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Sunday Night enjoying Rongali Bihu in Delhi 2015 (Cultural programme)

We have already lost our traditional festive in India. If it is sounds awkward, but its true that we all have forgot to celebrate our traditional festive because of study pressure, job far from home, work pressure and so on. As we all know without money you can achieve nothing in this world. But happiness comes from inside and that’s the reality. With job and study, we should also give some pace to ourselves with our family and beloved one.

I am staying in Delhi since 3 years but busy with my study and job. As I belong from Assamese culture, I wanted to go home during my festive time but time schedule didn’t allow me. I lost my traditional way of celebrating my festivals after coming to the Capital City Delhi. But I was totally wrong about my concept. This year was different for me. Last weekend on 19th April 2015, I with my Assamese friends planned to attend a Rongali Bihu Function 2015 in Delhi held by Assam Association. Hearty thanks to Assam Association for bringing our culture so closer.

Firstly, we all decided to wear our traditional attire, but the sun was so cruel that day. Oh! Then we decided to wear formals and met at Rajouri Garden Metro Station. Around 6:30 p.m. we all get together and took Metro and get down at Central Secretariat Metro Station. After reaching, we exit from the Gate no. 2 and then walk for 5 mins towards the venue at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). We heard of some ‘dhol beats’ from far and we were so excited and after reaching the venue we found some groups dancing and enjoying Bihu on the stage.

We saw almost everyone wore traditional attire and seeing that we were jealous. But we controlled ourselves and then diverted our mind and busy enjoying the function.
From adult to children participated on the stage show. They selected songs of Bhupen Hazarika, who was one of the world famous singer and poet whose song was liked by worldwide. I was touched by his songs and feel proud that I attended such function.

After enjoying some program we moved to other side for North-East food. The food was just mouthwatering as there were varieties of food stall cooked in traditional way. We went near to the food stall and tasted some foods that remembered me of my mother. The foods were awesome and gave the same flavor as home town Assam. Some dishes that I want to mention are –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mouth-watering trip to Paraathe Wali Gali/Lane

The story begins here – In the year 1872, Pt. Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan back bagged his own residence from Agra to Delhi and established a shop of paraathas that is located in the Kinari Bazaar in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi. At that time there were no metros or buses to reach that place easily. But now as the growth of technology, best way to reach the place is by metro. Chandni chowk metro station is the nearest metro station to reach paraathe wali gali. The business of paraathas becomes so famous year after year that it is now one of the most famous gourmets in the world.

If you are taking tour towards Old Delhi, don’t miss the ‘paraathe wali gali’. It is a by lane of fried bread or paraatha makers. You will find different types of food cooked differently whether its vegetarians or non-vegetarians. Some dishes are made without onion or garlic. All sorts of paraathas are made with exotic fillings like – kaju, badam, matar, Mix Paranthas, rabri, khoya parantha, gobhi parantha, etc. that are served with some awesome sweet chutneys, famous vegetable pickles and others. For paraatha lovers Old Delhi is a must place to visit. No doubt it is the most crowded and nostalgic place in Old Delhi.

Spend a day at Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk is also known as ‘moonlit square’. It is famous for spicy snack street food and also India’s largest wholesale markets. Chandni Chowk is a major shopping place in India and the market is very old. This market is known as ‘Khari Baoli’. This is one of the Asia’s largest spice markets in India. It is amazing to know that maximum foreigner comes to this market for spice collection purpose. It is a perfect place for all kinds of shopping like – food, saris, jewelery, books, shoes, electronics, spices, wedding dresses, etc.
The gali/paths of Old Delhi holds the historical function of the area, falling into three basic types: the Haveli or mansion, the Kucha, an area where gardeners lived and the Katra (area for craftmen).

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