15 February 2007

This is the Delhi I Love...

I have been busy beyond belief. I'd expect someone like mom to get this busy, never me!
Was in Delhi for a couple of days, lots of late-night flights and rushing from airports to hotels and homes and offices. Extremely hectic, nerve-wracking for most of the earlier part, was exhausted...
But I got to meet my sister who I hadn't even realised I was missing but found out I actually was the second I saw her face...doing all the sisterly things together, shopped like mad, ate like pigs, and talked and talked (in MIZO too!) in the bath tub with cold bottles of beer...it was fun, as tiring as the whole trip was.

And that's my sister Esther right there...
All the things I love about Delhi...there are many things I don't like but I'm going to just stick to the positives.
Fancy artists, weird art, art, whatever art.
That's another interesting one writing my sister's name on a grain of rice. And it's not even Basmati!
Colors, colors, colors....
So vibrant, so full of life. I love this part about Delhi, it makes you feel so alive...
Sometimes the crowd and the heat and the life gets to you and all you want to do is leave, but more often than not, I love this land teeming with life and hues and variety.
Semi-precious stones. Reminds me of Aurangabad's Ajanta & Ellora caves. I think they're more beautiful than the real thing, as crazy as that sounds.
Beads, bangles, necklaces, payals, belts...everything you can think of. Very easy to spend a couple of thousands when all you thought you bought were cheap jewelry, stuffs that you'd never even wear.


So how is it that despite all my enthusiasm for colors, my wardrobe is mostly black and white and beiges and pastels? And Esther, who lives in the land of colors' laundry looks so drab....
But mostly, what made the trip really awesome was the food. I didn't even touch 'my 5 star free food' and instead ran over to our Lajpat Nagar place for some real, no star Mizo food. I ate all the things I have been eating only in dreams for a long time.
And I shopped to my heart's content, well, almost. Lack of time was a big constraint. And most of my favorite shopping places were closed. But the food...mmmmmmm Delhi has the most amazing momos in the whole country. Had time enough to rush over to Chanakyapuri for real pork momos. Spared enough time to gorge on Rajah Mirchi pork in Dilli Haat.
Hyderabad does NOT have momos, unsurprisingly as usual. This place lacks all the good things, or more specifically, all the "little" good things. They believe in BIG. Big restaurants, expensive food, expensive clothes. You either eat on the streets or your posh overpriced restaurants, and you either buy un-wearably cheap clothes or buy expensive branded stuffs you don't even like because those are the only wearable ones you'll find. No in-betweens.
And that's what Delhi has loads of, and I'm an in-betweener.

11 comments:

claytonia vices said...

So, how was delhi? :-)

mnowluck said...

hehehe.. Pork momo.. aha....!!! yummy yummy!!! .. and things are so cheap in Delhi that's why i love delhi!!!

Sundancer said...

claytonia, Delhi was fun. And the great thing was that it actually felt like earth, not hell. :P

mnow, Delhi is made for us tightwads! :)

MockingBird said...

This is the second time I've found excellent pointers in your blog. First, I got addresses for comic book stores, and now pork momo! Don't really like the stuff they serve at Dilli Haat. So, now it's gonna be Chanakyapuri :D

Macabreday said...

momos...yyuummmmm....
i would surely reccomend this place in Majnu-ka-tila in delhi.....its right next to the gurudwara, on the left. personally, the best momos i have ever tasted.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you about Delhi, I studied there from 1999 - 2006, but now i left India. I do miss Delhi, its definitely my 2nd home after Aizawl.

Sundancer said...

Bird - a couple of the many stalls there make really good momos, you'll find them on your first try if you're lucky. Or you may have to take several trips to find the right one. Good luck! :)

Sundancer said...

mac - I've tried several places in MT but I'm not sure if I've tried the 'one next to the Gurudwara.' Will keep that in mind if I ever find myself there again!
Momos Point in North campus, Kamla Nagar has the bestest momos in the whole world! You have to try it there (Bird - listening?)

Sundancer said...

Anonymous - mine too! So where in the wolrd are you now?

virgochhas said...

bleh!

Anonymous said...

I spent my post-grad years in delhi, and i love it to bits. truly, it gives you choices and variety.And its a melting pot of all regions and cultures, something which even Mumbai does not have in such glaring fashion.Thats why none feels left out in this city. Its why delhi is the heart of the nation and rightfully its capital.