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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Shanti Path

This is the Shanti Path, (Shanti means Peace, Path means Road). This road is flanked on both sides by Embassies of the countries of the world. This I thought was an apt photograph for the day, when the Mumbai carnage finally ended and the gun shots have finally stopped... though only temporarily. Peace is what my generation and the ones coming after me want. But I am pretty sure that war is not the way we would attain peace... Any suggestions from you are welcome.

Friday, November 28, 2008

It still continues...

Friends and family in Mumbai continue to keep a brave face as the Maxim city continues to fight the most severe terror attack on Indian soil. A handful of terrorists hold the country to ransom.

A hundred killed and hundreds maimed for life in a dastardly act of terror. We remember the victims and martyrs who lost their lives during the ongoing operation.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Jai Hind

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Railway Station)in Mumbai where the terrorists opened fire claiming several innocent lives.

With a heavy heart... Delhi today prays for our countrymen and foreign nationals trapped in the worst terror attack ever that is still continuing in the financial capital of India, Mumbai. May the perpetrators be brought to justice as soon as possible and peace be on the bereaved.

Jai Hind

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Haunting Tree

A very haunting tree that I spotted on the Tuglaq road a few days ago. As compared to other Indian cities, I find Delhi to be very green. Not only are the green zones green, the road sides are green too.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Tall Guy

Fly fly on the wall,
Whose the tallest of them all?

My brother, Akshat, boasting that he is taller than me and can easily touch the top of the Iron Pillar and soon would be able to touch the Qutb Minar.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

T-Shirt... Painted By Your's Truly

My latest creation... a T-shirt I painted. It got rave reviews at office... so I thought I should fish for compliments from fellow bloggers as well. And if you are one of those, who would question the photo post on Delhi Blog... Then the answer is simple, It was made by a Delhi girl, the T-shirt was bought in Delhi and a handful of Delhiites thought it was a good effort. :-)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fine Arts Class

An art class going in the open grounds of Qutab Minar complex. These are students of 12th standard, working on their final submissions for the fine arts subject. They were drawing and painting beautiful images of the Minaret and the other structures in the complex.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sunrise, Talkatora Gardens

A bright and beautiful sunrise at the Talkatora Gardens, I clicked early morning today, after the rains stopped. Just after the rain, the weather was chilly... but with sun up in the sky now... it is just nice and pleasant enough to curl in bed with a steaming cup of coffee and a good book, with Frank Sinatra, Kishore Kumar or Manna Dey crooning away to glory.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lane Driving, Safe Driving

a very self-explanatory photo here. Though driving in Delhi is not easy for someone who abides by rules. The traffic and the motorists in Delhi are very innovative and do not shy to display their skills of coming up with flawless (according to them) rules and then enforcing their fabrications on others as well. Lane Driving is Insane Driving, according to Delhi drivers. :-)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Swadeshi, Ansal Plaza

This is a shop in Ansal Plaza mall that is called Swadeshi and sells Swadeshi, or things made within the country. Swadeshi was a movement started by Mahtma Gandhi during the freedom struggle of India. Under the movement, Indians were urged to patronize Indian made fabrics, especially khadi and cotton, over foreign synthetics.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Iron Pillar, Qutb Minar

This is the iron pillar, a remnant of an old Jain temple that historians guess the Mughal rulers failed to destroy. Considered to be a metallurgic mystery, the pillar still stands tall after almost 1,500 years. It is believed that if one stands with the back joined to the pillar and give the iron structure a reverse back hug successfully, their wishes come true. However, rusting in the past few decades forced the ASI to forbid visitors from touching the pillar. Today the mighty structure stands caged with a guard on constant vigil. The arch behind the pillar is the ruin left of the original Qutb complex.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Qutb Minar, Mehrauli

I started my day today with a 20 kilometre drive to Mehrauli to visit Qutb Minar, the minaret that symbolizes Delhi, just like Eiffel Tower is synonyms with Paris. The morning trip was fun as I returned to the monument after 20 odd years. I had first gone to the Qutb complex with the school trip when I was in class 1. It is as beautiful as I remember.

Below is a plaque that tells the visitors all about Qutb Minar.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Chashme Buddoor - Talkatora Gardens

This is the snack joint in Talkatora Gardens that was made famous by the film, Chashme Buddoor. This is the exact table where Farooq Sheikh took Deepti Naval for one of their dates. The snack joint has a very romantic setting and having the first cup of morning tea after a good walk at this spot is magical.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Meetha Paan (Sweet Beatle Leaf)

Eating a beetle leaf, filled with some yummy sweet ingredients, is one of my very close friends, Parul. Like most of us, she hates being clicked while trying to fit a HUGE paan into her mouth. But like i always say, what are friends for if not for embarrassing you on a global platform. :-)

