Everyone gets tired of lazing around for weeks after exams end or going through the same old routine of binge-watching TV shows and movies. Even internships often leave you with too much time on your hands.
Summer is the best time to break out those supplies and get your hands a little dirty by trying out a few DIY projects. We bring you a few ideas collected from the interweb to get you started:

1. Fandom Shirts (.. or any t-shirts really)

Fandom shirts Image Credits: pinterest.com
Fandom shirts
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All of us have those few fandoms we associate ourselves with (more like cry and rant about, amirite?) and love to flaunt. Well, being a broke college student often gets in the way of buying good quality fandom merchandise, let alone buy original merchandise. If you’re also unfortunate enough to love a band that is not very popular, you’re doomed to drooling over merchandise and grumble about shipping fees.. Right? Well, not anymore! Use all this free time to make yourself some fandom merchandise to flaunt in college during the next semester.

What you need: cardboard/plastic sheets (to cut out stencils), cutter, bleach/acrylic paint, spray bottle
This is pretty much the easiest thing to do since you just need to print out a picture or letters (if you’re going to write a quote/word) and paste them on the cardboard to cut out stencils. It is recommended to use easily distinguishable symbols which can be cut as stencils easily and recognised through their outlines, like the TARDIS for Doctor Who fans or the mockingjay pin for Hunger Games fans. Use a bleach (discolours the cloth) or acrylic paint in a spray bottle to spray in or around the stencil. Let it dry off and voila! You have yourself handmade fandom shirts!

2. Cords Roll

Cords Roll Image Credits: pinterest.com
Cords Roll
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If you’re anything like a lot of college students I know, your charger, earphones, USB cords are probably lying all tangled up either at the bottom of your bag or somewhere in a distant drawer. This is an easy and simple project to make yourself a cool place to store all your cords which, even if you throw at the bottom of your bag, will make them easier to find. Moreover, you won’t have to spend 10 minutes detangling them before use.
What you need: A patch of real/fake leather or any hard fabric, knife/cutter, snap buttons
Get all the cords you want to place in this roll and put them side-by-side to measure how long it needs to be. Cut out the fabric accordingly and make sure to leave one end cut out in a pointed triangular shape so that you can use this to close the roll (as shown in the picture). Make small cuts at regular interval to place your cords between them. In the end, stitch/glue the snap buttons and you have your portable cord roll!

3. Fabric covered hardcover books/journals

Fabric covered harcover books Image Credits: twotwentyone.com
Fabric covered hardcover books
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If you like hoarding hardcover books or have some at hand and want to give them a snazzy, personalised look, this project is for you. This also makes for an excellent present for your friends who are bibliophiles.
What you need: Colourful fabric lying around your home, hardcover books, scissors, fabric glue
The procedure is pretty much the same as that for covering books and notebooks for school using brown paper. Start by ironing the fabric to remove any creases. Cut out an appropriate piece, such that the book will be covered easily and it neatly reaches the insides too. Use a glue gun or fabric glue to put on the fabric. Keep in mind to cut out slits while covering the spine of the book so that you can slide the fabric inside from the top and bottom to give it a snug look.

4. Journal

Journal pages Image Credits: johwey.com
Journal pages
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Before you scroll down, no, I don’t mean the journal where you record your entries daily about your day or start off endearing confessions with “Dear Diary..”. If you want to do that, of course, you’re welcome to but the new age journal keeping is a lot more diverse and allows for a lot of creativity. Allow me to explain.
What you need: A journal/notebook, that is it because the rest is upto you
This is fun and easy because your only aim is to fill the pages according to what you want. Do you like quotes or lyrics? Get a few nice pens and scribble them out. Try a few fonts, even experiment with different mediums like watercolour. Did you see a pretty pattern in a magazine you think is cool? Cut it out and paste it. Did you go sightseeing to monuments or to watch a movie? Keep the ticket stubs and put it in the journal. The main aim of journal-keeping is to record things you find interesting and would like to look back on. It’s completely upto you to keep it as plain, colourful, glittery or pictorial as you want.

