Address: C-25, Ground Floor, Stellar IT Park, Sector 62, Noida.
Nearest Metro Station: Noida Sec 15.
Cuisines: North Indian, Chinese, Continental.
Opening Hours: 11 AM to 11 PM.
Cost: Rs. 1,100 for two.
Cash and Cards accepted.
Contact: +91 9871952133, 0120 4548000
Ambiance: Reminding of those bygone restaurants where the things were kept minimal, ambiance so chaste and sophisticated. The perfect lights, grand chairs, and sofas this restaurant awake memories of those good old days when the restaurants were not so fancy, they were just simple and solemn.
Situated in Stellar IT Park, this restaurant is perfect for official meetings or family dinners.
Menu: Soups, salads, continental, Indian, desserts this restaurant provides a wide range of food. Be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian this restaurant is a treat for food lovers as there are so many varieties to choose from. Looking at so many options, we were left confused on what to order or not. The best thing about their menu? It is descriptive and self-explaining.
What we had: We ordered Pan Grilled Cottage Cheese with Peri Peri sauce, Yellow Thai curry with Steamed rice, and we must say that the food was scrumptious. Thai curry was one of the best we ever had. The perfect blend of coconut and vegetables, Hmmm… even the thought of it waters my mouth. Albeit, Cottage cheese with Peri Peri sauce needs some improvement. We would have loved it if it would have saucier. But overall the food was delectable.
Service: Well mannered, well behaved, well informed, the staff of the restaurant is very courteous and polite. They know the art of welcoming guests.
Recommendations: Want to have a lunch or dinner with long conversations? Or you want to spend some ‘real’ time with your selfie lover friends? Then go to this place, because the lights of this place are perfect to have a chit chat and dinner, but not for selfies (and we loved this fact). Highly recommended for great food, having said that it is a bit pricey, but if the food is good we can manage holes in our pocket sometimes ;-).
With 2016 wrapped up we wish this coming year be full of amazing adventures, blue skies, dreams come true, happiness, laughter, joy and Love. We wish you all a very Happy New Year.
So at the end of 2016, we thought to look back and think about the best books we read in 2016. And here we present the list of Top 5 books of 2016.
1. The Road Less Traveled By M.Scott Peck.
The New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth, this book is the ultimate favorite of 2016.
Extracting from his professional experience of Psychotherapy Dr. M.Scott Peck recommends the way to a road which is less travelled, the path in which one face difficulties and sufferings of their life. But this way also leads us to better understanding of ourselves, a better understanding of life.
This book has to be my favorite novel of the year. Full of passion, love, envy, betrayal and revenge this book is one of kind I have ever read.
The epic story of the love of Heathcliff and Catherine, in which they both came together in a romance which destroyed them and all those around them.
So gothic and dark that I hated the characters but at the same time fell in love with all of them. Not only the book is grey but the emotions it evolves while reading it were also grey. I loved this book and would recommend every novel reader to read this book at least once.
Another dark novel, full of suspense, this book spellbound me from the beginning. It was arduous to keep this book aside, and I abruptly got enslaved in the Nick and Amy’s world. The thrill and suspense that it created made me crave to read more.
“There are two sides to every story.” And here we read sides of Amy and Nick’s story of their marriage, an unsuccessful story of love and revenge I loved how the events unfold in the story.
5. Jaya, An illustrated retelling of Mahabharata By Devdutt Pattanaik.
Retelling of the great Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’ this book explains the true meaning of Jaya and Vijaya. ‘Vijaya’ about which we usually see on television versions of Mahabharata and ‘Jaya’ the bonafide nub of Mahabharata. To all those who want to start reading about this great epic, the book can definitely prove to be a spiffing kickoff.
To know more about this book read our full book review here.
So this was our best reads of 2016, but don’t forget to tell us your best reads of 2016 down below in comments.
