Shiraz in Kolkata is a legend for biryanis. A whole generation of Calcuttans (much before it was “Kolkata”) grew up to its tastes. So much so, Calcuttans who have migrated often become nostalgic, to the extent of becoming emotional, over Shiraz biryani. The Calcuttan between us keeps looking for this style biryani in NCR. Insatiated, we recently visited Shiraz to see how did it fare with changing times.
Verbum, The English Dramatics Society, Sri Venkateswara College recently staged the English play – Speed the Plow at LTG Theatre. The play gathered momentum and left the audience with some pertinent questions about life and things. They help in gaining respect for amateur theatre groups who are otherwise not taken seriously. With more exposure, such groups would make a place for themselves.
Lutyen’s Cocktail House is located at the rather isolated Janpath crossing near CP. With most areas having a different café at adjacent doors, CP – Hauz Khas Village – Rajouri Garden – Sector 29 Gurgaon – there is a lotto competition and chaos. At Lutyen’s Cocktail House, the surrounding area is peaceful and given that this is the only resto-bar here, there is not a lot of commotion. Works well on any evening.
The National Museum at Janpath is a treasure trove of relics covering about 5000 years of Indian history. This is close to Central Secretariat or Udyog Bhawan metro stations and is easliy accessible from any part of Delhi. Guided tours, audio tours in various languages and an interesting museum crafts store make this site an exciting summer holiday option.
Himachal is an easy and popular destination among people from Delhi NCR. Within a few hours, one can escape the dry dusty plains of North Indian and rejuvenate in the hills of Himachal. Dharmashala is one of our favourite destinations in Himachal. The heady combination of peace / nature / tranquility / history / culture / party makes a complete Dharmshala experience. Its a place that never seems old. If you know what you want.
North campus is perhaps as popular as a food hub as a hub of education. To cater to the insatiable hunger/curiosity of students, this area has attracted food business over times. One such place that we used to frequent in our college days is Bille di hatti. We recently revisited this gastronomical experience.
Gauhar, a play based on the life of Gauhar Jaan – India’s first recording artist was recently held at Sirifort and Epicenter. Scripted by Mahesh Dattani and directed by Lilette Dubey, the high point of this production was the live singing by Rajshwari and Zilla Khan of yesteryears Hindustani music.