Manoj Sharma

Manoj Sharma is Metro Features Editor at Hindustan Times. He likes to pursue stories that otherwise fall through the cracks.

Articles by Manoj Sharma

The eclectic world of Delhi Metro’s lost-and-found

It’s around 1pm, and a sling bag has just been brought to Anil Kumar’s desk at the Delhi Metro’s Lost and Found Office (LFO) at the Kashmere Gate Metro station

Every year, at least 10,000 articles make their way to the Lost and Found Office at the Kashmere Gate Metro Station. Only about 10% of the items here are ever claimed. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Every year, at least 10,000 articles make their way to the Lost and Found Office at the Kashmere Gate Metro Station. Only about 10% of the items here are ever claimed. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 30, 2023 12:02 AM IST

Delhi bookstores turn new chapter as better sales, lower rent push growth

In 2010, Ajay Jain, a travel writer and photographer, opened Kunzum Travel Café in Delhi’s Hauz Khas village

Bahrisons has registered a 15 percent jump in sales at its stores(HT Photo/Sanchit Khanna)
Bahrisons has registered a 15 percent jump in sales at its stores(HT Photo/Sanchit Khanna)
Updated on Jan 18, 2023 06:43 PM IST

Class act: 2 decades of Delhi Metro, the great leveller

The first Delhi Metro train rumbled out of the Shahdara station on this day two decades ago. Since then, the service has become the city’s transport backbone, being used by millions a day and bringing nearly every corner of the Capital together.

The first Delhi Metro train, at Seelampur station, on December 24, 2002. (HC Tiwari/HT Archive)
The first Delhi Metro train, at Seelampur station, on December 24, 2002. (HC Tiwari/HT Archive)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 04:50 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Upgrades give Constitution Club brand new lease of life

Set up in 1947 to provide members of the Constituent Assembly a space to socialise outside Parliament, the club fell on bad times in the 1980s due to neglect and became a derelict place. But in recent years, its footfall has more than tripled and in its restaurants and cafe, one can see not just politicians and their families but also ordinary city residents

The Constitution Club of India on Rafi Marg, which was called Old Mill Road when the club opened during British colonial rule. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
The Constitution Club of India on Rafi Marg, which was called Old Mill Road when the club opened during British colonial rule. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2022 12:27 PM IST

How Delhi became the setting for racy crime novels

In the past few years, an increasing number of writers, some famous and some not-so-famous, have been exploring the dark underbelly of Delhi in their novels

Some books based in Delhi.
Some books based in Delhi.
Published on Nov 22, 2022 08:25 PM IST

Urdu publishers struggle to stay afloat as readership bottoms

Till the late 1990s, ​there were more than 100 Urdu publishers in Delhi, most based in the walled city, bringing out hundreds of titles every year – fiction, non-fiction, biographies and children’s books. However, most of them have shut shop along with Urdu printing presses, and barely 20 have survived

Nasir Khan, owner of Farid Book Depot, at Daryaganj in New Delhi on Saturday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Nasir Khan, owner of Farid Book Depot, at Daryaganj in New Delhi on Saturday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 06:09 PM IST

Inside India’s 200-years quest for vernacular medical textbooks

The initiative by the Madhya Pradesh government marks an important chapter in India’s 200-year-old quest to impart medical education in vernacular languages.

Prof Trilok Chandra Goel, 85, a former professor of surgery at King George Medical University, ( KGMU), Lucknow, is perhaps the first writer to have written books in Hindi for medical students. (HT Photo)
Prof Trilok Chandra Goel, 85, a former professor of surgery at King George Medical University, ( KGMU), Lucknow, is perhaps the first writer to have written books in Hindi for medical students. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 31, 2022 04:58 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Are analogue cameras making a big comeback in the Capital?

With an uptick in sales, it appears that there is a revival of the old-fashioned cameras, primarily as an art form

Courtesy: Museo Camera Centre, Gurgaon. 
Courtesy: Museo Camera Centre, Gurgaon. 
Published on Oct 11, 2022 07:31 PM IST

Electric cabs find niche in Delhi’s green mobility push

In the past few years, several electric cab services—such as BluSmart, Plug Mobility, Evera, and eeeTaxi—have been launched in Delhi/ NCR.

