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My India To-Do List

To Do:

  • Learn to driveSo that I can retain some measure of independence and self-sufficiency.
  • Continue to work on my Hindi – I’d like to reach the point where I’m comfortable conversing with others, and would like to continue to improve my Hindi vocabulary.
  • Learn Indian cooking – I’m currently working on learning recipes from our maid and other family members.  My goal is to become adept enough in Indian cooking that I can re-create the dishes for my family when I return to the United States to visit!
  • Learn how to tie a sari – I can currently tie a sari on myself with a little help from my maid or mother-in-law, and lots and lots of pins.  I would like to get to the point, though, where I can wrap and wear it unaided.
  • Have a proper Christmas celebration – Last year’s Christmas was overshadowed by our wedding, and so was hardly celebrated.  This year, I would like to have a Christmas party so that I can share the holiday and its traditions with friends and family in India!

To See:

In Delhi

  • Palika Bazaar, Connaught Place – The idea of an underground bazaar fascinates me
  • Jantar MantarAn astronomical observatory built in the 18th century
  • Safdarjung’s TombIt’s just down the road, but I’ve never had the chance to visit
  • Ramlila Grounds, Old Delhi, during Dussehra – Dussehra is a fall-time celebration of the goddess, and marks the triumph of good over evil.  During this ten day celebration, the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, is re-enacted in several places, but the largest, most elaborate re-enactment in Delhi takes place at the Ramlila Grounds in Old Delhi.
  • Nehru PlanetariumMy husband and I both find astronomy fascinating, yet we haven’t paid a visit to this planetarium in Delhi.

Outside of Delhi

  • Sanawar School &  Simla – My husband’s former boarding school situated just above Simla, the former summer capital of British India.
  • Calcutta – The capital of the state of Bengal, and the Indian capital before Delhi.  Positively full of leftover architecture and artifacts from the British Raj.
  • Pondicherry – A former French colony on the coast in South India.
  • Chandigarh – The first planned city of India that includes numerous projects by the famous architect Le Corbusier.
  • Mumbai – India’s most populous city, and a major metropolis on the coast.

To see my 2010-11 India To-Do List, click here.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. carina louise renner permalink
    July 14, 2010 6:52 pm

    you still haven’t ridden the metro?! amazing. it’s weird. and very nice. that’s why it’s weird.
    Eat SO much good food for me, girl. I am the most envious of that part of Indian livin. shanti shanti, pyar pyar to you & most of all khana-khanaaa !

  2. Katie Weber permalink
    July 15, 2010 10:09 am


    I just read allll of your blog posts and they’re great! Thanks for sharing this new, amazing adventure. I think you’re going to settle in just fine. And, I’m glad this is here, because it’s a great way to keep myself updated on wedding news 🙂 I want to see wedding photos asap. It’s also a good way to keep track of you, so that when I plan my trip to India, I can have a most excellent tour guide.

    much love. glad to see that you are well!

    • July 15, 2010 4:43 pm

      Katie! It’s so good to hear from you!

      I hope life on the West Coast is treating you well. And I hope that you’re serious about a trip to India. I would love love love to have you here!

  3. Nicole Green permalink
    July 24, 2010 5:45 am

    Dearest Katherine!

    I was just reading your blog and I had to comment that you of all people would love a bird hospital haha. I’m so happy for you and happy that I get to see what you’re up to!

    I miss you and hope you’re doing well!

    • July 24, 2010 8:59 am

      Hahah I can’t wait to go to the bird hospital… I’m envisioning pigeons with wheelchairs and crutches.

      Miss you too.

  4. andrea permalink
    September 10, 2010 7:01 am

    If you want to learn indian cooking, i highly recommend the little cookbooks you can get from at least one of the state government emporiums in central delh. I can’t remember the street name or which state shop it was that had them. I bought three and would enjoy more even. I’ve got gujarati, marwari and punjabi. I think also bengali is a good one to get. and maybe kerala. I always leave out the chilli though as i don’t like it. I reduce hte amount of salt sugar and oil considerably, always. But these are really authentic (ie traditional) recipes. Not just some clever chef having a go.

    Also to get a good understanding of the basics of eating indian style, go and spend a few days eating at a gurdwara or an ashram. I love the food in these places. But not amritsar where the food is quite terrible, not surprisingly really. What i am getting at is a good basic approach to a vegetarian meal is rice with dal and one other vegetable dish. making chapati is quite tricky to get right but rice, dal and one veg with some simple salad vegetables is great. I can eat it day after day and be totally happy.

    I also have cooked and adored biriyani but i think i got hte recipe from somewhere else. Its quite a lot of work but one chicken kept me fed for a week. I should do it again soon.

    • September 10, 2010 7:37 pm

      Thanks for the tips! Did you happen to get the cookbooks from the Central Cottage Industries Emporium on Janpath?

  5. Rachelle Misra permalink
    February 16, 2011 7:36 am

    Katherine – I have to tell you I have ridden the metro in New Delhi. It is actually impressive…very nice and very clean!!!!!

    • March 21, 2011 8:47 pm

      Yes, I’ve become quite familiar with the metro now and I love it! It’s so fast, convenient, and I don’t have to worry about haggling with rickshaw drivers. I try to use it whenever possible!

  6. arvindpadmanabhan permalink
    March 13, 2011 7:41 pm

    You can give Simla a miss. Nothing exciting there but that’s just my opinion. Perhaps you can try it in winter when snow hides some of the town’s ugliness.

    At the National Gandhi Museum, there is a khadi spinning demo from 11 – 12 noon but call up in advance just to check.

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