It is not everyday that you see Dilliwallahs jostle to take a look at books. And buy them by the dozen. The Book Fair has been going mostly empty. But if you had been going to Dilli Haat over the last weekend, you would see how the place has completely transformed. All thanks to the Third Annual Comic Con. Every Delhiite worth his Diamond Comics came along. If not to buy books, to browse through them. If not to browse, then pick up merchandise. And if for nothing else, then to get themselves clicked with the quirky banners and with men and women who decided to give themselves a fun makeover. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Of course Comic Con is about comics. But it is as much about the merchandise, some of which you will get only at Comic Con which makes them all the more attractive for the funk-loving youngsters. And funky they all are. Superkudi, that hit theme of the last edition of Comic Con, has given way to Supermummy this year. So apart from banners, you could also pick up Supermummy tees, posters, wall clocks, cushions and even mugs. The ‘Wonder Bai’, or the ubiquitous Indian maid, was another favourite. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBut what most people were seen jostling for (and some even went back disappointed since most stalls had run out of sizes) were the Superman and Batman tees. While some were the more regular ones, there were others which had been fun slogans. The Bangalore-based Hysteria, was seen doing brisk business with their badges, posters, tees, art prints and more. So much so, that you actually had to queue up to see their poster catalogue. While the now well-known Chumbak (every girl worth her auto raja boxers have heard of them) has a stall, we found the lesser known ones doing brisk business. The merchandise was similar — tees, mugs, quirky posters, calendars and even toys of comic characters — but each added their own quirky take to them. Want to voice an opinion? Wear it on the tee. That was the USP of the Wear Your Opinion stall. A stall which stocked Harry Potter merchandise, was also a crowd favourite.
This is a story of a long ago. When World War II left Poland ravaged and thousands of Polish people homeless, about 1000 children from war-torn, occupied Poland and Soviet prison camps in Stalin’s Siberia, travelled all the way to India, where Jam Sahib, Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja of Nawanagar, nephew of famous Indian cricketer Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji of the Jadeja clan, a princely state in the Kathiawar Peninsula, took personal risks to make arrangements at a time when the world was at war and India was struggling for its independence. He built a camp for them in a place called Balachadi beside his summer palace, 25 km from his capital city Jamnagar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The children stayed in the camp for four years (1942 to 1946), picking up pieces of their lives, making happy memories till they got to reunite with their family and friends when Polish history reached peaceful times.After years, documentary film maker, Anu Radha and Sumit Osmand Shaw have got The Survivors of Balachadi, as they like to call themselves, together, to make a heart-touching piece of narrative A Little Poland in India. The 52-miute film has been co-produced between the governments of India and Poland under audio-visual agreement between both countries; co-produced by Doordarshan, Government of Gujarat and National Audiovisual Institute and TVP (Telewizja Polska) from Poland. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe script and the research is by Anu Radha. This fragment of Indo-Polish history is a heartening chapter on a rare humane endeavour at times of war. Survivors of this chapter, who are featured in the documentary, remember their time in Balachadi fondly holding Jam Saheb, who they called Bapu, in high esteem. Infact, Poland has a school and a street named after Jam Saheb.The film was officially launched in the Capital in the presence of delegates, the directors and one of the survivors of Balachadi, Wieslaw Stypula, who shared his amazing story. A Little Poland in India will be telecast on 10 Nov (3:00 pm) and on the 11 November (7:30 am) on DD National. Make sure you catch it.
Thus they call it the laddu either already savoured or still to be relished. Based around a similar idea, the play titled Perfect Wedding teaches one what not to do on his/her wedding day. It imparts knowledge of all the dos and donts for your wedding day.Presented by Saanjha Sapnaa and directed by Dushyant Babbar, the play is a romantic comedy based on an original script. The plot goes like- A man wakes up on his wedding morning in the hotel’s bridal suite with a naked woman he doesn’t know. Chaos ensues and a touching love story too. It is full of snappy dialogues, slapstick humor and blurry maze of plot twists which turn into a cheery evening of laughs and good feeling. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”The play follows an error of comedy concept. Where in, the couple who was brought together to get married eventually get married to different people. It took me almost a month to conceptualise and execute the play as one of the major challenge was to find good and steady actors,’ rues Dushyant.’The one hour 20 minutes long play constitutes of playing with live properties where in the dimensions of the room set up on the stage is changed via connecting doors. This particular element is quite integral to the performance,’ says Dushyant. Witness this Perfect Wedding with full fun and entertainment on the Delhi stage.WHEN: 16 and 17 November, 6 pm and 7.30 pmWHERE: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg