Delhi weekend events

Delhi weekend events-this magician puts the stage on fire, literally

One of these Delhi weekend events is about these Qawwals who have sung non-stop for 12 hours!

I hope you will like some of these events in Delhi.

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Delhi weekend events

 

Heritage and History Walks

 

  1. Red Fort Harem Stories- Badshahs, Begums, Princesses and the Concubines

 

One of the most exciting things to do in Delhi this week is to participate in a story-telling trip to the Delhi Red Fort.

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These Delhi weekend events are packed with fun and happy memories

If you ask me, this one of the most exciting events this weekend in Delhi; go check it out.

Trip  Details

This Delhi weekend event is different from the rest of the tours because it focuses on real stories around the people who lived in the Delhi Red Fort.

Red Fort Baoli
This is Nicholas Forage with his friends at the secret baoli in Red Fort Delhi. It alos served as a prison.

This Delhi Red Fort tour is structured in a logical, yet interesting format so that the participants go back home as more informed students of history.

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Lahori Gate- Red Fort
  1. We will understand the brief history of the Mughals and their relationship with the Chagtais and Timurids.
  2. The difference between a Sultan and a Badshah
  3. The Battles of Panipat and Khanua
  4. Babur and Humayun- their comparison
  5. The beautiful Gulbadan Begum and Humayun Nama
  6. Did Hamida Bano Begum really want to marry Humayun?
  7. Akbar and his relationship with his daughters and sisters
  8. Who was Jodhabai? Did she really exist?
  9. Akbar, Salim, and Anarkali- their true history as per English travelers
  10. The Jahangir- Khusro conflict; the tragic end of Manbai
  11. Noorjahan and her influence on the Mughal empire
  12. What was living in the Mughal harem like?
  13. Jahanara and Roshanara- two powerful women in the Mughal Empire
  14. Shahjahan, Aurangzeb, and Dara

    Salimgarh Museum
    Red Fort Delhi is also the site of a 3,000-year-old habitation
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These walls of Red Fort Delhi hide several secrets

Dates- All of November, December, and January. This event does not take place on Mondays and Gazetted Holidays such as the Republic Day etc.

Timings- 9 am-12 pm

Tickets- INR 1400 per person

Inclusions- Snacks + Beverages. Exclusions- Ticket price to Red Fort Delhi

To book your tickets, click here– http://go.eventshigh.com/dkp9

In case of any problem, please contact at 91-8851367241

  • Palace of the Dead – A Trip to Humayun’s Tomb

Wondering which things to do in Delhi this weekend? Well, we have a suggestion.

Why not make a trip to the Humayun’s Tomb, also known as the Palace of the Dead!

How is this Delhi weekend event different from the others?

Humayun Tomb
You can gaze and gaze upon this building for endless hours.

Unlike the other experiences, this trip dwells more upon historical events that were centered around the Mughals.

This trip is 99 % of stories and history. You can find a lot of details about this monument by reading various guidebooks and using Google.

Humayun Tomb
Feng Li and her friends fell in love with Humayun’s Tomb when they visited it this June

This is definitely one of the best Delhi weekend events.

But what about the stories?

A lot of research has been done on this trip and all stories are backed up by research and this is is the reason why this trip is unique.

Brief history

There is a fair bit of controversy about who made this UNESCO heritage building.

Humayun's Tomb
Humayun’s Tomb is a favorite destination for the photographers.

Was it the first wife of Humayun or did Hamida Banu, the mother of Akbar, commission this masterpiece.?

There are no inscriptions on the grave of Humayun either.

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The Humayun Tomb complex is rich in history and architecture

Then there is an account of a French traveler to India in the 19th century who says in his book that the Humayun’s Tomb was a Vishnu Temple originally.

Whatever be the truth, this building is indeed a traveler’s delight.

Who was Humayun?

The person who is supposedly buried in this tomb is Emperor Humayun, who was the son of Babur, the founder of the Mughal dynasty in India.

Dates- All of November, December, January, and February. This event does not happen on Mondays and Government holidays.

Timings- 3 pm-6 pm

Ticket Price- INR 1100. This price includes- snacks and beverages but excludes ticket cost to the monument.

To book your slot, please click here- http://go.eventshigh.com/nr4s

In case of any problem related to this Delhi weekend event, please contact at 91-8851367241

  1. The Angrez, The Sultan and The Pigs- Mehrauli Archaeological Park 

This 3-hour heritage walk is all about the enchanting history of Delhi and is surely one of the best Delhi weekend events that you have ever attended.

Mehrauli Archaeological Park
You will return from this trip happy and relaxed

                                                                        The Sultan 

We soak in the interesting facets of Delhi’s history in this 3-hour walk through the Mehrauli Archeology Park. The trip will rummage through the forgotten, not so forgotten and the unknown chapters of Delhi history.

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What secret does this building hold?

They say that whoever bows his head to this grave meets an untimely death? Whose grave is this? And why does this grave emit that heady aroma? Who is this Sultan who rests in this grave and why is he called the Dracula of Mehrauli?

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These corridors in Mehrauli have haunted tales to tell

The Angrez

This ‘Angrez’ (slang for Britisher) was one of the most colorful figures of his time.

Stationed as the Agent of the Empire in the court of the Emperor, this man lived an opulent life. He needled the Mughal Badshahs and the Begums and their Vazirs by having drunken parties in the tombs of high and mighty Mughals! Who was he? And how did he die?

Mehrauli Archaeological Park
Curious travelers gather in front of an ancient palace in Mehrauli Archaeological Park

The Djinns

Do you believe in Djinns? If you do, then be mindful of the attire you wear when you visit this tomb. There are spirits that may get attracted by your perfume that you are wearing so be mindful of that too!

Rajon ki Baoli
The amazing step well at Mehrauli

We will hear and ponder on these and many other stories!