Address: Between Khanna Market and Mehar Chand Market
Nearest Metro Station:Jor Bagh or INA Metro Station
How to Reach: Take Auto-rikshaw for Lodhi Colony. Buses also ply on this route.
Opens: 24 Hours
Big art, big creations and big ideas are climbing all over Lodhi colony’s walls and we took a detour to it.
Lodhi Art District, India’s first public art district, is a benchmark for rest of India. St+art 2016 grazed new heights as it brought together the first ever public art district in India—Lodhi Art District.
Lodhi Colony has been transitioned by a motley mix of artists. In conjunction with the Swacch Bharat mission, Lodhi Art District sees the intervention of public art and heritage of the city lived in.
Lodhi Art District is where 25 artists painted the walls of the colony and re-invigorated the iconic colony. It focuses on the idea of ‘art for everyone’ with the prime objective of having a positive impact on the society and also reaching out to wider audiences.
This will promote clean cities and Street Art form which is relatively new in India. Lodhi Art District has certainly raised the bar in developing and improving cityscapes with street art. The Public Art District paradigm should be replicated across India. Hope our urbanites are listening!
Why should you visit?
Location for photography. Visit if you are good at it.
The art and all is only if you like embracing it. The other houses are in shambles.
The place is less crowded, not really a place to explore.
People usually spend only about an hour here. Visit if you have spare time to walk around the colony as the wall art is spread over different blocks.
Created by Amitabh Kumar, this is what the artist had to say about the work: “This mural is informed by the historical context of the site and the graphic possibilities that it opened. The root of the image is a story. It goes like this—When the Pandava’s lost the first game of dice, they were exiled to Khandavaprastha—the city of ruins.
Krishna, who accompanied them for the exile, did some magic, and overnight Khandavaprastha turned into Indraprastha, The City of Gods. This city is made of magic, which is now crumbling apart. Through this intervention, I’d like the viewer to catch its crumbling pieces and vanish.”
The inspiration for this wall comes from the social media/smart-phone revolution. While working in Lodhi colony, they observed how a lot of people came daily to click pictures of the murals and the ongoing work of the artists, taking selfies and group shots, or posing for fashion shoots. So the artists decided to turn the wall around on the viewer and comment as a comment on the selfie generation.
For his wall in Lodhi Colony, Indian artist Blaise Joseph chose to make the portrait of a mother figure who has diverse manifestations. As mother nature, she is carrying the memories of lost lands- in an urban context, our cities, which are becoming concrete jungles are inhabited by people who are all, in some way, migrants, and hence the concrete jungle reminds them of their own mothers and mother nature represented in forests and agricultural lands, whom they have been compelled to leave behind.
She also represents indigenous communities who are pollinators and can sustain ecological diversity with the knowledge they possess, yet who are forced to be displaced from their homelands.The mother painted in this artwork is in the image of Blaise’s own mother who currently resides in Kerala.
In Delhi, The Fearless Collective led by Shilo Shiv Suleman collaborated with Sewing New Futures to bring to visibility to communities that have traditionally engaged in prostitution in Najafgarh. Every winter, a thick blanket of fog descends over Delhi, casting everything in a misty invisibility blanket of white. Early in the morning and late at night, the most unrecogniZed inhabitants of the fog emerge. In the soft pink corridors of Lodhi colony, two women sit side by side.
On the left side, an older woman steps out of the mist. A struggle has carved its lines into her face as she navigates the night inside her. On the other side, her daughter pulls this fog out of the dark sky and weaves it into alchemical threads of gold, creating a new future for them both. Fearless.
In a mural called Padma, Chifumi blends together the Padma Mudra—a symbolic hand gesture to depict a lotus—and Khmer patterns from Cambodia, where she currently resides. Padma was one of the first artworks that kicked off the Lodhi Art District project.
Ambiance: A gem of a place. The Tourist is a rare pearl in the ocean of restaurants located in Janpath. It has an amazing vibe as you enter this place, Live kitchen and amazingly decorated bar. Interiors of “The Tourist” have a class and gives delightful experience. It is one of the biggest property in the vicinity. It has been spread across two floors and a terrace. It has a fantastic view from its terrace.
