By admin | June 10, 2008 - 3:08 pm - Posted in Uncategorized

In 1877 the U.S. inventor Thomas Alva Edison heard “Mary had a little lamb” emanate from a machine into which he had just spoken the ditty. Thomas Edison ran a paraffin coated paper under a stylus while shouting into a telephone speaker, the vibrations left a faint impression of his voice which could be played back. It was the first time a recording of the human voice had been reproduced, and the event signalled the birth of the phonograph. By the end of the 19th century the invention took the shape of the gramophone which soon became popular as a medium of entertainment.

Year 1928. Sayed Ahmed Shah, who had learnt the skill of repairing gramophones used to repair the faulty gramophones at the Mazar Hare-Bhare near Jama Masjid. Many Britishers and Indians from the elite class left their faulty gramophones with him for repairs. Listening to the songs, day in and day out, while repairing the machines, Sayed Ahmed Shah became fond of music and songs and soon started collecting records. The interest of collecting records was sparked to a bigger magnitude when qawwalis of Bibi Dholki and Kallan Khan were released on vinyl in 1930. Over the years Ahmed Shah’s interest turned to film music and he began buying records of K.L. Saigal, Noorjehan, Millika Pukhraj and other great singers of that era. He would buy two copies of each release – one for his collection and the other for his listening pleasure. Ahmed Shah earned such a fame during his life time that leading music companies producing 78 rpm vinyl records like HMV, Young India, New Theatres, Lahore Music Company used to consult him on the kind of records that should be released. Amazingly, he could almost accurately predict the number of copies a record would sell by listening to it for a day or two.

At the time of his death in 1977, Ahmed Shah had possessed a formidable collection of records. The baton was passed on to the son, Akbar Shah, who proved to be a worthy inheritor of the legacy. He further added to the huge collection by picking up records from private collectors, old curio shops and even junk markets. Akbar Shah narrates an interesting incident when he was searching for a particular song. The long search turned futile and Akbar Shah gave up. Then once while rummaging through the records at a ‘kabadi’ (junk) market in Hyderabad, he struck gold. The record which Akbar Shah thought that no longer existed was found in the junk. The song was from the 1954 film, “Shaan-e-Haatim” and contained Mohammad Rafi’s soulful rendering of, “Sabak Raza Ka De Gaye, Karbale Wale”. No just this. The collection includes Suriya’s songs from her first film, Natak; Naushad’s first film, Prem Nagar; O.P. Nayyar’s first film, Aasmaan; Ravi’s first film, Vachan; Dilip Kumar’s first film, Jwar Bhata and Raj Kapoor – Madhubala starrer, Neel Kamal. Besides he has practically all the non-filmy songs of Mohd. Rafi, Mukesh, Talat Mehmood, Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. The qawwali collection has works of great Qawwals of yore like Habib Painter, Mumtaz Shabbir, Ismail Azad, Kalwa Banne, Abdur Rahman Kanchawala, Kallan Khan Secunderabadi to name a few. Among the Ghazals collection he has the records of Begum Akhtar, Mallika Pukhraj, Kamla Jharia, Kanan Devi and songs sung by actresses like Shanta Apte and Naseem Banu. Apart from adding to the collection, Akbar Shah systematically catalogued the collection of records and the system of cataloging too is unique in itself. Songs and records which are easily available are put in the category ‘chalu’. Those which have gone out of circulation are put in the category ‘cancelled’. And those which belong to the pre-partition (before 1947) era are categorised as ‘Khandani’. One of the unique features of his collection is the collection of records of songs sung by Mohd. Rafi in twenty different languages. He proudly mentions that he has every single song of Rafi in his collection. He has in his possession songs of some films which even the old timers have not heard of. These include films like ‘Ha Ha Hi Hi Hu Hu’, ‘Tin Tin Tin’, ‘Dr. Z, ‘Dr. Shaitan’, ‘Rocket Girl’, and ‘Rocket Tarzan’ . The songs have been sung by leading singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Mahender Kapoor and Mohammad Rafi. In 1991, the HMV wanted to relaunch the music of some of their old films but found that the records were not available in their archives. They contacted Akbar Shah who helped HMV by lending them the records of ‘Dulhan Ek Raat Ki’, ‘Bahu Beti’, ‘Saanjh aur Savera’, ‘Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya’, ‘Mastana’, ‘Chingari’, ‘Baat Ek Raat Ki’, ‘Punam Ki Raat’, and ‘Akeli Mat Jaiyo’. The HMV gave due credits to Akbar Shah by putting his name on the recordings. Fifty years after his father Sayed Ahmed Shah had set up business, Akbar Shah shifted to Meena Bazaar near Jama Masjid. Meena Bazaar though primarily a spare parts and tools market has a shop No.256 by the name of Shah Music Centre and the Shahs are fondly called as Record Wale Shahenshah !

