This post on Chandni Chowk Delhi travel diaries shares my perception of life. There are a lot of photos here and I intended it to be so. Hope you like it.
Chandni Chowk Delhi travel diaries
I had an unusual guest yesterday.He works as a senior partner with a global Executive Search Company. My guest has been working in this role for more than 10 years now. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of a consumer product company in the United States.
I was surprised when he brought up the subjects of religion, culture etc up in this 3-hour Old Delhi walk. Normally, my guests are too immersed in whatever they see in the walks.
My guest, let us call him A, came across as a thoughtful person. And honest too.
We talked about the various sects of Christianity and the differences among them. Since my guest works in a very senior capacity, he shared with me his perspective on the role of religion in governance and administration.
Indeed, this Chandni Chowk walk was turning out to be a very interesting discussion.
My guest from the United States asked me questions about casteism, Hindu thought, the essence of Sikh thought and politics in general. He was pleasantly surprised to know that in India, anyone can rise to the top and be the Commander of Army, Air Force, and Navy! This was a revelation to me also because India is perceived abroad as a highly discriminating country.
The pages of my Chandni Chowk travel diaries were just getting started to be filled by this interesting person.
Islam and Europe
I quizzed him about the immigrant problem in Scandinavia, and my American friend had some reservations about the whole issue.
We both agreed that the world needed to do more about the unfortunate people escaping the tyrannical regimes of the Middle East.
But there was a security angle to the refugee problem as well. There might be ISIS agents lurking within the immigrants waiting for the right moment to instigate violence.
Another issue was the integration-related one. Probably, it would take some more time for the refugees to accept the norms and customs of their host countries!
We met a pretty Afghan girl in the Jama Masjid who did not want to be photographed. ‘I wish, India and Afghanistan became united’, she said to us. The girl was in Delhi for her studies and did not want to go back to Mazar-e-Sharif, her province in Afghanistan.
Do you like Pakistan, I asked? No way, she retorted, that country has taken away the lives of many of my relatives.
Chandni Chowk Delhi travel diaries- learning about the economy
Now, you just cannot avoid the Spice Market if you are strolling in the Chandni Chowk area. I thought that this would be a great place where my overseas friend could understand how our markets worked.
The Spice Market of Old Delhi means different things to different people.
It is a magnet for many foreign travelers who associate India with spices. For consumer good companies like Dabur and ITC, this market is a vast sucking hole of their products.
For my dear friend, it was a place where communities are built and informal information gained on the state of India’s economy.
We discussed the impact of demonetization on cash transactions and how this move has brought a lot of unaccounted cash in the banking system.
I told him about the importance of the chaiwalas or tea-vendors who are a great source of some real-time market information. He was fascinated to learn that the Indian Prime Minister built his election campaign around the chai-walas!
It being a Sunday, there were several ladies who were selling kitchenware to the guests of the Spice Market.
We found this enthusiastic young girl who was trying to close a sale-with us! She wanted us to buy some pots and pans )))))
However, this lady wasn’t quite happy at the state of her affairs.
Do you find these Chandni Chowk Delhi travel diaries interesting?
Technology and Parathas
Years ago, there were 16 shops selling Parathas in the famous Parathey Wali Gali but now there are just 4 of them left.
All of them make the same Paranthas (Indian flatbread) but the more enterprising among these 4 have tied up with food -ordering apps!
I guess this is how technology helps businesses stay ahead in the business )). Notice the association of this shop with Swiggy.
This shop is a pretty old one. Its owner says that it was inaugurated in the late 1870s! That makes 140 years!
So, that’s it folks for now.
Would you like to travel to Old Delhi with me? Please fill up the form below and we can plan a trip to this amazing place.