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June 28, 2011
Ghalib Kebab Corner in Nizamuddin is several decades old. Ghalib's strength is kebab and tikka. For a restaurant barely larger than a living room, the fan following is enormous. It used to be the favourite haunt of nocturnal hostel students of Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, a kilometre away from Nizamuddin. They would quietly scale the school wall late at night and run to Ghalib. Even the vegetarians would accompany their carnivorous friends to sample roomali rotis dipped in green chutney.
Some people may not like the surroundings, and hygiene is definitely an issue. Despite the drawbacks, this small restaurant has survived four decades, and even won the title of 'best kebab-maker' in a food festival organised by five-star hotel ITC Maurya Sheraton.
Haneef Qureshi, 64, has run the restaurant since the time it opened. He was young then. He has taken up no other work. He had gone on leave during this visit, while the cook managed the affairs. Haneef is recognised among regulars as "the old man with the loud voice". You, too, will notice that if you went to Ghalib.
Shop No. 57, near Lal Mahal, Ghalib Road, Nizamuddin, New Delhi. Open noon to midnight.
labels: nizamuddin delhi
June 16, 2011
pecos has evolved into an institution. opened in august 1988 by a bombay businessman, colin timms, pecos's seductive gloom or claustrophobic elegance — call it what you may — and its unique music, besides the food and beer, have created a place that a certain kind of bangalorean calls home.
pecos takes its identity as a pub seriously and serves only beer. a poster behind the counter warns: just because it looks like a garage doesn't mean you can get a screwdriver here.
(text by bharadwaj mv, the hindu)
labels: brigade road bangalore karnataka
the indian coffee house on mg road was where staffers of next door deccan herald used to go between 5.30pm and 6pm every day, not to eat toast or dosa, but to enjoy a good gold flake. it was shut down in april 2009, and was shifted to church street, just behind mg road.
there was a cigarette shop outside the old indian coffee house (it is still there). the cigarette man decides to play humour to customers who light up. in the background one can also see a bangalore metro pillar in the initial stage of the project.
also read 'coffee minus the smoke' in the discontinued short takes column 'salt and pepper' in the times of india, bangalore
(the images were shot with a cellphone camera in 2007)
labels: m g road bangalore karnataka
June 11, 2011
in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is no such thing as atheism. there is no such thing as not worshipping. everybody worships. the only choice we get is what to worship. and an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship — be it jc or allah, be it yahweh or the wiccan mother-goddess or the four noble truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles — is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. (david foster wallace)
labels: saket delhi
June 8, 2011
jostling for space at a modern market complex and flanked on both sides by the swanky glass windows of kotak mahindra bank, nirula's restaurant and airtel office, is an unnamed cycle-rickshaw repair shop.
the shop has aptly advertised itself, so much so that any rickshaw-wala will instantly know it is the place to be when the chains come undone or the tyres squeal. (yusuf sarai, new delhi)
labels: yusuf sarai delhi
June 6, 2011
A walk at the National Rail Museum takes a while, and the line of vintage trains never seems to end. The place is eerily quiet in contrast to how these giant locomotives must have had roared across towns and cities in their heydays.
The Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR) was India's first railway network, according to records at the museum. The East India Company gave the licence to a private British firm to operate the GIPR. It was formed in 1845.
(Also see National Rail Museum, Chanakyapuri)
June 5, 2011
The steam locomotive model no. MTR-2 has been installed at the gate of the National Rail Museum, where iron giants of yesteryear have been let to rest in peace. It was built in 1910 by Dick, Kerr & Co. for the Karachi Port Trust.
The 11-acre-large museum has some 100 original locomotives – steam powered, diesel engine and vintage coaches made of wood.
Trains used to be like this.
Although visitors are not allowed to enter the trains, one can sneak out to the farthest corner on the compound where it is quiet and the engines are unprotected.
(For more images of the National Rail Museum, visit Chugging Into History)
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