Akbar Shah too has retired now. And the business has passed over to his son, Sayed Zafar Shah and the love for music has spilled over to the third generation. Zafar Shah too has some interesting anecdotes to narrate. Once he received a feeler that Saira Banu, was searching for the records of ghazals cut by her grandmother Shamshad Bai Dilli Wali (not to be confused with Shamshad Begum). Now, all Zafar knew was that Saira Banu was the daughter of Naseem Banu, the legendary heroine of the the 40s and 50s. He had no clue about Naseem Banu’s mother Shamshad Bai Dilli Wali (also known as Chhamiyan Bai) and that she had cut a record of her ghazals. Zafar was helped by his father Akbar Shah in locating the record and Zafar personally delivered the recording to Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu at their official residence at Lodhi Estate where Dilip Kumar used to reside as Member of the Rajya Sabha. Tears kept flowing from Saira’s eyes on hearing the recording as she had given up the hope of ever listening to her grandmother’s melodious voice.

Apart from the Hindi songs, Shahs have a variety of collection of English records containing, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Ventures and many 78 rpm English records.

Nobody has this kind of collection of records. Zafar Shah adds that if he does not have a record, chances are that no one has it. He possesses records that even All India Raio doesn’t have. In fact if they require an out of circulation record they contact him. For true blue music lovers, Shah Music Centre has acquired a legendary status. Interestingly they are only who still repair old gramophones. This has largely got to do with gramophones becoming antique pieces in elite drawing rooms.

By admin | June 6, 2008 - 10:36 am - Posted in Uncategorized

Road side food of Delhi.

(fresh fruits and crushed ice smothered into frozen nutritious sip’in’ice, served in glass. Popularly known as smoothies)

Falsa/Anar , Kala Khatta, Banana, Mango Pineapple, Watermelon, Watermelon Black Grapes, Black Grapes, Mix Fruit, Strawberry


Surkh Lal Dhaniye ka Shorba (A delicate extract of tomatoes with fresh coriander leaves flavoured with special herbs and saffron, spiced with black pepper

Chicken Galiana Shorba (A clear soup sereved with chicken cubes and boiled rice, garnished with coriander leaves)

Cream of Tomato Soup (A thick soup prepared from extract of tomatoes blended and finsihed with fresh cream

Tandoori Chaat (One of the chef’s best khatta meetha recipe introduced for bar-b-que lovers)

Aloo Ki Chaat (Pan fried cubes of potatoes tossed with spiced onions, green chillies and coriander leaves topped with lime)

Chana Chatpata (Kabuli Chana steamed and tossed with onions, tomatoes, green chillies and crushed papadi, flavoured with sweet tamarind and spicy coriander sauce, garnished with a wedge of lemon)

Chicken Tikke Ki Chaat (Tangy salad of succulent chicken tikka, onions and tomatoes tossed with hot and spicy mint sauce)


Paneer Tikka-e-Nawabi (Cottage cheese, onions, tomatoes, capsicum grilled over a bed of charcoal)

Dahi Ke Kebab (Kebabs made with hung curd)

Aloo Firdausi (Potatoes stuffed with cheese, dry fruits and spices and grilled in clay oven)

