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'I love the mix of various cultures'

The India Habitat Centre and the India Int'l Centre give Delhi its cultural edge. We are truly spoilt for choice where the cultural scene goes, says Ritu Kumar.Special: I Love Delhi

delhi Updated: Jan 03, 2008 05:46 IST
Ritu Kumar
Ritu Kumar

I live on the outskirts of Delhi, on a farm area. This time of the year, it is especially beautiful. I open the curtains in the mornings on a cold winter day and see the slight mist rise and the grass full of the night’s dew drops sometimes white with frost if the night is cold. The winter sun slowly comes up warming up the green with which I am surrounded.

The birds start chirping all through the morning and we are visited by many varieties, some domestic, some visitors from afar. The peacocks are most at home in Delhi and they tip-toe on the parapets up on the trees which surround our space. I really love Delhi for having the environment to enjoy this bliss of green nature.

Delhi is also a city of history where the cultures of many dynasties have left their indelible impressions. Tombs and monuments dating back to a thousand years or more peep through oasis of green with wide avenues connecting them. The Lodhi Gardens, is a particularly spectacular example of the atmosphere of Delhi that I so love.

The monuments of the Sultanate period are surrounded with fashion boutiques. I look out at the Qutab Minar from the Cresent, which houses my flagship store among many and feel a sense of being in a vibrantly rich city, where the past and future melt into each other in a rather nostalgic manner.

The India Habitat Centre and the India International Centre give Delhi its cultural edge. Art, films, performing arts, interactive talks, music and book launches crowd the calender. We are truly spoilt for choice where the cultural scene goes.

There is an amazing variety of craft activities in Delhi. One of my favourite haunts is the Crafts Museum, the Dilli Haat is a living folk museum, the emporia along Baba Kharak Singh Marg, the Tibetan Market on Janpath, the Central Cottage Emporia is where I have spent many a lazy afternoon, browsing through the wares.

I love the lanes of Old Delhi — the Kinari Bazaar is a favourite shopping haunt. The food of course is mouthwateringly sinful in Delhi. It has grown in strength and variety and has an endless range of street food and high-end Punjabi cuisine. The Bukhara restaurant is one of my favourites. I also love Delhi for its Sunday Polo matches. Its position as the fashion capital of the country with its mad fun parties. The buzz of the Delhi fashion week. Its vibrant neighbouring malls. The young and energetic youth culture which has permeated the life in this city, which has taken it from the retired to the happening city of India.

She is a fashion designer