5. Cool hairpins

Hairpins Image Credits: themerrythought.com
Image Credits: themerrythought.com

If you like to adorn your tresses with cool accessories, this is a really appropriate project. Give up the (frankly) tacky designs in stores and make your own minimalistic style statement!
What you need: hair pins, plywood/plastic sheet, Feviquick/super-glue, cutter/knife
This project works excellently with bits and pieces of plywood lying around if you’ve recently had some carpentering done at your place. Cut up small shapes (triangles are the easiest to cut out, just FYI) and paint them with nailpaint to give them a glossy finish and glue it onto the heads of the hair pins. If you have glitter on you, feel free to use it to add more embellishments.

These are only a few of the many, many things you can try out this summer. Have fun and get crackin’!

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Shubham Kaushik
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Each year comes and brings along with excellent music to listen to and associate it with. 2015 has been an especially great year for music, with major artists releasing music in the first half of the year and yet many more announcing the announcement of theirs. Two months shy of the halfway mark of 2015 and with a lot of options to choose from, here are our top three picks of the albums you should listen and celebrate your summer to:

American Beauty/American Psycho- Fall Out Boy

American Beauty/American Psycho- Fall Out Boy Image Credits: Fall Out Boy (official album cover)
American Beauty/American Psycho- Fall Out Boy
Image Credits: Fall Out Boy (official album cover)

If you love the sound of anthem songs that have choruses worth shouting and stomping your feet to, look no further than Fall Out Boy’s sixth studio album. The album was released fresh into the New Year on January 20, 2015.

After pulling off a reincarnation of sorts with 2013’s “Save Rock and Roll”, the Chicago-based rock-stars continue to step on, and even try and erase the line between what’s considered pop and rock music. While traditionally known for their “emo” music, with lyricist Pete Wentz’s introspective lyrics and Patrick Stump’s soaring musical arrangements and vocals, the band took a noticeable turn towards pop music in their latest albums. American Beauty/American Psycho (stylised AB/AP), is a pop record, too, but it is also much more than that.

The album is 11 songs long, starting off with blaring horns with the album opener – “Irresistible”, a song about falling in love with people you know will hurt you. The song is a perfect way to start off a record, drawing attention to Stump’s soaring vocals. The first half of the album is full of catchy choruses and psychedelic song you can dance to, including the multi-platinum hit- “Centuries”. It then hits a slight slump in the middle but picks right up, with “Immortals”, which was featured on Disney’s Academy Award Winning film “Big Hero 6”. The album ends with the track named “Twin Skeletons”, which is almost like a cliffhanger in terms of the music you’d expect the band to release next.

The variety of music on AB/AP is commendable, from the melancholic and soulful “Jet Pack Blues” to head-bang worthy anthems like the title track. Despite the variety, it still sounds cohesive as an album and not just a collection of singles, which is more than what can be said for a lot of records being released today.

Must Listens: Uma Thurman, Jet Pack Blues, Fourth of July

Kintsugi- Death Cab for Cutie

Kintsugi- Death Cab For Cutie Image Credits: songmeanings.com
Kintsugi- Death Cab For Cutie
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Death Cab for Cutie has been a critically acclaimed band for as long as some of us have been alive. No, I’m not exaggerating. They’ve been around since 1997 and have found appreciation that started in the independent music industry and then led them to multiple Grammy nominations.

Kintsugi, the eighth studio album by the band, follows on the heels of the departure of Chris Walla, who was one of the band’s founding members, and the lead vocalist Ben Gibbard’s divorce with actress Zoey. Naturally, the main themes of the album revolve around love, heartbreak and melancholy.

The name of the album is from a Japanese art form involving the piecing together of broken pottery. The breaking and recreation of the ceramics are meant to become a part of the object’s story rather than simply a means of repair. The album is the band’s attempt at observing this philosophy musically and trying to incorporate it after painful losses.