Khumb Angaron Se (Mushrooms and mozzarella cheese with special seasoning stuffed in button mushrooms marinated and skewered in clay oven)

Faldari Seekh (An exotic combination of vegetables, fruits and nuts mixed and skewered over a bed of charcoal)

Veg Supreme Rolls (Minced cottage cheese, cheddar and vegetables rolled in soft bread and crisp fried)

Tandoori Sizzler (An assortment of roasted pineapple, mushrooms, baby corn and cottage cheese shaslik – served sizzling)

Ajwaini Mahi Tikka
(Morsels of fish marinated in yoghurt ginger garlic paste and hint of ajwain, Indian thyme and roasted in clay oven

Gazab ka Tikka (Bite size chicken tikka prepared in a unique cheesy, creamy marinade roasted with white of egg)

Murgh Akbari (Boneless chicken breast stuffed with black cumin, onion, fresh mint, raisin and cheddar; coated with creamy yogurt and grilled in tandoor)

Stuffed Tangdi Kebab Peshawari (Chicken drumsticks stuffed with chicken mince and marinated in creamy sauce)

Kalim Kebab (Chicken, steeped in cashewnut, cheese and gram flour marination, a soft roast to relish)

Murgh Tikka
(Succulent pieces of boneless chicken marinated in spicy red marinade, roasted in clay oven)

Murgh Gilafi (Mince of chicken flavoured with spices and special herbs skewered, coated with chopped onions, tomatoes and capsicum and grilled)

Mutton Gilafi Kebab
(Mutton mince mixed with special herbs and spices, skewered in clay oven with a coating of onion, tomatoes and capsicum)


Paneer Khurchan (Pan fried cubes of cottage cheese, mashed in rich tomato butter sauce, interestingly spiced with kadai masala)
Murgh Khurchan (Shreds of chicken in rich tomato butter sauce)

Mahi Razilla (Succulent dices of fish cooked in rich gravy)

Makhmali Paneer (Strips of cottage cheese cooked in rich butter tomato gravy finished with cream)
Makhmali Murgh (Clay oven roasted tandoori chicken in a rich tomato butter sauce)

Lahori Kadai Paneer (Home made cottage cheese cooked with kadai masala of onions, tomatoes and capsicum)

Murgh Charminar (Chicken roasted in thick with gravy with creamy flavour infused with saffron and coriander)

Kofta Maala Maal (Baby spinach and cottage chees dumplings in delicately flavoured rich cashew nut gravy)

Bhuna Gosht Masaledar (Baby lamb cooked in an exotic mix of spices and sered with dry onion gravy)

Aaloo Meat (Mutton with shole potatoes)
Raara Meat (Mutton cooked with mutton mince)


Dal Makhmali (Traditional makhani dal to beat dal Bukhara)

Dal Gharwali (A subtle blend of yellow lentils tempered with cumin seeds and fresh spinach leaves)

Dal Sukhi Chatpati (Dry yellow lentil tossed with spicy onionn, tomatoes, ginger and chillies)

Dal Meat (A Pakistani favourite – Dry yellow lentil cooked with tender chunks of lamb)

Dal Keema (A unique blend of mutton mince and boiled lentils)


