An ode to Regal Theatre that regaled us for years

On March 31, regal theatre, a movie hall dating back to the colonial era will close down. A place, which in the course of telling stories on 70 MM, ended up having many stories of its own. On the last day, the theatre will screen two of Raj Kapoor classics Sangam and Mera Naam Joker, because the theatre had a special place in the heart of legendary filmmaker Raj Kapoor. Here are some of the moments on the last few days before closing curtains.

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The minar in the name of the medieval thieves

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Bengali phuchka in Green Park

What makes us fall in love with street food? Obviously, not just the price but also the taste, and especially when it comes clean. Delhi has many street food belts, one such belt is the Green Park Metro Station corner on the Uphaar Cinema Hall side. The food carts stretch from the metro gates to…

Cafe Dalal Street hits the bulls eye

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Ninkasi, the Sumerian exotica in town

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The story of Yo Yo Anda King

The good thing about the street food scene in Noida and Gurgaon is that the street food carts generally don’t stand alone, they are always seen in clusters in specific sectors. For example in Noida, there are many street food vendors in Sector 135, 18 and 16, among others. Every street vendor in Delhi NCR…

Innovation is the only thing constant with Delhi momos

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You can never get buggered of burgers in Delhi

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If Karim’s is Goliath, then Naim is David

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The new molecool menu of Molecule

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Polish celluloid treat for Delhittes

If you are a movie buff, and if you come across a proposition that says, ‘Martin Scorsese presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’ than it’s hard to resist. The Polish Institute New Delhi is organising the fourth edition of its annual KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival Habitat Centre in New Delhi from November 17 to 30. This…

Matchbox cooks up a Naga storm

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