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New Delhi, Sunday, February 05, 2012

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PHOTO: MANOJ KUMAR

Delhiites have an amazing sense of humour. This can be seen even in the notices they put outside their homes. Here’s a board that warns of the owner, not the dog. Only in Delhi!

dilse Hey ya dil se readers....,M a 23 yr old guy staying in Laxmi Ngr.. Ryt now m goin thru such a situation dat i need some1's support badly :( m feeling too lonely..!!! in fact m not jus lukin 4 temporary relation.. m lukin 4 mah Soulmate..!! koi aisa jo mera dard baant sake... koi aisa jo mujhe bht sari khushiya de... koi aisa jo har pal har lamha mera sath de... koi aisa jo kabhi mujhe akela na chhode koi aisa jo kabhi mujhse dur na jaye :( i promise dat i'll giv her each n evry happiness dat a human hopes 4!! Raaj My janu Akif, Zindgi jab bhi teri bahon mein lati hai hamein, Yeh zaami chand se behtar nazar aati hai hamein, Har mulakat ka anjam judai kyon hai, Aab to har waqt yahi baat satati hai… Urs Bharti My Dolly, Tere bin duniya suni si lagti hai. Tere bin jindgi adhuri si lagti hai. pata nahi kyon chahte hai hum tumko itna. ki tujh bin jina majburi si lagti hai.. Rahul Kumar Hi komal, U r living smwhr in gaziabad. We spoke each other before 1 week several time but I didn't get any gud response frm ur side & last time u say I msz u. But I didn't get any msz frm ur side,dis is d only way I can xpres my feeling ... If u read dis msz. Do reply. -Vipin Dear Sister Shamshul, As per request of Chetna ur's frend we wish you happy new year 2012 to you & your's familyths new year gives al rays of brightness in your's life and chetna send 2-3 number's which you collect from bulandshahr where you live at rent she give number's to landlord & you have to do bring the number's and give to Sonam Garg which she urgent required to talk with chetna -Your's Brother & friend Sanjeev & Chetna (Bulandshahar) Hi hrtbrokd grl seen ur msg on 31st jan,dis is 23 yr sweet n caring delhi boy luking 4 a true luv,i just wan say dat

i will neva brk ur heart,will luv u 4ever,coz i know dat pain, plz htcity print my msg as it will be golden chance 4 me to hv true luv in my life, thnx a lot melovelyguy23 Hi Forlorn, am not dat guy whos name is ashu(Mr lonely),but dats sure, am lonely too n luking 4 a partner who understand d value of a relationship,who know wat d true luv is? who can commit wid me 4ever,my gugle male is ursdelhiguy so if u like u can reply me, n rember i will be urs 4ever if u r d gal am luking 4, htcity plz plz plz be kind n print m msg 4 god sake -ursdelhiguy hey delhigal, if u feel alone in crowd... m hand is here if u wan a rest...m shoulder is here if u wan smile....m silly jokes r here if u wan know me...m gugle male is here gudguyonly4 Hi ilu..dis msg iz specialy 4 doz who think i nd ilu cn nvr be in a long relationshp.. 2dy i cnfss it infnt of evry1 dat ilu i love u... -urs jalebi bai Hi all girls, i m 21yr DABBANG & searching a cute girl to be my lifetime velantine,if u r intrested reply me through DIL SAY Sunny To Poonam, life is short & i want to spend this life with you, only you. it's l'll bit difficult for meh to wait for 3-4 years but i'll wait for you.. I want to apologize for d mistakes i'd done, SORRY for d things i'd done wrong , m really sorry. I love u... Do u?? Ishaan Arora Hey Rachita, Love does make one cry and I have realised this after I fell in love with you. You every rejection hurts like mad. I am going crazy for you. Please say yes to my proposal. I swear that I will keep you the happiest person on this earth. Piyush Arora

metropolitandiary Dear Diary, Last Sunday, me and my brother were going to Mayur Vihar . When we reached the Mayur Vihar Metro Station, we saw a girl crying in an autorickshaw. My brother stopped our car and asked her what had happened. She said that she had no money to pay the auto driver. When my brother offered her some money, the girl thanked him and asked for his number, in order to pay him back. After the incident, my brother got a call from that girl, who told him that her mother is serious in hospital and she needs R2500 urgently. My brother again gave her the money. Then, after two days, she again called him and said I want R30,000 more. After that, my brother told me that he’s realised that this girl is just a fake. He helped her because of humanity. But these kind of people are ruining the image of

really needy people. Lalit Sharma Dear Diary, I am from Mumbai and I love to go out clubbing with my friends. Recently, I visited Delhi for the first time. I really wanted to go out and enjoy the party scene here. But I was scared because I have heard so many bad things about the nightlife of the city. However, on the insistence of my friends, I finally agreed to go to a discotheque in Central Delhi. It was so much fun. The crowd was just head banging on Punjabi and Bollywood numbers. I danced throughout the night and nothing bad really happened as I had expected. I then realised that if girls are extra careful and they go out with a big group of friends who are known to each other, then nightlife in Delhi can also be very exciting. Manjula

