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What: Verve, Lane 29, Building 28, Hauz Khas Village, call 9811686949, Rs 2,500 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Why: This new multi-cuisine “diner” has what few venues in HKV do —massive floor space including a pretty outdoor balcony on which they serve super spicy chicken peri peri, crispy dahi kebabs, creamy lamb chops and nasi gorang redolent with fish sauce and topped by a perfectly rounded egg. bpb also loves Verve Special plum martinis and potent watermelon mojitos to sip on during live music sets held over the weekend. Full review out soon!
When: Swing by for a set by Indigo Children, Vinyl Records and Flexi K, today at 8:30 pm.
What: Chasing the Monsoon Yodakin Style, Yodakin Book Store, 2 Hauz Khas Village, call 26536283 or view their Facebook page here, entry free.
Why: Saira Begum, the last surviving singer in her family of traditional musicians from Varanasi brings rain-songs to her baithak in Delhi next week – thunderous applause, please! She will be introduced by filmmaker and friend Saba Dewan, and during her recital perform kajri, jhoola, saawan and Bhojpuri folk songs celebrating the season. Remember to swing by and say hello after.
When: (C)loud and clear on July 25 at 6:30 pm.
What: Laundry service in Gurgaon by Dhobi Ghaat, call 9711294294 or visit the website here, starts at Rs 999 per month.
Why: Because handing over your dirty laundry to the public can be pretty convenient: Dhobi Ghaat picks up clothes twice a week (for a single membership they do 80 pieces per month plus two bed sheets and four pillows) and returns them ironed and folded in 72 hours, using washing machines and Johnson and Johnson detergent to beat out the Delhi dust-heat-sweat. If you have delicates, they can launder those separately too, and work seven days a week from 8 am to 7 pm. They also plan to expand to South Delhi next month, so stay tuned!
When: You want to soap for the best.
What: Shop online at We Make Love, visit the website here, Rs 150 for eco chic wooden forks.
Why: It’s not just the super cute name that distinguishes We Make Love from other e-commerce ventures mushrooming up around the web; it’s also the cool stationery, only-a-little cheesy rakhis and mustache-shaped ivory wood comb available on this easy-to-navigate site. Plus, prices stay under Rs 1,500 and they deliver all over India. Comb raider!
When: You want to be Lara Craft.
What: Doggy bags for your international travel by Mumbai-based Heat 2 Eat, call +91-9820865453 /9820579350, view the Facebook page here, Rs 300 for a kilo pack of ready-to-eat poha, shipping to Delhi extra.
Why: If you’re too cool to pack theplas for your vacation, outsource the job to mother-daughter duo Rita and Pankti, who put them in vacuum-sealed bags. They also do their own ready-to-eat doggy bags for travellers – masala khichdi, upma, poha, missal, Gujarati dal – that can be cooked in the microwave in two minutes after adding water. Unlike the ones available in the supermarket, these they claim, have no added preservatives or colour.
When: You want to say aloha to poha.