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Old 11th April 2008, 09:42   #136
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Default YetiBlog® 25th March 2008

The alarm goes off.

Wake up.

5 more minutes.

Wake up Jennifer.

5 more minutes.

But that was 15 minutes ago.

OK 5 more minutes.

Sigh. I am slowly getting used to this sleeper. Despite this ceremony every morning, inevitably this lady is always ready on time and almost always before I am. Don't mess with them Jerrys.

We are dropped to the airport where we take an IndiGo flight to new delhi. Fairly uneventful journey.
It takes only once for TheOne® to understand domestic flying procedures. Later she makes an excellent partner to fly with and we make a wonderful routine, complementing each other right from check-in to boarding.

It also amazes me how helpful all Indians are to our guests and foreigners. Right from check-in to security. It feels nice.

Delhi is very very different from Mumbai. I don't normally spend time studying basic architecture and inhabitation, but now I do, through her eyes. Things are a lot more open, lower and cleaner constructions and the faces of the buildings and homes are not as black as Mumbai.

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But there is dust and sand in the air.

Plus it is HOT. I find it hot, mentally thinking that my young lass must be having a tough time. She smiles and trudges on, determined as ever. Only her ears and cheeks turn bright red because of the heat.
"Have I turned Black?" Obviously referring to smudged eye make-up.
"No baby, you look pretty white to me"
Phatak! I get hit by a magazine.

Before we get home, I stop at the construction site of the new JBL studio and check on the progress

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Soon we're hungry. Some for food, some for shopping. I take her to the exciting new Citywalk mall at Saket where we spend a few hours chilling.

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Lunch, I opt for Delhi's famous Choley Bhature and she opts for Delhi's famous Pasta and Minestrone. lol. Perhaps she doesn't like it much, because by the time I get my food, she has thrown half her soup across the table, a fact that she tried to cover up in this photo.

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It's been a great half day. We return home, I have booked a table on my favourite rooftop in New Delhi - QBA at Connaught Circus. Time to get showered and dressed.

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Default YetiBlog® 25th March 2008 - Evening

We're dressed and ready. This is the first time TheOne® wears a kurta. I think she looks lovely. As these few days progress, she falls in love with Kurtas and has a few already before she returns. I don a Kurta as well.

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On our way to Connaught Circus, we stop at the famous Janpath bazaar. I explain to Jenny that this bazaar is so famous that we have a famous Hindi Rap song on it.
"Hey Janpath, Janpath, Hey Janpath thoda daaru pila"

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She enjoys herself thoroughly, buying trinkets, souvenirs and gifts from some shops and some of the gypsies on the footpath. I try to do the bargaining, before they cheat the firang, but she turns out to be a decent negotiator herself. No fear when it comes to shopping and bargaining.

How much?

500.
I'll give you 100.

German, Indian, aakhir aurat aurat hoti hai.
hehheh.

Everyone always runs up to me "Very cheap price I give you"
"Arrey bhai, main toh idhar ka hi hoon!" "Arrey, aap hindi bolte hain?" "Arrey main Indian hoon bhai, tum doosre ke peeche bhaago, mujhe akeyla chhod do."


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QBA (pronounced CUBA)-They're still holding our table at the rooftop. Connaught Place inner circle looks beautiful by night.

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Many frozen strawberry margheritas later, it's time to call it a night.

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It was originally planned to stay in Delhi tomorrow, but TheOne® has insisted on seeing Agra, so we will drive to Agra tomorrow morning.

End of Day 5. We will now return after a report from TheOne®
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Already finished, don't you think? I mean I have landed the arrow right in his heart, I couldn't have been more successful
I myself am quite happy about this. No need to ask my father for further help lol.

Ummm....I meant the part when the Yeti gets hunted down - by the father of the daughter of a hunter.
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What? That is the first time in my life I heard that something like this even exists! Isn't ice cream supposed to taste sweet? I cannot imagine how this would taste like.
It tastes well .... interesting. Strongly spice yet with a background of sweetness.

