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New & Noteworthy
Through the eras, the capital of India, New Delhi, has redeemed its label of the treasure trove of cultural significance, with enriching historical events, and literary references throughout time. Perhaps, its best kept secret, remains to be the bustling place of Old Delhi, tucked away behind the resilient remains of the Purana Qila (The Old Fort).
This past Saturday, all the History and Geography students packed into a bus, and set out on a cultural trail throughout Old Delhi. After much difficulty, trying to navigate through the clogged streets, the bus spit out the students onto the pavement, with sights and noises galore.
The high walls of the red fort, intricately carved arches of the Jama Masjid and the peaceful aura of the ---- Gurudwara was not only an enriching experience but also a free ground for us students and teachers to bond over the mouthwatering food at the famous Karim’s.
The excursion started at the Lal Qila (The Red Fort), a massive monument which takes up the multitude of the little space available. Inside, there were luxuries such as the Khwab Gah (the sleeping chambers), the Diwan -i-Khas (the reception for courtiers, and guests) and a museum, hosting many exclusive manuscripts, and weaponry.
Only in Chandni Chowk, a haven for shoppers, and foodies alike, would one see such a harmonious show of secularism, with three places of worship side by side: Jama Masjid, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahab, and the Central Baptist Church. The crew was taught, with the most hands-on experience possible, about the basic customs and practices, that each religion followed. Souvenirs, of prayer-beads, framed invocations and silver bangles, were bought to encapsulate the appeal of the ongoing expedition.
Historical tit-bits added by Mr. Avinash about a certain Shehensha and some scandalous Begum here there was just the cherry on cake, making this trip fruitful and memorable for us. A trip to the heartland of the country, without tasting its renowned sweets, and delicacies, wouldn’t truly fulfil its purpose. The troop had a quick bite of crisp jalebi, dripping with ghee, with cold, creamy rabri as a dip, all washed down with chilled milkshakes.
Our mentor’s incredulous expression at our list of orders at the restaurants and his horror stricken face at our request to take the traditional rickshaw could be noted as the highlights of the trip.
With the delicious fare warming their souls, the team went for one last look around the market place. With rickshaws as the only viable mode of transport, the students weaved in and out of the monuments, and bid adieu to the trip, but treasured the ethnic revival that followed.
This trip has helped history students to develop an even deeper love for history and an opportunity at seeing the world as our textbook whereas, the geography students got a chance to study population and ethnicity in its natural form.
It would be safe to say that it was one of the most interesting classes in our experience yet.
Reporter: Saarah Khan & Sumiran Goel
Editor: Avinash Kashyap
Photography: Students of History and Geography Dept.
Special Credits: Mayan Bajaj
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