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Delhi Metro 2010
Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times
Hindustan Times, December 30, 2010
First Published: 19:19 IST(30/12/2010)
Last Updated: 02:02 IST(31/12/2010)

The year that comes to an end today, saw the Delhi Metro reaching new destinations, enabling Delhi-ites to explore places in their city, something that would have been tough to do while crawling through the Ring Road. We guide you to places covered by the new lines.

Violet Line
Central Secretariat to Badarpur (only open till Sarita Vihar)
Distance: 15km
Number of stations: 13
Started in October

Get off at Kailash Colony Metro Station: Walk to Iskcon Temple. After chanting Hare Krishna, try the delicious khichdi prashad at their Govindam restaurant. Then walk to the Kailash Colony market. Have chocolate truffle cake at Maxim’s pastry shop, or go to good old Big Chill for Blueberry cheese cake. If it’s late evening, step into the Polka Club for a dance or two.

Get off at Lajpat Nagar Metro Station: Walk to the market and charge yourself up by having steamed momos at the food van outside 3C’s. Shop for the shaadi season at Libaas, Nargis and Novelty showrooms. Don’t forget the Chinese Chaat at Golden Fiesta.

Get off at Nehru Place Metro Station: Walk to Lotus Temple to experience serenity. Check out the wonderful second-hand book store in the main market.

Yellow line
Central Secretariat to HUDA City Center (Gurgaon)
Distance: 45km
Number of stations: 34
Started in September

Get off at INA Metro Station: Hop over to Dilli Haat. Chat with Madhubani artisans, try out junk jewellery, and order absolutely delicious vada pao at Maharashtra food stall. If you can handle the heat, go for rajamirchi curry at the Nagaland stall. For tonight’s party menu, buy the phoren vegetables from INA market, across the road. If not exhausted, catch an auto for the bargain-friendly Sarojini Nagar market.

Get off at Hauz Khas Metro Station: Take an auto to Shahpur Jat for shopping in its designer boutiques. Else, go to Hauz Khas Village to make a round in its art galleries. Enjoy the lake view from Feroze Shah Tughlaq’s tomb. End the excursion with crisp malabar parotta at the Gunpowder restaurant.

Get off at Saket Metro Station: A five-minute walk from two big malls, this is the dream spot for Delhi’s mall rats. If you are less materialistic, the magnificent Khirki Mosque lies just opposite the mall.

Get off at Qutab Minar Metro Station: Delhi’s tallest tower. Watch the light show that happens here every evening at R20 per person. Also, enjoy the roadside bhelpuri.

Heard in the Metro in 2010
Don’t make friends with strangers
Bhayya, this is Ladeez compartment
How could you?
Will this go to Vikaspuri?
Please move
Pickpockets have been identified
Kitni bheed hai!
When will the doors close?
Aur kitne stations hain?

Reading in the Metro
Fivepoint Someone
A personal account of the author with fictitious characters, the story revolves around three engineering students. A favourite of many college goers.

Da Vinci Code
A mystery fiction novel that is a bestseller. Author Dan Brown takes the reader through a journey of coding and decoding.

Music in the Metro
Sheela ki jawani (Tees Maar Khan)
Munni badnam hui (Dabangg)
Tere liye (Prince)
Gal mitthi mitthi (Aisha)
Prem ki nayya (Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani)

Metro diary
Girls don’t care
I’m a college girl and my life has become super cool after the Delhi Metro introduced ladies-only coach. But I have a problem. I have noticed that girls never ever offer their seats to elderly women. Why is that? I mean I have often seen men voluntarily giving their seats to elderly people, or to anyone who seems to be in discomfort. Of course, I don’t want to generalise, but I find it a disturbing observation.  
— Saroj, student

Destinations where the Metro hasn’t reached
CR Park
Nizamuddin East
Patparganj
Vasant Vihar
Daryaganj
Defence Colony
Ashram
JNU
Vikaspuri
Ghaziabad
Jamia Millia Islamia
Satya Niketan
Narayana
Faridabad

2010 Delhi Metro dictionary
In 2002, Delhi Metro started its services by connecting East Delhi’s Shahdara to north Delhi’s Tis Hazari. In 2010, it connected Gurgaon and south Delhi to Connaught Place. In between, Anand Vihar was linked to Dwarka, and Rithala to Dilshad Garden. We prepare the evolving Metro dictionary.
A for Adjust kar lo
B for Boarding and de-boarding
C for Cardholder
E for E Sreedharan
J for Jebkatro se saavdhaan
L for Ladies coach
M for Mind the gap
P for Pillar number
R for Rajiv Chowk
S for Smart card
T for Token
V for Vishwavidyalaya
Y for Yellow Line


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