Tyger Tyger-Play written by Kushwant Singh

Venue: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharag Singh Marg

Date: June 7, 2014

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Saksham theatre group held their annual theatre festival at Akshara theatre. In this series we watched an enactment of the only play written by Kushwant Singh – Tyger Tyger.

A group of tourists comprising a European couple, an ex-Maharaj, an IFS officer and a hippie had come to stay at a forest bungalow when a man eater was on the prowl. The play is based on the responses of the guests and the guest house staff in this situation.

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Dilli Haat comes to Janak Puri

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The newly opened Dilli Haat at Janakpuri is resulting in to traffic nightmares in that area but this is indeed worth a dekko. It has a stone bamboo facade and the architecture is unique. The stalls are like round cells, somewhat like honeycomb, with designer iron grill gates, that double up as mounts for the ware
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Kolkata Biryani House-Calcutta style Biryani in Delhi NCR

Venue: Sushant Lok I, Gurgaon

Date: 5th July 2014

 

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After being disappointed by many a Biryani joints, the Calcuttan in us finally burped with a smile. To give a brief background, Kolkata style Biryani is distinct from other varieties of Biryanis. This has emanated from the Awadhi style brought to Kolkata by Wajed Ali Shah during his exile. This Biriyani is subtly flavored with saffron, rose water and other fragrant spices. Plus it always comes with a huge boiled potato. It is far less spicy / strong in taste than the north or south Indian Biryanis.

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Rang De Basanti Dhaba – Let Sarojini Nagar be for clothes only

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Rang De Basanti Dhaba has moved to a mall in the Sarojini Nagar market. We had liked the experience at their erstwhile outlet at South Ex. We were thinking of visiting this new place when we were presented with a gift voucher by Zomato. This precipitated our visit and we dined here.

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Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge-Probably the only tea bar in north West Delhi

Venue: Netaji Subhash Place
Date: 7 June, 2014

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Wagh bakri tea company has launched a tea parlour under the nameWagh Bakri tea lounge. Located at the busy Netaji Subhash Place office areas, this was like an oasis of peace.

The concept of tea lounges is uncommon in this part of Delhi and we were pleasantly surprised to see that the place was aesthetic but unassuming. The tables were spaced out and the bright sofas were cozy. The walls were covered with simple prints and posters about various types of tea.

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Dilwara Temples – Poetry carved in stone

Dilwara Temples
Mount Abu, Dt. Sirohi, Rajasthan
Date: 20 June, 2014

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People travel hours from all over the world to view the Dilwara Jain Temples. From Delhi all it takes is a night journey on Rajdhani, (New Delhi Railway Station, 7:50 p.m.). We dropped at Abu Road station at about 6 in the morning and a taxi took us to Mount Abu, the closest town to the Dilwara temples.

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Sharbat Mela – Cool Festival in Scorching Delhi Summer

Venue: Delhi Haat, Pitam Pura
Date: 14 June, 2014

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Since the last two days, the Delhi weather has gone all bonkers. Within minutes a scorching sunny sky starts roaring with thunder. In such an unusual weather, Delhi Haat Pitam Pura hosted an unusual festival - Sharbat Mela.

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Fork You

Venue: Hauz Khas Village
Date: 24 May, 2014

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We had received a food voucher from Zomato and to redeem this gesture we dined at Fork You on a Saturday evening.

Fork you is a widely discussed American food joint in the hep Hauz Khas Village. We ordered a Veg Patty Burger, Lasagna and a Shrimp soup.

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Timbaktu – A miraculous experiment in Organic Farming

Directors : Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh
Venue: India Habitat Centre (IHC)
Date: May 20, 2014

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Habitat was holding a film festival on behalf of Vatavaran. In this series, the documentary ‘Timbaktu’, a 30 minute film on experimentation on organic farming in a village in Andhra Pradesh, was featured. Crisp yet touching, this film once again brought to the front another instance of all the amazing things people around us are doing.

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Rangabhoomi: Dada Saheb Phalke’s life in Varanasi

Documentary film by Kamal Swaroop
Venue: India Habitat Centre
Date: 6 June, 2014

Rangbhoomi Kamal Swaroop Kamal Swaroop in collaboration with Films division of India has made a documentary on the Benaras stint of Dadasaheb Phalke. The documentary has been recognized in various film festivals and has won the Swarn Kamal in non feature film category in India. Not withstanding, when we watched it, we were very disappointed.

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