March 9th, 2011 | Published in Street
Phool Mandi, Near Hanuman Mandir, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Photo © Mohit Gupta, All Rights Reserved
My growth as a photographer is closely linked to this place. Numerous visits to this place helped me kind of figure out how to become “invisible” and still be “part” of the crowd. Never good at striking conversations or getting up close, this was probably the place where I started shedding a lot of my inhibitions.
At 5 in the morning each day, this place is bubbling with energy as wholesale dealers go about doing their business. And by 9am it’s all wrapped up. Going by whatever I have heard/read, this is seemingly one of the largest flower markets in Asia. Though not very old, it has become part of Delhi’s urban heritage over all these years.
There are two other such markets in Delhi, but unlike the them (Mehrauli and Chandni Chowk) this one sits in open air right in middle of New Delhi. Surrounded by chic, well planned buildings, it’s surely a charming misfit to its surroundings. Delhi government plans to soon relocate these “unorganised” flower markets to a multi storeyed complex in Ghazipur. If we go by what government is explaining it will streamline the flower business in Delhi resulting in more revenue but for some people (like me) it will surely leave some voids in the urban heritage of Delhi.