RECYCLING GOT FABULOUS

Colourful decorative bottles made of empty beer and liquor bottles are priced at R400 each

Innovative products made by reusing waste and scraps get popular in the city

Namya Sinha ■

namya.sinha@hindustantimes.com

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sing recycled products is the new fad with Delhiites. With environmental issues becoming a growing concern, funky, colourful and unique products made by recycling scraps and waste is becoming popular in the city. “Recycling of products helps in two ways. First of all, it creates livelihood for many people. Secondly, it has an ecological value because we

are using products that were earlier waste materials,” says Vimlendu Jha, of Swechha, the NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) that runs the programme — Green the Gap. There are NGOs and even independent businesses that are recycling waste materials and creating products out of them, which are sold further. We bring to you some of the organisations that are working towards the cause of saving the environment through some whacky ways.

THE BAMBOO STORE Though the store sells ecofriendly products, one of their main attractions is a limited collection of greeting cards made out of waste materials and discarded saris. The paper that is used for making these cards is recycled hand made paper, which has been made using fabric scraps. “We use saris and gaudy scraps of cloth

material that is donated to us. We even do rounds of various tailoring shops where we pick up scraps of cloth from them,” says Minhazz Majumdar from the store. These cards are priced at R25 each. Where: The Bamboo Store, N11 rear Lane, N Block market, GK 1 Tel: 9818882553

TRASH-2-CASH

Junk and trash gets a new lease of life here, as they are turned into unique and colourful decorative and utilitarian items. “They are fair trade eco fashion products that look really fashionable. We use rubber tires, rice sacks, juice tetra packs, Mother Dairy milk packs, amongst other things,” says Vimlendu Jha of Swechha. Some of the other products that they make are necklaces, bangles, hair clips made of paper mache, broche made of newspapers, Madhubani paintings on tyre tubes, bags, teddy bears made of factory waste cloth, and chai coasters made of tetra packs, as well as other things. Where: 24/3, Hauz Khas Village, near Naivedyam restaurant Tel: 011- 26671758

PHOTOS: MAHADEV THAKUR

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HAATHI CHAAP

This programme, run by the Society For Child Development, makes use of digital waste, dried flowers and cloth scraps to come up with a variety of products such as bags, pencil boxes and building blocks. “We have a flower programme called AVACYAM, where we recycle waste flowers. Everyday, around 500 kilos of flowers are collected, dried, and converted into holi and rangoli colours,” says Madhumita Puri, executive director society for child development. They also start selling holi colours one week before the festival at Dilli Haat, opposite INA market Where: Prabhat Resource Center, Community Center, adjacent to Roshanara Club Shakti Nagar Tel: 9810003512

Haati Chaap is popular because they make funky products out of paper made using elephant dung. “ We use elephant dung to make the paper. The collected dung is sent to our units in Jaipur. The dung is cleaned, cooked and washed to make the paper. This is all done to ensure that the paper is not harmful to the user and is free of

(right) Unique products like this clock are available here (left) A worker makes and packs the final products

bacteria. The final products created out of this paper are made at the workshop in Delhi,” says Mahima Mehra, owner, Haathi Chaap. They make more than 80 kinds of products using this kind of paper. Some of these products include board games such as snakes and ladders, toilet paper rolls, photo albums, photo frames, book marks, bags, and stationery items. Their products are also available at People Tree in Connaught Place and Tatsat in Hauz Khas Village. Where: Shop No.1, Mansarover Building, 90 Nehru Place Tel: 011- 41618630 PHOTOS: WASEEM GASHROO

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debate

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week Check your budget...

Colours made using dried waste flowers are available for R40 a pack

A cycle rickshaw bought from a scrap dealer is used to display products

What’s the big issue of the week? If there’s a debate burning in the city, we’ll thrash it out here. Your voice, your issues, your space...

As the fest season begins in the Capital with a bang, we ask a few youngsters if it’s judicious to have budgets spinning into lakhs for their annual extravaganzas. Here’s what they have to say.

Nitin Sharma, Northern India Engineering College Annual fests deserve to be celebrated in a grand fashion. Even if the expenditure runs into lakhs, it ultimately reflects the strength of the institute.

Nehmat Kaur, Lady Sri Ram College (Pass out)

PHOTOS: MAHADEV THAKUR

Given that they happen in serious academic institutions, one could argue that fests should be termed as academic meets. But if a college can have a ‘festival’ that has some amount of colour and excitement attached to it, then the bigger it is, the better.

Ankita Prasad, Indian Institute of Mass Comm.

Himanshu Tiwari, Hindu College

Nilesh Basu Roy, Sri Ram College of Commerce

College fests must have big budgets, as it is the best way to promote that college as a brand. The bigger the sponsors, the bigger the participation.

A bigger budget ensures the presence of celebrity performers, and everyone wants his college to get the best performers. So, a budget exceeding lakhs is justified.

The fests in DU are done on a large scale and not one of them costs less than a lakh. Also, celebrity performers charge a lot. AS TOLD TO AAKRITI SAWHNEY, JESSICA SHARMA


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