Delhi Diary – July 2008 – 2

So, after the metro ride, we got out of the Krishi Bhavan station.

There was some Jamuns (a.k.a Naval pazham / Nagappazham) being sold by a hawker sitting by the garden nearby. That brought back  memories from my school time, when we used to come to India Gate gardens – for Jamuns and ice cream, and go back home, our school uniforms colored purple by the Jamun juice… We bought some Jamun and walked into the garden.

There is some magic about the gardens of India gate. People relaxing in the shade of Jamun trees, the huge lawns… wonderful… Ravi was busy talking on his mobile… I walked across and took a long shot of the India power centre – the area of Parliament, North Block, Rashtrapati Bhavan… Here’s a picture.

Walked back, chose my tree, to lie down under… As Ravi went on with his phone call, I took a short snooze… This is my Delhi… at its best… sleeping under a  tree in India Gate lawns, after a snack of Jamun…

The day, 21st July, was the day of debates in the parliament. The next day, the parliamentarians would be casting the trust vote – to decide whether the current government should stay in power or relinquish.  The debate day was crucial and all eyes were on Parliament.

Here’s another picture of the India power blocks…

You will notice the vans with satellite dishes… Those are the OB (Overhead Broadcasting) Vans of TV Channels. All parked to carry the parliament debate live into the houses all over India…


Ravi finally got off his call. It was around 4:30 or so in the afternoon. We drove down to Bengali Market – to Bengali Sweet House… For a snack of Tikki, Kulcha-Choley… Went from there to the Sringeri Sarada temple in Vasant Vihar. Ravi is a regular here…Comes every Pradosham for abhishekam of Siva… Chanted  Rudram…

Nice city…Nice day…


8 Responses to “Delhi Diary – July 2008 – 2”

  1. Natarajan Balachander Says:

    Picture of the parliament? Looks like it is the East/West block with the RAshtrapati Bhavan in the background.

  2. gkamesh Says:

    You are right. Thats the cluster of Secretariat (North Block, South Block – housing the PMs office), with parliament, Rashtrapati bhavan nearby… tx.

  3. ramji Says:

    OB Vans stands for Outside Broadcast Vans!!

  4. gkamesh Says:

    I stand corrected Ramji!

    But I prefer the Tamizh meaning of OB! Thats what these vans do 🙂

  5. Srinivasa Says:

    I think Nathu Sweets, Bengali Sweets etc are overrated – I know this is sacrilege. Here’s a thought for you.

    The best sweets are to be had in the Chandi Chowk area. The best kheer in Kareem’s – off Jama Masjid. As for choley bhaturey, the Bengali Mkt places and Evergreen in Green market can’t hold a candle to places on the street in Lajpat Nagar, Chandni Chowk and assorted places in Old Delhi.

    Next time, you must absolutely do a walking tour of Chandni Chowk preferably after dark and sample some of the eats there.

  6. gkamesh Says:

    Sure Srini.

    It shall be a pleasure. And yes, I do agree that standards in Bengali market are not what it was not many years ago… Abhi woh baat naheen hai!

  7. Srinivasa Says:

    Please include parathe wale gali in the walking tour.

  8. GJV Prasad Says:

    parthe wale gali is one of the overrated ones now — isnt what it used to be in scale or quality

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