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Dilli ki kahaani

July 8, 2009

Edited to add:- Didn’t realize this but anyone  who is familiar with Delhi and has spent even a little time here would be able to identify more with this post:)


This one’s for a friend:) and for a city that’s my home for now:)

A city that cannot be defined. A city that makes you curse and smile in equal measure:)

A city that’s  a part of me now.

I have never felt like an outsider here. The crowds fascinate me.

The air here seems different.

A lot has been said about Delhi. That its good, its bad and sometimes fact most of the times that its downright ugly.

It is a city of extremes but then , so are most cities are they not?

Sheila Dixit says she felt claustrophobic after watching Dilli 6. ”arre baba itne saare log! itni bheed!”

Clearly, her idea of Dilli is Delhi and the wide open boulevards and the lush greenery of Lutyen’s Delhi.

But Dilli is not just THIS or THAT. Its many things in between.

Its a city with spiritual leanings too.

Dilli (Delhi ) is also known as ‘baees khwajaaon ki chaukhat’, the threshhold of 22 sufis.

Though the actual number of sufi shrines in Delhi is much ,much more.

Delhi thus became the centre of Islamic studies and mysticism by end of the 13th century. Both historians and citizens began to refer to Delhi as Hazrate-e-Dilli, Dilli Sharif, Dar-ul-Auliya, Baghdad-e-Hind and Khurd-e-Mecca or the little Mecca.
Prayers to bless the city and its people are found in the prayer books of these Sufis.

Amir Khusrau wrote: Delhi, the refuge of faith and equity/ Delhi is the garden of paradise/ May its prosperity be long lived/ If Mecca happens to learn about this garden/ It may circumambulate around Hindustan.

The landscape of Delhi is dotted with sultans’ tombs but no one lights even a candle in their memory. At the Sufi shrines, lamps are lit, holy scriptures are recited, poor are fed and prayers of a thousand pilgrims answered. During the political upheavals, people of Delhi were constantly reassured by the Sufis at the khanqahs to which they had constant access. [LINK]

I love Rabbi Shergill’s ode to Dilli too.

jaagegi raat bhar

aur bhaagegi saath par

kar daalegi

belagaam khayaalon ko

puchhegi yeh sawaal aur maangegi

yeh hisaab na sunegi

tere jawaabon ko

yahaan hai ek nadi

aur wahaan ek laal kila

par kahaan hain iss shehar ka falsafa….


Delhi has never been the city of any one group, religion or community.

It has been plundered countless times and yet manages to rise again and again miraculously.

It is a city that has seen many empires rise and fall…

A city that is dotted with historical ruins at every corner..

According to popular tradition, the city has changed its locality a total of seven times although some authorities who take smaller towns and strongholds into account claim Delhi has changed its site as many as fifteen times.

Dilli is  a lot of things to a lot of people.

For some it is Delhi University and bunking classes

For others it is JNU and khadi kurtas and a politics that tilts err slightly(?) to the left..

For some it is just Stephen’s and Hindu’s …

Its also  South Campus and North campus…

And the old charming locality of Jamia Nagar…..

For some it is Kinaari bazaar ,Daribaa Kalaan and Chandni Chowk…

For yet others it is South Extension and Jor bagh..

And for some it is only Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar…

And what about the chaat, dahi bhalle (dahi vadas) and the samosas?

And the gol gappas and the lassi and dosas? momos..

The sheer variety of food is hard to find anywhere else…

Name it and you shall have it..

Dilli is where Punjabis  go wild dancing to crazy beats in an even crazier manner.

Dilli is also the city where the the very same people  stop you and ask you…no, literally coax you lovingly to drink Sharbat on a hot day in Summer.

Dilli is Malay Mandir and Chattarpur Mandir and the Birla temple..

Dilli is also the Gurudwara in Chandni Chowk and another called Bangla Sahib and so many more that it will take more than a post to write about them…

Its also a beautiful masjid..the sight of which leaves you gaping…

Its the galis of Ballimaran and the narrow lane that leads to a dargah that is revered by all irrespective of faith…

Dilli is an astonishing community from Kerala and Tamil Nadu that thrives …and so vibrantly too..

Dilli is also Tibetan markets galore and a community banished from its own home that has made India and Delhi its second home…

Dilli is also of those who come from Bihar and U.P….. the ones who have left their home states in pursuit of dreams unfulfilled.

Dilli is also the Sunday Book Bazaar, one that is bang in the middle of some of the most astonishing historical ruins.

Dilli is also about a Punjabi community that is so vibrant,the one that carries this city in its heart..the one that lead to the phrase,”Dilli dilwalon ki”.

Dilli is also where India comes to protest..against atrocities,injustices and to make demands…all at Jantar Mantar…

India sits at Jantar Mantar on hot summer afternoons and freezing winter mornings…

She sits as one among the many who come to make themselves heard…

Dilli is also this…in Dinkar’s words…

‘‘मैं भारत के रेशमी नगर में रहता हूँ।

जनता तो चट्टानों का बोझ सहा करती

मैं चाँदनियों का बोझ किसी विध सहता हूँ।

गन्दगी, गरीबी, मैलेपन को दूर रखो

शुद्धोदन के पहरेवाले चिल्लाते हैं,

है कपिलवस्तु पर फूलों का श्रृंगार पड़ा

रथ-सामरूढ़ सिद्धार्थ घूमने जाते हैं।

रेशमी कलम से भाग्य-लेख लिखने वालों

तुम भी अभाव से कभी ग्रस्त हो रोये हो ?

बीमार किसी बच्चे की दवा जुटाने में

तुम भी क्या घर पर पेट बाँधकर सोये हो ?”

(One only wishes our netas would read Dinkar once more)

I know that this too is Delhi. A city of contrasts. The one where palatial bungalows exist side by side with slums.

The same slums whose residents helped make those bungalows…

Dilli is also the rude policemen and traffic that stops for hours for anyone who is a ‘V.I.P ‘…

Dilli is politics and power…

Dilli is slums and madhyam varg

Dilli is also the nouveau riche and the wannabes..

Dilli is Shahadara and Seelampur and Jor Bagh and Defence Colony..

It is also Janakpuri, Punjabi Bagh and Vasant vihar…

Dilli is where many worlds collide in the ‘Metro’


Dilli is a city of extremes…

Its  the city where tempers are short and adjectives are plenty.

Dilli is also where if someone scratches a car,rest assured you are in for full time drama.

Adjectives fly left ,right and centre,fists too…..

I know ..this too is Dilli…

And I accept it.

But Dilli is not just this. It’s much more.Just like so many other cities. And yet not like them . For, Dilli is unique.

For those who can only see the above and not much more I feel regret.

Regret for all that they won’t see, can’t see.

But most of all …infact the very reason why I love Delhi is …because no one can claim this city one can even try…

This city has her arms open for everyone…

Whatever your beliefs, your faith….you will be welcomed here…

Dilli can never be about insiders vs outsiders…

Dilli can never be about the question ,”Whose city is it?”

and the answer,”It is mine”

For, that can never be.

Who can claim this city ?

A city that does not even know its own history in its entirety?

And this is precisely why I love Delhi..

Go ahead try to claim its yours..I can make the same claim and both of us will be right:)

And that my friends is the beauty of Delhi..

Never will I feel like an ‘Outsider’ here…

“Delhi, the sages say, has a divided soul. It is a city of incredible contrasts combining the ancient and the modern, Old and New Delhi each reflecting the images of the past and the reality of the present”-Anonymous

And here is a beautiful ode to Delhi , way above and beyond this one in every respect.

Please do read it.And then try telling me if your heart didn’t whisper for just a moment about coming here. To Dilli:)

Ab kaun jaye Zauk Dilli ki galliyan chhod kar” , said the poet Zauk… and I agree…..


I know I had promised long back that the next post about Delhi would be warts and all.

That post was supposed to have included many negatives. Many shortcomings.

But for now this post simply is.

For a friend who is missing Delhi. The one who fretted and worried so much before going . The one who kept asking questions like Will That city have such book markets ? with a woebegone face  😀

The one who said..arre yaar! atleast say  that I wont miss Delhi if only to console me😀

A post for a beautiful soul, a dear friend Poonam🙂

Remember Poonam? That day in the book market?:)

And then that day of fulltime gossip in Saravanaa Bhavan?:D

Hogging away to glory? 😉 and gossiping like there was no tomorrow ?:D

And also quite a few *ahem* (okay a LOT) of gossip on the phone?:D


And a gift where she wrote..

To dearest Abhi,

For sharing my love for books and my city Delhi



Thank you Poonam..because you see I have to say the same .

Thank YOU too for sharing my city and my love for books 🙂


And have you been able to take err I mean read any books? at the place of your friends?:D

(I SO hope they dont read this post ) or else all the chori reading plans will go down the drain

Dhava bola?
LOL! 😛


(((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))) dear friend 🙂

Missing you 🙂


Metro pic courtesy Freestyler

172 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2009 10:33 pm

    me first…… will do reading later…in office 😛 ROFL YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
    me- LOL!! Okay! 😛

    • July 8, 2009 11:48 pm

      crafty? where are you ? hahahahahahahahaha
      me- she is right here… and spraying jasmine all over 😀 LOL! coz she smells a conspiracy 😉

  2. July 8, 2009 10:33 pm

    finally I am first 😉 hehehehe
    me- yeah finally! 😀
    promise fulfilled! 😀

    • craftyshines permalink
      July 8, 2009 11:06 pm

      promise fulfilled!

      what is this smell??? *crafty sprays jasmine air freshner*

      WHAT is this smell………

      eh? Indy? EOG?

      *finally it hits crafty*





      *crafty’s voice trails off as she’s dragged away by EOG n INDY*
      me- LOL!! Crafty! too hilarious! 😀 ((hugs)) you are cute:)

      errmm will telling you that jasmine is my fav help a bit?

      • July 8, 2009 11:56 pm

        No match fixing here…….

        It was due to diligent work that I came first 😛

        You are just jealous 😛 😛 hehehehehe
        me- yeah Crafty OG is right conspiracy…all of it was OG’s err hard work 😀

        *fingers crossed* 😈

        • craftyshines permalink
          July 9, 2009 2:47 am

          *crafty is missing the rolling eyes smiley*

          EOG!!!!! u don’t fool me one bit… saar…..

          diligent work eh? is that the new word for “match fixing” these days??!

          jealous, who me???? i told u EOG, i am retiring (till i come first again)

          *crafty puts on makeup to hide green tone of skin*

          😀 😀 😀

          me- LOL!! 😀 😀

        • July 9, 2009 10:39 am

          BLOG SAMAJ Match Referee… bans Indy and OG for the next 5 days… Wherever they come first is null and void and may not be counted… they are found guilty of Match Fixing !!

          me- OG and Indy refuse to listen to the referee ..

          announcement blogsamaaj friends!
          !!the referee has been brought!! 😛

          witness1- IHM 😀
          IHM DId or didnt Dhiren ask for a bribe of chicken biryani on your post?

          😛 😛

          • July 9, 2009 11:36 am

            dhiribhai………… nahiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii 😛 😛 😛 😛

            me- dont worry OG..!!
            Dhirenbhai’s reputation is in tatters here 😈

          • craftyshines permalink
            July 10, 2009 2:35 am

            Dhirenbhai’s reputation is in tatters here

            *somewhere in a corner of blogsamaaj, crafty’s ears have gone red*

            WHAT? no no…*refuses to believe* how can u say that Indy? Itchy and Scratchy are immaculately pure…no bad deeds….
            bad dancing, well occasionally….but we to be very good otherwise!

            *scratchy motions hitchy to give one of his endearing innocent smile while she adjusts his halo*
            me- *Indy sitting in one corner making a list very diligently…*

            a list of what you ask?
            oh! nothing !! just all the shaitani that Itchy and Scratchy have been upto in the past few days 😈

            look at him! Itchy cant even stand attentively in one spot! 😀
            all that hyperness!! and whats that?look at the biryani all over his clothes..
            and he is smiling the imp!
            *bits of cake and Smitha’s baked goods fall out of Itchy’s pockets*

            now where did that food come from eh?
            *IHM comes running*
            yes yes IHM I know..he demanded that bribe did he? :mrgreen:

            *Smitha comes running too*
            he filched that cake from right under your nose?
            you had put it so it would cool??

            and who is his co-conspirator ?
            NO!!! you dont say!?
            the seedha sada bachcha ??..the bholu Scratchy?
            ‘the butter wouldn’t melt in my mouth’?THAT Scratchy??

            😦 😦 ??

            *sigh* :/ Indy trudges away in disappointment ..her fav student had to do this?