Perfect place for those chilled out winter evenings. You could choose your destination and the Tourist radio would tell you about its specialty. Just loved everything from, the interiors to their management, to their furniture to their cutlery. Upon getting a seat on the second floor, we started admiring the ambiance before filling up our tummies.
Menu: Upon looking at the menu we discovered that the mocktails they offer have a very different range of ingredients compared to the ones we find in typical ones. The food here is well prepared and stunningly presented. “The Tourist” will give you best food experience from starters to its lavish desserts from around the globe.
What we had: For food, we ordered- Pinne Alfredo (Pasta). Everything was very nicely presented and tasted very good. It was perfectly seasoned which made it very pleasing to eat! It has a menu which serves delicacies from around the world. Try their Red Wine Sangria, it is a classic and super special as it comes across successfully. In mocktails, we relished Mimosa in Sparkles.
Service: The staff is humble, the service is great, they know the dishes and they know the industry. It is a well-informed staff with a professional approach of everything.
Recommendation: Overall, we believe Tourist Janpath although newly opened would be a tough competition for its rivals in CP. This restaurant truly stands out, not just by the hospitality of the staff or the awesomeness of the ambiance, but because of what makes restaurants running for a long time: the food. Highly Recommended.
Plot: The Alchemist is a story of young boy Santiago, a shepherd, who became a shepherd because he yearns of traveling the world. A boy who followed his aspiration and became a shepherd, despite the education which could allow him to become a priest, despite the trepidation of his parents. He aspires to travel so he chose to travel.
One day he had a dream, he could not understand the meaning of this dream So he went to a gypsy woman who could interpret dreams. She told him that his destiny is calling him, and his fate is to go to the Pyramids, Egypt to get the treasure of his life. He was thinking about his dream and what woman has told him when he met a man who called himself ‘The King of Salem’. He emboldens him to follow his dream, his destiny.
And from there begins his voyage. He sold his sheep, left his home place, took many perils and traveled from Spain to North Africa and then to Egyptian deserts. In his expedition, he learned many things and with the help of his learnings, he finally got his treasure.
My views: To start with, this is a short story (only 166 pages). One can finish it in a few days only.
As for my views, I have heard a lot about this book and this actually raised my expectations. And I believe this is the reason why I didn’t like the book much. I found the book very basic, maybe because I have read many quotes from the book on the internet, and then there was this famous Shahrukh Khan dialogue from the movie ‘Om Shanti Om’ which says “Kehte hai agar kisi cheez ko Dil se chaho to poori kainat use tumse milaane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai. All this made the book very basic and I found nothing new in it, so I never had that ‘wow’ moment from the book.
Philosophy, magic, mystery, all this is acceptable for me. In fact, book is an encouraging one, and galvanize reader to listen to their heart and follow their dreams.But as I said, despite all this, I didn’t find the book to be amazing.
Overall I found this book to be just fine.
Recommendations: If you want to get some encouragement to follow your dreams, to listen to your heart then this book is for you. I will definitely suggest this book to all those who feel little crestfallen in life, because this book gives one very convincing reason to follow your dreams.
We all need to be aware of our personal calling.
What is personal calling? It is God’s blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend.
Universe is conspiring in our favor.
Each man kills the thing he loves.
I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.
What’s the world’s greatest lie? It is this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.
What is a person’s destiny? It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is.
There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.
The soul of the World is nourished by people’s happiness. And also by unhappiness, envy and jealousy.
And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.
People learn, early in their lives, what is their reason for being. Maybe that’s why they give up on it so early too.
There was nothing to hold him back except himself.
God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you.
Making a decision was only the beginning of things.
We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.
In alchemy, it’s called the Soul of the World. When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force.
Life is the moment we’re living right now.
