Imran ShahImran Shah2018-06-08Nawabuddin, 75, or ‘Peer ji’ to do his job as a town crier—of waking people up for sehri in the month of Ramzan— he must remain oblivious to the fact that the Walled City is actually awake
Peer ji hardly sleeps post dinner. He spends his time at a neighbourhood mobile recharge shop, stops by home for tea after midnight and collects his stick and torch before leaving
Peer ji is perhaps the last generation of Old Delhi’s town criers. Intrinsic to Muslim culture around the world, people like him go by various titles –– Nafar (in Morocco), Musarati (Egypt), Hil hiwai (UAE) and Seher Khan (Srinagar). In most places, they roam the neighbourhood in traditional attire, blowing trumpets or beating drums. Here, they don’t have any such name or instruments.