On the agenda

Delhi weekend cultural calendar: Radhika Vaz's stand-up routine, French hip-hop and more

There's a lot happening in the nation's capital over the next three days.

FILM Woodpecker Film Festival at Siri Fort Auditorium 
The third edition of the international film festival will have a special focus on Mexican and Nigerian cinema. The four-day event will include screenings and discussions. For the complete schedule, see here. There is no entry fee. Visit Woodpeckerfilmfestival.in to register and for more information.
When: Until Sunday, September 20, from 9.30 am.
Where: Siri Fort Auditorium, Asian Games Village Complex. Tel: 011 4166 1868.

FILM Open Frame Festival at India International Centre
Among the films that will be screened at this five-day festival organised by the Public Service Broadcast Trust are Hemant Gaba’s Japan in Nagaland, which profiles Naga anime fans and Annie Zaidi’s In Her Words, which is about women in Indian literature. See here for the complete schedule. There is no entry fee; seating is on a first come, first served basis.
When: From Friday, September 18 to Tuesday, September 22, from 10 am.
Where: CD Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate. Tel: 011 24619431.

FILM Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai at Maraa Delhi Terrace 
A screening of Delhi-based director Nakul Singh Sawhney’s documentary on the communal riots that took place in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh in 2013. The show will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, September 18 at 7 pm.
Where: Maraa Delhi DA, 5D, DDA Flats, Munirka. Tel: 80409 99664.

COMEDY Kenneth Sebastian + Karthik Kumar + Angad Singh Ranyal at Striker Pub and Kitchen
The stand-up comedians will each present a set at this gig organised by the Canvas Laugh Club. Tickets priced at Rs 600 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, September 18 at 7.30 pm.
Where: Striker, Ambience Mall, Third Floor, Vasant Kunj. Tel: 90154 55000.

COMEDY Older.Angrier.Hairier at Kamani Auditorium 
New York-based stand-up comedian Radhika Vaz’s new show covers everything from porn and politics. Tickets priced at Rs 500 and 750 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, September 18 at 8 pm.
Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, Janpath. Tel: 011 4350 3352.

MUSIC Sound Avtar at Urban Pind
The bass-heavy electronic music DJ and producer also known as Piyush Bhatnagar will take over the console. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, September 18 at 8 pm.
Where: Urban Pind Café, M-31, M Block Market, Greater Kailash 2. Tel: 96502 21221.

MUSIC Benny Dayal at Siri Fort Auditorium
The Hindi and Tamil film playback singer will perform. Tickets priced at Rs 750, Rs 1,000, Rs 1,500, Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, September 19 at 7 pm.
Where: Siri Fort Auditorium, Asian Games Village Complex. Tel: 011 4166 1868.

MUSIC Dhruv Visvanath at India Habitat Centre 
The Delhi-based guitarist will launch and play songs from his debut album Orion, which is the first release of singer and composer Vishal Dadlani’s new record label. There is no entry fee but you can RSVP on Insider.in.
When: Saturday, September 19 at 8 pm.
Where: Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, near Air Force Bal Bharati School. Tel: 011 2468 2002.

MUSIC Chill Bump at AntiSocial  
The French hip hop duo, which raps in English, will perform a set. There is a cover charge of Rs 300 per head. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, September 19 at 9 pm.
Where: AntiSocial9A & 12, Third Floor, Hauz Khas Village. Tel: 78386 52814.

THEATRE Run For Your Wife at Lok Kala Manch
Directed by Rishi Mehta and based on a play of the same name by British playwright Ray Cooney, this Hindi comedy is about a taxi driver in Delhi juggling households with two wives without them finding out about each other. Tickets priced at Rs 250, Rs 350 and Rs 500 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, September 20 at 3 pm and 5.45 pm.
Where: Lok Kala Manch, 20 Lodhi Institutional Area, Lodhi Road. Tel: 011 6580 6268.

FILM The Mushrooms at Instituto Cervantes  
Directed by Columbian filmmaker Oscar Ruiz Navia, this 2014 Spanish movie tells the story of two street artists Ras and Calvin who come together with other graffiti makers in Santiago de Cali to paint a tribute to Arab Spring demonstrators. The film will be screened with English subtitles. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Sunday, September 20 at 4.30 pm.
Where: Instituto Cervantes, Building No. 48, Hanuman Road, near Hanuman Mandir, Connaught Place, Central. Tel: 011 4368 1907.

ART Cosmology to Cartography: A Cultural Journey of Indian Maps at the National Museum
An exhibition of vintage Indian maps sourced from the Kalakriti Archives in Hyderabad that includes both cosmological representations of the universe and cartographic depictions of the country. Tickets are priced at Rs 20 per head for Indians and Rs 650 per head (inclusive of the audio tour) for foreigners. See here for more information.
When: Until Sunday, October 11. Open daily, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Special Exhibition Hall-I, National Museum, Janpath, Rajpath Road Area, Central Secretariat. Tel: 011 2379 2775.

