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....

17 May 2006

Shimla's flowers

Sweet William (Solanum jasminoides Alba) Originally from Chile, this beautiful plant is a member of the Sol olanaceae family and is related to the humdrum potato and aubergine.
Thanks, Maeve, for the above information.

I am now reliably informed that this plant is not Primula veris, but a variety of camellia.
Let's keep the following poem anyway!

The primrose moments, lush with bliss,
Exhale and fade away


Smita Srivastava said...

Anil and I went to Shimla for our honeymoon. The blog brings back great memories. Maybe we'll go back this summer with Rishi and Richa. Will we be allowed entry to Yarrows?

Gallimaufry said...

Sure you can! Let me know a little in advance.

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