Delhi / Dilli
A telephonic conversation with Mom and my two sisters is a ritual. Before we got married, the four of us would sit down together, at least once to share the day’s happenings. After office, Dad would enter the house to the squeals, chatter, and laughter of his four “Varma girls”. Now, those daily face to face conversations have been replaced by telephonic ones but when we still want everyone’s involvement, we go “Conference”. The conversation, the other day, meandered to the question “How well do we know our city?” As I posted the question to others, we all realized that there are nooks and corners, people, temples, monuments, gardens and so many places of interest that we still hadn’t explored about “Delhi”.
In the folds of Delhi, lies a short story. In 1320 AD the Tughlaq ruler, Sultan Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq, during his campaign in Bengal, sent a decree to the Sufi saint, Nizamuddin Auliya, threatening to take his life on return. The saint remained calm and undeterred. He smiled and said aloud “Hunooz Dilli Door Ast’. ( Dilli Abhi Door Hai). In the vagaries of fate, Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq died inside a collapsed wooden palace, much before he could reach Delhi. Ironically, for most, Delhi is still far away despite living in it for years. “Dilli Door Ast.” In the mad race of life, we are oblivious to the soul of the city. For us, it is a bustling city; with traffic jams, high pollution levels, overcrowded and with a dynamic political scenario. It continues to be aloof shrouded in its mysteries, stories, and history. Seriously! How well do we know our city?
Anindya has been my mentor, my guide and a very good friend. He is a name to reckon with in the blogging world and he’s the one I turned to help me out. After a brainstorming session, we came up with some ideas on how to take this further. Putting different aspects of this magnificent city and presenting a morsel of it every day for the next 365 days. And that’s how “Delhi Ki Dibbi” came into being. With the advent of 2018, it’s going to be my endeavor to explore my beautiful city, Delhi. With a melange of cultures, people, religions, and food, Delhi is mystical, interesting and so full of drama. I am enamored by its power and as a magician lures the audience to a bagful of tricks, the city beckons me to its magic and its different facets. This journey, however, is not mine alone. Each one of you must come with me. Walk with me as I see Delhi once again.
Love and gratitude always!