Looking Back: Paharganj Street

| March 29, 2010 | 3 Comments
delhi Looking Back: Paharganj Street

Midday along Paharganj Street...

Delhi, India (August 10, 2002) — Hunger is that dizzying space between sunrise and sunset when her body, gutted by poverty, slides through Delhi’s traffic in a repeated rehearsal of disappointment until her eyes, like collapsed suns, lulled me into their orbit, and I imagined some beauty in the event while forgetting my breakfast of ham and eggs, coffee, cigarette.

This post is part of a series on our blog called ‘Looking Back’ . This series is comprised of an occasional entry from our journals that date back to 2001, when we first began writing about living and travelling abroad. We’ll present these paired with a photo in the form of a verbal postcard. Together, these postcards provide an (in)formal and often (in)coherent narrative of the trips we’ve taken!

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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. His latest book, The Physics of Flocking, gathers his favourite writing featured over the past two years on Two Go Round-The-World in columns like 'Looking Back' and 'The Whole Picture'—along with new reflections.

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  1. Where DOES that quote come from? It’s mesmerizing.

    Great picture too. The color and the sedate desperation of the shopkeepers. Fantastic.

    • Daniel says:

      Thanks, Nico — the quote actually comes from a journal entry written in my guesthouse not too far from where the picture was taken way back when—what was it 2002? I love to write—and nothing stimulates that better than travel. As there hasn’t been too much travel for us lately, we’ve been falling back on some old journal entries and photos to keep things a bit interesting. Luckily, later in April, I’ll be heading to Peru for work for ten days — so that should stimulate the old blogging reflex a bit more!

  2. Sean says:

    Thanks to you Daniel, i have heard that this place in Delhi called a place of Hippies? Is that right? Your picture is incredibly awesome..i love these shopkeepers,who’re beating the heat.

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