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You may criticize me for posting this picture which is not of a high quality. In fact I do admit that the quality is not very good, because I took this shot with my 2 MP mobile phone camera. But I decided to go ahead & post it because of its pertinence.

During winter, northern and eastern India regularly get enveloped in a thick blanket of fog that reduces visibility to just a few metres. This throws flight and train schedules out of gear and the usually crowded airports and railway stations become more so, with angry, muttering passengers cursing the weather, the airlines and themselves for choosing to travel on such a day.

A thick blanket of fog engulfs Delhi, the national capital and surrounding areas, reducing visibility to below 50 metres...The Delhi fog is peculiar. It has an eerie quality. It virtually blinds you, particularly if you are driving. The headlights of your car reflect back at you from the white rolling wall threatening to devour you. Even fog lights are of no help. The fog improves slowly as the day progresses and clears off only in the afternoon. So one gets accustomed to such newpaper headlines such as -

"Blanket of fog over Delhi"
"Delhi fog chaos is back: flights delayed, passengers stranded"
"Dense fog disrupts air, rail traffic in Delhi"


I travel to work by Delhi Metro, which mostly runs on elevated pylons rather than underground. The fog attack in the elevated Metro Rail stations, having average height of 12 to 13 metres (42 feet) from the ground level, seems to be even more than in ground level & as you can see, visibility being less than 20 metres. Taken in one such foggy day, I thought a give a try with my mobile phone camera (the only camera which I carry every day to work ;-))to capture the perspective of the Metro tracks which seem to dissolve into the fog beyond 20 odd metres.

The red lights in the BG are the digital clocks.

Another day, another picture, similar scene, in the Workshop.

Dedicated to all our fellow Delhi Trekearthers, who would also be 'victims' of the fog attack on a daily basis.

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