Wandering Wednesday – Has Delhi changed?

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. 🙂

9 thoughts on “Wandering Wednesday – Has Delhi changed?

  1. Hi Nisha! I liked Delhi; would love to get back… 😉

    Blogtrotter has reached the January 2009 trips! Not bad; just one year delay… 😉
    Enjoy and enter 2010 in great shape! Wish you all the best for the New Year!!!

  2. Oh I loved this comparison. I too loved the large streets in Delhi. I haven’t been there in forever, so I cannot imagine how it is with the metro there now. As for the food- OH my- how I loved the food in Delhi!!! All manner of foods from restaurants to roadside stalls….delicious every one of them.

  3. Trotter,
    Delhi is a place where people like to go again & again.

    Wish you a very happy new year too.


    Oh you’ve been to Delhi as well? When was it?

    Metro has eased commuting but has changed the look of the city. The construction all over the place makes road travelers’ job difficult.

    And no comments on food. 🙂

  4. I somehow prefer Mumbai to Delhi (though both are equally alien to Chennaiite), in more ways than one. The Professional manner you’re dealt, punctuality & respect for others time et al.

  5. Ram,
    Yes, I agree with you on that.
    Delhites are way too lazy in that regard. I think one of the factors could be the weather. Too hot & too cold. People don’t want to come out of their closets.

    So, now you have an excuse to visit and tell us. 🙂

  6. Nisha,

    To me Delhi means University of Delhi, beautiful North Campus, CP, Janpath, S P Marg, Budha Garden, South Extension, Bangla Sahib Gurudware and walking from there to CP. Eating in CP and then roaming there…

    When you come to Delhi next time, let me know…we will show you real Delhi.

    However very nice and accurate comparison..I been to Mumbai too

  7. A,
    Oh, so you are a Delhite ?

    Ha Ha… the part you said about Delhi is my love too. Add Central library, UPSC chatwala, Paranthewali gali, Ice cream at India gate, zooming on Shanti Path, strolling on Raj path, walking till CP etc etc to your list and you get a picture. 😀

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