With wonder in my eyes

a thousand questions in my heart

and a spring in my step

I set off to explore this megacity….

If you’ve read my post Onion City, you would know how much I hated Delhi once upon a time…Lucky for me a friend dragged me to the Bijai Mandal and Begumpur Masjid in south Delhi one Sunday, and literally opened my eyes. I was so awestruck by the ruins around me, and even more by the stories I read in a slew of books that followed, that I was a complete convert. Soon cushy corporate job and all the associated hang-ups were forgotten…and I began a fresh episode wandering the streets of Delhi and learning its stories galore. And when I saw what a wealth of experiences lies just around the corner of the malls and markets, I decided to write this blog. It is a tiny attempt to share the stories and hidden gems of this amazing city with fellow denizens and travelers.

Update: Nearly a year has gone by since I started this blog, and though I have not been as regular as I intended to be, you my dear readers have made this a very rewarding experience. Β Thank you! As I currently traverse the exciting path of entrepreneurshipΒ along with a couple of old friends from B-school, travelling and Delhi-watching continue to give me solace.

77 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow! I want to know more about you now!

    1. wanderfool says:

      Ahh, thanks for the kind words, Ken πŸ™‚ But to be honest, once I went through your blog and read what you’ve been up to, I was humbled. It’s a real inspiration to read your stories.

      1. That’s very kind of you, but honestly not warranted πŸ™‚ I’m pretty ordinary though the place I live in – Bangladesh – is probably as amazing as Delhi. But you sound quite incredible – you’ve given up a lot by the sounds of things πŸ™‚

  2. Hi, just wanted to tell you how much i enjoy your blog…which I found because you visited mine. I am even more inspired now to get out and explore more of the city (I too have fallen into a rut of just going to/from work, and have hesitated to get out on foot and do much on my own…but feel more inspired after my visit to your blog).

    1. wanderfool says:

      Wow, thank you Jevene! I feel so excited to have more and more people join this happy bandwagon of discovery πŸ™‚ Do keep us posted about any new sites and stories!

  3. Dew says:

    that’s what I love about Delhi – the ruins…the minarets, forts…the old world charm.. they have something magical indeed…!

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thanks Dew, couldn’t agree more!

  4. Marissa says:

    I’ve really enjoyed following your blog recently, and I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! You can find out more here: http://mediaevalmusings.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/honourable-mentions/

    1. wanderfool says:

      Dear Marissa, thanks so much for your nomination, you’ve no idea how much it means to me πŸ™‚ Being a relatively new blogger I am still exploring other blogs…so I think I will take a while longer to draw up my own list of nominations, but it will be there for sure!
      And while I am at it, let me also point out my readers to your excellent blog on all things medieval- I really love reading all the stories and opinions on it. Thank you πŸ™‚

  5. Giovanni says:

    I have a fascination for India. I appreciate its culture, its people and its colourful way of life. I am glad you are writing this blog. I will visit again.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thanks a lot Giovanni! Indeed this is a fascinating place, rich with the history and culture of several hundred years… welcome to this blog, and do keep visiting πŸ™‚

      Would also like to point readers to your similar initiative in Kelowna, Canada.

      Dear readers- Do check out Giovanni’s page, you’ll not be disappointed!

  6. Hello, very cool blog about Delhi. Looking forward to learning more about this fascinating city.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thanks Preena, and welcome to this blog! Must say that I, too, totally loved your blog on Indian cooking.

  7. delhi charms you and traps you in its love eventually!!


    1. wanderfool says:

      You are so right, all we need to do is keep our eyes and hearts open πŸ™‚

  8. Iti Kaul says:

    Hi! Amazing blog must say..Needed to get in touch with you for a travel campaign. Let me know how to take it forward!