Go on in pursuit of your dream.
The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.
Wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love…the love that speaks the language of the World.
There is only one way to learn, it’s through action.
Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.
Fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.
Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.
How to Reach: Take auto-rikshaw from Qutb Minar Metro Station
Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
Opens: All weekdays
Cost: Entry Free
Rajon Ki Baoli also referred as Rajon ki Bain is a famous picturesque ‘baoli‘ or stepwell near Adham Khan’s Tomb in Mehrauli Archaeological Park of Delhi, India. A hidden subterranean treasure in the wilderness of Mehrauli Archaeological Park, this ‘baoli’ showcases a stone structure built for water; cool & serene under the hot Delhi sun.
The 16th-century Rajon ki baoli or Mason’s stepwell is so named because it was meant to be used by the rajmistries or masons. Located at one end of the Archaeological Park, the greenery and solitude gave the stepwell and the adjoining 12-pillared mosque a perfect ambiance. The inscription on the mosque says that this magnificent three-storeyed step well and these monuments were built by Daulat Khan in 1506 during the reign of Sikandar Lodhi. Obviously, Daulat Khan had built this stepwell keeping in mind the welfare of local people and the mosque for his own spiritual well-being. In the olden days, these baolis supplied drinking water to the area.
With four levels, each narrowing down as one descends towards the well, Rajon ki baoli boasts of a colonnaded arcade running along three sides of the stepwell. The internal rooms of the arcade once provided a cool retreat to passersby. The rectangular shape, symmetrical arches of the arcade, and incised plasterwork only add to the beauty of the stepwell. Alcoves in the walls used for burning lamps suggest that it must have been a place for social, cultural gatherings, a public space frequented even during night times. It is obvious that the baoli must have seen better days when the water-level was just a little below the third level. Today, the well is almost dry and whatever little water can be seen in the shaft below has garbage, dry leaves and plastic pouches floating in it. Despite this, the structure has managed to retain its dignity.
Finding it may get difficult but it is worth the exploration. Not advisable for early morning or evening visits as the anti-social elements are high.
Recommendations: Gazing into the giant well and snaking your way down the little staircases around this complex is an unforgettable experience! Do visit.
Are you a hungry student in this cashless society?
Well, we have something for the rumbling of your pitiable stomach.
With yet another semester rolling in, it is befitting to write about a salvaging passion for university students everywhere, a lingering question, that is never answered for good – what to eat? Actually, the question holds good for anyone.
At Delhi University’s North Campus, student hangouts come in all shapes and sizes. Let’s take a look at some of the easiest on pocket eateries located in and around North Campus.
Here are 5 delightful food joints in Delhi’s North Campus, the paradises priced ever so slightly on the higher side.
1. Maggi Maggi Maggi
Our first stop is a little roadside kiosk, Tom Uncle’s Maggi Point near Daulat Ram College. This place is what comes to a student’s mind when one talks about maggi. Maggi with all sorts of different varieties, which are around 20, is served here. This place is the legacy of Delhi University with undying taste and remarkable food quality even after so many years. This place has been popular for ages and is really cheap. Must visit if you are a really diehard lover of Maggi. A trip to north campus is always incomplete without eating from this Maggi point.
Where: Near Ramjas College, Maurice Nagar Chowk, North Campus, Delhi University,
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM
Cost: 80 per plate.
What not to miss: Every kind of Maggi they offer.
2. Flavor of the East
Our third stop is a small shack just opposite Patel Chest Institute. If you’re craving some crisp momos, then Mangal Lama’s ‘Momos’ is the place to be. With sweet and spicy tomato chutneys, Lama sells three varieties of momos — veg, non-veg, and paneer. Easily missed, this neatly tucked away eatery is just outside Patel Chest Institute. It’s run by a young boy. Though not so much a kiosk, it is essential with the mouth-watering variety of momos with spicy sauce and mayo that doesn’t tear a hole in your pocket.
