About Town: What’s on this week?

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It’s time to gather around the Lohri Bonfire, pick up a good book from the Delhi Book Fair, entertain the kids at the World Children Expo and learn about out how to grow seasonal veg at the Edible Farm.  After that kick back at the Teapot Festival, drink some tea and have a chat.

Annual Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar at Dilli Haat INA

The 32nd annual India – Iran Crafts Exhibition sees nine Iranian artisans join 200 Indian craftspeople at this popular south Delhi venue.  As well as the chance to shop (if you didn’t do enough of that over Christmas), there’s also workshops and cultural exchanges taking place. Dilli Haat, Aurobindo Marg, opposite INA Market. Here’s a map. Daily 11am – pm, until 15th January 2017

New Delhi World Book Fair at Pragati Maiden

Held for the past 44 years, the New Delhi World Book Fair is a firm and much looked forward to event in the city’s calendar.  As well as the chance to buy books, there’s talks, debates, discussions aimed at adults and children. Daily 11am – 8pm, until the 15th January. To find out more about what’s happening, head on over to this link.

Film, Being Mortal (60 mins) at the India International Centre

The film follows US writer and surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. It shows how doctors — himself included — are often  untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients. At the India International Centre, 13 January from 18:30.

Celebrate Lohri Festival at the Indian Habitat Centre

Celebrate the Lohri Festival with a fire, peanuts, popcorn and folk music at India’s premier cultural centre, the Indian Habitat Centre.   The IHC Lohri Celebrations will start at 7.30pm on Friday 13th January.  For more information, visit the IHC website.

 Take the kids to the World Children Expo

Now in it’s sixth year, the World Children Expo offers Edutainment for the little people .  This sixth edition promises unmatchable entertainment for kids and the whole family. There’s the chance to meet the new cartoon rage ‘SheikhChilli, ‘Angry Birds’, ‘Pokemon’ as well as the legendary ‘Chotta Bheem’.  What more could you want..  At Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj on teh 14th and 15th January.  Check out Facebook for more information.

Chat and drink tea at the Teapot Festival, Saket

Bringing together tea sommeliers, students, intellectuals, socially-aware enthusiasts and anybody who loves a good conversation – topped off with a cup of tea. The Teapot festival presents itself as a space to speak, argue, debate and share your ideas.    Get set to drink lots of tea on the 15th January.  Find out more on Facebook

Start your own edible garden with a little help from Zorba the Buddha

What do cauliflower and cabbage have in common? Shall I speak to my karela plant in Hindi or English?  The organisers of this event  promise to answer all of these questions and more in a practical workshop on growing vegetables, fruits and herbs at home.  Zorbha the Buddha website for more about this session on the 14th January.

713th Urs Sharif of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia at Nizamuddin’s Tomb, Nizamuddin

Urs Sharif marks the death anniversary of Hazrat khwaja syed Nizamuddin Aulia, , is a renowed sufi saint. born over 700 years ago.  Events marking the 713th Urs Sharif will take place from the 15th – 19th January.  For more information head on over to Facebook.

Learn about Urban Farming and get  your fingers dirty at the Edible Farm

What’s the difference between a kyaari and a raised bed?   How much should I mulch my mooli? What’s the difference between gudaee and nindaee?  Don’t know the answers.  Neither do we.  This hands on workshop from the Edible Farm promises to answer all your questions and more.  Taking place on the 19th January.  Find out more on Facebook.

Festivals – Around and abouts in India

There’s festivals galore taking place right across India as tourist season gets into its swing.   

Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, Kerela, taking place until 29th March 2017

This international contemporary art exhibition is set in 12 unique spaces across Kochi, Muziris and surrounding islands.  Shows are held in existing galleries, halls and site-specific installations in public spaces, heritage buildings and disused structures.  Find out more at this link

Olympics Punjab Style at the Kila Raipur Sports Festival

The Kila Raipur Sports Festival, popularly known as the Rural Olympics, is the main event in the Punjab’s sporting calendar.  Every year thousands compete to be crowned champions at events including Bullock Cart Racing, Tent Pegging and Loading and Offloading a trolley of paddy. Sounds amazing, no?  Find out more at this link

Royal Rajasthan hosts no less than 11 festivals over the next couple of months

Wondering if you should go to Rajasthan over the next few months?  You should.  Not only is it an awesome place, there’s plenty of festivals coming up over the next few months to make it even better.  Find out more about camel fairs, music festivals and much more right here.

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