The best way to realise your dream is: TO WAKE UP ! And that’s what Varun Agarwal – the founder owner of the food chain “NOT JUST PARANTHAS’ ! – learnt at a very young age. After obtaining a degree in Hotel Management from Manipal (India) he worked with various prestigious hotels of India for some years, learning the ropes. But the adventurous bug in him to do something different, kept coaxing him, that the run of the mill jobs were not meant for him. One day he quit all and set out on a tour of India to see what kind of cuisine he could come out with that would be traditional as well as ‘innovative’. The tour of India did not generate much of ideas. Continental was continental everywhere; Mughlai had nothing more to offer beyond kebabs, tikkas and kormas; Punjabi was only butter chicken and dal makhni; Chinese and Thai were becoming more ‘Indian’ in taste, and the ones those were authentic, were drawing only connoisseurs , Italian was doing good but only the international chains; and Mexican was neither developing much taste nor revenue. Within a year, Varun was back to his home in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, with no clear concept. His father, Parshottam Sarup Agarwal, suggested him to take a cue from the Paranthe Wali Gali and develop that as a concept. Sister, Bhavana Agarwal, an architect by profession, worked out the interiors that resembled the heritage of Old Delhi and a food chain was born in August 2003. And now, Varun along with Supra – his partner in business and life too – together serve some sumptuous and mouth watering paranthas ! ……….errrrr………..well………. “NOT, JUST PARANTHAS !!
NOT, JUST PARANTHAS, because it is not, just the paranthas here, that is the main attraction. It is also the ambiance – the architecture, the music, the over all ‘feel’ of the restaurant – that influences you and makes you feel as if you have been energised in a time capsule that has landed in the Chandni Chowk of yore. The props like the doors, lanterns, clocks etc. have been meticulously collected from the old havelis of Purani Dilli, to enhance the decor of the restaurant. Old Hindi songs, play pleasantly in the background, to complement the period.

Now the food ! The restaurant caters to both, vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. After being guided and comfortably seated by the steward, a tabloid, “THE NJP TIMES” is placed in front of the guests. The tabloid, in fact, contains the menu ! And the variety is sumptuous, scrumptious and incredible !! Designed on the range of food available in Purani Dilli, there is a variety of Chuskis, Soups, Chaats, Kebabs, Curries and Dals available.

Now, the Paranthas ! Paranthas ? NOT JUST PARANTHAS ! Going through the menu, it seems like an unending journey through Paranthey Wali Gali ! You name a filling or a combination of stuffing and they have it. Almost a hundred to choose from. The fillings and stuffings are categorised as regular and premium, and the paranthas come in six inches and nine inches size. You can have them all in crispy tawa fried (fried on a griddle) or tandoori (roasted in clay oven) There is a choice of special Diet Parantha (made with special whole-wheat chakki flour, with crushed outer layer of wheat called bran which is supposed to be rich in fibre, roasted in clay oven and served with an option of olive oil).

Then there are Pocket Paranthas (an innovative pocket shaped parantha stuffed with whole kebabs), Speciality Paranthas, Chur Chur Parantha (a unique combination of four different flavours kneaded to perfection with butter and ajwain, stuffed and roasted in clay oven, crushed and soaked in butter), Italian Pizza Paranthas, Continental Sandwich Paranthas. One more specialty parantha is Sharabi Parantha. A little bit of burning alcohol is poured on the parantha at the time of serving and a blue flame keeps burning on the parantha for some time keeping it hot on the top.

NOT JUST PARANTHAS, in a way can be counted in the category of a theme restaurant. But unlike other theme restaurants, where food usually takes a back seat to the presentation of the theme, NJP makes sure that their paranthas remain in the forefront and the decor complements the food. After all, it’s the food that drives a successful theme restaurant !

By admin | April 28, 2008 - 6:15 am - Posted in Uncategorized

A decade-and-a-half had passed since the Mutiny. Chandni Chowk had started settling under the new governance of the British. Year 1872 – Pt. Gaya Prasad, a yong man in early twenties, left his home in Tehsil Bah in Agra and came to Delhi in search of greener pasture. He put up a shop in a lane entering the Kinari Bazaar in Chandni Chowk and started making hot and sizzling paranthas. Soon the popularity of his paranthas grew so much that he had to call his brothers and cousins to help him in the business. Gradually, there came up almost a score shops – all belonging to the extended families of Gaya Prasad. Little they would have realised and imagined that the lane itself would become popular and famous after their paranthas as Paranthe Wali Gali (Lane of Paranthas) !

