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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Lutyens

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Lutyens

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Lutyens

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Lutyens

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Lutyens

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Lutyens

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Lutyens' lights: Delhi's dressed to kill tonight. We've got proof

Vikas Kumar @CatchNews

Delhi's tony Lutyen's zone blazed with thousands of lightbulbs this week, marking what has come to be a highpoint on the annual Delhi calendar.

The entire area, already magnificent in its architecture, including Rashtrapati Bhawan, South Block and North Block are illuminated from January 26-29 to this year.

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Even while the number of photographs of the stunningly lit buildings doing the rounds is greater than ever, the number of visitors coming to witness this spectacle has decreased over the years.

This scintillating glitter used to be a spectacular event to which people came from all parts of the city, in overcrowded buses and on foot, in cars and scooters. It used to be one of those occasions when the common man felt nearer to the corridors of power as he roamed the streets surrounding the spectacular presidential estate.

Not any longer.

We're living in an age when a quick Google search throws up everything we need - visuals and histories and descriptions and mood pieces and more. What was marvelous now feels mundane. Those who do show up naturally have one agenda - selfies. Some want to frame themselves among the lights, others want photographs with the striking security personnel, still others are busy taking group photographs. Most don't see it with the naked eye - they only see it framed through the lens of their smartphones.

Translated by Deepak Sharma

Edited by Payal Puri

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