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thanks a lot Iti, glad you liked the page πŸ™‚

      If you are on facebook please drop me a private message on the page https://www.facebook.com/DateWithDelhi

  9. Having just had 5 very short visits to Delhi, I have never really appreciated its small niceties. Thanks for taking me through the capital city, exactly the way that a city ought to be discovered!! Great blog!! πŸ™‚

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thank you so much Sumithra! I agree with you…wish I had discovered every city I have been to in the same way. Welcome to DateWithDelhi…and hope this urges you to make that long visit now and explore all the hidden niceties here πŸ™‚

      1. I hope I can make that trip in the very near future too!!

  10. NS says:

    I can somehow relate to you. I have a Corporate job too. But I spend my weekends searching for ruins, markets and hidden teasures in and around Baroda.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Great to meet you NS πŸ™‚ I have never been to Baroda, tell us more about the place! I imagine your weekends must be loads of fun.

  11. Bhanupriya says:

    Hi! Coming here was absolute serendipity and you have evoked great emotions in me since morning. I am a Dilliwalla who lives in London for the last 4 years. Like you said when I moved to Delhi in 1997 for my studies, I absolutely hated it..the snobbery, the loudness, the crassness, recklessness and the don’t-you-know-who-I-am culture. And then, I came face to face with the poetry of Delhi i.e the monuments, the living culture, Chandni Chowk,Mehrauli, Nizamuddin, safdarjung,Lodi gardens and I fell in love. As someone once said..yeh shahr nahin Mehfil hai! Will keep coming back for more. Would love to meet you and explore delhi, just as i used to when I am there…Btw, I used to conduct heritage walks in mehrauli and Chandni Chowk…Love your blog..and the photos.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Bhanupriya- your words totally made my day πŸ™‚ There are days I wonder what I am doing this for…after all, it’s a very niche audience out here. And then there are days when someone like you sends genuine words of appreciation my way and I know it’s worth all the effort. Would love to explore Delhi with you when you are around, just give me a buzz please!

    2. wanderfool says:

      Oh, and by the way- I spent a few months in London on work, and must say you are lucky to have been transported from one wonderful city to another! Hope you are enjoying exploring the treasures of that great city.

      1. bhanupriyarao says:

        Hey! Pls never give up on this site….I have always felt sad for the Dilliwalas( and they constitute a majority), who think fun is going to a mall, when they live among such beauties. There is history in every corner of the city and sadly people bump against it, shrug their shoulders and drive to the nearest mall. Dilliwalas ought to know more.
        Yes, Im a travel freak and a constant explorer, so I’m nosing around quite a bit here. I am planning to write a blog myself on all my travels and will send yo the link. Keep up the good work. Btw, Can i Ask what camera do you use for the photos? Also do you do any editing on them, coz they’re amazing.

        1. wanderfool says:

          About the camera- thanks a ton. Actually I am no photographer- don’t even know much technical gyaan about photography, just enjoy dabbling with pictures. I have a decent point and shoot which is good enough for me. Some pics have been taken from my android phone, too. I edit the pics using Instagram or Befunky. Love these apps!

  12. bhanupriyarao says:

    And also, I can point you towards certain gems, especially in Chandni Chowk…mostly living culture that I’m sure will amuse you..like the chap who makes Rotis the size of a table cloth and sells it by pieces, the odd couple of chaps who sell Malai makhan a yummy frothy outcome of whipping the ass out of Makhan, for which you will have to go to CC early on a Sat/Sun morning. Or the shop that buys old saris takes the zari out of them and sells it by weight….Let me know if you’re keen about writing about these things!

    1. wanderfool says:

      Yesss pleeease! Tell me about all of that…sounds too good to be true πŸ™‚ I am astonished you know so many quirly things and remember so much!

      1. wanderfool says:

        “quirky” I meant

  13. bhanupriyarao says:

    Hi Wanderfool!
    Here is my brand new blog on my travels. I have just begun and will keep adding more from my notes and memory about all the fantastic places I have been to.


    1. wanderfool says:

      Loved your blog Bhanupriya! Planning a blogroll soon and will put in this one as well if you permit.

  14. Hey, Thanks! Sure you can. Meanwhile, I changed my blog. This is the new one..http://mefoodprints.com/…Head over to my FB page and press like if you do…Cheers!

