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Outside the frame: 'Old Delhi offers a window on India'

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An Indian boy in school uniform waits for a rickshaw driver to make an adjustment on a cool morning in New Delhi, India, early Friday, Dec. 16. The rickshaw is a common mode of transport in many Indian cities.

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An Indian sits in a rented quilt after waking up on a cool morning in New Delhi, India, early Friday, Dec. 16.

 

By Kevin Frayer, Associated Press:

Old Delhi offers a window on India – the contrasts, the smells, the rituals. The wonderful thing about getting lost in its streets in the early morning is that you can watch this big colorful city slowly wake up and come alive. From a busy produce market to the idle conversations of rickshaw wallahs waiting for a fare, to a homeless person peering from under a rented blanket, Delhi is a vibrant and often bewildering place that’s full of extremes. It draws you in and won't let you go.

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Homeless people rest wrapped in rented quilts on rented cots near the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 14. India's Supreme Court has directed state governments to build adequate number of night shelters to ensure that no homeless person has to sleep under the open sky this winter, according to news reports. Though India is famous for its brutally hot summers, temperatures fall sharply for a few weeks in December and January. Poor people, particularly those living on the streets, are the worst hit with dozens dying each winter.

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An Indian boy washes himself at the Mena Bazar on a cool morning in New Delhi, India, early Dec. 16.

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Indian laborers warm themselves by a fire on a cool morning in New Delhi, India, early, Dec. 16.

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An Indian barber shaves a customer on a cool morning in New Delhi, India, Dec. 16.

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An Indian laborer carries a sack of vegetables to market in New Delhi, India, Dec. 15. India's inflation inched down to a one-year low of 9.1 percent in November, government data showed Wednesday. Falling food prices helped lower inflation in November, but a plunging rupee is driving up the cost of fuel and manufactured goods, the government data showed.

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Indians buy and sell vegetables at a market in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Dec. 15.

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Indians gather at a local tea stall on a cool morning in New Delhi, India, Dec. 16.

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Indian Muslim youths read the Quran, Islam's holy book, on a cool morning near Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, Dec. 16.

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Indian men stand in the sidewalk as a stray dog sits against a closed storefront in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Dec. 15.

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Indian students try to push-start a friend's scooter on a street in New Delhi, India, Dec. 16.

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Homeless people sit huddled smoking heroin on a cold morning near the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 14.