The experience will also introduce you to the Tomar, Mughal and Turk monuments, and the significance of each one of them.

Quli Khan's tomb
Quli Khan Tomb that served as a resort for honeymooners

Lastly, the experience will touch upon an interesting subject- the controversial history of Lalkot.

This walk will be an interactive storytelling session.

Dates- All of November, December, January, and February

Time- 9 am-12 pm

Tickets- INR 1000 per person. Inclusions- Snacks + Beverage

Point of Assembly- Qutub Minar Ticket Counter

Link to book tickets- http://go.eventshigh.com/42rmm

Please contact at this number to know more- 91-8851367241

Delhi weekend events-Theatre

 

For those travelers who like attending theatres and plays, here is a short list of my favorite Delhi weekend events.

  • Khidki- Sri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg- November 26. Time- 4 p.m. Watch this delightful Hindi play about a writer who is facing a writer’s block and also has to meet a deadline. What happens next? Tickets- INR 50 onwards.
  • Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai-Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road- November 26. Time-4.30 pm. Relive your precious moments from your college days while watching this Hindi play. It is directed by Jay Prakash. Tickets- INR 250 onwards
  • Tenali Rama- Kalasthali Amphitheatre, Rezang La Marg, Bijwasan Road, Pocket G, Palam Vihar- November 25. Time- 6 pm. Finally, Gurgaon gets some theatre performances of its own. Watch this play with your kids and marvel at the wit and wisdom of Tenali Rama, the famous minister of Krishnadeva Raya of Vijaynagar. Tickets- INR 200 onwards.
  • Ram Bharose Marriage Bureau- Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi-November 25, Time-6.30 pm. Two lazy friends decide to open a marriage bureau to con people. What happens next? Tickets- 6.30 pm.
  • Kinarey- Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg- November 25, Time- 3 pm. Directed by Vicky Mahesari, this Hindi play is about a young Pakistani woman who is declared sterile by her community. One day, she decides to jump into the Jhelum river.
  • Bahut Basda Sawaal- Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg-November 26. Time-7.30 pm. One of the Delhi weekend events is this play which is a satire on the non-decision making habit by our rulers and other constitutional bodies. Tickets- INR 300/- onwards
  • Nicolai Friedrich Live-Orana Conventions, Sector 64, Golf Course Extension, Gurugram- November 26, Time- 6.30 pm. Watch the famous German magician Nicolai burn the stage with his experiments, charisma, and flair. Tickets- INR 590 onwards. Bring your kids along.
  • 10th Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival, Children’s Park, India Gate- November 25-25, Time- 10.30 am-5.30 pm. Does your child love reading and writing? Does he have a flair for creative writing? This event for kids and their moms helps the kids become storytellers and great writers. Entry is free.

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  1. Jis Ney Lahore Nahin Dekya, Woh Jamyai Nahi- India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Date- November 12. Time 7 pm. Hindi Drama. Directed by Arvind Gaur, this play is about a Muslim family that migrates to Lahore during the Partition and takes up residence in a haveli vacated by a Hindu family. Tickets- 100/, 200/-, 350/-
  2. Tansen-India Habitat Centre, Stein Auditorium, Lodhi Road. Date- November 11, Time- 7 pm. Directed by Govind Singh Yadav, this Hindi drama shares the interesting life history of the legendary singer, Tansen. Tickets- INRA 100-350
  3. A woman Alone- India Habitat Centre, Stein Auditorium, Lodhi Road. Date- November 12. Time-4 pm. This Hindi play relates the story of a woman who has to cope up with an abusive husband, a lover who is much younger, a peeping neighbor and a brother-in-law who is a pervert. Tickets- INR 100-350



Music Concerts

  1. Aarambh- ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate-November 29, Time- 6.15 pm. A new series of Hindustani vocal and classical music starts next week. Vocals by Tara Kannan, and Bharatnatyam by Ramaa Venugopalan.
  2. Anekanta- Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road- November 27, Time 7 pm. India Habitat Centre marks its 20th anniversary by inviting master dancer, Geeta Chandran, and her Natya Vriksha Company to perform. Geeta, through her dance, will recite the tale of the King of Lanka, Ravan, who was also an exemplar Shiva Bhakt.
  3. Jashn-e-Qawwali- Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg-November 25.Time- 6.30 pm. Tune into the breathtaking performance of the Qutbi brothers who hold a world record for performing Qawwali 12 hours continuously. Tickets-INR 300 onwards
  4. Sa Maa Pa Sangeet Sammelan 2017- Kamani Audi, Copernicus Marg-November- 24-26, Time- 6.30 pm. Enjoy the breathtaking performances by Bahauddin Dagar, Vijay Shankar Mishra, Manju Mehta, Bhajan Sopori, Vinayak Torvi, Kalapini Komkali, Saef Naeem Ali , Chetan Joshi and many other great artists. Entry is free.

Other Delhi weekend events

  • India Art Festival Festival, 2017- Enjoy Various forms of art at the Tyagaraj Stadium, INA Colony. This festival is on till November 26. Time- 11 am- 7.30 pm.
  • The Hugs Workshop  Click here to know more. Attend this workshop if you want to hug a stranger.

 

How to book your favorite Delhi weekend events?

Click these websites to directly book your tickets;

  1. India Habitat Centre 
  1. Akshara Theatre  

  2. Alliance Francaise

  3. Kamani Auditorium 

That’s it folks for now. Please let us know any other interesting  Delhi weekend events. You may call me at 8851367241 or mail me at swayamt@gmail.com



Bye for now.

Red Fort Delhi History Timings Stories and Secrets of Kings and Begums

Red Fort Delhi is a treasure chest of tales if only, you and I cared to stop and listened to its stones. As a frequent traveler to this fort, I have paused at its gates, and in its rooms and wondered about the enchanting history of this monument.

