Today was one of the best Sundays I've had in years! Nothing out of the ordinary but just got to live the simple life for a few hours. And the fact that my whole family was together also might add to the fun!
It wasnt a lazy morning today. We were all up and ready to go by 10 AM. When last night Dad told me that we'll be going to Chawri Bazar, I wasnt really keen. I've always heard that its a cramped up place, full of small crowded alleys and filled with the dank smell of cooking oil...eugh! I agreed anyways because its not everyday that all 8 of us go out together.
We took the new underground metro from Central Secritariat to Chawri Bazar. I am very impressed with our Metro. Its a great package altogether with state-of-the-art stations and trains. In fact, my brothers found it better than the London metro. Just hope dilli ki janta is careful not to ruin the clean stations with their paan spits!
Anyway the escalators brought us right onto the road at Chawri Bazar. I don't remember coming here at all, though Dad insists that he used to get us when I was about 3 years old. It wasnt at all like I expected. We were right in the middle, surrounded by small kiosks selling God knows what-not! We followed Dad onto a 1-foot broad footpath with people everywhere and no place to stand. We walked into what looked like a small dhaba which was packed with sweaty, hungry people crammed together in groups, gobbling away. We had to wait 10 mins for a table to be free. We finally sat down admist wailing children at one side and roaring sardarjis on the other. I was hungry and could hear my stomach growl. And the heady smell of poori chholey made my mouth water. Finally food arrived in small steel plates and we dug in. It was yum! After a hearty brunch we tried their famous lassi...whew! It was great! On a normal day I wouldnt have let such oily food pass my lips...but today was an exception! Today was special.
Among so many people and my own family I reflected on the good old days when everything was so simple and uncomplicated. I didnt feel icky at all like I was expecting to. Instead I felt happy and strangely relieved. I wish there are more Sundays like that... :)