A paan is eaten after a meal in India. It is supposed to help in digestion of heavy food that one might have had and is also a natural mouth freshener. Do try it out. But beware of a NICE, CONCERNED AND SENSITIVE friend like me... who might have a camera on him/her. :-)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Shop in Karol Bagh

I just could not resist clicking this one. The name of the shop captured my attention. This is one of the thousands of shops in Karol Bagh. The market is the place to go if you want to pick some up-market Indian wear.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Gujarati/Rajasthani Meal --- Rajdhani

Thali, literally a plate of dishes comprising of all the food groups. It is a complete meal that caters to all the tastes - sweet, sour, spicy and bland. It is a balanced diet that has vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, fats, proteins and water. And the best part is that it is DELICIOUS. I went to a Gujarati/Rajasthani (from the Western Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan) specialty restaurant called Rajdhani for dinner yesterday. The restaurant offers just one thing at lunch and dinner --- Thali. If your are in Delhi, you must reserve one meal for this joint.

The unique thing about this place is they treat you with the traditional Indian hospitality and the waiters return to your table every few minutes recommending you to taste various dishes and refilling your bowls, plate and glasses. When the meal is over, they bring this amazing looking vessel (posted below). The surahi (pot with a spout) is used to pour warm water on your hands as you wash them into the bowl with the holes. Don't worry the water doesn't run down from the holes... it is infact stored below the sieve.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Doggy paw. This is unfortunately not my pup's paw... he is still too young to be able to leave such a big footprint. This is the paw that I clicked in a dog shop/salon/restaurant/hotel in Karol Bagh. The three storey building has anything and everything a dog might need or not need. I liked the paw motif that decorated the place. I bought a coat for my dog, named Ross after the character Ross in the American sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S. When we bought him home he refused to respond to Joey or Chandler... so we had to settle for Ross. :-)He is a black Labrador, now nine months old and is feeling a little chilly with the onset of winter.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Barista Umbrellas, Select City Walk

My obsession with coffee continues. This is the top view of one of the Barista outlets in Saket City Walk mall. The best part of having coffee here was the nice cool weather and the steamy cappuccino romancing each other under the bright red coloured umbrellas.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Vine Covered Caves, Talkatora Garden

A set of caves decorated with falling vines. This again is from the Talkatora Gardens. It is such a huge place with so many interesting spots to photograph and write about that I can keep the blog running on the Garden photographs for 2 weeks straight. But I choose to bring a variety to the blog by spacing the pics with other Delhi scenes.

These caves give the morning exercisers a place to lie down and do yoga or back stretch exercises, and through the day are a safe haven for the lovers that find refuge in the Garden to steal some private moments.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Shahrukh Khan (SRK)

I am 3 days late to post this photo. It was Shahrukh Khan's (SRK) birthday on November 2. If you are wondering that what a Hindi film superstar's photo is doing on a Delhi daily photo blog... Let me tell you my justifications.

Firstly, SRK was born and brought up in Delhi. By his own admission he is a true dilli-wala.

Also, almost all of the national dailies carry his photograph on one pre-text or the other every day.

Last but not the least, one of his biggest fans (read me :-)) resides in Delhi.

So I guess that explains it. You can read about the SRK mania that my family is diseased with here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Safal, Mother Dairy

This is the 'Safal' shop of Mother Dairy. Safal is the brand that sells vegetables at a subsidized rates. In these times of high inflation, most Delhi-walas are resorting to buy vegetables and fruits from the Safal outlets rather than the local vendor or the super markets. I personally like Safal as it has a huge collection of pickles and jams and sharbats apart from vegetables and fruits.

Monday, November 3, 2008

My Neighbourhood Cow

This a cow that frequents my neighbourhood often. According to Hindu mythology, Cow is a sacred animal and is worshiped. Hindus refrain from eating cow meat. Since Hindu branch of medicine, the Ayurveda dictates that all that a cow produces, from its milk to its dung, has medicinal value, Cows are a revered specie. Women generally make an extra Roti (bread)to offer to the cow. And a portion of the food prepared during a puja (holy ritual) is also fed to the cow.

You can read more about cow protection and the reasons behind it here.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Circular Jogging Track - Talkatora Garden

Call me obsessed, but the onset of winter gets to me big time and I try and move about as much as I can before the chill freezes the spine. This is the circular inclined track that I clicked at the Talkatora Gardens. I saw a couple of people with their ears already covered with mufflers and some others wearing woolen vests. So it is finally coming here.

P.S: My axiom in life is "Exaggeration in an art of living". So going by view of the city, you might think that it is in the Everest (trust me I can describe the winter in minus degrees). But the fact is it is the best time of the yar to visit the Indian Capital.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Theme Day: Books: Oxford Bookstore

The best companion for a book, especially with winter announcing its arrival, is a hot steamy cup of tea/coffee. That is exactly what this huge wall painting at the Oxford Bookstore in Connaught Place offers. A Happy November to all. :-)

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