Forget north Delhi’s Kamla Nagar Market. The area around Vishwavidyalaya Metro station has become the new hangout zone for students. The station, located on the Yellow line of the Delhi Metro, caters mostly to students studying in the North Campus of Delhi University (DU). And now, with the college-fest season in full swing, the station is witnessing big crowds.
The area has turned into a foodies’ zone. There are vendors selling a popular beverage on the campus — banta — for Rs.15, kiosks selling sandwiches and Maggi noodles. Once you’re out of the Metro station, look for vendors on cycles, with colourful packets and bottles selling churans and saunf. Lal imli (red tamarind), aam papad (dried sweet mango) and manchali are a must-try. You can even rent a bicycle at the metro station and explore the campus. Or take a cycle rickshaw.
Ridge aka Bonta
Those looking for some privacy like this lush green region. With dense trees, sounds of birds chirping and monkeys hanging from trees, this would give you a feel of Jim Corbett, sans the tigers. Come and enjoy in large groups.
Delhi School of Economics (D School) and JP Tea Stall
The big tree behind JP Tea stall is one place where students across colleges come for sutta (cigarette) breaks. The tea stall is famous for its desi style of iced tea (boiled lemon tea is served with ice cubes). Try the mutton cutlets and mutton dosa served at the D School canteen. In one rupee, you can also get a slice of bread and butter to eat.
Kamla Nagar Market
Bags, tees, cosmetics, eateries, and tailors, all are available in this market, which serves as the lifeline of the students studying in the campus. The ‘Made in Bangkok’ stuff is the specialty here. Don’t miss the Chinese restaurants — Momos points and Qd’s, and try thukpas and fruit beer. The market is closed on Monday.
Spic Macay Canteen at Arts Faculty
The cafeteria is known for the healthy food it serves. The vegetarian thali for Rs.30 is the most popular on the menu card. However, the unique item sold here is the ‘sprouts laddoo’, made by mixing khoya, sprouts, sugar and dry fruits. It is tasty and healthy.
North Campus is home to some of the best colleges of DU and has some of the coolest crowd. So what if you could not be a Stephenian, you can always see the beautiful red brick building and even dig into cheese omelletes and minced meat cutlets served in the cafeteria. Few popular colleges here are Miranda House, Hindu, Hansraj and Kirorimal.
Heard in the metro
Don’t go to India gate, it’s cordoned off!
Let’s eat egg Maggi after the class
Udhar jao, varna fine ho jaega
Aren’t you seeing that guy?
People say I am very boring
I will surely flunk in the internals
Reading in the Metro
The White Tiger
This novel by Aravind Adiga won the Man Booker Prize in 2008. It provides a dark, comical view of modern-day life in India.
She is a Jolly Good Fellow
Written by former army officer Sajita Nair, the novel tells the story of Second Lieutenants Anju and Deepa.
Music in the Metro
Kaare Kaare Badra (Mirch)
Tinka Tinka (Turning 30)
Dilli (No One killed Jessica)
Tarkeebein (Band Baaja Barat)
The other day, while I was travelling in the metro, i saw a girl whose finger was bleeding profusely. To my surprise, from the almost crowded Metro, no one came forward to help her. I took out my handkerchief and gave it to her. May be she felt better. How can people be so insensitive?
Shuchi Chawla, a Metro commuter
Kamla Nagar market is a big hit with college kids, for clothes and accessories; Late Uncle Tom’s stall sells Maggi and macaroni for Rs.25
It is one of two metro systems in the Tokyo subway system, the other being Toei
It carries about 2.8 billion people per year
It has 282 subway stations
Many train stops are announced in both English and Japanese
Many stations’ railings often have Braille at their base, meant for visually challenged commuters.