Category: Delhi

Delhi Minimal

This post is by Om Malik from On my Om

It has been a minute since I shared new photographs. I was traveling to India, and when I returned, I got an infection that rendered me useless for a few days. Now that I am back in the saddle, I wanted to share some photos.

I had a tough time finding things to capture in Delhi. After all, it is hard to find moments of silence and simplicity in a chaotic city like Delhi. At the edge of a little pond, I found tiny reeds poking out of the water (above.) I felt compelled to capture the feeling. While waiting around there, I found a dragonfly hovering over the reed. It was perfect.

River Yamuna flows through Delhi. I have many distinct memories of the river. It used to be clean, pristine, and a force of nature. At some point in my life, it flooded and caused significant damage.

Many bridges built over the river are signposts of the city’s development, opening up distant areas for further growth. But over the past two decades, it has become a shambolic symbol of the failure of civic infrastructure.

It is polluted, and it stinks. I have no idea how and when all the clean-up efforts would have an impact. On my recent trip, I went down to the river — on one of the many ghats. It wasn’t much of a morning — phelgemic is the best way to describe it.

The smell/stench was overwhelming, and I didn’t feel quite creative. I (Read more...)

October 2022: A Personal Update + Some Good Reads

This post is by Om Malik from On my Om

Hello Friends 

It has been a while since I sat down and wrote one of these personal updates— the last one was when summer was like a cat about to stretch itself. And here we are in Autumn, the season of color and cool air. A time when baseball has become a bit more urgent. And we start thinking about festivals, jingles, and worrying about the winter ahead. It is also why people around the world start craving that disgusting drink, Pumpkin Spice Latte! Nevertheless, the reason why we love this concoction is that it triggers memories of this season. According to two scientists who researched the problem, the trigger is the smell. 

“The association that the smell has with the season in our memories allows it to powerfully evoke the refreshing feelings of fall,” according to Jason Fischer, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins. The smell is a one-way ticket to nostalgia and memories, as perfume makers have known forever. The faint smell of roses takes me back to my childhood, and so does the haunting, mellifluous smells of (frangipani) Champa, a smell so uniquely represents my hometown to me! These trees line many avenues and Delhi streets, and the smell is so pervasive, especially as we enter cooler days. 

Even though Delhi has become bustling, busy, and overwhelming, I could still smell the flowers while visiting my parents last month. Mark Vanhoenacker, in his book, Imagine a city, devotes many pages (Read more...)