10 Things You Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners About Delhi

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No longer just Old and New Delhi, I have seen Delhi metamorphose from a laid-back city to a bustling, chaotic metropolis, which now spreads over the satellite towns of Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad.

For someone who has spent a little over two decades in the city, I can safely say that Delhi is a city where thousands of strangers brusquely pass each other in the lanes of Connaught Place, metro platforms, and many other dampened sidewalks.

It's a city where an angry businessman shouts into his cell phone while an oncoming four wheeler screeches to a halt nearly hitting a pedestrian. Delhi is where a women puffing a cigarette rolls her eyes at the giggling teenage girl tightly hugging her Gucci bag.

If you live in Delhi, it's a given that someone (who is not from Delhi) is going to visit you and you’re going to have to spend some time explaining the wonders of our fair city. Here’s a primer to some of the things you’ll inevitably have to address:

1. Delhiites know where their loyalties lie and for some reason they’re not ashamed to show it.

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2. Delhi Metro is going be under construction for the rest of eternity.

After blue, red, yellow, violet and green the DMRC is hoping for a VIBGYOR now. From what I can tell, construction on it should be finished around the time we’re living in a post-apocalyptic world where cars are actually obsolete.

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3. Get used to traveling in a packed metro every day.

Delhiites are used to battling it out with each other for a spot to stand in. So should you! 

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4. Traveling within the city is not our thing.

There are people who travel from one part of the town to another, and its normal for most but if you live in Delhi you’d seriously rather travel to Jaipur, two hours away, than go to Gurgaon or Noida because it will that take forever to get there.

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5. Make peace with crowds.

In a city of over a million people, it’s difficult to avoid crowded areas. We find it adorable when people from other states get flustered by the crowds, because to us, it’s perfectly normal.

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Copyright: Shalu Khandelwal

6. Why is there a steel sprout garden adjacent to a flyover?

Is that a sculpture? A fountain? Giant globes of steel floating in the air? We don’t know either. Yes! I'm talking about the masterpiece at AIIMS flyover. If someone asks you about it, do what I do - shrug your shoulders and keep driving.

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7. Be prepared to change your perception of weekdays and weekends.

In Delhi, you will drink on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and on weekends, off course!

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8. We’ll offer directions via landmarks that may or may not still be there. Be careful!

If you are unfortunate enough to get lost while visiting Delhi, asking for directions from a local will most likely result in something along the lines of “Take a right at that red colored monument and then turn left when you’ve passed the giant statue.” Only to realize that there is no monument or statue for the next 50 Km.

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9. Don't raise your eyebrow if a Delhiite tells you she/he hasn't visited - Qutub Minar, Red Fort or Lotus Temple. That’s only for tourists.

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10. We speak Hindi unlike that in any other city in India.

We have our own colloquial terms and words that the rest of India fondly refers to as ‘Delhi's Slang’. The word *Bh**c*** might be offensive for everyone else, but in Delhi it’s a way of expressing your emotions - anger, frustration, helplessness etc.

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I travel everyday from South Ex to Gurgaon and everyday is a nightmare. Things to know about Delhi is that you have to be a pro to travel in Metro. If you are sane and strong enough to travel via metro during office hours, you better would have trained yourself in an army camp. If you don't push your self, then you are going to be left behind.
Sun 01 10 16, 20:28 · Reply · Report
Point 6 of your article is so apt. I always fail to explain to my friends and cousins what is the exact meaning of the sculpture at AIIMS flyover. I always make up different stories because I'm yet to understand myself what it is supposed to be. I always tell them that the things to know in Delhi is that it is full of mysteries and one such mystery is this sculpture.
Sun 01 10 16, 10:06 · Reply · Report
I've actually dated a guy very similar to the Jatitude comic person. He always played ‘Yo-Yo Honey Sing’ songs, had the most ridiculously modified car, a fashion sense similar to Sallu bhai, and oodles of gel in his hair. I can honestly say things to know in Delhi will be the inevitable encounter with a bunch of people with major Jatitude. My advice is to steer clear of them, they are self-absorbed, and don't need you.
Sun 01 10 16, 09:03 · Reply · Report
Fantastic article with absolutely spot on classification of Delhi. I used to live here few years back and the things to know in Delhi is that there are so many people in this city and everyone is ready to shove you to the curb if you don't get your pace on. The crowd you have mentioned in your article is a real deal.
Sat 01 09 16, 15:08 · Reply · Report
Tell your daughter to go with an open mind. Delhi is a cultural mix and does not belong to one kind of caste or religion. She will have a wonderful experience here and there no need to be worried. Things to know about Delhi is that it might be fast paced, and everything may seem to be moving too fast to get a grip on, but the thing to remember is that Dilli Dilwalo ki hai and there's always a helping hand.
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