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Delhi turns 102

With Delhi completing 102 years as India’s capital today, we list out 102 things that make our city worth celebrating!

lifestyle Updated: Dec 12, 2013 14:55 IST

With Delhi completing 102 years as India’s capital today, we list out 102 things that make our city worth celebrating!

1 Delhi Metro: Commuting from one corner of the city to the other has been hassle-free with the advent of the Delhi metro, that’s our lifeline now. Thanks to the multiple lines and the Gurgaon rapid metro too, the NCR region is well-connected to the city now.

2 The Ring Road: The Mahatma Gandhi Marg is the city’s circle of life, connecting every corner that’s worth getting on wheels to. Anyone who has been to Delhi has been on this road.

3 Our naach-gaana: We need no occasion to shake a leg just about anywhere and everywhere. A dhol dance to protest, baraati naach by gate-crashers, desi style disco or the good old ball dance at a high-nosed do — no one dances like hot-blooded, life-loving Delhi!

4 Multi-cuisine restaurants: Name it and it is on your plate. Delhi’s restaurants boast of the most varied cuisines, whether it’s Korean or French or Malayali or Manipuri. With a specialty restaurant suited to every tongue, no other city can boast of such finger-licking culinary wealth.

5 The press fraternity: Most news channels, important national dailies and local media have their headquarters in and around Delhi, which makes it the centre of all the news buzz. So no matter what you’re up to or where you are, there’s always an attentive reporter giving a piece-to-camera or penning down some notes around.

6 Green cover: Mumbai does not have it. Others still less. Other metropolises can cry over the lovely green canopies that line our roads, the sprawling parks where we can bask in the winter sun, the lush green neighbourhoods we live in. Cases in point — the India Gate lawns, Nehru Park, Lodhi Gardens, the Deer Park and the Ridge area.

7 Good-lookers: Whether it’s our gore-chitte guys or our lovely ladies with not a hair out of place, anyone who comes visiting says no one beats Delhiites when it comes to looking dapper. Collars up at that.

8 Delhi lingo: If you’ve never said ‘abbey oye’, ‘chal hat’ and K-Nags, do so with pride now. Because one thing that distinguishes us from other boring cities is our tongue-in-cheek, regional-lingo inspired phrases that pack in that inimitable Dilli punch.

9 The city’s style sensibilities: They can call us Christmas trees or brand baajas, but no one can defeat us when it comes to style and fashion statements.

10 Wide roads: We don’t kid when we say ‘chaude hoke chalo’; we really mean it with all those smooth, well-spread lanes.

11 Delhi’s five-stars: Honestly, have you seen it getting grander anywhere else?

12 Big fat shaadis: Kuchh bhi keh lo kum hai. With celebs, high-tech drama and exorbitant themes, the big fat Indian wedding can’t get anymore luxurious than it does here. Old Delhi: Ghalib ki haveli, Chandni Chowk, the Daryaganj book market and the reasons just don’t end! Do they?

14 The party scene: With all those clubs and the page 3 evenings, we never ever get tired of raising a toast to just about anything.

15 Dilli ki sardi: The warm layers of woollies, hot momos and samosas, and picnics and brunches under the bright Delhi sun. Bliss!

16 Aloo Tikki at Natraj in Chandni Chowk and Bengali Market

17 Paranthas at Moolchand and Parathewali Gali in Chandni Chowk

18 Chaat at Kamla Nagar, Ghantaghar and Gole Market

19 Momos at Majnu ka Tilla

20 Bread Pakora at Nehru Place

21 Kebabs near Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin Dargah

22 Dilli da aggression: We have a temper that can be both good or bad

23 Our gaalis: Hum pyaar se waar kartein hain

24 Free advice: Do we really need to explain? Virat Kohli (R), cricketer

26 Shikhar Dhawan, cricketer

27 Virender Sehwag, cricketer

28 Sushil Kumar, wrestler

29 Tania Sachdev, chess player

30 Shiv Kapur, golfer

31 Yuki Bhambri, tennis player

32 Gautam Gambhir, cricketer

33 Kitty culture: No one does kitty parties like Delhi’s aunties. Ask your mom’s friend!

34 Fashion scene: We can easily boast of the most number of fashion weeks and big designers such as Rohit Bal, Suneet Varma, Ritu Beri and the list has no end.

