On a whirlwind trip to Delhi. The flight back is delayed. As I type this sitting at the airport, one thought comes across. Has Delhi changed over these years?
A sweet girl asked me the difference between Delhi & Mumbai.
On a cursory look, yes, it has changed.
The chilly, foggy & famous Delhi winter is yet to set in but the general laid-back attitude and behaviour of public is similar to what it was years back.
The metro is cool. It has eased & redefined commuting but the roads are as crowded as before.
Unlike Mumbai, auto-rickshaw drivers stare at you at the very mention of the word ‘meter’.
Queues are maintained at some Metro stations till the train comes. After that it’s good old chaotic competition.
A spanking new airport with elaborate security measures, but nobody even noticed when by mistake I brought along my mineral water bottle. It’s another thing, my conscience didn’t allow it to carry it further.
I am in love with Delhi’s wide & well maintained roads & flyovers but the uncleaned internal city streets show me equally bad face.
Mumbai never interferes in your day to day life, yet is ready to help in case you need it.
Delhi on the other hand keeps track of everything you do…. what you wear, where you go, what is your daughter doing etc etc etc… still nobody will come forward if, God forbid, you happen to come under a stray car which had broken all traffic rules.
Delhi is cheap and generally bargaining starts (sometimes stops) at 1/3rd of the quoted price.
Mumbai has more restaurants for eating out but they can never, never match Delhi’s Chole-Bhature, Chaat, gajar Halwa, Butter chicken, Biryani etc. Even the food in roadside dhaba(kiosk) tastes much better than food in a good restaurant in Mumbai.
Speaking in English is common in Mumbai, this time I saw it happening in Delhi too.
That’s all for now. I need to stop.
See ya soon in Mumbai. 🙂