Diwali 2017 at Dilli Haat Janakpuri was celebrated by organizing a Diwali Mela organized on the weekend before the festival from Oct 13th to 15th. A lot of Diwali shopping could be done at the stalls. Especially at the stalls by NGOs who sold Diwali items made by the underprivileged and visually handicapped children. Children participated in competitions and enjoyed in the play area. And there was a lot of food and entertainment.
Dilli Haat Janakpuri celebrates all the festivals with lots of entertainment for people of all age groups. Dill Haat Janakpuri opened two years back and during every religious, national or state festivals there is all-around entertainment.
One of the highlights of the at the Diwali celebrations were the lamps and decoration items made by:
The visually impaired
Traditional artiste in villages
There was a painting competition for children for FREE!!. Children of any age group up to the 12th standard could join. And they could win prizes and scholarships.
Diwali decoration by Underprivileged Kids
There was a stall of Nidaan Foundation (an NGO) which sold Diwali decorations made by the underprivileged kids. There were little clay pots painted and decorated colourfully. One star attraction was the Diwali lamp or Diya which looked like a lotus. Priyam Mathur of Nidaan Foundation said that the Diya was made from disposable spoons. Another decoration was a wall hanging with icecream sticks and a Ganesha statue on the frame.
Two in one light and scent
This was really cute. When the electric blub is lit and the lamp gets heated then the oil, poured on the top, emanates beautiful scent. There was also the candle version instead of the electric one, where you can place a candle inside the electric bulb.
Wooden crockery from Nagaland
There was beautifully polished wooden crockery made from Teak wood. The crockeries were carved by local artisans in Nagaland. There were also trays made from jute.
Khadi wears for women
The khadi dresses are affordable with prices from the range of Rs 500 – Rs 1200. The Khadi wears are manufactured and sold by a lady entrepreneur.
Diwali lighting made by visually impaired kids
There was also a stall of Diwali items made by the students of Akhil Bharatiya Netrahin Sangh – a school for the blinds. There were beautifully carved and painted diyas. The entire Diwali decoration shopping can be done here as there are Candles, lamps, dhoop aggarbattis and pooja items.
Songs and entertainment at the Amphitheatre
All the while the amphitheatre played loud music that kept the Haat lively.
Kids play area
To keep the children entertained there are a few play items.
Overall the Dilli Haat in Janakpuri is a good place to hang out with family during the Diwali holidays. The vast expanse of the Dilli Haat has got unique architectural buildings. To beautiful landscaping and the amazing architects is a beautiful blend of nature and architectural skills.
A 300-year-old traditional Kerala house, beautifully built with stones and wood was moved,1300 km from Kerala to Delhi. The house that belonged to a traditional agrarian family, was handed over from one generation to another to the youngest son of the family. And so the house finally was inherited by Oommen George, an Architect and Artist who now stays in the US. He had no plans to stay in his ancestral home.
What he wanted to be done with the house…..
When Mr. Oommen tried to sell the house, called Meda, in Mepral, Thirvulla, he realised that everyone was interested in the plot and the wooden antiques in the house which could be sold. None was interested in restoring and staying in the house. There was only one option before him which was to dismantle the house which was in a dilapidated state.
Who came to his rescue……….
His friend and Famous architect Pradeep Sachdeva came to his rescue at this moment. Well known for his projects like the Delhi Haat and the Garden of five senses. He is also the architect of offices and hotels like Taj.
How could Sachdeva dismantle the building unscathed?
What Sachdeva did next was to get the local traditional carpenter, Narayan Achari who knew about the wood works. Commonly known as Achari, the Acharis are carpenters and they pass on their tradition from generation to generation. Narayan Achari and his local group of workers worked like professionals to systematically remove all the wood pieces of Meda and to number them and to pack them in groups.
What is unique about the traditional Kerala house?
Fifty years back in Kerala there used to be only a few pucca houses in a village, and the rest will be thatched huts. Hence the entire village had an emotional attachment to the palatial landmarks of their village. The arapura, is the wooden room which is a granary, and has a granary box (pathayam) and ostensibly built at the entrance of the house with wooden carved door, gold platings and sophisticated locking system. The arapura was the storing place for the rice and other food items.
Why are Keralites emotional about traditional houses?
