Sunday, June 20, 2010

The tale of 2 cities

Thanks to the travelling involved in my job, I visited two new cities, new in the sense that I hadn't visited them before. And I can't help but confess that I fell in love with both though for fairly different reasons.

In the first week of June, I travelled to Chandigarh. The moment I reached there, I was mesmerized by the clean, green and wide roads. To add to this was the absolute delight of seeing so many sardaars and sardaarnis, and as you know I am such a big fan of surds. Sadly, I couldn't find time to go and roam about the city, but I did catch up with my cousin for a dinner in the very famous Sec 17 and it was nothing less than fantastic. The air gave me such Punjabi, larger than life feeling that I almost wanted to settle down there.

After the feel good Chandigarh trip, it was time to fly down to Lucknow - the city of nawabs. When I landed, there was nothing I liked about it, the small dingy airport, the chaos to find a cab and finally the small roads which led me into the city. I was disappointed to say the least. I then decided to get down to work and therefore took a cycle rickshaw to my office in Hazratganj. After the tiring day at work, we (me and my colleagues) decided to gorge on food. Thanks to SS and his car he took us to some of the nicest chatwallas and kulfi shops. I devoured it all and that's when I started falling for this city. The food - delectable and the people - courteous. They were not just affable but also ever ready to go that extra mile to help. I also got the chance to buy some chikankari and I so totally love what I bought!

Now, I am back to Delhi - my own darling Delhi and just to keep my love for Delhi alive and burning, visited India Habitat Center with two friends last evening, awesome as always it was :)