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Delhi dictionary

Mind your language ♦

From Time Out Delhi, March 2013

576112_621227147903321_1656476044_nThe word “kedgeree”, according to The Concise Hobson-Jobson, “appears to have been applied metaphorically to mixtures of sundry kinds and also to jargon or lingua franca.” That definition, from the Anglo-Indian glossary first published in 1886, still finds a place in this issue’s cover story: our humble attempt to capture some of the flavour of Delhi talk, which is as much a commingling of linguistic and cultural sources in the 21st century as it was in the 19th. Creating a dictionary of slang, which exists at the edges of standardised language, is a slippery and paradoxical exercise even for proper linguists, and we don’t presume to provide an authoritative source. What we do hope you find in the following pages is an echo of the joyous, polyglot cacophony of our linguistically absorbent capital city, as well as some insights into why we speak the way we do. To go with the faux-educational tone of this sheher ka shabdkosh, we’ve also commissioned illustrations by the same artists who design those ubiquitous alphabet and “good habits” charts. We’ve included words that we think are either exclusive to or especially common in Delhi, but given the gaalis flying about our office during disagreements while compiling the list, we’re sure you, too, may take issue with some of the entries. Weigh in with your opinions and tweet your additions (@timeoutdelhi, #delhislang) after sampling the khichdi we’ve made of our city’s native tongues.

Read the full story below, download it as a prettier PDF here, or find it online at Time Out Delhi.

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Published: March 15, 2013

River crossing

Five Yamuna walks ♦

Cities usually consider a river to be a blessing, but us Dilliwalas tend to turn our backs to ours. We hold our breath while driving across the Yamuna, thoughtlessly discharge our waste into it, pour concrete over its banks and, during the occasional festival, dump statues, diyas and other religious paraphernalia into its choked waters. In this Time Out Delhi cover story from January 2012, walk to the water with a series of guided strolls over and around five of the city’s road bridges, from Wazirabad to Okhla. Delhi does its best to kill the Yamuna, but take a closer look – our riverbanks are surprisingly alive.

Read the full story below, download it as a prettier PDF here, or find it online at Time Out Delhi.

Published: January 4, 2013

Art house

Delhi artists show us their homes ♦

Time Out gets an all-access pass into the homes of some of Delhi’s best, and best-loved artists, who graciously entertained all our queries. We asked for the whys, wherefores and whos of their owl collections, demanded to know the history of their flooring, and wheedled a free tour of their Picassos and Paul Klees. From September 2012. Read the full story below, or download it as a prettier PDF here.

Published: September 1, 2012

Choose your own Delhi adventure

377185_515880551771315_634309273_nTime Out Delhi’s 5th anniversary issue ♦

“For over five years, Time Out Delhi has brought you the best of what’s happening in town each fortnight, as well as enabled armchair exploration of city culture and cuisine. We hope our special cover story spurs you to action – starting with your fingers, which will have to do quite a bit of flipping through the following pages. Use this game-style guide as a primer for your day out; we know the real adventures happen when and where you least expect them.” From August 2012.

Read the full story below, or download it as a possibly prettier PDF here.

Published: August 31, 2012

Type Out Delhi

Typographical interventions ♦

A series of “typerventions” spearheaded by Kriti Monga of Turmeric Design and commissioned by Time Out Delhi.  Read more about these type projects here.

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Published: August 3, 2012

A dog’s life

Capital canines unleashed ♦

Dogs are both Delhi’s most maligned and best-loved creatures. From strays who know our city’s tough streets better than most people, to pet pooches who hold their owners hostage to their every need, take a walk with some capital canines in this Time Out Delhi cover package from April 2012. Read the full story below, or download it as a pretty PDF here.

Published: April 27, 2012

West Side Stories

West Delhi Special ♦

A Time Out Delhi cover story from March 2012 featuring a collection of stories from West Delhi neighbourhoods. Read the full story below, download it as a pretty PDF here, or find it online at Time Out Delhi.

Published: March 30, 2012

Mask appeal

The new face of Indian comics ♦

A few decades ago, the Indian comic books scene was burgeoning. The art may have been simple, and most stories and characters lifted straight from American comic books, but lending libraries were important social hubs in cities and small towns. Regional comic books and Indian superheroes made reading entertaining for kids across the country. Eventually, comic books lost out to TV and movies, going underground and retreating from the metros. But for the last couple of years – fuelled in part by a crop of animation grads and social media marketing – there’s a new breed of comic book creators emerging. It’s not all great yet, but it’s happening: independent artists, boutique studios, international tie-ups, and rumors of DC entering the fray. And this time around, comic books aren’t just for kids. In this Time Out Delhi cover story from February 2012, we get nostalgic about the old legends, look out for promising new publishers and meet the fans. Indian comic books are well and truly taking off.

Read the full story below, download it as a pretty PDF here, or find it online at Time Out Delhi.

Published: February 17, 2012

Cutting edge

Performance art: History, highlights and what to see at the India Art Fair 2012 ♦

Time Out Delhi‘s timeline of performance art from India and elsewhere, published January 20, 2012. Read the full story below, download it as a pretty PDF here, or find it in somewhat mangled form online at Time Out Delhi.

Published: January 20, 2012

Haunted Delhi

The bhoot is out there ♦

From the haunting of 10 Janpath to Gef the singing mongoose – not to mention djinns, headless sepoys and Certified Leading Paranormal Investigators – this Time Out Delhi cover package from October 28, 2011 chronicles the capital’s ghost stories. Read the full story below, download it as a pretty PDF here, or find it online at Time Out Delhi.

Published: October 28, 2011