Thirty five varieties of Paranthas are served in the four shops that are now left in this lane. The fillings range from the usual, aaloo (mashed potatoes), gobhi (grated cauliflower), gaajar (carrots), mooli (radish) and paneer (cottage cheese); to the adventurous, methi (fenugreek), pudina (mint), karela (bittergourd), bhindi (okra); to the exotic, kela (banana), khurchan (thick layer of cream) and dry fruits. The usual fillings are rolled into a ball of dough and flattened with a rolling pin on a wooden or marble base. In the exotic parathas, the filling is spread on a flattened layer of dough and covered with another layer. The layers are then neatly tied and are ready to fry.Unlike the usual way of frying the parathas on a ‘tawa’ (flat griddle), the parathas in the Parathe Wali Gali are fried in a ‘kadahi’ (iron wok).

The parathas, fried in the ‘desi ghee’ (clarified butter) are then served in a ‘thali’ accompanied by ‘kaddu (pumpkin) ki sabzi’, ‘aaloo mattar’ (potatoes and green peas), ‘aaloo mattar paneer’ (potatoes, green peas and cottage cheese in gravy) ‘kele ki saunth’ (slices of bananas in thick jaggery and dried ginger chutney) and pudina (mint) chutney. The choice of vegetables and chutneys, served as accompaniments, have remained unchanged all these years.

The owners mention – with a gleaming pride – about the celebrities who have savoured the sumptuous parathas at their joints. Among these are Kabir Bedi, Salma Agha, Akshay Kumar, Gauri (wife of Shahruk Khan) and Amithab Bachhan. The shop of Pt. Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan (claimed as the first shop among the lot) has proudly displayed a unique picture of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru along with Vijaylaksmi Pandit (Nehru’s sister) Indira Gandhi and Babu Jagjivan Ram dining at Parathe Wali Gali eating the paratnthas served in ‘pattal’ (plates made of leaves) and ‘kullhad’ (bowls made of clay) Paranthe Wali Gali has seen more than a century and a quarter go by. And all through, it has been a major destination for the locals as well as the tourists who throng the place to satiate their gastronomical pleasures. All but four shops are now left in the lane. Many, from the original count of nearly a score, have diversified into other business. But those who have chosen to remain in the traditional business speak high of Mr. Sreedharan, the doyen of Delhi Metro. Anjali, the sixth generation female owner of the shop Pt. Baburam Devidayal, feels indebted to Delhi Metro for bringing in more and more customers from the far flung areas of Delhi. The Chandni Chowk station of the Delhi Metro opens right in front of the Paranthe Wali Gali.

By admin | April 17, 2008 - 8:03 pm - Posted in Uncategorized

IPL 1st Match
18th Friday April 2008
Bangalore team (Royal Challengers) v IPL- Kolkata team.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

IPL 2nd Match
19th Saturday April 2008.
Mohali Team v Chennai Super Kings .
Punjab Cricket Assocation Stadium, Mohali .

IPL 3rd Match
19th Saturday April 2008
Delhi Daredevils v IPL Jaipur Royal
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

IPL 4th Match
Sunday 20th, April 2008
Mumbai indians v Bangalore Royal Challengers.
TBC, Mumbai.

IPL 5st Match
Sunday 20th, April 2008
IPL- kolkata team v IPL Hyderabad-Deccan
Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

IPL 6th Match
Date : Mon 21st, April 2008.
IPL Jaipur Royal v IPL Mohali Team
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.

IPL 7th Match
Tue 22nd April, 2008.
IPL Hyderabad-Deccan v Delhi Daredevils
TBC, Hyderabad .

IPL 8th Match
Wed 23rd April, 2008.
Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai indians
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai.

IPL 9th Match
Thursday, 24th April, 2008.
IPL Hyderabad-Deccan v IPL Jaipur Royal
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad

IPL 10th Match
Fri 25th April, 2008
Mohali Team v Mumbai indians
Punjab Cricket Assocation Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

IPL 11th Match
Sat 26th April, 2008.
Bangalore Royal Challengers v IPL Jaipur Royal
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

IPL 12th Match
Sat 26th April, 2008.
Chennai Super Kings v IPL- kolkata team
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai.

IPL 13th Match
Sun 27 th April, 2008.
Mumbai indians v IPL Hyderabad-Deccan
TBC ,Mumbai .

