And an eventful Friday photo walk at Jama Masjid, Delhi. So nice to be reunited with my photopals, Sara and Arun, on this one.

Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Winter, Haze. All the ingredients for an engrossing morning.


Mughal Architecture


One of the big entrances


Why use a tap when you can wash at the tank?


Like this?


It takes a lot of focus


The devout


Jama Masjid, the Friday mosque


One of the popular selfie guys


Prayer hall


No birds were harmed during our shoot, but we did our bit, shooing them around


Take a picture, make a friend


This shot has been 3 years in the making for me




Waiting.. and posing ..


For a small additional fee, you can climb up a minaret, and pause at the terrace


Did I say, “Haze” already?


On a clear day, you might see the Red Fort in the distance, but this was not one of those days


This man claimed his photo was in every country in the world, and I believe him


Friday Prayers

We rewarded our industriousness with a paratha feast in the famous Paranthewali gali. We may have ordered everything on the menu there!

Shooting Religiously

I lost my photography mojo on the last walk, amid all the confusion of not being allowed inside the train station to take pictures to abruptly changing the venue to the Jakarta Cathedral via Masjid Istiqlal. Uju and I had toured the masjid when she was here, but I recall not being too enthused about photography then either. Maybe stay away from the camera for a while, huh? But that is not to be. Have camera, will shoot, have internet, will blog!

This Masjid Istiqlal has a relatively young but interesting history – it was built to commemorate Indonesia’s independence from the Dutch, following traditional Javanese norms that it should be in close proximity to the city center (the Merdeka Square in Jakarta), and the site was chosen by President Soekarno right across the cathedral to represent religious tolerance of the then-new nation. There are a whole lot of other symbolic elements in the building that you can read about on the link.

Masjid Istiqlal

It’s a quiet place at non-prayer times, and I think it might be interesting to visit during Ramadhan.

Back on track, we walked from Stasiun Gambir, through the compound of the mosque, across to the Jakarta Cathedral.

I love church interiors, and this one had a museum too.

Hope the next photowalk brings some more inspiration!