 

Red Fort Delhi
After centuries of rule by the Mughals over this Fort, our national flag flutters proudly atop the Lahore Gate

The Red Fort Delhi stories

 

I do not want this post to be a travel guide; this post will be more about the history of Red Fort and its most famous inhabitants-the Mughals.

While I will introduce you to the various monuments of Red Fort Delhi, I shall also tell you the various events associated with them.

I hope you enjoy these stories.

Veil of the Bride

 

Visitors enter the Red Fort Delhi via the Lahore Gate. This gate faces the city of Lahore in Pakistan.

Now you will wonder about the nomenclature of this gate. No? Well, in the earlier days, Lahore was very much a part of Mughal India and was an important city. Lahore was also the springboard for any military campaigns directed at Afghanistan. At that time, Afghanistan was called Kandhar. Invaders headed to India had to conquer Kandhar first.

Well, in the earlier days, Lahore was very much a part of Mughal India and was an important city. It was also the springboard for any military campaigns directed at Afghanistan. At that time, Afghanistan was called Kandahar and invaders headed to India had to conquer Kandhar first.

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When the Red Fort first came up in 1648, the Lahore Gate used to face Chandni Chowk. But, when Aurangzeb assumed power in 1659, he changed the direction of this Gate by 90 degrees. The new Emperor wanted to twist the approach to the Fort.

 

Upon hearing this change in alignment, Shahjehan, the father of Aurangzeb, wrote a moving letter to Aurangzeb. He was in the captivity of his son at that time. Among other things, Shahjehan lamented that this change was like a putting a veil on the face of a bride.

Red Fort Delhi Fact #1

 

Did you know that Shahjahan was imprisoned by his third son Aurangzeb after the latter defeated Dara Shukoh in a battle?  Dara was the elder son of Shahjahan and was next in line to become the Emperor. Aurangzeb kept his captive father in the Agra Red Fort.

Meant for bows and arrows, not guns

 

The Red Fort walls are bows and arrows based defensive structures. These battlements were not adapted for guns and canons. This is surprising because the Mughals had introduced the artillery in India way back in 1526. In that year, the Mughals had defeated the Lodhis in the first battle of Panipat.

Watch this excellent video to appreciate the history of the Mughals:

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I think that when Shahjahan built this Fort in 1648, he thought that there won’t be any attacks to his palace for a long time. He was clever and industrious and had brought a large part of India under his control. During Shahjahan’s time, the Mughal Empire was quite secure from external attacks.

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Clearly, the walls are not meant for guns and canons

When Aurangzeb came to power in 1659, initially he faced very little opposition from his enemies. However, after 15 years of his rule, Aurangzeb realized that he was not secure from external attacks. Tearing down the fort walls was impossible so he decided to change the direction of the gate.

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Meena Bazaar- the Mall of Lust

 

Just as you enter the Red Fort Delhi, you are greeted by two rows of shops. This is a medieval era bazaar and has survived more than 360 years of turmoil. The name of this market is Chhatta Bazaar and has a very interesting history behind it.

Chhatta Bazaar
In the good old days, this bazaar was the pride of the Mughal Empire

Unconfirmed reports say that this roofed market in the Red Fort came into being after Shahjahan saw a market like this in Peshawar.

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Avenue de’ luxury

The Chhatta Bazaar was also called Meena Bazaar in the earlier days. Do you know why? It is said that during the 9 days of Nauroz, only the ladies belonging to the elite of the Mughal Empire could set up their stalls here. The only male who could come here and shop was the Emperor himself. The Emperor used to haggle a lot with the beautiful ladies in this bazaar. It also was a good opportunity for him to entice some of them to his harem.

Forbes says that Shahjahan gifted his wife one of the most expensive gifts of all time.

Much more than a mere mall

 

The Meena Bazaar or the Chhatta Bazaar was much more than a small time market. The Mughals used this mall to impress the visiting envoys with their opulence. On display in this market were some of the finest materials that the world had seen- perfume, spices, bullion, textiles, muslin etc.

Bangles
The Chhatta Bazaar is no longer a luxury mall now. Shops sell trinkets here now such as these bangles

From Agra to Delhi


One thing has always puzzled me; why did the Mughals shift their capital from Agra to Delhi? They were quite settled in Agra which gave them strategic space to fan out in the rebellious Deccan and Rajputana. Shahjahan did not face any significant threat from his enemies for most of his rule so what made him go 250 kilometers up north?

Shahjahan’s dad, Jahangir

 

Our Red Fort Delhi story begins with Jahangir. I could have started with Akbar and Humayun but their connection with this monument is very indirect. I would dwell on them some other day in this post.

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Salim, also known as Jahangir, was an unworthy successor to Akbar. Image Creds: Forbes

Jahangir was an indolent man. Probably, Salim (Jahangir) in his later years, did not want to come to this world at all. Mughal records say that his mother, could not conceive him for many years until she was pressed into the service of Salim Chishti. We do not know about the nature of service that she performed but, her child was duly named after the Sufi saint.

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Salim grew up to be an indolent man. He was an opiate and a heavy drunkard. God knows how he picked up these bad habits. Salim had a weak spirit and a weaker mind and was quite unlike his father in many respects.

The affair of Khusro- Part 1

 

Akbar preferred Khusro over Salim as his successor. But, who was Khusro?

Khusro was one of the sons of Salim. The latter had other sons as well and one of them was Khurram, but right now we will talk only about Khusro.

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Khusro lies buried in this garden tomb at Allahabad, India Image Creds: Wikipedia

When Akbar fell sick, he thought of anointing Khusro as his successor. To Akbar, Khusro was an ideal successor. He was handsome, industrious, clever and clever. Akbar thought that Khusro would manage the Mughal Empire well. Akbar;s close confidantes did not think that way, however.

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However, things did not go the way as Akbar had planned. Akbar’s close relatives forced him to change his mind and ultimately, Salim succeeded Akbar upon the latter’s death in 1605.

