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A lemony shot

A chilled favourite with Delhi University students, iced banta makes for an ideal summer drink on campus.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2012 00:47 IST
Tanya Mathur
Tanya Mathur
Hindustan Times

Chunks of ice, a dash of lemon with soda and masala, banta has been a popular thirst quencher on the campus for quite some time now. With admissions round the corner,
everyone, from aspirants to their parents and staff, is seen enjoying a refreshing drink.

Sold on every corner of the campus, the vendors selling this pocket-friendly refresher have become popular with the students. While you get ready to become a part of the hang out culture of Delhi University, we introduce you to some popular banta sellers in North Campus. Banta Wala

Serving the drink since 15 years, the Bhagwat Banta Wala’s shop is a popular hangout for students and staff of Kirori Mal college. While the drink costs Rs 15 and hostel students get a special discount of Rs 5. The self made masala adds to the refreshing taste of the lemony drink sold here. One can even place orders during college fairs and festivals.

James Edwin

The famous James Edwin bantawala no longer sells the drink outside Hindu College as he died four months ago owing to health issues that worsened with each passing day, says Shyam, another banta wala, in north campus. His name was synonymous with banta in the north campus. The students miss his banta, served with love, affection and little dash of style. He had a peculiar style of mixing the drink in a jug.

Shri Sibotar Goswami Bantawala
Goswami started his banta shop in front of Hindu college in 2008. His regular customers consider him the most hygienic banta vendor in the area. He and his son serve this
refreshing drink for Rs 15. They go for a swift makeover in winters and accomodate tikkis, burgers and other knick knacks along with the banta on their menu.

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