Delhi is synonymous with fun, frolic and the good ol’ times. I am Mrs Kapila Dhingra née Sharma, and have loved, lived and enjoyed being a Delhiite to the hilt.
Being an alumna of Modern School and the Delhi College of Art, I have enjoyed many an art exhibition at Triveni Kala Sangam and stage shows at the various theaters in the city.
My husband, Ramesh Dhingra, is also a product of the College of Art. Together, we have savoured the city’s art and cultural scene. Though we are now settled in Kenya, our love for Delhi still runs in our veins, and we long to be back.
The face of Delhi has been changing gradually. Its towering skyline, network of flyovers, metro system, enormous malls, and the crowds on the streets, all give us a sense of belonging to this fascinating metropolis.
With the construction of great architectural marvels — the Akshardham and the Lotus Temple — and the serenity of the gurudwaras, I continue to be impressed with Delhi’s rich religious and cultural heritage.
Being educationists, we find that the growth of schools, universities, and other educational institutions in and around Delhi speaks highly of Delhiites’ intellectual bent of mind.
Living far away, we miss the delicacies Delhi has to offer.
I am, of course, talking about Bengali Market ke golgappe, Chandni Chowk’s paranthe-wali gali, the la-di-dah cuisine that hotels have to offer, and — of course — the back-streets of Connaught Place where one can tuck into delicious biryani and other meat dishes at very reasonable prices.
Delhi, moreover, is special for the ladies, as one can go berserk shopping for anything under the sun here. Items of all kinds — small trinkets, clothes, shoes, home goods — can be bought at unbeaten prices, making the city a Shangri-la for regular ‘card-swipers.’
And one can go sightseeing, and enjoying the breath-taking ancient monuments, acres of the Delhi Zoo, the fun-filled atmosphere of Apu-Ghar, the Modern Art Gallery, the Yamuna river, National Stadium, and countless other memorable sights.
My husband joins me in saying ‘Dilli dilwalon ki, aur jannath se kum nahin.’
(Mrs Dhingra lives in Nairobi, Kenya. She was in Delhi for New Year)