The affair of Khusro- Part 2

 

Khusro had a Hindu mother and a Muslim father. His mother was a Rajput and belonged to Amber. His father, Jahangir was, of course, the son of Akbar.

This extraordinary man was handsome, well-spoken and tactful. He had several followers but none of them gave him sound advice.

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One of the pillars supporting the terrace of Diwan-e-Aam, or Hall of Public Audience

When Jahangir ascended the throne after his father’s death, the latter decided to keep a close watch on Khusro. One day, the son came up to Jahangir and asked for permission to visit Akbar’s tomb. Jahangir agreed readily to his son’s request but decided to keep an eye on him. Khusro left the Agra Fort accompanied by 300 soldiers and reached Sikandra, where his grandfather was buried. After praying at the grave of Akbar, Khusro left for Mathura which is 50 kilometers from Agra.

The spies duly informed Jahangir of Khusro’s moves.

After spending some time at Mathura, Khusro left for Delhi, 200 kilometers from Mathura. From Delhi, Khusro and his train departed for Punjab, where he met Guru Arjan Dev.

Clearly, Khusro had something in his mind.

Jahangir-Khusro faceoff

 

All this while, Jahangir was tracing Khusro. He finally cornered his wayward son in Lahore. Khusro, at that time, was trying to capture the Lahore Fort.

A battle ensued between the father and son and ultimately Jahangir defeated Khusro.

Khusro was imprisoned and brought to Delhi along with his supporters. They were lined up on both sides of the main street in Delhi and later impaled alive. Khusro was made to watch this spectacle.

Manbai’s dilemma

 

All this while, Manbai, the mother of Khusro was confused. She could not decide whether her husband, Jahangir was right or whether Khusro needed to be supported by her.

One fine day, she consumed a lot of opium and committed suicide. Manbai was sad at the turn of events unfolding in the Mughal household.

The Noorjahan saga

 

The story of Red Fort Delhi would be incomplete without Noorjehan or Noorjahan who was Jehangir’s wife.

Salim or Jehangir was a prisoner of her charms and did all that what was told to him by her. He was her virtual prisoner, so the records say.

Noorjehan was the only Mughal empress to have coinage struck in her name.[5] She was often present when the Emperor held court, and even held court independently when the Emperor was unwell. The Empress was given charge of his imperial seal, implying that her perusal and consent were necessary before any document or order received legal validity. The Emperor sought her views on most matters before issuing orders.(Creds- Wikipedia)

Noorjehan was already in her 30’s when she married the Mughal Emperor, Jahangir. He was her second husband; her first husband, Sher Afghan, was killed in a duel.

Some people say that he was killed on the orders of Jahangir, who was jealous of Sher Afghan.

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Noorjehan already had a child, Ladli Begum who was fathered by Sher Afghan, when she entered the harem of Jahangir.

The Conspiracy

 

Sometime after her marriage, Noorjehan and Jahangir ran into opposition by some old Akbar faithful courtiers like Mahabat Khan. The old noble had served Akbar well but thought that Jahangir was unworthy of the Mughal throne.

You will be surprised to know that the Khan was once the Commander-in-Chief of the Mughal Army during Jehangir’s rule. So why did Mahabat revolt against his Emperor?

It is said that many Mughal nobles in Jehangir’s court felt insecure at seeing the rapid rise of this man from Persia.And you know what happens in these cases. Some of the jealous nobles told the Queen that Mahabat Khan was acting pricey and did not respect the royal family.

What do you think, Noorjehan did to counter Mahabat Khan?

(To be continued)

How to reach Red Fort Delhi– Delhi Metro offers excellent connectivity to this place. You can take a Metro from Rajiv Chowk or any other station in Gurgaon. Get off at the Chandni Chowk Metro Station and take a rickshaw.

You can also take a Metro from Mandi House and get down at the Red Fort Metro station.

Red Fort Delhi Timings– Open on all days, except Mondays. Timings- 9.30 am -6 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

These events in Delhi NCR will refresh you for the next week

These events in Delhi NCR  are all about story telling, history walks and trips to haunted places. Also lined up is an event that takes you to pre-historic site in Delhi

If you are a history fan and want to know more about the 100, 000-year-old past of Delhi, then you have come to the right destination. We promise that after attending these events, you will come back for more such interesting stories.

Over the past few months, India Travel Blog has escorted many travelers from abroad in history walks and various events.Some of them are featured above and sure, they look happy and excited.

If you are planning to travel to India shortly, don’t miss these events in Delhi NCR this week.

Red Fort Stories- of Badshahs and their Concubines

 

One of the events in Delhi NCR  is about the fantastic stories of the Mughal dynasty that ruled Delhi. This event will cover the following sessions:

  1. The Mughal Harem- what was it like. A harem is a place where all the ladies used to live together.
  2. The status of the Mughal women in the Harem; were they sex slaves or normal humans?
  3. Famous Four- Noorjahan, Mumtaz, Jahanara, and Roshanara- their lives, and loves
  4. Father and Son- The Jahangir/ Akbar and Jahangir/ Khurram conflicts
  5. The tragedy of being a mom- Manbai and her times
  6. Did Jodhabai really exist? If yes, what was her real entity?
  7. The tragic story of Khusro, the grandson of Akbar who would never be the Mughal Emperor
  8. Castrated, but powerful enough- The Nazirs of the Mughal Harem. The harem was guarded by eunuchs, did you know that?
  9. The Princess who held her own Litfests in the Red Fort !who was she?
  10. Malls of Lust- The Meena Bazaar Tales
  11. Roll Call- All stand-up! The Dewan-e-Aam Spectacle.

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Of course, we shall go around the Red Fort premises and share all the above hauntingly beautiful stories among ourselves.

We will also go to the ancient Salimgarh Fort which was the imperial jail for the Mughals.

Do you know that the spirit of a long dead Mughal princess roams around in this prison?Who is she?

