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 April 2008

Shimla's rooftops

There are several tiers of rooftops, basically capping higgeldy-piggeldy biuildings that were built into the ridhe that skirts Shimla. These are home to the Middle & Lower Bazaars: Kipling's "crowded rabbit-warren that climbs from the valley to the Town Hall at an angle of forty-five".


Sanchia said...

YAY! You started up again! I hadn't looked for a while...

Sanchia said...

I hadn't looked since January--so glad to see you started up again!

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