All roads in the Capital seem to be leading to Delhi University these days. With the annual admission process under way, a festive atmosphere prevails on the campus.

As expected, it is the on-campus fashion parade that is grabbing the eyeballs. Most newcomers turn up in the most trendy outfits with matching accessories and footwear. If the girls are well turned out in halter necks and skimpy tops teamed up with short skirts or a pair of jeans, the boys too are becoming more casual with their clothes. Some were seen wearing three-fourths and shorts to colleges when they came to check out the first cut-off list for admissions over the weekend.

Both sexes are also generously experimenting with their hair, with a lot of them seen sporting streaked tresses. Fancy T-shirts with smart, witty messages on them are a common sight too.

Interestingly, it is not just the youngsters but their family members too who do not want to miss out on this opportunity to showcase their wardrobes. Mothers accompanying their children look quite chic themselves in salwar-kameez and other dresses giving their daughters a run for their money.

Just the other day, when a friend happened to visit a prominent college on the North Campus, she noticed a middle-aged man waiting for someone on the lawns. The gentleman, looking quite fashionable, sported studs in both ears and beads around his wrists and neck. Maybe he was just trying to keep in tune with these times.

Parul Sharma

Monsoon daze

Unceremoniously shown the door in its rightful season, the heat this time round has given way to humidity, glares to the parka, and sunburns to fungal infections.

Unabashed delight over the abbreviated summer and relief over not having to face cauldron-inspired temperatures has gradually led to stark discontent over rising moisture content in the air.

With relative humidity levels threatening to make a pasty gel of most people, those blessed with the privilege of spending an extended time in climate-controlled ambiences are the ones who cringe the most on exiting from their deep-freeze office chambers.

An invisible irritant, the vapour has several vexing qualities: it condenses on cool surfaces, forming an opaque mist on the surface in an instant (bespectacled individuals be wary); it slithers along any exposed part of the body resulting in that sticky, gooey sensation of not having towelled properly after a quick shower; and for those swayed by vanity, the humidity works in perfect connivance with a bad hair day to cause matted locks, frizzy ends and the impossible task of chalking out an effective mane maintenance programme.

Given the severity of the mugginess that has held the air to ransom these days, there may actually be a select few who would choose the boiler room scenario to drowning in their own sweat.

Kunal Diwan

Summer special

The month-long Gandhi Summer School organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Sahitya Kala Parishad at 24 workshops across the city ended at Tees January Marg here over the weekend with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit giving away certificates to participating students and their resource persons.

Children from different government and public schools and non-governmental organisations presented a unique blend of classical and fusion items including instrumental music, dance and patriotic songs.

The Chief Minister also released a special edition of Vrindavan Darpan, a newspaper brought out by the women of Buniyadi Vidyalaya in Champaran. She also released “Aspirations -- Akanshao ki Pankho Par”, a special supplement of The Yamuna, the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti children’s newspaper.

A presentation on sanitation by Srijan Educational Centre took a dig at pathetic conditions of Delhi roads. To highlight their concern over lack of cleanliness, the participants called upon the people to pick up the broom and make their city clean and green.

Madhur Tankha