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 June 2009

Ann, meet Naughty.

Ann, you asked about Naughty. So here he is. Especially for you.

Happiness, they say, is a warm puppy. I don't need to add any words to these pictures. Look at them and smile. (Naughty is an absurdly cute puppy I met recently. My friend R is his human).

Said St. Bernard, (the saint, not the dog) "Qui me amat, amet et canem meum" (Who loves me will love my dog also). Right on, Saint! Naughty laughs with his tail. His tail, possibly the most overworked limb of his body, is expressive and speaks a language of its own. He likes eating and sleeping and playing with an oversized ball, preferably with obliging humans who will kick it around for him endlessly. He's one of those dogs who, if you said something really foolish, would give you a look that said "My god, you're right, I never would've thought of that!!"


Caro said...


He looks just like my long departed and much loved childhood dog, rory.

Gallimaufry said...

Thanks for stopping by, Caro. Isn't he the cutest puppy ever?

Ann said...

Awwwww. I'm definitely smiling.

shankari said...

Hugs n tickles to the lil guy

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