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Hot and Happening Places in Delhi!!

 27 July 2014
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Hot and Happening Places in Delhi!!

India Gate


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Cafe MorrisonDon't expect to find the preppy Delhi crowd here. This place is reserved for uncombed, black T-shirt wearing youngsters who come as much for the beer (priced atRs.150 for a local brand) as for the music. For those too old to know better, Café Morrison is a resto-bar which caters to music lovers (hard and classic rock, 80s and retro) and offers young rockers a stage to showcase their talent. Thursdays are JAM nights when all budding musicians are welcome to come up and play. Sundays see a live band, usually from around the area, performing. On a good night, Morrison packs in more than 250 people (with the sweat smell acting as a good indicator of the level of the performance). Wednesday is media night with special offers for anyone with the right visiting card. An average meal here costs about Rs.700 a head (including a drink). The staff likes to call the cuisine 'continental' but it seems more like a mix of Indian, Western and Mexican. Manager Anil Chaurasia says: "This is the only place that is exclusively for rock music." Turquoise Cottage may disagree but given the limited options (for rock music in the city), both places seem to get their fair share of action.
 

 

 



Sports complex

Siri Fort:  This one's for the outdoor guy and girl. Besides facilities for basketball, football, swimming, jogging, squash, tennis and billiards, the Siri Fort sports complex also has a popular golf range. (Popular because the lack of running involved allows people in all weight categories to thrive here.) I met one burly young enthusiast who spends about four hours at the complex daily. He comes armed with a squash racket and golf clubs; in addition, he also plays basketball and swims. Talk about enthusiasm. Oh yes, Siri Fort also has a recently-renovated gym which is probably among the few in the city that you don't have to mortgage your house to get into. The aerobics and yoga classes take place in air-conditioned halls and the jogging tracks- overrun by prettily flushed young girls-are open to all. Many Delhi State athletes practice here, since this is a government-owned facility. Officially, Siri Fort's facilities are open only to members or those ready to pay a small fee, but in reality, anyone can get in. Take a peep into the register, the membership numbers scrawled inside make no sense at all. People seem to scribble anything; from their birth dates to passport numbers, to addresses; to anything. We cannot promise you that it will work but you can try it. The eye candy, Barista outlet and small canteen inside the complex are just an added bonus!

Khan Market

Khan Chacha: What can be said about Khan Chacha that hasn't already been said before? Probably only that the Khan Market eatery is now patronised by the children of the original clients, just like Khan Chacha's sons have immersed themselves in the business alongside their father. In fact, Chacha tells me a story of how some middle-schoolers recently brought their parents to him only to find that the parents were old customers. Competitively priced tikkas and kababs are still on the menu of the 35-year-old eatery, but it's the rolls that sell the most. Originally from Saharanpur, Chacha says it's the children's love that keeps him going (I'm sure their insatiable appetite doesn't hurt either).
 




Delhi Markets

 It's pretty evident that most of Delhi's youngsters just Eat, Drink and Party. Actually, they also watch a lot of movies. Which probably explains why certain markets, which house movie halls, have become youth mooching hubs. Two great examples of this are the Basant Lok market in Vasant Vihar which houses Priya, and the Saket market which houses PVR Anupam. Abnormally high ticket prices don't seem to deter the young from endless movie-watching. Especially on the days the exams get over, you can pretty much find entire schools at any of these markets. The usual protocol is lunch followed by a movie or movie followed by lunch (hence the presence of endless restaurants, fast food outlets, roadside kiosks, and even hookah bars). These are the only places in Delhi where you can see school uniforms being worn in the 'coolest' way possible. Don't be surprised to see skirts becoming mini-skirts and pants turning baggy without any alteration at all. But there's another market in town which offers no movie options and yet oozes with the adolescent. This is the GK 1 M block market (this is known simply as M Block). The crowd here does not come straight from school. That's evident from the clothing (minimal, for the female) and the copious amounts of gel in the hair (for the male). Don't get fooled into thinking they youngsters are on their way to a party, this is just their M Block hanging out look. The most popular corner in this market seems to be the Prince Pan shop which, along with pan, sells everything from hookahs to chaat and also runs a foreign exchange station. Go figure.



Elevate Centrestage

Noida: This is one place that has remained appealing while other clubs have come and gone. Located in the Centerstage mall in Noida, it has four floors and can accommodate 1,800 people at a time, making it the largest club of its kind in the NCR. That's not the attraction, though. As mentioned at the start of the story, this is one place that is open when everyone else has downed their shutters. That gives hardcore party goers many more pleasure hours, in addition to a state-of-the-art sound and light system and pretty innovative cocktails. On weekends, this place is packed, and people seem to come in waves; one lot around 10/11 p.m. and another around 2 a.m at the cover charge of Rs. 1,000 a head. Not that the crowd seems to mind this major negative. Maybe people just bring their substances of choice with them.
 

 
 
Delhi University 


 

 
Canteens: The college canteens on north and south campus follow a simple principle. Low prices=high demand. While the canteens don't offer exactly gourmet dining, they aren't roadside dhaba material either. For instance, the canteen at the D-school, unchanged from the days when Amartya Sen was here, serves a great keema dosa (which draws students from other colleges as well). The 'café' (as opposed to canteen) at Stephen's serves mean mince cutlets and nimbu pani. Apparently, even exstudents go back for them. And if you don't have the money, there is always credit available. Legend has it that some people clear their bills only when they come for their kids' admissions. Someone marketed the Hindu canteen to me as the place to go to when you're broke. While the food is below average, it seems to be the cheapest canteen in the North. You may also find some red on the walls. Don't worry, it's not wet paint. It's blood from a gruesome fight that took place here last year where someone's head met with the wrong end of a chair. Talk about ambience. Not to be outdone by their brothers in the North, South campus too boasts of some great south Indian food. The canteen at Sri Venkateswara College serves a specially good idli, dosa and vada at prices which don't hurt the wallet
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