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Tough times are on us. And they are being made tougher by the people we elected to govern us who are proving to be not just incompetent but insensitive too. Look at our man AK. The good boy behaviour he had put up for about six months before the Delhi elections has all but disappeared. He is back to his old ways. And his gaffes can provide so much material to any stand-up comedian that he can live without any other income but royalties from content he provides to the quipsters and save the Delhi Government’s coffers of a CM’s pension. Well, not that Delhi Government’s coffers are empty for this Government collected so much money from the ‘special corona fee’ of 70% over MRP on liquor sales that it has now decided to let go of the tax. The tipplers in Delhi are walking with their head held high for they are the ones who apparently resurrected this government. Keep walking, old monks!

A lot of AK’s detractors and even some of his supporters want to figure out how someone from an IIT cannot properly add up hospital beds devoted to Covid-19 in the city of Delhi. On the other hand, the nationalists are very upset at his wanting to reserve the non-existent empty beds only for Dilliwalahs. Delhi is suddenly short on leaders in the political arena. Even the cocky, arrogant, can’t-ever-go-wrong BJP has decided to kick out its state chief while the INC still doesn’t know who will fill up Shiela auntie’s sandals.

Never has an incident in the US evoked such a response from Dilliwalahs as was seen about the George Floyd’s incident. Folks who did not bat an eyelid on the 53 deaths during Delhi riots earlier this year or police atrocities at Jamia or police inaction at JNU are suddenly showing concern. May be it’s got to do with President Trump’s visit in February coinciding with the Delhi riots. Interestingly, President Trump was in news for claiming that PM Modi (who has had the longest ever uninterrupted stay in Delhi during the Lockdown) called him to discuss the breach on the line of control by the Chinese. This phone call made from Delhi is too good to ignore. So here’s a concocted version of how that conversation would have gone:

NM: Namaste Donald

DT: Donald? Did you call me that?

NM: Why, I used to address Obama as Barak

DT: Ok. Howdy? Have you seen Money Heist?

NM: No. But I saw Patal Lok and I am sure that’s better. Will send you a link with subtitles. You can pick a lesson or two from it.

DT:  Really?

NM: You would learn how to subvert the cops and the system. You didn’t learn nothing from your Delhi visit for how could that cop Art Acevedo say what he did? He told you to shut up!

DT: So much to learn from you NaMo. Thanks. Will check. How are your Chinese guests?

NM: Now you are kidding me. They are ill-mannered. They have overstayed.

DT: I am so glad you are realizing it. I have been upset with you on that account too…especially the way you planned my trip to Ahmedabad.

NM: Why? Didn’t I get a million people for you at Ahmedabad?

DT: The swings! NaMo you didn’t take me to the swings at the riverfront like you took Xi!

Connection breaks.

StateOfDelhi Suggests: Get to Dilli Haat once this Covid-19 has gone and whisper a prayer for a worthy son of Delhi whom we lost on the last day of May. Architect Pradeep Sachdeva, who gave Delhi the iconic Dilli Haat and then the much talked about Garden of Five Senses, passed away on 31st May. That a space amidst the match box like structures of Kidwai Nagar with a sewer passing through it would become a melting pot for handicrafts and culture right on the edge of Lutyens Delhi shows the genius of Pradeep Sachdev. He took us Dilliwalahs back to our Indian roots by using indigenous, natural materials that integrate inconspicuously yet have a strong aesthetics appeal. StateOfDelhi salutes the departed soul.



  • DR SANJAY CHUGH, June 9, 2020 @ 12:18 pm Reply

    Another great blog Giraj!!

    • Giraj, June 10, 2020 @ 4:10 pm Reply

      Thanks Doc!

  • Satish Sidana, June 9, 2020 @ 12:37 pm Reply

    Our friend Ak was going all over town just a few days back saying that ‘ ham carona se char kadam agae hain,’….Now that reality has stuck he is singing a different tune…don’t know what to make of this guy.

  • Prem Bhandula, June 9, 2020 @ 2:10 pm Reply

    Hi Giraj . First time a straight hard hitting facts without usual sattiere. I can see the disgust . Just hitting the bulls eye.
    By the way it Nameste Doland. ??

  • Mohsin Dehlvi, June 9, 2020 @ 2:29 pm Reply

    AK exposed… He would have liked the be affected by Covid-19 so that his skin could be saved. Unfortunately he tested negative.. Great article Giraj

  • Rajeevcreative, June 9, 2020 @ 3:06 pm Reply

    This is too good and candid. Wonderful narrative supported by hard hitting facts. Treat to see you pen down on the blog as ever. Keep writing boss and waking up those in deep slumber

  • Jaya, June 9, 2020 @ 3:07 pm Reply

    Thanks Giraj for sharing. I have been missing it for a while.
    Always a pleasure to read.
    Mumbai wali updates herself on Delhi and Dilliwalahs through your ‘ State Of Delhi’ blog.

  • Shekhar, June 9, 2020 @ 4:55 pm Reply

    Nice thoughts Giraj…… Pity, the connection broke just when swing diplomacy was acquiring a newer dimension ……. Our friend replied : “That’s what I do Don, swing one way domestically and every which way internationally.” To which the Chinese friend quipped : “Good, these morons don’t understand that the key to success is allow the other guy to swing and don’t get swayed yourself.”

  • Pradeep, June 9, 2020 @ 5:30 pm Reply

    Your writing skills at their best.
    Always looking forward to more such brilliant pieces of art, humour and facts all rolled into one.
    All the best.

  • Sanjeev Malhotra, June 10, 2020 @ 4:55 am Reply

    The Noida wasies are ready and eager to contribute to the Delhi exchequer if the border does not keep opening and shutting.
    It is guys like Pradeep Sahdev who give soul to the city. May he rest in peace. And we celebrate his spirit by adding more soul to our beloved city.

  • Chitra Singh, June 10, 2020 @ 2:16 pm Reply

    Great read! It’s nice to get piece by piece of Delhi from your writings!! Good content and hard truths told stark and solid!!

  • Ksh Jhaljit Singh, June 10, 2020 @ 5:59 pm Reply

    Giraj you have got of reaching out to the heart of the city and touching the raw nerves of those pretenders who considers themselves to be shaping the aff affairs of the society. Keep it up

  • Venkatesh Rao, June 11, 2020 @ 8:36 am Reply

    Only original Delhites, who lived through the pristine 60s,70s and 80s can write with so much sensitivity and consideration. Always a treat to read your writeups

  • Tapas Sarkar, June 11, 2020 @ 2:38 pm Reply

    Giraj, thanks for the insightful thoughts. It really takes a master craftsman like you to jog ones conscience. In-spite of all the ruthlessness of the insensitive ( AKs and BJPs) Delhi still blooms and will continue do so much much after….

  • Sandeep Narain, June 14, 2020 @ 10:44 am Reply

    Great blog !
    2 minutes silence for Pradèep Sachdev. ….. and 2 chappals for AK. !!

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