Saturday, June 30, 2007

Old Woman at Khari Baoli

In the spice market at Shahjahanabad, I found this frail lady sitting guard over some baskets and small metal stools.

I think she was selling them. I hesitated, torn between the photo opportunity she presented, and the desire to strike up a conversation.

She looked so fragile that I felt embarassed, hesitant. I was afraid that with my Westernised haircut and very 'modern' appearance, if I talked to her, she would think of me as someone alien, a city memsahib, blind to the realities of her life.

So I turned away, to explore the spice shop near her.

And the opportunity was lost.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is shaping up to be a truly fascinating blog. I hope you keep it up!

I run a small endeavour to write about Delhi's offbeat eating joints. Do pay a visit when you have the time! It's called Eating Out in Delhi

I'm blogrolling you there.