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entertainment Updated: Feb 02, 2010 01:24 IST

Dear diary,

Amidst the hustle bustle of the city lies the BONTA (formally known as the Kamla Nehru Ridge), a peaceful place to spend a sunny winter afternoon. The other day, we were getting bored in the college when one of our friends took us to the ridge. We took a bicycle on rent from Vishwavidyalaya metro station and went for a cycle ride to the ridge. Ridge is a beautiful place with a wide variety of flora and fauna. One can also spot lots of local and migratory birds and dozens of monkeys jumping from one tree to another. I couldn’t control myself from clicking pictures in such a serene environment. The sun filtering through the trees and the colourful flowers acted as an icing on the cake. That was the day when we realised that Delhi still has places where we can breathe in fresh air. There are still some places in Delhi which are clean and green.
— Mancee Chopra

Dear diary,

Next time when you are a kilometer or so before the Ashram crossing (on the Mathura road side), you will see a small shop that is apparently some initiative to provide milk and milk products 24x7, started by our very own Delhi government. The name of the shop? Well, the board says, yeh dukaan hamesha khuli hoti hai. (This shop remains open always). But the irony is...I have never seen its shutters up! I have been using this route for over three years, and never once, in this whole time, have I ever seen it open. Be it morning, afternoon, evening or late evenings. Now that’s another story of own Delhi... hope this could change.
— Annshu Juneja