Bharat Parv means “Festival of India”. It would not be a festival (mela) without food. Here are some photos of the stalls set out on the rain-sodden Raj Path lawns. All these photos were taken in August 2016.
The Brits should have seen the Mutiny coming. They could not believe that their sepoys would rise up against them, they dismissed several minor revolts and they ignored the warnings of their Indian friends. The mutineers in Meerut killed a few British troops and their families on 10th May 1857 and deserted to the Moghul… Continue reading Siege of Delhi
Indians like to give their gurus lots of titles. The Jain leader who is commemorated at the oldest known Jain site in Delhi is called Dada Gurudev Manidhari Shri Jinchandra Suriji Maharaj Saheb. He was a child prodigy, born in 1140AD, who went on to renounce the world when he was six years old. At… Continue reading Jain Temple at Dadawadi
Yesterday, I went on a walking tour of the British defensive positions during the Siege of Delhi during the 1857 Mutiny. On the way, I passed a brick wall, about two metres high, which had been painted with images. These were not really what I’d describe as graffiti, just art. I think they are rather… Continue reading Street Art @ Delhi University
Humayun’s Tomb Fact of the Day: The Persian words for walled garden are “Pairi Daeza” which has been corrupted to the English word “paradise”. Humayun’s mausoleum was the first “garden tomb” in India. The 26 acre site is divided up into four quadrants by paths and narrow canals, representing the four heavenly rivers of paradise.… Continue reading Paradise
At the Gatehouse of Safdarjang’s Tomb in Delhi. There is a door at the end of the hallway. Here is another door, this time on a tower/minaret on the mausoleum.
At the weekend I attended a celebration of Indonesia, with music, food, dancing and a quiz. It was intended to improve relations between India and Indonesia, encourage tourism and to showcase Indonesian culture. I wandered through Nehru Gardens looking for the event, but couldn’t find it. I had just about given up and was on… Continue reading Indonesia in the Nehru Gardens