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The Meena Bazaar of Red Fort

Venue- Red Fort Ticket Counter

Dates- July 15,17,19,21,23,25,27, 29, 31

Time- 9 AM-12PM.

Time of Assembly- 8.45 AM

Price- Rs. 1,200 per adult. Kids below 10 years will not be charged. Please note that this price includes snacks (tea/coffee/samosa/ cold drink).

Snacks shall be provided by me.

Kindly buy the ticket to the monument by yourself. 

The Angrez, The Sultan, and The Pigs

 

One of the events in Delhi NCR this week happens in the Mehrauli Archeological Park.

Do you know that this Park has monuments which are thousands of years old?

We cover the following destinations on this trip:

 

Mehrauli Archeological Park
We assure you will go back with happy memories
  1. Visiting the haunted palace of  Sultan Balban and listening to his fantastic story
  2. Balban and his relationship with his masters and subjects.
  3. The concept of Sultanate and its relationship with the Caliph of Baghdad and Turkey
  4. The origin of the Slave dynasty in Delhi
  5. Who were the Tomars and why did they lose to the Turks?
  6. Did Prithviraj Chauhan really rule Delhi?
  7. Yoginipura, Mehrauli, and Delhi- exploring the relationship between these three settlements
  8. The arrival of the East India Company
  9. The colorful character of Mr. Thomas Metcalfe, his lives and times
  10. Fact and Fiction- the ‘haunted’ tomb of Jamali. But who was Kamali?
  11. The ancient water ‘cafes’ of Delhi-why were they made?
  12. Stories of Jealousy- the Adham Khan affair
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    Listen to the hauntingly beautiful stories of Mehrauli

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    The Mehrauli Archeological Park has started getting  foreign visitors also

And yes, like all the other events in Delhi NCR, this one too will involve a lot of walking, climbing etc so please wear hiking boots or sports shoes.

Excitement guaranteed!

Venue- Mehrauli Archeological Park, Delhi (Near Qutub Minar)

Point of Assembly- Qutub Minar Metro Station

Time of Assembly- 8.45 AM

Duration- 9AM-12PM

Dates-July-2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30.

Price- Rs. 1,200 per adult. Kids below 10 years come free. Please note that this price includes snacks (tea/coffee/samosa/ cold drink). Snacks shall be provided by me.

Entry to this monument is free. 

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The Palace of the Dead

 

This event will take you to Humayun Tomb, one of the most beautiful structures in Delhi. The event details are:

  1. The start of the Mughal dynasty in India
  2. Babur and Humayun- a study in contrast
  3. Gulbadan Begum and her times
  4. Humayun and his harem
  5. The Shah of Iran meets Humayun what happens next?
  6. Hamida or Baga- who commissioned Humayun  Tomb?
  7. Is Humayun really buried here? Controversies and more controversies
  8. The mystery behind the Barber’s Tomb
  9. The concept of milk brothers or kokas.
  10. The concept of Badshahat and how different is it from Sultanate
  11. Dara.O Dara!
  12. This King had 700 wives, who was he?Humayun Tomb

Venue- Humayun Tomb Ticket Counter

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A group of young Taiwanese students has fun inside the Humayun Tomb premises

If you want to read more on Humayun and his times, please click here: http://asi.nic.in/asi_monu_whs_humayuntomb.asp

How to reach Humayun’s Tomb- The nearest Metro Station is that of Lajpat Nagar. From there, take an autorickshaw or Uber.

Time of Assembly 3.45 PM

Duration- 2 hours, 4-6 PM

Dates- July- 2,4,6,8,10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

Price Rs. 1,200 per adult. Kids below 10 years come free. Please note that this price includes snacks (tea/coffee/samosa/ cold drink). Snacks shall be provided by me.

Kindly buy the ticket to the monument by yourself. 

2-day trip to Bhangarh Fort

 

If you like visiting haunted destinations, then this event is for you.

We go on a 2-day trip to the haunted fort of Bhangarh in Alwar.

Bhangarh is a medieval era fort and is a very interesting place for people interested in spirits and ghosts. Locals say that there are many spirits which live inside this fort. Would you like to interact with them?

Of course, we will not stay within the fort. Our stay will be at a hotel nearby.

The duration of the trip is just 3 hours from Delhi.

Date of the event- July 29, 2017- July 30, 2017

Start time- 7 am July 29. Finish time- 10 pm, July 30.

Charges per head- Rs. 5,000 per head. This figure includes cost of travel, and hotel stay.

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Other events in Delhi NCR

 

Theatre

 

  • Ashadh ka Ek Din, (Hindi Drama) Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg. Kalidas falls in love with Mallika, a girl who lives in the mountains. What happens next? This play was written several decades ago by Mohan Rakesh. Date- July 28. Time- 4 pm/ 7.30 pm. Tickets- INR 15/250/350/550
  • Chakravyuh, (Hindi Drama), Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg. This is the thirteenth day of the Mahabharat War and Abhimanyu is trapped in a Chakravyuh. Director- Atul Satya Kaushik. Date- July 29. Time- 4pm/7pm. Tickets- Rs. 200
  • Kaali Shalwar, (Hindi Drama), Shri Ram Center, Safdar Hashmi Marg. Directed by Atul Satya Kaushik, this play narrates the tale of Sultana, a prostitute, who is determined to break the stereotypes around her profession. Date- July 30. Time- 4pm/7pm. Tickets- Rs. 200/- 
  • The Cabuliwala ( English drama), Akshara theater, Baba Kharak Singh Marg. This play is an adaptation of Rabindra Nath Tagore’s Kabuliwala which tells the story of the friendship between 5-year old Mini and Rehman, a much older man from Afghanistan.Date- July 29. Time- 7pm.Tickets- Rs. 250/ 150
  • Abducted, ( English drama), Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg. A young woman is kidnapped by two men and is held hostage in a small room by her abductors. They are demanding ransom of more than a million dollars from her father. If you are a fan of thriller drams, then go watch this one. Director- Jalbala Vaidya. Date- July 30. Time- 6.30 pm. Tickets-Rs. 250