          • craftyshines permalink
            July 11, 2009 1:10 am

            ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀
            omg!!! INDY!!!! this was way too hilarious!!!!!!!!!
            *holding to sides of tummy* (erm…entire tummy actually….whoever heard of sides to something that’s round 😛 )
            me-ROFL!! Crafty! I was hilarious? 😀 This is way beyond that 😀
            too funny 😀 😀

            i know nothing of biryani as bribe!!!! that was his lunch….
            *gives itchy a stare….rice grains stuck to his nose and shirt collar*
            me- LOL!! I can imagine two little kids standing and trying to look sorry 😀

            baked goodies…erm…Indy…..we were keeping it safe. Smithu’s kitchen attracts…er….these….little…um…racoons! yeah, that’s right….racoons from nearby trees that have fondness for baked goodies…..they especially want to eat cakes that are kept to cool…
            me- WHat????raccoons??? :surprise:
            so we were protecting them in hitchu’s pocket! and we just took bites to make sure they have cooled enuff….

            me- hmmmm*Indy wonders if this is the genuine story*
            Raccoons ? In India? *makes a mental reminder to check encylopaedia * 😈

            *while Indy inspects, itchy and scratchy’s prop halo drops to the ground*

            😀 😀 😀
            me- ROFL!! Prop halo? 😀 😀
            LOL this is too good! 😀 😀 *Indy angel stands alone* :angel:

          • July 11, 2009 4:44 pm

            its best not to speak here… the creativity of you two beats all other hollow.. !! seriously !!

            me- aww thanks Dhirenbhai 🙂
            you are a sweetheart 🙂

      • craftyshines permalink
        July 9, 2009 2:49 am

        Indy…jasmine is ur fav? in air freshners? my office has one…everytime they spray it, i get a headache…..

        i told my admin guy that is he sprays it again, he will get a headache, coz i will hit him with the bottle 😛
        me- no!no! not the air fresheners Crafty…the jasmine flowers is what I love and also the jasmine itr its more natural:)
        the flowers are sheer bliss:)

        LOL@hit him with the bottle:D
        so have you hit him yet?:P

        • July 9, 2009 12:22 pm

          Crafty .. worth reading ur comments :p

          **Swaram is off to read the post again .. she hs forgotten all abt it .. some Sheila Dixit n dahi bhallas, dosas n all :P****
          me- yeah her comments are so cute 😀

    • July 9, 2009 10:07 am

      Promise fulfilled??? Rigged Again!

      I need to find someone who’ll make promises to me 🙂 he he
      me- 😛 😛

  3. July 8, 2009 10:58 pm

    Nice ode to the capital and historic city, which many of us far away have not experienced yet… One of my friends was telling that India has a lot of capitals – Administrative and political capital in Delhi, Financial Capital in Mumbai, IT Capital in Bengaluru and Cultural capital in Chennai.

    Destination Infinity
    me- thanks..:)
    yeah that is so true..your friend is right…that is the reality today..:)
    though Kolkatans will have a bone to pick about the cultural capital thing 😉

  4. July 8, 2009 11:29 pm

    Shucks! I am second… 🙂 but still earlier before the riot begins at your comment section too.
    Very nice post! We all miss Poonam.
    I am yet to visit Delhi..shaher nahi mehfil hai right. will visit someday soon.

    me- riot ! 😀
    thanks 🙂

    Yeah she is being missed a lot:(

    arre come to Delhi soon 🙂
    would love to meet you:)
    shehar nahin mehfil hai is right 😉

  5. July 8, 2009 11:47 pm

    clasic write up on dilli…….. 😛
    I have never visited delhi…. have to now seriously……

    I loved the part when you say that it belongs to no one and everyone…..

    me- thanks OG:)
    yeah thats the part I love best..though sometimes some people are still made to feel that they dont belong here..yet noone can claim this city..

    • July 9, 2009 6:24 am

      well, now I need to do a writeup about ….err… chennai, coimbatore, cochin, trivandrum, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Gandhinagar 😛 ROFL
      all the places I have lived in 😛 😛 😛

      me- well..arent you the funny one? 😛 😛
      yeah the list of places that one has lived in is too huge..but a select few steal one’s heart forever:)

      do write it though 🙂 seriously:)
      any place that you have loved living in 🙂

      • Solilo permalink
        July 9, 2009 11:56 am

        Haven’t you written enough, OG? Now how much more should we tolerate. *bhagooooo*

        me- 😀 😀

      • July 9, 2009 12:25 pm

        Yes yes Indy .. u hv inspired me to write abt Bengaluru now. Been contemplating for a long time but haven’t done it 😛

        ***Swaram is feeling bad she dint know Indy when she visited Delhi; else I think Indy wud hv considered meeting her she thinks 😦 ***
        me- well then do write it 🙂 what are you waiting for gurl?:)
        yeah we would have met for sure:)

        • monikamanchanda permalink
          July 9, 2009 4:41 pm

          looking forward to read it Swaram, my second fav my current home 🙂

          PS: indy i am spamming ur comment section today but i havent left the page i since morning… all i am doing is f5 every 30 mins or so to see new comments and ur replies he he
          me- Indy doesnt mind the spamming at all 😀

        • July 10, 2009 2:33 pm

          Oh please do Swaram – Bengaluru – my fav place 🙂 Just waiting to get back there 🙂

  6. July 9, 2009 12:12 am

    What an ode to hamari Dilli! Indygirl.

    I still remember your review of Dilli 6 and it was not the movie but the passion you had for Dilli is what struck me.
    me- thank you Solilo (((hugs)))
    you remember it…muah!:)

    I have been a Delhite for a brief time. So don’t remember much but every time I visit the place I still feel the same comfort. Last I visited was in 2006.
    me- you did? thats cool!:)
    imagine I was here too and we didnt know each other then:)
    when is the next visit please? 🙂

    You must write something on the similar lines of Sandra Cisneros’ ‘You Bring Out the Mexican in Me”. I have seen quite a few adaptations of that by Indian bloggers about their hometowns.
    me- oh man! she wrote it so beautifully!:) tough ask !:)

    Actually it is one..just not in poetic form. 🙂 LOVE it.
    me- thank you ..thank you:)
    you are an absolute darling to say this:)

    And you thought about a friend. Poonam is one of the most sensible and kind hearted girl in the blogosphere. Hope she is settled well in her new place. You must be missing the book shopping and chatting over Coffee. Good friends are rare so it is natural that you miss one.
    me- I SO agree:) yeah she is..the sweetest person I have met offline:) I told you about her na?:) and how we had gone to the bookmarket and all?:)
    she is settled though a few things need to be taken care of I think
    yes..good friends are rare..*touchwood*
    muah!like you:)

    Hope she reads this. Did you tell her about the post?
    me-yep!!!first thing I did was tell her:)

  7. July 9, 2009 12:24 am

    Even with that ripples effect, Poonam looks beautiful. 🙂
    me-Thank YOU for this pic:) coz it was too obvious and then the ripple effect made it look so nice:)
    you are my gyaan ka bhandaar😀 who helps the klutz:P

    you know when I asked Poonam can I use this pic or that pic?
    all she said after cutting into my ramble I trust what you want
    that was humbling and amazing to hear:)

    Everytime I read Ramdhari Singh Dinkar on your blog, I immediately go back to school days. I was a fan of Maithili Sharan Gupt, Dinkar, Mahadevi Verma, Niraala….so many.
    me- I know:) you always share how much you love their works:)
    schooldays when we used to read their works..*sigh*

    Dilli is also the rude policemen and traffic that stops for hours for anyone who is a ‘V.I.P ‘…

    That is how most of India is so don’t blame Dilli alone. 😀
    me-True 😀

    Never will I feel like an ‘Outsider’ here…

    I agree. I always blended in with the city. If you are ready to accept the city…city will accept you too. Another loving city which give the same warmth is Chennai. Actually to tell the truth I have found same warmth at most places may be because I blended in. I considered the place as mine too.
    me- Actually to tell the truth I have found same warmth at most places may be because I blended in.
    thats the key Solilo!
    people who cling to their ‘own’ stuff/culture/you name it because of insecurity or fear that it will get ‘lost’ are the ones who find themselves unable to adjust..

    would love to visit Chennai someday:) dad loves that city:)

    The one who said..arre yaar! atleast say that I wont miss Delhi if only to console me .

    And then you write this? She is definitely going to miss Delhi and the time you two spent together. 😀
    me-LOL! yeah she will:D
    she will get all misty eyed I know:)
    she is a sweetiepie:)

  8. July 9, 2009 12:28 am

    St. Stephen’s has the most handsome guys. 😉 Tharoor is also an alumni. 😀
    me- it does? 😉

    yeah it does 😀
    Helloo Tharoor fan 😀

    • July 9, 2009 10:09 am

      No NO Solilo, I didn’t go to St. Stephen’s!!!
      me- ROFL!! 😀

      • Solilo permalink
        July 9, 2009 11:30 am

        I know. 😆 I said handsome guys.
        me- ROFL!! 😀

        • July 10, 2009 2:11 am

          Indy what’s so ROFL in that??? 😐
          me- err errmm aiyyo!
          *trying to escape*

          okie 😀 the assumption was worth LOLing about 😛
          the precise tone in which you said it 😀

    • July 9, 2009 1:53 pm

      St.Stephens had good gulab jamuns and nimbu paani…They didn’t have a canteen but a cafe!!! About good looking guys – I don’t know…Most of them were snobs…

      • Solilo permalink
        July 9, 2009 9:57 pm

        Many of my friends went to Stephens. They might give a snobbish vibe to others but since I know them personally..I know they are just misunderstood. 😀
        me- heheh! 😀
        you know why! 😛

  9. July 9, 2009 12:48 am

    Very interesting post..

    Hmmm….Delhi is all this and more.. and what I LOVE about Delhi the most…
    though I consider myself a bombay girl.. is … as Sajay says- ‘everywhere in Delhi is somewhere in History’… Delhi forces you to stand up and take notice of its palimpsest past… I have spent good four years in Delhi and yet I am bombay girl.. and can at best say.. Delhi has ‘grown on me’…
    me- welcome here Priyadarshini 🙂
    Everywhere in Delhi is somewhere in history”
    Beautiful line!fully plan on noting this down and remembering it a lot
    yes..Delhi ‘grows’ on one…most cities if given enough time do that…but one has to be open to the idea first:)

    glad that you are so open to it:)I am sure Bombay too is like this..:)

    • July 9, 2009 11:05 pm

      Bombay for me is the city of dreams… its where u ‘learn’ that you can be free.
      me- ah! jaadui nagari ? 🙂
      yes Bombay is magical all my friends say and I yearn to go there too:) someday…
      loved this line:)
      its where u ‘learn’ that you can be free.

  10. July 9, 2009 12:58 am

    For me Dilli is the airforce camp @ vayusenabad and KV @ tughlakabad where I studied 3rd-7th std.
    me-welcome here Tara:)
    yes..I remember your comment at Solilo’s space about the defence forces must have seen the Tughlaqabad fort a lot then:)

    and then after 13 years, dilli to me was its East End and Narayana Vihar
    and office @ ITO, the chole kulche, the mango milk shake with icecream n nuts
    the drives around India gate and the embassy – MLA lanes(akbar road-teen murti-shanti path-gyara murti etc), the greater noida express highway
    n the impromptu wkend trips we made to all the nearby cities
    the shawarma in new friends colony,

    me- *sigh* yes so many things..all written so aptly by you:)
    mango milk shake is still as yum as ever:)
    the drives are still awesome if the weather is perfect:)

    The late nights @ CP and Janpath..
    me- yep!easier now coz of the metro:)
    The huge house for just 2 of us.. the chulbuli house help Ruby, 2 balconies full of lush green plants and ease of meeting with parents frequently 😦

    here in the land of sand, they ask me to pay even for the mud for plants!!
    I miss Dilli toooooooo
    me- awww you really miss your home and the people and the greenery don’t you?((((Hugs)))))) come for a visit to Delhi:)

  11. Just call me 'A' permalink
    July 9, 2009 1:50 am

    You have capacity to write long post girl, but I did read this till the end, every word. I’ve never lived in Delhi for a long time..just visited it for work/pleasure. So I have not really experience the city and it’s soil to feel that kind of passion. But I do understand the passion in your words because I feel the same way about Bombay. That’s the beauty of places like delhi and Bombay and New York….you can call it your own and no one can take that away from you 🙂
    me- you read it all ? 😀
    yes..exactly..the passion can be about any city, any place…its all a matter of perspective.
    .That’s the beauty of places like delhi and Bombay and New York….you can call it your own and no one can take that away from you 🙂 absolutely! the cosmopolitan culture is the strength of such cities..they prosper becasue of this very reason…noone can claim these global cities..and yet those who cry about preserving local culture forget about this …

    • Just call me 'A' permalink
      July 9, 2009 12:07 pm

      I drank in every word….slurp sluro slurp kind 😀 hee hee..because it was so carefree and the words kind of dance to the passion in your tone 🙂

      me- LOL@slurp slurp kind 😀
      aww thanks a lot A ..that was just so sweet:)

    • July 9, 2009 3:18 pm

      Hey even small towns like mine are cosmopolitan.. you cant take it away like that !!!
      me- By cosmopolitan one refers to a multitude of cultures and sometimes even nationalities Dhiren as in the case of some of the most cosmopolitan cities of the world like NYC, London and Bombay.. ,…even Delhi is not cosmopolitan per se..

      in India most cities and towns while being diverse in their own way..are not so diverse in terms of culture..
      for example.. a city like Bhopal..will have mostly people(the majority) from MP right?
      or for that matter a city like Kochi or Allahabad..these cities can later become metropolitan cities once they fulfill certain populations and certain otehr things..
      but to call them cosmopolitan would be very different..
      cities become cosmopolitan when they have such a variety of cultures/nationalities(in the case of India let me say states) that it becomes near impossible to tell who is the original inhabitant… and who is an immigrant…cultures mix and match and form a pot pourri
      ofcourse cosmopolitan is a term used in an international sense so in that sense Bombay is truly a cosmopolitan city:)

      not being called cosmopolitan does not take anything away from that city or town or lessens its simply is how things are in India..

