good friends from the north Khalid and Shaiq. Their home is in Kashmir which they call the paradise and for anyone who has seen it I would agree.
This is the guy I buy my food from, conveniently for me he sets his stool up just outside the front door.
At dusk the monkeys on the roof top, there is a small family that have found refuge here.
From one little monkey to another, young Monoj. This boy is like a son to me, I sincerely hope that one day he may go on to have the life that he deserves.
So there we have it. Soon I will be leaving here and making a small tour of India before reaching the shores of Sri Lanka. I will post another blog of my travels when I get the chance to do so. Till then stay safe, enjoy life.
Namaste from India, M_EC