Ronald and Tommy do India


Khan Market, in Delhi, a new and old city

It’s been more than five years since I was in Delhi, India’s capital. It’s at once a very old and very new city. It is and isn’t how I remember it.

This afternoon, I had a meeting at Khan Market, a favorite shopping center of expats and middle-class Indians. It has all the hallmarks of old India — still loud, a bit cramped, stores and traffic are chaotic, you might get run over by a motorbike and you can spend four hours shopping for saris and bangles.

But it also displays the vestiges of new India — fast food from McDonald’s to Subway, bookstores offering all the new Western titles, electronics shops with iPods and Blackberrys and upscale clothing like Tommy and United Colors of Benetton.

(For the record, I still can’t afford high fashion, even in India.)

Granted, McDonald’s has been in India for years, and upscale Western clothing isn’t new here either. But both are much more widely available than I remember; and not just in tourist sectors like Connaught Place, but across major cities and even lesser ones.

I stayed out of the Western outlets and opted for coffee and a good, messy chicken seekh kathi roll (which I ate standing in the alley like the other Indians).

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4 Responses to “Ronald and Tommy do India”

  1. Angelina Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 1:17 pm


  2. Royal Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Where can I get my paws on a messy chicken seekh kathi roll in the US? In STL?

  3. Adam Jadhav Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Order seekh kebab at that Indian joint at Fyler and Hampton. Then wrap it in roti. And slather some pickle on it. Not like dill pickle, but Indian pickle.

    If you write this down, the guys at the restaurant can probably pull it off.

    I’ll be good. And since I’m a bit drunk right now (2:55 p.m.), that sounds amazing.

  4. Adam Jadhav Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Angelina, when are you showing up?

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