      • July 10, 2009 12:00 pm

        Ok madame… point well and truly understood… !!!

        me- sorry! 😀 it turned into a ramble:)
        the teacher atma inside took over 😀

      • July 10, 2009 2:37 pm

        Abhi, I grew up in Jamshedpur, and that despite being a small town – was amazingly cosmopolitan. We had people from every possible corner of India. Not so much international, but we had the odd Germans and Americans too.. And it was one place, where caste, region , religion differences just did not come about.. I remember, I realised how strong these identities were – only after I left Jamshedpur for college. That was a rude awakening 😦
        me- Jamshedpur def is a very diverse city in terms of culture:) (I have only read about it)
        you were lucky to be living in such a wonderful place:)
        I have never been there but it sounds really nice:)

        yes:( sometimes the reality is very brutal..I realized the differences after dad retired and we came out of defence life..then all the differences were so in our face all the time :/

        • July 12, 2009 7:09 am

          i agree with that smitha – after meeting the many people who grew up there – they are extrememly cosmopolitan — and they are extremely polite too – may be that is a vibe of a small town ( in size ) and the fabulous resources in a planned city

          me- though I have never been to Jamshedpur nor do I know a lot about it..but one name sums it up for me/.
          TATA 🙂
          and anything associated with this name has to be damn good:)
          a city founded by the tatas must have cultivated an amazingly diverse environment I am sure:)

  12. craftyshines permalink
    July 9, 2009 2:41 am

    Wow! Okies, me never been to Delhi Indy….so take me on this tour pliss! 😀
    me- waiting!! for you to come then 🙂

    But Dilli is not just THIS or THAT. Its many things in between.

    Oh, I just LOVE that line by u Indy!!! 😀 loved it!
    me-thank you 😀

    @ spiritual learnings..i had no idea! Really!!! I was all haan, capital hain…paani puri here is called Gol guppa there and they have India Gate…sigh! This post is much needed to enhace GK on our rajdhani! 😐 *bit embarrassed*
    me- arre!! I also have no clue about so many things Crafty….everyday I learn a lil more:)
    and you know golgappas are called phuchkas in Calcutta:)
    amazing na?one thing called by so many names?
    thats India for you:)

    @ Rabbi Shergill’s ode to Dilli: sighhhhhhhhh! That man is like genius!
    (on side note: tho bulla ki jaana was more famous, the track tere bin by Rabbi is more close to my heart…)
    me- yep! tere bin is beautiful 🙂 that man def is genius!”:)

    “South Extension, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Jamia Nagar”…..Indy!
    lol!!!! I have a funny nostalgia! One of our retail clients has outlets across India, and whenever I’ve written for Delhi outlets, I’ve come across these names!!!! And now I remember again, when I read it here!!! 😀 😀
    *feeling glad to be weirdly connected* 😛 😛
    me- LOL! yeah the weird connection will help you more coz you will feel as if you already know the place when you do come here:)

    Dilli is also the Sunday Book Bazaar, one that is bang in the middle of some of the most astonishing historical ruins
    Indy! Can we go there when I visit u??? Pliss carry sedative…too many books at one place has alarming effects on crafty…..
    me- LOL!! Crafty join this mad club then:)
    and yes yes we will def go there:)
    best time is winters:D
    I and Poonam and another friend come very close to being in need of sedation too 😀
    we went mad at the book market ,in bookshops, at book fairs:D

    Ah! Jantar mantar… wants to go there too…
    me- come here and I will show it to you:)

    Wow!! Those last 4 lines of Dinkar’s poem… me mus, but my eyes filled up 😦 😦
    me- 😦 yes ..its the brutal reality:(

    Dilli is also where if someone scratches a car,rest assured you are in for full time drama.
    Adjectives fly left ,right and centre,fists too…..

    Lol! Cute! Yes, that is here too Indy! And the khunnas-wala stares an auto driver gives when he overtakes a slow driver moseying ahead! Lol!
    me- LOL!! khunnaswala!
    been ages since I heard that:D:D

    Go ahead try to claim its yours..I can make the same claim and both of us will be right:)
    And that my friends is the beauty of Delhi..
    Never will I feel like an ‘Outsider’ here…

    Beautiful Indy! Simply totally beautiful!!!! Sigh! Hugs for the way u write! I read and re-read!! 🙂
    me- thank you Crafty:)

    Yes yes! Now I do wish to come to dilli….as if I didn’t have enuff reasons already!:D my sweet KRS!!!! Muahs!
    OMG!!!! Pic of many books!!!! *crafty swallows sedative to calm nerves*
    Here Indy, we find such book markets at colaba and marine lines….a never-ending road of street book vendors…I sit on the road and go thru all books, I have found some rare books there…second hand….recipes, origami, crochet, novels, et all!!
    me- Now HOW did I knwo just simply KNOW that those will be the books you will be looking for?:D
    I want to come to that place too:)
    yeah sometimes one gets the most a amazing rare ones:)

    I got my first calvin and hobbes from there… a book called “Something under the bed is drooling” for a cool Rs. 150!
    *wondering if crafty shud offer Indy her sedative*
    me- *gasp*150 bucks?
    are you kidding me?
    yes sedative please:D

    😀 😀 😀 u take me to this book market of urs, and I’ll take u to the one here!!! 😀 😀
    me- DEAL it is then 😉
    all sealed and signed with the KRS handshake:D

    Awwww! U miss poonam! She will be so glad to read this!!! 😀
    Lovely lovely lovely!!!! Indy! I do want to visit! To see all that is mentioned in this post…but more so to see the one who has crafted this post! And her four-legged angel!

    Till then…..HUGS!!!! 😀
    me- yes..told Poonam:)
    she is tied up in work I thinK:)
    yes:) do come:) the four legged angel will make you wonder if she needs to be given a sedative..she is SUPER hyper:)


  13. Dev permalink
    July 9, 2009 3:02 am

    Congratulations for writing such a beautiful ode to Delhi.
    me-thank you Dev:)
    yayie!:) you wrote such a long comment:D

    I lived in Delhi for almost 3 years (including 1.5 years in Noida), and Iam nostalgic about that period. I had been a small town guy before coming to Delhi and suddenly Delhi was my first exposure to a completely different world. Reflecting back, I can also see now that Delhi was perhaps preparing me to live and adjust anywhere in the world. Living in Delhi made sure that I was sold out to living only in big big cities of the world. No more small towns and peaceful environment for me..I now love the mad rush of big cities, where people from diverse backgrounds collide and form a separate identity :).

    me- Reflecting back, I can also see now that Delhi was perhaps preparing me to live and adjust anywhere in the world. Living in Delhi made sure that I was sold out to living only in big big cities of the world. No more small towns and peaceful environment for me..I now love the mad rush of big cities, where people from diverse backgrounds collide and form a separate identity :).

    that was beautifully written Dev!:)
    I would agree:) the cosmopolitan cities of the world are no one’s ..they simply are..for anyone and everyone who decides to embrace them…not everyone is able to make this transition so effortlessly and that is where perhaps the problems arise..

    No matter what people say about Delhi, city and it’s people were nice to me. Yes, even the auto wallas most of the times. 🙂
    me- would echo all your words Dev….
    the city has always been nice to me..I have never faced any hassles…so its hard to know what the ugly face is like..but yes one is aware of the shortcomings too

    I could relate to all the things you mentioned in your post. For me, Delhi was about mad rush of Nehru Place or Lajpat Nagar, or about watching plays and film festivals at Indian Habitat center and Sri fort Auditorium, or about sweltering heat for atleast four months, or about driving my scooter in that impossible traffic (I can never do that now even in hundred years)or about eating amazing food in CP or about relatively calm yet vibrant life in Noida. I left India just around the time when famous Delhi metro started..last time I was in India, I couldnt check it again..may be next time.
    me- arre wah! so many places in Delhi that you too have fond memories of:)
    the traffic is unbelievable isnt it?:)amazing food in CP is still the same:) amaizng as ever:)
    IHC and Sir Fort Audi are still amazing places to be in:)
    you left before the metro started?:) then you will love it:)
    coz with the metro everything is more accessible…easier to reach..and all in comfort:)

    P.S. I didnt know that Poonam is your friend. 🙂
    me- I have known her since the past few months only 🙂 coz of blogging only:)
    we met during the delhi protest march against the mangalore incident:..

  14. July 9, 2009 3:33 am

    That was so heartfelt, Abhi. loved it!
    me-thanks Smitha:)

    I have never lived in Delhi but have visited many a time. My favourite aunt and uncle and cousins live there 🙂 And best of all, I got married there 🙂 So yes, a lot of lovely memories 🙂
    We used to always go to Delhi and then further on our vacations until 2006. Even Poohi has been to Delhi as a 4 month old 🙂
    me-arre then toh you should def come sometime:)
    it would be great!:)
    Poohi too:)

    All that you have said… I have felt about most of the cities I have been in..
    me- thats coz you must have opened yourself to the cities without any set notions in mind:) thats the best way to know about any place:)

    ‘Go ahead try to claim its yours..I can make the same claim and both of us will be right:)’ –
    so true about almost every city.. So many identities, so many different lifestyles.. all merge in to make it all so beautiful.. that it makes us love it – each of us claiming it for ours..
    me- yes..thats the beauty of a multi cultural it any city..and thats what so many forget in their paranoia..

    Your words make the city come alive.. makes one smell it, feel it..
    me-thanks a lot:)

    And you know what, to feel like an outsider or not – is all dependent on how we are, isn’t it? It is upto us to accept the place as it is and learn to love it or feel bad or resentful and hate it and feel like an outsider forever!
    me- yes that is so VERY true Smitha..
    its upto us..and when we learn to open our hearts and minds and accept a place without prejudices..and when we do that and become an insider chances are more that wee will make other ‘new’ outsiders or rather newcomers feel more welcome..
    the cities where the debate starts about outsiders and insiders and culture and how it is in danger says a lot about the psyche of the city…thats why its imperative that we dont ever let a few morons hijack the essence of a whole city.

  15. July 9, 2009 3:35 am

    And I saw your comment at my blog – Hugzzzzz!! You are a sweetie pie!

    Am much better – had a bad migraine – so was staying away from the comp 🙂
    me-aww ((((((((((hugs))))))))))))) glad to knwo you are all better:))

  16. July 9, 2009 4:48 am

    Sigh ! How I wish the Dilli 6 the movie was atleast half as good as this post !!! I havent been to Delhi yet, planning to visit somewhere in Nov, but this did give me a lot of insight. I guess Poonam herself had written a post on Delhi looong ago.
    me- LOL! I gushed/fawned/praised the movie earlier too:)
    even though it wasnt that good..but I loved it:)
    thats why I can never be a reviewer 😀

    thats cool:) nov is a good time to visit coz the weather will be great:)
    Poonam has?I had no idea:)

    and yes, Poonam is a wonderful person; she writes from the heart with no pretensions. Its because of her that Im among you all in the blogosphere. My blog used to be one place only for family, she introduced me to the blogosphere once by tagging and here Im now. I have always been indebted to her for that and will always be. Never heard from her in a long time now, but Im glad to have seen her blurred image here ! 😀

    me- yes..she is 🙂 very genuine and very warm:) without any pretensions as you said:)
    really?I had no clue!
    so it is Poonam whom we should blame for unleashing this devil called Vimmuuu upon us? 😈

    Btw, I couldnt find anything nasty to write ! 😉
    me- LOL!!
    Praise the lord! 😛

    before you read the lines above again..lemme run! 😛

    • July 9, 2009 12:10 pm

      hey indy,
      i am sure you mean,
      :so it is Poonam whom we should “THANK” for unleashing this “BLOGGER” called Vimmuuu upon us”

      right? LOL

      me- LOL
      yeah right! 😛 😛

      • July 10, 2009 5:03 am

        Muttathey mullakku manamilla, aliyaaa !!! (I really dont know how to translate that!) 😀 😀 😀
        me- Translation!! now! 😛 😛

        • July 10, 2009 7:53 pm

          😛 😛 the jasmine flower from own courtyard does not smell great!!!! 😛 😛
          me-??what???what does that mean Apoopan? 😛
          the ones in my home do 😛

          • July 10, 2009 10:33 pm

            It means that “people dont recognize the Gems that are in front of them”…………. 😛 😛 😛

            me- ROFL!!
            Vimmuuu is a ‘GEM’? 😀


          • Solilo permalink
            July 10, 2009 11:43 pm

            GEMS? You mean GERMS? Muahahahaha 😈

            me- Brilliant one Solilo! 👿 !

          • July 11, 2009 4:45 pm

            again blowing wild kisses !!!

    • Solilo permalink
      July 9, 2009 12:31 pm

      What??????? It is because of Poonam we now have to tolerate this fella? Why O why, Poonam? 😈
      me- exactly my sentiments! Solilo 😈

      • July 10, 2009 5:05 am

        LOL, all questions now directed to Poonam !!! Phew !
        me- LOL! you should answer a few of them too 😛
        poor thing she didnt realize what a devil you were 😛

  17. July 9, 2009 5:08 am

    I have read BUT am too sleepy to comment. Will be back in the morning.

