29 September, 2020

In Residence

On Chandni Chowk

In Residence

Chandni Chowk was a fascinating area to grow up in. I have always liked its charming old havelis and narrow bylanes. They are so narrow that cars can’t pass through and so you do dua salaam with all your neighbours when you walk up to your home. The PM has to visit Chandni Chowk at least once a year, on August 15. From the ramparts of the Red Fort, he can see four domes: of the Gauri Shankar Mandir, Central Baptist Church, Fatehpuri Masjid and Gurudwara Seesganj. Chandni Chowk is the only street in the world which has the symbols of four religions standing next to each other.

You also get the best of cuisine here: the chhole-puri at Standard near Ajmeri Gate, Gyaani ka falooda in Fatehpuri, the chaat at Natraj, jalebis from Dariba and, of course, the paranthas from paranthe vaali gali. And never mind the lack of space, nowhere else will you find so many cricket clubs. Unfortunately, Chandni Chowk’s character is changing, it’s becoming commercialised. Most people can’t afford the upkeep of their havelis, so they are...



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