IPL 13th Match
Sun 27th April, 2008.
Mohali Team v Delhi Daredevils
Punjab Cricket Assocation Stadium, Mohali , Chandigarh.

IPL 14th Match
Mon 28th April, 2008.
Bangalore Royal Challengers v Chennai Super Kings .
Bangalore .

IPL 15th Match
Tue 29 th April, 2008.
IPL- kolkata team v Mumbai indians
Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

IPL 16th Match
Wed 30th April, 2008.
Delhi Daredevils v Bangalore Royal Challengers.
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

IPL 17th Match
Thursday 1st May 2008
IPL Hyderabad-Deccan v IPL Mohali Team
Hyderabad .

IPL 18th Match
Thu 1st May, 2008.
IPL Jaipur Royal v IPL- kolkata team schedule
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.

IPL 19th Match
Fri 2nd May, 2008
Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

IPL 20th Match
Sat 3rd May, 2008
IPL Hyderabad-Deccan v Bangalore Royal Challengers.
Hyderabad .

IPL 21th Match
Sat 3rd May, 2008
Mohali Team v IPL- kolkata team.
Punjab Cricket Assocation Stadium, Mohali , Chandigarh.

IPL 22th Match
Sun 4th May, 2008
Mumbai indians v Delhi Daredevils
Mumbai .

IPL 23th Match
Sun 4th May, 2008
IPL Jaipur Royal v Chennai Super Kings
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.

IPL 24th Match
Mon 5th May, 2008
Bangalore Royal Challengers v IPL Mohali Team
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

IPL 25th Match
Tue 6th May, 2008
Chennai Super Kings v IPL Hyderabad-Deccan
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai.

IPL 26th Match
Wed 7th May, 2008
Mumbai indians v IPL Jaipur Royal
Mumbai .

IPL 27th Match
Thu 8th May, 2008
Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings .
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

IPL 28th Match
Thu 8th May,2008
IPL- kolkata team v Bangalore Royal Challengers
Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

IPL 29th Match
Fri 9th May, 2008
IPL Jaipur Royal v IPL Hyderabad-Deccan
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.

IPL 30th Match
Sat 10 th May, 2008
Bangalore Royal Challengers v Mumbai indians
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

IPL 31 Match
Sat 10th May, 2008
Chennai Super Kings v IPL Mohali Team
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai.

IPL 32th Match
Sun 11th May, 2008
IPL Hyderabad-Deccan v IPL- kolkata team.
Hyderabad .

IPL 33th Match
Sun 11th May, 2008
IPL Jaipur Royal v Delhi Daredevils
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.

IPL 34th Match
Mon 12th May, 2008
Mohali Team v Bangalore Royal Challengers
Punjab Cricket Assocation Stadium, Mohali , Chandigarh.

IPL 35th Match
Tue 13th May, 2008
IPL- kolkata team schedule v Delhi Daredevils
Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

IPL 36th Match
Wed 14th May,2008
Mumbai indians v Chennai Super Kings .

IPL 37th Match
Wed 14th May,2008
Mohali Team v IPL Jaipur Royal
Punjab Cricket Assocation Stadium, Mohali , Chandigarh.

IPL 38th Match
Thu 15th May, 2008
Delhi Daredevils v IPL Hyderabad-Deccan
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

IPL 39th Match
Fri 16th May, 2008
Mumbai indians v IPL- kolkata team
Mumbai .

IPL 40th Match
Sat 17th May, 2008
Delhi Daredevils v IPL Mohali Team
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

IPL 41th Match
Sat 17th May, 2008
IPL Jaipur Royal v Bangalore Royal Challengers
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.

IPL 42th Match
Sun 18th May, 2008
IPL Hyderabad-Deccan v Mumbai indians
Hyderabad .

IPL 43th Match
Sun 18th May, 2008
IPL- kolkata team v Chennai Super Kings .
Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

IPL 44th Match
Mon 19th May, 2008
Bangalore Royal Challengers v Delhi Daredevils
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

IPL 45th Match
Tue 20th May,2008
IPL- kolkata team v IPL Jaipur Royal
Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

IPL 46th Match
Wed 21st May,2008
Mumbai indians v IPL Mohali Team
Mumbai .

