In this week’s Expat show we try our hands at the ”Lists” that everyone seems to enjoy making at the beginning of a new year.
We look at our personal ”Top 3” moments in Delhi - the good, the bad and the downright embarrassing! Here they are in no particular order - but as always, they are much funnier to listen to!
Our Top 3 Favourite places in Delhi:
Hauz Khas Village in South Delhi - a great place to visit and browse around beautiful but hideously expensive works of art, trinkets and furniture. This is a good afternoon occupation and can be perfectly rounded up with a visit to the park down the road and a meal at one of the restaurants. (Photo courtesy: Flickr)
Hauz Khas Village
Ayeshea: Daryaganj in Old Delhi- a financially challenged bookworms paradise. Read more about it on our previous blogpost here.
Aruna:Humayun’s Tomb in Nizamudeen - although a typical ”tourist” spot, the fact that the tomb is rarely crowded and lies in such a quiet and secluded spot, makes it a lovely place to just think - and be. (Photo - Flickr)
Top 3 Discoveries:
Ayeshea: Paharganj in Central Delhi - you get to meet a lot of interesting people - mostly foreign backpackers who stay here because the lodging is so cheap. Also you get a great market with beautiful trinkets, clothes, bags, etc. that are ideal as gifts (and very very cheap)
Melissa: The Art scene in Delhi - you get some beautiful installations and exhibitions that are beautiful and very exciting for anyone who loves art. Most recently, the 48 degrees public art festival saw some impressive installations in public spaces - most notably the lion fountain and installation at the Public Library in Old Delhi
Aruna: The many mango varieties you get in Delhi during the summer. (read more about these and other favourites here)
Top 3 cringeworthy moments:
Aruna: Walking down the road after a good Italian dinner and helpfully going up to a man honking at her on the road in the belief that he was lost. Imagine her shock and sense of betrayal when he opened the car door and motioned for her to get in! ”Lost” man then proceeded to follow Aruna on the road honking the whole time, until she ran across the road and into her house.
Ayeshea: Trying to tell her ONLY Hindi speaking neighbours that she would not be home for the night - and telling them that her house went away at night. The lady downstairs understandably just said ”ok” and closed the door in her face
Melissa: Having a meltdown in Lajpat Nagar when her white curtains (that had a lot of emotional investment) turned out to have ugly greasy stains on them and the shopkeeper didnt care. The details are on the show - needless to say she hasn’t been that way in one and a half years.