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Hub and happening

entertainment Updated: Dec 10, 2010 02:15 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times
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Pragati Maidan Metro station is perhaps one of the most important stops that the Delhi Metro has. Catering to the ITO area, you’ll need to get down here to reach some of the most important offices in the Capital, including major newspapers. And the station’s capacity is tested to its brink when there’s a fair or exhibition at the Pragati Maidan.

It took me 25 minutes on a direct Metro on the Blue line to reach Pragati Maidan from Noida Sector 18. The station is located near the Gate No.10 of Pragati Maidan. Since nothing exciting was happening there, I decided to explore the locality and hence started moving to my right, towards Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg — one of the liveliest and most popular places in the city. Those wanting to visit the Delhi Zoo, should start walking towards left.

Foodies paradise
Eateries on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg are popular with office goers and students of Maulana Azad Medical College. However, Delhiites come from across the city to check out these joints.

Deep Tea Stall: The Sardarji here has been putting up this stall every evening for years now and it’s a life saviour for the nocturnal journos. The anda (egg) paranthas are the bestsellers and comes for Rs 15 for a single piece. You can also try out mix veg, gobhi and aaloo paranthas for Rs 10.

Gulab Jamun and Gaajar ka Halwa: Be it any season, this small cart sells gulab jamuns (Rs 15 for two pieces). Gajar ka halwa (Rs 20 for 100 gms) comes in winters, while kulfi with rabri is a summer speciality. The gulab jamuns were yummy, and so was the gajar ka halwa.

Udupi Café: Not only does this place offer great South Indian meal, but also fusion items such as the Idli Manchurian.

Parsi food:
Next to Maulana Azad Medical College, the Bagli Kitchen offers traditional Parsi cuisine such as dhansak (meat cooked with lentils), Sali murghi and patra ni machchi.

In the neighbourhood
The Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium and the BR Amdedkar Football Stadium are two landmarks of this place. The stretch also marks your entry to old Delhi. As you walk ahead and cross the Khooni Darwaza, the ruins of the Feroz Shah Kotla fortress on your right reminds you of the former glory of the Walled City. An entry fee of Rs 5 will get you into its serene and peaceful campus. Another place to enjoy a winter noon is the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park.

Heard in the metro
Abey, ye metro kitna rukegi (Damn, how many times would the Metro hault).
Oh god! kitni bheed hai!
Bhaiya, this is ladies compartment. Please go to the next compartment.
It smells bad. Why cant they use deo?
Beta let me sit. Please shift a little.

Metro friendship
I love travelling in the Delhi Metro. I work in Gurgaon and now I can reach office in just an hour’s time from Mandi House. I have said goodbye to all those long journeys in the cab and being stuck in traffic jams at MG Road. It is indeed a blessing to us. I love to get a corner seat near the door and take out a novel to read. At times I just listen to the radio and daydream. The city has just become perfect for commuters like me.
-Rubina, a Metro commuter

Metro elsewhere
Seoul Metropoliton Subway
It is one of the most heavily used rapid transit systems in the world with well over 8 million trips daily on the system’s 13 lines.
Senior citizens and disabled people qualify for free transit and can get a free ticket or enter and exit using side gates rather than turnstiles.
Over 70% of the total metro track length is underground.