It was hot in Delhi in the afternoon at 42 degrees and it is important to keep hydrating oneself. I sipped cool lemon tea and large gulps of Sprite with ice as I strolled around the marketplace. The eateries like The Host, United Cafe House and Regency, all of the landmark diners of CP, Connaught Place of yore had a new and improved look, new logo and brand new decor. But my favourite has always been the earthy Kake Da Dhaba, perhaps since I am a resident, citizen as it were of this city! I sat down for the authentic Punjabi taste of butter chicken and dahi meat with kebabs. All this for less the Rs 500 which is about $8 and I always thought it is a steal. The place being earthy as it was, the only issues I have are the tight seating arrangement and the long wait at times. Apart from that, the food is piping hot, the chicken is tender and the portions large with free butter and gravy toppings, all this to be burped down by a large cola.
The circular design of Connaught Place suits the easy walking style of tourists and shoppers, no hurry here, as couples stroll hand in hand window shopping or just enjoying an ice cream. Almost all international clothing brands, fast food outlets and electronics showrooms are in this market. On the sidewalks sit the hawkers selling books, socks, calendars, art, smokes or just smuggled goods.