India during 1938
Mr. Robert L. Williams
India during 1938
Articles
RIKKI-TIKKI TAXI
THE ASHRAM
THE NOBLEST EDIFACE
OF CHAPATTIS AND JACKALS
CHANDNI CHOWK
THE TRAIN
SCHOOLDAYS IN THE HILLS
A CHARCOAL CHANT
MOONLIGHT AND DEODARS
WATERS IN THE MOONLIGHT
 CHANDNI CHOWK
(Article Submited by : Mr. Robert L. Williams)

We had no automobile so my father and I would often bicycle for supplies 14 miles to Chandni Chowk bazaar in Delhi. The trip was dusty and hot but I always looked forward to arriving in Delhi because the huge bazaar was quite exciting for me and besides, I could find an ice-cream wala and enjoy a cool chocolate covered delicacy on a stick.

We would wend our way slowly through the riot of color, sounds and smells along endless narrow streets where an equally endless array of babus would hawk every object known to man, and i suspect a few objects known only to the Gods.

I loved to watch the ivory carvers make their incredible lacy globes within globes, or the sandal-wood craftsmen fashion graceful religious statues from the fragrant wood. By this time I knew enough Hindustani to haggle like the other shoppers. My schoolmates taught me a little ditty, which is best appreciated with the proper accent--

Once I was a Bengali Babu, in bazaar I keep my shop. One day I get invitation, first- class ball to go and see. I put on my very best cupra, everybody look at me. I see gen'man serving lady, so I try to do my best. I spill one two soft custard on the lady's very best dress. Mem-sahib getting goussa, tell me "JAO!" to leave the place. Now I am a village chokra, every body laugh at me.