Every village has some kind of traditional stories related to the tharavad (ancestral home) and to the arapura of the tharavad. In my grandmother’s childhood home, a tradition is followed even now. The preparation for the temple celebration begins from that village ( know as kara) only after the karnavar (head of the family) of the tharavad opens the arapura and gives two bottles of coconut oil to the temple authorities. ‘Meda’, it is said was located above sea level, hence the villagers found shelter here during floods.
Role of an Acharis’ in the construction of a traditional Kerala house
The acharis, have got an important place in the Kerala architecture. They hand down their trade secret to the next generation. The role of an Achari is immense in traditional Kerala house construction. In olden days they were the consultant architects, engineers, carpenter and astrologer for any construction project. Narayan Achari started mastering the skills at a very young age.
Features of a wooden room or Ara………….
Traditional Kerala house rooms of woods are known as Ara and Nira. Nira means panels. The walls, ceilings and the floors are made of wooden panels which are joined without nuts and bolts. The wooden panels are joined like jigsaw puzzles.
Achari’s role in dismantling the house…….
Naryan Achari, dexterously removed the panels and packed them in groups so that when the package reached Gurugram, the panels could be easily unpacked and joined.
Did they use new materials in reconstruction in Gurugram?
Some of the wood was unusable, so Pradeep Sachedeva made a few new panels using similar wood in Gurugram. And only the wooden rooms of upstairs was brought to Delhi. Instead of the stones used for the ground floor walls, bricks were used in gurugram.
How long was the reconstruction……
Achari and his team were brought to Gurugram where the assembling and reconstruction were done within six weeks.
What were the additions made to the traditional building?
John Bowman, a British architect created a cast iron spiral steps to the upper floor. Initially, the staircase was of wood. In addition, a bathroom and a kitchen were constructed on the ground floor. In addition, electricity and plumbing were installed.
How is the house after eight years of shifting………..
Mr. Sachdeva says the house seems to belong to the place, and wood will be fine for a long time.
Is the upkeep of the wood structure difficult
He says maintenance of the structure is not difficult and the house is cleaned and kept well maintained.
How economical is it to shift a traditional house?
Mr. Sachdeva says that shifting the house is not a costly affair.
What is the house being used as in Gurugram?
Meda is being used as a weekend home by Mr. Sachdeva and it is also used as a guesthouse.
She successfully manages two careers, as a Graphic Designer and a Painter with elan. Poonam Bevli Sahi has been running her designing studio, FACET, for the last few decades. She got many prestigious customers, Help Age India being the first, who design their dossiers and other communication material at her office. Many well known companies have got their designing works done with her for decades, as they trust her reliable and quality services.
When you go to her office-room there will always be an unfinished canvas which is being painted. And the canvas is the indication of her other profession as a Painter. She has been Painting, and wining prizes, since her childhood. Asked how she finds time for painting, in the midst of the already busy and time-bound designing career, she says steals time.
Poonam Bevli Sahi, I know her since I used to get the designing work done at her designing cum home, for the magazine that I worked with. There is an artistic feel in her home, beautiful wall hangings, artistically shaped furniture and everything placed in such a manner so as to accentuate the beauty of the surrounding. And the most attractive was the floating flower arrangement in a copper vessel.
Poonam Bevli Sahi has conducted a number of exhibitions both in India and Abroad. Many of her paintings are brought by private painting collectors around the world.
From March 2nd to 8th, she has been exhibiting her paintings at IIC, Delhi with the theme of the painting being ‘Life is a Circus’. She narrates the various challenges in life which is similar to the tasks carried out by Circus artists. Circus is an unexplored theme in painting.
Poonam Bevli Sahi inherited her passion and painting talents from her mother who herself was an amateur Painter. Her mother was married young, and before starting her career at NCERT, she used to do a lot of canvasses. And she used to visit, with her mother and sister, many painting exhibitions and interact with artist. The exposure to the world of paintings, she says constantly fuelled her passion for painting.
When asked whether painting, was a hobby, which she pursued during her free time, she reiterated that painting was her profession. Leading a disciplined life with proper diet, yoga and meditation helps to manage all the activities.
When asked about how she portrayed women in her paintings, she said that for her men and women are equal.
In today’s world when women try to balance their family and career, like a trapeze artist, Poonam Bevli Sahi is an inspiration for women. With proper delegation, passion and hard work you can be successful in two parallel professions.
When asked what message she would like to give to the young women entrepreneurs, she said there is nothing impossible for women. Be consistent in your pursuit and you will achieve your dreams.
