South Block that houses the Armed Forces headquarters and the Ministry of Defence has become a battlefield of intrigue and instability, where the government and the generals scheme and plot over promotions to supersede the seniority chain.

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STRAIGHT TALK

The former Union IT minister, who has spent over 15 months in Delhi’s Tihar Jail over 2G scam, projects his ‘victimhood’ and seeks ‘justice’ from the people during his campaign.

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POLITICAL AGENDA

As one senior Bihar BJP leader put it: “The B in BJP in Bihar stands for backward castes, not any more for Brahmins and Banias.”

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LS POLL BATTLE
Rashmi and Sharmila Thackeray, the first ladies of the warring Sena parties, are leading the campaign from the front

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NO AGE BAR
For years, DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi has been using this ‘mantra’ to connect with his cadres and followers.

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POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS
Former Congress leader Madhav Rao Scindia didn’t see eye-to-eye with his mother, Vijaya Raje Scindia, on their political affiliations.

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RAJNI EFFECT
There are hundreds of Rajinikanth jokes, but the actor’s influence in Tamil Nadu is no joke. “ ‘Everything is relative’ Einstein.

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LS POLLS
Of the six parliamentary seats in Jammu and Kashmir, the big fight is for three seats one in Jammu and two in Kashmir where political heavyweights.

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PM ASPIRATIONS
He is the other Modi in BJP. Former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi is out to help Narendra Modi realise his prime ministerial aspiratio...

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FACE OFF
She was the accidental chief minister. In 1997, Rabri Devi, 59, was forced to take charge after her husband Lalu Prasad resigned as chief minister ove...

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VOTING FIRST
Goodies and freebies galore are up for grabs in Punjab.

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DUMMY CANDIDATES
What’s in a name? Well, lots really, especially if you are in Madhya Pradesh. In the battle between the BJP and Congress in the state, several “dummy”...

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WOMAN VOTERS
Participation of the first-time voters could be a decisive factor and along with women voters, they could be the game changers

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PRESENT TURMOIL
There is turmoil in the Army over the UPA government’s plan to announce Lt Gen Dalbir Suhag as the next Army chief.

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FINE-TUNING
It is the lull before the storm. The ministry of external affairs’s façade seems still, but the wheels are moving albeit, quietly and circumspectly.

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STALLED PROJECTS
There are no more queues outside the building which houses several key department and security guards indulge in political gossips to let their time p...

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BEYOND THE OBVIOUS
As I prepare to get into my car after an engaging conversation with a group of people in the heart of Medak, 55-year-old Fukur Basha waves his hand re...

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SHOPPING
DLF Emporio’s annual Luxury Shopping Festival 2014, on till May 18, however, not only brings you special discounts, but gets you a chance of winning e...

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DANCING AWAY
Whether you’re trained or a novice, dancer Yoriko Maeno’s upcoming master class-cum-discussion will hone your ideas about contemporary technical movem...

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HANDLOOM BAZAAR
Laila Tyabji, founder member and chairperson of Dastkar, an NGO that has been working with crafts and craftspeople for over three decades in order to ...

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SUMMER STYLE
The Indian summer did take time to arrive in Delhi, but it is here, and that requires the capital’s stylistas to stock up their wardrobe with latest f...

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ARABIC DINING
Rala’s Habibi, at the MGF Metropolitan Mall in Saket. Yes, the food too is authentic Lebanese and Moroccan.

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KNITTING ART
Contemplatively he sits on the freshly mopped white marble floor, surrounded by what at first seemed like ambiguous, oddly shaped mountains of stuffed...

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WEST VIEW
As the elevator opens at the 28th floor of ITC Maurya’s rooftop restaurant, West View, a loud sizzle from the grill section inside guides your steps t...

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ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
The Sunday Standard, India's only weekly newspaper, completes three years of journalism without fear or favour. To celebrate its third anniversary, we...

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VISIONARIES
Vardhan may possibly be bound for Parliament but his heart is in Delhi secretariat where he is confident that as CM, he can make the city shine.

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VISIONARIES
“Let’s elect the right kind of government now and support it fully to make it deliver. Fight only if not heard! It is time for some truce in order to ...

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VISIONARIES
Kejriwal adores what he calls the ‘zindadilli’ spirit but is equally determined to sweep away corruption and lawlessness in Delhi. He feels the city a...

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VISIONARIES
Singhania’s love affair with Delhi can be fathomed from the fact that even when he was an undergraduate at Oxford Brookes University, willingly or unw...

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VISIONARIES
Water is Gupta’s passion. “As responsible citizens we need to modify our water consumption habits to prevent wastage and promote conservation.” Accord...

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VISIONARIES
“The government needs to develop interactive, theme-based virtual walkthroughs for tourists for better information dissemination and facilitation,” sa...