Lapsed events

  • 2 Shades of Life, Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate. This Hindi play is about 6 Indians who steal a valuable piece of art in Antigua.By the time when they return to their hideout, the painting is gone. What happened to the painting? Date- July 15. Time- 6. 15 pm. Tickets- Rs. 100/-
  • Love ka Overdose, Hindi Comedy, Sri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg. Adam and Eve start their journey, not from Eden but Haryana. What happens next? Date- July 14, Time- 7 pm. Tickets- Rs. 500/200
  • Bali ( Hindi Drama), LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg. Written by Girish Karnad, this Hindi play tries to explore te connection between violence and religion. Date- July 16, Time- 4 pm. Tickets- Rs. 500/ 100
  • Baap re Baap ( Hindi comedy), Alliance Francaise. Things get funny when Babu Banarasidas goes missing from his house one fine day. Director- Amar Sah. Date- July 15. Time- 6 pm. Tickets-Rs. 500-200
  • The Cabuliwala ( English drama), Akshara theater, Baba Kharak Singh Marg. This play is an adaptation of Rabindra Nath Tagore’s Kabuliwala which tells the story of the friendship between 5-year old Mini and Rehman, a much older man from Afghanistan.Tickets- Rs. 250/ 150
  • Broadcast at Oddbird  Theater, 100 feet road, Dhan Mill Compound, Chhattarpur. This event will broadcast the happenings around Partition. It will be a spinechiiling event as all these broadcasts actually happened in 1947. Relive the days of the Partition. Date- July 14-16. Time- 10 pm. Tickets- Rs. 500
  1. Hamlet (Hindi), Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House. This play is a part of the Summer Theater Festival. Director- K. Madavane. Date- June 23. Time- 7 pm.
  2. Deewangee( Hindi thriller), Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road. A young businessman is introduced to a popular singer, Sargam by a music magnate, Ashwin. The next day, Ashwin is found murdered in his house. Whodunit? Director- SP Singh Sengar. Date- June 25. Time- 7 pm. Tickets- Rs. 300/-
  3. Bharat Mata ki Jai ( Hindi drama), India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road. Who is Bharat Mata- this was one of the top concerns of the noted filmmaker, Khwaja Ahmed Abbas. Watch this drama and get the answer to this question yourself. Director- Lokesh Jain. Date- June 25, Time- 7.30 pm. Tickets- Rs. 500/350/200
  4. Log Baag ( Hindi drama), IHC, Lodi Road. A delightful play comprising 8 stories of Chekov, all woven together, this play is a must watch. Director- Arvind Gaur. Date- June 24. Time- 7.30 pm. Tickets- Rs. 100/-
  5. Hello Darling (Hindi comedy), Mavlankar Auditorium, Sansad Marg. This one is a laugh riot where a couple is trying to outsmart each other with the help of a maid. Director-Yogesh Sanghvi. Date- June 25. Time-7.30 pm. Tickets- Rs. 2500-250/-
  6. Dayashankar Ki Diary ( Hindi drama), Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate. Dayashankar, a small town simpleton, tries to carve out a living in Mumbai. Director- Krishna Kant. Date-June 25. Time- 5pm.Tickets- Rs. 300/-
  7. Baap re Baap ( Hindi comedy), Alliance Francaise. Things get funny when Babu Banarasidas goes missing from his house one fine day. Director- Amar Sah. Date- June 24. Time- 6 pm. Tickets-Rs. 300/-
  8. Chhutti (Hindi comedy), The Stein Audi, IHC, Lodhi Road. A story within a story within a story within a story; this play is all about intermingling stories. Director- Ashish Ghosh. Date- June 24, Time- 7.30 pm. Tickets-Rs. 500/200-

Screenings

 

If you are a movie fan, then these events in Delhi NCR are all about movies.

  1. The Darwin Puzzle– IHC, Lodhi Road. Based on the life of Charles Darwin, this play is directed by Radhika Chandrashekhar. Date-June 29. Time- 7 pm.
  2. Plastic Cow- Gulmohar Hall, IHC, Lodhi Road. Even cows are getting affected by plastic and how? Director- Kunal Vohra. Date- June 23. Time- 7 pm.
  3. History of Yoga- Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Janpath. This film explores the 6,000-year old history. It also understands its significance in Harappa Civilization, Vedic age, and the medieval history of India. Directors- Deepika and Ramji. Date- June 23. Time- 5.30 pm.
  4. 23-F (Spanish with English sub-titles), Instituto Cervantes, Hanuman Road, near Connaught Place. This movie is a docu-drama about the failed coup that nearly brought the fledgling Spanish democracy down. Date- June 25. Time- 4.30 pm.

 

I shall update you on more events in Delhi NCR shortly. Hope you enjoy the above-listed ones.

Important links for booking your tickets:

  1. Alliance Francaise- delhi.afindia.org
  2. India Habitat Centre- indiahabitat.org
  3. Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra- thekendra.com 
  4. Akshara Theatre, New Delhi- https://www.facebook.com/AksharaTheatreNewDelhi

 

Events in Delhi NCR that have expired 

Screenings
  1. Opera at Habitat Series-Saint Saens’Samson et Dalila ( French with English subtitles), IHC, Lodhi Road. Date- June 12. Time- 7 pm.
  2. Berthe Morisot- (French with English subtitles), ML Bhartia Audi, Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate. Date- June 15. Times- 6.30 pm. Director- Caroline Champetier
  3. The Distinguished Citizen (Spanish), IHC, Lodhi Road. Date- June 14. Time- 7 pm. Directors- Gaston Duprat, Mariano Cohn
  4. European Union Film Festival 2017, Siri Fort Auditorium 2, Siri Institutional Area, Asian Games Complex. Date- June 9-15. Entry on First Come First Served Basis.

