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HindustanTimes Sat,25 Oct 2014

Lifestyle

Delhi’s social swag beyond Facebook
Rhema Mukti Baxter, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 06, 2014
First Published: 12:19 IST(6/8/2014)
Last Updated: 12:36 IST(6/8/2014)
So what’s making the Capital cool on the social scene? Those Facebook pages with loads of India Gate photographs have had their days in the sun; now, it’s the dawn of the Twitter-Instagram Dilli.

During our search for other Delhi-related social buzz, we ­stumbled upon the Twitter handle @SoDelhi, which has been “helping travellers and locals explore Delhi”.

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“Our community of 500+ Delhi experts who have explored its lanes and given an insight into the real hidden gems of Delhi,” tweeted back @SoDelhi in response to what sets them apart from other Delhi-related Twitter handles.

We also like @WeAreNewDelhi for their concept of having a new curator every week from the city. When we asked @DelhiHeritage what their USP on Twitter was, they decided to let their work speak for them. “Our followers can answer this better. All we can say is that we focus on all known/unknown structures and have documented over 600 so far.”

From gifs to maps, cartoons to graphic novels, Arjun Jassal, 29, the founder of BlueAnt Digital Intelligence (BDI), a creative agency, and his ‘team of ants’ have created some interesting work on Delhi. “When we started, there was a dearth of Delhi-related content.

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So we just created what we wanted to see.” Like Homewards, a graphic novel by Siddharth Sengupta, 24, about one boy’s return to his ­hometown of Guwahati after ­having called Delhi home for six years. Or Just Another Day in Delhi, a video on YouTube in which Suvankar Nandi, 27, captured ­different hues of Delhi life.
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Another favourite is an Instagram graphic novel. “We were the first people to start this trend of a graphic novel on Instagram. Everything is real. Nothing is made up!” quipped Aazar Anis, 26, who worked on the concept with Jassal.

Just when we thought we had had our fill, we came across NowDelhi, which is a “Screenshot of emerging Indian sub-cultures.” Akshat Nauriyal, 30, an independent ­audio-visual artist said, “Street art festivals to children ­learning to dance, I give support to alternate communities by making documentaries which are shot, ­edited and directed by me.”

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