The four years that I have been in this city, only thing that has been constant is the city being criticised for being an unsafe and unruly city. Sans all the criticism and take my words Delhi will teach you how to love and live the urban culture while you embrace the roots.
If you have loved the city ever you will know the feeling. Have you ever wondered while your trip to Connaught place that where else will you find a modern commercial and financial hub enveloped in a showpiece heritage structure of Lutyen’s era?
If you look at the recorded history the city has been built, destroyed and rebuilt several times. The most unique feature that you will come across is despite it being one of the most urban city of India it still manages to carry with it the elegance of it’s past.
Trust me when I say it is the only place which can deal with your homesickness because Delhi is love from all over the country served in a single platter. Be it in terms of food, culture or anything else.
I myself am a Bengali who was born and brought up in the city of Nawab’s Lucknow. So basically both the Bengali as well as the Nawabi culture and food is very dear to me. The picturesque view of the Jama Masjid and the street food of Chandani chowk reminds me of Lucknow. On the other hand the Chittaranjan park always made sure that I had the most delicious dates with the Bengali cuisine.
Tell me if you find a city which gives you the “Sansad ki rahien lena” feels while you drive your way through the various embassies towards the Rastrapati Bhawan. Or the “Dilli 6” feels when you see the various heritage structures. What else could a city offer you than starting your day at a local chole bhature corner and then shop your heart out at one of the local markets followed by a play at the Siri fort. And if at all you are a party person then your day just doesn’t end hear coz Delhi also boasts of it’s night life. After all this if you still haven’t called it a day then land up at the Moolchand parathe waala which is one of my personal favorites.
So the next time that you are in the city try and discover the part of Delhi that makes you feel like home.