Months on, the road outside Ramjas College is yet to be fully constructed. The road poses a serious threat to differently-abled students.

Amidst the unpredictable Delhi monsoon, the road outside Ramjas College turns into a sludge of dirt, grime, and puddles. Delhi police barricades stand in strange places as students leap over puddles and potholes.

The road that was dug up in March, in hopes of creating an improved one, still remains unfinished.

It limits the movement of students, and other travellers towards Daulat Ram College and Vijay Nagar. The looming cloud of dust became a permanent resident of the college, as students and teachers with breathing issues struggled.

During the second phase of construction, the road right outside the main gate was dug up, a gaping pit, roughly 10 feet deep stared at the world as students were forced to make their way to the college through the sidewalks caked with mounds of dirt and rubble. A walk to the college became a hiking trip.

As the raging Delhi summer went by, the capricious monsoon arrived. The dust outside the college has settled to puddles and swamps. Delhi Police barricades stand at the opening of the road, sometimes, it turns into a parking spot.

The tarmac on the road is yet to be laid but bikes and scooters still manage to scoot past the barricades. On the days when it rains heavily, the road turns into a massive puddle, forcing students to make their way through the sludge.

Letters to authorities have remained unanswered. Udhav Sharma, a third-year student wrote to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), explaining his concerns over the damaged roads. However, the NDMC is yet to respond. “The Principal told me that the work will get over in a few days.” But that’s yet to come true. Another pit has been dug up towards the sports ground gate of the college.

The road is also a source of great discomfort, and a possible threat to differently-abled students, faculty members and visitors to the college. Ramjas College is yet to become fully disabled-friendly. “The college space is inaccessible for people like me, the staff are rude, the damaged road is the cherry on top. There’s always a major risk of getting injured,” said a master’s student who chose to be anonymous.

The college Principal and Vice Principal remained unavailable for comments.



Feature Image Credits: Jaishree Kumar for DU Beat


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While many wait for the monsoon season to arrive, mucky roads and gloomy weather have the capacity to put off people. Convenience and comfort are topmost priorities, but so are the fashion choices! Whether you are petite, skinny, or curvy, Auburn Umbrella is here to help you with comfortable yet fashionable tips this monsoon. Make your clothes evoke the haute look in this wet season.


  1. Choosing the correct fabric

Fabrics that dry easily and resist mud and water stains are always recommended: cotton, polyester, lycra, and nylon. Get printed fabrics that have beautiful patterns and give a sunny look on a rainy day.  Make sure you’re not wearing fabrics that would stick to your skin or become see-through after a downpour. Denims are a thumbs-down as they take an impossibly long time to dry.

  1. Length of your clothes

Avoid full-length trousers and opt for cute shorts, culottes, or capris. Long skirts should be saved for another season to avoid a fashion faux pas. Monsoons are more about miniskirts, hot pants, and sleeveless tops with different neck styles. Whatever shape you may be, minis and midis are always defining and in vogue.

  1. Colour, colour, which colour?

Jazz up your wardrobe with pop colours. Bright shades of indigo, green, and blue are good choices for the monsoon. Peppy palettes of purple, lemon yellow, fuchsia pink, orange, and white are the best picks for this season. Darker shades of black and brown make for ideal formal wear. However, wearing pristine white in the monsoon is certainly not a good idea as white clothes tend to get transparent when wet and also get stained easily.

  1. Accessorising and add-ons

Bright neon-coloured waterproof bags, raincoats, boots, hats, and belts deserve a shout-out in this difficult season. Beautiful bracelets, earrings, and neck pieces made of plastic, rubber, and acrylic make for trendy picks. Metal and leather should be avoided during the rainy season. Get sassy covers for your gadgets that are waterproof.

  1. Shoes speak louder than words!

Just grab bright and vibrant colourful pairs of flip flops matching your dress. Chuck all those leather and velvet shoes and switch to the easy rubber flip-flops. Avoid wearing heels in the rainy season. Wear blacks and browns on formal occasions. Otherwise, Crocs are a smart choice and so are gumboots. They are firm and rain-friendly and ensure you can walk confidently on those slippery wet floors.

  1. Take care of your hair and skin

Stylise your hair with high ponytails and fishtail braids. Opt for new haircuts and try dyeing some strands with spicy shades. Don’t forget to oil your hair and moisturise your skin. You don’t want a smudgy and spoilt look, hence a no to heavy make-up.


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Delhi has been experiencing a lot of rain lately. For some people, it has only brought inconvenience along with it. Yet there are others who have no qualms about getting drenched in the rain, getting their footwear dirty, or their clothes wet. They are the rain lovers!

Rain, no matter how unwelcome it may seem to some, is very dear to many. It is beautiful to see the sky pouring down the purest of drops to change the harshest temperatures.  The rain lovers have unique and sometimes inexplicable reasons for loving rain. Whenever it rains, they have oodles of ideas to make the most of it.
Following are some of the things rain lovers do when it rains. Those who would want to join their league, can try the following:

1. Enjoy the scenes

Some people love rain, but only from a distance. If you are apprehensive of getting too excited in the rain, appreciate it from a distance. Take charge of a window, a safe corner outside your residence, or even an umbrella with a comfortable pair of shoes will help you a lot. Once you are ready, behold the beauty!

Enjoy the scenes

2. Abandon the umbrella

“What’s in an umbrella?”
Most of those who cherish rains are too bold for umbrellas. You will watch them walking calmly right next to a bunch of people trying to fit under the limited available umbrellas. Rain is not harmful for them. They love to feel it touch them. Being anti-umbrella is being pro nature and definitely, pro rain.
If you wish to enjoy rains, don’t wait outside your classrooms or in the foyers for the rains to stop. Take that leap of love, walk boldly and slowly in the rain and feel one with nature.
Disclaimer: Figure out a way to protect your books in this process.

Abandon the Umbrella

3. A thinking mind and a sheet of paper

For some reason, rain makes you delve deep into everything. It makes you imagine and think about beautiful concepts and emotions. Rain is a stimulant for a lot of stories. Grab yourself a sheet of paper and pour down your thoughts while the sky is pouring along.

Thinking mind

4. Food and rain

Rain can be absolutely irrelevant without food. A lot of people take to thadi (small tea shops) and enjoy looking at people with their hot cup of chai. Some take to cooking hot parathas, or pakoday. A hot cup of coffee is too obvious to mention.

Food and Rain

5. Plan an event!

There are people for whom rain is an event. A celebration!
They would curse you if you don’t tell them it was raining. Abandoning sleep won’t be an issue, neither is a good hairstyle! They would rush out when they hear the noise of the rain falling. They will take the most prominent space in some lawn, a terrace or even crazier- a road, and feel it!
Next time you want to enjoy the rain, just step out fearlessly. Stay right there and you will find good and deep feelings rekindling.


6. Some ideas borrowed from recent scenes and encounters

Go out with your significant other and take a long walk. Pair it up with some good music and you are good to go. Don’t forget to hold hands, because the rain just seeps in and both of you end up sharing the drops.

Play loud music on the terrace of your house, flat or PG and call friends over. Then start dancing. It gets that simple.

Generous friends will volunteer to click you some #RainGoals pictures too. Try being a bit dramatic, if you fail, don’t worry. The rain has got your back.

Choose to ride a cycle, or a bike or scooty to feel the rain and wind on your face.

Write a new song, or sing along to one.

Tee hee!

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