Gujju land- Ahmdavad
Ahmedabad is located on the banks of river Sabarmati, reflecting a rich mix of Hindu and Jain temples along with the finest Islamic monuments. The carved wooden houses are wonderful. At one chowk, we saw Persian, Maratha, British and Islamic style houses - 4 cultures in one area!
Sabarmati river often dries up in the summer, leaving only a small stream of water as was evident even in November. The air had started to get nippy in the mornings and evenings, go a little beyond Ahmedabad and you can feel the cool air surround you during the day- as was the case when we went to Ambaji in the mountains
The steady expansion of the Rann of Kutch threatens further desertification of the city area and much of the state. Except for the small hills of Thaltej-Jodhpur Tekra, the city sits in an almost flat area. Fabulous roads, great infrastructure, one can see prosperity in the city and what fabulous national highways. A driver’s pleasure to be on such roads.
You can feast on Muslim delights in a state with common belief everything is vegetarian other than the Hindu militancy which is not so vegetarian.
We went to Manek Chowk’s khau galli and also the biggest gold markets where daily millions of rupees and tons of gold change hands. One can see bricks of 5 kg gold here in the evening! Manek chowk’s standout product of khau galli was a grilled pineapple sandwich with cheese and pineapple topping- very popular with the locals.
The Law Garden Khau galli was a bit of a let down, as was the great Rajwadu which is nothing short of a rip off! Bad food, crappy service, in the name of royal ambiance they sell empty dark, badly lit, space!
Shopping was fun in the city -Surprisingly I found stores such as Bandhej and Fab India to have far more variety and stock than the stores in Bombay.
I loved the genteel nature of people there. The aam aadmi didn’t display no signs of overt chalupana (shrewdness) , perhaps the opposite actually - a tad naïve and innocent they were. A very endearing quality and I hope they retain this in their culture.
So where does the aggression in politics stem from I wonder? Religion you think?
It’s a captivating city that touches ones heart! Wish I had more time to get to know more people. Who knows maybe we will return to Ahmdavad during Sankranti for more feverish partying with friends
Posted by Mee at 00:51