Wednesday, January 13, 2010

India Day 2: Old Delhi

Signs of development are everywhere in Delhi. The city is changing, and the people are in a rush to keep up. We walked mostly through Chadni Chowk and the old town today, and the hustle and bustle that surround the historical buildings makes you wonder if this city will look and feel the same in 10 years.

December 27, 2009

11:00 a.m. Presidential House and India Gate drive-by. Drove by the spectacular monuments made by the British in the late 1800s.

12:00 p.m. Jama Masjid. MS parked his car and we took a trip on Delhi's spanking new and shiny subway to the old town. The first big building was the mosque Jama Masjid, which we weren't able to enter because prayers were about to commence. It's the largest mosque in India and built by the Taj Mahal maker, Shah Jahan.

1:00 p.m. Red Fort.  Shah Jahan also built the Red Fort, which is my favorite monument in Delhi. Only great civilizations could have come up with something like this, and it is impressive.

3:00 p.m. Lunch at Paratha Lane. Where we had parathas, of course! And it really is a lane full of paratha shops, but there was also the occasional dairy, which sold yummy lassi.

5:00 p.m. Textile Fair. Yes, we did quite a bit of shopping here. The quality of material is excellent.

8:00 p.m. Dinner at Oh, Calcutta! Bengali food, mostly seafood and oh so delicate. This was a wonderful meal.

10:00 p.m. Watched "Three Idiots".  We watched the Bollywood movie of the moment at a cinema, and it was very, very funny. MS sat in between me and L to do occasional translations from Hindi, but it was easily understandable, and watching the crowd react to the movie was as great an experience as the movie itself.