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New Delhi, Friday, February 24, 2012

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he girls at Miranda House College in Delhi University (DU) were in for a treat on Wednesday when critically-acclaimed filmmaker Imtiaz Ali visited the college, where he happily posed for pictures and signed autographs as well. Ali, who is a former DU student, was invited to Miranda House to interact with the students, after the college held a week long retrospective of his films. The interactive session turned out to be quite interesting, as Ali gave witty replies to all the questions that were put forward to him. For Ali, being in the college was like a dream come true. “After so many years of trying to get in through the back gate of Miranda House College, I have finally succeeded in entering it, and that too through the front gate,” he said. “Everyday, me and my friends would try to sneak in through the back gate. We had a special relationship with the guard — we bribed him with beedis,” added Ali, remembering his college days at DU. So, if he was that fascinated with the college and the girls there, why did he choose actor Nargis Fakhri for Rockstar, and not a girl from Miranda? “At that time, I didn’t come to Miranda, otherwise I

The director enthralled the students of Miranda House College on Wednesday by paying them a visit

would have definitely chosen a girl from here,” he quipped. During his days at DU, did he ever date a “Mirandian”? “God knows that I have tried so hard, but I guess it was just not my luck to get a date from Miranda,” replied the director. Ali, who was happy with all the attention he was getting from the girls at the college, added, “I feel like I am back in college. I wish I had received such attention from girls back then!” As to what makes him creative, the director said, “When I was young, the thing that inspired me to be different from others was the fact that I was extraordinarily ordinary.”

Dr Karan Singh performs at an Indian Council of Cultural Relations’ function

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For the love of music

After so many years of trying to get in through the back gate of Miranda House College, I have finally succeeded in entering it.

Imtiaz Ali, director

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or the past nine years, he was the man behind the curtains, taking care of the cultural scene at the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). But on Wednesday evening, Dr. Karan Singh, president, ICCR, changed his role and took to the stage — singing a selection of his favourite songs from across genres. The evening began with a Ganesh Vandana, which was followed by ghazals and a few songs in Dogri, Singh’s mother tongue. “Music is my hobby and I

have been singing for a while. But I am not a professional singer,” says Singh, whose liking for music ranges from classical to folk to western pop. “I have my own set of favourites, including Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston,” he adds. Living in Delhi for the past 45 years, Singh says it’s the vibrancy in the city that he loves the most. “Delhi is the hub of activities, be it culture, political or intellectual,” he says. There are many places in the city that are special to Singh. These include the book shop in Jor Bagh and the food at Dum Pukht in ITC Maurya. Talking of food, it’s

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the basement shops in GKI, M block market.

Where can I find stylish and good quality T-shirts and jeans at low prices in Delhi? -Rajiv

Stylish T-shirts at reasonable prices are available in markets such as Janpath, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar and the Monastery market near ISBT, Kashmere Gate. Reach early and you can easily bargain with the shopkeepers, as they are always

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the combination of Nepalese and Dogri food that Singh likes the most. “My wife, a Nepalese, used to make these interesting fusion dishes that I totally loved,” he says. Talking about ICCR, Singh says, “It’s a very vibrant cultural organisation and we are constantly getting performers from different parts of the world to India and vice versa.” Two years ago, they revamped the Azad Bhawan, the hub of all ICCR activities. ICCR has also established its 25 branches in different parts of the world, such as Kabul, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kaula Lumpur, Mexico and Tokyo.

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The INA fish market is the best place to buy fish such as fresh salmon, tuna, as well as canned and smoked varieties. There are also a few shops in Khan market that sell salmon.

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IMTIAZ ALI GETS CANDID