Lokesh Dang

Home Away from Home

The nations’s capital attracts people from all over the country. For many, Delhi is considered as a city of great opportunities. One of the larger communities residing here are from northeast India. They come for higher education and continue to build their lives and families here. All of them are seeking a better future. However, despite being residents of Delhi, they are still considered outsiders. Through this essay I wish to offer a peak into their lives.

I have photographed three suburbs of Delhi- Humayunpur, Munirka and Vijay Nagar- where a majority of those who stay are from northeast India. I have attempted to photograph their personal space- while meeting friends and family, practicing for the church chour, theur day to day activites etc. In these neighborhoods, people from eight different states live together, building a community, which is like a microcosm of their roots.

What I present here marks the beginning of a much deeper exploration in which I would like to examine the notion of identity vis-à-vis the challenges faced by the Northeastern diaspora in Delhi