Lyrics: Where the streets have no name by the Pet Shop Boys
How has the past month been treating you so far? I’ve been counting down to my last visit home before my brother gets married. With less than two weeks to go now, there’s a lot of excitement at home and so much to look forward to. Towards the end of March I had the chance to visit the place I will always, always call my home, back in Gurgaon, for the last time before the wedding and the new changes to our family.
Going home this time was both relaxing and nostalgic, though I ended up working on Sartorial Secrets there as well. Going through old memories in the diaries I used to write, spending time with the brother, meeting mom’s old friends, and passing through the incredibly changed area where I grew up.
There’s something about familiar places when you revisit them after years have passed by. There’s beauty in knowing you’ve been there before, many summers ago, and pleasant surprise at discovering all the new things the place has to offer.
My dad used to work in the area known as Lodi Road, about 14 years ago. It’s a lovely, spacious area that has a lot of houses, and some really amazing restaurants and shops. Visiting the ‘Lodi Art District’ which is what part of that area is now called was surreal. If you’re ever around, you must go there. Street artists have totally transformed those dull, drab walls with their stunning art. From elephants to ornate trees and colourful birds, they’ve experimented with a lot.
I have fond memories associated with this area. When I visited dad at his office, we’d go out for some piping hot filter coffee or for snacks at Hotel Chidambaram, a wonderful South Indian restaurant in Lodi Colony. He’d often surprise us with samosas or ram ke laddoo when he came back from work.
Visiting the area brought back these memories and I know I’m definitely coming back!
This shoot is the first one I’ve ever done in Delhi and I’m going to work on more when I return. I’m wearing a two piece dress from Lulu and Sky that has pleats and mesh detailing.
If you’re ever in Delhi, get a lovely lunch or dinner at Guppy by Ai if you love Asian cuisine. There’s also a delightful little Turkish shop that sells Turkish desserts and serves specialized Turkish coffees. Post shoot we headed to the famous Elma’s Brasserie for a refreshing cold coffee.
I paired this dress with a pair of vintage frames from Woodgeekstore that also has my blog name engraved into it.
Comfy flats and a minimalistic necklace completed the look.
The nearest metro station is Lok Kalyan Marg, so you can get down there and take an auto to the Lodi Art District. You can also shop around Lodi Colony, there are lots of great places there to check out!
Photography: Sunflare Arthouse
Dress: Lulu & Sky