Delhi Lifestyle

By Ankita Sharma

The Lifestyle of Delhi is an amalgamation of a diverse cultural and traditional background which the city inherits from its historical influences as well as modern and western cultural influences. Since the cosmopolitan city is bounded by neighbouring states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, it is but obvious that they also contribute to the changing lifestyle of Delhi to a large extent.

Delhi has always been very liberal in embracing new styles and ideas coupled with a mature mind of dwelling together amidst an array of castes, creed and religion that shapes the very identity of the City and a well deserved admiration of ‘Unity in Diversity’ and secularism.

The city lifestyle in Delhi is also evident with the growing influx and modernisation of Urban as well as Rural Societies. Delhiites are seen enjoying both Traditional values and a western lifestyle seen in their religious festivities and International standard world class restaurants and cuisines that add to the vibrant and changing lifestyle where youngsters and mature individuals are seen in favourite eating joints like Mc Donald’s, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Nirula’s, Slice of Italy, TGIF, Rodeos and many more that also offer take away eateries to help fill your appetite.

There was a time when Delhi were limited only to an orthodox and conservative lifestyle and way of thinking; however, today Delhi is seen as the centre of an emerging and to an extent unconventional trend, where narrow mindsets are forced to realise and to adapt a more liberal attitudes such as the nightlife of the city that mirrors a changing mentality of this society. Existence of coffee joints like Cafe Day, Barista and Costa Coffee etc., pubs, bars and discotheques at every corner of the city and Lounge bars, which is the latest trend add to the list of Delhi’s urban and recreational venues. Many wait for weekends when they and their friends and families can enjoy a grand weekend party with late night dinners, drinks, dance or just a quiet time relaxing with loved ones after hectic working weekdays.

The change in lifestyle is also seen in the way Delhiites communicate in terms of different language speaking skills and education that is missing in most of the Indian States. There are approximately 2,515 primary schools, 635 middle schools, 504 secondary schools and 1,208 senior secondary schools in the City and 165 Colleges which includes 5 Medical Colleges, 8 Engineering Colleges and 6 major Universities. And to top it, the city boasts of Asia best Medical Institute named All India Institute of Medical Science or AIIMS and Asia’s 4th best Science and Technology Institute named Indian Institute of Technology or IIT. The city also has numerous Institutes that teach foreign languages like French, German, Spanish, Japanese and many more.

Lifestyle changes in the way Delhi people dress is very visible. Though most of the generation-X population are seen in Sarees and Salwar Kameez, the younger generation-Y are seen in modern clothing like Tops, Jeans, T-shirts, Trousers, Skirts, Dresses, Capris, Jackets and Blazers etc. However, despite all this, when religious festivals and Marriages close in, you will notice the entire city enveloped in glamorous and latest fashion trends of Sarees, Lehenga Choli, Salwar Kameez, Sherwanis, Kurta pajamas and a few are even seen in Kurta Dhoti and their own state traditional clothing that form the very core of the traditional Indian wear, lifestyle and values. Every family is also seen performing age old traditional yagnas, havans with pooja and prayer offerings to the ancient Gods and Goddesses despite the impact and influence of modernisation. Hence, the ancient and century old attire that marks the very identity of being an Indian are still respected and held in the highest esteem and importance amongst Delhiites.

The capital of India, Delhi is also very prominent in their focus towards political and entertainment broadcast which is majorly supported by media television, radios and newspaper presses. People have also learnt to accept television serials and programmes where multiple marriages of a single woman is seen happening along with mixed marriages and stories based on multiple inter woven relationships which can seem very confusing but was one area that the older generation may have not easily accepted and would have created a massive issue out of it. This only shows the extent of which the Delhiites today have adapted to social grinds and the fact that certain topics do require to be seen in a different prospective and with an open mind instead of ignoring or resenting it. Numerous episodes are also shown debating and discussing social and domestic exploits, violence and concerns which were a taboo to even talk about in the olden days.