  15. Makrand says:

    Nice to see a blog dedicated only to Delhi. I have had two short trips to Delhi and loved lot of things from the food in streets to views at India Gate. Your page gives a completely new view of Delhi.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thank you Makrand πŸ™‚ Glad you found this page interesting, and hope you get many new ideas for your next visit to Delhi!

  16. twobitwo says:

    Hi Wanderfool,
    i dropped in to say i saw the new look of your blog & i must say i quite like it πŸ™‚

    1. wanderfool says:

      Hey twobitwo, thanks so much for checking it out! And yeah, for the appreciation too πŸ™‚

    2. wanderfool says:

      Oh and by the way- this blog sorely misses your guest posts!

      1. twobitwo says:

        i m glad u say so, hope to contribute again soon πŸ™‚

  17. Hi,
    I loved your blog so much. Your presentation skills are amazing.

    You just got a new fan πŸ™‚

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thanks Vikramjit. In fact you just got yourself a new fan πŸ™‚ Loved your project on Monuments of Delhi.

  18. Hi dear Wanderfool,

    I am glad to present a “lifetime’s exploration” award to you, as your tales of this wonderful city keep the dreams alive. Keep going!



    1. wanderfool says:

      Why, that’s wonderful Yulia! Thanks so much for this…means a lot!

  19. Discovered your blog today while blog hopping. It’s beautiful.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thank you so much! Lately I have been a bit lazy on it….but comments like these make me sit up and muster back all my energy πŸ™‚

      1. We are all waiting for the posts on beautiful Delhi. So keep them coming πŸ™‚

  20. Akshita says:

    I really love your blog! I have started writing one of my own recently:

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thanks so much Akshita, and all the best for the new blogging journey! Went through the first few posts- they are already looking great πŸ™‚

  21. bhavani says:

    i wander around in bombay, and hope to get to know more about it… and i left 5 years ago saying i would not come back as i didnt like the city for multiple reasons… but came back in 2 years… and now almost settled here, with a home loan and husband to boot!

    all the best with your meandering… in delhi and in your head! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    1. wanderfool says:

      Hey Bhavani…thank you for reading my blog.
      I was in Bombay recently for a fairly longish stint, and discovered I really loved the freedom of the place and the humility of its people. In fact I was compelled to do a Delhi vs. Mumbai post soon after πŸ™‚ Hope you get to discover all the wonderful corners of that great city!

  22. Sangeeta says:

    Dear Varsha, I am not sure how long I would have taken to discover this hidden gem of a blog you have created had you not dropped by today. I have been to Delhi several years ago and later I only managed to see the terminals of the airports. This is a treat to say the least. All the best with your entrepreneurial venture !!


    1. wanderfool says:

      Dear Sangeeta- thank you so much for the encouraging words. They mean a lot to me, especially coming from a person who runs such a wonderful blog! I do hope you get a chance to visit Delhi at leisure sometime soon. I am an ardent traveller myself and your site has inspired me to let go and do it more often. Thank you πŸ™‚

  23. Archana says:

    I love your blog.
    We have a Twitter group that goes by the handle @wearenewdelhi and i insist that you drop in and say hello! INSIST! πŸ™‚

  24. leena says:

    dear Wanderfool, I am so glad you did justice to what you do best–I loved your writing way back in school…am so glad you’re translating it here now…came by your blog post a conversation with Rishu this evening….keep writing girl! It’s inspiring!! – Thumbaleena.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Leena, thanks sooo much πŸ™‚ It’s wonderful to meet up with old friends in this way…and your words mean a lot to me. To be honest I keep slacking at this, but appreciation from such quarters never fails to motivate! Thanks dear.

  25. Deeksha says:

    I am writing to you on behalf of Weber Shandwick.
    We are doing a blogger outreach program. Would request you to share your e mail ID and contact number.


    1. wanderfool says:

      Deeksha, request you to please drop me a private message on https://www.facebook.com/DateWithDelhi, will be easier to share contact details. Alternatively please let me know an email address where I can send you the info. Thanks so much for contacting me!

