The digital world is taking us away from books. However, when we visit the book fairs in Delhi (at least two BIG ones every year), we are heartened by the surging crowds. Given that its pretty much the same affair every time, it is never a bore and here is why.
Bharat Parv is a festival being organised to showcase the cuisine, craft and culture of the various states of India. It is being held at Rajpath lawns in Delhi from 12-18 Aug. It’s an excellent option for upcoming Independence day long weekend. Not just for food an entertainment, we welcome the initiative as it’s a celebration and reminder about the advantages of living in a free state.
Khadi and Handloom denotes handspun and handwoven fabric. It is an environment friendly material that has been given cool twists by various designers. The most reliable stores for buying Khadi items are the various outlets of Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan and Handloom Haat, Janpath.
The four day Iranian film festival that the Directorate of film festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting organized at Sirifort Auditorium celebrates the long history of cultural sharing between India and Iran. Iranian cinema has a documentary feel to it. Bereft of any effort to window dress or glamourise a plot, sets or casts, it is an authentic portrayal of the lives, dreams and aspirations of the average Iranian. We therefore find Iranian films most alluring.
Mango Melas have been an annual feature in Delhi NCR since the last few years. It was held at Dilli Haat all these years. This year, it has a more central location – Handloom Haat on Janpath.
Documentaries do not get theatre releases in India. The audience therefore is oblivious to the good work that happens in this area. Film Festivals are therefore one of the few platforms where we get to watch some documentaries. The recently held Habitat Film Festival screened the documentary THE MAN WHO DWARFED THE MOUNTAINS. This is based on Chandi Prasad Bhatt, a pioneer of the Chipko Movement.
DLF Cyberhub is a cluster of eating/drinking options from pricey dining to food court varieties. It provides sitting arrangements inside restaurants as well as in the open. Sprinklers strategically placed in front of the outlets spray mist and gives the area a hill station feel even during the warmest summer evenings.
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.