This Saturday evening was devoted to treating myself with Watermelon 🍉 (I think it is officially summertime in Delhi💃🏻), and discussing over fruits and vegetables with my house help. I now know that potatoes are called Bilatia in some part of India, and that she doesn’t like Delhi’s Sarso ka Tel (Mustard Oil); it makes her eyes burn. “They sell adulterated oil here, unlike the one we get in our village.”, she said.Continue reading “CITY V/S VILLAGE?”
I’m sure all of us have been to immense number of cafes and restraunts all across Delhi, but believe me when I tell you Triveni Terrace Cafe is the most vibrant cafe there is out there.Continue reading “Triveni Terrace Cafe”
Hi everyone, welcome back to another one of my weekly blogs.😀
Let me take you through an exciting tour of Dilwaalo ki Dilli.❤️
Delhi has been ruled by mighty empires and powerful kingdoms, and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. This is the reason for the capital’s diverse culture and history.
Today we are going to take a trip to Old Delhi, where the architecture has plenty of charisma.✨
While there are so many landmarks to stroll in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is the iconic one you can not miss.😍Continue reading “CHANDNI CHOWK, DELHI”
If you are craving the most delicious, creamy bowl of happiness, you’ve come to the right place!✨
Sharing with you a quick pasta recipe with the minimal supplies!
Our star ingredient for the day- Tomatoes!🍅🥫
Forget about Italians, even Indians cannot imagine cooking without tomatoes.
Tomatoes are an integral part of the Indian cuisine. We use them every single day;
tomato soup, tomato rasam, chutney, in our gravies and more. Basically can’t think of cooking without them.🤷🏻♀️
While I write this one sitting comfortably in my balcony chair, it’s raining cats and dogs outside.
Monsoon – such a pleasant weather, isn’t it?😍✨
My little house plants seem happy, swaying and bending with the wind in their lush green glory.🌱
And I kind of get it… the feeling of cool breeze in my hair, rain drizzling against my face, and not to forget, the oh-so-wonderful scent of wet mud – how could one feel anything but bliss?
It is an absolutely soothing and calming setting for the soul.🧘🏻♀️
By now you would know I am a Sindhi (if you don’t, click here to check out my last blog post on the story of the India- Pakistan Partition 1947)
Let me help you know little bit more about our culture!
~ Starting off
“India’s very name comes from the Indus River which is the English way of pronouncing the Sindhu river.
India, Indus, Sindhu are all the same!
The Persians and Mughals converted the word Sindhu to Hindu.
The Greeks converted that to Indos.
So from Sindh and Sindhis we get Hindus, Hindustan, Hindi, India and Indian.”
~ Our Surnames
As a Sindhi, can you guess what I hear most often?
“Oh! You are Kukreja and still a Sindhi?!!”
Most people spot Sindhis by inspecting whether their surnames end in “-ani”? Lol
Let me tell you why this opinion!
The route of this, is the Sanskrit word ‘Ansh‘ which means- ‘descended from‘. Ansh colloquially became -ani therefore we have our names — but not all Sindhi surnames end in -ani.
Surnames identify the family groups. Each family was allowed a Nukh (meant to be one’s caste name) and hence that is how the surnames were derived. This refers to a broad family tree.
Take for example if the head of the family was Ramchand, the family would use the surname Ramchandani.
I hope now you have the answer for your most favourite question!! HAHAHHAH
~ Our Occupation
Oh yes and we are amazing business people.
Even though Sindhis entered the country empty handed, (as we discussed in the last blog) with endurance and hardwork most re-established themselves in trades and other businesses; The Rahejas, the Hindujas, the Hiranandanis to name a few.
~ Our Language
Well we speak Sindhi.
And those who know me, definitely know how much I love it. This is the one thing that keeps me closest to my culture.
The joy is to be able speak in Sindhi at most places when not a lot of people understand it. (It is like a secret, code language, haha)
Even though it is the official language of the Pakistani province of Sindh, Sindhi is one of the scheduled languages officially recognised by the Central Government in 1967.
~ Our Music
I assume most of you have heard, Dama Dam Mast Kalandar, the song sung by Mika and Honey Singh! It is actually a Hindi remake.
Dama Dam Mast Qalandar is originally a spiritual song written in the honour of the most revered Sufi saint of Sindh, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.
The original poem was initially written by the 13th-century Sufi poet Amir Khusrow.
To top it all, Sindh is also called the land of the Sufis.
Sufi Literature is the essence of Sindh, and hence we share a similar taste in dance 💃🏻 , music 🎶 and poetry.
~ Our food
And finally the food.
Our cuisine is filled with mouth watering dishes: Sindhi curry, Aloo Tuk, Dal Pakwaan- to name the famous few. (come over, I am sure you have never had something like that before😋)
Infact we have our own version of Macroni. 😚
It is said that a few Sindhis visited Italy and got some macaroni pasta back home and the ladies created a
Sindhi-nised version of it using tomatoes!
Well and yes Sindhis are very particular about their papad, it needs to be the right kind. We sure love having papad with all our meals.
AND we have amazing flat breads mixing jaggery, flour, and oil; for dessert – Miththo Lolo!
(in the image down below)
Well that was about it! ❤
Happy and guilt-free eating to all! 🙂
By Oprah Winfrey
Recently in one of her Instagram stories, Tahira Kashyap Khuranna mentioned how she finished an entire book in a day; I was fascinated to read it and so bought “What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey” on her recommendation!
(Tmi- my first ever hard cover purchase 😛 )