PHOTOS: The streets of Delhi, during times of Covid-19

The streets of Delhi feel like they have metasised into a time warp of the past. Wide open pristine boulevards, and telling architecture that harkens history with compelling contemporaneity, present a formidable flashback to fight an unseen and merciless enemy presently banging on our doors.
I grew up in Delhi, a city that has given me so immeasurably a treasure trove of memories of streets walked on, buildings visited, parks strolled, laughter
By: Parul Sharma
Published: May 6, 2020
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Image by : Parul Sharma

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  • PHOTOS: The streets of Delhi, during times of Covid-19
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  • 3_Department of Posts, Sansad Marg_5400
  • 4_President House_7402
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  • 6_Tuberculosis Association of India Building_6872
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  • 8_Civil Lines, Old Delhi_175916
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  • 10_Oxford Book Store, Connaught Place_184056-01
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  • 13_Qutab Minar_6481

Civil Lines, Old Delhi: A gently decaying building in old Delhi on the edge of Kashmere Gate and the brink of Delhi’s Civil Lines, settings best captured in 'Clear Light of Day', Anita Desai’s moving autopsy of family bonding. Civil Lines was developed in 1857, the year of the great uprising. European families who lived in the walled city shifted to set up abode in the land between the ridge bordering Delhi University and the Yamuna river. When they left, the sprawling bungalows and unkempt gardens went to rich Indians. Even today, when Delhiites supercilously state that they grew up in Old Delhi, they mean they came from rich homes in Civil Lines.