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....

12 July 2006

"There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets."
Proverbs xxvi. 13.

Go rambling without purpose on a Sunday afternoon & who knows what you will discover by the road-side?


Asavari said...

dear geetali aunty,
i totally loved ur blog. it is awesome. mommy hd told me how talented u r....but i disagree with her. i think u r much much more talented thn she said! i also wanted 2 know why u hd named ur blog 'gallimaufry' and mommy explained it 2 me. i also love ur comments on my blog and feel inspired to write more.

levitatestoo said...

i remember those from my days at tara hall! they are drinking water spigots--at one point painted blue/white and at another a very dark green--- with the water pouring out of the lion's mouth...never quite had the nerve to drink out of there though!
also, i love your blog--your keen eye and wonderfully rendered descriptions bring simla to life and make me homesick all the way in los angeles ;)

Gallimaufry said...

Thank you for your kind words. It's a joy & a privilege to be able to live in Shimla. I can feel your homesickness for the place :) Is there a particular place you'd like me to photograph for you, just for old times' sake? I'd be happy to do that for you.

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