Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Back on the Road Again!

I honestly wonder how did I ever manage to travel 5 hours to get to the Hyderabad city. However, looking forward to my presence in Delhi now, I feel that traveling has become more or less a part of my daily routine. If I ever give it up I may feel useless and pity myself. I guess with a few bucks in pocket and an old Maruti 800 out for servicing; I  may soon grow hobbits' feet. But that's actually the fun part; for you cherish every moment of your journey outside your home (if you are doing something different and worth while).

Jammers United of Delhi etc.
My experience in Kunzum Cafe, has taken my twice back to Hauz Khas village again. Once on a Sunday; where I bumped into one of my friends initially from Hyderabad , and that experience lead me to the discovery of 'Jammers United of Delhi' sessions at deer park. Lucky to find guitar there itself, I was actually swept by the moment; for I never played along with a crowd before and found myself useful if not for singing then at least for strumming.

Hauz Khas ruins and Hauz Khas village
If you were ever an archaeology freak, you would love the Hauz Khas ruins; which currently surrounds the reservoir which is maintained with quite some elegance. The deer park is on other side; where you can actually check out the deers which my ancestors once used hunt for sport. The corridor structure of the ruins; is also pretty cool for people to hang out and spend some peaceful time.

The village is now a village just for the name. It is now filled with heritage cafes, antiquity shops and art galleries. I doubt a person can ever get bored in this area; there is loads of culture that Hauz Khas village and deer park has to offer. The books, photographs and posters date back to British India. And even though a book on Indian Architectural Art may cost 7000 Rs; it's still worth being flipped through. Old movie posters which were once hand painted are usually all over the antiquity shop; and heaps of old laminated maps and photographs lie there. If you know a person who understands art well, I suggest you take him/her along with you to the galleries; for the experience would be more fruitful. However; a few galleries are descriptive about their art works, and a few curators are kind enough to let you know what a painting really means. 

Short Movie Festival - filmbooth
What's important here is perhaps narrating an important story in a few minutes. And it's here that I found the directors of the screened short movies, successful in narrating from the actions more than the words. 

Youth Diaries visiting card
The best way to know more about a scene; whether it be short movies, or art galleries in hauz khas village, or hacking of social media networking sites is to let people know that you write for an online magazine and would like to cover their initiatives in an upcoming article. :) 


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