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Singer Arijit Singh during his performance at Delhi University’s Miranda House

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arricade breaking has almost become synonymous with Delhi University’s star-studded fests. This time, it was for singer Arijit Singh, who was the star performer at Miranda House’s annual fest, Tempest. The 26-year-old singer, who was scheduled to perform from 4pm onwards, was nowhere in sight until 5.30pm. Meanwhile, students occupied all possible places from where they could get a glimpse of the new sensation. As soon as Arijit got onto the stage, the crowd lost control. Admitting the delay, he said, “The security at the gates didn’t let us inside ... extremely sorry about the delay.” As he sang his hit song, Tum Hi Ho, a section of the crowd broke the barricades. After finishing the song, Arijit — pointing at the crowd — said, “Main dekh raha hun, mujhe bura

lag raha hai. Thoda mushkil hoga but please ease out.” (I can see that you are having problems and I am troubled to see it. It will be difficult, but please ease out.) While the college faculty and Delhi Police were trying to maintain decorum, the barricades were broken down again, resulting in injuries to some students. Arijit, clearly stressed, said, “Push back, push back. Please kuch karo. Show some mercy, show some love. People are crying here, they feel terrible in the crowd.” The singer then helped out those feeling uncomfortable in the crowd, and made provisions for them to leave. To ensure that the concert goes on smoothly, Delhi Police took control of the situation as Arijit continued to sing songs such as Phir Mohabbat (Jannat 2), Be Intehaan (Race 2) Illahi (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), Har Kisi Ko (Boss) and Kabhi Jo Badal Barse (Jackpot) to engage the audience.


The performance, scheduled for 4pm, finally started at 5.30pm. Arijit said that the college security is the reason for the delay

Topleasethepalate This book may not be specifically for gourmets as the title ­suggests, but culinary ­professional Vidhu Mittal’s latest recipe book is a fine collection of various vegetarian dishes. From healthy non-alcoholic drinks and shorbas, to main courses and deserts, it is pretty much an A to Z read for those wanting to learn to cook simple veg Indian recipes. The book is littered with thoughtful and beautiful ­illustrations, making it a fuss free and a tempting read. While it may not be useful for Indian housewives, who would know all this and more, it is a delight for bachelors and ­bachelorettes. Most dishes are easy and non-complicated, ­making the reading experience simple, rather than spectacular. The only bit, albeit an important one, that escapes the book, that would have helped making it complete, is a spread of the unconventional fare. 


Title: Pure and Special – Gourmet Indian Vegetarian Cuisine Author: Vidhu Mittal Publisher: Roli Books Price: ` 1,295

Weasked Delhiitesto tellusthe onething theylike, andtheone thingthey hateabout the mall culturein theCapital







The best thing about malls is that they are like a one-stop shop for everything. The worst part is that the prices of goods in these places is normally very high.

The one thing I like about malls is that everything is available under one roof. The thing I don’t like is that sometimes we get lured by some shopping offers and we end up buying unnecessary stuff.

The best thing that I like about malls is that we get all branded stuff under one roof. The one thing that I dislike is that over the weekends these malls get really crowded, creating a pandemonium.






The good thing is that one can enjoy air-conditioned comfort with availability of a range of ­merchandise under one roof. A mall is like a one-stop family entertainment arena. The bad thing is that haggling with shopkeepers is simply not possible.

The thing I like about the mall ­culture in Delhi is that we can get classy and designer things at one stop. The thing I hate about it is that the stuff is overtly expensive. It is not in the reach of the middle-class Indian in many cases.

Between metros, buses and auto ­rickshaws, which is your preferred mode of public transport in Delhi and why? Send in your take with your pic, age and occupation to COMPILED BY MAHIM GUPTA

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