  26. Prasad says:

    You have an interesting blog running here. Loved some of your writings. Its very subtle . I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. πŸ™‚

    1. wanderfool says:

      Prasad- thanks so much and please do hang around πŸ™‚ Look forward to your insights and views!

  27. twobitwo says:

    you have no idea how much i learn from your blog! a big thank you!!

  28. ramachandra says:

    Hi, Nice writing, got to know so much about delhi, my mother stayed there before marriage, tell’s me so much abt it all the time. will try to tell what all i can from your blog. Even i write blog. Can sometime drop in. Keep up the good work.

  29. Namaste…what a great blog you have πŸ™‚

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thanks a ton Lakshmi πŸ™‚

  30. Freya says:

    What’s up to all, how is thhe whole thing, I think every one is getting
    more from tthis website, and yolur views are good for new people.

  31. Hello Varsha;
    We are here on our second day in Delhi – celebrating our third sons 5th birthday. To be truthful we were a bit daunted by the idea of Delhi but the reality is calmer and much more fascinating than we imagined. A blog like yours also helps our curiosity about the place. Thanks for all your efforts to educate us on the wonders of this ancient city.

  32. I, Ramesh Bidhuri, was first elected as MLA of tughlakabad in 2003. I am very thankful to the people of tughlakabad, South Delhi for choosing me as their MLA since last three continuous assembly election.
    For this reason BJP nominated me for the seat of MP in 2014 from South Delhi. I want to say thanks to my Sr. Leaders and BJP for showing faith and for nominating me as MP candidate…

  33. sharmadipti says:


    I stumbled upon your blog and loved it.

    I have recently started a travel blog. If you could look at it and provide some honest feedback.


  34. Sonal says:

    Really enjoyed reading you blog. Have never really been to Delhi, but thats on my radar on my next visit to India.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Hope you get a chance to visit soon. There are so many hidden gems here you will love it.

  35. adityapathak says:

    Hi mate. Really nice posts you have shared here.. each post has a “handpicked/handmade” warmth to it πŸ™‚ I got a reference to your blog from Bipasha, a fellow blogger here on WordPress πŸ™‚ I also love exploring Delhi and have posted a bunch of videos about several heritage sites of Delhi…you’ve been to most of these places already though! My site >> http://adityapathak.net/ .. perhaps me and my sis are also putting together a vlog dedicated to Delhi Heritages films only. Here’s the link : http://delhiheritagevlogs.wordpress.com/ . Hope you’ll like it. Wish you great health and loads of happy Delhi moments ahead πŸ™‚ Blessings!

    1. wanderfool says:

      Hi Aditya, thanks so much for taking the time to go through my blog. Gives me much pleasure to meet up a fellow heritage lover! Sadly I have moved on to other projects which do not leave me much time to update Date With Delhi anymore…though I still love roaming around the ruins of this beautiful city. Will definitely go through the links you have shared. Happy exploring πŸ™‚

      1. adityapathak says:

        Thanks πŸ™‚ Wish you the best! Cheers πŸ™‚

  36. sault79 says:

    Hello ,

    This is Saul at GPSmyCity, a publisher of travel apps on iTunes App Store and Google Play. We have reviewed your blog and are interested in working with you to convert some of your blog posts into mobile apps so they can be sold on iTunes App Store and Google Play. There is no cost to you – we work with blogger on a revenue share basis.

    If you wish to learn more about this opportunity, please reply to my email so I will send you additional information.

    Thanks and regards,
    Saul Tarasoff

    1. wanderfool says:

      Hi Saul
      Apologies for the late reply. If this project is still on do let me know.
      Best Regards.

  37. Mrs. Padma Mohan Kumar says:

    I am a lover of Delhi and its history and I have had the privilege of spending 30 years there. I am now settled in Trivandrum but I still cherish nostalgic memories of good old Delhi and its monuments.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Great to hear from you Ma’m. 30 years is a long time…I am sure you miss the wonders of Delhi. Hope you are finding Trivandrum also an interesting place.

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