Delhi is stunning in winter. But summer mornings, as we recently discovered, can take your breath away too. One Wednesday afternoon last month, the boss had an idea: figure out all the things you can do in Delhi (at dawn). Pick the ones that sound the most interesting, do them and if they match up, write about then. We groaned collectively (inwardly).
Now journalists have a terrible reputation. And it’s true. We’re not morning people. We roll out of bed at 11am and saunter in to work only by noon. But Murphy’s law is the worst in the morning! Many of these activities are strictly on Sundays. But we ignored The Bible (Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death. Exodus 31:15) and got to work.
And here’s what went very, very wrong:
1. When Saudamini Jain reached Lodhi Gardens at 5am for poetry in the park, only two people showed up (90 minutes too late at that).
2. When Manit Moorjani went to catch skaters around India Gate at 6am, there were only children for company.
3. Yashica Dutt, our fashion correspondent, went to Chandni Chowk covered from head to foot, looking absolutely dowdy. She still got reprimanded by an old man for being inappropriately dressed.
After a month, we found 10 amazing things you can do in the morning. We hope you’re having a good Sunday, but please excuse us. We’re going to sleep till way past noon. We’ve been working for four Sundays straight.
From HT Brunch, June 2
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