When I got the invitation for ‘power packed, feature loaded, adrenaline pumped’ TATA Hexa #hexaexperience, I took my family along for two reasons. Firstly, I gave up travelling long distance on road because of excruciating pain due to arthritis; and secondly, my family is better at judging the features of a car. We decided that if the off-road rides were too bumpy and rough, then my family will continue with the ride, while I watch them from the arena.
The ambience at the #Hexaexperience centre at Gurugram, was inviting. There was only reasonable crowd who had come seriously to have an #Hexaexperience. And in addition to sitting in a car driven by an expert for the off-road experience, you could also self-drive on road if you own a drivers licence.
Special ride for Kids!!!
When we went for the off road ride, the kids were taken for a special ride, where they were taken for a spinning, speed drive and a little of the bumpy rides, excluding some of the extremely rough hurdles. Kids returned smiling, and a small complaint that ‘Uncle did not take us on all the hurdles’.
While waiting for our turn for the off-road experience we could see four Wild Hexa speeding and spinning on the dusty ground. The six-seater TATA Hexa is huge and attracts attention with the grand exterior.
Designed for Hills and Sports
The Seats were extremely comfortable, and there was enough leg space with seat belts for all the seats. We were taken for the rough and tough drive, with sudden breaks applied at close intervals. The car went spinning fast three time, and then we crossed a huge muddy pit with utter grace and elan. Then we had a ride up an artificial hill, a hill hold and a hill descent. Hexa has special features for Hill hold and Hill Descent control.
Amazing Wheel Balance
Another amazing hurdle is balancing TATA Hexa on three, 19″ Machined-cut Alloy, Wheels. While sitting inside you do not feel the jerk, but when you watch the video here you will understand the adrenaline feel of the vehicle.
Then we went for the on-road drive. There was Air Conditioner for all the the three row, so the ride was quite comfortable. TATA Hexa got Sports Mode with Race Car Function, by which the car races at amazing speed at the same sudden breaks can be applied with relative ease, without causing discomfort to the passengers. There are a number of exclusive features for the car making it unique, state of the art and giving a tough competition to Cars like Innova Crysta.
I spent few years of my childhood abroad, hence a desi product appeals to me only if products – be it chocolates, cosmetics or electronic gadget – meet all the international standard of quality. Hexa, according to me, is absolutely abiding to the international standards of quality. Sitting inside the car I felt like the product could give tough fight to any foreign brand. And in addition during the three hours that I spent at the #Hexaexperience centre, I forget about my pain. I feel TATA Hexa is absolutely suitable for long rides for people suffering from pains like me. The pricing of the Car is said to be between the range of 12 lakh INR to 18 lakh INR.
In addition to the #Hexaexperience, there was also a dog show for adoption of abandoned dog. There was also the food corner with amazing food. The free coffee served at the counter was one of its kind. The coffee first looked like black coffee, and on stirring with the spoon the creamy milk got mixed and the taste is still there at the tip of my tongue.
TATA is known for quality be it steel, coffee, tea, coffee or cars. Hence Hexa will surely set new standard for Cars in India.
When Delhites have to plan for a quick outing, they will say Chalo India Gate Chale (Let us go to the India Gate). India Gate and the Rajpath in famous for the Republic Day parade, oflate a number of events are being conducted at the Rajpath Lawns which are both entertaining and informative. The events like the Bharat Parv are the best outing for all age groups where apart from delicacies from various parts of India, you can have feast for ears and eyes.
Sometime back Shauyanjali was organized to commemorate the 1965. Now to celebrate the 70th year of India’s Independence, Bharat Parv has been organised at the Rajapath Lawn. With over 50 pavilions there are food courts, exhibition from states, cultural programs, and a photo exhibition by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
The entire stretch for the event is decorated with various artefacts like puppets, masks and ribbon that replicate various cultures of India. Apart from the cultural programs from different parts of India at the stage, various groups perform randomly on the lawns and lanes of Rajpath. At any time at the even you can enjoy colourful entertainment programs at every corner of the Rajpath.
You have ample opportunity for Instagram pictures, videos and selfies of the melodious and colourful dance, martial arts and other programs at the Bharat Parv.
Bharat parv which began on Aug 12th, Friday, is a six days program to commemorate the Independence day.
Yesterday a friend, busily working in office, got a call from his credit card Bank inquiring if he was receiving Bank Statements on time. The call was from Chennai, as usual, so the caller, a female voice, had a south Indian accent. She told him that they received many complaints about frauds and non-receiving of statements. She was very convincing; she told him his Credit Card Number, official and residential address, and said that his card was getting upgraded.
