Thursday Doors

Some fancy lintels and arches from Old Delhi to start with:



Nice mix of Ganesh, the elephant god, and what look to me like angels.


Some fancy brickwork forming arches around this old wooden door. There is an extractor fan in the fanlight. I think the door opens with the hinge on the left, because of the doorstopper on the lower right side and the keyhole on the right.p1200105


The rear entrance to the Moti Cinema off Bhagirath Place, Chhippy Wada on Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi. Popularly known as the Moti Talkies, this cinema was where young courting couples could clandestinely congregate (enough of the alliteration, already!) before the Second World War. It was briefly closed in 2013 when the municipal authorities refused to give the building a health & safety certificate, but it is back in business.

It was one of the last big, single screen theatres. Apart from showing English language films as matinees, Moti was renowned for showing films from Bihar (in Bhojpuri language). You can catch Sajan Chale Sasural:2 if you go this evening. Here’s the trailer:

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.


  1. I love the amazing, confusing door. It’s so solid and those brass (?) flowers just make it look so attractive. Ganesh and angels? that’s confusing me a bit too 🙂

  2. Your pictures are very interesting. Seeing a Bollywood movie in a theatre like this was one of the highlights of our India trip in 2012. Especially audience participation! We hope you are well. Diane and Allen

    1. I’m well Diane and Allen. My local cinema is a multiplex unfortunately. It has one English language movie each week. Arctic air conditioning. I should do a blog about it.

  3. Another nice collection again this week Ian.
    I’m a fan of wood so I guess I won’t have to mention which one is my favourite from this batch – nicely done 🙂

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