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City That Never Sleeps


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Old Delhi is actually a big and broad street. The street never sleeps, not even at the dead of night. Some or other activity is always there. But in the afternoon it is the busiest place. The street is lined with many types of shops on either side. Behind and above the shops are houses where live people of many communities and castes. They belong to upper, middle and lower middle class people. Most of them are businessmen, traders, shopkeepers and government servants.

The street is always full of all kinds of people: men, women and children. There are a lot of noise, activity, shouting, cries and hustle and bustle. It presents a scene of a mini mela or fair. People in their colourful and characteristic dresses and costumes can be seen there. Women in their very colourful best make the scene more charming. The school girls and boys in their school uniforms, the half-clad labourers and rickshaw-pullers, the richy clad Marwaris, the Sardars in their pugris and a sprinkling of the Muslims in their lungis, all are there. They add much variety, gaiety and diversity to the scene. On the pavements are open small shoppes of flower-sellers. The fragrance emanating from them make the atmosphere pleasant and scented.

The street is joined by a number of narrow lanes and by lanes. They look like arteries pouring into a heart. There is an endless stream of traffic and people. Cars, scooters, cycles, rickshaws, land-driven carts, donkeys and mules laden with goods, all are there. There is also an old temple in the corner where pious men and women come in droves in the mornings and evenings. The ringing of the bells and the loud singing of the bhajans add to the already noisy atmosphere. The pan-walas, the confectioners, the goldsmiths and tailors, all are very busy.

In the afternoon the vegetable and fruit sellers have a brisk business. Then there are pedals and hawkers with their peculiar and attractive cries and shouts. In the evening newspapers. They keep on shouting some sensational news to attract buyers. The boys can be seen flying kites on the roofs of their houses. There are some who keep pigeons and can be seen whistling or flying them.

There are also beggars who keep on troubling the passers by. They adopt various clever tricks to arouse the pity and sympathy of the people and take something out of their pockets. Sometimes there are quarrels and the police has to intervene and use strict measures to maintain peace, law and order. It is one of the busiest streets of the city.

Rahul K has been building websites for many years and runs a number of successful websites. He is the owner of . Further articles can be found on his website at


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