Old Delhi: Make me famous, I am getting married soon

olddelhi-ramadan-020909-071When you walk with a camera, people automatically tend to ask you the newspaper or channel you represent. And many will try to find a place in your frame for a shot at two minutes of fame.

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While a feel-good is the usual motivation to seek the spotlights for most, Samir Khan surprised me with his reasons. Samir runs a tea stall in the Matia Mahal bazaar near Jama Masjid (mosque) in old Delhi. However, during the holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan, this outlet focuses mostly on selling seviyan, or vermicelli, to be had in sweetened milk. Samir was curious to know who I work for and where would these pictures appear.

To keep my introduction simple, I named one of the national newspapers I contribute columns to. He got excited and asked if his photograph could be published. He was engaged to be married soon, and would like to impress his future in-laws by becoming famous. He promptly started posing in an effort to get be presented well.

I said sure with a big congratulations and smile to him  – but I knew I was making a promise I might not be able to keep. But I did mention my blog and proposed book on old Delhi – but he wanted to be impressed only with a newspaper coverage.

But if he does make an appearance in my book, he can impress his in-laws on the first anniversary of his wedding.

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