Delhi – Cities with a City

September 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm 15 comments

Cities within a City that’s the concept that gives Delhi its unique identity maybe that’s the reason it was made into a State. Every part has its own characteristics & culture, its own fashion and food! A day or even two are just not enough to know what it is like to be a Delhizen. Home is where heart lies and a Delhizen’s heart no matter where he goes will always call only one city home and that’s what we call the charm of ‘Delhi’!

A city that has history that dates back to Mahabharta and since then who ever ruled left a never to fade stamp on it! Be it the Pandavas, the slave dynasty, Mughals or the British.

Walled City is the oldest part, an ancient masjid and the majestic Red Fort have witnessed centuries of change and every by-lane has a name and history of its own. It is spread out like a maze yet compact. Burqa clad ladies, men wearing skull caps; this style of dressing is exclusive to Dilli 6. Small shack like restaurants with raw as well as cooked assortment of non-vegetarian food decorated at the entrance serves authentic mughlai cuisine which makes you crave for more and invites you over and again.  Rangeen gullys of Chandi Chowk is a paradise for foodies and a shopper’s delight. They say there is some things in every bride’s trousseau that has been bought from here. Fare you can explore here will not taste the same if served in any other part of the Delhi.

Come a little further and you are in Lutyens Delhi, vast roads, palatial bunglows. This place has a vintage feel to it which is still intact. It is address of many expats, politicos and the old riches. Every passer-by has a desire to get a peak in to one of these houses.

Go West, and you are in the land of high on happiness Punjabis. Everything for them has to be extra large. Here you will find the newest model of cars with blaring music. Everyone from a 50 plus auntyji to a Nikki & Pummy in 20s wear everything matching from top to toe. Pink has to be jatak and red has to be bright. Men can be spotted in embroidered shirts. And of course there was a time when aerobics on bhangra beats was a fad here. Show off is thy name!

North is the Univ campus, college life and within limited budget eating out and shopping options are in plenty. It is young, peppy and at the same time it is home to the intellects of Delhi.

East is known as ‘Jamuna Par’ in the local dialect and if you come South it’s a new world all together. This part of Delhi tops on Glam Quotient. Even food also makes a fashion statement here, where to eat to what is the hottest selling dish in town everything counts. Here it’s about wearing Versace shades, carrying a Gucci bag paired with Jimmy Choo shoes, so what if we buy them during the Sale.

No matter which part of Delhi you are in everything has to be in sync according to the latest trend doing rounds. What differentiates one from the other is their interpretation of ‘fashion & style’.

Delhi is a city that doesn’t let you be, the loudness can get on to you. Every bar, pub, restaurant will have high voltage music or hum-drum of people. To find solace you have to discover places that are still beyond the reach of many. The Quaint hide-outs do exist but to you have to go through many doors to reach there. I am not letting out the names here else they too become ‘popular hang-outs’.

Spiritualism too has varied meanings and various genres of it do co-exist. It has something for everyone, from the qwalis at Hazrat Nizzamuddin Auliya every Thursday that quenches your desire for Sufism, to Buddhist Chant Groups. Monthly choirs at the Catholic Church to jingling temple bells and aarti at dusk.

One can explore beyond one’s own ethnicity and go international as well. It is home to cultural and language centers of many countries. Islamic, French, German, Hungarian, Spanish are the more popular ones.

The most admired and almost sacred place for us is India Gate, for it is patriotism and the most accessible for a family outing. Visit this place after ten, drive up to the gate of the President’s House, turn back and you will witness a million dollar view!

A Delhizen who has been born and brought-up here is likely to have not visited many monuments. We appreciated our Metro but still prefer our car over it. It’s hyperactive and almost silent by midnight. Here people may not have a personal rapport with the next door neighbour but ask them about why her son is sitting at home, or the daughter is not getting married and they will readily tell you a story.

All in all if you have lived here then no city in the entire world can daunt you. If you know your way around the Sarkari babus then you are an expert in sorting out any matter. Driven in Delhi? Then you qualify for an international license and yes, bargaining is in our blood! We are who we are, love us for it or envy us for our guts!

PS: This article is a preface to my next ‘Fashionable Delhi’ which is written as part of the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ series…


Entry filed under: Delhi-ghtfully Yours!, Tale of Two Cities.

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Prateek  |  September 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    A very well written article, Pal. You have captured the essence of the city in your post and have done it well. 🙂

  • 2. Karan Agrawal  |  September 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    The best one is yet to come… 😉

    • 3. delhizen  |  September 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm

      soon 🙂

  • 4. ray of light  |  September 2, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I love it , its perfect! and u know I’m partial to this one, this is truly Delhi.. in a nutshell!

  • 5. Sahithi Pallavi  |  September 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    hey, a very well written post on Delhi.
    One day I will come to Delhi for sure. I have to taste all those. 🙂

    • 6. delhizen  |  September 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm

      Pallavi; you must visit the city and make sure you come for at least a week!

      • 7. Sahithi Pallavi  |  September 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm

        Atleast a week?
        Is there that much to watch around?

      • 8. Prateek  |  September 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm

        Yes, and it would be better if you make it 15 days.

  • 9. Astha  |  September 3, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Love it completely.I’m indeed a true Delhizen…

  • 10. delhizen  |  September 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    @ Pats, ROL & Astha: Really happy to know that my fellow Delhizens liked the article and can relate to it… Mission accomplished!

    ROL: A brainstorming session with you is any day more refreshing that a cuppa of chai

    • 11. ray of light  |  September 3, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      thank you , thank you 🙂 glad i could help 😉

  • 12. ankit  |  September 4, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I’m a delhizen in mumbai..missing my home and yet wanting to explore mumbai more..

    Very well written.

    • 13. delhizen  |  September 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm

      Hey Ankit,

      I am sure exploring Mumbai will be as much fun! I too love that city 🙂

      hope to see you around more often!

  • 14. Sapna  |  September 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Loved the narration Delhizen… 🙂

  • 15. Deboshree  |  January 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Yeay. South Delhi is rightly named the glam part. Couldn’t agree more.
    Loved reading through it Pallavi… I am almost in Delhi 😀


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