My India To-Do List
- Learn to drive – So 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!
- Palika Bazaar, Connaught Place – The idea of an underground bazaar fascinates me
- Jantar Mantar – An astronomical observatory built in the 18th century
- Safdarjung’s Tomb – It’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 Planetarium – My 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.