    And Abhi…..

    me- okay sleeping beauty! 😀

    • July 10, 2009 6:26 am

      Well Dear. I’ve never been exploring in Dehli. I’ve only been to Dehli’s international and local flights airport, train stations and a Lord Shiva’s temple. That’s about it. BUT I’ve ALWAYS wanted to come there BUT ALWAYS have an excuse from parents on not going. Usually it is “we don’t have enough time” or “staying in a hotel there would be too expensive” or “it’s not safe there for women by themselves” etc. 😕 😦
      me- yes it is not very safe Badz..specially for someone who is not familiar with the city

      I will certainly come to Delhi when i’m “old” enough to come to India by myself. 🙂 And you’ll find me on your doorstep or at your school where you work. 😉 😛

      Psst. You’re probably thinking please don’t. And tell Aunty to say Abhi is not at home and has gone out of town. 😉
      me- nah! you will be welcome! 😀
      muah!! 🙂

      • July 11, 2009 4:20 am

        Aww!! 🙂


        me- ((Hugs)))) 🙂

  18. July 9, 2009 8:10 am

    Brilliant post! 🙂

    But, have you noticed something Indy?
    Everytime I ask you how you are and if everything’s ok and why you haven’t posted in a long time – you come up witha brilliant post!
    So, I should get some credit for your brilliant posts na?!! 😀 😀

    Anyways, will be back son to spam your comments section with better sounding comments! 🙂

    me- LOL!! all credit duly given to Pixie 😀
    muah! 😀

  19. July 9, 2009 8:10 am

    Brilliant post! 🙂

    But, have you noticed something Indy?
    Everytime I ask you how you are and if everything’s ok and why you haven’t posted in a long time – you come up witha brilliant post!
    So, I should get some credit for your brilliant posts na?!! 😀 😀

    Anyways, will be back soon to spam your comments section with better sounding comments! 🙂


  20. July 9, 2009 8:28 am

    I am from Delhi and have spent a large chunk of my life there but now I kind of dislike it…There are too many people and even more cars…Sorry Indyeah but that’s how I feel…The only fond memories I have of the city is of DU especially Hindu College…What a blast those 3 years were!!!
    me- arre why sorry Bones?
    thats the point na?that we all have a little part of the city that we love.. its hard to love this city in its entirety..

    its equal love and hate:)
    you have passed out of Hindu?:) cool:)
    yeah college years are the absolute best! 😀

  21. July 9, 2009 9:30 am

    thats a long long post !! never lived in delhi .. visited it quite a few times .. but never long enuff to understand the soul of the city.. maybe someday i’ll get that opportunity !! .. i mite be able to comment then .. 🙂
    me- LONG POSt?
    kaun sa long post?
    where? 😈
    yeah not just Delhi …most places are just waiting to be be looked at with new eyes..its all a matter of how we look at them:)

  22. July 9, 2009 9:44 am

    I lived a long time in Dilli, but don’t really miss it….except once in a while when the traffic in Mumbai gets to me.

    “Reshmi kalam se bhgya-lekh likhne waalon…”…What a brilliant line…..and these ‘writers’ don’t even suffer power or water cuts like the rest of Delhi. Did you know that there are no power cuts or water cuts in Lutyens’ Delhi?


    Quirky Indian
    me- traffic situation in Mumbai is that bad?:)

    yeah Lutyen’s Delhi seems to be an entirely diff world..
    Madam Dixit calls upon us the Delhizens to save bijli…in her schoolmarmish voice…
    while her HOME has SIX AC’s :/

  23. July 9, 2009 9:47 am

    never been to Delhi…well calling my aunt now and planning my trip 😉
    me- okay do plan it 😀 winters would be the best time:D

  24. July 9, 2009 9:49 am

    You brought me back to my best days of 3 glorious years in Delhi during my graduation days. Yes, till date I am Delhi-smitten and cant wait to be back to this city
    me- thats nice…so you have been here before:).

    The love for this city is so much that my friends tease me the way I talk about Delhi..”Delhi is know” 🙂

    Delhi University, Kamla Nagar, North Campus, those roadside chai, omelettes and paranthas we used to gobble at 3 in the morning. Delhi School of Economics, SRCC, Miranda House. Chahcha ke chole-bhature….

    Chandni Chowk Kebabs, Karims, Sunday book market, Daryaganj!

    CP, Nirula’s, Kake-da-dhaba, TGIF, QBA, Bengali Market!

    South Ex, Lajpat Nagar, Ansal Plaza, Siri Fort, Dilli Haat!

    I miss Delhi so much. And yes of course Delhi girls. Man! Okay! Ahem Ahem.
    But if you watched New plain words “Tota” 😉
    me- amazing!:) so I can see that you love Delhi as much!:D thats a lot of places as well!:)

    Amazing post.Your love for Delhi is flowing and so prominent. High-Five again. I miss Delhi 😦

    And yes, the best wishes for Poonam. I follow her blogs as well. 🙂
    me-thanks:) why miss Delhi? discover Bombay and fall in love with a new city:)

    • July 9, 2009 8:39 pm

      hey Indy…
      Even i was just thinking…U forgot paranthe waali galli…that is what i plan to visit first whenever I next visit Delhi..
      me- yeah! How could I ? the foodie in me is horrified! 😀
      yep! Thats the place I am to be found in whenever I do dilli bhraman with friends 🙂

    • July 10, 2009 3:01 pm

      I stayed in Delhi for 4 years. This is the city which changed me considerably, fuelled that self-confidence in me. I hopped from Ranchi to Delhi to pursue my further studies and I think this was one of the best decisions in my life. I still visit delhi cousins and frnds are still there. Delhi..I am coming soon!!!!!!
      me oh! so you have stayed here ?:)
      yes its a city that is brutal at times and int the proces sit makes you (and sometimes breaks you but a post on that some other time):)

      I was in pune for 2 years for my MBA. I loved this city…one of the safest cities..carefree..but delhi is where my heart is. I stayed in Mumbai also…I like Mumbai but its not a place to settle down (Completely my opinion).
      me- yes Pune gets a lot of praise and with good reason too:)
      Bombay is also a city with soul says a friend and i am sure it is:)
      why not a city for settling down?

      And now I am in chennai for last two years. This city has its own set of difficulties and charm. Lets see how I fare through. 🙂
      me- chennai has its own charm:)
      all the best:)

      I want to be in New York next
      me- thats nice:)
      you never knwo where life will take you:)

  25. monikamanchanda permalink
    July 9, 2009 9:54 am

    i have read this post 6 times already indy and there are tears flowing down my eyes

    love my delhi miss my delhi

    will be back to comment properly after i stop crying
    me- awww ((((((((((((hugs)))))))))) Monika I remember earlier too on anotehr post when you said how much you miss Delhi
    come here na?(in winters thats the best time:)) we will have fun:)

  26. July 9, 2009 10:03 am

    I could come right over and give you a hug…you’ve said it so well 🙂
    Lets meet up someday in saddi dilli or some momos (there’s this chinese van near FICCI which has oosome ones!)
    me- ((((Hugs)))))given to you right now:D
    yeah lets meet for sure:)
    momos near ficci?I remember the momos near Chanakya:D

    • monikamanchanda permalink
      July 9, 2009 4:34 pm

      oh i have eaten their meira… i must come to delhi now and we shal all gang up and eat momos 🙂
      me- pucca! 😀

      • monikamanchanda permalink
        July 9, 2009 5:26 pm

        oops in all the excitement see my their 😀

        *walks away ashamed of herself*
        me- arre why ashamed?
        ((hugs)) so cute Monika 😀

  27. July 9, 2009 10:22 am

    Indy how do you do this? Do you write with your left hand? Coz. that’s the hand which is closer to the heart!

    I love the way you write passionately about anything and everything! I’ve never been to Delhi but you make me want to be there. My only memory of Delhi is the first Jeans that I wore – my friend got me from the Nepali market in Delhi, reason being a waist 26 jeans was not available anywhere in the town where i lived 🙂

    But yeah, Delhi isn’t only this… It sure seems a lot of things.
    me- awww thanks a lot Rakesh:) seriously thank you so much:)
    you have never been to Delhi? :O
    I used to think that you had lived here for a considerable period of time coz of the way you wrote about Dilli6 🙂
    jeans ki kahaani?:D yeah I remember your post:D
    yep!true! Delhi is a lot of things:) just see how many are remembering so many things I had not included in the post:)
    it would be hard for anyone to believe that all these things are part of ONE city:)

  28. July 9, 2009 10:31 am

    delhi is all that and more…funny u shud call delhi a city of contrasts..thats wat i call bombay! delhi for me is full of childhood memories and adolescent adventures :-)..oh,and misadventures on the public trasport!;)
    me- yep! Bombay too is one huge multicultural hub:)
    and a city of contrasts:)
    misadventures on public transport?:D
    yeah its been considerably reduced ever since the MEtro came:D

  29. July 9, 2009 10:34 am

    pssst,im tempted to throw you a challenge… to write a post under 100 words… are u game?
    me- haw!!
    *Indy trying to maintain some dignity*
    ermm ofcourse!..ofcourse! I can write under 100 words… tell me when…

    err you dont want me to write anytime soon do you? 😀

    • July 13, 2009 11:53 am

      hahaha.. may be not soon.. but sometime?
      me- *Indy looks in disbelief*
      * never expected Mandira to take this seriously*

      yes! yes! Mandira ! bilkul! bilkul! will write it soon 😉
      Seriously! dedicated to you 😀

  30. July 9, 2009 10:39 am

    Why do they all post in the night after I have gone.. I ll never get it… just logged in… still have to read this… !!! Lemme finish my morning office work… !!!
    me- LOL! nah! never done deliberately:) thats the only time there is some peace and quiet:)

  31. monikamanchanda permalink
    July 9, 2009 10:40 am

    aww look at all the words Monika:) you are a true dilliwali:)

    A city that makes you curse and smile in equal measure:) /

    – its so so so true 🙂 but all u’ll remember after u have left the city is the smiles in tones…
    me- yes beautifully said..the smiles are what we remember..or what we prefer to remember:)

    I have never felt like an outsider here/

    it welcomes people with open hearts indy that is the only way one can describe the diversity there, someone told me once that delhi is a mini india and I kind of agree, u will find a person of every belief in delhi and yet they co-exist that delhi for u…
    me- yes!its an open hearted city:)
    there are morons who abound but all in all a city that doesnt judge you..that downstage force you to choose this or that…it simply lets you you choose to embrace it or maybe not embrace at ll is upto the individual

    delhi has a history to it which no city in india can match upto but the sad part there is that its not well maintained… it has a potential to match upto many historic towns but sadly the administration in india 😦
    me- yes…sadly except for a few historical monuments most are in a sad are right..its the same story all over India:(

    those words by rabbi are lovely, made my heart ache

    and u heard that rabbi song, jugni
    “jugni jaa wadi aaj dilli,,,,
    uthe bheed ch ral ki bhuli..
    kitho aayi teh kithe chali…
    sab basar gaya…
    jeddon aaya usno cheta…
    taaki mukhea thaa usdaa belaaa….”
    me- I love that song too..very hard hitting and powerful

    For others it is JNU and khadi kurtas and a politics that tilts err slightly(?) to the left../

    slightly ha ha ha its totally left… delhi is this for my youngest sis and we often have the heated arguments abt this but at the same time delhi is also abt the mercs and the totally right oriented people
    me- yeah totally to the left 😀 you do? she has studied there?:)

    And for some it is only Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar… /

    – oh ya tell me abt it, i think i have spent half my delhi life there and still make it a point to go there when i visit… and BTW the other half was spent shopping in other delhi places… karol bagh, janpath and so many 🙂
    me- me too!:D
    anyplace where one can shop and roman around and just laze in general I can be found there:D when you come here we will roam about in CP and janpath:D

    And what about the chaat, dahi bhalle (dahi vadas) and the samosas?/

    – and now u talk abt food 🙂 gosh… that chaat at UPSc, M-block GK, dahi balle from chandni chowk… that road side kulche choole, samosa from pachkuian road, aalo tikki from bitto tikki walla, jalebi and that moong dal laadu with mooli and chutney… that kulfi falooda from standard… momos outside chankaya… kachori and allo sabzi at hanuman mandir… dont u get me started on food
    me- yay!:D another foodie:D
    oh man! look at your list:D yeah *drooling* all the stuff you mentioned:D
    foood also added to the list of must do’s when you come:D
    I LOVE the momos outside Chanakya:)
    they closed down Chanakya you know:(

    Dilli is where Punjabis go wild dancing to crazy beats in an even crazier manner/

    ha ha ha i agree specially being a punju myself…. u know mil came to delhi on our first lohri and was stunned to see mad punjabi’s dancing even more madly around fire… she was scared that one of us will fall in the fire… 😀
    me- LOL!!sho cute 🙂 I am trying to imagine her expression:D
    ! yeah the lohri dancing is what I love:) have seen our neighbours dance like that:D

    Dilli is also the city where the the very same people stop you and ask you…no, literally coax you lovingly to drink Sharbat on a hot day in Summer./

    – and that kachi lassi that they distribute on the road on some days isnt it divine
    me-YEP! 😀

    bangla sahib i used to love it… its so peaceful… u know there is a church, temple and masjid all in walking distance from bangla sahib thats delhi for u…
    me- yes..the beauty of a city thats open for all:)
    bangla sahib is pretty peaceful.have been there only twice or thrice but love it:)

    oh the tibetan markets… how much we have shopped there… specially the leather stuff
    me-yep! Tibetan markets are like folklore by now:D
    Sunday Book Bazaar, wow i have spent hours there years ago… heard they are talking of shutting it… gosh someone stop them
    me- yeah they were talking of shutting it down..but the SC stepped in and gave the green signal:D and said that Delhi needs this market:D

    those dinkar words are so lovely
    me- he penned it so poignantly..

    and yes i am nodding away to all the negatives actually there are more many more but apart from that delhi is still delhi
    me- yes a LOT of negatives too..but then the city grows on you depite them na?:)

    its only delhi where such a lovely metro came up 🙂
    me- yeah:) I think the MEtro will come up in a few otehr cities too now..its totally worth it:)

    Its the city where tempers are short and adjectives are plenty. /

    ha ha tell me abt it 🙂 i used to be one of them he he
    me- LOL!! you?

