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They say history repeats itself. Well, it certainly did in our case. Just as Muhammad Bin Tughlaq shifted his capital from Delhi to Daulatabad and was later forced to shift it back to Delhi – we shifted our website from WordPress only to bring it back to WordPress. This explains the absence of this blog in February. It left us disheartened  but then Dilliwalahs have this capacity to leave their indignation behind and bounce back (isn’t Shiela Auntie back?!) – so here we are.

That was February. March 2019 saw the Moral Code of Conduct (‘Model’ as the EC would like us to call it while ‘Moral’ – it actually is! ) being promulgated.  This blogger is largely apolitical and thus thought it’s best to stay mum as a self-restraint measure. Yes, some of our dispatches take a dig on our guy AK but that’s because he unfailingly supplies us remarkable fodder that’s difficult not to make fun of. Coming back to the Moral Code of Conduct:

  1. The Moral Code of Conduct did not come in way of a political party appropriating the armed forces
  2. The Moral Code of Conduct did not come in the way of a candidate humiliating a martyr
  3. The Moral Code of Conduct did not come in the way of a party not contesting enough seats to have any impact on any major legislation in the new parliament – promising statehood to a Union Territory
  4. The Moral Code of Conduct did not come in the way of two parties with different ideologies (academically speaking parties are supposed to have an ideology) playing ‘she-loves-me : she-loves-me-not’ in full public view
  5. The Moral Code of Conduct did not come in the way of a launch of a TV channel for a candidate
  6. The Moral Code of Conduct did not come in the way of a politician depriving DRDO officials of making a public announcement of their achievement

So what the heck! How can it come in the way of satire! is, therefore, up and kicking.

Jump-cut to now and what have we. The election landscape of Delhi is weirdly exciting. There is a three-cornered contest with characters drawn from diverse fields such as boxing, cricket, sufi music, and bhojpuri cinema combating veterans such as Dr Harshvardhan, Shiela Auntie and JP Agarwal. That Ajay Maken and Shiela Auntie are now a team gives a completely new meaning to ‘political compulsions’. And remember the Sri Sri devotee who played a key role in ravaging the Yamuna banks without an iota of bother for the NGT – well thankfully his political masters replaced him with a rookie (The River Strikes Back!). Then there are these Young Turks  – Atishi and Raghav Chadha  who come in with a clean image and may just emerge as giant killers. So while Dilliwalahs will be watching the outcome of Varanasi, Amethi, Wayanad and Begusarai (that’s for the JNU kid who has become a man -thanks to the State) – they will also be eagerly cued in on the results of the seven Delhi seats. May 23rd it is and may the best candidate win! Did anyone say NOTA? God!

StateOfDelhi Suggests: When the heat of elections get fused with the soaring temperatures – take a cool break. Get to old Delhi and sample the mango kulfi of Kuremal Kulfiwala.  It is a century old enterprise and they specialize in serving kulfi stuffed in seasonal fruits. Prices are slightly steep compared to your local kulfi vendor but this trip to Kucha Patti Ram, Bazaar Sitaram in Dilli is well worth it. The most convenient way to get there is to hop on to the Yellow Line of Delhi Metro and get off at Chawri Bazaar – Kuremal is walking distance from the Chawri Bazaar Metro Station. Have fun, Dilliwalahs.



  • Pradeep, April 27, 2019 @ 1:49 pm Reply

    Fun reading it. I am sure your friends deserve a “mango kulfi treat”.

    • Giraj, April 27, 2019 @ 2:51 pm Reply

      Anytime Pradeepji!

  • Mayur, April 27, 2019 @ 3:30 pm Reply

    Nice. Keep em coming

  • Sanjay Chugh, April 27, 2019 @ 4:40 pm Reply

    ??????Very incisive!

  • Giraj, April 27, 2019 @ 4:53 pm Reply

    Thanks Doc!

  • Ravinder Sharan, April 27, 2019 @ 5:12 pm Reply

    Being away from Delhi so long I didn’t understand most of the references but the kulfi sounds delectable and blog well written as always!

    • Giraj, April 27, 2019 @ 5:31 pm Reply

      Thank you! Must try Kuremal – the next time you come to India

  • Jaya, April 28, 2019 @ 3:48 am Reply

    Welcome Back Giraj. And thank you for not writing too much on the political scenario. Have had enough of it already.
    Mango Kulfi excites me but Alas ! Too far for me to get there. Next time when I am in Delhi will surely try.
    Keep wring I enjoy reading it even though not a Dilliwalah.

    • Giraj, April 28, 2019 @ 12:54 pm Reply

      Thanks Jaya. Glad you like the posts.

  • jasleen, April 29, 2019 @ 6:02 am Reply

    Interesting article sir and especially the kulfi tour to Old Delhi is next in my to be visited place

  • Rekha, April 29, 2019 @ 6:53 am Reply

    thanks for the invitation. its an interesting post.
    i guess you are writing after a break. welcome back!
    Pl check my latest post. hope you’ll like it Giraj ji.

  • Sra, April 29, 2019 @ 7:38 am Reply

    Why Shiela “Auntie”? And before I read the post, I thought the kulfi was some kind of an egg creation!!!

    • Giraj, May 1, 2019 @ 7:12 pm Reply

      She is the grand old lady of Delhi…having been at the helm of affairs of this city-state for 15 years.

  • Mona Shah, April 29, 2019 @ 11:44 am Reply

    Great But now i feel like having this KULFI

  • Satish Sidana, May 1, 2019 @ 5:01 am Reply

    Largely….kuremal kulfi…having been there on 2 occasions…would recommend to everyone….not expensive if you are used to having your kulfis in Def Col market.

  • Sanjoy, May 1, 2019 @ 2:07 pm Reply

    much needed voice of reason calling out institutions that have been compromised! we must all speak out. being silent today i being complicit

  • Sanjoy, May 1, 2019 @ 2:08 pm Reply

    a much needed voice holding our institutions accountable. today being silent is being complicit!

  • Surabhi, May 3, 2019 @ 6:24 am Reply

    Ingeniously renamed ‘Moral’ in this amoral environment 🙂

  • Cartoon Hentai, July 19, 2019 @ 2:57 pm Reply

    bookmarked!!, I really like your web site!

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