A sprained ankle and Hauz Khas village

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October 18th, 2012 Nitin Sreedhar

One of the most important things to keep in mind while writing a blog I think, is to keep it nice and simple and to write in a way that makes it easy for the reader to grasp the true meaning of what you really want to convey.

Wednesday started as usual with the routine morning jog with my cousin, where I have this tendency of putting my ankles at the mercy of the park’s rugged terrain. But somehow I managed to escape the jogging session with my ankles intact.

Back home, I got a call from one of my closest friend asking me to hop along for lunch at Hauz Khas village. I completed my post graduation from one of India’s most coveted institutes located near Hauz Khas. I always heard my batchmates singing praises about the place, but I never managed to reach the ‘village’ part of it. I decided to join her for lunch and asked her to meet me at New Delhi’s most cherished meeting point — Connaught Place — which is currently in a shambles. I happened to reach before and decided to grab a couple of orchids for my friend from a florist who stays open 24X7. Done with picking up the flowers, I was stepping out of the florist’s shop when he called me up from behind to fill up a feedback form. With my face turned one side and my feet the other, I landed awkwardly on my right ankle, tweaking it. I could feel a gush of pain in my ankle.

With a couple of orchids in my hand, I somehow managed to limp my way into the bustling Rajiv Chowk metro station. A direct, crowded metro got us to Green Park from where an auto-rickshaw took us to our destination.

At first look, Hauz Khas village looked like your average hangout zone, nestled safely next to the Hauz Khas fort. But as you start walking inside those narrow decorated alleys you get to see the real side of the village. There is an armada of stores inside. The first one that caught my eye was a shop located in a basement. The entrance of the shop was laden with posters from yesteryear Bollywood flicks. Everything from Mother India to Mughal-e-azam.

KUZART LANE

Our first stop was the magnificent Kuzart Lane — an art gallery cum café. The entrance to the lane is spell bounding. A dark alley illuminated with numerous light bulbs hanging from the roof, perfectly placed in one line. On either side of the lane are two walls, which have been decorated with paintings from various artists. Most of them would be a treat for any art lover as they are available at much cheaper prices than the original price which is of course mentioned on every painting that is clinging to the colourful wall.

The café is in itself a separate entity. It has been built and designed exquisitely. The walls painted in the form of a huge bird which bears beautiful colours. On the other wall in the café are two unique guitars: each with a painting etched onto it. The menu has a variety of snacks, main course meals and sparkling beverages to go along with it and add to it the melodious playlist that keeps producing one track after the other. The Kuzart café shouldn’t chalk out much out of your pocket.

After a hefty lunch at the Kuzart, we wandered again, though, this time to find another place called Elma’s Bakery. It sounded pretty neat to me, whereas my friend was anxious to see and try the bakery as she had read about it quite frequently.

ELMA’S BAKERY

After walking for a good few minutes, I could see a small board peeking from behind another one, which read Elma’s Bakery. My friend jumped as if she had been awarded the Pulitzer. As we climbed the stairs of the bakery, I could sense the amazing aroma that was engulfing the walk. A mixed aroma of cream, chocolate and coffee surrounded us as we entered the bakery. The place has been bought together very nicely and has been given the look of an old British house. With comfortable chairs, paintings, huge windows with plants climbing on them and probably the most prominent part of the café, a soothing white piano at the end of the room. The menu at Elma’s is classy. You have tea — almost all sorts of tea. Its like, you name it they have it. A bout of hot chocolate and a chocolate croissant was what Elma’s offered us at our first visit. Even the high tea at the bakery was impressive.

Anyone who is looking for calmness along with a pinch of class should definitely pay visit to Elma’s Bakery. Albeit, a tad expensive, it is worth every single penny.

These are just two of the many places that the Hauz Khas village has to offer. And at the end of the day, the pain in the ankle really didn’t matter. I am sure to return to the village for more experiences, if nothing but to buy a few vintage Bollywood posters.

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2 Responses to “A sprained ankle and Hauz Khas village”

  1. Swaminathan C Says:

    Hi I somehow felt very happy after reading your short, but cute account. Your style is catchy too, no bombastic words or scholarly sounding phrases or even the dry humour which many writers believe is a prerequisite for acceptance. Carry on the good work..!!
    I am sure to seek out Haus Khhal Village on my next visit to the capital..!! Have agreat day..!!

  2. Devyani Kapoor Says:

    To begin with, the friend is me. As jumpy and excited I was to visit the exquisite places mentioned, I was more when I read this particular write-up. Profound. Very informing for people who intend to visit. Every detail has been taken care of with utmost keen interest.

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