Vani Vivek


Ever since the written word was invented, reading has been one of the most favorite hobbies among human beings. So naturally, as the human race has evolved, so has the art of reading. The latest and possibly the most dramatic ‘upgrade’ in this field is the advent of electronic books, or E-Books.

For a majority of book lovers, the sound of turning the yellowed and dog- eared pages, the whiff of old bindings, the inviting warmth of the printed word is a huge part of the whole reading experience. Granted, an E-reader provides its users with various personalisation options such as changing the brightness and size of the text, but it still doesn’t seem to live up to the charm of fading words on crumbling paper.

You can shelf a book and forget about it, but even if you come rummaging back many years later, rest assured, the book will be waiting for you, as patiently as ever. But can we say the same for an E-Book? The life of an E-Reader, like any other gadget, is limited. E- Readers need to be charged, and are certainly not the most sturdy companions on a mountain hike. Granted, you can have hundreds of E-books in one nimble gadget while you can only carry a couple of books with you at a time. But, a room full of books has an aura of brilliance- of mystery and of wisdom that a hard disk full of E-Books will never have.

E-Books may be dispassionate, transient, fragile and often expensive, but they are still garnering massive attention and support from readers all over the world. Ask any dedicated Kindle or Nook user, and they will harp about its convenience and ease of use. Belonging to a generation that is considered to be heavily reliant on modern gadgetry, I cannot deny that the idea having all my beloved authors’ at hand in one thin tablet seems tempting.

For some of us, the digitisation of the book destroys its very essence; for others, this new format lends to the longevity of literature and promotes the transition of the way we read into the next generation. Like any new technology, the E-Book is facing its fair share of apprehension and skepticism; and like any unfaltering loyalist, I plan to perpetually propagate the superiority of printed books over their digital counterparts.

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As rich in culture as it is, Delhi is also a treasure chest of gastronomical jewels. From spicy street food to sophisticated fine dining, Dilli has something to satiate every palate and to please every pocket. Any attempt to compile a comprehensive list of places that serve great food in the National Capital will be hopelessly futile, given that every locality of Delhi has at least one ‘world famous samose wala’ that you will be excitedly dragged to every time you visit somewhere  new. What we have here instead, is a checklist of sorts. A checklist of almost legendary food places that have been around for many years, that every foodie in Delhi must visit! How many of these places have you been to? What other places would you recommend be added? In no particular order,

Khan Chacha, Khan Market:

Khan Chacha has branches all over town, but we recommend you visit the one in Khan Market for the best experience. Even though the original outlet with old world charm has since been closed, the kababs and chicken tikka rolls are as delicious as ever.

Karim’s, near Jama Masjid:

You cannot call yourself a true non- vegetarian foodie unless you’ve been here.  Drenched in history and aromatic spices, this place is a must visit for the mutton barra, seekhs, and for the adventurous, the brain curry.

Wenger’s, Connaught Place:

Arguably the best bakery in Delhi, unarguably the most legendary. Freshly baked and well priced, food at Wenger’s always manages to serve up a smile.

Keventers (now Shake Square), Connaught Place:

Right next to Wenger’s is what used to be the supremely popular milk shake corner, Keventer’s. The name has changed, and unfortunately so has the quality of the shakes. However, do try out the chocolate shake if you’re there in the cool glass bottle that it is so well known for.

Kake Da Hotel:

Congested and visibly unhygienic, KDH has a devoted fan base that will put up with the poor maintenance and long waiting lines for the delicious chicken and mutton curries with a chilled soft drink. Also popular is the keema kaleji. Also check out Anand restaurant tucked in the back alleys of Connaught Place for amazing chicken curry and biryani.

Paranthe wali galli, Chandni Chowk:

The entire lane of fried goodness, with its smells wafting near and far, should definitely be visited even if for the sheer experience of it all.

Natraj Dahi Bhalla Corner, Chandni Chowk:

‘Best dahi bhallas in Delhi.’ Enough said.

