Featuring ‘Irresistible India’

Recently I was on board an Austrian Airlines flight. I was pleasantly surprised to see the in-flight magazine featuring ‘Irresistible India’ as their cover story. Moreover, the main focus of the feature was Delhi and I immediately grabbed it to read up. It is so true when the article talks about how tourists somehow bypass Delhi…

Endurance

endurance  [en-doo r–uh ns, –dyoo r-] noun 1. the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc. 2. the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue,stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina. 3. lasting quality; duration. These definitions are fitting for the Bada Gumbad, or Big Dome, at the Lodi Gardens in Delhi, which…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

The Daily Post invites bloggers to participate in weekly photo challenges by prompting ideas with a single word or thought. This week’s challenge is ‘habit‘. Something that becomes customary, an everyday something which might appear mundane but sometimes behind that act, there might lie a lot of meaning and depth. At the Dargah of the…

Dance at the Purana Qila!

For all you lovers of heritage out there, how would you love to be served with a delectable combination of dance, history, and ruins? I, for one, find it fascinating. The beautiful annual show Ananya  is back again in Delhi to celebrate Indian Classical Dance against the backdrop of the magnificent Purana Qila (Old Fort)…

Delhi vs. Mumbai

The last month and a half have been both wonderful and tiring. I have been shuttling all over the place on work, pleasure and family commitments, and finally I’m back in the city I call home. Sadly my blog has suffered in the meanwhile, but Date with Delhi was always just a thought away… Particularly…

One thousand desires | An Ode to Mirza Ghalib

It has been more than 200 years since the birth of the great poet Ghalib but his poems continue to have a remarkable relevance to our time. His works, when recited with élan, still leave people spellbound. Born as Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, Takhallus Ghalib Ghalib (meaning, not surprisingly, ‘the most excellent’),  as he chose…

Wonder where this is?

Do you know the name of this place in Delhi? Update: This is the Dargah of Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki in Mehrauli, Delhi…the same Sufi saint after whom the Qutb Minar was named! He was the disciple of the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti who is revered at Ajmer, and himself became a highly venerated figure in Delhi’s…

Colors of Durga Puja

If you’re lucky enough to be in India at this time of the year, you are in for a season of festivities. Navrata, Durga Puja, and Dussehra just passed by our lives and filled Delhi with a spirit of celebration. While Durga Puja is typically the main festival of Bengalis and is celebrated with much fervor in…

Traffic jam!

I have to share something crazy that happened the other day. I was driving around with a friend in Dwarka and if you have been to that part of the city, you’d not expect the kind of traffic even remotely close to what the neighbouring area of Gurgaon faces.  So we happily took a turn…

Pic-A-Day in June: Holy Waters

Once upon a time the ‘bangla’ or residence of Raja Jaisingh, this beautiful structure housed the eighth Sikh guru, Guru Har Krishan during his stay in Delhi in 1664. The guru spent his days nursing people suffering from a cholera epidemic in those days, providing them water from a well at this ‘bangla’. Eventually the…

Pic-A-Day Project: Where it all began…

‘Purana Qila’ or Old Fort is said to be located at the site of Indraprastha, where the magnificent drama of the epic Mahabharata was enacted. The fort that you see there today was originally the inner citadel of Dinpanah, the city established by Mughal Emperor Humayun in 1533 AD. Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun in…