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....

19 March 2008

Shimla GPO


See that white-and-green building in the far corner? That's Shimla's General Post Office. It was originally called Conny Lodge & actually housed a tailoring establishment. Its insides are rather marvellous: with pillars, twirling stairways and tiny vaults.
Our local heritage maven Raja Bhasin says that in the late 1800s, a red flag used to be hoisted on the tower of the post office to announce the arrival of the post. Local postmen would then arrive at GPO to collect the post for further distribution.

2 comments:

Atoorva said...

Thank you so much for this shimla blog. Enjoyed re-living those shimla days . Rajaa bhasin's book is my favorite too.
Please write about our beloved Yarrows and its history.

Gallimaufry said...

Atoorva, Raaja has written a new one called "Shimla on Foot". It details ten walks one can attempt around Shimla. Let me know if oyu'd like a copy.
As for Yarrows, I've written up a tiny piece in May 2006 - on "our" Yarrows, as well as the "other" Yarrows. Do have a look at it...

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