Blu Smart Cabs’ charging hub in Nehru Place, New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Blu Smart Cabs’ charging hub in Nehru Place, New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 12:06 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Plays, politics coalesce at Delhi’s Ramlila

Lavkush Ramlila is Delhi’s biggest and the grandest, which has over the years seen the prime ministers and chief ministers as chief guests on Dussehra day

Delhi BJP MLA Vijender Gupta (in white) playing the role of Rishi Atri at Lavkush Ramlila. (HT Photo)
Delhi BJP MLA Vijender Gupta (in white) playing the role of Rishi Atri at Lavkush Ramlila. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 19, 2022 11:30 AM IST

Unfazed by politics over name, revadi makers of Meerut prepare for winter sales

New Delhi/Meerut: Sunil Gupta, an otherwise reserved person, is quite loquacious when he talks about revadis-- the traditional candy sweet made from jaggery and sesame seeds

Unfazed by politics over name, revadi makers of Meerut prepare for winter sales
Unfazed by politics over name, revadi makers of Meerut prepare for winter sales
Updated on Sep 12, 2022 12:37 PM IST

Sprinkled across Delhi, shops hold on to family history, pre-Partition legacy

Even as the country saw a flurry of name changes after Independence, the owners of these businesses have stuck to the original names -- many for emotional reasons, the names being the markers of their personal histories, others for purely business ones

Quetta Store in Sarojini Nagar in New Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Quetta Store in Sarojini Nagar in New Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2022 04:55 PM IST

Toy industry’s Make in India moment

NCR has over 100 small and medium enterprises making toys. Most of these enterprises, which were struggling to survive until a couple of years ago, are now on an expansion drive, and they attribute the turnaround in their fortunes to a slew of government interventions in the past couple of years

Jitender Singh with his daughters at their toy manufacturing unit in Kundli. (HT Photo)
Jitender Singh with his daughters at their toy manufacturing unit in Kundli. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 05, 2022 01:03 PM IST

Remember Campa Cola? It is set to return this Diwali

The soft drink brand is back in the news with Reliance acquiring Campa from the Pure Drinks Group, and is planning to relaunch it nationally by Diwali in three flavours -- the iconic original, and lemon and orange variants

The company positioned Campa as a “Made in India” drink and said it had “Great Indian Taste”. (HT Photo)
The company positioned Campa as a “Made in India” drink and said it had “Great Indian Taste”. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 01, 2022 07:48 AM IST

An unprecedented scramble to meet record Tricolour demand

“Usually, in the build-up to August 15, I make around 5,000 national flags a day. But this year, I’m making over 100,000 every day. And even after that, the phone just doesn’t stop ringing,” says Ansari, who runs Bharat Handloom Cloth House in Delhi’s Sadar Bazar.

Among the recent orders he turned down was one for nine million flags.(HT PHOTO.)
Among the recent orders he turned down was one for nine million flags.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Jul 30, 2022 05:25 AM IST
By, New Delhi

With all Afghanistan flights cut off, Delhi’s ‘Little Kabul’ takes a beating

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are 15,559 Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in India, and most of them are in Delhi.

The area got the sobriquet because of the presence of a large number of Afghan establishments — restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies, and guest houses — most of which catered to Afghans, who travelled to Delhi for medical treatment, education, and business.(HT )
The area got the sobriquet because of the presence of a large number of Afghan establishments — restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies, and guest houses — most of which catered to Afghans, who travelled to Delhi for medical treatment, education, and business.(HT )
Updated on Jul 12, 2022 10:23 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi: From a granary to creative business street

For the uninitiated, Dhan Mill Compound, a former granary and a cluster of warehouses, has morphed into the city’s modish food, fashion, design and lifestyle destination.

A view of Dhan Mill Compound at 100 Feet Road, Chhatarpur, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, July 2, 2022. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
A view of Dhan Mill Compound at 100 Feet Road, Chhatarpur, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, July 2, 2022. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 05, 2022 07:46 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Hindi novels turn a page after Booker fillip

Amod Maheshwari, the CEO of the family owned Rajkamal Prakashan, a well-known Hindi publishing house, which had published Ret Samadhi in Hindi, in 2018, sent out a message to his printers to print 15,000 copies of the book by the next day.

Copies of Reth Samadhi on display at Faqir Chand Bookstore, in Khan Market. (Sanchit Khanna/HT photo)
Copies of Reth Samadhi on display at Faqir Chand Bookstore, in Khan Market. (Sanchit Khanna/HT photo)
Updated on Jun 13, 2022 11:29 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Growth is mushrooming: Delhi farmers harvest success at temp-controlled farms

In the last two years of the pandemic, over a hundred mushroom farms have come up in Delhi-NCR, especially in outer Delhi’s Najafgarh, Bawana, and Bakhtawar areas

Rakesh Kumar and Amit Bhatnagar at their mushroom farm in Tatesar village, New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Rakesh Kumar and Amit Bhatnagar at their mushroom farm in Tatesar village, New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2022 02:57 PM IST

Gramin Sewa autos chug on despite unchanged fare

Most drivers have operated the autos at a minimum fare of ₹5 for the first 3km for 12 years now, even amid the sharp increase in fuel prices

Gramin Sewa autorickshaw drivers wait for passengers at Shastri Park Metro station. (Raj K Raj/HT photo)
Gramin Sewa autorickshaw drivers wait for passengers at Shastri Park Metro station. (Raj K Raj/HT photo)
Updated on May 23, 2022 01:02 AM IST

Uncertainties of pandemic era build traction for the common man’s biographies

The Covid-19 pandemic shutdown when life came to a grinding halt led to common people writing their autobiographies, memoirs, or biographies of their family members, and publish them on their own.