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Sir, those are interesting to you. Because you have already eaten every kind of dessert in India. Now picture a lass who has never had rabdi, kulfi, rassagulla, cassata, malai chap, rajbhog, kesar pista halwa, sheera, gajar ka halwa, kaju katli, laddoo, pista roll...

Are you getting my drift? lol
saabji. Due apologies, but its just something of the sort of a gastronomical adventure moi is humbly suggesting Ofc, not before the whole spectrum of stuff like you rightly mention! But then again, most of my german friends/exchange students could never manage with the kinda spicy lunch you people had on the first page

Your post has made me hungry ... again, so excuse me while I go have some more
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Man, this travelogue rocks. This is even better than around the world in 80 days.(ok... now that's a bad comparison). From your first hand experiences and photographs, it really makes us wonder if this is the same Mumbai & Delhi which many of us see daily. I'm sure that many people will now look at these places in a new light.

PS: Both of you make a really wonderful pair.

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Sam, rather tastefully done up office, you have!
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Lol, Sam is like me I think - my nephew and nieces are also my kids, and that will always be like that! My sister and brother-in-law learned to share haha.
I do that too. Never figured it was such a common occurance.

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Actually cows were my favourite targets for pictures lol.

A new dish is served for me for lunch: Idli!
Sorry guys, it had to happen at some point: I did NOT enjoy that.

In Germany I go through chicken, lamb, beef, pork, turkey, or even wildboar and deer
J, did you notice that the BEST busses (red busses) dont have real bumpers just a white stripe painted on. That is the first thing my german friend noticed (and this was in 1991-2).

Idli is steamed rice. Rather bland without a side dish.

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Ha, you got me - I totally forgot this happened the same day. Yes, that was really lovely there!
Hey I am a 3 minute roll down the hill from here. In fact i think a lot of Mumbai-BHPians are about a 3 minute roll from this place.

Sam, I hear Cafe Naaz will soon be open to public (if not altready).

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Ummm....I meant the part when the Yeti gets hunted down - by the father of the daughter of a hunter.
ha ha I now see a naked honey covered Sam running down a snow covered hill side with a load of buck shot in his backside.
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Sam you got a great office. Nicely done up. Was it you who decked it up?
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ha ha I now see a naked honey covered Sam running down a snow covered hill side with a load of buck shot in his backside.
yeah that would make a nice hunting movie from YETI PICTURES
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Idli goes best with sambhar. Not that you'll like it even with sambhar

Noticed Mocha (Pune) is almost empty in the morning !! So that's the time to visit Mocha. Normally, it will be packed to the brim with 18 somethings who probably bunked college !!
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But! Tell me, does Bombay really have such clean places?
I think Sam gets up at 3 in the morning and goes out with a big broom in his hand and cleans up all the places, he is going to take TheOne® the next day. This explains his morning wake up tantrums.

I think Sam sang to and cajoled the dog to pose for him in the photo at the garden. May be even offered to take it to Germany some day

Would you both please take a couple of days off and finish writing everything without having to kill us daily with anticipation?
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All this talk of idlis is making me hungry. So i'm off to have idlis for breakfast.
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All this talk of idlis is making me hungry. So i'm off to have idlis for breakfast.
You mean lunch...its almost noon, or may be your BRUNCH
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You mean lunch...its almost noon, or may be your BRUNCH
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Me in dubai. So its still breakfast time.

Anyways, lets go back to Sam and Jenny.
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Would you both please take a couple of days off and finish writing everything without having to kill us daily with anticipation?
lol, come on. We have to pay for our travels. We need to work.
Besides we're going as fast as we can. And good things come to those who wait.
I promise you, this travelogue has only just begun. It gets really really interesting soon. WHen I said this would be the most complex travelogue on TBHP, I wasn't kidding. This will be an epic.

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Man, this travelogue rocks.

PS: Both of you make a really wonderful pair.
Thank you. And that is a very sweet thing to say.
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