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How Indian are you and how Indian is your spirit? Seems that our man AK’s government thinks that you need a reminder of being an Indian every now and then. Why else would the government set aside Rs 45 crores to install high-mast tricolour flags across the city? Why is it that they want ‘at least one flag to be visible every couple of kilometres’? Dilliwalahs are confused at this contrasting politics being played out in the open. One party seems eager to declare you an anti-national at the drop of a hat. The other indulges in reminding you of your being an Indian in India.

Not impressed by AK’s nationalism, the central government still rapped AK on his knuckles. It pushed a bill which qualifies the expression ‘Government’ like never before. ‘Government’ referred to in any law to be made by the assembly shall mean the Lt Governor of Delhi. Now, this wrests extra-ordinary power to an individual who some informed folks refer to as a puppet. And such powers override a legitimately elected government. Dilliwalahs are busy speculating the reason behind this move. Was that 62 to 8 blow dealt by Dilliwalahs too much to swallow for someone flaunting 56 inches?

The month of March is the month of Holi – a festival of colours. In old Delhi, however, there used to be a tradition of celebrating idiosyncrasies during Holi. A procession used to start from poet (hasya kavi) Gopal Prasad Vyas’s residence. It would eventually culminate in to a celebration of idiosyncrasies and satire at Ramlila Grounds. Called Moorkh Sammelan (Conference of the Idiot), it had stand-up comics and satirists poking fun at politicians among others. Memories of that Delhi tradition came to the fore by the avalanche of memes and social media posts this Holi. All triggered by the visit of a Satyagrahyi to Bangladesh. And no, these were not limited to ‘entire political science’ but encompassed just about everything. These ranged from who dropped the apple on Newton’s head to Neil Armstrong being offered chai on moon. From colonies being built in Harappa under Awas Yojna to solutions of moving Ever Given at Suez! By the way, even Google failed to track that Satyagrah. Shall we now call google ‘anti-national?

StateOfDelhi Suggests: Holi means indulging in Gujiyas for most Dilliwalahs. Available at all those Agarwal Sweets shops (every second colony in Delhi has an Agarwal Sweets shop) and the local market halwai – there is still no match the Gujiya at Kanwarji. Yes, you have to venture out to Paranthewali Gali in Chandni Chowk but it will be a trip worth taking. And while gobbling those Gujiyas pick up a book of Gopal Prasad Vyas and you will not regret the investment. Kaho Vyas Kaisi Kati and Ārām Karo are some significant works of this Padma Shri winning author and poet. Not that this Blogger has read these works but then these recommendations come from a very reliable source. The blogger, however, has witnessed the Moorkh Sammelan as a child and has gobbled lot of Gujiyas.

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  • Sanjay Sharma, April 2, 2021 @ 9:09 am Reply

    Very interesting read Giraj! Thoroughly enjoyed the pun, quite direct and very funny I must say. Look forward to the next one sooon!

  • Sanjeev, April 2, 2021 @ 10:51 am Reply

    Very interesting write on how complex and interwoven is culture. Literature, food, festivals, people all come together to create that cultural magic that endures. Holi of course is a different paradigm and unfortunately, this really cool festival does not appeal less and less to people now.

  • Pooja Gupta, April 2, 2021 @ 11:16 am Reply

    One of the best combination of facts and satire wrapped up so well in a write up, fantastic read, thoroughly enjoyed, looking forward to next one!

  • Neeta jain, April 2, 2021 @ 4:37 pm Reply

    Very interesting read, AK ke naya naya patree. Would love to read Gopal Prasad Vyas and definitely a visit to Chandini chowk is due. Look forward to your next blog

  • Dr. Rajeev, April 3, 2021 @ 4:06 am Reply

    Every time I look at your blog pieces, I get convinced about your amazing capacity to use satire as a thought provoking instrument rather than a weapon for mass subduction. Great read dear….. At sub concious level, I knew this Gopal Das story but thanks for revival. I always love your keen sense of history and how you relate the contemporary with the modern. Keep it up Giraj. And it’s been really really long having visited the Chandani Chowk… Time to go.

  • Ravinder Sharan, April 3, 2021 @ 3:23 pm Reply

    I wish I had seen the Moorkh sammelan. Still remember some of Kaka Hathrasi’s poems. And of course the gujiyas. While growing up mostly had these home made, recently tried some from Gopalas at Green park and they were quite good. Next time will go to Kanwarji’s!

  • AJAY GUPTA, April 6, 2021 @ 10:51 am Reply

    Dear bhai, this is as interesting a read as always.
    The saying ‘power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely’ is being practically played out. (I say so as for me corruption isn’t mere offering and acceptance of bribes). Need to find a way out to overcome this brute electoral majority. Till then have to bear this idiocracy.
    May be Vyas would have suffered Kunal Kamra’s fate today.
    As for Gujiyas, I love them but my favourite were the ones made by my mom. Have missed them since she departed few years ago.
    Kanwarji’s (second from the corner) is our family’s favourite for Moong dal barfi, Halwa sohn ki tikiya and ofcourse Daalbiji.?
    I too was born and bought up in Delhi 6.?

  • Aj, April 7, 2021 @ 11:24 am Reply

    Yet another nicely turned piece ,Your satire freeflows and binds together the this and the that , the many pixels that join to make up an otherwise disparate picture . Satirists hold up a mirror for us to see our pockmarks , our warts and moles and beauty spots ..and that you do so well ! Giraj ,my friend , keep them coming … and Chandni Chowk and the gujiyas call !

    • Giraj, April 12, 2021 @ 11:19 am Reply

      Thank you Ajmal. Loved your mirror analogy. Thank you.

  • Shekhar, April 8, 2021 @ 5:17 am Reply

    Good blog Giraj. Am tempted to consider the brighter side. Isn’t the tricolour fluttering every couple of kms, way better than a mono colored one?

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