Where: Near Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, North Campus, Delhi University,
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 7 PM
Cost: 20 per plate.
What not to miss: Paneer Momos
3. Nothing fails the Bhel
Our fourth stop is the bhelpuri joint owned by Sunil Sethi (52) sees a heavy rush from students of Miranda House, Shri Ram College of Commerce, St Stephen’s and Hansraj College. The two-decade-old joint is frequented by other people too owing to its strategic location near Vishwavidyala metro station. The stall opens at noon and closes at 7.30 in the evening.
Where: Near Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, North Campus, Delhi University,
Opening Hours: 12 PM to 7:30 PM
Cost: 25 per plate.
What not to miss: Bhelpuri, obviously!
4. The Dying Indian Biscuit
Our last stop is a Nan Khatai vendor, who sells Nan Khatai or Indian Shortbread cookies near Faculty of Arts. He has been selling cookies near Faculty of Arts ever since he was a teenager. He sells around 7-8 Kgs of cookies each day. What’s best is that it comes cheap and this suits DU students just too well. Popularly frequented by university students, the price range is too low. These soft crumbly nankhatais throw many back to a nostalgic trip down the memory lane.
Where: Near back gate of Faculty of Arts, North Campus, Delhi University,
Opening Hours: 12 PM to 6 PM
Cost: 20 for 50 g.
What not to miss: Biskoot
5. Chhole te Kulche
Our second stop is a little kiosk just off of Central Institute of Education, near Chhatra Marg. Though unnamed, this stall has stood its ground for nearly 20 years. The owner opens the eatery as early as 9:30 am, and then serves sumptuous chhole kulche up till evening. A plate of Kulcha comes with two coriander-sprinkled; butter greased fluffy Kulchas served with spicy Chhole. The Kulchas when eaten with the homemade pickle taste absolutely delicious. On many cool summer mornings, one finds regular customers sitting on the rickety benches at this anonymous stall, exchanging headlines from the paper while eating hot and spicy chhole kulche, served all day.
Where: Near Central Institue of Education, Chhatra Marg, North Campus, Delhi University,
Plot: ‘Wuthering Heights’ name of the house situated in Yorkshire, far away from the city, at heights where the Northern winds flow freely. In this house lives a family, ‘Earnshaws,’ Mr. and Mrs. Earnshaw with their two little children, Hindley the elder son of the family and Catherine their loving daughter.
Once Mr. Earnshaw went to Liverpool, for some work. But when he came back from there he didn’t come back alone, with him came a young boy. Mr. Earnshaw found him on the streets and could not leave him there so he brought him to their house. They named him Heathcliff. All three children grew together. But things were not so smooth Hindley and Heathcliff never gelled up together, they hated each other. But this hatred could not resist blooming the love between Heathcliff and Catherine.
But Catherine did not want to marry him, she wanted to marry a man with whom she can get status, money, power, prestige. She wanted a prince charming not a gypsy boy like Heathcliff. Knowing this Heathcliffe went away. No one knew where he lived for years. And in the meantime, Catherine got married to a young man Edgar Linton.
They were happy in their lives, together with living a content life when Heathcliff came back to Yorkshire. Heathcliff and with him came the feeling of vengeance. At any cost, he wanted Catherine for this, he took terrible steps, which ruined all and by that, I mean literally “All”. In this story Heathcliff’s love for Catherine killed Catherine. Not only Heathcliff and Catherine, his hatred ruined each and every person related to them. Be it Hindley, Linton, Linton’s sister or their children. This revenge was not limited to only one generation, in this epic story of love, envy and betrayal Heathcliff’s revenge devastated the life of their children too.
My views: This book is full of passion, love, envy, betrayal, and revenge. Each and every character depicts their emotions so powerfully, that the reader will be forced to feel with them. Every character has their own gray side. There is no such character about which one can say, “Oh! This character is good and wise.” The book shows the dark side of each character.
I loved how it is written, so strongly with full of passion and emotions.
