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Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Parsvnath's La Tropicana and Majnu Ka Tilla

Cities are full of amazing juxtapositions. Here's one: a glitzy new subdivision on the north side of Delhi and, a five-minute walk to the east, the capital's Tibetan-refugee colony.

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Lengthen your stride. Look important, or at least in your element.

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Oops! Oops! Wrong turn. We don't want the construction site.

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Here's what we want.

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The sales office, with a model home for our delectation. Please remove your shoes.

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Living room.

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Dining.

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Kitchen.

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Price? Delhi apartments in 2007 ran about 7000 rupees per square foot. That's pushing $200.

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Well, we're going to walk over to the Tibetan colony. There's a little transition zone here.

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Transaction.

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Samosas.

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Birds: dead ones above the living.

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This is the Outer Ring Road. We'll get across on a pedestrian overpass, but notice first those flags up top.

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From the overpass.

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Prayer wheels.

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Tailor.

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Thirsty flautist.

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Public meeting.

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Speech... in Tibetan. One topic on the agenda might have been the plans of the Delhi Development Authority to demolish the colony.

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The order was to remove everything within 300 meters of the Yamuna River, which the colony flanks.


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