Why this blog is called "Gallimaufry".

gal-uh-MAW-free\, noun.

Originally meaning "a hash of various kinds of meats," "gallimaufry" comes from French galimafrée; in Old French, from the word galer, "to rejoice, to make merry"; in old English: gala + mafrer: "to eat much," and from Medieval Dutch maffelen: "to open one's mouth wide."

It's also a dish made by hashing up odds and ends of food; a heterogeneous mixture; a hodge-podge; a ragout; a confused jumble; a ridiculous medley; a promiscuous (!) assemblage of persons.

Those of you who know me, will, I’m sure, understand how well some of these phrases (barring the "promiscuous" bit!) fit me.

More importantly, this blog is an ode to my love for Shimla. I hope to show you this little town through my eyes. If you don't see too many people in it, forgive me, because I'm a little chary of turning this into a human zoo.

Stop by for a spell, look at my pictures, ask me questions about Shimla, if you wish. I shall try and answer them as best as I can. Let's be friends for a while....

25 April 2006

There's something about Shimla

Sir Philip Sidney is so right when he says: "O sweet woods, the delight of solitariness!" This is a view from the window of a place I usually stay in. Now would you blame me for wanting to go back there over & over again? This is the place where the idea of solitude delights and enlivens...


Asha said...

I certainly don't blame you for going back again and again. I am going too - GREEN WITH JEALOUSY!!!


Riaz Currimjee said...

Hi there you seem to to be a lover of all things related to Shimla. I am currently researching famous quotes about or descriptions of Shimla. Would really appreciate your input. My email is riaz@suryacapital.com. Thanks in advance

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