Moti Mahal, Daryanganj:

So here’s the thing about this one, it is the original Moti Mahal and claim to have invented butter chicken. Granted, the butter chicken here is phenomenal, but apart from that, it doesn’t really offer much. The Moti Mahal Deluxe chain is often preferred by regulars, what do you have to say?


Saravana Bhavan, Connaught Place:

Famous enough to attract tourists and locals alike and delicious enough to keep them waiting patiently in queue, Sarvana Bhavan serves some of the best vegetarian South Indian thalis.

Andhra Bhavan, Connaught Place:

Popular for its Hyderabadi Dum Biryani which is only available on Sundays, Andhra Bhavan gets very crowded, but is definitely worth the effort. Also worth trying is the South Indian thali and mutton fry.

Bittoo Tikki Wala:

Spread all over Delhi, BTW is many people’s go-to for tikki, raj kachori and the likes.

Delhi Haat, INA/ Yashwant Singh Place:

Which place is your pick for the most scrumptious momos in town?

Gulati, Pandara Road:

Let’s say that if you’re in the mood for some exquisite Mughlai and North Indian, and you don’t mind paying a bit more than you would have had to at other places in this list, head over to Gulati without a second thought.

Al Bake, New Friends Colony:

This place has been the reigning shawarma king for quite a long time now, and for good reason!

Chache Di Hatti, Kamala Nagar/ Bhille Di Hatti, Kamala Nagar/ Baba Nagpal Corner, Lajpat Nagar:

Let the chhole bhature wars begin! Where do you go to satisfy your chhole bhature cravings?

Bombay Bhel Puri, South Extention:

This small but immensely popular bhel puri stand puts all other local bhel puri vendors to shame! Try it out with banta soda from the very next stand.

Art of Spices/ Nizam’s Kathi Kababs:

Let’s have a Battle of the Rolls! Which place in Delhi serves up the most lip smacking rolls?

Indian Coffee House:

No list of ‘legendary’ food places in Delhi would be complete without this rusty old place on the second floor of Mohan Singh Place. Though the insides are completely dilapidated and the food is far from great, sitting in the open air, sipping on the ‘special’ coffee and whiling away hours with the beautiful Lutyen’s architecture in the background is an experience hard to replicate anywhere else!

Jesus and Mary College is a women’s only institute situated in one of Delhi’s most well kept areas, Chanakyapuri. Only a kilometer and a half away from the hustle and bustle of other south campus colleges like Sri Venkateswara, ARSD etc, Jesus and Mary College enjoys the privilege of being an on campus college, yet has a quaint atmosphere with all the embassies around.

There are quite a few things that set Jesus and Mary College apart from most Delhi University colleges. The college was founded in 1968 by a Roman Catholic congregation, and is one of the only two Christian minority college in Delhi University, the other being St. Stephen’s College. The college is also one of the few in the University that is not affiliated with Delhi University Students Union, but has a strong and independent students’ body of its own. Unlike many other DU colleges, Jesus and Mary College has very strict attendance and discipline policies.

Spread over 15 lush acres, the college undoubtedly has one of the best infrastructures in all of DU. The ongoing construction of new classrooms has certainly hampered the current beauty of the campus, but the newly renovated library makes up for some of it. Jesus and Mary College’s library, which was already very expansive, is now state of the art, multi-storied, and almost fully digital. The huge multi-purpose hall, which was inaugurated in 2006, is something every Jesus and Mary College student is extremely proud of. The canteen, which has undergone several management changes in the past few years, is doing extremely well. Apart from the regular samosas, chhole bhature, chilly potatoes etc, the Coke Station stocks food items ranging from sour punk to Starbucks coffee and Häagen-Dazs ice cream. There is absolutely no dearth of hang out points for JMC girls. Apart from the well stocked canteen and famous Bhel Puri, Satya Niketan and Yashwant Singh Place are just a short auto ride away. There’s also Taj CCD, which is like a second home for lots of JMC-ites and their friends. Since the college is in quite a prime South Delhi location, Khan Market, Hauz Khas, Saket, Dilli Haat, Sarojini Nagar are all on our ‘hangout spots’ map.

