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PHOTOS: The Humdrum Speaks Volumes In Delhi's Walled City

13/04/2016 8:19 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Aaqib Javeed

Here, there is none of the glitter of gargantuan malls, none of the primary colours of international fast food chains, no Audis blasting Honey Singh's latest.

Instead, cycle rickshaws and autos wind their way down narrow lines lined with makeshift vegetable stalls, streetside eateries briskly dole out fried treats and people (primarily Muslim) go about their daily business at much the same pace as the generations before them did.

Welcome to Shahjahanabad, the walled city of Delhi built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahanabad in 1639. Today, it comprises areas in and around Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid, and while the crumbling walls haven't been able to keep modernity at bay, life here still presents a contrast to the rest of the capital.

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A man catches his breath on a sack of potatoes in the famous vegetable market at Chawri Bazar (also known as hardware market). Established in 1840, it is believed to be the first wholesale market of Old Delhi.

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A shopkeeper uses an old-fashioned contraption to separate cloves of garlic at a stall in Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi.

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A pair of scissors and a protective cloth pass for a salon. Roadside barber 'shops' are a common sight in this area of Delhi.

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A woman and her 12-year-old daughter hawk a motley pile of colourful chappals.

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The fragrant streetside biryanis of this area are famous even in the swankier parts of Delhi.

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Labourers painstakingly transport bricks, while a cycle rickshaw slowly takes passengers to their destination.

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A rickshaw puller counts his paltry earnings.

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A street food vendor prepares delicious kachoris near the historical Red Fort, also known as Lal Qila. You won't find diet versions of anything here!

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A vegetable market in Chandni Chowk.

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Plastic wares for sale, unencumbered by walls or even a stall.

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Bargaining over greens.

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A barber trims a customer's beard in the predominantly Muslim quarters near Chandni Chowk.

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