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In the sprawling mass of Old Delhi – its hidden mosques, giant gates and crumbling mansions – are a handful of eateries that have locals and visitors coming back for more.
This is the biggest bazaar of them all, home to some of the largest wholesale trades in Asia. Thousands throng its streets every day. For many sightseers, the first glimpse of Old Delhi is when they emerge from the modern, air-conditioned metro station into the chaos, dirt and hardship of Chandni Chowk.
What was once the grand Mughal capital now remains studded with royal buildings and crumbling balconies tangled in a maze of electrical wires. At street level, hawkers bellow, dogs scavenge through the waste, and frail rickshaw pullers struggle with loads five times their own weight.Read the full story
Iceland and Greenland have long been at the center of a controversy regarding the origin of their names.
It hardly seems fair that Iceland, with its lush green fields, was branded with such a chill-inducing moniker, and Greenland’s massive glaciers aren’t exactly verdant.
Legend has it that a switcheroo was made by a clever individual who wanted to lure visitors to Greenland - and away from Iceland - by providing a welcoming name to the former and an off-putting name to the latter. While the accuracy of this story is still in question, I can tell you this from personal experience:
Iceland gets cold. It may not be quite as icy as Greenland, but with 15% of its surface covered in glaciers and ice caps and many roads in the west and north made inaccessible by winter weather, I'd be hard-pressed to believe that someone was trying to be ironic when they gave the country its name.Read the full story
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