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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Brighten up your office space

I always appreciate a little effort by people to spruce up their work place. I was glad to see this window treatment by my mother at her office. An orange chart paper to block the sun and greeting cards hung on the blinds make her office a little more welcoming and warm :-)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Khan Chacha

A paradise for non-vegetarians, Khan Chacha is must visit if you love kababs and live for chikken tikkas. I am a vegetarian but went to this eating joint, in Khan market with my colleagues. The choices for vegetarians are limited to paneer (cottage cheese) and potatoes. Meanwhile, the non-vegetarians are spoilt for choices as Khan Chacha is famous for its Kakori wrap, Chikken Tikka wrap etc. (sorry don't remember the menu, mainly because I will never be having it :-))

The FIFA fever has hit Delhi big time and this eatery was no different. The order placing window was decorated with stickers of various teams, the world cup trophy etc.

The seating is basic and ensures that nothing distracts the foodies from the aroma and the taste of the food.

Since, the food did not appeal much to my taste buds, I passed my time by looking around and this unusual chandelier caught my fancy. The conversation at our lunch table concentrated on various ways this could be used. Most of the uses we came up with could make for very interesting plots for detective series on TV.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Kunzum Travel Cafe

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the Kunzum Travel Cafe. Came to know about the opening through my twitter timeline. Spread the word and one of my friends showed interest in going to the cafe, which is nestled in South Delhi's Hauz Khas Village.

The cafe opened its door to travel enthusiasts with a live gig by 'Beyond the Barriers’ – an alternative rock band. I heard the band play Bob Dylan's 'Knocking on Heaven's Door' and a composition of their own. The music was good and very much in-sync with the spirit of the cafe.
The walls of the cafe display a beautiful collection of travel photographs from various parts of India.
I especially liked the idea of the owner, Ajay Jain, to invite the visitors to give their own travel photos and he put them on the softboards placed in the cafe.

I brought home not only the memories of a well spent evening but also these three bookmarks (which the visitors were asked to take home for free). Enlarge the photograph below to read the various signboards, Ajay has clicked, on his trips to Leh-Ladakh.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Purana Qila

Since rains had blessed us in Delhi over the last week, we were optimistic enough to believe that the good luck will continue and our Twitter photo-group -Clickerati decided to visit Purana Qila. Purana in Hindi means Old and Qila means Fort. This is the old fort, and dates back to the time of Mahabharata. Afghan ruler Sher Shah had added to the structures of the fort after he invaded India and made Delhi his capital.

The sun was in its full glory and clouds it seemed had gone on a vacation. Braving the sun, we took our cameras and began clicking our subject.
The ruins of Purana Qila have a romance about them, as they are located at the centre of the ever busy city- Delhi. These are an epitome of calmness and stillness.

Some segments of the fort have been restored and now look as good as new. This minaret caught my eye and I imagined Rapunzel letting her hair down.

There is a mosque within the fort and I had one of the Clickerati members-Devna, pose for me as I tried to capture the reflection of the mosque in her sunglasses.I will be posting more photographs from the Purana Qila soon. :-)

Friday, June 11, 2010

If you miss the train I'm on/Then you'll know that I have gone/You can hear the whistle blow a 100 miles...

From the airport, which I showed you last time, today I take you to the Old Delhi railway station. Delhi has several important stations and among these, Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station are the most prominent ones.

I had recently gone to Old Delhi Railway Station to board a train to Jodhpur. The entrance, painted in yellow and red, is grand.
The platform is quite neat and tidy. And the train was on time. So I was a happy traveller :-)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

If God had really intended men to fly, he'd make it easier to get to the airport.

The Delhi domestic airport, is quite far from my home and getting there takes a toll. Moreover the idea of flying does not excite me much. But going to the airport to receive guests always makes me happy. These are photos, I took at Delhi domestic airport, of what fascinates me most at the waiting lounge-the trolley cars. The way these are organised is amazing.

Intrigued by the neat line of the trolley cars, I went to take a closer look.

The use of space again impressed me. The backs are used for advertising. Nice. :-)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain; What a wonderful feeling, I'm happy again.

Delhi has turned a beautiful shade of green. The weather is awesome and the rains have worked like magic to elevate the spirits of the city, which till last week was burning like hot coal. Here, I have captured the first drops of rain that fell on my city last evening.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Mini Train, Ansal Plaza

This mini train with a jeep for an engine operates in the open-air quadrangle. Fortunately, only children are allowed on the rides. If this was not the case I am sure the place would be full of crying children throwing a tantrum on the floor and laughing adults enjoying the ride.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Weirdass Ham-Ateur Nights

I was one of the few lucky people to have laughed out my guts at - Weirdass Ham-Ateur Nights this Friday night. Stand-up comedy is a relatively new concept in India and the man responsible for making people pay him money to hear him crack jokes about them and their city is the most talented Vir Das.

The entry fee of 300/- for a two hour show was easily the best money I have spent in a long time. The show gave a chance to 7 amateur stand-up comedians to make the audience laugh. The highlight was clearly, the 'laugh till the stomach, the jaw, the cheek, the mouth hurts' performance by India's first comic rock band - Alien Chutney. Cherry on the cake was a mind-blowing, innuendo-full, session of jokes by the awe-inspiring Vir Das himself. If you ever get a chance, you must not miss this show.

P.S: Met an awesome group of people at the show. Know most of them through twitter, you can follow them for their funny one-liners. Here goes the list: @thevirdas @sunainak, @nitinsgr, @s4sukhdeep, @nithinkd, @mojorojo. My twitter handle is @priyankakhot :-)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

The market association of Janpath recently came up with the idea of beautifying the market by setting up a cage for rabbits. I have over the last few months seen a lot of parents trying to entertain their children, who appear to be sick of shopping, in front of this cage. The good thing about this place is that the cage is kept well and is cleaned regularly.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June Theme Day: Funny Signs: Office Humour

I think this sign is a very funny one, especially when tacked up on the office board. Yours truly has a wicked sense of humour and has put up this sign on her work-station. :-) A Happy June to all :-)

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