Saturday, 4 May 2013

Sufi Saints Photo Workshop | Delhi Again

Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved

I am envious of this fellow's ability to sleep so deeply in public...especially as the time zone difference and jet lag have taken their habitual toll on me.

Along with members of my group, Anne Marie Bernier and Rasha Yousif, as well as Kaushik Ghosh, I stopped at Chausath Kambha (Urdu for 64 Pillars), a tomb in Delhi, built by Mirza Aziz Koka. There was nothing much to see as it's being renovated, but I noticed the sleeping man totally unperturbed by the passerby.

More interestingly is the fact that the area is crowded with members of the Tabligh...Islamic missionaries who are of various nationalities, and who stay in a building near Nizzam Uddin dargah. Rather fierce-looking with flowing beards and white tunics, they mill around eating at the various kebab eateries that dot the neighborhood. They regard the dargah and its pilgrims -and Sufism in general- as heresy.