The most striking feature of the album is that it can be listened to as passively or as actively as you want. If you’re focusing on reading and want something in the background or even if you want to wholeheartedly dissect the sound of the album, it is perfect for both. While generally labeled as an indie-pop record, which is what is DCFC’s main genre; it’s too homogenised to capture the sound of this record. The records range from the introspective, but upbeat “No Room in Frame”, to the slow ballad of “Hold No Guns”, and then to the more guitar-based sound of “Good Help (Is So Hard To Find)”.

This is the perfect album for an introspective, laid-back summer. I found it to be particularly amazing to write or read to.

Must Listens: No Room In Frame, Good Help (Is So Hard To Find), Binary Sea


Future Hearts- All Time Low

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Future Hearts- All time Low
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All Time Low have understood and employed the formula for a pop-punk record time and again. Future Hearts is an extension, although a brilliant one, of the same process. It’s definitely the same band who busted out tunes like “Dear Maria, Count Me In” but the lyrics have matured and the albums are peppered with slower songs, as well.

What Future Hearts lacks in cohesiveness as an album. Though, it definitely makes up in terms of how catchy the majority of the songs are. You might not want to list to the entire album in a go, but you’ll definitely find yourself humming the hooks under your breath after listening to some of the songs. The album follows no one theme but has the general “this- town-is-so-small-let’s-get-away-we’ll-make-it” vibe of any quintessential pop-punk record. Alex Gaskarth’s voice is framed perfectly in the melodic arrangements which some may criticise as overproduced. The album also boasts of some fantastic guest appearances- Mark Hoppus from Blink-182 (Tidal Waves) and Joel Madden from Good Charlotte. The strongest tracks of the album are the starting few as it loses momentum, giving way to the generic and forgettable in the middle.

Listen to this album for the variety of moods it can support- scared about the vast possibilities of the future; protesting against something unfair; or feeling like nothing will be worth it again. This album has it all.

Must Listens: Something’s Gotta Give, Satellite, Cinderblock Garden

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Shubham Kaushik

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We all know that the climate in Delhi is virtually divided into two parts- the bone chilling, teeth chattering winters and the face melting, rash inflicting summers. Now that the cold has died away, we, the analysts in DU Beat have meticulously jotted down the 5 things that even the best of us end up hating about summers:
Sweat it out: Whether we’re talking about embarrassing stains they leave on our clothes when we’re out or that icky feeling of brushing against some stranger’s sweaty arm, I think we can all agree that sweating is one of the worst things about summer.

Zombie Apocalypse: With all the heat and the drudgery that the summer heat brings along, it does not take much time for almost every Delhite to become a part of the un-dead horde. Inanimate faces, dragging limbs and reeking body odour everywhere.  Summer in Delhi is a perfect holiday for shuffling corpses (“Thriller” remake anyone? Anyone?)


The great queue: Be it you trying to fill your examination form, driving to the office or just trying to relieve the pressure in your bowels, there is, by the rule of law, a queue, the length of which is inversely proportional to two factors:

a) the amount of time you can spare
b) the urgency of your work
Now multiply that dilemma with say a 40 degree Celsius temperature and I assure you that you will find religion.


Lengthier day cycles: We have all learnt that summers mean longer day cycles (ignore this if you were the one snoozing at the last bench with me). Now, longer days mean longer time in the blazing heat, lengthier lectures and a lengthier wait on the queue I just mentioned earlier.