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OPINION
Delhi is a city of immigrants. People here are more professional as they have left their homeland and come with aspirations and dreams to achieve, whi...

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VISIONARIES
Known for his simplicity, the leading criminal expert is also a former solicitor general and a vintage-car collector.

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VISIONARIES
The former additional solicitor general has been a favourite champion with leaders like Varun Gandhi and Jayalalithaa. Recently, he secured voting rig...

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THE FACET LIST
“Dilli mein sab besurey miltey hain. People have no etiquette. If we try to come in contact with good people, the bad people turn against us and dista...

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THE FACET LIST
A straight-A student, Dutt was shortlisted from over 2,000 students for a cultural exchange programme to Japan’s Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. ...

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THE FACET LIST
“With flyovers, the Metro, better buses and lifestyles, things have changed for the good. What hurts me is how little do people interact with each oth...

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VISIONARIES
There are many facets to Salve; the amateur musician plays jazz on the piano and has gourmet tastes.

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Opinion
Delhi now has some world-class infrastructure, like the Indira Gandhi International Airport that handles nearly 800 flights a day or about 73 take-off...

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VISIONARIES
“Maybe, Delhi was a bit provincial, but that’s what made it cozy,” says Kadakin, an ethnic Russian born in now-independent Moldova.

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VISIONARIES
“It is now a mega cosmopolitan city, with flyovers, Metro rail, better medical facilities and also more traffic,” he says. “Life is faster now. And ev...

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THE CITY ON THE MOVE
With the cycling routes developed during the Commonwealth Games, many cycling clubs have sprung up in Delhi and are growing by the day.

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VISIONARIES
The diplomat sees Delhiites as sophisticated, eloquent and charming, warm and friendly most of the time. “In Delhi, you have the chance to meet the ar...

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OPINION
I remember going with a small group of friends early in the morning to the Red Fort. The last mile required traversing through Kauriya Pul, Fountain, ...

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VISIONARIES
She sees Delhi’s crime rate as the downside of living here. “Crimes against women have made it scary to venture out after dark. Also, the increasing p...

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Opinion
Today, Delhi is the richest state in India, where citizens enjoy a per capita income of over Rs. 2 lakh, three times the national average.

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VISIONARIES
He gets restive on the beach, or in the mountains. The peripatetic writer has lived in Hong Kong, New York, Berlin, London, and Mumbai, Bangalore, Del...

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VISIONARIES
Sen points out at Delhi’s shifting urban landscape, changing from a large garden-and-bungalow capital to a metropolis of modern apartments mushrooming...

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HORIZON MAKERS
If Delhi is on your plate, you’ll certainly find foodessarios Amit Burman and Rohit Aggarwal are the main courses.

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GIRLS WHEELS
Freak accidents are common, which can be easily avoided. Seema rides with the Group of Delhi Superbikers, popularly called GODS. She considers the gro...

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HORIZON MAKERS
He may have styled a multitude of celebrities, but he loves working on hassle free, regular customers, who implicitly trust him with their hair. His i...

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HORIZON MAKERS
Delhi, he says, has given him more hope than anything else. This is where he started his business and this is the city that continues to be one of the...

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OPINION
ver-speeding, rash driving, jumping red lights makes driving here a nightmare. Also, the people of the city are quite short-tempered.

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HORIZON MAKERS
There is much to love and appreciate about Delhi, says Parushni. “ I am proud of the city’s culture, food and open spaces,” she says.

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HORIZON MAKERS
Teheran girl Leila Erfan believes her destiny brought her to Delhi, but it’s her fondness for it that keeps her firmly back.

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OPINION
In many ways, Delhi is like an old shoe to me because it is very comfortable. I know it is seen as a dangerous place for women and that is true but th...

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HORIZON MAKERS
Delhi girl Meghna Mirchandani loves the Buddha; anyone walking into her house  is greeted by a gigantic Buddha smiling serenely from the wall.

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HORIZON MAKERS
Well-known architect AGK Menon, who came to Delhi in the 1970s as an architect-planner, has been working tirelessly with his team at the Indian Nation...

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CURIOSITY SHOPS
A flowery stag head in pink made with recycled burlap, tea cups perfect for the Mad Hatter’s party, a frog couple for paperweight and wooden playhorse

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HORIZON MAKERS
Transformation and formation. Metamorphosis and Genesis. It was to blend into and become a part of Delhi’s structural evolution that architects Manit ...

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HORIZON MAKERS
Stephen Paumier’s passage to Delhi was a search for structures. In 1996, he came to India to work as the resident architect at the French Embassy.

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HORIZON MAKERS
The world is different at four in the morning, when Bhai Ranjit Singh, the head granthi of Gurdwara Bangla Sahib wakes up to perform his duties.

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OPINION
Relics dating back to 300 BC indicate that different dynasties from the Mauryas to the Delhi Sultans and the Mughal emperors and then the British have...