    Dilli is also where if someone scratches a car,rest assured you are in for full time drama./ – and that happens so often 🙂 all the cars will have dents in the back 😉

    me- yeah its best to get an already dented car in Delhi and drive:D

    because no one can claim this city one can even try… – very very true
    me- yes this is why I love this city:)
    sigh u made me miss delhi even more indy.. to hell with the weather i am going to take the first flight to delhi tmrw no today
    me- awww (((Hugs))))

    LOL!! next flight?:D
    arre wait for the weather to get less balmy:D
    winters is the best!:D hai na?:)

    • monikamanchanda permalink
      July 9, 2009 10:42 am

      ok before crafty comes and says anything yes i have become a comment monster too 😀
      me- LOL!
      I am not saying a word:D
      ((hugs)) coz I LOVEd the comment:D

      • craftyshines permalink
        July 10, 2009 2:27 am

        monu monu! u accused me of taking comment monster crown, and now we shud pass it to you!!!! 😛

        tee hee! but we need grooming, practice and guidance from Indy ma’am, the only original comment monster! 😀


        me- LOL!! Indy ma’am is wondering if these two really need any grooming! :mrgreen:
        you are ready to take on the world my little chickies!! 😀


    • Solilo permalink
      July 9, 2009 11:57 am

      Hello! is that Monika or Indyeah’s bhoot? 😆
      me- LOL!! I think Indy’s atma has hopped into Monika for now 😀

      • monikamanchanda permalink
        July 9, 2009 12:50 pm

        ha ha i think indy’s bhoot has entered monika’s body 😀
        me- LOL! 😀

      • July 9, 2009 12:56 pm

        Slowilo !! cant you see another die hard Delhi fan that… !!

        • monikamanchanda permalink
          July 9, 2009 3:39 pm

          Slowilo – ROFL

          and yes indeed a die hard fan

          hugs to indy for this post

          thanks dear…muah
          me- you are most welcome Dilli fan 😀

  32. July 9, 2009 10:53 am

    Abhilasha, how did you forget the original landmark of Delhi, Purana Qila, that was first built by the Pandavs? The original Delhi was known as Hastinapur, and across the Yamuna it was called Indraprastha…this city has been around for thousands of years. The Guptas too have left their mark here, of which the Iron pillar (around 400 BC) in the Qutub Minar Complex is the only visible reminder of the complex of 22 Jain temples that were destroyed by Qutubuddin Aibak to build the Qutub Minar and a mosque. According to one account, this non-rusting iron pillar was fashioned as early as 912 BC! As per the inscription on the pillar, it was erected as a standard in honor of Lord Vishnu.
    me- OH yes! How could I forget Sir?:)
    I so agree:) thats the main part of Delhi’s history:)
    yes the present Qutub complex is said to be a part of the earlier jain temple complex..
    (nowadays they have made it highly interesting ..there are audio cds and headphones available inside the complex for can stand at one spot and switch on the headphones to listen to the history behind that place)
    the iron pillar is a wonder..such an astonishing thing when one thinks about it..its been fenced in too..

    Delhi differs from Varanasi only in one respect: Varanasi is the world’s oldest living city while Delhi, as you have mentioned, has been plundered and destroyed many a time…
    me- yes Kashi has a diff feel to it:) either people hate it or love it:)the tang galis and crowds are not for everyone:)
    Delhi is I think in league of its has the most unique history..

    Today’s Delhi extends beyond Delhi into Gurgaon, named after Guru Dronacharya, and Noida, the New Indraprastha? (I wonder what Mayawati will have to say to that!)
    yes today’s Delhi has spread a lot..actually Delhi Cantt used to be on the outskirts of the original city..hard to belive that now when its bang in the middle of Delhi:)

    😀 Mayawati will probably want to rename it if she could 😀

    Yes, it is a maddening, often frustrating city full of life and colour as beautifully described by you. Anyone who comes here and gets over that initial dislike is hooked to it for life!

    me-yes one has to be open to this all that she has to give..if only one will take it with an open heart:)

  33. July 9, 2009 10:56 am

    What a post, Abhi! I’m amazed that you can write post after post like this- with passion, straight from the heart! Wonderful Ode to Delhi!
    me- thanks a lot MAnju:)
    Delhi is special to me:)

  34. July 9, 2009 11:04 am

    btw, i voted for your frds. dont even know what it is for :mrgreen: …………..
    me- LOL!! yeah I know..I saw your name Ajit there 😀
    thanks 🙂
    now you know:)

    • monikamanchanda permalink
      July 9, 2009 11:45 am

      hey thanks OG… thats me u voted for and its for a 10-day driving challenge both me and N are driving freaks

      • July 9, 2009 12:02 pm

        hahahaha 😛 it was you??????/ sorry could not make that out 😛 😛 😛
        well, best of luck!!!!!!!!!
        me- *sigh* see?this is why you URGENTLY need specs Apooppan 😛 😛
        you cant even recognize a fellow blogger 😛

        • July 9, 2009 12:56 pm

          ha ha ha… OG beta bhaag… !!!

          • monikamanchanda permalink
            July 9, 2009 4:37 pm

            he voted so he is forgiven

            but gosh OG u really couldnt make out????
            me- Monika he is an old man 😀 he needs glasses 😀

  35. July 9, 2009 12:24 pm

    What a post Indygirl…
    me-thanks Dhiren:)

    Delhi is Delhi… !!! and you have said it perfectly… it cannot be described and means various things to various people…
    me- yes any city for that matter..or any place..:) its a lot of things..for some it can be everything…and for others all depends on our memories and attachment to a place:)

    at all times as a kid until I visited Delhi I used to be jealous of the city… always thought that the city gets better treatment than others… coz its the head of country and the politicians live there.. plus i am more of a mumbaikar and would think of it as competition… that was as a kid… !!!
    me- LOL! jealous?:)
    what an imagination!
    though yes thats virtue of Delhi being the capital it does receive a favourable treatment..

    as competition?:) both cities have their own charm:)

    The first time I went to Delhi I was warned to death of being careful with my luggage that there are many many thags there… but till date I have not had any such experience.. as I grew up and visited Delhi more frequently… more so on my visits to Himachal and Uttranchal and although I have never spent more than 36 hours at a stretch in the city… coz I prefer places with less people… I have seen the charm the city has… !!! Its something you cannot describe… Its simply Delhi !!
    me- you were? 😀
    it does have its share of crooks though..glad that you ahve never ahd a bad experience here *touchwood*

    I havent been to Lucknow… but I guess they must be some what similar… another place I want to visit…
    me- I dont know a lot about Luckhnow:) very little actually…I am like a tourist there:)

    Delhi for me has been a gateway to paradises… further north… !!! I love it for the chole bhature that they sell on the khumcha’s … the gol gappas… karol bagh…. the paratha wali galli… chandni chowk… the metro (first time i saw the underground was like foreign !! for the small town kid..)
    me- yep! paranthe wali gali is really nice 😀
    foodie paradise 😀

    Its an amazing hustling and bustling city… I would say its not as organised as Mumbai in a lot of ways… (read traffic and train commuting) (the mumbaikar in me still wants to say its better) but i know comparisons are of no point… !! 🙂
    me- yep! its not very organised…no clue about Bombay at all:)
    yeah comparisons are not the point:) each place is special..for someone somewhere:)the metro has eased traffic a bit..(hopefully even more when new lines open) so its a tad better now:)

    Delhi is a city worth visiting… infact I and wifey had decided next time we go to manali or any place we spend two days just in Delhi and visit all sorts of food joints… 2 days for just eating… and it goes without saying that you have to show us around….. !!!!!!!!!
    me- well whenever you visit do visit in winters..thats when Delhi is amazing(for me that is coz I love freezing winters 😀 )

  36. Solilo permalink
    July 9, 2009 12:29 pm

    BTW tell Poonam that she has beautiful handwriting. From little I know about calligraphy, it shows a confident go-getter personality.
    me- she will know when she reads your comment:)
    yes from what I have come to know of her she is all this:)

  37. July 9, 2009 12:33 pm

    I think, I will have to read slowly and properly and comment. What a great post about Delhi, Abhi. I had been to Delhi, as a tourist for a brief time, long back.

    I read half way, it looks interesting. Will come back.
    me- take your time Sandhya:)

  38. July 9, 2009 12:35 pm

    U know what Indy? U shud have made the movie Dilli6 😛

    This is such a beautiful post .. though I hv been just a visitor n not more, but I feel the same connection with Bangalore as I read each line. Beautiful Indy .. i think i already said that 😛 Ok na? It is indeed!
    me- yeah..the post could be about any place…just imagine your fav place and substitute that name instead of Delhi 🙂 and there you have it:)

    But am reading it @ lunch time n me nw wants to have golgappa, dosa n all that stuff 😛
    me- dosas? *yum* share with me too please 😛

    • Swaram permalink
      July 9, 2009 7:05 pm

      And yes, how well u have captured so much abt the place 🙂

      I hv lived all my life in Bangalore and now Hyderabad and I love both of them so much that whenever I think of leaving one, I feel the other is calling me 🙂
      me- awww then do write na Swaram 🙂 about your two loves 🙂
      would love to read it:)

  39. July 9, 2009 12:48 pm

    Hey Indy nice post.. i’ve never lived in Dilli.. but have visited many times..
    me-thanks Oorja:)

    */Dilli is an astonishing community from Kerala and Tamil Nadu that thrives …and so vibrantly too..*/

    some of those are my relatives.. 🙂
    me-cool! so you come here often then?:)

    Dilli for me is a second home.. i love visiting… many childhood memorise.. cousins…lot of fun summer holidays… for me Rohini, Janakpuri, Pithampura.. Rani bag ki shopping and delicious “Bittu ki Tikki”… :-)and much much more..
    me- oh! my question answered:)
    yes…Delhi is whatever one wants it to for you its a second home:)
    ((hugs)) 🙂

  40. July 9, 2009 1:08 pm

    Baap re….itni lambi kahani dilli ki?
    me- ? lambi ?
    yeh toh choti story hai 😛

    Had been to Delhi thrice. Everytime for work. Even though i was there for wkends, i couldnt make time to go out and explore the city as work used to occupy wkends too. The last trip was like more than 10 yrs ago. Its time i visited the city and also took a trip on the Metro. See and experience why people say that the Delhi metro is on par with Singapore’s one in terms of efficiency.
    me- more than 10 years ago?
    thats a long time:) Delhi needs time 🙂 to explore it one has to be be relatively free:)
    here’s hoping that your dreams come true!:)

    Also my long desired dream to see the Taj is also as of now…a dream.
    me- hope you get to visit and see the Taj soon:)

  41. July 9, 2009 1:35 pm

    strangely how come I never read about poonam or ever visited her blog… I dont even know her… !! gotta visit her now…
    me- yes do visit her:) she is a very diff blogger:)

    • monikamanchanda permalink
      July 9, 2009 4:39 pm

      me too… after all that praise i am right over to her blog

  42. July 9, 2009 2:01 pm

    You are very right,Dilli is that and so much more.I remmember once Shammi Kapoor had said” Yeh rajaon ke shehar ko chorh kar log us saudagaron ke shehar(Bombay) kyon jate hain”
    me- 🙂 thats an interesting line 😀

  43. July 9, 2009 3:10 pm

    beautifully written 🙂

    as a resident of delhi currently (and once having being a student here) i completely identify with most of what u said.
    as u said, there is no single person who can say delhi is mine…. delhi is a mixture of ppl from all areas, and it belongs to all of them.
    me- thanks Ashwathy:)
    so you too know what Delhi is all about:)
    its got its ugly side and yet it also has this side na?:)

    yep! thats why I like Delhi..because one can meet such a mindboggling mix of people:)
    yes it belongs to all of them🙂 so true:)

    dilli hai dilwalon ki…. truly 🙂
    me- 🙂

    • July 13, 2009 12:08 am

      yes… true…
      the ugly part is what i hate about it and the beautiful part is what i love about it. so it’s a love-hate relationship i have with this city alright! 🙂

      me- love-hate 🙂
      two ends of the same relationship:)

  44. masood permalink
    July 9, 2009 3:14 pm


    I stayed in Delhi for 2 yrs during my MBA. And to date, I miss the city. Delhi has a way to have you captivated (with all those things that you mentioned above).
    I had moved from Delhi to Blore and I was in for a big shock. But I ended up loving blore as well. But delhi remains my favorite city! 🙂
    me- thanks Masood:)
    yes Delhi is grows on one:)
    see?thats the best part! one can fall in love with any place if only one goes with an open mind:)
    as you did with Bangalore:)

