‘India’ Through my Lens

Being born in India and having spent 24 years of my life there, it holds a special place in my heart. Having our families back there, we do a customary visit to Delhi each year to spend some quality time with family, tantalise the taste buds and as an attempt to retain our roots.

Our recent trip, as always, was an experience of the little everyday routines, highlights, hums & sounds and aromas that always keeps me returning to this incredible country year after year…

Sharing some pictures of our recent trip to Delhi as an attempt to show India through my lens.

  • Reliving Childhood with my Favourite! The trip to Delhi for me is a journey down the memory lane. The first thing that I had were ‘Nutties’- my absolute all-time favourite. The chocolatey flavour with the nutty core gives it an amazing taste which is difficult to replicate. To let the cat out of the bag, these were in the kiddie packs that my mum very dearly made for the boys but before they knew it- these had already disappeared.

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Nuts for Nutties!

  • Family Picnics are a part of growing up.. I am sure that brings back a lot of memories for all of you. Each time it was a public holiday, there was a plan for a family picnic. Meeting cousins, playing cricket (Oh yes! I belong to a family that is crazy for Cricket), eating amazing dishes, running around- all but fun. This trip was no different- we had a family picnic and like no other picnic, the focus was on cricket and food 😉 Don’t we Punjabi’s Love & Live to Eat?

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Food is always on our mind! (Clicked @ Buddha Jayanti Park at a Family Picnic)

  • Who doesn’t love the Sun? Of course, we all do! December is the best month to visit Delhi – For us it’s the perfect Winter with temperature ranging between 10 degrees (min) to 24 degrees (max). You get your good share of sun and bit of chill during the night but you can still be out and about or choose to stay cosy indoors.
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We all love the SUN! Dog sunbathing on Car Roof (Clicked @Home in Delhi)

  • Indian Culture: It’s all about Traditions and Customs: Being with family in India is the best time for us to do Puja rituals such as ‘Havan’ in the presence of our loved ones and in the comfort of our own home. This is an age-old ritual which is believed to have a cleansing effect on us and our surroundings. It involves chanting of mantras and offerings into the fire which has a stimulating and positivating effect on the body and mind. It also helps us stay in touch with our culture and traditions and to expose our kids to these too.
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Clicked @Home in Delhi

  • India never ceases to amaze me: India has changed drastically from when we moved out in 2006. But still the modernity and the traditions go hand on hand. On one hand, you can see the Western influence and on the other- it seems like nothing has changed and India is still the same.
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Clicked @Playboy Club, Chanakyapuri

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A young girl doing a balancing Act on a Tight Rope (Clicked@Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square)- one of the oldest & busiest markets in Old Delhi)

I am sure everyone is familiar with Chandni Chowk, it’s the best place to get the actual real feel of Old Delhi. Also, for those who have not been there, it is one of India’s best-known wholesale markets for fabrics and materials. This is on the top of my to do things list when I am in Delhi.

  • Colours have a much deeper meaning than just being a decorative value: India as a country is associated with colours- be it the culture, its festivals, clothes or the cuisine. With regional, geographical and religious diversity, the colours have a different meaning and represent different emotions to people. I love the vibrancy of colours and one of the places you will always see me clicked at is the balcony of Hotel Eros – I just love the fresh floral arrangements that they have in their balcony. Well, I just don’t go there for them – in case you were thinking. Singh Sahib at Eros Hotel serves delectable North Indian dishes. Make sure you call them before you go- as there are days when they have very talented live ghazal singers- whom we have been listening to for years now.

 

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Clicked @Eros Hotel New Delhi

 

  •  Eat Eat & Eat!: I always come back feeling a little chubbier with no regrets though. Just like any holiday, I eat, indulge and just don’t feel bad about it. From Gol Gappa to chola bhatura, from Laccha Parantha to Kathi Rolls, from Butter Chicken to Indo-chinese, I try not to miss out on any of my favourites at any of my favourite joints from Nathu’s to Anupama, from Bikanerwala to Singh Saheb, from Sagar Ratna to Sarvana.. and the famous golgappa wala at UPSC ki chat-PrabhuChaatBhandaar

 

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Finally, That’s Us posing in front of a lavishly decorated Indian Truck ( Clicked @ Dhaba, Rajouri Garden -Indian Restaurant)

 

Hope you enjoyed scrolling through some of my pics from our recent trip.

