Jadoo tree

Behatar sath sath hei, na?

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Qutub’s towering past and my Dilli pigeons


The blog has been on a month-long hiatus, the result of my end-of-semester workload and then a rapid departure from D.C. We’re back in action, though probably less frequently, as I’m on the move for the summer, working and researching overseas.

The above picture dates to my trip to India in December-January. My favorite Delhi flocks over my favorite Delhi landmark.

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My favorite tree

In the entire world

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Rising above modernity


You have to look pretty high in Delhi to find a view that showcases India’s illustrious past while also obscuring her modern rise.

But Qutub Minar is tall enough. When jumbo jets aren’t cruising in and out of the nearby international airport.

Not that I’m a primitivist or a return-to-times-gone-by wallah, but it certainly is pleasant to see visions of history: an ancient tower and a blue summer sky.

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A spire of history


It is truly wonderful to be able to visit a World Heritage Site for just 10 rupees. I don’t visit often enough.

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Ancient parrot

Qutub resident

Green tota! Ancient ruints!

A parrot flies over the ruins in the Qutub Minar complex. My favorite bird (yes, I appreciate parrots even more than pigeons) appear all over Delhi in the form of the ubiquitous rose-ringed parakeet.

But they’re particular fun to watch at parks and monuments where they’re relatively unhassled by noise, traffic, pollution and other urban detractions. They’re one of the most successful parrot species at adapting to “disturbed” environments.

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Bye bye birdie


I’ve been in Thailand without my laptop since March 30. As I’m reasonably pleased to disconnect from the Internet, I’ve decided to power down the blog. I’ll resume posts sometime when I’m again stationary in India (probably once I reach Sikkim) later this month.

I leave you with a very fun parakeet perched on sandstone at Qutub Minar.

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Immutable layers of Delhi

Qutub Minar was built, updated, added to and changed by various rulers. It’s massively divergent and intricate in its details. All are stone cuts from the various nooks of the monument complex.

Also, I wish I could read, write, speak Arabic.

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Tools of the trade

Qutub construction

All of Delhi is being rebuilt — a combination of the country’s new wealth and the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Even parts of the historic Qutub Minar complex are getting a facelift. This is from some renovation and restoration going on near the college and tomb of Alauddin Khalji.

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My world heritage

Leaning back against the centuries

Qutub Minar in south Delhi is fantastic, with parts of it very well restored. It draws tourists from all over the world as one of India’s chief World Heritage sites. As a quasi-dual citizen, I pay Rs. 10 to get in.

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