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Rush hour... students of Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi at their college caf‚. Photo: S. Subramanium.

`IF YOU are peck-ish, then try a hot samosa; if parched, then have a refreshing lime soda; if ravenous, then check out the chilly chicken and fried rice... .our cafeteria is the best.'

Before asking any student of Delhi University's Lady Shri Ram College about their canteen, check out the college website first. All you would then be left with is to corroborate whether it is as great as being labelled.

"It is indeed good. What I like about the place is the variety available," says second year philosophy student Nidhi, pointing at the long menu board. Being run as part of the confectionary chain Pat-a-Cake, it has all the yummy dishes that you could think of as quick bite when hungry. Paneer pakoras, idli, dosa, vada, noodles, sandwich, ginger bread, hotdogs, macaroni, brownie, doughnuts, butter popcorn, rumali roti and more. "The maximum you pay for a dish is Rs.30. So, it is affordable," adds a student Samridhi.

"With good food, good ambience and hygienic surroundings, this is a great place to hang around. At times, there are more girls in the café than all the classrooms put together, and the amount of noise then, Gosh!" Yamini, a second year student from the History department comments. Though, correcting you from time to time, that "it is not a canteen but a café please." With arches all over, colourful glass windows overlooking manicured lawns, tastefully done sitting arrangements and a huge soft screen to run music videos etc, it is indeed the place to be.

On the lawns

And, during any college festivity, specially its annual fest in December, Tarang, the cafe gets livelier.

"During those days, it gets packed. There won't be any space inside. So, we try to grab the chairs put out on the lawns," adds Nidhi's classmate Chirleen. Started by Lord Shri Ram in 1956 in memory of his late wife Lady Shri Ram, the college would become 50-years-old next year. And, with shining alumni in all fields like Naina lal, CEO, J.M. Morgan Stanley, India, Komal Anand, Director, Archaeological Survey of India, designer Ritu beri, theatre personalities Lilette Dubey and Shivani Wazir, ace filmmaker Mira Nair, activist Brinda Karat, TV actress Shefali Tanwar of Star Plus's `Parvati' fame, anchor Mini Mathur, dancer Geeta Chandran and many more, it has indeed a miles long list of achievers.

"Even Shah Rukh Khan's wife Gauri is from our college," yet another student Purvaja adds so proudly to the list, even as many more future celebrities nod their approval.

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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