Army personnel take an early morning run amid heavy smog on Raisina Hill.
What It's Like to Live Where the Air Is Toxic
Deteriorating air quality in India's capital territory is the new normal.
In early November, smog levels peaked in Delhi, India. The levels of particulate matter reached 999—the highest machines could read. Smoke and fumes from unregulated crop-burning across northern India, factories, cars, and even fire-crackers set off for the Diwali festival of lights had combined to form a choking cocktail. The Chief Minister likened the city to a gas chamber.
Despite stiff opposition from many quarters, the city readied itself for the Annual Half Marathon. The event registered a record turnout.
I arrived in Delhi a week later. Air quality levels remained between ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ although the smog had reduced. The extended amounts of time I spent outside photographing led to some chest pains and also made me feel