35 Our authors: There’s the inimitable Khushwant Singh, the peppy Anuja Chauhan, William Dalrymple, Amitav Ghosh and Anita Desai. And many more.

36 We’re the centre of power: The Parliament House, the top courts, powerful politicians, national discussions — we’re the hub of all the nation’s decision-making.

37 Theatre: From the National School of Drama to the India Habitat Centre and DU’s vibrant street theatre scene, all of Delhi is a stage and how!

38 Delhi’s social activism: There’s a young activist standing up for a cause in every Delhi household. Check yours and you’ll agree.

39 Malls: Look left, there’s the longest one. Look right – there’s the largest one. In front of you is one with the most prized foreign brands and right behind you is one all for the weddings and gold. We’re mall-a-mall!

40 The art scene: We host the coveted India art fair and the United Art Fair every year, and ours is a city of artists and public art with a punch everywhere.

41 Delhi’s bloggers: We love blogging about Delhi and micro-blogging, that is, tweeting about it too. In pictures, words, illustrations, poems — we pride folks who do it.

42 NCR: Noida to Gurgaon and now even Indirapuram and Vaishali — Delhi only seems to be expanding to embrace everyone who comes to it!

43 Lutyen’s Delhi: Nothing beats the good old colonial charm that comes with Central Delhi

44Flea markets: No matter who is coming from which end of the country or the world, everyone goes to Sarojini, Janpath and Lajpat Nagar, no?

45 Unity in diversity: Tamil, Bengali, Punjabi, Nepali and French – Delhi is made up of people from many regions, countries and backgrounds, and is a mini-India and a little world like no other state.

46 Dilli ki daaru: No one drinks like Delhi the duck does. We are proud of our Patiala peg appetite as long as no one drinks and drives.

47 Our young entrepreneurs: We’re proud of our new start-ups and the young force around it. Everyone’s doing something of their own.

48 Skywalks: The many new walkover bridges spanning north to south and east to west are preventing loads of accidents.

49 Museums: From Shankar's Dolls Museum to the Rail Museum to the National Museum and even a Toilet Museum, we offer a great view to our rich heritage.

50 Adventure parks: There are roller-coasters in Noida and water-whooshers in Rohini and an upcoming avatar of the Appu Ghar in Gurgaon next year, and many more you’ve been to.

51 ISBT: The new inter-state bus terminal is swish and sleek, complete with escalators and snack corners.

52 The farms: From Najafgarh to Greater Noida and Mayur Vihar, we pride ourselves on our green fields that line our

53 The Yamuna Expressway: All the way to Agra in 150 minutes. Who would’ve thought!

54 Our cops: Delhi Police tracks the worst of crimes and keeps our roads and processions under control. Salute to that.

55 Our parades: Be it R-Day or I-Day, our celebrations are always the grandest in the country.

56 Our traffic: So organised, even with all those big jams. Check out Mumbai or Kolkata, if you’re making a face at that!

57 Our chai: No matter where you are in India, we don’t think any state beats the good old thadi ki chai in Dilli.

58 Delhi’s sales: The biggest and the best. Hai na?

59 Our haats: Be it the Dilli Haat or the Kisaan Haat or Dastkaar bazaar, no other place has all that culture kitsch on sale, all under one roof!

60 Tourist love: If you haven’t come to Delhi, you haven’t come to India no matter what other places in India you’ve
visited! We love how tourists seem to love us.

61 Big cars and sports bikes: Don’t tell us you haven’t turned to see those Ferraris and Porsches and racer bikes when they whiz by — we’re proud of our rich racer boys, aren’t we?

62 Family and neighbour love:

Delhi still has the biggest family setups compared to other metros, and your neighbours are always still concerned about how you’re doing, even if you don’t need all that pesky curiosity!