Another thing JMC girls take extreme pride in is their performance in sports and other extracurricular activities like western dance, drama and Indian music, to name a few. The college has consistently been winning sports accolades like the Vice Chancellor’s trophy for many years, with the most recent feathers in their cap being the DU Inter College Tennis Tournament, Apurvi Chandela, a final year student winning the gold medal in the women’s 10m air rifle event and Manika Batra, securing the 4th place in the women`s singles table tennis, both at the 2014 CWG, Glasgow.

A very important aspect for any college is the crowd it houses. The college is renowned for having the right combination of beauty and brains. The college celebrates individuality, and successfully breaks many stereotypical beliefs every day: no, we girls don’t dress up for guys, we do it for ourselves; yes, we’re equally likely to show up in our track pants when we feel like it.

With its population of over one billion, India is quite the giant cauldron of different cultures, customs and traditions and naturally, this means we celebrate a wide array of festivals from across religions. Halloween is one festival that we all have a very vivid idea of, thanks to American TV shows and Hollywood movies. Ask me what a typical Malayali family does on Onam and I might not know, but I definitely know (or think I know) how Halloween is celebrated. From what I do know of Halloween, here’s why I think the concept will work well in India if it were to be an official holiday:

The Diwali festive season gets extended
For many of us, Diwali time is the best time of the year. Since Diwali usually falls a week ahead of or after Halloween, here’s one more excuse to party!

We are a creative people who love to dress up
Once this festival becomes official, I seriously hope the scope of dressing up for Halloween extends beyond the Angels versus Devils or Sexy Nurse themes that seem to prevail in the clubs that host Halloween parties currently. I’d love to see a zombie Indian bride or an armless Thakur seeking revenge.

Trick or treating late in the evening
Though I don’t think many families would let their preteen kids wander door to door for candies after sundown, the concept could work brilliantly under supervision and help rebuild the deteriorating neighborly relations. Plus, we already have the festival of Kanjak in North India, making the concept not so alien.

Carving kaddus
Honestly, who has seen this in a movie and not wanted to give it a try? Not only is carving faces on pumpkins to make decorations a brilliant way to put your creative genius at work, it also works as an outlet of any aggression you may have.

Nobody minds an extra holiday
For those who aren’t too keen on the festive season, Halloween could be just another day you get to sleep in till late!

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Wenger’s Bakery is perhaps one of the oldest and most well known confectioneries in New Delhi, and right around the corner, one shop away from the mighty Keventers is Wenger’s Deli. This week, we decided to see for ourselves if the Deli does in fact live up to the Wenger’s name.

Location and Ambience:

Situated in A block, Connaught Place, Wenger’s Deli is easy to reach and locate. The almost rustic charm of the bakery and a perpetually lively atmosphere make Wenger’s hard to miss. The Deli itself is a tiny outlet, with seating space for only about 8- 10 people. It looks tidy and hygienic, thanks to an open kitchen and neatly organized rows of delicious looking desserts.

Menu and Food:

The menu at Wenger’s Deli is made up of a wide range of salads, burgers, paninis, waffles, shakes and verrines.. We ordered a Peri Peri Chicken Panini, and a Penne Arrabiata Chicken along with Silken Chocolate and Mocha shakes and a strawberry smoothie. Everything tasted really fresh and well made. While the mocha shake was slightly disappointing, the strawberry smoothie turned out to be a winner. The Panini, which is basically a grilled sandwich with an interesting bread/ bun, took us by surprise. It was quite wholesome and had us fighting over for the last bite.

Service and Value for Money:

The Deli is a self- service restaurant, and our order was ready in a few minutes. The giant glass panels allow you to watch the master bakers at play in the kitchen, and also to keep track of your order. The menu is well- priced, with almost no item exceeding 200/- . One can satiate a hungry stomach, complete with a smoothie and a dessert at less than Rs. 500.

Final Verdict:

If you are looking to grab a quick bite and are tired of the same old fast food chains, this is definitely a place to visit. There is quite a lot on the menu to choose from, but not enough sitting space, so make sure you don’t come with a huge group.

