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....

31 March 2008

More venerable local institutions

Indian Coffee House

It is not confirmed whether Shimla's Coffee house has for its siblings the august chain of the same name, located in Kochi, Bangalore and, most famously, Calcutta. Be that as it may, this is the home for many a gossip session, the place where people congregate for a quick tea or coffee sold at nominal rates, where waiters still wear livery (turbans & all!). The coffee is piping hot and so are the debates. Lately, the Indian coffee house seems to have become a great favourite of the lawyers - I found this out by counting the sheer number of black coats & white collars, that's all.
The food is predominantly South Indian, but the quality has gone downhill over the years.

Krishna Sweets

Krishna Sweets is a gem of a place, tucked away in Boileauganj. The owner, in typical laid-back Himachali fashion, is delightfully vague about the age of the shop. He says it is probably 30 years old. A helpful gentleman, awaiting his turn to buy some Krishna's legendary samosas, says he's been visiting the shop for 50 years, so it has to be a lot older than that. As the debate rages, patient customers waiting for their plate of jalebies watch on with interest, but without complaint. Its worth the while to do so! This tiny shop doubles up as a snack-shop & a sweet shop. Its samosas & jalebies are crisp, its barfi tender & melt-in-the-mouth. Their tea is simply superb, freshly brewed with the best quality of milk & with just a hint of cardamom. There are other mithais too, besan barfi, balooshahi, gulabjamuns. Fie on those who claim that Mehru or Natthoo make them better. Krishna's gulabjamun's are works of art!

You pause in your greedy consumption for a minute when you spot a photograph of the owner's son, Anuj, who was martyred in the Kargil War.

1 comment:

shivee said...

oww.. what a tempting article..:) Krishna Sweets..!!! one of ma fav place since ma university dayz..:) Doodh-Jalebi used to b our main delight.. miss those dayz when we used to go dutch for even 2 plates of Sam... n Doodh-jalebbi... now all ma frnz can afford nice treats.. but we dun have tyme.. we all are scattered now...

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