Thursday Doors

Have a haircut on the street, in front of Samar & Sons, purveyors of toilet cisterns and bathroom fittings. I really like the way the barber has hung all his kit from the electricity cables around the door. The pink colour is sickly, but how about the column on the right? A Corinthian capital, perhaps?


What a great address – Badshah Shocker, 736 Motor Market, Delhi. Moinuddin Firozuddin’s Aladdin’s cave of shock absorption. There has got to be a door there somewhere.


Here is your friendly newsagents, with the papers displayed on the doorstep. Don’t let the puce colour put you off, check out the fanlight design above the door. This door has a pair of Ionic columns. Security must be tight, with three padlocks. Today’s newspaper is lodged in the chain of the middle lock. I think the man reading the paper is actually the vendor.


What a lintel! The door could do with being cleaned and given a lick of paint, of course. Another three locker. With three bundles of laundry on the doorstep, too.


I don’t for a minute think that these two men are sitting on a hoard of silver and gold ornaments. The duck-egg blue door is in urgent need of attention.



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. These doors all need some care and attention, but they are all great examples of fine craftsmanship. I’ve made doors, and I understand the work that goes into a large wooden door. I am only guessing, by their apparent age, that the top ones were made by hand.

    1. You are undoubtedly correct Dan. Some of these doors might date back to the time of the Indian Mutiny in 1857. When the British troops stormed the city, they wrecked and pillaged this area. Not many craftsmen like this in India now.

  2. These doors positively reek of history and long-forgotten stories. The people in the photos add to the intrigue of the doors. I love the Badshah Shocker … it looks like it belongs in a sci-fi movie as an underground parts depot for crazed robots.
    … or, maybe I’ve just seen too many sci-fi movies …

    1. This is India. You could point a camera in any direction at any time and get a brilliant photo 10% of the time.
      Old Delhi is my favourite place. Whenever I go there, I take a hundred photographs. There are more to come if you follow my blog.

      1. Unfortunately I’ve never made it to Asia/Far East … and not from lack of trying. Perhaps someday …
        In the meantime, I guess I will simply have to appreciate this area of the world through the blogs of those who are, or have been, there.

    1. I shoot in RAW and average about a thousand photos a month. I back everything up to my laptop which has a terabyte hard drive, just 2% free space left! And to Google photos of course.

  3. Nice ones Ian. I noticed that all of these are bi-fold, hinged in the middle as well. Is this a specific style favoured by shops there or just a happy coincidence?

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