Saturday, November 19, 2011

dilli reloaded


A year back I was in Delhi and that was my first visit to the capital. Today I live her again.

There is something that connect November, Delhi and myself! I've loved this month last year and I love it this year. The chill in the morning, the crowd,cycle rickshaws, a/c marcopolos! I was in new Delhi metro station at 6:45 in the morning and there was this big queue for the security check! 6:45 in the morning! When I was in Hyderabad, 6:45 was still considered as night.

Every single soul is busy. No one even has time for a smile! Autorikshaw stand is a place where you could learn your basics of bargaining and amateurs can sharpen their skills! You might not see high rise buildings as often as you expect to see in a place like Delhi. But, do not go by the shape and size of the shop. I saw this one shop which looked like a part of a row house and I wont think twice before labeling it as a place were you would get average quality shoes : a place were you could bargain for pretty looking shoes but not branded ones - you get the tune, don't you? My friend says she checked out a sandal there and it seems that the one she saw was worth 8000! I learned not to label a shop with its looks :-) its Delhi, luxury comes at different size and package :-)

Chole Batura is one thing I don't miss eating when I am in Delhi. The best Chole I've had, I've had it from Delhi. Any one who love food should definitely visit Karims! Dilli is incomplete without visiting this paradise of food. The journey itself is such a change! The rush at chandni chauk, the rikshaws, the life - its something you should experience. I loved it! Know dilli well? More suggestions? Pour it out, I am game for food :-)

I couldn't travel much this time and I don't regret! I've had my share of happiness and excitement, more than I could ask for. If you are some one who would appreciate modern architecture, you might not want to miss Gurgaon. Especially the metro tide to Huda. The moment you enter Gurgaon, you could feel the difference. All what you see is buildings, elegant ones.

Any one who knows Delhi from soul is welcome to send me a list of places I should visit - places to see, food to experience, culture to feel.

I've experienced this south vs north fights or rather south vs Delhi fights, but if I have to associate one word with Delhi - it would be LOVE. Today I live my life, tomorrow I die again! But that would not be the end. its just the wait for life and the wait - its really exciting I tell you :)

14 comments:

Gauri Mathur said...

It's said Delhi Dil waalo ki hai :) :)

Cяystal said...

There's another debate that goes on inevitably, Delhi vs. Mumbai. Though I blindly choose Mumbai for domicile+family stuff, Delhi is a likable place. Much!
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debajyotighosh said...

just loved ur post. another thing that you associate with delhi and thats life. although last time i visited delhi was 12 years ago but i m sure its still the same. and by the way i love ur city. bangalore rocks.

Pesto Sauce said...

I visited Delhi last November and again this November, yup there is something about early winters there

SunSandRain said...

i have beautiful memories of Delhi. (have forgotten the sad ones) :)

i loved shopping on connnaught place :) love the announcements in metro trains "agla station vishvidyalaya hai. darwaaze daayin taraf khulenge", awesome winters, amazing India Gate ...the list goes one.. in fact i could write my own post on Delhi :) but you have said what needs to be said about delhi by calling it "LOVE" :)


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sawan said...

Gauri, :) woh tho hein :P 2 baar dilli aye hum, par is di waali ko mil na paye :(

sawan said...

Aayu, haha lol :P Ive always been here, bas alfaz nahi the :P

sawan said...

Debajyoti, thnks :) 12 years is a long time! I am sure you wouldnt even imagine how much Dilli has changed :P

sawan said...

PS, yeyy, lets meet up next November :D

sawan said...

Kajal, :) aapne tho humare yaadein taaza kardi :P

alka narula said...

loved your post especially being a delhi ite:p hmmmm i would wanna ask you to try out the kakori kebabs and galouti kebabs at al-kauser located in vasant vihar..they just melt in ur mouth..even their biryani is amazing..also if get a chance do check out the malls in saket and have dinner at punjab grill if u are into fine didng kinda thin..and yes garden of five senses magique a must visit restraunt has a great ambience..and dahi bhallas at chandini chowk(nanak)hmmmmm i think thats about it:)

sawan said...

wow Alka! Thats so sweet of you. Thank you :) I shall definitely try out these places in my next visit. Ive been to Punjab Grill in Bangalore, the rest is sure going to my "to go" list :) Thanks again.

Smita said...

delhi is okay. safety is something that troubles when delhi is mentioned otherwise, delhi surely is a good city. and chole bhature, i too love them :D

sawan said...

Smita, Ive heard this safety wala thing from many! But to be frank, I din face any problems in dilli and none of my friends have. aur fir crime rate is something which is part of the trending graph in almost all cities!! ah, u reminded me of the food :P