Posts

India's Largest War Memorial

Image
Some Interesting facts about India Gate: India Gate is counted among largest war memorials in India.

It was originally called The All India War Memorial.

Like the Cenotaph in London, India Gate is a secular memorial.

It is free of religious and culturally specific iconography such as crosses.

India Gate stands at one end of Rajpath.

It is a 42-meter high war memorial.

It Commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for British Army during World War I.

The Memorial bears the names of 13,516 British & Indian soldiers.

The soldiers lost their lives in the Afghan War in 1919.
It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

It is often compared with ‘Arc De Triomphe’ in Paris.

Another war memorial ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ was added later.

‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ means ‘Flame of Immortal Soldier’.

The eternal flame burns day and night.

It is a popular picnic spot among Delhites.

The Magic of Nizamuddin Aulia

Image
Thousands of devotees come here every day to pay respect and seek solace. This is one of the few places in India where people of all faiths are welcome with an open heart. Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah in Nizamuddin West area of New Delhi is also a favourite place for foreign tourists. People love the divine experience inside the Dargah. But what is always a major put off for foreign tourists are overcrowded bylanes and little attention to cleanliness by the shopkeepers as well as civic authorities.
Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia was one of the greatest Sufi Saints (1238-1325CE) of the world. It is the best place to witness Sufi culture and tradition in India. Every Thursday one can listen to soulful Sufi Qawwali music. great poet Mirza Ghalib & Amir Khusro'stomb is also inside the dargah. Though women are not allowed to go beyond the outer verandah, they can peek through the jail and see the grave of the great saint.
Advice for tourists: 1. Though one can visit dargah throughout the year …

'DORMITORY OF THE MUGHALS'

Image
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HUMAYUN'S TOMB - 

TOMB WAS BUILT 9 YEARS AFTER THE DEATH OF EMPEROR HUMAYUN

IT WAS BUILT BY HUMAYUN’S WIFE HAMIDA BANU BEGUM
HAMIDA BANU BEGUM WAS MOTHER OF EMPEROR AKBAR
IT IS ALSO CALLED 'DORMITORY OF THE MUGHALS'
THERE ARE OVER 100 GRAVES WITHIN THE ENTIRE COMPLEX
MORE THAN 150 MUGHAL FAMILY MEMBERS ARE  BURIED IN THE CELLS
IT WAS THE ARCHITECTURAL INSPIRATION BEHIND ICONIC TAJMAHAL
IT IS NEAR TO SHRINE OF 14TH CENTURY SUFI SAINT HAZRAT NIZAMUDDIN AULIA

A Visual Tour To Humayun's Tomb

Image
SOME FACTS ABOUT HUMAYUN'S TOMB- 
BUILT IN 1565, HUMAYUN'S TOMB WAS THE FIRST GARDEN TOMB ON INDIAN SUBCONTINENT
IT WAS THE ARCHITECTURAL INSPIRATION BEHIND ICONIC TAJMAHAL
HUMAYUN'S TOMB IS THE FIRST SUBSTANTIAL EXAMPLE OF MUGHAL ARCHITECTURE IN INDIA
IT WAS BUILT BY HUMAYUN’S WIFE HAMIDA BANU BEGUM
HUMAYUN'S TOMB WAS DESIGNED BY A PERSIAN ARCHITECT ‘MIRAK MIRZA GHIYAS’
PERSIAN & INDIAN CRAFTSMEN BUILT THIS MAGNIFICENT GARDEN TOMB
HUMAYUN'S TOMB IS AN EXAMPLE OF CHARBAGH - FOUR QUADRANT GARDEN WITH FOUR RIVERS
IT’S INTERIOR IS A LARGE OCTAGONAL CHAMBER WITH VAULTED ROOF COMPARTMENTS
HUMAYUN'S TOMB IS VERY WELL MAINTAINED, CLEAN & PEACEFUL PLACE
HUMAYUN'S TOMB IS EASILY CONNECTED WITH METRO & CITY BUSES. NEAREST METRO STATION IS JAWAHARLAL NEHRU STATIDUM
ENTRY FEES IS INR 30 (INDIANS), INR 500 (FOREIGNERS)
THERE ARE NO STILL PHOTOGRAPHY CHARGES IN THE TOMB. BUT PEOPLE WILL NEED PRIOR PERMISSION FOR PROFESSIONAL VIDEOGRAPHY & STILL THEMATIC PHOTOGRAPHY.

A Must Visit Place In Delhi: Indian Coffee House

Image
Can you imagine a place right in the center of New Delhi where you can have a nice cup of coffee and also spend a couple of relaxed moments? There is a fantastic coffee house nearby to Connaught place and Janpath. Welcome to more than 60 years old Indian Coffee House. People from all walks of life come here for filter or espresso cup of coffee at reasonable rates. Indian Coffee House in Mohan Singh Place was opened on 27th October 1957 by Indian Coffee Worker's Cooperative Society (ICWCS). Now ICWCS have more than 400 coffee houses across India.   Indian Coffee House in New Delhi was once considered a hub for intellectuals. Many writers, artists, journalists, politicians, scholars used to visit here regularly. Though its charm is fading fast but some senior citizens are still regular. Sometimes foreigners also come to Indian Coffee House for a quick snack and filter coffee. Apart from its coffee Indian Coffee House is also famous for South Indian food.  Indian Coffee House is divide…

Gadgets Everywhere... Friends & Family

Image
There is technology everywhere. There are gadget and gizmos everywhere. People especially young blood are buying tech insanely. Youth are spending more time on gadgets rather than together. Many people have already experienced situations wherein a party or in a get together their friends busy checking online status rather than talking, mingling or simply enjoying. 

