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A haven for young and old alike

Liberal social norms of Delhi keep the youngsters happy. The city has a plenty of meeting places if not lovers’ lanes that are a boon for promoting dowry-less “love marriages”. JS Bali recalls.

delhi Updated: Jan 05, 2008 00:03 IST

I love Delhi because it has better law and order than many other towns. One can see men and women taking after-dinner walks till late. I am aware of the numerous citizens’ complaints about the police, published occasionally by the newspapers. But most of these complainants don’t realise what happens in the vast hinterland of the country where local toughs are ‘kings’.

I also love Delhi because food is cheaper here. Fruits and vegetables are rushed here first, sometimes producing a glut. It is another thing if middlemen in some localities cheat you and take too large a profits. But you can go to the vegetable market and really get a bargain.

As a senior citizen, I like Delhi for its timely delivery of national newspapers, that are an old man’s daily pastime and intellectual diet, to keep his mind healthy.

The parks are an ideal place to meet friends, and after a few rounds, sit down leisurely on the bench with your bench-mates to solve this world’s problems.

Young men from all over India flock to Delhi for employment. If you are willing to work, there is plenty to do here — from daily- wage work to managerial jobs.

Petty officials do not bother you in Delhi, as you can go to the high officer, and still higher … upto the country’s Prime Minister.

Delhi has of late also become a great educational hub, and even foreign universities have opened shop.

The city is good for both wining and whining. You can sip your wine with the high society and whine also to the media if you feel wronged .

Liberal social norms of Delhi keep the youngsters happy. The city has a plenty of meeting places if not lovers’ lanes, that are a boon for promoting dowry-less “love marriages”.

You can meet neighbours and make merry. But if you do not want to be disturbed, your neighbours need not be your friends. It is acceptable if you do not know them even after years.

A Lahore -college-time hostel-fellow of mine used to introduce himself thus : I work in the Planning Commission and my wife works in the Supreme Court (although both of them were only clerks). What soul -soaring workplaces, which only Delhi can provide.

In the end I would say, east or west, Delhi is the best.