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....

5 October 2009

Hawaghar Re-Redux

I've mentioned the hawaghars in Shimla in earlier posts. I found two more! They are both located en route from Annadale towards Vidhan Sabha.

This one's close to Comar House:




And this one is located at the crossing Vidhan Sabha, Kennedy Cottage and Knockdrin:





Rest, rest, perturbed spirit! (Hamlet, Act 1, Sc. 5, apropos of nothing!)

8 comments:

Bibliophile said...

When I first arrived in India, back in 1996, there were several of these 'roofs on poles' on the Indian side of the border, with tables under them, presumably for customs inspection. When I came back the same way several weeks later, they were all gone and had been replaced with a building covered in gleaming marble tile.

Gallimaufry said...

Ah, the Indian love for marble! Something I shall never understand, or appreciate!

varsha said...

I remember drinking in the valley view from one of these enroute to Chadwick falls,wonder if its still there?

varsha said...

I remember drinking in the valley view from one of these enroute to Chadwick falls,wonder if its still there?

Gallimaufry said...

I last went to Chadwick Falls in Sept. 09, (ghastly place!) but don't remember seeing a hawaghar en route.

Anonymous said...

Well I am yet to find a waterfall I can call ghastly,but let's celebrate the difference of opinion anyways!

Gallimaufry said...

Dear Anonymous, this waterfall (Chadwick Falls) has been reduced to a trickle thanks to the tonnes of filthy plastic that choke its path. It's a very sad sight.

bibesh said...

well such a wonderful place-feels "like in heaven" yalkin about darjeeling it's the same made for each other........
such a wonderful places we'hv got!!

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