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HORIZON MAKERS
Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, president, Jamaat-E-Islami Hind, who feels Muslims in Delhi as well as the world over, adhere more to the diktats of Is...

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HORIZON MAKERS
It’s not even noon and the heat is unbearable. It’s Navratra and devotees are flocking by the thousands to the Kalkaji Temple.

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
His family in Patna didn’t care a drop of paint about art. He did. Years later, now as a Delhi artist lionized both on the gallery and the social circ...

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OPINION
It is fairly common to be asked the place of one’s birth or the city that one hails from. But what interests me is the unique reaction that the answer...

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
Paresh Maity whose paintings, photographs and sculptures grace many tony homes and galleries accompanied a friend from Kolkata to Delhi to buy a motor...

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
The Gurgaon home of miniature artist Manisha Gera Baswani is a museum that celebrates Delhi. She is an avid collector of the city’s past and her own.

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
“I love the weekly markets that spring up in the city, like the one in Saket. What fascinates me is that on other days, it is just another road, but o...

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MUSIC INSTRUMENTS
The shop is as grand as the pianos it deals in and known for. Celiano Godin, a half-Portuguese musician and piano seller from Quetta

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
For British-born artist Bharti Kher, the ubiquitous bindi of Indian women is more than just a dot. It is a celebration of feminism, of pride in gender...

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
The first time Jagannath Panda, a young sculptor from Odisha, visited Delhi in 1989, the city felt foreign.

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
Rohit Gandhi, dressed in a black shirt (partner Rahul Khanna claims he has 400 in his closet) and blue jeans is a master in sophisticated irony

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
Gallery owner and collector Renu Modi’s vast colourscape that extends from her drawing room to her Gallery Espace records Delhi’s fascinating journey ...

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
Artists love Sunaina Anand, the affable and knowledgeable owner of Alive Art Gallery. Her elegant art shows, where champagne and artisanal cheeses are...

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MARKET PLACES
Meher Chand Market off Lodhi Road, once the domain of photocopiers and juice-wallahs, that has had the most impressive second coming as the go-to plac...

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
When Hemant Bharat Ram was growing up, the home of his grandfather, the well-known industrialist and philanthropist Sir Lala Bharat Ram was “run like ...

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
When Neha Kripal was studying at Delhi’s Lady Sri Ram College in the early 2000s, she did some wild things she rather would not talk about.

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
Anasuya Vaidya lives in two Delhis. One that blooms within the beautifully handcrafted walls of the Akshara Theatre near Gole Market, and another, out...

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
Gharana and Ghar have different meanings for Meeta Pandit. Their duality has given her musical journey vastness and depth.

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
Aisa Koi Shahar composed by singer, guitarist and song-writer Azaan Khan, son of Ustad Shujaat Khan and the grandson of the world renowned sitar maest...

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CREATIVE CUSTODIANS
Talking nineteen to a dozen, 20-year-old singer-songwriter Kavya Trehan has animatedly expressive features.

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PUNDITS OF PANACHE
The city made me what I am. I remember coming here for summer vacations as a child, staying at Gymkhana Club, riding in the President’s Bodyguard carr...

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HANGOUTS
Is Thursday the new Friday? Yes, if you happen to be: a) a woman b) at Striker c) high on happiness. The dance floor at the one-year-old pub instantly...

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PUNDITS OF PANACHE
Today, Sethi points out, Delhi men find their bandhgalas in a Rajesh Pratap store and their achkans from Rohit Bal. What is disappointing is the fact ...

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PUNDITS OF PANACHE
You might find Sekhose in a crisp white shirt and a tuxedo with a bow tie as much as in a pop tint blazer or printed pants: versatility being his conf...

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FOOTWEAR
In the days of branded machine-made shoes, it is tough to be a hand-made shoemaker. Delhi just has a handful and they have made their mark for generat...

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PUNDITS OF PANACHE
Masaba, daughter of actress Nina Gupta and cricketer Sir Vivian Richards, practically lives out of a suitcase. But wherever she is her ensemble is alw...

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STORES
A multi-brand retail store that looks like a home with crockery space, sitting area, bar and cupboards are pieced together to form an unconventional s...

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PUNDITS OF PANACHE
Kanika grew up watching artisans at her mother’s garment factory making magic with beads and sequins. Hugely inspired by Smriti Irani’s political ferv...

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OPINION
'To write about Delhi is not easy, but to me, despite all its flaws, it is the best city in India and it is home. It is also the city that helped me f...

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SERVICES
Three generations later, the present owner Nooruddin continues the tradition of selling hand-stitched and hand-embroidered kurta pajamas and sherwanis...

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PUNDITS OF PANACHE
Anuja gets worked up over the lack of basic hygiene in Delhi. She cannot understand why it’s such an issue to keep oneself and the city clean. Don’t e...