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    India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road

Theater

1.Chandragupta– Hindi Drama, Shriram Center, Safdar Hashmi Marg

Directed by Varun Sharma, this play takes you through the lives and times of Chandragupta Maurya. If you have youngsters at home, then take them to this historical play and introduce them to India’s glorious past.

Tickets- Rs. 150/300. Date- June, 2. Time- 7 pm.

  1. Big B- Hindi Drama, Shriram Center, Safdar Hashmi Marg

This play is about two English-educated brothers, who speak in Hindi. Kamta Prasad and Samta Prasad have opinions on almost every subject under the sun whether it is politics, cricket, Bollywood or even gulli-danda. Directed by Dr. M. Sayeed Alam and Niti Phool, this play is a laugh riot.

Tickets- Rs. 300-500. Date-June, 3, Time- 7.30 pm.

 

Entry is free. Date- June 3 and 4. Time- 7 pm.

  1. Kauwa Chala Hans Ki Chaal- Hindi DramaMuktadhara Auditorium, Bhai Veer Singh Marg, Gole Market

Jamrood Singh wins Rs. 100 crores in a contest and now wants to become Raja Jamrood Singh Kunwar. He wants to lead a good life and starts copying the other rich people around him. What happens next? This play is directed bu Shyam Kumar and will leave you in splits.

Entry free. Date- June 7, Time- 7 pm.

  1. Yeh Kotheywaliyan- Hindi Drama, Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road

It is so easy to cast aspersions on ‘women of easy virtue’. This play, directed by Rajesh Tiwari, explores our hypocrisy towards prostitutes and courtesans.

Tickets- Rs. 300-500. Date- June 3, Time- 6.30 pm

Music and Dance

 

1.Dance Recital- IHC, Lodhi Road

Bharatnatyam dance performance by Divya Shiva Sundar. She will perform traditional Margam in Shringara rasa.

Date- June, 8. Time- 7 pm.

  1. Duet Music Performance, IHC, Lodhi Road

Hindustani classical music performance by Dhiman Chowdhury and sarod player, Mohit Pal.

Date- June 6, Time- 7 pm

3. Kuchipudi- Stein Auditorium, IHC

‘Storytelling through Kuchipudi’- a performance by Yamini Reddy

https://youtu.be/QhZ3NX8jJvo
Date- June 9, Time- 7 pm

Please make the payments for the music and dance events at the respective venues, I am not collecting them on their behalf.

Do you have information on any other events in Delhi NCR this week?Please write back to me and I shall surely list your event here.

Thank you, folks, hope to see you one of these days.

 

Delhi Events in May 2017-Plays, Workshops, Travel and Much More

Check out this post on the various Delhi Events in May 2017. Find out the most exciting places for eating and entertainment. Unwind yourself by attending art and culture events, dramas and gigs.

Basically, have fun!

Delhi Events in May 2017
Kamani Auditorium

If you want to contribute to this list of Delhi Events in May 2017, write to me at swayamt @gmail.com and we will include in your choice in our next update.

The top Delhi Events in May 2017

Hot Gigs

1.Saturday Anthem with DJ Nyk, Privee

Nyk is a popular DJ in the Bollywood circuit. This Saturday, he brings the house down with his performance at Privee‘. Saturday performances at this club are some of the craziest gigs and sure, you can check this one up with your err..girlfriend.

Time- 10 pm onwards. Date- May 6

2. Kalpnik Bass Live with DJs Kalpnik, Gags, and Japs, Privee

Even as I am writing this, my Grammarly account is auto-correcting me all the time. Anyways, if you have missed your increments this month, dissolve your worries in this Privee event.

Time-10 pm, Date- May 5

Theatre

3. 1500 ka Dost (Hindi drama), Akshara theater, Baba KharakSingh Marg

Rediscover the meaning of friendship in this intense drama by Vayam Performing Arts Society. You know where this theater is, don’t you? It is just next door to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

Time- 4 pm and 7 pm, Date- May 7. Tickets- Rs. 200/-

4. Alice &Krishna in Wonderland (English drama), Akshara theater

A quirky take on Lord Krishna and  Alice of Alice and Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Director Jalabala Vaidya sure has a knack of cooking up weird and quirky dramas.

Time- 6.30 pm, Date-May 6. Tickets- Rs. 250, 150

Delhi Events in May 2017
Gopal Sharman and Jalabala Vaidya of Akshara Theater

5. Toba Tek Singh (Hindi drama), Amphitheater, IHC, Lodi Road

My list of Delhi Events in May 2017 would be incomplete about this Toba Tek Singh do.

Bishan Singh is an inmate of a Lahore asylum and has to be transferred to India following an agreement between India and Pakistan. Toba Tek Singh was written by Saadat Hussain Manto in 1955 as a satire on Indo-Pak relations. This play is directed by Sunil Rawat.

Delhi Events in May 2017
Saadat Hussain Manto

Time- 7.30 pm, Date-May 5.  Tickets-Rs. 200

6. Chidiya aur Chand (Hindi drama), Shri Ram Center, Safdar Hashmi Marg

How is it like to come to terms with one’s life’s reality? Soak in this experience by attending this play directed by Vikas Bahri.

Time- 6 pm, Date- May 6. Tickets- Rs. 500, Rs. 200

7. Kaali Shalwar (Hindi drama), Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg

Sultana wants to wear a particular dress on Moharram and all hell breaks loose. Why? Sultana is a prostitute. Directed by Atul Satya Kaushik, this play will move to tears.

Time- 6 pm. Date-May 7. Tickets- Rs. 500, Rs. 200.

8. Run for your life (English comedy), Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate

Sabby Gill is one hell of a con guy. He manages two wives because of the precise schedule that he follows as a taxi driver. But one day, his luck runs out because of an accident. What happens next?