See you till Next time!

Have a lovely Evening,

Rads

 

The Irony of Menstruation: Vital but Impure

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“Sorry I cannot sit in the prayers, as I have my periods”

Does that sound familiar? I am sure it does!! Not surprisingly, many of us have either turned down invites for religious or related ceremonies or have had our relatives, friends and acquaintances do that, just because of the monthly menstrual cycle.

I was born in India and I also had a similar notion – I used to avoid going to temples during this phase of the month.  I don’t remember my mother ever explicitly asking us to follow this norm but I was well-aware of it- could have been through friends or overhearing someone in or outside the family. It seemed to be a norm- it was followed and accepted.

I am (generally) not a rebel and I usually choose my battles wisely. Having said that, this didn’t pose a threat to my freedom nor did it affect me emotionally. I don’t remember thinking in those terms at that age any way. However, I do reminisce one instance where I couldn’t go to a ‘Jagrata’ in the neighbourhood, an all night long Hindu ritual, in the honour of ‘Maa Durga’, where all my friends went and I missed out on the tasty ‘prasaad’. I am sure I must have questioned, “why I could not go?”, but I cannot recall the response I may have got. Continue reading

Dancing in my own Sangeet!

With just a couple of hours to go and remembering the last night before the D day.. My Sangeet Ceremony… us Punjabi’s love to have fun and be merry.. so mine was indeed ‘Sangeet with a twist’ A 3-in-1 night of Mehandi, Traditional Sangeet and a Pre-wedding Cocktail Party.. I know this is now a norm but then I am talking about 12 years ago..

My dad planned this fun night which I can never forget…. I don’t think I have ever danced that much ever in my life .. or the way I did that very night… It was a night of some serious fun.. ..

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The Final Countdown!

12 years ago, today.. it was a house full of cousins and relatives.. there was surely a buzz around.. and I could hear the wedding bells.. loud and clear!!

With 2 days to go for the ‘D day’.. the countdown was no more for days… but for the remaining hours and seconds …. for the day which would change my identity (atleast the perception of it) in a blink of an eye… from being a daughter to a Dad.. to being a wife to a man … a switch that took minutes or probably a couple of hours to complete .. a journey I was waiting to start…. Continue reading

3 Counties in 3 Days

I love traveling, exploring new places, trying out new foods and spending some quality time with family away from home and especially away from our daily routine. I have a long list of places I would love to see and hopefully I will be able to cover them in this life of mine.

My husband, who loves relaxing and spending time at home, needs a little convincing every time I want to plan a holiday. Having said that, he is an adventurous traveller- he loves edgy destinations, scenic great drives (scary at times!), trying out new cuisines. I must confess he is a more adventurous travel eater than me. He has driven me around most of England- you name it and we have seen it (I did say… ‘Most of it’… haha!). And so far our favourite English counties are Cornwall and Devon. Continue reading

Colour me ‘In’: Red is Trending!

It being the holiday season, most of you (just like me) would have been out and about looking for the ‘right’ outfit for your holidays or otherwise.

With an ‘Asian’ complexion, I am a little particular about the colors I wear. I prefer colors that accentuate my natural ‘tan’ such as white, coral, lavender (mauve as we all call it) and of course reds and pinks.

Red, the colour of love and passion is one of my favourites. A vibrant hue associated with Indian weddings, makes the Indian bride look both beautiful and attractive. It is one colour which can give you ‘the’ look that you desire- be it traditional, modern or sexy.

I think ‘Red’ or ‘Flame Red- Orange’, is an excellent colour choice especially for women like me who have a warm skin tone. It brightens it up and makes it glow.  It’s an evergreen colour which looks amazing irrespective of weather, occasion and time of the day.

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