IPL 47th Match
Wed 21st May,2008
Chennai Super Kings v Bangalore Royal Challengers
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai.

IPL 48th Match
Thu 22nd May,2008
Delhi Daredevils v IPL- kolkata team
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

IPL 49th Match
Fri 23rd May, 2008
Mohali Team v IPL Hyderabad-Deccan
Punjab Cricket Assocation Stadium, Mohali , Chandigarh.

IPL 50th Match
Sat 24th May, 2008
Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai indians
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

IPL 51th Match
Sat 24th May, 2008
Chennai Super Kings v IPL Jaipur Royal
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai.

IPL 52th Match
Sun 25th May, 2008
Bangalore Royal Challengers v IPL Hyderabad-Deccan
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

IPL 53th Match
Sun 25th May, 2008
IPL- kolkata team schedule v IPL Mohali Team
Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

IPL 54th Match
Mon 26th May, 2008
IPL Jaipur Royal v Mumbai indians
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.

IPL 55th Match
Tue 27th May, 2008.
IPL Hyderabad-Deccan v Chennai Super Kings .
Hyderabad .

IPL First Semi Final
Friday, 30th May, 2008
Semi-Final – TBC v TBC
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.

IPL Second Semi Final
Saturday, 31st May, 2008
2nd Semi-Final, Semi-Final – TBC v TBC
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.


By admin | - 6:00 pm - Posted in Uncategorized

IPL (Indian Premier League) Cricket, the biggest event in the Indian cricket history, so far, is set to kick off at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, on 18th April 2008. The event is a Twenty20 format league cricket that will be played between 8 Indian ‘city-based’ teams and feature both, national and international cricketers. It is a multi billion sports league that is set to storm the world of cricket, like never before !

A short opening ceremony will be held to inaugurate the event. In order not to annoy genuine cricket fans the entertainment will be kept to the minimum and the actual cricket will be the major attraction. All the captains will read out a pledge to play in the spirit of the game. All the teams have been given a challenger name for the cities they represent and are owned by famous industrialists and films and media personalities.

The 8 teams (in alphabetical order) participating in the event, are – Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai and Mohali /Chandigarh.

Vijay Mallaya (United Breweries) owns The Bangalore team (Royal Challengers)

India Cements owns The Chennai Team (Chennai Super Kings).

GMR Holdings owns The Delhi Team (Delhi Daredevils).

Deccan Chronicle Group Holdings owns The Hyderabad Team (Deccan Chargers).

Lachian Mudroch (Emerging Media) owns The Jaipur Team (Rajasthan Royals).

Shah Rukh Khan (Red Chillies Entertainment) owns The Kolkata Team (Knight Riders).

Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries) owns The Mumbai Team (Mumbai Indians).

Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia own The Mohali /Chandigarh Team (Kings of Punjab).

All the teams will play 55 matches (click here for fixtures) among themselves, till the 27th May. Two Semi Finals will be played on 30th and 31st May at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.

By admin | April 3, 2008 - 3:27 pm - Posted in Uncategorized

Hailing from a family of literati and journilists Dr. Anjali Nagpal has grown up as a writer herself. Dr. Anjali is an anaesthetist by profession and having lived and practised in UK and Scotland she has met artists from all over the world and is dedicated to bring the unsung talent from the field of art and literature, to the front line.


By admin | - 3:21 pm - Posted in Uncategorized

Ritu S. Dhingra is a Psychologist; Counsellor; Poetess and an Art Critic with a keen interest in various expressions of art. Having lived in France for many years she has a fine eye for details and nuances of all art forms. She is also a social worker who works for the welfare of slum children.


By admin | - 3:09 pm - Posted in Uncategorized

AARRT is a Delhi based group dedicated to bring the unsung artists, writers and poets to the fore and to get their work recognised globally by giving them a platform