The city of Agra somehow breathes romance, doesn’t it?
That beautiful, white, graceful ode to love, the Taj Mahal, stands tall in this city, reminding you every moment about the eternity of love. So it did for Aditya Roy Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra as they arrived here in the evening on Day #3 of the Food Yatra, straight after spending a few solemn moments in prayer at Salim Chisti’s tomb in Fatehpur Sikri.
But first, an important little pit-stop… a taste of the legendary Agra ka Petha – the sweet, candied-gourd delicacy that is so very popular across the country, or actually all over the world! So the two stars jumped off at a roadside Petha store, and dug into a variety of flavours – Angoori, Kesari, Coconut and even the nut-crusted ones… yummm!
By the time they arrived at their evening venue, they were pretty much on a sugar high! Just as well, because there they were, the hugely popular music director duo, Sajid and Wajid, along with their entire music band, AND the famous Qawwali singers, the Sabri Brothers. It was to be a LIVE Qawwali Night, set spectacularly against the dream-like backdrop of the Taj Mahal. The musical feast included a menu of not just the title track of the film Daawat-e-Ishq reproduced in its original Qawwali form, but also several other foot tapping songs, peppered with poetry and sher-o-shayari! Wah ustad!
Breathing in the magical, romantic air of the city, Aditya decided to take Parineeti out on a date – an exclusive two-some dinner, with a few quiet moments spent by the poolside under the stars, with a specially designed menu (by the Taj Hotel chefs) of their favourite food items. Awww, sweet! That’s why we love you, Aditya 🙂
And this morning it was back to business… the business of travelling and eating, that is! So after a quick breakfast in Agra, the 19-car convoy set off on the Yamuna Expressway towards Delhi. And looking at the broad, smooth roads, feisty Parineeti wanted her turn at the wheel, to the consternation of everyone else! The plan was to reach Delhi University’s North Campus by afternoon, but… with Pari AND Aditya at the wheel, I guess they HAD to make it in record time!
True to form the students at North Campus, many of whom will go on to lead the country and shape opinions in the future, welcomed them with the requisite love and jingoistic delight! Cheering, shouting, selfies and waves were everywhere they went… And the stars lapped it all up, encouraged, humbled and excited all at once with the kind of adulation they got!
Soon it will be off to a special Delhi-waala meal at… where do you think it will be? Jama Masjid? Pandara Road? India Gate? There are options galore in the capital city, but I’m not telling you where just yet! Keep guessing till tomorrow, when I come back with the finale of this Food Yatra… see ya!