India Gate

Live from Delhi: The India Gate Canopy

India Gate


Just a few meters away from The India Gate, there’s this beautiful canopy with a roof of red sandstone. The canopy was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and was built in 1936. At that time, the marble statue of Sir George V stood under the canopy.

The statue has been removed from beneath the canopy to the Coronation Memorial Park in North Delhi. The emptiness of the canopy is symbolic of the British retreat from India.

We arrive this afternoon, after our flight from Sharjah was delayed for more than 30 minutes because of very low visibility at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

It’s still very foggy out here, and the temperature is a lovely 14ºC. The wind is cold. People here are wearing all sorts of winter clothes: jackets, sweaters, wool caps, scarves, gloves, etc. We, the desert dwellers, on the other hand, are having fun chilling our nose and fingertips.

It’s midnight. I hear a group of men outside the hotel singing happy birthday in the loudest, most out-of-tune manner.

Good night, everyone!


    1. Hello, San!

      Thank you so much! Yep, I’m back in India. And although I get a few days of leisure, it’s still mostly work *sigh*

      Your pasalubong is photographs that I will post as soon as I find myself a good internet connection 🙂

      1. hello, Nadia… ay, i envy you. you’ve been travelling again! it’s alright if you’re working, dear. i have a suspicion that you’re a workaholic, hehehe.

        you know i always love and appreciate your photographs. but i know you’ve a box of pasalubong stashed somewhere for me. hehehe. i’ll claim it, one of these days, lol. 🙂
        35andupcynicismonhold recently posted..Inside the box, past the labels

        1. San, I don’t think I’m there yet (being a workaholic, that is). I mean, I just work the regular working hours. But then, would a workaholic ever admit to being one? 😉

          Who told you about the box?! It’s supposed to be a heavily-guarded secret 🙂

    1. Thank you, Miss Maqsood!

      I know what you mean about Hyderabad not having a winter season. We arrived last night from Delhi, and what a difference there is in the weather! I’m asking Masood to turn on the AC unit as I type this.

    1. Yep, I’m back in India. No plans for Bangladesh yet. I’m assuming it’s not easy for us (Pakistani and Indian) to get visa, and we don’t have any family there.

      What’s the best time to visit Bangladesh?

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