delhi #dayfive

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sarojini market, new delhi

it was a shopping spree day at sarojini market. where everything is super cheap but good quality. how in the hell in the world you could find a good zara winter jacket for only a dollar. all out in the market. we managed to get basically all the winter clothing requirements for a colder temperature in dharamsala. we went with mia, constanz and danish. all of us went mad with the shopping, we basically fill an auto with our shopping. because of this, i basically say if you go to india, don’t really bring clothes, just buy here because it’s super cheap! sarojini totally rocks!

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delhi #dayfour

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i can’t help myself to compare haus khaz village with kemang area in jakarta or maybe also cikini. but this is new delhi. it’s a complex of so many beautiful things thrown together. buildings, houses, artist studios, boutiques, shops, galleries and restaurants. it’s unbelievable to find it here. that is my impression coming to hauz khas village the first time. the auto (we call them bajaj in indonesia, which actually stand for the indian brand) would just drop us in the entrance, cars are not allowed to enter the complex. and yes, indian auto have meter on them like taxi but often they don’t work and you have to haggle with the driver. all the time. me and abmi look local, that often we got auto driver who we realized cannot speak english (“no english, madame”) in the middle of our trip and we had to use body language to tell the way.

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delhi #daythree

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our third day in new delhi. we spent such a long day and experience so much. we had our mobile numbers. it’s quiet easy and a little hassle, but avinash driver took us through and we’re suddenly connected. make sure you always bring photocopies of your pasport and visa, and always have extra passport size pictures everywhere. it makes things easier to do things.

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delhi #dayonetwo

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me @ indira gandhi international airport – new delhi

yup, we arrived in new delhi safely at night. finding our own way to british council in the middle of new delhi. can’t help to notice the way the travel driver drove. the extra honking that i would get used to the next few days and can’t believe i sort off missing it now. finding avinash at the opening of UNBOX festival in the middle of the crowd. hugging rikta who can’t believe i actually finally come. end up sleeping at avinash house upstairs in hauz khas main. with his mom warming the food in the middle of the night and i feel i was 13 again, the last time maybe my own mother did that. end up crazy late talking with avinash’s auntie, srivalli before we hit the bed. india felt home in a night.

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indian love #1: books

if i should fall with things, i would say i’m in love with books. yes, i’m that geeky. and the reason that i’m in love with india is because of the books. i feel like i want to move all the bookstore to jogja. and oh my, they are 1/4 the price of the english books in indonesia, i can’t believe my eyes. the first bookstore (paramount in janpath market) was having all this crazy collections and a very nice old guy, fantastic reference and love of books. got everything in our mission: the complete rabindranath tagore for our #tagore project and complete shakespeare for labo. got a few novels also. that’s just first day stuff.

the day we are leaving for dharamsala from new delhi, we went a bit mad. bought like 10 kilos worth of books in picadilly at shankar market, taking the books we can’t wait to read and left the rest 7 kilos to be package to indonesia safely. and it did. it arrived exactly at the time of losar and no tax! OMG, so fast! kiss the dragon for me will you, it’s the best new year’s present ever!

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delhi #1: hauz khas village – vintage store

one of the intriguing place in south of new delhi is the hauz khas village. it is known for an old village (old apartments and flats) where it become the center for art since the 70s. because in delhi we also stay nearby at a friend’s place in hauz khas main, we go to their restaurant a lot too. this complex is also surrounding a lake. i love how the alleys and tunnel of this place. i might do another post later on hauz khas. they have nice fancy restaurant, art gallery and artsy stores, remind me of kemang area somehow, but it feels more rustic and got this underground feeling to it. this post is dedicated to my friend tarlen and ika. specifically on the vintage store i found where i know it would be their heaven when it was too for me. enjoy and of course coming surprise from the place for you girls :)

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