Despite Countless Challenges, Delhi’s Janak Place has Not Lost its Charm

Well, a feeling of nostalgia seems to be overpowering me. I have some really fond memories of this shopping complex name Janak Place. It has always occupied a special place in my heart. I remember going to the complex with my mother when I was an 8-year old chap. It was a time when shopping malls hadn’t made their presence felt. Life used to be quite uncomplicated back then. Access to fast food wasn’t much and having burgers and pizzas used to be a once-in-a-month affair.

A Stroll Down the Memory Lane

At a time when West Delhi wasn’t brimming with malls and high-end shopping complexes, the Janak Place shopping complex used to serve as the perfect weekend getaway. The McDonald’s outlet used to be my preferred destination ( you can imagine why). Back in those days, a McDonald’s burger used to be a luxury. I say luxury not because it was hard to afford, but because American fast food chains hadn’t swept over the minds of the Indian masses back then. A burger used to be something that was meant to be eaten only during celebrations and get-togethers.

Having lived in West Delhi for more than 20 years now, I can tell you that Janak Place hasn’t changed one bit. The shopping outlets available have changed for the better. There are new and better food outlets for people to choose from as well, but the overall essence of the place has remained intact. An alag si ” Delhi waali feeling” seems to engulf me whenever I get a chance to visit the place.

During the days of graduation, a lot of my time was spent at the complex. That is because I used to commute through the Metro rapid transit and get down at the Janak Puri West Metro Station.

A Foodie’s Paradise

Also, for those of you who haven’t visited the place yet. I must bring to your knowledge that Janak Place shopping complex is a foodie’s ultimate destination. Forget the KFC’s and the TGI’s for a minute and you’d be able to find pocket-friendly eateries scattered throughout the complex. I don’t know about anybody else, but my excitement knows no bounds when I get a chance to get my hands on a smoking hot plate of momos. Many of you might disagree with me, but I strongly feel that a steaming-hot bag of momos is the perfect companion on a cold Saturday evening.

Over the years, my liking for the place has soared beyond limits. This liking was born out of my longing for companionship. I was an introvert and didn’t have many friends. This place provided me with an ideal refuge from the ups and downs of everyday life. A place where hours can be spent doing nothing. A place where you get a steaming-hot plate of momos or chilly potatoes to appease an empty stomach.  It wasn’t about the money and neither was it about the quality of food. It was about finding a transient refuge from the worries and woes of everyday life. For me, the place has always been way more than just a physical entity. It has been an experience like no other.

You Shouldn’t Miss Out on the Shopping Experience

District Centre, as some of us call it,  is a shopping enthusiast’s paradise. Forget the outlets selling branded clothes, There’s a specific area where you’d find countless stalls selling fashion accessories, kurtas, mobile covers, bridal clutches, artificial jewelry, etc. If you get a chance to visit the District Centre, do spend some time and treat yourself to some economical and durable fashion accessories. You’d get everything from Punjabi Jhuttis to designer kurtas at pocket-friendly prices. This place in West Delhi is a budget-oriented shopper’s paradise.

And, It is Still popular

Even with a multitude of shopping malls coming into the picture, Janak Puri’s good old District Centre has maintained its charm. Some might argue that the place is not at all posh and high-end, but that is exactly what makes the place worth visiting. The beauty of the Janak Place shopping complex lies in its rawness.

The Pilgrimage to Your Heart…

words are lying in disarray,
You know what I mean, don’t you?
It is with you that I find profound solace
A place so calm and peaceful

The skies have turned murky
And moving forward is a daunting task
I have been struggling to get things going
For the path I took was insurmountable and rough

The journey is wearing me out
But I’d keep on moving
If I give up, all hope would perish
Never to return

I always knew there was a place
Later, it dawned on me that it was just a trick
Wanted an immediate answer
It hurt me immensely and I felt cheated
Despite despondence, I’d like to keep you close to my heart
My voice is falling apart
You kissed my cheek and smiled, rather nonchalantly
I realized that the journey was complete
I had conquered the final frontier…

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In troubled waters…

Mismanagement, incompetence, and chaos seem to have engulfed the Magadh University, where students are protesting against the management. The protests revolve around the management’s inability to conduct annual examinations. According to reports, the university hasn’t been able to conduct annual exams for at least a couple of years.

The 2016-19 batch wrote its first year exams in January 2018 (which were also delayed). No exams have been conducted by the university since January 2018. As protests against the university management are gaining momentum, angry students have taken to YouTube in order to vent out their anger. Students claim that these delays are set to extend the duration of their undergraduate programmes.

In a YouTube video posted by a Magadh University student, the sorry state of the university has been brought to light. Students claim that they have been trying to approach various government offices in the state for over a month, but their attempts have been in vain as nobody is ready to listen to their woes and grievances. Furthermore, students also claim that their request to launch peaceful protests against the delay have also been rejected.

There’s anguish, there’s hopelessness, and there’s incompetence wherever you look. There are some students who claim that they haven’t written even a single exam in more than two years. Students can now see their future prospects getting delayed because of the university’s inability and incompetence.

A public notice posted on the university’s website has intensified the protests further.   The notice states that the university won’t be able to conduct the examinations this year around as well, owing to the upcoming general elections.

Magadh University is a public university recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Currently, the university is controlled by the government of Bihar. It has as many as 44 constituent colleges under its control. Also with 24 postgraduate departments, it is Bihar’s largest university.

Abhishek Kr Gupta, a  student who aspires to clear the UPSC said that he has been preparing for the entrance exam for quite some time now, but has been left dispirited after his bachelor’s degree exams got postponed. “I will not be able to take the UPSC exams this year because of the delay,” he said.

“This affects our careers and our lives,” a student was quoted as saying.

To add insult to injury, no one from the university management has commented on the delay. Students claim that all their pleas and requests have been falling on deaf ears thus far.

This is not the first time that something of  this sort has happened in the state of Bihar. A couple of years ago, the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University had forgotten to get the papers printed.

The future of so many students is at stake, but the college management hasn’t made an effort to rectify the problem. With the future of so many students hanging by a thread, it is time for the public sector authorities to intervene and get the students out of troubled waters.


A leisurely stroll down memory lane

The latest list of top-ranked colleges in India is out. The Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD) has unveiled the 4th edition of the NIRF rankings. As far as the colleges are concerned, the Miranda House (University of Delhi) )has occupied the top spot for the third time in a row. The Hindu College, one of the University of Delhi’s finest colleges, has jumped two places to occupy the second spot.

Now come the universities. The Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru has been rated as the best university. The 2nd spot has been occupied by the Jawahar Lal University (Delhi). Continue reading “A leisurely stroll down memory lane”

‘Wake Up Sid’ is One Sincere Attempt to Highlight The Issues Faced by Youngsters…

It certainly would be no overstatement to say that today, a youngster’s life has become as complicated as it possibly can. The degree of parental pressure to succeed on the academic front is immense. Also, a vast majority of parents still nurture this belief that choosing a conventional career path is the only way to succeed in life. The slang ‘Mera beta engineer banega’ has still got a considerable amount of steam left in it.  Parental pressure often ends up robbing children of the small joys they come across in their lives. Continue reading “‘Wake Up Sid’ is One Sincere Attempt to Highlight The Issues Faced by Youngsters…”