By Sumati Mehrishi
Published: 13th Apr 2014 06:00:00 AM
Leave your phone outside the dining space. Forget about the footwear. Talk, but talk about the food on the table. Talk about the ingredients that have gone into it. Eat slowly, for the joy of eating. Eat mindfully. That’s food meditation for you. Anand, a former pharmaceutical professional, who picks his ingredients directly from the villages and fields of Uttarakhand and cooks wholesome vegetarian food with minimum spices and lots of herbs, feels that food meditation is an initiative to give food and ingredients, the respect, time and detail they deserve. He conducts sessions at Zorba the Buddha and Attic apart from places in Mumbai and Goa.
“Food meditation is a lifestyle. In Delhi, people love to call themselves foodies. I am trying to change the definition” - Anand
Started at the Deer Park in Hauz Khas by a bunch of trained and amateur drumming enthusiasts, mostly people from different walks of life to learn the joy of rhythm in 2010, the Delhi Drum Circle grew faster than expected. What had begun as a weekend activity became the sound of cause-driven fingers. The heart of DDC as it is popularly known, beats for the differently-abled, the underprivileged, and for various social causes and protests. Open to people from all age groups, it encourages hand drums more than stick drums.
“What was started by a bunch of music lovers is now a huge community and has become an important element in Delhi’s vast cultural space.” - Rakesh Mathur, Founder, Delhi Drums Circle
Cycling and Biking Clubs
With the cycling routes developed during the Commonwealth Games, many cycling clubs have sprung up in Delhi and are growing by the day. Trails are being identified with enthusiasts pedalling on public cycles and some on their own. New routes are being discovered, new stretches explored, and more miles covered, especially during weekends. There is DelhiByCycle, an initiative that takes people pedalling to Shahjahanabad and heritage sites, Delhi Cycling Club that promotes cycling for better health and Environment and Cycle Sutra, a club that even stops for doughnuts. While most of the cycling clubs are directed towards Delhi, the biking clubs roll towards the outskirts. Pick your ride.
“The Delhi Bikers’ Adventure Tour Group is thrilling. I have been with them to the Aravali hills for a crazy ride” - Diwakar Kukreja, Young Entrepreneur
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