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....

29 March 2009

A contemplation upon mist...





शाम से आँख में नमी सी है
आज फिर आपकी कमी सी है

दफ़्न कर दो हमें के साँस मिले
नब्ज़ कुछ देर से थमी सी है

वक़्त रहता नहीं कहीं टिक कर
इसकी आदत भी आदमी सी है

कोई रिश्ता नहीं रहा फिर भी
एक तस्लीम लाज़मी सी है

2 comments:

Ann said...

I was watching the DVD of Michael Palin's Himalaya last night and got to the section on Shimla. I hadn't realised how steep it is, but very beautiful.

Gallimaufry said...

It's located in the lower Himalayas, Ann. About 7000 feat above sea level.

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