Poor Man's Mutton Biryani

Trip Start Dec 18, 2013
Trip End Jan 03, 2014

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Cottage Yes Please New Delhi
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Chicken Tikka Masala
Slept in and then started the afternoon well with a brunch of finger licking chicken tikka masala and cheese naan at Green Chilli. Not only they do meat dishes, they do it well. The next time I fly into Delhi, I will make sure I pay my homage at Green Chilli.

Connaught Place station
Braved the metro again today but for just one station to Connaught Place. Last night's train from hell was a one off event, based on the fact that it happened during the 5-7pm peak hour, on a public holiday in the capital of the second most populous country in the world. Now that is a mouthful.

Got off at Connaught Place station - the city's main metro interchange. The spatial layout is circular but massive. Connections to the lines are within the station and the exits radiate out towards the outer rings of Connaught Place shopping districts. Heading towards Janpath Road, my walk took 40 mins along neat boulevards and government ministries before arriving at the National Museum.

National Museum
Expecting the capital's museum to be extensive and world class, I was sorely disappointed with the whimsical displays and historical artefacts. Reading information is minimal and the design of the museum's interior, at best amateurish. I regard a visit to the national museum after completing a trip, very crucial for me to form a better picture of its place, culture and heritage. This museum needs to resign its board of directors and replace them with patriots who love India!
India Gate
30 mins away from the museum on foot, India Gate - a national monument, has a stunning visual impact along the axis to the Presidential Palace. Teeming with local visitors armed with families, India Gate is a highly popular attraction. Somehow, people just naturally gravitate to great monuments like this. The handsome structure itself is not too different from the one in Vientiane, Laos.
Back at Paharganj for dinner and discovered Khosla Cafe by chance (it was featured in Lonely Planet book as I found out later) and sampled the rustic bbq chicken on sticks accompanied by an equally tasty, poor man's version of mutton biryani. All just for 200 Rs. Prices you would expect from a hole in a wall eatery.
Politics and Future 
Caught up with Ahmed again at Green Chilli for beers and had a rousing debate about Delhi's shady politics. Well, the debate was mostly between Ahmed and his acquaintances. Apparently the bright future of India may just lay in the hands of one man - Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party. Touted as India's common man fighting against national corruption, Arvind who was just voted in as Delhi's Chief Minister, may go as far as achieving Prime Ministership of India. 
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