She then asked for his CVV no., Date of birth and expiry date, which he readily gave. He gave the details because:
Fraudsters usually know only the last four digit of the card number.
They do not know the address.
They do not know full name.
Genuine Calls Vs Fraud Calls
Everyday we read and watch a number of messages and videos warning us from being mislead by fraud calls. Yet we get caught off guard because the fraud callers use a new technique, every time, to win the victims confidence. However there are a number of differences between a fraud call and a genuine call from the bank:
Genuine calls do not ask for you verification. They call you for upgrading a card because you are pre-verified, and fulfill the eligibility for a upgraded card.
Your verification detail is asked when you call the banks customer care, and not when they call you.
If someone says he is calling from the insurance department, then it is a fraud call. Insurance department never makes such calls.
If the callers asks you if you are an account holder of a particular bank, that means he is not calling from the bank. Had he been calling from the bank he would have known that you are an account holder.
No bank will ask for you CVV no. or OTP (One Time Password). These are your ‘exclusive keys’ to access your account.
Precautions to be taken
For those who do lot of online transactions, keep your personal and social media accounts separate.
Possibly use your name differently in the social media accounts.
Possibly use different emails and sim cards for social media and personal/professional accounts
Install Truecaller App on your mobile phone. Most fraud calls will appear as ‘fraud/scam calls through truecaller. Even if you get fraud call from an unidentified number, save that number as ‘fraud/scam’ calls.
Inform the elderly about the fraud calls and tell them not to divulge any information on phone.
Tell the caller that you will call back the bank and give the information they are asking.
Had it not been for the timely intervention of Fr. Biju P Thomas, Suresh would have been lying unknown on streets and cremated as an unidentified person.
Suresh was lying under a fly over in Punjabi Bagh, for the last three years, and last week, on 7th July, Thursday, a malayali boy came to know that Suresh hails from Kerala and so gave a call to Fr Biju, the Vicar of St. Gregorios Church, Janakpuri. Father took swift action and he took Suresh to a shelter home, Santhibhavan at Jasola, where he was cleaned and given good food.
Suresh said three years back he was hit by a vehicle, and he lay on the roadside unable to move, he ate biscuits and water provided by good samaritans. A rickshaw puller had left him in the present place.
Suresh lost his memory, so could not remember much about himself. He recollected that he has a brother called Sunil and that he came to Delhi at a very young age, accompanying his uncle, in search of a job.
After being cleaned and fed at the shelter home, Suresh slowly regained his memory and then he got nostalgic wanting to return to his village and meet his family. When his care takers asked him why he hadn’t shared his feelings with anyone in these three year, he said he had told some people.
Soon the news was shared by the media which led to more help coming from DMA (Delhi Malayalee Association). Minister Kodikunnil Suresh, visited him at the Shelter Home. Suresh’s mother recognised him from a picture in the Newspaper. She said that her son after leaving for Delhi, with his paternal uncle, 22 years back, at the age of 14, never returned.
Suresh’s brother and a ward member, of his native village, left for Delhi and were to reach on Monday morning. Fate had something else in store for Suresh. He vomited blood on Sunday and his health took for the worse. Most of his internal organs were dysfunctional. He was admitted to the Holy Family Hospital and put on the ventilator and he died at 4:00 A.M. on Monday.
His body which was handed over to the DMS, was embalmed and kept at AIIMS. Many organisations and individuals came forward to help Suresh. His Body has been flown today to his home and finally will be buried beside in father, in his ancestral home in Kollam.
22 years is a very long time, fortunately for Suresh he did not forget his mother tongue that helped in his rescue. Suresh has been identified as Suresh Pillai from Thevalakara, son of Saraswathi Amma and Surendran Pillai. He got a brother Sunil and a sister Sujatha.
There are hundreds and thousands of such Suresh’s on the street whom we presume to be drunkards or homeless. A small enquiry may change the life of the person forever.
Thanks to the effort of the Good Samaritans, Suresh could spend his last few days in a peaceful abode and establish communication with his family.
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The Garden of Five Senses, which is set on 20 acres of land, has a variety of flowers, trees, landscapes, activities and entertainment. Here are a few images captured duringTHE GARDEN FESTIVAL, 2016 at THE GARDEN OF FIVE SENSES