Very soon markets will be flooded with wearable devices like mobiles, smart watches, mobility chips, AI-based systems. This sounds exciting but it also sends an alarming signal. Huge dependability on gadgets somehow forces people to confine themselves. It creates a virtual world around them. Yes, there are so many benefits with the gadgets but I always felt that we should restrict its uses and start spending quality time with friends and family. Shallowness cannot bring happiness but togetherness can.

Capital Of Dreams Turns Into Capital Of Gas Chamber

Image
Welcome to the capital of gas chamber. Delhi and its suburbs turned into a gas chamber. Look at the photographs. These pics are taken early in the morning (9.30am) when people move for their jobs. In fact, in these conditions people do not move to work, they move to inhale in an open gas chamber. take a look again to the photographs, there are no sunlight, no birds, and no clear sky. Residents of Delhi NCR are experiencing smog and blame game every year. It seems there is no drastic step being taken.  However, the government of Delhi is at least thinking to implement some necessary measures, but there are no concrete and long-term steps being taken in neighbouring states. So, God bless us and hey travellers out there, think hundred times before visiting Delhi in this time of the year.

It's Choking Here..

Image
It's almost 10AM in Noida (Delhi NCR) and its choking to death. The sky is full of SMOG and there is no sign of sunlight. Sky above apartments is not clear. One can easily understand that how much pain it is and how this slow poison is taking our lives every day.

Though national Green Tribunal slammed Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana over bad ambient air quality in national capital region. But it now seems every year NGT do one thing consistently i.e slamming and after that nothing changes. People are in fact living to die a slow death in Delhi NCR.

So Called Babas And Their Religious Activities: How to Check Them?

Image
Article-25 of the Constitution of India gives fundamental right to every citizen of this country a freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion. In short, right to practice, follow or propagate any religion is a fundamental right protected under the Constitution of India but this right is subject to public order, morality and health and to other provisions of this part of the Constitution. Article-25 (2) (a) of the Constitution of India gives powers to the State to make law for regulating or restricting any economic, financial, political or other secular activity, which may be associated with religious practice. Thus, the State is empowered to make law for regulating the other secular aspects of religious activity. 
In the given constitutional background of religious liberty and right of the State to regulate the secular activities of a religious body, one finds himself surprised with the sudden increase in the number of Godmans operating in the field…

Delhi's 104 Year Old Food Paradise

Image
Old Delhi is known for many things. Its ambience, old world charm, narrow lanes always tell a different story. It seems everyone has a quite a story to tell. But one thing which has a penchant for every old and new resident of Delhi is mouth watering authentic ethnic cuisine. There are many joints in and around chandni chowk but Karim's is different.

Street Food In Chandni Chowk

Image
Chandni Chowk has a distinct flavour during Ramadan festival. Narrow lanes in this area are filled with all type of delicacies. People go for their favourite food hunting in the streets. Life becomes alive in the evening. Take a look at the video for an interesting glimpse.

Where Is My Lunch Buddy?...

Image
Life is busy and it is getting hectic everyday. Metros in India are now in a rush to develop modern infrastructure to push the developmental agenda of governments. iPeople are demanding more facilities and better civic amenities. Though India is still an agriculture based economy but its service class is increasing manifold every year. More office spaces are required to keep people in offices to do their jobs. One system is also developing side by side to this service sector i.e. lunch providers. When you move around in Delhi during lunch hours you can easily notice small food joints selling quick lunches to office goers. People move to these joints because they are cheap and a basic level of Indian masala food is always available.  
But these traditional food joints have started witnessing a change. Some enthusiastic people have started selling food thru food trucks.  They are clean and neatly dressed. Many entrepreneurs who worked abroad came back to India and started food chains li…

An Afternoon at Asia's Largest Computer Market

Image
Few days ago, I accidentally broke my mobile phone's display. It was shattered. I called up mobile company's customer care to know the price of display replacement. Oh boy! It was too much. I thought I can get a new mobile phone in that amount. What was options for people like me? I quickly headed to one of the biggest computer market in capital i.e. Nehru Place.
Nehru Place is near to East of Kailash colony. It is major business and commercial hub in Delhi and it is also known as Asia's largest computer market. But it is known for cheap softwares, latest gizmos, computer peripherals etc. Nothing beats Nehru Place. It is a hub of all tech solutions at one place, but it is also a biggest piracy places of India. Software piracy is so rampant in Nehru Place market that Delhi Government started many initiatives to curb it. But every time it sprung again like mushrooms. It is still flourishing. Business is kicking. 
Pirated softwares, cheap and best softwares-hardwares, genuine s…

Yoga A Way Of Life...

Image
I often think what rejuvenates a normal person...? What fills energy in them...? One fine Sunday, when I saw kids practicing yoga, I realised that this is the one moment which has the power to create so much energy and passion one can think ever. Kid's enthusiasm to embrace new things and simply try it out is so natural. When we grow older, we start pushing this natural ability behind. 
That Sunday, my society's lawn was full of kids. They were practicing yoga on colourful mats and two senior citizens were teaching them. Kids were full of enthusiasm and there were cute competitiveness between them. Some of them wanted to be noticed by yoga teacher but some are very relaxed, it was like 'I am having fun'.  Making yoga as an international event annually on 21st June is really a great thing India has done for the mental and physical health of people. Those who are practicing it daily know that It is easy and very helpful in distressing. Now yoga has been practiced in more …