Category Archives: around Delhi

Hauz Khas Complex, Delhi…the union of art, culture and history

Hauz Khas means ‘royal tank’ in Urdu. It refers to a large reservoir of water or lake, surrounded by the ruins of a tomb and a mosque, from the time of the Khilji dynasty. Built centuries ago, it now serves as a place for couples to meet, groups to practice their dance and song routine, musicians to play their compositions and joggers / walkers to exercise. The thick weathered walls bear a silent testimony to the drama they witness. If you want to find out more, please read the pictures of the informative boards given below:

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 Surrounding it are beautiful, meandering, narrow lanes which offer merchandise for those who crave the quaint/ quirky/ unique/ stylish/ sophisticated,be it art/ clothing/ jewelry or curios of all kinds. After walking through the streets and going around the lake, you might want to sit down and enjoy the ambiance of numerous eateries. The streets are full of an energy and vibrancy which comes from the multilingual and multinational crowd there. There is a wide variety of cuisine, choose a rooftop restaurant, most of them have elevators that transport you in a jiffy from the ancient to the new age.

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If you are the kind that has a celebrity crush, it might be your lucky day 🙂

 

 

 

 


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Children on a bike-no number plate/ helmet!!!

Parents, please keep the roads and your children safe….we saw a motorbike with two school children on it ….they were weaving in and out of traffic lanes..without a number plate and helmet!!!!!! I have nothing against these children or their families…traffic rules do not discriminate…..where are the policemen???? I have purposely not posted a picture of their faces….wake up Gurgaon….

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Undercover girls-India

A feature seen quite commonly among the girls and women of northern India is the ‘Undercover’ look…they remain under the cover of clothing that hides their face. There are apparently two reasons…

  1. The intense heat and sunburn in summer are avoided as the face and upper body are covered.
  2. Historical reason…I was told by my grandmother ages ago that invaders generally occupied Delhi and the nearby areas. Pretty girls were abducted, so the practise of covering the face and body with a large piece of cloth which imparted a ‘sack-like’ look was chosen to save the women from the gaze of invaders…..                                          IMG_5002 - Version 2

This elderly lady was kind enough to let me take a picture….


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