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....

2 October 2010

Let prayer be fire: admire, re-light, relate, regain.

Victor Hugo once observed that certain thoughts are prayers. There are certain moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees. Today, gentle reader, your blogger turned another year older. Today, I'm praying. Not asking, merely expressing a longing of the soul. Making candid demands of The One Above that I usually don't, when I pray. 
The following lines are from M. M. Kaye's "Far Pavilions". This is a prayer uttered by Ash as he looks at Door Khaima, the mountain peaks at a distance which give him solace and hope and heart's ease: 
"Oh Lord, forgive these sins that are due to my human limitations. 
Thou art everywhere, but I worship Thee here;  
Thou art without form, but I worship Thee in this form; 
Thou needest no praise, yet I offer Thee these prayers and salutations. 
Lord, forgive my sins that are due to my human limitations."

For Asha to have a safe journey free of worries. 

For Phil to recover her health completely. 

For Hannah, success in her interview.

For Prabha, heart's ease. 

For A, a visa. 

For Ranjani, the time to do the things she wants to. 

For Varsha to have intelligent and sensible people around her.

For Naheed, also a visa. 

For Rani, peace and good health. 

For Varun, success in all he does. 

For H, resolution and closure. 

For Chinu and Gunjan, success and peace.

For all my family and my friends whom I haven't named here: contentment, good health, joy and abundance. 


Kamal Sharma said...

You made us wait long for this post. Wish you a fun filled Happy B'day.

Vinayak Razdan said...

It's late but wishing you a very happy B'day anyway.

Autar mota said...

happy birthday.

moongazer said...


please please, wanted to share this link with you are you a true fan of the Himachal not a wannabe. enjoy.

Gallimaufry said...

Thank you very much for your wishes, Kamal, Vinayak and Autar-ji.

Moongazer, I'm not a huge fan of Mohit's but I do make an exception to "Chambay jana zaroor". Not sure if you're asking me if I'm a wannabe Himachal fan or telling me I'm one :)

Deep Sea said...

..and belated wishes for good health, happy colours, crisp mornings and beautiful words along your journey.

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