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Monday, December 21, 2009

Bye To NLI

This is the most colorful part in my office, NLI. This is the corner of my desk, which I have decorated over a period of almost two years. Today, I say goodbye to the firm, where I spent two of the best years of my professional life so far. But I am sure I will continue to remain friends with the people I met here in this office. A big hurray to Amitabh, Yamini, Mili, Anjana, Charu, Richa, Biswarup, Pavan, Tanweer, Pallavi, Deepak and especially to Aditi, the kiddo. :-)

Thank you all for all the support, concern and friendship you have showered upon me. May we continue to be friends always. Will miss you all loads.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Catty Affair

Did I tell you that Delhiites are a considerate lot? In case I forgot, I have photographic proof this time around. Here are two of my very good friends (also my colleagues) feeding a stray kitten on the office terrace. Two kittens made the terrace of our office their home recently. Everyone in office has taken to them and talk of the animals as one of the esteemed members of the staff. We are worried about their food, milk and shelter often. Here, Anjana (in black sweater) and Aditi (in the maroon pull-over) are feeding Black-n-White (we are innovative name givers :-)) some biscuit crumbs.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye: Delhi Photo Diary Wins 2008 Indibloggies Award

I would have loved to click self portraits with me jumping everywhere, my hair running wild and a smile on my face wide enough that you could count my teeth. But in the welfare of humanity I decided against scaring the daylights out of you. The reason for the celebration is that Delhi Photo Diary has won the 2008 Indibloggies Award.

I wish I could have distributed chocolates to everyone who has ever visited Delhi Photo Diary and especially to those who cast their votes. However, since distances do not permit such an extravagance, here is a photo of one of my favourite chocolates. Please have one at your end and think of me while the chocolate melts into your mouth.

'Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye', is Hindi for lets have something sweet. On any occasion of celebration we Indians love to have something sweet.

Thanks a tonne for your votes and support. :D

P.S: The pen is just for artistic effect. :D

Monday, December 14, 2009

Depaul's, Janpath

OK! I can't beleive that over a year of Delhi Photo Diary and I have never shown my favourite hangout place - Depaul's to you. This is the place where all, and I mean ALL, college goers have gone at least once to have cold coffee. This is a small coffee shop in Janpath. We have been going to this place for over 10 years now. This is one of the most cherished place of our college lives. The cold coffee at this place is sweet, milky and so yum that the best of cafe's cannot compete with it.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Dirt Art

Once a doodler, always a doodler. This is a sketch which I spotted on one of the dust laden water drums on the terrace of my office. I have no idea, who did this. But could identify with the person who would have had had a dirty finger after drawing this masterpiece, since I have been known to doing something similar on the dew laden windows of my car. Will bring my masterpiece some other time. Until then enjoy the Dirt-Art!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Talk To Me!

A collection of vintage telephone sets on sale at Janpath, Connaught Place. Note the black and red ones on the bottom left corner. These were sets we had in our homes just some 7-8 years back and now they are vintage. A time will come when my Nokia 7610 (source of this blog) will also been seen on one of these shops. :-)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tibetan Kitchen

Greeted by a wall which had writing which I could not decipher, I was apprehensive of having dinner at Tibetan Kitchen, in Amar Colony. But friends insisted and promised that I would love the food and especially a drink they swear by. So in we went.

Red lighting, lamps with more undecipherable writings and a black and white wall paper, I already liked the place. But I became a fan after the first sip of this drink - which has an unassuming name - lemon, honey and ginger drink. These ingredients are mixed in hot water and voila! U have the best thing you have had ever. If you are in Delhi do check out the small quaint place in Amar Colony. It offers Indian version of Chinese food and a good ambiance to spend an evening.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Nizamuddin Auliya

Nestled in the posh South Delhi area, is a different world altogether. A world, where, religion, faith and devotees come together to create a divine experience for a first timer. After requesting my friend for over 2 years to take me to Nizamuddin Auliya, he finally took out time and organised the 2 hour trip to the dargah yesterday.

After parking the car just in front of the Nizamuddin Police Station, we went into a maze of lanes. Just outside of the Dargah we bought flowers, incense sticks and sweets to offer at the holy place.

The place of worship had an ornate golden design on all its walls. Women are not allowed to enter the sacred main hall and so me and another gal pal remained outside, while our guy friend went inside to pay respects and offer the flowers.

The place was jam packed with devotees, wearing their best clothes. The tomb was lit with yellow bulbs and the energy of the place was, at the risk of repeating myself, divine.

The reason, we went yesterday was the special Qawwali, which a group of singers perform every Thursday till 7 o' clock. There were 7 to 9 singers who sang beautiful Qawwalis as hundreds listened in complete awe. Some even joined in. As for me, I sat there mesmerized.

As we were leaving, I spotted this board of Free Dispensary. Nearly all religious places in India provide medical facilities to people, who have limited economic resources.

I left the Auliya with a smile on my face and a promise to return. :-)

Thanks Aswathi and Charu! :-D

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Theme Day: Waiting: India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2009

I went to India International Trade Fair 2009 last week. There was too much to see and shop but very less time. While, I was waiting for a friend to join me, the battery of my mobile phone went kaput. So I managed to click just 2 photographs.

A robot was waiting to greet us at the Nippo stall.
And here are some coasters made from newspapers at the Sri Lankan stall.


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