Uncertainties of pandemic era build traction for biographies
Uncertainties of pandemic era build traction for biographies
Updated on May 16, 2022 04:58 AM IST

DU at 100: Schools of excellence made a varsity shine brighter

In early 1946, Dr BN Ganguly, who taught economics at Hindu College, invited his student PN Dhar and former colleague Prof VKRV Rao for dinner. It was a conversation that eventually led to the birth of the Delhi School of Economics (DSE).

The convocation of the Delhi School of Economics in 1950-51. (DU Archives)
The convocation of the Delhi School of Economics in 1950-51. (DU Archives)
Updated on May 03, 2022 12:15 PM IST
By, New Delhi

DU at 100: The judge who envisioned DU as a miniature Oxbridge

Born in London on 25 April 1878, Maurice Gwyer was appointed the vice-chancellor of the Delhi University in 1938. In fact, he had been also appointed the first chief justice of the Federal Court of India, a year earlier in 1937

Sir Maurice Gwyer, a former chief justice, who served as DU vice-chancellor between 1938 and 1950. (Amal KS/HT/Courtesy: DU archives)
Sir Maurice Gwyer, a former chief justice, who served as DU vice-chancellor between 1938 and 1950. (Amal KS/HT/Courtesy: DU archives)
Updated on May 02, 2022 05:39 PM IST

DU at 100: Delhi and its university: How an institution helped shape a city

The first three universities in India were established in Calcutta, Bombay and Madras in 1854. A 1917 commission set up to suggest improvements in Calcutta University paved the way for an independent varsity for the new imperial capital

Delhi University was established as a unitary, teaching and residential university with three constituent colleges -- St Stephen’s, Hindu, and Ramjas -- on May 1, 1992. (Amal KS/HT)
Delhi University was established as a unitary, teaching and residential university with three constituent colleges -- St Stephen’s, Hindu, and Ramjas -- on May 1, 1992. (Amal KS/HT)
Updated on May 02, 2022 05:35 PM IST

Samosa to kulfi, tea to pakoras, street food in Delhi gets pricier

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February this year, prices of crude oil and edible oils have been on the rise. India’s annual retail inflation shot up to a 17-month high in March.

Street food vendors at Laxmi Nagar metro station. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Street food vendors at Laxmi Nagar metro station. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on May 01, 2022 11:43 PM IST

The judge who envisioned Delhi University as a miniature Oxbridge

Maurice Gwyer, was appointed the vice-chancellor of the Delhi University in 1938, is widely credited with single-handedly transforming it.

A file photo of Delhi University’s St Stephen's college. (Rishi Ballabh/HT Photo)
A file photo of Delhi University’s St Stephen's college. (Rishi Ballabh/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 30, 2022 03:19 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi and its university: How an institution helped shape a city

The first three universities in India were established in Calcutta, Bombay and Madras in 1854. Delhi just had three colleges — Ramjas, Hindu and St Stephen’s. A 1917 commission set up to suggest improvements in Calcutta University paved the way for an independent varsity for the new imperial capital.

The Delhi University will complete 100 years on Sunday. (Amal KS/HT file photo)
The Delhi University will complete 100 years on Sunday. (Amal KS/HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 04:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Landless in Bakkargarh: A village suffers for its role in Revolt of 1857

Bakkargarh is perhaps the only village in Delhi where almost 90% of the land is owned by people outside the village. 

Dharampal Singh( in white kurta) in Bakkargarh village in Delhi(HT)
Dharampal Singh( in white kurta) in Bakkargarh village in Delhi(HT)
Updated on Apr 25, 2022 01:20 PM IST
By, New Delhi

‘It’s Greek to us’: Sectors in G Noida to get fresh names

Narain wanted it to have better infrastructure than Noida, and one of his concerns, as he set about planning the brand new city, was to find a nomenclature for its neighbourhoods that would suit a futuristic city.

Greater Noida’s Greek sector names are often a source of humour and confusion for its residents. HT photo
Greater Noida’s Greek sector names are often a source of humour and confusion for its residents. HT photo
Published on Apr 18, 2022 05:51 AM IST

At Delhi’s Daryaganj, bibliophiles can weigh their options — literally

Daryaganj may no longer be home to the iconic Sunday Book Bazar, a 50-year old popular weekly books market that was shifted to the nearby Mahila Haat about two years ago, but over a dozen permanent bookshops have come up in the central Delhi market in the past few years.

Most of these bookshops in Daryaganj used to be garment and shoe shops until a few years back. Today, there is a huge demand for space for bookshops in the market, and some of those looking to open bookshops are those who used to sell books in the Sunday Book Bazar. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Most of these bookshops in Daryaganj used to be garment and shoe shops until a few years back. Today, there is a huge demand for space for bookshops in the market, and some of those looking to open bookshops are those who used to sell books in the Sunday Book Bazar. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 21, 2022 10:41 AM IST
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