Dichotomy of Delhi: Exploring Past & Future in One Day

Dichotomy of Delhi: Exploring Past & Future in One Day

When I moved to Delhi 5 years ago, I fell in love with the city in a whole new way. While visiting family in Delhi as a kid, I didn’t like it at all. However, after actively living here, I began to realize that Delhi has a lot to offer, and it is fascinating. I love how a single place can have so much history and heritage to explore, and yet be receptive to a new-age. For example a historical monument like Qutub Minar is in one of the most happening areas of South Delhi-Mehrauli-where there are so many fancy high-end restaurants and boutiques to visit. The best part is, one can from exploring one extreme to the other in a matter of hours. Over the weekend, I did exactly that.

Last Saturday, I visited the National Museum, New Delhi for the first time to explore the Jewels of India: Nizam’s Jewellery Collection Exhibit. It was absolutely incredible. Being a bit of a history nerd myself, I’ve always found Indian history fascinating. Compared to American history, it’s much more rich and layered. Anyways, seeing a bit of India’s history through the Nizam Jewellery Collection was beautiful. The intricate pieces are nothing like what I’ve ever encountered in a showroom, and it was amazing to see the role jewelry has played in history. Beautiful, intricate designs used by royalty.

After a blast from the past, I took a bit of a leap into the future and attended the Little Black Book’s The Stationery Collective at Select Citywalk. Although it is not the most futuristic event, it was an amazing opportunity to see how some creative contemporaries are moving towards “Modern India” with vogue ideas such as quirky stationery. Attending events and exhibits like these are so enlightening because you come to realize that despite the history and tradition of Delhi, there is a whole wave of modern art and activities from smaller businesses that are taking traditional bits and giving them a contemporary twist.

Attending two completely contrasting exhibits in a single day can only happen in a place like Delhi. As a city, there is so much to explore and experience, and I love that I can go for learning a bit of history to attending an event in a shopping mall in a matter of hours. I’m excited to see what else Delhi has in store!

Until next time 🙂


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