63 Sporting facilities: After the Common Wealth Games (2010), one can see an improvement in sporting facilities. With stadiums which can host international matches, the Capital is faring well on the sports front.

64 Jaagran scene: Though we like to party all night, the truth remains that we don’t refrain from praying all night too. Even if at an ear-shattering decibel.

65 Universities: With renowned educational insititutes such as Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, IIT, Indraprastha and Jamia Milia Islamia, students from other states apply in thousands just to be a part of these schools.

66 Hub for movie shoots: With all the scenic beauty that the city offers, it has become a preferred destination for filmmakers from Bollywood. Some flicks that have been shot here in the past include 3 Idiots, Delhi-6, Aisha, Chak De! India and Rang De Basanti.

67 Jugaad: That’s our answer to everything, and no one excels at it like we do. While a given scenario may seem difficult with the resources at hand, we always have a quick fix way to get around a situation.

68 Songs on Delhi: Be it the ‘Dilli ki Sardi’ or ‘Dilli Wali Girlfriend’, lyricists have gone all gung-ho praising the city and its inhabitants. Several songs with Delhi as their muse are a testimony to the city’s charm.

69 Our great monuments: Whether it’s the India Gate or the Bahá'í Temple or the Qutub Minar or the Jama Masjid or the many ruins around every second street in the city, nothing makes us as proud of Delhi as do our archeological and architectural treasures. We bet you agree!

70 Indira Gandhi International Airport: The recently revamped Terminal 3 boasts of some of the best shops, art and facilities for flyers and even visitors. Of course, we wish it didn’t get flooded in the monsoon but we’re still proud of it.

71 Midnight munching: There’s the all-night AIIMS cafetaria, JNU, ISBT and Shanker Market that make sure we never go hungry, no matter what the hour of the night.

72 DTC buses: One of the oldest and most convenient mode of transportation is the DTC. With time-bound, air-conditioned and multiple route buses now, commuting has never been easier.

73 Delhi Zoo and our wildlife: The Delhi Zoological Park near Purana Qila, the deer park in Hauz Khas, the Asola wildlife sanctuary and the Okhla Bird Sanctuary — there’s plenty for animal lovers here.

74 Music bands: Whether it’s Parikrama, Midival Punditz, or the erstwhile Indian Ocean and Euphoria, the best of music comes from our city.

75 Cafes: We have the best of international cafes, whether it’s Starbucks or Costa Coffee; and at the same time, our small-time cafes such as Teasta in Noida or Sam’s Cafe in Paharganj are as popular and high on action.

76 Trade Fair: We’ve been the proud hosts of the India International Trade Fair ever since its inception. In fact, most other important trade exchanges have always taken place in our city, especially at venues such as Pragati Maidan and the new Expo Centre in Greater Noida.

77 The Yamuna: It’s our pride and its our sorrow, but we can’t stop loving it anyway. Our young force has been trying its best to clean the river for decades now, and it’s the only one that runs through us, so it’ll always be special.

78 E-rickshaws: These motor-driven open vehicles are cheap, comfortable and feasible. Only in Delhi!

Hot Spots
79 Khan Market
80 Hauz Khas
81 Kamla Nagar
82 Connaught Place
83 SDA Market

Film personalities who grew up here
84 Shah Rukh Khan, actor
85 Shahid Kapoor, actor
86 Bipasha Basu, actor
87 Amitabh Bachchan, actor
88 Anurag Kashyap, filmmaker
89 Arjun Rampal, actor
90 Imtiaz Ali, director
91 Konkona Sen, actor
92 Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK), singer
93 Kulbhushan Kharbanda, actor
94 Manoj Bajpai, actor
95 Mira Nair, director
96 Nandita Das, actor- director
97 Parvin Dabas, actor
98 Prakash Jha, director
99 Rannvijay Singh, TV host
100 Saakshi Tanwar, TV actor
101 Satish Kaushik, actor-director
102 Shekhar Kapur, filmmaker