New Delhi, Sunday, March 04, 2012
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Tarkaana: City-speak for delaying something. desidictionary Eg: I did not want to go to the party, to maine apne friends ko tarka diya
DESIGNS GET BOOKED delhi meandmy
Participants at the World Book Fair spend more than ever before on themes and designs
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he main focus of the 20th edition of the World Book Fair, which concludes today, maybe books, but the innovative designs and themes of the stalls has been a talking point among visitors this year. A lot of attention has been paid to minute detailing and layout. What’s more, participants at the fair have spent a lot more compared to previous years. The stall of Orient Blackswan at Hall No 2 has been designed around the theme of cinema. This section, which showcases books on media studies and cinema, has been done up like a movie set complete with a clap board. “We have spent around R11 to R12 lakh on the look of the stall this year compared to R7 to R8 lakh that we spent last year,” says Tanmoy Roychowdhury, manager sales, Orient Blackswan. Walk a little further and you will come across a stall that looks like a metro express, replete with stations. “We’re into education, so the idea was to get students to stop at various stations named after subjects. Though all this cost us around R12 lakhs, it’s worth it,” says Ankur Gupta, the director of Enlive Education and the owner of the stall. The entrance to Hachette’s stall in Hall No 2 is designed like the letter ‘H’. The stall also has brightly lit posters of their best sellers, and a colourful children stall within the stall that gives out free merchandise to kids. Hachette has kept their focus on romance, especially David Nichols’ (One Day) and Nicholas Sparks’ (The Notebook and Best of Me) works that have been displayed on huge stacks. “We have shelf talkers that categorise a particular author’s work, as well as back-lit headers that announce genres,” says Anurima Roy, publicity manager, Hachette India. While huge 11 feet cut outs of popular comic characters like Supandi greet you at the entrance to the Amar Chitra Katha stall in Hall No 3, you will find Penguin India’s stall to be almost double the size of their last one. “The stall has been designed to accommodate a merchandise display and our brand ambassador, The Penguin Car. There is also a fountain showcasing the top 25 Penguin titles in classic covers,” says Hemali Sodhi, Vice President Marketing and Promotions, Penguin Books India.
The Amar Chitra Katha stall in Hall No 3
PHOTO: ARIJIT SEN
Though there are some specific months when the city shops go for sale, but for such vendors in Delhi, it’s sale time throughout the year. Only in Delhi!
Above: The stall of Orient Blackswan at Hall No 2; Right: The Penguin fountain at the Penguin India stall in Hall No 6
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CATCH THE ACTION Hachette’s stall at Hall No 2
GET CONNECTED Enlive Eduction’s stall at Hall No 2
WHAT: World Book Fair 2012 WHERE: Pragati Maidan WHEN: On till March 4 TIME: 11am to 8pm ENTRY: R20 for adults and R10 for kids
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NEAREST METRO STATION: Pragati Maidan in the blue line
DU prepares for a safe Holi Girl power on the wheels
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ne thing that happens for sure before the festival of colours, Holi, is the list of guidelines issued by Delhi University (DU) for its students to maintain order and decorum on the day of the festival. With barely a few days left for the festival, the guidelines issued by the Proctor’s Office, DU, don’t permit students to play with colours or water balloons on campus during working hours. “The measures are taken every year to prevent the menace of eve-teasing and harassment. Starting from this week till the festival, entry to colleges and hostels will be strictly restricted to students with college identity cards,” says Dr P K Burma, joint proctor, North Campus. To ensure a hassle free festival, DU will bring in force all the anti-ragging and eve-teasing provisions in case a complaint of harassment is registered by any student. They have also taken support and help from the Delhi Police to do so. “These guidelines are precautionary measures, so that Holi can be enjoyed in its true spirit,” says Dr Burma. This year, student volunteers will be deployed in DTC buses to keep a check on any untoward incident inside the buses, so that the concerned authorities can be informed immediately. “Like previous years, we will be checking for any case of harassment against women in DTC buses. But this year, we have also planned to bring in students to make the process more
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ndia’s longest inter-state women car rally, which is being organised in Gurgaon on April 7, will give women a chance to show their prowess behind the wheels. “People often make fun of women drivers. I wanted the world to sit up and take them seriously. What better than an allwomen car rally to showcase their driving skills,” says Sanjay Kaushik, founder of Uthaan, a Gurgaon-based NGO that’s organising the rally. Since the rally’s inception in 2006, the number of members have almost tripled. “Participants from all over the country, including Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Mumbai and Chandigarh have registered,” says Kaushik.
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efficient,” says Dr Burma. The university has also issued a list of helpline numbers for the students to contact in case of emergency. The guidelines, which were
CATCH THE ACTION published on the university’s Facebook page, has garnered a mixed response from students. While some students have appreciated the efforts of the university, others are upset with the restrictions put on them by DU. “Holi crap”, reads a post by Yograj Patel. “Kripya holi khelne pe pabandhi na lagayein (Please don’t restrict holi celebrations),” posted Vivek Kumar.
WHAT: Women’s Car Rally STARTING TIME: 8.30am at Fortune Select Hotel, Sohna Road, Gurgaon WHEN: April 7 ELIGIBILITY: Driving license, car insurance, one year driving experience Fee: R5,000 per pair Registration: email@example.com NEAREST METRO STATION: IFFCO Chowk on the Yellow Line
Most races are on the basis of speed, but this rally, which has been listed as India’s longest interstate women car tally in the Limca Book of Records since the last five years, is different. It tests the calculation, confidence, reversing and car parking skills of a woman driver. “Most women have the habit of asking people for directions, which is not possible on a highway. We have put landmarks on the way, which test a woman’s sense of direction,” says Kaushik. “Once the rally reaches its destination, there are interesting competitions like reversing the car or parking it between two cars,” says Vamini Sethi, who participated last year, and is looking forward to compete this year as well.
Participation The rally will flag off from Fortune Select Hotel, Sohna Road, and go along the 286 kilometre drive to Bhandrej Fort, near Jaipur in Rajasthan on April 7. Only a woman driver can register for the rally with a companion (man or woman) who will help her navigate the route. The participants will stay over at the fort resort for a night after the competition for a better bonding experience.
Published on Mar 29, 2012