First of all, let me say that I absolutely love a country that knows how to make (and serve) a good cup of tea. Ah.....I drank tea and more tea all over India and had not one bad cup. To the entire subcontinent let me say, "Thank you."
One of the very first things we did in Delhi was to take a bicycle rickshaw ride to Chandni Chowk, the market in Old Delhi. It is a labyrinth of alleys and streets, shops and people and smells, honking cars, motor bikes, bicycle rickshaws and crowds and the occasional wandering cow. It was amazing! I loved the ride and had a thoroughly wonderful time gawking.
I must say, the wiring reminded me of China....
There were sari shops displaying their wedding finery. We were there during the height of the wedding season and almost every night we heard (if we didn't see) weddings going on all around our hotels. There were lights and loud music, lots of guests coming and going, the groom and his family and entourage would arrive in splendor and it was exciting to see. Many of the grooms came by white stallion. Some come in elaborate silver wedding carriages. Others came in cars, the poor fellows, but at least the cars were all decorated and festive. Everything to do with the weddings is bright, loud, glittery and fun!
This is my lunch one day, an onion uthapam---a sort of pizza-like dish. It was delicious. Many of the restaurants are vegetarian and I had a lot of great vegetarian food while in India.
|Nonie at a museum|
Happy New Year!