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Panasonic DMC-LX5 Lumix compact pocket size camera ( amazed that it can take macro and has a wide angle lens)
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Spice market in Khari Baoli, Old Delhi,India is the biggest Asian wholesale spice market. It is so crowded, noisy and the aroma of spices is so strong.
Very interesting place .

From the net:
Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi)
Still surrounded by crumbling city walls and three surviving gates, the vibrant, bustling Shahjahanabad, built over a period of 10 years by Emperor Shah Jahan, is very much a separate city — predominantly a labyrinth of tiny lanes crowded with rickshaws, and lined with 17th-century havelis (Indian mansions), their balustrades broken and once-ornate facades defaced with rusted signs and sprouting satellite dishes. Old Delhi is inhabited by a predominantly Muslim population whose lives revolve around work and the local mosque, much as it was a century ago.

Taken on Muharram day
Muslims provide an additional significance of the month of Muharram. They held the month of Muharram to be the most holy of all the months, without Ramadan.
The festival Muharram 2011 in India .In the month of Muharram Hazrat Imam Hussain and Hazrat Imam Hassan (the grandsons of the Holy Mohammad Prophet), his family members and a number of his followers were surrounded by the forces of Yazid, the Muslim ruler of that time. The incident happened at a place called Karbala in Iraq on the bank of the river Euphrates in 61st year after Hijra (approximately October 20th 680 A.D.).

Hussain and his followers were forced to pay allegiance to the Caliph (Muslim civil and religious leader considered to be Allah’s representative on earth) of the time and submit to his authority. But they ware disagreed to do so. The ruler become angrier and ordered to kill all of them. After a little battle Hussain and his followers were tortured and killed by an army teems of the ruler and they Hussain’s head was severed and presented to the king.

As this tragic incident happened on the tenth day of Muharram, Shia Muslims consider this a day of sorrow. They commemorate the death anniversary of Hussain as a religious occasion called Muharram.
Current year Muharram will be celebrated on 6th December 2011. It is a Gazetted holyday by Indian government.
Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in Old Delhi capable of holding 25,000 devotees.It was build in 1644.

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  • swaby
    swabyabout 3 years ago

    Very interesting capture! They look like they have worked hard, wonderful lighting and excellent capture!

  • Thanks Tina for your compliment and fav. I have been to Delhi three years ago but did not go to Old Delhi.
    This time I went in a rickshaw and it was amazing. Was advised not to go but I am glad I did. There was a Muslim festival on that day and it was extremely crowded.

    – patcheah

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  • Thanks POP’S for this feature,greatly appreciated : )

    – patcheah

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldabout 3 years ago

    What a terrific street shot,Pat,there’s so much expression in that face!!!

  • Thanks Lance for your wonderful comment and fav. It was rather difficult to take candid pics. I was the only tourist on that day and stood out in the crowd. I had my small pocket size camera with me ( was told not to bring any camera).It pays to break rules. Since the Mumbai bombings,security is very tight everywhere even in shopping centres. Most places of interest,one is not allowed to bring in mobiles,cameras and sometimes handbags. Most things have to go through scanners and bodies patted searched.Lots of beautiful ancient temples but no cameras allowed. I was there three years ago and it was not like that. It took the fun out of sight seeing : (

    – patcheah

  • RichImage
    RichImageabout 3 years ago

    Excellent capture of culture….

  • Thank you so much for the honour of this feature,greatly appreciated.Appreciate the compliment : )

    – patcheah

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your features of this great insight into life in another land !

  • Many thanks Trish. I am so sick at the moment but all worth it : )

    – patcheah

  • geof
    geofabout 3 years ago

    that’s a stand-out photo Pat – made very interesting by the expression of the man on the left, in such contrast to the man in the middle who is very relaxed and accepting. What happened immediately after this – did their expressions vary? Hope the illness is nearly over.

  • Thanks very much Geof for your compliment and fav. I actually didn’t realise their expressions. It was extremely crowded and I just point and shoot everything . I was a bit scared and didn’t wait to see what happened. LOL .I only saw his expression on the computer. I think it is just shoot and see what one can get away with : ) Thanks, I’m still sick….

    – patcheah

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    Hope you recover very soon !
    Security worldwide is much tighter than it used to be, but I haven’t yet been anywhere where no cameras were allowed, although several places where no photos are allowed, but that’s not new.

  • Thanks Trish. We were caught at one temple where no handbags were allowed at all so we had to leave our handbags to a stranger ( not official) who was sitting on the pavement on the street. She had all the handbags,mobiles and cameras. Surprisingly ,everyone was able to retrieve them back from her! No receipts,you just take your own things back! In shopping centres,if you have a camera,the guard will ask you to take a photo to prove that it is actually a camera and not a device to designate a bomb!

    – patcheah

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleabout 3 years ago

    December 17th, 2011
    So that’s where you disappeared to Pat!
    What a great shot!

  • Thanks so much Maree for this honour,greatly appreciated.It was a very short break so I only have a handful of good pics : ( Appreciate the fav.

    – patcheah

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaabout 3 years ago

    Amazing capture !!!!

  • Thanks Ellanita for your wonderful comment : )

    – patcheah

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic street journalism! Those faces are just fixed on you…. amazing story there. Love the background too…. such an interesting shot. Well done!

  • Many thanks Wendi. Old Delhi is such a fascinating place, love the hustle and bustle : )

    – patcheah

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