Water shortage: Get ready to listen to the dry, hollow whistle of your household taps as it tries to cough up some water (don’t blame the poor chap, it tries its best). Parched throats and rabid demand for packaged water are common syndromes of the summer blaze. Oh and I would strongly advise you to avoid using shampoos. The shower has a nasty habit of running dry just after you apply a thick lather of shampoo (And when the shampoo gets into your eye, and you’ve run out of water, you will know pain like no other)

extreme thirst








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Summer vacations are already underway and if you are not the unlucky ones who are wading their way through Delhi University admissions under the hot sun and now the water logged roads, count your blessings and write a thank you note to your stars. Now, for some it is essential to stretch those limbs and exercise that derriere after they have been on the receiving ends of their mother’s love and affection,via the stomach, but if you are anything like your’s truly, you shall dump that piece of spandex and hop into a pair of comfortable, roomy, colourful pajamas, open that laptop, log into the neighbour’s unsecured WiFi, and make yourself mighty comfortable on the bed, because tables are for pansies.

Holidays are an opportunity to watch sitcoms and movies we just could not during the semester, and this is exactly what we are going to do.Here is a friendly guide of TV series which you can spend your time watching and enjoying.

 1. Da Vinci’s Demons

Now, if the name itself is not enough to heighten your intrigue, the fact that is a historical fantasy packed with a whole lot of action, mystery, sex and violence should make you running for that DVD. In complete opposition to it’s title, the series has little resemblance to the life of the man behind the name but, what it does have, is this young artist/inventor/engineer battling Draculas, solving complicated puzzles using his sheer brilliance and of course, investing himself in a love triangle. Just lovely! Directed by David Goyer, co-writer of ‘ The Dark Knight’ trilogy, season 1 is a whole of 8 episodes, a complete fix for a lazy weekend.


2. Sherlock

If Benedict Cumberbatch grew on tree, I would have a whole orchard of him. As if the accent is not swoon-worthy enough, he is also an amazing actor.You might remember him from Star Trek Into Darkness as Khan Noonien Singh, and he will also be portraying famed news-leaker, Julian Assange, in The Fifth Estate. Sherlock is a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work, in which Sherlock and Watson use the modern day technology available to them to solve crimes. So there are websites, blogging, Google maps and nicotine patches. There are two seasons with a total of six episodes. The third season is currently under production.

3. Orphan Black

Tatiana Maslany deserves an Emmy for her performance. Being cited as one of the best show to be aired on television recently, BBC’s Orphan Black is fast paced with a fierce plot that almost keeps you at the edge of your seat. What Priyanka Chopra failed to deliver with her tragically flop film What’s your Rashee?, Maslany achieves it and some more. Sarah Manning (Maslany), is a young British mother living in Canada. A small-time con artist, she sees her doppelganger commit suicide by stepping in front of a train, after stealing the woman’s purse and identity, Sarah the con artist becomes Beth the cop, scrambling to fool her partner and discovering more women who look just like her. Maslany does justice to every role she portrays, be it the hipster or the suburban mom, it is hard to believe that it is one woman playing all the characters. Watch this sci-fi series for the future of cloning and for Tatiana Maslany.

4. Awkward

High School, boys, embarrassing parents, conniving Asians, love triangle or quadrangle (depending on the episode) and a whole lot of awkwardness, 15- year old Jenna Hamilton is victim of a freak accident which everybody thinks is a suicide attempt and thus begins her journey of awkwardness. The series is easy to watch, a light comedy and with typical teenage elements. Best thing about the show is the sarcastic and snarky voice-over and the counsellor, yes the fanny pack wearing counsellor. Currently in it’s third season, watch it if nostalgia sets in  or a break from too much mind work is needed.

5. Downton Abbey

This one is for the ladies. Downton Abbey, a British period drama set in and after the World War II easily draws you into the life of the Crawley family and their servants. At the beginning of the season, Titanic has just sunk, taking with it the Downton heir and leaving the house in jeopardy. The series seems familiar and there just might be episodes which are disinteresting, but it manages to captivate and soon, you find yourself rooting for the lovers and hoping for the best. The series is currently in it’s third season.

Also, must watch:

Hannibal, Girls, The Americans, Games of Thrones, Bate’s Motel, GO ON