Thursday, June 2, 2016

Children's Day at Riverview Apts

Farah from Riverview Apartments was nice enough to tell me about a lovely event that happened in her society last weekend. As I did not know about the idea behind it, I asked her to explain more:
"Children's Day is celebrated in India on the occassion of the birth anniversary of our first PM Jawaharlal Nehru.  He was lovingly called Chacha Nehru by children, and he was very fond of them. The kids in our society are quite active and they just decided on the 13th November, a Sunday, to organise this painting competition. It was they who told everyone going from door to door canvassing as it was not an official society event. About 15 kids got together , roped in a few of us for organising, settling and monitoring the events and then found some judges. We brought in "neutral" neighbours(whose kids were not participating) and they judged the paintings. 1st prize went to Faiz Ahmed, 2nd prize to Saloni and 3rd to Srinandan."

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

High Rise in Mayur Vihar

This huge shell of a building has been standing on Club Avenue between Fraser Suites and the CNG Station for quite some time now. The sign only says Antartica Properties and we don't know yet what it will be, who will use it, but we do know one thing: it's tall. Fraser Suites apartment users must not be amused to have the sun taken away from them, but during the summer months, they might be grateful to be in the shade of this high rise.
Seeing how narrow it is and how flimsily it is made, one would like to warn future dwellers of it already, but life is a risk. When the next earthquake hits, they might start throwing bed sheet ropes over to the more sturdy looking Fraser Suites. Also not amusing is the way the workers dangle from the scaffold high up without any protection whatsoever. It might be a case of "Peepli Live", when he falls, the worker's family might be blessed with some money, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Getting boring, right? These no- news updates about the mall business. But you know what they say: HOPE dies last! So once again we ventured across Club avenue into the District Centre to see if there is new activity. But besides the aforementioned liquor activities all around the mall parking lots, not much else has changed since we last reported. However, there are a few brave souls who have opened their business inside the otherwise deserted Galleria Mall, one of them the YASH RAJ Film Shop . The have DVDs, CDs Vcds and also music CDs and Blue Ray movies. No, no blue movies :-)

This photo was taken in the setting up face Yash Raj Films Delhi branch:  IS OPEN NOW from 11 to 6 pm (sorry about the poor picture quality)
http://www.yashrajfilms.com/AboutUs/BuisnessActivities.aspx?SectionCode=PRO002

One man was in there getting his beard trimmed I think.

The German dental specialists have arrived.  Will Indians use these services with a name
they cannot pronounce?
http://www.duerrdental.de/en/contact/branchoffices-representations/s-jaiswal/

One big office for all?http://www.pacificholidaysinc.com/

http://www.testritegroup.com/Contacts/asia.htm


http://www.myvideotalkindia.com/

http://www.orbitcoms.com/
the other company not found online

As far as shops goes, you can see that there is nothing here that makes a visit worth our while.
When will the big anchor shop finally arrive or a movie hall?  Lots of shops are now listed for rent, but it looks like the fools who pay skyhigh prices are becoming fewer and fewer. Good!

The food court still deserted. Unless they install a COSTA or Cafe Coffee Day in the mall, no one is going to come.

So there you have it. I wish I could say "no news is good news", for our neighborhood it continues to mean, we have to head over to Noida or South Delhi to have a fun day at the mall. Too bad! The DT signs everywhere tricks us into thinking there will be a DT movie hall soon, but such is not the case.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Candy is Dandy, but Liquor is Quicker

...this wise old saying by the American poet Ogden Nash certainly is being adhered to in our Mayur Vihar Extension neighborhood where WINE and BEER shops are sprouting like mint leaves.

Even at night, you can find your way to your
favorite booze joint!
There are 4 alcohol shops now between Star City Mall and the DLF Galleria, and they are probably the source of income for these 2 malls that really matter. It seems that our neighbors in Uttar Pradesh are loving these close-to-the-border shops where they can chill with booze and an egg sandwich before heading back to their own "country". After all these grill wallahs have also smelled the green of dollar notes and started to set up shop all around the two malls. There are a lot of parked cars now with the motors running, meaning they are having a drink of two right BEFORE they are driving again. Now THAT is the really scary part: More lunatic drivers out there. And of course the police is nowhere to be seen. I love a good drink, but please not before driving, please, and not in a culture of dark and sneaky corners. Unfortunately it seems to be a sport only enjoyed by men here, and as long as that is the case, these wine and beer shops are not what we were hoping for to happen in the malls.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Have you seen this old lady sitting near the Hilton under the metro line lately? She sits there in the evenings, during the day, we were told, she is in the fields behind the two 5 Star Hotels. We tried to talk to her, but it appears she is a Bengali tribal woman. She was very vocal, and I heard the word "police" alot, but that was as far as our conversation went. We bought her some biscuits and a bottle of water, admired her self-made head gear( really creative) and went on our merry way. We hope the Hilton staff might occasionally help her out, too, for she is clearly a lost soul.

If anyone has any suggestions as to help this creature, do email me, or visit her yourself in the evenings. Thanks!

UPDATE : many people must have donated blanked and things for her, as she is still camped in front of the Hilton. And one noble neighbor has tried to help  by calling 20 NGOs asking for solutions how to make this woman's life more bearable, but none of them, not a single one, has even answered his emails, let alone come up with a plan or offering options. Looks like NGOs are often only a web site looking for government funds to pay themselves.....