ART Lay of the Land at Gallery Latitude 28
Art writer Anushka Rajendran has curated this show of works from across the sub-continent including those by Adeela Suleman from Pakistan, Niyeti Kannal from India and Pala Pothupitiye from Sri Lanka. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Until Tuesday, September 22. Open daily, from 11 am to 7 pm.
Where: Gallery Latitude 28, F-208, Lado Sarai. Tel: 011 4679 1111.

FOOD & DRINK Restaurant Week India 
During this bi-annual event, customers get to eat three-course set meals at a selection of fine-dining restaurants across the city at discounted rates. The 26 participating restaurants this time around include Sakura at The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa, Guppy by Ai in Lodhi Colony, Artusi in Greater Kailash II, A Ta Maison in Sunder Nagar and Yauatcha in Vasant Kunj. The set lunch is priced at Rs 1,100 per person and set dinner at Rs 1,300 per person (prices exclude taxes). Reservations can be made on Restaurantweekindia.com.
When: Until Sunday, September 20, at 1 pm for lunch and at 8 pm and 10 pm for dinner.
Where: See here for the complete list of restaurants.

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“My body instantly craves chai and samosa”

German expats talk about adapting to India, and the surprising similarities between the two cultures.

The cultural similarities between Germany and India are well known, especially with regards to the language. Linguists believe that Sanskrit and German share the same Indo-Germanic heritage of languages. A quick comparison indeed holds up theory - ratha in Sanskrit (chariot) is rad in German, aksha (axle) in Sanskrit is achse in German and so on. Germans have long held a fascination for Indology and Sanskrit. While Max Müller is still admired for his translation of ancient Indian scriptures, other German intellectuals such as Goethe, Herder and Schlegel were deeply influenced by Kalidasa. His poetry is said to have informed Goethe’s plays, and inspired Schlegel to eventually introduce formal Indology in Germany. Beyond the arts and academia, Indian influences even found their way into German fast food! Indians would recognise the famous German curry powder as a modification of the Indian masala mix. It’s most popular application is the currywurst - fried sausage covered in curried ketchup.

It is no wonder then that German travellers in India find a quite a lot in common between the two cultures, even today. Some, especially those who’ve settled here, even confess to Indian culture growing on them with time. Isabelle, like most travellers, first came to India to explore the country’s rich heritage. She returned the following year as an exchange student, and a couple of years later found herself working for an Indian consultancy firm. When asked what prompted her to stay on, Isabelle said, “I love the market dynamics here, working here is so much fun. Anywhere else would seem boring compared to India.” Having cofounded a company, she eventually realised her entrepreneurial dream here and now resides in Goa with her husband.

Isabelle says there are several aspects of life in India that remind her of home. “How we interact with our everyday life is similar in both Germany and India. Separate house slippers to wear at home, the celebration of food and festivals, the importance of friendship…” She feels Germany and India share the same spirit especially in terms of festivities. “We love food and we love celebrating food. There is an entire countdown to Christmas. Every day there is some dinner or get-together,” much like how Indians excitedly countdown to Navratri or Diwali. Franziska, who was born in India to German parents, adds that both the countries exhibit the same kind of passion for their favourite sport. “In India, they support cricket like anything while in Germany it would be football.”

Having lived in India for almost a decade, Isabelle has also noticed some broad similarities in the way children are brought up in the two countries. “We have a saying in South Germany ‘Schaffe Schaffe Hausle baue’ that loosely translates to ‘work, work, work and build a house’. I found that parents here have a similar outlook…to teach their children to work hard. They feel that they’ve fulfilled their duty only once the children have moved out or gotten married. Also, my mother never let me leave the house without a big breakfast. It’s the same here.” The importance given to the care of the family is one similarity that came up again and again in conversations with all German expats.

While most people wouldn’t draw parallels between German and Indian discipline (or lack thereof), Germans married to Indians have found a way to bridge the gap. Take for example, Ilka, who thinks that the famed differences of discipline between the two cultures actually works to her marital advantage. She sees the difference as Germans being highly planning-oriented; while Indians are more flexible in their approach. Ilka and her husband balance each other out in several ways. She says, like most Germans, she too tends to get stressed when her plans don’t work out, but her husband calms her down.

Consequently, Ilka feels India is “so full of life. The social life here is more happening; people smile at you, bond over food and are much more relaxed.” Isabelle, too, can attest to Indians’ friendliness. When asked about an Indian characteristic that makes her feel most at home, she quickly answers “humour.” “Whether it’s a taxi driver or someone I’m meeting professionally, I’ve learnt that it’s easy to lighten the mood here by just cracking a few jokes. Indians love to laugh,” she adds.

Indeed, these Germans-who-never-left as just diehard Indophiles are more Indian than you’d guess at first, having even developed some classic Indian skills with time. Ilka assures us that her husband can’t bargain as well as she does, and that she can even drape a saree on her own.

Isabelle, meanwhile, feels some amount of Indianness has seeped into her because “whenever its raining, my body instantly craves chai and samosa”.

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