June 06, 2020

Anand Vivek Taneja

  • Platform People
    Platform People

    I was part of a group on a walk through the station and Paharganj led by Javed and Shekhar, both young men,...

  • Please Sir...
    Please Sir...

    The tourist traps at Chatta Chowk in Red Fort

  • The Begam's Estate
    The Begam's Estate

    The vast estate of Begam Samru, all around her haveli, once stretching almost from the Old Delhi Railway...

  • Boundless Faith
    Boundless Faith

    Three Catholics, a Muslim and a very lapsed Hindu went to the Church of Our Lady of Vailankanni in Delhi....

  • The World Seeing Place
    The World Seeing Place

    Heard of Pir Ghaib—the invisible, mazaar-less saint? You don't believe in invisible presences in the world?...

  • Living Among The Dead
    Living Among The Dead

    I had asked James, "You live in a cemetery. Aren't you afraid of the ghosts?" He had only laughed. "There...

  • Alternative Histories
    Alternative Histories

    One day, in his old age, the good king Anang Pal Tomar decided to go on long pilgrimage, and leave the...

  • Singing Sad Songs
    Singing Sad Songs

    Ever endured a ghazalling dinner? Do you know what a ghazal is? Are you thinking Pankaj Udhas? You are? Uh,...

  • Migratory Owls
    Migratory Owls

    Doing my Majaz/Frost dead poet act. City Night and I wander glum and unemployed. I have been one acquainted...

  • The Blessed City
    The Blessed City

    "Let's create some mahaul." Atmosphere. Voices blend in soulful, sonorous sorrow. It isn't good enough,...

  • Life Is Elsewhere
    Life Is Elsewhere

    Delhi trembling with fear. That panicked city on the TV is not my city. That city exists only on the planet...

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