In the beginning, I didn’t find the book to be very interesting, as I don’t read such gothic novels. But I didn’t want to leave this book for this reason and so I kept on reading it. In fact, every page was a constant battle of ‘Do I still want to read it or should I leave it here.’ For me, the book became addictive after Catherine died. It became addictive for me after that. I hated the characters, but still loved them. It was so real because I think in real life everyone has that gray side, everyone is self-obsessed somewhere, somewhere every person is selfish. And this novel shows how this self-centeredness destroyed lives of many.
A very different kind of novel. I usually don’t read such books, but the passion with which this book is written made me fell in love with it. Overall, I would say that I made a correct decision to keep reading it.
Recommendations: If you can handle too much of darkness or really want to try a revengeful yet a passionately written novel, then go for this book. You will find it worth a reading.
Ratings: I really enjoyed reading this book, so 5/5.
And I thought that to make book posts more fun, from now onwards I will add some of my favorite Quotes from the book. So here they are:
He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of his and mine are the same.
Two words would comprehend my future- death and hell: existence, after losing her would be hell.
If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eighty years as I could in a day.
The single pleasure I can imagine is to die, or to see him dead!
That is not my Heathcliff. I shall love mine; yet and take him with me: he’s in my soul.
I’m wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there: not seeing it dimly through tears, and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart: but really with it, and in it.
You loved me- then what right had you to leave me?
Because misery and degradation, and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict woUld have parted us, you of your own will, did it.
I love my murderer- but yours! How can I?
Incomparably beyond and above us all! Whether still on earth or now in heaven, her spirit is at home with God!
I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!
People feel with their hearts: and Since he has destroyed mine, I have not power to feel for him: and I would not.
On only one condition can I hope to forgive him. It is, if I may take an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth; for every wrench of agony return a wrench: reduce him to my level. But it is utterly impossible I can never be revenge, and therefore I cannot forgive him.
Oh, if God would but give me strength to strangle him in my last agony, I’d go to hell with joy.
Her anger was never furious; her love never fierce: it was deep and tender.
He’ll never let his friends be at ease, and he’ll never be at ease himself!
I’ll have her in my arms again! If she would be cold, I’ll think it is this north wind that chills me; and if she would be motionless, it is sleep.
You have left me so long to struggle against death alone, that I feel and see only death! I feel like death!
The more hurt she gets, the more venomous she grows.
My soul’s bliss kills my body but does not satisfy itself.
I have nearly attained my heaven, and that of others is altogether unvalued and uncoveted by me.
How to reach: Walking distance from Rajendra Place metro station.
Cost: No entry fee
Timings: Open all days. Sunrise to Sunset.
Why you should visit: The Prasad Nagar Lake is located in close proximity to the Karol Bagh district in the western part of Old Delhi. It is located in the west Karol Bagh area of Delhi. On a regular evening, you can find most locals residing in the surrounding areas going for their evening walks and enjoying the sunset. The park is home to several trees along with ducks quacking in the lake are a treat to watch. The lush green garden surrounded by shady trees makes it an apt picnic spot for both kids and families. This park is well maintained with its beauty of a Lake being surrounded with walk-away paths which are best for morning/ evening walks. The ducks here are an attraction for the kids feeding them with bread /dough can be a fun. Earlier boating was available at the lake by Delhi tourism but after some accidents, the boats have been taken back from the park. There are swings available at the park but are not in good condition for usage. The lake is nearby Kalindi College, University of Delhi. Students are often seen here as this place is a stress buster for them.
It is mostly known for the music festivals organized at the end of each year at its banks. The Delhi tourist development board also organizes special kayaking and canoeing festivals and training sessions here.
The Sharad Utsav: This Utsav is a much-acclaimed festival of Indian classical music, held every year at Prasad Nagar Lake in Delhi.