    Thanks for this post. Brings back fantastic memories!
    me you are most welcome 🙂

  45. shraddha permalink
    July 9, 2009 3:21 pm

    i love visiting delhi..

    if i ever shift bck to india..i would like to settle in delhi or bangalore or thane…

    loved reading your blog today…you are a good write..
    me- you do?:)
    thats nice to hear:)
    all of these are nice places:)
    Bangalore seems to be the best:) (in terms of weather 😀 )
    thanks a lot:)

  46. July 9, 2009 4:04 pm

    Excellent post abhi,the first thing i read in the morning was urs,didnt comment then and came back now and read it again.What a passion u have abt the delhi.Hugs to u yaar 🙂 🙂 Very well written.
    me-thanks you so much Saritha:)
    (((hugs)) to you too:)

    Yesterday i wrote on another blog that delhi’s red fort and qutub minar i want to see and also want to see tajmahal before i die.
    me- a bucket list? 😀
    arre! come here anytime and see them:)
    when you come in the vacations do come here too:)
    yeah I also want to see so many places 🙂

    My mom before her retirement went to delhi on a tour,she told me so much about the city,the monuments,metro etc……Its been more than 3 years she visited but still she talks about delhi.I like and admire delhi’s cm sheila dixit
    me- she did?:)
    thats so cool!:) I like the idea of your mom doing that 🙂 cool lady!:)
    I like Sheila Dixit more than other politicians…but she too is a politician so has her flaws:)
    but yes she is good:)

  47. chewmysambhar permalink
    July 9, 2009 4:38 pm

    Never been to Delhi. Because I ve never wanted to. Thats because Chennai is where my heart is and shall forever be. Isn’t it the same for most of us? To fall in love with the city that has grown inside and outside us? 🙂 Personally, I am addicted to Chennai and I really can’t imagine my life elsewhere with so much of bliss and content.
    me- you have never been here?
    do visit sometime..coz as they say never say never:)
    you never know what life has planned for you:)
    that you love Chennai is great but also be open to new places:) you have a lifetime ahead:) and so many places to see and people to meet:) why restrict your self to Chennai only?hai na?:)
    Thats because Chennai is where my heart is and shall forever be
    Absolutely! 🙂
    when you really love a place it stays in a corner of your heart no matter where in the world you are:)

    Beautiful tribute btw:)
    me- thanks a lot:)

    • July 9, 2009 9:29 pm

      YAY!!! chennai is my one of my fav places…….. 😛 😛
      it means family and home for me 😛 😛

  48. July 9, 2009 4:51 pm

    I should’ve read this before I came to Delhi! Damn! 🙂
    I have made a fool of myself millions of time! 😀
    me- welcome here Nikhil:)
    yeah you probably should have 😛
    though I think even that wouldn’t have helped in coping with the curtain creep 😉 and the wildlife home you are temporarily inhabiting 😀
    looking forward to more Delhi horror tales 😀 and then maybe a story of a pucca Delhiite a few months down the line 😀

  49. July 9, 2009 5:09 pm

    Dilli is also Chittaranjan Park, where the Bengali sings Rabindrasangeet, eats rasogolla and celebrates Durga Puja with as much pomp and gaiety as his country cousins back in Kolkata.

    Dilli is the evening sky spreading over the exotic Dilli Haat as you sip on warm khullars of chai.

    Dilli is the exotic treasures that you unearth during your ritual Sunday jaunts to CP.

    Dilli is the sinking into your seats during the screening of award-winning films at Siri Fort.
    me- ah! MM! beautifully written! 🙂
    HOW could I forget CR park? How?:)
    I LOVE that place:)
    beautiful!! in one word! MM as usual….. your flair for words is amazing:)

    I specially loved the ref to warm kullars of chai :))
    *sigh* bliss:)

  50. July 9, 2009 7:27 pm

    Amazing writing Indy.
    Though I have never lived there, I have been to Dilli once and loved it. I liked the old world charm, much like my Hyderabad(the older parts) and the verve of the people. And I absolutely loved the food, the narrow lanes, the old walls and the great monuments.
    me- thanks a lot Shilpa:)
    you have been here once?:) yes the old world charm does exist in some places of Dilli still:)

    I have never been to Hyderabad ..I had gone there as a kid so doesn’t count coz I cant remember anything..but yes Hyderabad fascinates me too with its history and as you said ‘old world charm’ 🙂

  51. July 9, 2009 7:44 pm

    Boy oh Boy . Some one loves Dilli . And I like it that you used Dilli instead of Delhi . Delhi sounds so foreign . I was in Dilli when I was 5 . Haven’t visited since . Your post might inspire me to take a trip in the near future . 🙂

    me- yep! I do:) even though I came here on and off and now for good 🙂
    yeah Dilli does sound more ‘apna’ as they say..though names dont matter much I suppose..when one loves the place 😀
    when you were 5? 😀 so cute:) you probably dont remember anything:)
    yeah do visit with a lot of time on your hands and you will rediscover a city:)

    PS:- nice prof pic 😀

    • July 10, 2009 8:59 pm

      I remember a crowded market place , buying a toy rail car , vivid images of a hotel room . 🙂
      me- oh! so you do remember some things?:)

      And don’t I look dangerous ? 😉

      me- yeah you do! 😛

      • Solilo permalink
        July 10, 2009 11:46 pm

        Kislay, That avatar makes you look like a Mafia. Half the people will now think twice before they post anything against you. Ha..ha..ha..ha..
        me- hehe! I agree: 😀

        We are glad that you are in our team. We GOONDAS rock. Indyeah-Solilo-Kislay : The Mafia.

        • July 11, 2009 12:06 am

          OMG……. the spanish mafia Don sololiya has spread her tentacles into india as well……….
          Well, OG is scratching his head….. now what name can I give this group 😛 😛 😛

        • Solilo permalink
          July 11, 2009 12:23 am

          All 3 of us have B/W avatars too. 😈

          Mogambo-Shakaal: Beware!!

          me- LOL! yeh to socha hi nahin tha! 😀

  52. bindu permalink
    July 9, 2009 8:38 pm

    I miss Dilli…..i never called it Delhi…its been long i have been any city it comes with its own shortcomings when my dad was posted in Dilli…i remember it used to be much safer..lekin now the safety issue is a spite of all that…i love Dilli..any day would love to be back..
    me- yes Dilli has a diff sound to it somehow:)

    oh! Delhi toh has shortcomings many of them that it will be a long list :/
    but it still charms:)
    yes its not safe anymore:(
    when I was a kid (this was around the time of mandal commission I think) the it was relatively safer..
    here’s to a delhi trip for you! 🙂

  53. July 9, 2009 8:59 pm

    I love Delhi too, like you said, for its variety and versatility..there’s some for each one!I lived in Delhi for 7 years and loved it!!Your post is a golden tribute to Dilli.
    me- thanks a lot Sara 🙂
    7 years?:) then you must have seen a lot in Delhi:)
    variety and versatility hai na?:) just what I think too:)
    thank you so much:)))

  54. July 10, 2009 12:28 am

    Well…what can I say. I was born and brought up in Delhi. 🙂
    I studied in Delhi University for 5 years. 😉
    I don’t know why but I never had any attachment to the city. Maybe because I was born there….
    God knows.
    I am glad that you like the place. 🙂
    me- arre nah! its not just about Dilli per se Amit 🙂 this post could be about any place:)
    whichever is the closest to your heart:)
    like the way you said you love that place(the one you live in currently) and the freedom it offers maybe that place is the one that you had been searching for?:)

  55. July 10, 2009 12:47 am

    nice post
    me-thanks Sm:)

  56. July 10, 2009 1:14 am

    excellent write-up on Delhi. Been there a few times, though I`ve never really liked it or seen it the way you do :):) Somehow big cities are not my thing really… pbly because I grew up in a small town.
    me- thanks Piper:)

    I know Piper it is also a very cruel city na? 😦
    I will write about that someday..for sure..because the odes have been piling up:)
    and the ‘wart and all’ post hasnt been out 😀

    big cities or small all depends on which one has our heart:)
    so for you the place that is the closest to your heart is the place you yearn to go back to again and again:)

  57. July 10, 2009 7:17 am

    no clue about dilli at all – whatever you say:
    me- 🙂
    no come and explore it for yourself sometime:)

    • July 11, 2009 1:37 am

      may be you should write ” 100 things to see and do and hear in dilli ” – don’t miss out on the muhlas and the street corners – they are more interesting than some of the pillars. Help us meet an old delhite who will tell us stories of the place. and a very old restaurant where we can eat “dilli” – and a nice place to eat mathris and gobi ka paratha – and i am open to everything — where one can see street plays – faux pas nahi chalega –

      me- thats a great idea An :)old restaurant toh
      I know..and about street plays too:) old dilliwalla will have to searched for:)
      LOVE this idea 🙂 will def take care of this..just come to Delhi:)

  58. July 10, 2009 12:05 pm

    Whoa! I am perhaps the last one to arrive. That’s a wonderful post and made the tribute to me, sweetest thing one can do for me. Thank you, I still can feel stirrings in my heart.
    me- (((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))
    I know you are missing Delhi:)

    I miss you, in every sense of word. Its been a month since I have gossiped with you. The charm of visiting places with you. I enjoyed being with you, its a pity we didn’t have much time together. 🙂
    me- aww me too:(
    ((hugs)))) yeah its a pity.. but you will visit or I will visit na?:)

    Every time I will look at the books I bought with you, I will remember us. I haven’t really unpacked my luggage. Once I get tucked in my new apartment which is incidentally today, we would be rolling again. 🙂

    Take care, and come visit me soon.
    me- aww…you are making me go aww a lot! 🙂
    yeah book lover I remember your craze for them 😀
    I will!:)
    definitely!:) chalo good that you are all settled!:) will give you a call:)

    ((((((((Hugs)))))))))))))) muah!:)

  59. July 10, 2009 12:09 pm

    And Abhi, I have read several books from my friend’s library. More about it later. 🙂
    me- you read them?didnt err do anything else? 😀
    kidding! 😛

    Her name is Rashmi and I shared this beautiful post with her. She loved the post, and most of all your writing. 🙂
    me- you did?
    awww thanks Poonam((hugs)))you always have encouraging words for me..even we used to meet:)
    muahh!!! 🙂

    and please thank Rashmi too:)

  60. July 10, 2009 12:13 pm

    Reading the post again Indy .. says it all 🙂
    me- thanks a lot Swaram:)

  61. July 10, 2009 12:50 pm

    I am overwhelmed after reading this post of yours, now. I wanted to sit and read it and grasp it slowly.
    me- aww this is such a sweet and heartfelt comment Sandhya:)

    “Amir Khusrau wrote: Delhi, the refuge of faith and equity/ Delhi is the garden of paradise/ May its prosperity be long lived/ If Mecca happens to learn about this garden/ It may circumambulate around Hindustan.”

    I never thought that Delhi is famous for so many sufi poets. Some of my relatives, who visited Delhi, had visited the Nizamuddin dargah too and they appreciated the way the people there, welcomed them. I have never been to Delhi (I you don’t count on a half-a-day, on the way to Jammu). Just had a taxi round of the city. My friend used to say, “kya didi, dilli me toh, jahaan dekho, samadhi hai aur shopping ke alaava kuch nahin, dekhne ki cheez”! I have taken a printout now to show her and tease her!
    me- it is very famous Sandhya..a lot of dargahs are here:)
    a printout!?:D and to tease her?
    thats cute! 😀

    I have heard that Delhi is full of Punjabis, mostly. So Delhi Hindi is ‘Haanji’ Hindi, with a nasal accent, is it so?
    me- it does have a lot of punjabis thats for sure! 🙂
    haanji hindi ? 😀 I think so..though its sometimes nasal and sometimes not 😀

    The food items you have listed down…. hmmmm…I love their samosas (I sampled it in my short visit!).
    me- samosas in old Delhi are yummy! 😀

    “Dilli is also where India comes to protest..against atrocities,injustices and to make demands…all at Jantar Mantar… India sits at Jantar Mantar on hot summer afternoons and freezing winter mornings…She sits as one among the many who come to make themselves heard…”

    I have read about Jantar Mantar earlier but now I know about this place better.
    me- jantar mantar is where all the protests take place Sandhya:)
    it has become an unofficial kind of place to protest 🙂

    “Its the city where tempers are short and adjectives are plenty.
    Dilli is also where if someone scratches a car, rest assured you are in for full time drama. Adjectives fly left ,right and centre,fists too…..”

    Chennai is similar in this regard. People lose their temper within a fraction of a second and start abusing each other and the autowaalaas…god, you should be ready for some sort of argument over their exorbitant charges and the way they behave…huh!
    me- achcha?this happens there too?
    here too! the autowallahs charge so much! :/

    “Dilli can never be about the question ,”Whose city is it?”
    and the answer,”It is mine”
    For, that can never be.
    Who can claim this city ?
    A city that does not even know its own history in its entirety?
    And this is precisely why I love Delhi..
    Go ahead try to claim its yours..I can make the same claim and both of us will be right:)”

    I too love your city, after reading these lines, Abhi! Will come there to claim it!
    me- please do sometime 🙂 would love to meet you:)

    I have read about their Book exhibitions and Trade Fair. I can understand your friend’s grievance.
    me- yeah the book fair and the book bazaar are amazing!:)

    I visited Poonam’s blog and the articles are very good. Maybe that is the reason, both of you became close friends!
    me- aww thanks:) yeah she is an awesome blogger:) and writes about very pertinent issues! and as Vimmuuu says so rightly without any pretensions whatsoever!

