I live in South Delhi. When I get bored with my daily schedule I go out to visit other parts of Delhi. One Tuesday morning, I went to Hanuman Mandir at Connaught Place. On Tuesday, the temple is full of devotees of Lord Hanumanji.
The complex is beautifully decorated with fresh flowers of roses and marigolds. All the sweet shops are filled with different kinds of sweets like boondi, burfi and peda. I love distributing the prasad among poor. The kachori and aloo subzi served by the shops lining the complex are legendary.
I always have my lunch there. Next to the mandir are the shops of the famous mehndiwallas of Dilli. Bowled over by their artistry I also queued up to get my hands done. The chooriwallahs with their exotic and colourful collection of bangles are a big attraction.
The design range from the classic to the latest. At the other side of Hanuman Mandir are the various state emporia, where I have spent many a lazy winter afternoon shopping for knick-knacks for my home and gifts for friends. Whenever I visit the temple I make it a point to drop in at the outlets.
From mehndiwallahs, chooriwallahs, to the stately avenues of Lutyens Delhi to hip and happening malls, my Dilli offers it all. Delhi will always be my favourite city. It is a non-stop adventure for those who want to experience its diversity. With a little imagination every weekend can be a gala outing with family and friends.
Where the world meets, celebrates togetherness
I believe that everyone in this world loves his or her hometown. I am no exception. I love my Delhi not only because I was born and brought up here but also for the wide variety of experiences it offers. When I was young, I never understood the meaning of the famous line “Dilli dil walon ki”.
Now, I clearly understand what it means. All of India is represented here. People come here from not only different parts of the country such as Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar but also from other countries.
Refugees from Tibet, Bangladesh, Iraq and Afghanistan have found a home in Delhi. The city is well-known for its large heart and welcomed migrants from all over for centuries.
We do not just accommodate them but over a period of time, a sense of brotherhood develops with different communities adopting each other’s culture, food, fashion, languages and festivals. As they say, “Yeh Dilli ka dil hi toh hai jo sabko samaaya hai”. Delhi has something for everyone: culture, festivals, history, religion, beauty, fashion, food etc. And to the sceptics I say, visit Delhi on Republic Day and you will fall in love.