Amidst the ever- raging battle between North and South campus for which place has better food joints, Satya Niketan has upped the ante with Dude Food.

Ambience: With bright, pop- culture inspired interiors and a chill ambience, Dude Food looks every bit like the quintessential college hangout point. The walls are adorned with quirky graffiti and witty posters from Friends and Simpsons (to name a few) and the place is lit with coloured bulbs hanging from the ceiling. They also have quite an interesting music playlist, with hugely popular pop songs and tasteful rock music playing in succession.

Dude Food 2

Menu and Food: The menu at Dude Food is a hotpot of guilt- inducing, diet- demolishing feel- good food. They offer a wide variety of options, ranging from waffles and omelets to paranthas and pizzas. The Veggie Crunch pizza and Creamy Pesto pasta were slightly bland, which was disappointing because the Pesto Pasta had been great on a previous visit. The Dude Chicken parantha was just about satisfactory on its own, but tasted way better when had with pickle and curd. We ordered our Dude Flintstones wrap with bacon, sausages and meat Bolognese and this was inarguably the best main course dish out of the lot that we had tried. From past experiences, I can also vouch for Dude Drunken chicken and the Dude Lamb burger. The Green Apple Brain freeze and Sweet Lime soda were good, but the Caramel Macciato took us by surprise! We decided to be adventurous for dessert, going beyond the (chocolate) foreplay with Dude Fried Mars and stopping just before Dude Candied Bacon. Our opinions on the Dude Fried Mars varied greatly. I, for one, loved the sweet, hot, gooey chocolate mess with ice- cream, though it did get a little overpowering after a few bites. Everything was presented aesthetically with appropriate condiments, and the servings were pretty generous too.

Service: Although our waiter wasn’t very thorough with the menu, and there were some occasional communication gaps, the staff patiently beared with our miserable attempts at singing along with the music. Two thumbs up for that!

Value for Money: Though Satya offers some options for every pocket size, Dude Food is definitely one of the cheaper options for people who want to have a proper meal with an ambience such as theirs. The size of the servings was good enough to fill four stomachs for less than Rs. 1500, including drinks and desserts.



The world lost yet another beautiful soul to the demon that is depression. For anyone familiar with Robbin Williams’ work, it was almost unbelievable to hear that the beloved comedian took his own life after battling with depression for long.

Though there’s much more to depression than sadness, staying upbeat is one way to ensure that you or a loved one don’t get consumed into this abyss. Without sounding too much like a self- help article, here’s a (generally) happy person’s guide to happiness!

Make peace with who you are:

There will always be someone with better grades than yours, someone with better hair, or someone with a better social life, but that doesn’t take away from who you are. Appreciating someone ? Depreciating yourself! The first step towards a cheerful disposition is being comfortable with your mind and body. Once you’re grateful for who you are, what you have, the world will definitely seem more inviting.


Exercise and sleep:

With the pace that our lives are at, it is easy to fall into a rut. Break away from melancholy! An active lifestyle is a scientifically proven key to a happier life, as is a well- rested mind. Exercise keeps you motivated, gives you a certain sense of accomplishment and also helps you sleep better.

If you’re one of those people who get grumpy after having to climb a single flight of stairs, you need to include some form of simple physical activity in your life now!


Listen to upbeat music:

At times when you’re feeling low, make a conscious choice of listening to peppy tunes. Your definition of ‘peppy’ may range from Pharrel William’s Happy to AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, build an instant stress- busting playlist and play it on loop. I’ve never seen someone tapping their foot and being morose at the same time!


Realistic goals:

One thing that gets a lot of us down is feeling demotivated, and even useless. This usually happens when we miss out on achieving a target or worse still, when the target we’d set looms ahead, bigger and more intimidating than it had originally seemed. Set short term realistic goals for yourself, achieving these will give you the motivation to take on the next challenge. The lesson here is not to underestimate your skills, but to make sure that you don’t overburden yourself.


