On 29 August, Delhi’s great Persian scholar S. M. Yunus Jaffery died, aged 88. He had a surgery the day before.

I was privileged to photograph Jaffrey, the author of various books, a number of times in the past few years. For instance, I captured him while he spoke to me at his old mansion in Old Delhi’s Ganj Mir Khan. His drawing room window looked out to a scenic view of dangerously dangling power cables (see photo below).

In his study lined with Persian language books, Jaffrey showed me his Farabi International Award, a literary prize given by the Islamic Republic for Islamic and Iranian studies.

One morning, I spotted Jaffrey walking on the chaotic street outside his home.

Last year during a visit to his home, he had posed for my lens with my copy of City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi, a travelogue by William Dalrymple that devotes an entire chapter on Jaffery.

The scholar was buried at the Dilli Gate graveyard.

Jaffery’s drawing room window looked out to a scenic view of dangerously dangling power cables.
Jaffery’s drawing room window looked out to a scenic view of dangerously dangling power cables.
Jaffery at his home in Old Delhi’s Ganj Mir Khan
Jaffery at his home in Old Delhi’s Ganj Mir Khan
Jaffrey’s study is lined with Persian language books
Jaffrey’s study is lined with Persian language books
William Dalrymple devotes an entire chapter on Jaffery in his travelogue ‘City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi’
William Dalrymple devotes an entire chapter on Jaffery in his travelogue ‘City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi’
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