Director- Rishi Mehta.

Time-6 pm. Date- May 7. Tickets Rs. 500/-

9.Khamosh Adalat Jari Hai (Hindi drama), IHC, Lodhi Road

Directed by Sunil Rawat, this play touches upon various issues like gender divide, hypocrisy, unfulfilled desires etc.

Time- 7.30 pm. Date- May 7. Tickets Rs. 200/-

10. Pakistan aur Alzheimer’s (Alliance Francaise), Lodhi Estate

A 90-year-old buzurg recalls his years in the pre-Partition years in a confused and haphazard way. This gentleman  suffers from Alzheimer’s’, ha ha ha. Director- Saleem Shah

Time- 7 pm. Date- May 7. Tickets- Rs. 500

Adventure

11. Exploring Lalkot, the City of Love, Chivalry, and Betrayal

Take a walk om the ancient walls of Lalkot, the second city of Delhi with me. The walk starts at 7 am and would take you through some of the unknown parts of Delhi. Would you like to take part in this adventure? Write to me and we will plan something fantastic.

Delhi Events in May 2017
The ruins of Lalkot

Music & Dance

This list of Delhi events in May 2017 will have to include these two performances:

12. Summer Ballet Festival 2017, Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg

This Bhartiya Kala Kendra Festival will showcase four dance dramas- Meera, Karna, Durga, and Khajuraho. I shall definitely go there, will you?

Date- May 5, 6, 11, and 12.

To check schedules of these programs, click here > http://www.kamaniauditorium.org/

13. A Tribute to Kishori Amonkar, Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri

Legends Girija Devi, Mithilesh K. Jha, and Pandit Vinay Mishra pay a musical tribute to one of our music goddesses, Kishori Amonkar. This event is brought to you by SPIC-MACAY and IGNCA.

Time- 6.30 pm, Date-May 5.

Please watch this video and appreciate the genius of this Devi!

 

 

 

 

Delhi events in April and May- For all those interested in travel, culture and arts

Here is a compilation of all the fun-filled Delhi events in April and May covering travel, culture, arts and music. From now on, my website will give you a weekly overview of these. Stay tuned.

Delhi events in April and May-Photography

1. Framing The Living Traditions. Venue- India International Center, Max Mueller Marg,

This event is a collaborative showcase from 5 photographers under the aegis of Neel Dongre Awards and Grants for Excellence in Photography. These photographers will present different living conditions through distinctive artistic styles.

Time and Date- Till May 2, 6.30 p.m

2. Objectif Sport, Galleries Romain Roland, Alliance Francaise

This Delhi event showcases photographs from many non-professional photographers who were invited to illustrate a sport of their country which best represented its national ethos and values. These photographs were selected in a competition among 108 photographers from 50 different countries.

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Time and Date- On until May 5, 11 am- 8 pm

Delhi events in April and May- Theater

1. A Walk in the Woods- Siri Fort, August Kranti Marg

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                   Relive those magical moments with Deepti Naval this week

This drama is a part of the Delhi Theatre Festival which starts from April 29. Expect some scintillating performances in this Festival from the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Rajit Kapur, Deepti Naval and Saurabh Shukla.

There are a few other performances as well like Barff, starring Saurabh Shukla and Ek Mulaqat. 

Time and Date-  2 pm, April 29-30. Some performances start at 7 pm.

2. Hello !Cab, Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate

What happens when a woman who has lost everything in a communal riot takes to driving radio cabs? Watch this riveting drama directed by Basab Bhattacharya.

Time and Date- 7.45 pm, April 28. Tickets cost Rs. 245/-

3. Jugaad (Hindi Comedy), LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg

Two friends, Ravi and Charkha have to lie about their marital status to get a rented accommodation. This comedy show will leave you breathless with laughter. This drama is directed by Dinesh Ahlawat.

Delhi events in April and May
                            LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg

Time and Date- 7 pm, April 29. Tickets- Rs. 300, 200 and 100

4. Kanjoos Miyan Deewane (Hindi comedy), LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg

Do you want to shake off all that stress that has built up in your head this week? How about trying this excellent comedy show that tells us about the romantic liaisons of Mirza Sakhawat with Maryam?

Time and date- 7 pm, April 29.Tickets- Rs. 500, 300, 200  and 100.

5. Noor (Hindi drama), Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road

Watch this captivating drama of Noor and her niece, Mumtaz who maneuver their ways in a world of men and reach to the top! This drama is directed by Faisal Alkazi.

Time and date- 4.30 pm, April 29. Tickets- Rs. 200 onwards

6. Rant of the Pant (Stand up comedy), Pearey Lal Bhawan, ITO

Stand up comedian Sourabh Pant rants and rails about Trump, Modi pollution, corruption, Rahul Gandhi, other comedians, population control etc. Watch Pant bring down the audience in laughter.

Time and Date- 7, pm, April 30

7. Raavan ki Ramayan ( Hindi drama), Shri Ram Center, Safdar Hashmi Marg

Directed by Satya Kaushik, this drama has a unique take on Raavan. A just and virtuous king sets out to avenge the outrage modesty of his sister. However, on his way, he falls for the charms of an abducted woman who shows defiance and boldness in her precarious state. Ultimately, this king pushes his kingdom in a war against the will of his subjects and ministers.

Delhi events in April and May-Travel

1. Odisha Parva

If you are interested in good food, heritage, music and travel, then you should go the Odisha Parva held at the India Gate lawns. This event is organized by the Odiya Samaj and will showcase the art, craft, music, theater and other fine aspects Odisha.

Delhi events in April and May

Time and Date- 5 pm-10 pm, April 29- May 1.

Do you have an interesting Delhi event to share with me? Please write to me at swayamt@gmail.com and I shall feature it next week.

Thanks and have a great weekend.