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The syllabus for the first semester has been uploaded and can be found here. The syllabus, which spans over 7 theoretical and 1 practical paper, looks like  recap of what a CBSE student might have studied in middle school. Even for Megha, an ICSE student who is now pursuing Economics Hons, the syllabus doesn’t offer anything new. “I wish the practical aspect is concentrated on more, otherwise it’ll just be a repeat of what we’ve already done” she says. Priyanka Walia, a student of Psychology from IP College for Women says, “I was glad that the FYUP got scrapped, because that meant I wouldn’t have to study subjects unrelated to my course. This new addition seems senseless to me.” The marking scheme and revised time tables are yet to be announced.]]>

College orientations are a great way to familiarize yourself with a glimpse of  the next three years of your life. Even though they aren’t mandatory to attend, we highly recommend that you do. Here are a few things that you should try and learn on orientation day that you probably won’t find on any online fact sheet:

College building and amenities: Chances are, that you’ve only visited the college once before the orientation, during the admission rush. With no classes or hurry, this is an ideal day to explore your college. Check out the common rooms, library, canteen, and of course, the photocopy shop. This way, you wouldn’t feel quite as ‘dis-oriented’ on the first day of classes!


Batch mates: Here’s your chance to get your feelers out and interact with as many people as you can from across all courses, chat up with the cute guy you noticed during the admissions, or get busy forming cliques. First impression might not necessarily be the last one, but it certainly has an impact, so make sure you put your best foot forward, shed all inhibitions and get to know your batch mates.

cute guy

Seniors: These guys have been around for a year or more now, and they know how to get things done. Orientation day is a great opportunity for you to befriend a few seniors. Not only will they help you ease into this new life, they can also help you procure old notes and give tips on which teachers’ classes you can bunk!

Faculty: The faculty teaching at your department will be introduced to you at the orientation, and there’s no harm in trying to get into a teacher’s good books even before the classes commence. After all, a few extra marks never hurt!


The introduction of the FYUP is probably the biggest reform undertaken by the University in a long time. One would like to believe that a change so mighty will be properly planned out. Alas, we all know that this hasn’t been the case.

One of the less talked about issues with the new system is the huge increase in the weightage given to Internal Assessments or IA. Previously, each subject, other than the ones requiring practical examinations, was allotted 25 marks as IA. The pattern was loosely the same across colleges, and consisted of assignments, class tests, presentations and attendance.

While this still remains true for the Discipline Courses, the Foundation Course teachers have been given the freedom, (or burden?) of allotting 55 marks on their own. The actual ‘exam’ in this case, which is for 20 marks, is little more than a joke, and also checked internally i.e. by the teachers of the respective colleges. To put it in perspective, 270 out of 500 marks now lie solely with your teachers. This translates to 54% of your overall grade and 73.3% of your FC marks which depend more on your luck than on your learning abilities.

Am I blaming ‘luck’ only because I’m a sore loser? Well let’s think about this, the average IA scores vary drastically not just from college to college, but also from teacher to teacher. Whereas some colleges have adopted the method of assessing their students fairly and awarding marks with restraint, others are making full use of the opportunity to help their students score much better. Have you and your classmates been given a perfect 55 even in subjects like Hindi and English? Were you taken aback at how high you’ve scored even in subjects and classes you barely attended?

A situation which places nearly 3/4th of your FC score in the teacher’s hands is bound to promote favoritism and bias. Students find themselves losing out on marks in group discussions that never happened and extra credits they weren’t informed about. Even the teachers had come out against this shift in mark distribution, calling it the University’s way of washing its hands off tedious work.

Sports and ECA students are awarded grace marks in Foundation Courses, but even that has no fixed guidelines. Some colleges just add 8 marks for each FC and some mark the student on his or her actual performance in the said extra-curricular activity.

The CCE reform that the CBSE Board had introduced in secondary school education faced similar criticism. Internal Assessment should definitely be a part of a student’s evaluation, but is 55 marks under the same really justified? Especially when classes might not even be held, and there are Professors who aren’t able to recall a student’s name, let alone his or her performance in class? It’s indeed sad how under the new system, being a sincere student doesn’t count for much, but being a sweet talker sure does.