    I was wondering why the name ‘Saravana Bhavan’ was not mentioned. We had our lunch there, when I came there!
    me- arre it is mentioned Sandhya:)
    Poonam only took me there:) and I loved it:)

    After reading this post, my image of Delhi has changed completely, Abhi. I have read mostly about crime, traffic and politicians – connected to Delhi. I have read this post 3 times, now. God, how you love this city and how you use words to express it…incredible, really!
    me- thanks a lot Sandhya!:)
    I dislike it too at times you know..
    and then at other times I love it a lot:)
    love-hate relationship here:)

    I have lived in Chennai for the most part of my life. I love this city with all the plus and minus points. But I will not be able to express it like you, Abhi. This article needs recognition …it can be included in the ‘India Tourism’ booklet. No one will skip visiting Delhi, I am sure.
    me- arre no! come on! haven’t I seen the way you write?
    specially your passion for books? and now for music? the most amazing and soulful kind of music?:)please do write na Sandhya:) it would be really nice to read about Chennai..I dont know much about it:)

    Let me visit first! Now, off to read comments!
    me:) ((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))))and thank you so much for such a beautiful comment:)

  62. July 10, 2009 1:01 pm

    ye dilli hai .. ye dilli hai .. ye dilli hai mere yaar..

    i heard to the ad on radio some days back(mirchi i think).. and this post.. i loved both of them..

    u walked me through 23 years of my life in the city!


    me- welcome here Abby:)
    glad I brought back some memories:)
    you are most welcome:)

  63. July 10, 2009 1:14 pm

    For those who want to know more about Delhi and its heritage here are some important links:)

    If you would like to go on a heritage walk in Delhi here is a link

    and here is another link

  64. July 10, 2009 2:15 pm

    Wow,what a way to honour your city and what a way to reassure a friend,Abhi! For a person who is born and raised in the city and who claims to be so in love with the city it was a revelation for me to know about my city from so many angles that I didnt know even existed.I didnt know Delhi was known as baais khwaajon ki chaukhat.
    Abhi you’re so right people always want to point out the shortcoming of the city and fail to see there are so many good things that it has to offer.

    me-yes it is a city with very old sufi traditions:)
    you were born here and brought up here too?:)
    thats great!:) so a pucca delhiite!:)
    I have been here for the most part of my life purely due to coincidences:)

    ) pointing out shortcomings is fine Deeps..:) I want them to look at this side too:) most people never explores this side of Delhi(or any other city for that matter) and then decide that the city (be it any city or any place ) is not worth their time..
    Yes,Dinkar’s words are so heartwrenching!
    me- yes they are..and .very real…

    The city has gone through many hardships and it has attacked so many times and yet it has always managed to rise and hold its own.

    But most of all …infact the very reason why I love Delhi is …because no one can claim this city one can even try…

    This city has her arms open for everyone…

    Whatever your beliefs, your faith….you will be welcomed here…

    Dilli can never be about insiders vs outsiders…

    Absolutely,Abhi. So very well said 🙂
    me-thanks Deeps:)

    For showing a much clearer and a much better picture of our city,lots and lots of HUGS to you 🙂
    me- thank you so much Deeps:)
    ((((((((((hugs))))))))) for you too:)

  65. July 10, 2009 2:18 pm

    oops a typo….what I meant was ‘The city has gone through many hardships and it has BEEN attacked so many times and yet it has always managed to rise and hold its own.’…gosh that gave a totally different meaning altogether otherwise! 😛
    me- 😀 I understood it Deeps:)
    lol! 😛

  66. July 10, 2009 3:19 pm

    Abhilasha, thanks for a very informative post on Dilli written in purely dilliwala style. There are many things about this city which i have learnt from this post. Thanks for the links too.

    me – you are most welcome Sir:)
    hope the links willl help whenever you come here:)

  67. July 10, 2009 4:55 pm

    loved the post. delhi for me is the peace of Vasant kunj and the markets of GKII, the bong environ of CR park and the hustle bustle of Southex. Connaught place, def col, dhaula kuan, its a city that is embedded in me forever.
    me-thanks Sujata:)
    yes Delhi is all thsi too:)
    and DK? or Dhaula Kuan?How could I forget?
    I have spent so much of my time there too!:)

  68. Saima permalink
    July 10, 2009 11:53 pm

    awesome Indy 🙂
    Delhi has a charm that no other city has…it cannot be described…no matter how much on abuses this city, you cant help loving it…
    me-thanks Saima:)
    absolutely! one cant help it:) though otehr cities have their own charm I am sure..for us its saddi dilli for now:D
    you live here so you know too the charms of the place even after all the gaaliis one gives it from time to time:)
    and how are you doing newbie brainy lawyer?:)

  69. July 11, 2009 2:09 am

    You have such a love Delhi Indyeah… oldest woman in one of the oldest city 😛 😛

    ha ha ha…… 😆
    me- 😛 😛 little misguided child listen to grandma 😛

    I am yet to visit Delhi.. but for sure I will visit soon to see how the capital of India… 🙂 I still remember the post you have written about Delhi in Delhi 6 movie review… so passionate 🙂
    me- thanks a lot 🙂 come and see Delhi for yourself sometime 🙂

    it is the same way I feel about Chennai… whatever they say… it’s a city that doesn’t have water, everything wayward, no peaceful life… but they can’t see its uniqueness and the culture prevails here… 🙂 thats why I prefer to stay in Chennai forever 🙂
    me- ah! see?the love one has for a place? 🙂 that captures our heart?:)
    I would love to read about Chennai sometime…do write about Chennai Kanagu:)

  70. July 11, 2009 8:00 am

    I was wondering till I read the line about you and Poonam having lunch at Saravana Bhavan. When I went there, I saw mostly Punjabi families and North Indian families, savouring masala dosa, Idly etc. than South Indian families!
    me- yes! 😀 Delhiites head for that place to eat dosasa and so many otehr dishes whose names they cant prnounce but love like crazy 🙂

    I had no idea about Sarvana Bhavan..I had only heard about it..but Poonam took me there:)

    I liked these lines also – “Sheila Dixit says she felt claustrophobic after watching Dilli 6. ”arre baba itne saare log! itni bheed!”

    Clearly, her idea of Dilli is Delhi and the wide open boulevards and the lush greenery of Lutyen’s Delhi.

    But Dilli is not just THIS or THAT. Its many things in between.”

    Dilli name sounds very homely, like so many other commentors have mentioned here.
    me- I like DIlli too:)
    You have not just listed the places of importance, in Delhi, but every line was written with so much love for the city, Abhi.
    me- (((Hugs))) thanks:)

    Poonam is very lucky to have you as a friend and we are fortunate to witness your friendship, here, in this post. God bless you, Abhi!
    me- thanks lot Sandhya:) I am lucky to have met her too:)((hugs)) thank you for your wishes:)

  71. July 11, 2009 9:09 am

    I was brought up abroad. I wanted to settle in india, because of delhi. Have been living here, since 2.5yrs. Its amazing.
    me- thats great:) you have been here since 2.5 years?:) then you must have seena lot of Delhi:)

    The familiarity is a comfort, never a bore.
    The vendors yelling never let you feel alone.
    The nosy neighbours always help when u need them to.
    The Weather makes one stronger.
    The groceries give you credit when you need it.
    For a few hundred bucks you get someone to clean your home.
    The Date spots are numerous.
    The old are forevver young.
    Theres this spirit here, that one can’t define…Even if a lot of people are rude and mistrustful of each other, they do help when required.

    I wouldn’t go abroad for the world :o)
    me- 🙂 🙂 thanks for this thumbup for Delhi :)loved it:)
    and these lines could hold true for most places in India I think 🙂 there’s a sense of home and familiarity even among strangers 🙂
    about going abroad ? 🙂 life takes us to places we had never dreamed never say never 😉

  72. July 11, 2009 12:45 pm

    You have an award!

    me- thanks a lot! its been collected 😀

  73. July 11, 2009 1:07 pm

    beautiful post, Indyeah! 😀
    loved every bit…

    me – thanks Chiranjib 🙂
    now how about an ode to Calcutta? 🙂

  74. July 11, 2009 5:38 pm

    For me, Delhi is LSR and GK M-Block. It’s The Shoe Garage at Shapur Jat and Dilli Haat, blue line buses and meterless autos. It’s the Italian food at Flavors and bhel puri at South Ex. It stands for inspiration and fatigue, energy and ennui.

    me- oh yes! How can one forget these places?
    you passed out of LSR?
    have spent many mornings in North campus 😀
    though south campus was more my home 😀
    meterless autos *sigh* bang on! they too are quintessential Delhi ..
    I LOVE the shoe garage 😀

    It stands for inspiration and fatigue, energy and ennui.

  75. July 11, 2009 11:04 pm

    A city which seems to get younger each progressing day 🙂

    me- yep! 🙂 its got this energy 🙂

  76. July 12, 2009 11:01 am

    New post pls!!!

    me- ASAP:)

  77. July 12, 2009 11:59 pm

    Sorry. Have not been able to reply to so many comments from friends ..Will do so soon.:)

    @Neha yes 🙂
    new post soon:)

  78. July 13, 2009 12:24 am

    Now I want to visit these places. They sound really cool. I would be completely lost and, more than likely, would be a total nuisance to all the locals.
    me- LOL! nah! I think the locals might be a nuisance for you..coz the sundry touts look for gullible people who look lost 😀

    but then thereare many amazing people you will meet heretoo:)its an amazing city:)
    and an amazing country:)

  79. July 13, 2009 1:19 am

    You missed out nai sarak/shakuntalam/caventers 🙂
    I’m already missing the walk in CP.
    I liked the line “No one can claim this city”. I am in mumbai.

    me- arre haan! nai sadak! another paradise for booklovers:)and Shakuntalam I am not very familiar with thiough have heard a lot about it:)

    Keventers/Caventers is my FAV too 😀
    CP mein walk is amazing:) specially on a beautfiul day:)
    *sigh* yes .. this dharti putra/marathi manoos/any other claimant/ issue is so disgusting that one wonders how these morons can hijack the ethos of an entire city?

  80. July 13, 2009 2:13 am

    Waaaah! I have never been to Dilli. Yet. There’s always hope. The Dilli of my imagination is of Bongs buying fish and chattering at C R Park, of wide roads, of rude auto-wallas and reckless lewd-commenting bus drivers, of book havens and food heavens, of history and history-in-the-making

    .me- you have never been here?:) and yet you have such a beautiful imagination:)
    yes..Dilli is all this and more:)
    lewd commenting? yes 😦 that too 😦
    book havens and food heavens 😀 yeah!!
    loved this one the most..
    of history and history in the making

  81. July 13, 2009 5:55 am

    I have lived in Delhi (Noida actually) only two years and I loved the whole like and feel of Delhi…! It wasn’t a city that grew on me or so… it was a city that I fell in love with instantly. There is something magical in that city that I have not felt in any other – and I ,em>have been around!
    Great post as usual Indyeahji

    !me- yippie:) welcome O’ Delhi fan 😀 I am so glad to read these words ! 🙂
    a city you fell in love with..
    *sigh* YES! this is that city for grew on me though..I didnt like it at first:)
    thanks a lot:)

  82. July 13, 2009 5:52 pm

    Though i have not been to Delhi so frequently or for a long time, this post makes me want to spend more time there. i hope i get the chance!
    me- I hope you do get to spend sometime here Gauri:)
    come for a long visit coz thats the only way to know more about a place:)

    on short visits we miss out on a lot 🙂
    hope you do get a chance! amen! 🙂

  83. July 13, 2009 10:30 pm

    Aww reading this one in Delhi!!! I have taken countless pictures of this fascinating city this time just for blogging 🙂
    me-IHM!!! you are here!! 😀 😀 cool! mailed you:)
    SO looking forward to your return and post and pics 🙂

    Love this post, and I can relate to it… Delhi is also sweltering heat, traffic jams on wide roads and FM with Simran trying to get the Motor from her old Cooler fitted into a bicycle to make it a Motor Cycle 🙂 LOL …
    me- yeah sweltering heat is the right word 😦
    Simran is fun! 😀

    Me loves this city too…
    me- aww ((Hugs))

    For me it’s a city that gets my Mom started about what used to be where, of her talk of tram in Chandni Chowk and how it rang a bell instead of a horn, and how people walked for a dip in the Yamuna via Mal Road and they could hear women singing in those days, how there was no boundary wall where they lived, the hospital where my sister was born, and what parts of the city were ‘outskirts’ then …

    me- that is such a beautiful memory IHM:)I cant even imagine a tram in Chandni Chowk …gosh! 🙂
    beautifully written IHM!
    Please do share more of your mom’s memories of Dilli in your post:)

    Lovely post Indyeah 🙂
    me- thanks IHM muahhh!
    ((hugs))) missing you:)

  84. July 13, 2009 11:09 pm

    I love the city for everything it has to offer…the lanes of Delhi opened it’s arms wide for a bride all the way from Kerala scared and not sure of her future. Not a single day since I landed there made me homesick..gosh if I sit now I might write an entire post about the most beautiful city in the world and the people that come and go from dilli taking a part of it in their hearts forever. I miss it now and hoping to return to my little own mecca by the end of this year…Like you said the beauty of the city is that no one can claim it as their own…
    me- welcome here Sakshi:)
    you have written it all:) and so from the heart too….thank you so much 🙂
    please do write a post and do drop a link here when you are done:) would love to read about your memories of Delhi:)

