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Published on April 23rd, 2014 | by Mace & Crown Administrator

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The Well-Travelled Geek; India Part 4

On a cool summer day, I went to the Garden of Five Senses. The Garden of Five Senses is not just a park; it is a space with a variety of activities inviting public interaction and exploration.

The space was developed as a place for people to socialize and unwind. It’s a twenty-acre park with stainless-steel birds, elephants and camels (that you can ride on), plazas, water baths and a food court.

I rode the camel twice.

The next day, we went to the Purana Quila complex for a light show. The show was a luminous presentation of the history of India spanning from Mahrashtra to modern day, booming India. Purana Qila (translation: Old Fort) is the inner citadel of the city of Dina-panah, founded by the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun in 1533 and completed five years later.

Purana Qila and its environs flourished as the sixth city of Delhi. The walls of the Fort are about 18-meters high and run on for about 1.5 kilometers and also have three arched gateways, the Bara Darwaza (Big Gate) facing West, which is still used today; the south gate, the ‘Humayun Gate,’ probably called so because it was constructed by Humayun or that Humayun’s Tomb is visible from there; and lastly the ‘Talaqi Gate’ or forbidden gate.

All the gates are double-storied sandstone structures decorated with white and blue tiles. Despite how fancy the exterior is few of interior structures have survived except the Qila-i Kuhna Mosque and the Shermandal.

In the evening after going to the ice-cream shop to pick up some ice cream, we returned home and I cooked Thai Chicken Lettuce Rolls.

My brother who was a really picky eater liked it so much that he asked for thirds and asked whether or not I could cook everyday until I leave.

As usual, I chose to have a safeda (sapodilla) shake. It has become my favorite sweet treat which I sure miss back in the US.

The next day, we had a special lunch funded by the teachers. I ate two masala dosas (mashed potatoes with spices wrapped in a lentil pancake) and some jelabis (sweet dessert similar to funnel cakes).

We went to Akshardham Temple in the evening.

It was a very enlightening experience because it is a very peaceful and quiet place. The complex has a large central monument made entirely of stone, exhibitions on incidents from the life of Indian religious leaders and the history of India, an IMAX documentary, a musical fountain, and large landscaped gardens.

Our closing ceremony included a photo slideshow of our activities, various dances, speeches and gift/certificate giving. That night I went to a restaurant called Big Chill with my family. The restaurant is where my family always has some sort of conflict. The food was the best Western food I had in Delhi, though. I got Lebanese Chicken with Tangy Potatoes.

The Well-Travelled Geek is likely going to Cameroon via Europe this summer and hopes to enlighten readers again in the fall.

Jason Kazi

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