Explore old Delhi with 'I am happy-Ni Dilli' group

Updated on Nov 30, 2011 12:23 AM IST

Members of a Delhi-based group attempt to explore the myriad flavours of Old Delhi. I am happy-Ni Dilli — gives people an opportunity to explore Delhi the way they always wanted to, and find people with similar interests.

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Hindustan Times | ByChetna Dua, New Delhi

Always wanted to try paintball, paragliding or go on a walk through the bylanes of old Delhi as well as taste the local street food, but have no company? Here’s a solution to your worry. A Delhi-based group — I am happy-Ni Dilli — gives people an opportunity to explore Delhi the way they always wanted to, and find people with similar interests.

As the name suggests, the members believe in being happy. “We believe in living in the moment and fulfiling our wishes,” says Hemant Jain, the organiser.

People from different walks of life can put their choice of activities in a link called ‘Suggest a meet up’. Started a year ago, the group has more than 500 members, from which at least 10 to 15 turn up for an activity of their choice every month. Watching a play, attending a heritage walk or street food session in Old Delhi, wine tasting or photography, the meetings are as varied as the interests of group members.

They usually organise interesting exploration of the Capital, thrice a month. “We try to keep the budget pocket friendly so that everyone can be a part of it. An outing mostly costs between Rs 50 to 300 per person,” says Anjali Dhawan, one of the founding members.

The group went water zorbing at Purana Qila recently. “It was fun to roll in those air balls on water like children,” says Harish Manchanda, a regular at the outings. Taking their wishes to the next level is the link, ‘Make my wish come true.’

“In it, we mention things we want to do before we die,” says Jain. The list currently has bungee jumping, scuba diving, performing on stage and river rafting as some of the activities. The group then tries to find the most economical options to indulge in those activities.

But having fun is not the only purpose of this group. They espouse a cause too. The members visit Suparaana Ka Aangan, an orphanage in Gurgaon, every month. “We bring them clothes, snacks and play games with them. We try and cheer them up in our own way,” says Varuna Dawar, a member.

Be a part of the group
What: I am Happy Ni Dilli
When do they meet: Every second Saturday Where: Café Coffee Day, Outer Circle, CP
Contact: http://www.me- etup.com/I-am-Happy-Project-Ni-Dilli-Indian/
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk on the Yellow Line

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