Sharad Utsav in Delhi is an annual festival that people of West Delhi look forward to. Organized by the Delhi Tourism Department, this festival showcases some of the finest Indian classical music and dance performances. The festival is organized every year with a view of promoting cultural activities in the bustling cosmopolitan city of Delhi.
The term ‘Sharad’ means winter season, and as the title of the festival suggests, Sharad Utsav Prasad Nagar Lake is celebrated each year in the winter season only. During the festival, various cultural activities are organized, including exclusive folk dance performances of Rajasthan. Quite popular among the Fairs and Festivals in Delhi, Sharad Utsav Festival in Delhi attracts a large number of music enthusiasts from far and wide and is also popular among the tourists visiting the city.
An amazing blend of tradition and modernity, New Delhi – The fairs and festivals celebrated in Delhi like the Sharad Utsav Prasad Nagar Lake showcases the rich and diverse cultural heritage that the city boasts of.
Time of Celebration of Sharad Utsav Prasad Nagar Lake
Sharad Utsav Prasad Nagar Lake, Delhi is celebrated every year in the month of December. This year it might happen between 16th December – 23rd December 2016.
Ambiance: Cha bar is located in Oxford Book Store!! Cha Bar is the very innovative cafe. Located inside the Oxford Bookstore, this place is difficult to find for the first timers who are visiting this cafe. The moment you climb the cute red stairway, you enter into a colorful, small beautiful section of the Bookstore cum cafe. This cafe remains crowded due to its reasonable prices. Once you enter this place you cannot help but smile at the array of books arranged by the aide and the lovely sitting place. Actually, the entrance is from Oxford bookshop which you can never imagine. When you enter the bookstore you’ll find very interesting two-wheeler out there and the very next step you take forward you’ll find a beautiful table decorated with flowers. At once, you feel the vibrancy of this place. It is loud but unlike a typical Dilliwala one. The loudness emanates from thousands of chatters & whispers around those tiny tables while one savors different varieties of tea, or cha if you prefer. This feels so good. While the idea of having a tea bar along a great bookstore is a sexy proposition, but we did not find many good books to choose from. And, yes, it is not a place to sit down and read over a cup of tea. Avoid that. Rather catch up with a friend or two at best, talk, chat and deliberate with delicious tasty tidbits along with a variety of tea to choose from.
Menu: Cha Bar is one of those iconic spots in Delhi which entertain you with more than 150 options when it comes to Tea/ Coffee along with snacks which compliment the flavor of the tea you’re having !! Tea is their specialty as the name says “cha”. The menu is prepared with more than merry coffee and tea options. They have a huge tea menu with Cha Bar, CP blend to Cha Hindustani, masala, cardamom, ginger, Bollywood masala and cutting cha, there is a distinct state flavor with Assam tea, Darjeeling tea, Nilgiri tea, Sikkim and Nepal tea. You can go green as well and try from their Green Darjeeling, Green Japanese, and Green Jasmine. The Indian herbal with the magic of herbs and magical incantations of Tulsi, Gulab, Ashwagandha and Anarphar take the experiment height the next mile. As an alternative herbal, one can cover a superb melody of flavors from red berries and lavender to Verbena and Chamomile. Every cup is packed with super fresh flavor. We were totally amazed to see the types of tea they serve. Light meals, finger food, and cakes are washed down with exotic teas at this book-lovers’ cafe. The food is brilliant at the price that it is served. It is insane, almost. The café has In-house library and a variety of teas. Food is delicious & absolute value for money.
What we had: Tried many tea cups but we picked Masala Chai worth INR 35 as it’s our favorite because of its earthiness. We had great expectations from the tea but it turned out to be a damp squib for us. We felt that the quality is going down as the tea was served cold and on complaining it was just reheated and served. Located in a prime location they must work on their quality.
Service: Service standards have taken a beating. Called three times for the bill. Service needs big improvement.
Recommendation: A merry place for book and CHAI-lovers. A place to snuggle with your favorite writings and have a peaceful self -time with little things to bite on your literary journey.