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DRESS UP
Loom Mool is more than meets the eye. Set up by Sewa Bharat, a 40-year-old association that represents 1.6 million female workers, it is here for a go...

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PUNDITS OF PANACHE
While she loved the mullets (dresses/jackets/tops high from the front and long from the back), she hates shoulder cut-outs in shirts.

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SAY CHEESE
Did you know where do the American Embassy, Taj hotels, Le Meridien and Saratoria in Vasant Vihar get their cheese from?

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PUNDITS OF PANACHE
Juggling her work and passion for designing, Aneeth decided to take the plunge in 2009 with just a single tailor and Pero was born. She is one of the ...

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PUNDITS OF PANACHE
Known from his quirky designs, his Spring/Summer 2014 collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week called ‘Insecta’ was equally talked about a...

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BUZZMAKERS
Pilates arrived in Delhi sometime in the late 1990s, but it really arrived in the capital with 37-year-old Bosnian fitness trainer Vesna Pericevic Jac...

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BIRDS
Delhi’s love affair with the pigeon continues. As the trend of feeding the birds at crossings, chowks and flyover pavements soars, it leaves enthusias...

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BUZZMAKERS
His heart is in Delhi though his art is from China. He has imparted Shaolin Kung Fu action to actors like Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Rampal,

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BUZZMAKERS
A couple of fitness friendly things could describe instructor Neeraj Mehta and his wife Swati, who is an yoga and aerobics teacher.

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BUZZMAKERS
Young comedian, actor, director and theatre producer, Madhav ‘Khullah Saand’ Mehta of the self-given sobriquet, as Clark Gable drawled, frankly doesn’...

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BUZZMAKERS
Radhika Vaz does jokes for a living but doesn’t think she is a pleasant person; something she blames on her parents. With her mouth brightly painted r...

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BUZZMAKERS
He is the funny bone in the flesh. Delhi’s Lord of the Laughs, Ashwath Bhatt seizes part of  India’s versatile theatre space by clowning around.

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BEING STREETSMART
After Karim’s, this veggie heaven offers the best peeli dal in town.  A savoury experience you shouldn’t miss.

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BUZZMAKERS
Three cooks do not spoil this broth. Tres, Delhi’s new taste destination based in the main market, Lodi Colony, is the gastronomic epiphany of Julia C...

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BUZZMAKERS
The best way to sum up the mood at the brightly lit The Beer Cafe (TBC) is, it’s all beer and skittles and young lovers of the golden brew.

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BAKING AWAY
From baking a cake which was hard as a rock to dishing out fairytale creations, Jaya Kochhar has come a long way.

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BUZZMAKERS
There is no smoke without a fire and you will find the best of both at Smokey’s BBQ and Grill at Greater Kailash II in Delhi.

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BUZZMAKERS
Dancing comes as easy as walking, talking, breathing or sleeping to the duo. Says Ritu, “My family wasn’t happy about my dancing and it took a lot of ...

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BUZZMAKERS
Yeti, the Himalayan Kitchen was not only one of the first restaurants to open doors in Hauz Khas Village but has also held its own for three years.

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BUZZMAKERS
Buenos Aires-born ballet dancer Fernando Aguilera studied under masters like Noemi Molinari, Wasil Tupin, Raul Gatto, Rina Valver and Ruben Chayan.

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BUZZMAKERS
Theirs is a legacy that has given Delhi 75 years of performing artistes, gurus and shrotas.

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BUZZMAKERS
The racks are bursting with tomes on international relations, education, business, politics, economics, laws, commercial books and more.

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BUZZMAKERS
Pecha Kucha (an event for designers to meet, mingle and present their work in public), movie nights, cooking classes and sari exhibitions have made th...

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BUZZMAKERS
There is an urgent need to get back ‘dil walon ki dilli’ in our hearts. The mustachioed Anuj who has the appearance of a Rajput shikari has also reinv...

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MODI-FESTO
The BJP manifesto will only appear on the first day of polls. The party realises that wooing allies allergic to Modi’s Hindutva is crucial for NDA

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SHADOW PM
Largely absent from the Congress posters and reduced to a stamp-size presence in the party manifesto, Manmohan Singh’s involvement with this election ...

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PARTY DISCUSSIONS
Son of the soil he may be, but the roots are not strong enough to pull in the votes.

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BJP MANTRA
The much-delayed BJP manifesto is expected to make passing references to Hindutva so as not to upset possible allies, while retaining the essence of N...

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STRAIGHT TALK
Mayank Gandhi is scared of me. He does not have courage to face me. AAP gandagi saaf karne nahi, failane aayi hain.

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OPINION POLL
After various opinion polls have predicted a BJP surge all over the country including in Delhi, the intelligence agencies seem to have followed suit.

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