  85. Pal permalink
    July 14, 2009 2:59 am

    One of my earliest recollections of Delhi is me travelling there all by myself for a friend’s wedding. End of Jan. and fog so thick and heavy that that I could see NOTHING outside the windows of the damn mini-van. And having seen enough bhoot movies (well, at that age, one does these things!), it was one hell of an experience!
    Interesting and enlightening post, this, Indy.

    me- arre yes! the fog! that toh is so much part of a dilliwallah”s life in the winters….fog so thick one cant see beyond one’s own hand..
    LOL!! bhoot movies? 😀
    yeah ! you were an imaginative kid pal 😀
    no wonder you have such imaginative stories all lined up on your blog too:)

  86. July 14, 2009 8:09 am

    I had visited a city first time 6 months back, all alone.
    Most experience in city was bad in terms of peoples cheating, i still cant remember myself being asked for getting a DVD cut from my Memory stick costing me “Rs. 650/”. half the price of DVD writer.
    Like above few incidents apart, its a very warm city, delicious food.
    Ohh!! just forgot “Dilli ki kudiyaan” naughty for any age 😀

    me- welcome here Sunny:)
    yes true..this city has its share of crooks and thugs too:/
    and they cheat a lot specially if they get to know that someone is not familiar with the city..

    dilli ki kudiyaan LOL!
    keep dropping by:)

  87. withinaninchoflife permalink
    July 14, 2009 1:15 pm

    You know Indyeah, I’ve lived in Delhi from age 1-4… a total of 3 years… in Shalimar Baug… though Mbai today is home and I love it, Delhi is very close to my heart. I have vivid memories of that place as a kid. The lil park outside our home, the buildings so close to each other, that you can just jump terrace to terrace. My pre-school there and then first year of KG… I remember them all so well… even the few friends I had, and some common jokes… 🙂
    me- hey! you have stayed here too?:)
    you were a lil kid so the memories must be blurred:) aww..friends and common jokes:) cute:)

    Sometimes I feel like going back there and locating each one of those… don’t know idf they still live there and what their real names are… 🙂
    Like a lost world… it brings me beautiful memories always 🙂
    me- hai na?:) I too sometimes feel like doing that with my childhood friends:)
    some memories are to be treasured forever na?:)

    • withinaninchoflife permalink
      July 14, 2009 11:22 pm

      No no… not blurred… I wrote ‘vivid’… I remember dialogues I’ve had with my friends then… seriously!! 😉 I remember they had funny pet names… but they must be all grown up now… Imagine me going to search for them… and if some of them are married, their wives will come chasing after me… And that too I know just their pet names… I think I should just give up that hope, but I would sure want to visit my old home… It may be some multi-storeyed building by now… 😦
      me- ah! precocious kid were you? 😀
      coz I barely remember anything from when I was below 5 (I think) and thought it must have been the same for you:)
      funny pet names?
      tell me about them 😀
      I remember some of my friends and their cute and sometimes bizzare pet names:D

      arre! why will their wives come chasing?:)
      childhood friends are the very best 🙂 I am sure they will know that too:)

      do try and find out about them whenever you come here.
      go and search only if you want to 🙂

      .I tried and found quite a few of mine:)
      they were the same and yet very different:)

      so I just left with a smile becasue sometimes its better to preserve old childhood memories rather than get them shattered because of new realities..
      PS:- sorry about the late reply:)

  88. July 14, 2009 4:01 pm

    hey Indi read this post but couldnt comment..beautiful write-up 🙂
    me- its okay Mystery:)
    I know you are tied up at work:)

    Never been to delhi but i do want to visit it along with kerala 🙂
    “Dilli is not just THIS or THAT. Its many things in between.” I may be partial, but i feel the same about hyderabad too 😐
    me- Kerala is on my list of must visit places too:)
    arre! nah! not partial! we all have place thats close to our hearts 🙂

    You write such stuff for a friend who is already missing dilli!! i guess she might have had tears in her eyes when she read this..
    me- she is a sweetheart!:)
    she is the first one from the blog world whom I met and she also is one special human being:)

  89. Pal permalink
    July 14, 2009 6:46 pm

    Btw, Indy, your old blog on blogspot is still alive. Have u considered Importing all those posts/comments into your new wordpress blog?
    me- Its still running?? 😯
    I did import all the comments and posts(some of them twice and even thrice *sigh* )
    I think I will change the settings for it today:)
    thanks for letting me know Pal:)

  90. July 14, 2009 10:08 pm

    I stayed in Gurgaon for 3 years and spent a lot of time in Delhi..Your post brought back so many memories. And I loved the city to no end.I raise the volume to highest level while driving whenever the radio plays that dilli6 song 🙂
    me- ah! then you know what I am talking about:)

    glad to know you love it too despite warts and all:)
    its got an ugly side…but the otehr side is beautiful 🙂 and makes one fall in love:)
    Dilli6 song and turned up loud?:D
    I LIKE that pic in my mind 😀

    Liked Dinkar’s poem.

    And congratulations for the interviews. It was nice knowing more about you and the blog :).
    me-thanks Prashant:)

  91. Amrit permalink
    July 15, 2009 9:10 am

    Next post kab aayega?? 😦

    me- jab thoda free time milega 😀
    today I think:)
    thanks for asking..

  92. July 15, 2009 9:44 am

    Great Post. Honestly I dwelled mainly on the negatives. I stayed there 3 years for my grad. (LSR) and had many bad experiences as a student using the public transport. Moreover I was coming from a small town. Though felt much safer in Mumbai here I went for Post grad. But your post makes me want to look at it with new eyes. I invested in property in Gurgaon…and hey! your post and Vinod ji’s tip about it being named after Guru Dronacharya is encouraging.

    me- yes Chrysalis Delhi is pretty bad..the public transport toh is dont even ask how bad! 😦
    the harassment is the most ugly thing about Delhi:(
    property in Gurgaon?:) thats nice:) its a developing cty:) and from what I have seen of it it looks good so far…(though I wish Haryana a govt would make the infrastructure better)
    yes have heard that a lot..I too wish to travel to Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra someday:) and I will soon:)

    But loved your line that no one could lay a claim on this city. And it answers to the question..whose city is this? for everyone with.. Its mine.
    me- yes thats one reason I love this city (though there are ppl who are still made to feel like outsiders here too.. a post on that sometime..)
    noone can claim this city..

    thanks 🙂

  93. July 16, 2009 6:17 pm

    Delhi for me will be

    Going to ISBT to catch a bus for Roorkee
    Wandering in CP
    Having cold coffee at CP
    Wandering around CP in the december rains!!!
    me- ISBT?:) yeah you stayed in a hostel in Roorkee na?:)
    wah!! all the memories tied up around CP?:)
    I LOVE the name CP btw and am so glad that you used it instead of Rajiv Chowk..*shudder*
    I dislike that name..

    cold coffee in CP is still great:D come to Delhi sometime and we will have it together:)


  94. ves21 permalink
    July 17, 2009 12:33 am

    Accha post he!:-)
    I loved the place when…well some time back. Amongst other things the gardens , smells, and walks across the “ridge”, purani university ke pass, at the crack of dawn , when the maiur’s were dancing…. apprentice yogi’s standing on their heads…and monkey’s running around and … so many many people taking a morning stroll before the blazing heat… and well read your list of course … Sitting in a cafe of a famous painter in CP… and …

    me- so glad to see you here Ves:)

    Europe is keeping you busy it seems:)
    The ridge is a fav of mine too:) though it is getting smaller and smaller with each passing day:(
    mayurs?you have seen them too?:) how beautiful!

    you have painted a beautiful picture of dilli mornings too:)

    wish I could see all of this:)
    but puraani university campus is too far off from my place…

    famous painter in CP?:)
    ah! let me think on this one:)
    also your views needed on the new post Ves:)
    you will be able to give a better perspective on the whole thing..since you are right there:)

  95. July 18, 2009 8:26 am

    I am speechless, loved the post, I am a dilliwalli. Thanks.
    me- aww thanks A LOT! 🙂 really glad you liked it:)

  96. ves21 permalink
    July 18, 2009 11:52 pm

    Ha! spying on my wherabouts are we … 🙂
    me- 😆 😛
    nah! figured it had to be you from Europe 😀 you had mentioned it long back 🙂

    Well the ridge is where I used to like to waalk early mornings around 5 am in summer. Try go to the purani university main gate (what a mess they have made of that magnificently beautiful campus!! chi!) turn around and you will face the ridge & the road that goes to the little tower – wonderfull place … full of mystery for kids. Walk up there and in times gone by on the right about half way up you would see a small path leading to a sadhu’s?) house. There you could do “pehlvani”‘ stand on your head or sit on your but. There was the place where you would see easily the maiurs perform. funny that such a wonderfully beautiful bird makes , what I find an ugly meauling sound.
    Well those were the days my friend , I thought they’d never end…
    I am as always homesick and Dilly was one of my homes

    me- you made me yearn even more..this isnt the Dilli I have ever seen..I want to see it now..and I will 🙂 for sure! and yes peacocks do make that awful sound dont they? I agree.. 😀 maybe god’s or whoever’s way of a balance? 😀
    Aur tusi France me ki karda pia
    me- 🙂 the new post:) you already saw it 🙂
    *sigh* my reply is late here 😦

  97. ves21 permalink
    July 18, 2009 11:53 pm

    Ah, by the way the painter is THE ONE… remember our discussion on ways of seeing
    me- 😀 yeah I rmbr ! as also the whole conversation where you quoted the cowboy 😉 and that one line about ,”…….burns at 45 and what about your freedom girl?

  98. July 19, 2009 9:41 pm

    Wanted to bring this to the good teacher’s notice. For all the hype about Saraswati vandan, Indians actually value education less than those in the West. I say this from personal observation.

    While Mrs. Clinton offered an earnest discussion of teaching standards in Arkansas, Mr. Khan appeared to condone dropping out of school to pursue entertainment careers.
    me- thanks for sharing Maald…I think this new get into limelight by hook or by crook wave is ‘in ‘….but one cant make a generalisation I suppose……

  99. July 20, 2009 2:28 pm

    Initially i never liked staying in Delhi and as a permanent settling preferred south, but for sometime I stayed in Patparganj( Maurya apartments)…the modern one, so well organised, loved that time. Still it is a nightmare there if you want to use public transport.

    me- oh yes! public transport that is buses are horrible!
    metro is awesome though! 🙂

    What i miss about Delhi is…Faluda in fatehpur sikri, jalebi in chandni chowk,kinari bazar, shopping in chandni chowk, walk after dinner in CP, Janpath, and then the convenience of getting all you sarees charak so reasonably:)
    me- *drooling!* 😀 yummy!!
    I wnat to go and have all this now! 😀
    😀 yeah the saris are given the charak at a reasonable price 😀

  100. July 25, 2009 3:35 pm

    Loved “Dilli is not just THIS or THAT. Its many things in between.”

    Happy to have found another Dilli-infatuate.

    I was there for five years. Not really eager on going back and settling there, but if there’s a place on earth I truly felt home — Dilli is it.

    Muahs girl. Your blog made me khush.
    me- Welcome here Ann 🙂
    can so understand when you say you wouldnt want to settle here and yet you love it so 🙂
    ((hugs)) your words made me khush too 😀

  101. July 29, 2009 1:40 pm

    Ah.. Dilli. I am taking a long-awaited break from work and from Bangalore, and heading to Delhi. This will be my first visit to Delhi, if you don’t count a visit ten years ago for a big-fat wedding! I have this picture of Delhi in my mind. I hope it won’t be a let down.
    I loved your post. 🙂
    me-thanks 🙂 glad you ;iked it:)
    welcome here:)
    you are going to Delhi?:)
    then I hope you have a lot of time on your hands for, this city (like other places too) requires a lot of time inorder for one to be able to explore it:)
    I too hope it wont be a letdown:)
    but do take out time without any rush whatsoever:)
    thats the only way you will discover the charm of Dilli:)

  102. Dr Saurov Bora permalink
    August 24, 2009 11:29 pm

    delhi has always been in my spirit ……hv been visiting it every year for work or joy but everytime delhi enamours me wit a new charm making me come back to it again and again…the smell of the dusty books at daryaganj to the antiseptic ones at AIIMS are an olfactory delight…..i yearn for it always and it is painfully sweet…..cheers to delhi
    …….the post was amazing…..made me nostalgic !!!……u captured it well …..i am now floating through its bylanes in my mind….

    Dr Saurov

  103. September 27, 2009 2:27 pm

    lovely post Indyeah!
    i have come across your name on several blogs but never bothered to drop in( i guess we do share a common circle because i am regular reader of Poonam’s blog and i dropped in here from the link provided in her latest post) 😛
    but when it comes to delhi it really means the world to me and so i had to comment.
    well you have talked about almost all aspects of this city and frankly speaking i share a mixed bag of all the above opinions. and very aptly said delhi has everything going in extremes! after all this is ” my city , this is my delhi” ……….well i think you guessed it right. these are the traits of hard core delhiites like me …..and hope you too will become one! 😛


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