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Moscow vs Delhi

The series on where Delhi stands when compared to cities abroad.

entertainment Updated: Apr 09, 2010 01:20 IST
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Moscow Metro
The second most heavily used metro system in the world, Moscow’s Metro stations are known for their ornate designs. Started in 1935, the best thing about the metro rail of the Russian capital is that no matter where you go — near or far — you pay the same fare: 26 rubles.

Delhi Metro
Started in 2002, Delhi Metro is very new. Like Muscovites, Delhiites take pride in their tube. Contrary to all fears, it has remained as clean as any first world metro system. When Pakistani author Fatima Bhutto came visiting, one of the things on her agenda was a joyride on the Metro.

Boring street food

In Moscow alleys, you find boring finger food such as piroshki (a kind of dumpling), soft cheese, blini, sausages and baked potatoes. The best part are the sights of street vendors selling Kvas (a kind of beer) from large barrels.

Roadside treats
Delhi has a big belly. No wonder then, our street food, from chholay bhature to samosas, is full of grease. It’s tasty but fattening. Also, while Moscow streets have beer barrels, Delhi has lassi and neembu-paani. Not a bad deal even if it’s not booze.

Not very friendly people
According to a 2009 poll by travel website Trip Advisor, Moscow is one of the unfriendliest cities in Europe. That may or may not be true, but Moscovites are surely one of the world’s most stylish people. It is also home to two of Eastern Europe’s biggest fashion weeks.

Delhiites are a friendly lot
Exceptions apart, Delhiites are generally friendly. The city also has a distinct fashion sense. On the one hand you find people speaking the language of Prada and Jimmy Choo, while on the other you see women flaunting salwar suits in bright colours bought in local bazaars.

Red Square

The 15th-century Red Square is Moscow’s soul. It is where Russians come to celebrate and protest. While the country is run from the President’s office in the adjacent Kremlin, sightseers mill around the monuments nearby.

India Gate
This is Delhi’s Red Square. A major tourist attraction, this is one place in the city where tourists as well as residents love to hang out. While you enjoy an orange ice lolly, the Prime Minister runs the nation from the nearby South Block.