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Across the border

The Noida Sector 18 metro station that falls on the blue line, has changed the face of the crowd coming to various markets in Noida which were otherwise visited mostly by its residents.

entertainment Updated: Jan 28, 2011 00:53 IST
Namya Sinha

The Noida Sector 18 metro station that falls on the blue line, has changed the face of the crowd coming to various markets in Noida which were otherwise visited mostly by its residents. Now people come here from places as far as Rohini, Dwarka and Gurgaon. To reach this station, get on the metro running between Dwarka and Noida City Centre.

Dharma Market/Atta Market
On the left side of the metro station, lies this popular market.

Also one of the oldest markets of Noida, it can be called a mini Sarojini Nagar as it offers everything from clothing items and eatables to equipment and furniture. Bakeries in the area, sell delights such as naan khatai, biscuits and breads. Simla Bakery (Tel: 9971479244) and South Indian Hot Chips (Tel: 9999622111) are a must try. For cheap deals in apparel, visit Hot Sale that sell cotton leggings for Rs 75 and lowers for Rs 100. Also, the market has many mehendi walas.

Malls
Three big malls — Great India Place Mall (GIP), Centre stage mall and Spice mall are all located near the Sector 18 Metro Station. GIP is home to some popular International clothing and eating brands such Marks & Spencer, Lacoste and Mad over Donuts amongst others. Here you can also get a hair cut for Rs 99 at the Habib Expresso. The other two malls are much smaller and don’t get as much footfall. Centre Stage Mall is popular for eateries such as Ruby Tuesday and Geoffrey’s while Spice mall, for its food court and Haldiram’s. The malls also have the three biggest multiplexes of the area — Waves (Centre stage mall), Spice (Spice Mall) and Big Cinemas in GIP mall.

Sector 18 market
This market, on the right side of the metro station, has shops selling goods for every pocket size. Gift Bazaar, D block and JS Arcade are known for their gifts and cards. The market is paradise for those who love to eat. Café Style is one of the very few restaurants offering alfresco seating and is perfect for a cold sunny morning. We recommend the stalls selling kolkata style rolls and veg chowmein, priced at Rs 25 each.

Entertainment City
This amusement park or theme park has some really exciting rides such as Sky Riders, Lighting Bolt, Twister and Float Boat. The amusement park been divided in three zones. For kids, teenagers and for families with each zone having different kinds of rides. It has food courts specially designed to suit the target audience.

Heard in the metro

* Thoda shift ho jaao please (Please shift a little).
* Yeh metro Gurgaon jaegi na? (Will this metro go to Gurgaon?)
* Udhar jao, varna fine ho jaega.
* What was your CAT percentile?
* I hate the crowd. Even the ladies compartment is so crowded. I miss my car.

Reading in the Metro
The Love Asana
This is the first Mills & Boon by an Indian author. The most popular romantic novel now is happening in India!

The Carb Lovers Diet

The book shows you how you can still lose weight and be fit even after eating your favourite carb-filled-foods.

Music in the Metro
* Waka Waka (Shakira)
* Aiwayin Aiwayin lutt gaya (Band Baaja Barat)
* I had the time of my life (Dirty Dancing)
* Yamla Pagla Deewana (Yamla Pagla Deewana)

Go to your coach!
I travel everyday in the metro. One day, I accompanied my male colleague and since he could not get into the ladies compartment, I had to accompany him in the regular coach. And the moment I entered the general compartment, every man standing there, turned and glared at me. It was as if all of them were telling me, “Get off this coach you woman... you have one full coach dedicated to you.” And at that time, I really felt bad for them because that coach was so crowded. Meeta