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Make way for new friends

india Updated: Jul 31, 2012 01:09 IST

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They say that great friendships begin over a cup of coffee. That’s what this group believes in. Started in 2009, the group has amassed more than 1,307 members in just four years. “I started this group with my Dutch friend Anneke to meet like-minded people in the city,” says Shiraz, 28, founder. The group is said to have changed the coffee culture of the millennium city of Guragon to a big extent.

“Most people who shift to Gurgaon do not have families around. Coffee meet-up is our new family. We chat about our personal or professional matters over a cup of coffee and also go for a movie or dinner together,” says Sudhir, a member. One of the oldest meet-up groups in the city, it has enthusiastic members from both, Delhi and NCR.

Log on to: www.meetup.com/The-Gurgaon-Coffee-Meetup-Group
When: At 6pm to 8pm every Wednesday at Barista Lavazza,
The Grand Mall, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road
Next Meet-up: Paint-a-day on 12 August (Venue on the website)
Jammers United of Delhi Etc

If music is your core interest
The Jammer’s United of Delhi Etc (JUDE), inspired by the popular song Hey Jude by the band Beatles, is the way to go. Started by Maniraj Singh, 26, Shubham Khurana, 26 and Shashank Aggarwal, 30 in October last year, music has taken their friendship to another level. “Earlier we were just acquaintances but have now become very good friends,” says Singh. People can bring along a guitar or drums or just sing along. The group gets 50-60 members at their jams every alternate weekend.

Join: www.facebook.com/JammersUnited
Next Jam: On August 12, 5 pm at Hauz Khas Village
Here are five friendship groups that will help you make new buddies with similar interests
Chetna Dua
n chetna.dua@hindustantimes.com

Looking for a friend who shares your hobbies and is a good company too? Attend a meet-up with one of these five groups in the city that bring like-minded people together. From booklovers, poetry enthusiasts, budding musicians to bonding over a cup of coffee, on Friendship’s Day this Sunday, give your peer group a breather and make a new set of friends to hang out with.

I am Happy- Ni Dilli
As the name suggests, the common thread between members in this group is their drive for happiness. If you like to explore off-beat activities like paintball, paragliding, ice-skating or rock climbing but don’t have company, then join this group. “It’s easy to join the group and all members can suggest interesting activities happening in the city,” says Hemant Jain, the organiser. The group recently started a new feature— to celebrate birthdays of the month on a single day at a restaurant in Connaught Place. “It gives a feeling of belonging to the members and helps us bond better,” says Harish Manchanda, co-organiser. The group also goes for food walks and Connoisseur Delight (restaurant reviews).

Join: www.meetup.com/I-am-Happy-Project-Ni-Dilli-Indian
Next Meet-up: Ghazal Night today at India Habitat Centre from 6.30pm onwards
Mulaqaat

If you like to write poetry, you might find a few kindred spirits in this group. Started in October last year by Nihaal Parashar, 24, a session is usually attended by 40-50 people. “The group is meant to bring new age poetry lovers together. Every friendship begins with a Mulaqaat,” he says. The members are free to share their own poetry in any language.
Join: www.facebook.com/groups/mulaqaat
When: Last Sunday of the month
Next Mulaqaat: On August 26 (2.30pm) at Kiran Nagar Museum of Art at DLF South Court Mall, Saket

Everything and a book club too
If you see a group of youngsters sitting in a coffee shop, discussing books on a Saturday morning, don’t be surprised. Started early this year by Puja Sethi, 34, the group is not just restricted to reading or discussions. “We organise trips to book fairs, film festivals, plays and interactions with new-age authors,” says Sethi. “It’s a welcome change to meet booklovers through this group,” says Rishab Raman, a member.
Join: www.meetup.com/Everything-and-a-Book-Club-Too
When: Every Saturday, 11am or 6pm
Where: Coffee shops or cultural hubs in town (Fee: Rs 100 per person)