Tea seller Mr Pandey’s gift to a daughter, whom he never met

The parking area on the road leading to Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi is mostly empty during the day, and if it is a public holiday, the parking lot ticket collectors are also nowhere to be seen. On one such day I met Praduman Pandey, a tea seller in that parking area. My meeting had…

Alvida Ramzan

We bid adieu to Ramzan today, and with full gaiety, we celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr tomorrow. And with the end of this holy month, this practice of helping the travelling rojdars (Muslims, who are fasting) open their fast will come to an end. At many places, prevails this custom, where volunteers of charitable organisations stand on the…

Indian Coffee House completes my social life

Recently, a conversation happened between the Delhi Explorer (DE),  and a senior citizen (SC) at the Indian Coffee House. Clad in a white shirt and trouser with his grey hair nicely combed, the senior citizen was sitting in a corner alone, so DE requested, if he, too, can join him, SC readily agreed. By the…

The man, music, and his muse (Turquoise Cottage)

If you catch him running around the restaurant, controlling his staff, with his tiny ponytail and grey hair, you may very well mistake him for Big B (Amitabh Bachchan) from the film Cheeni Kum. Well, he is not any less than Big B’s stature, when it comes to Delhi’s pub scene, meet Gaurav Soral, who…