Two weeks ago, I was in the city courtesy of my
friend Shrayana, who was going on work ANYWAY, and asked me to come
along. (This came out as my newsletter
also two weeks ago, so subscribe if you'd like more up-to-date thingies) Those of you who know me well enough also know that I always say
"yes" when the question is "do you want to go out of town this weekend?"
Jaipur and I have an old history however--being the Delhi relatives on
my NRI cousins' pit stop, I've done Jaipur and Agra more times than I
can count. Post those years, there's the lit fest, which I attend with
regularity, so I was pretty sure the Pink City would hold no surprises.
However! What I had not taken into account was the fact that during the
lit fest we do lit fest-y things, which are nice enough, but not quite
representative. This time, armed with lists and recommendations, we ate
at a new fancy place for every meal, swanned about gorgeous boutiques
and took several photos for Instagram. (Well, only me, as Shrayana seems
to have a deep distrust for most smart phone apps.)
|Looking up at the Anokhi museum roof + showing off my dress (fabric was a present + had it made)|
Here are my Jaipur picks real quick:
|The view from 1135 with rolling storm clouds|
Where to eat: ** 1135, at the top of
Amer Fort. Gorgeous location, only if you're going off season time
during lunch, you WILL be the only patrons. However, the laal maas was
excellent. ** Jaipur Modern, a cute little organic cafe
set into a fancy store that sells designers that make raggedy looking
cotton clothes that are nevertheless extremely well fitting and
expensive. The cafe had a whole quinoa menu, which S ordered off of, but
I inherently distrust Food Of The Weeks, so I got a tandoori shawarma
which was--alas--just a plain old kathi roll. Good coffee though! ** Anokhi Cafe, which you already probably know about, but which is very nice and deserves a mention nevertheless.
Where to drink
|INSIDE A TRAIN|
at the Rambagh
Palace is inside a literal TRAIN and this made me very happy.
Unfortunately I was feeling slightly under the weather so could not
linger for very long, but I loved it. A TRAIN. I like bars---as I told S
later--that have special theme-y things, more props if they're actually
built INSIDE a replica of the theme. This may not be very adult, but
drinking is adult, so I feel like that makes up for it. ** Bar Palladio
at Narain Niwas is a revelation, it's all blue walls and pretty lights.
The wait staff stuck us in a brightly lit back room at first, but we
made a fuss and so they grumpily moved us to the front and after we
ordered a bottle of (excellent) wine, they were positively cheerful.
|Bar Palladio. Super trendy & run by an Italian so great food|
Lovely place. Very Wes Anderson. **
Where to shop
: I did not do much shopping, except for a gorgeous maxi dress from Cottons, but S bought herself a shift maxi dress (Rasa
) and a chiffon sari (Rukhmani
Since we also had a running gag that we were two old British ladies
called Lavender (her) and Marigold (me), she also bought me and herself
two pairs of lovely soft sleeping shorts from Anokhi,
in each other's colours.
And one last word on Jaipur before I move on, compared to drinking in
Delhi (I'm looking at you Perch and Piano Man!) it was positively
Song of the week
: Since I was thinking so much of old Wes and Darjeeling Limited
, here's Typewriter Tip Tip Tip Tip
from the OST. Zindagi ki har kahani likhta hai.
Interesting links: **
Arundhati Roy talks to Elle about gymming
and other things.** Everyone is all BIRA BEER, which is very hipster but also everyone is drinking it so less hipster and here's a story
about how they have more demand than they can handle.** Related. Also WHYYY IS THIS
HAPPENINGGG TO MEEEE **
"Hitler's favourite Maggi" and other Indian restaurant
food trends. ** Comics illustrating people
who are awkward around babies.**
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