Delhi’s social swag beyond Facebook

Facebook pages on Delhi are so yesterday — we bring to you the newer side of our Capital’s social profile — Twitter handles, videos and Instagram action.
Hindustan Times | By Rhema Mukti Baxter, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2014 12:36 PM IST

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”.

“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.

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.

Photo: Enrico Fabian
Photo: Enrico Fabian

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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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