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People, Culture or Fashion?

When I found this blog from a Times article, I really didn't expect to like it. I mean, OK, maybe a couple of good photographs a week or so. But then, I opened it, and who would think this guy is picking up random people on the road?
What really intrigues me was a comment on a "boy on a bicycle" and "woman in long dress" in Delhi in the article - and I had to search them out and see what was so noteworthy regarding them that they got a mention rather then the street fashion of NY or Milan or Paris...or Italy.
So you can see this page. And on seeing the pictures I knew it had to be Delhi. Not Bombay. Not Calcutta, Not Chennai. Not Bangalore. I dont know why, but it would work in Delhi more than Mumbai. Maybe its because the Posh areas in New Delhi are Posh. Maybe because people in Delhi are more fashion concious, and care about what they wear - so much so its part of their lives - intrinsic. Maybe because they have the time and do'nt have to battle it out in public transport. These are snaps of GK and Vasant Vihar and CP and the likes. Nowhere else.
Whatever it is, I can expect half of the international feel of New Delhi (in dressing) in South Mumbai (the only part of Mumbai really worth being the 'international Mumbai'. Maybe in some parts of Calcutta I can expect something akin to one of the older European cities, and something of the open spaces, sea and religious culture of Chennai will make it stand out. But these photographs taken can only be Delhi, and not just Delhi, New Delhi. The casual yet stylish sense in dressing is a direct reflection of the oft made-fun-of "har din diwali' (every day is a festival) dressing concept of Delhi people. In Delhi, if you do not dress well (whatever your def of that may be), there is something wrong with you.

PS - of course, to find some people like this would take a special 'eye' but if at all, you do find, then my post above stands true
Tags: cities, observing, pleased, universe

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