Actor Nupur Joshi’s college days on Delhi University’s North Campus consisted of hopping on special college buses and hanging out at Kamla Nagar Market for trinkets and chhole bhature that make smack your lips. Recently, the actor – remembers his roles in the film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) and TV show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai – visited Delhi and decided to check out his old place in Kamla Nagar, after 18 years!
An alumnus of Daulat Ram College, Joshi who pursued specialized studies in psychology, couldn’t help but grow nostalgic for this market full of affordable winter clothing accessories and delicious delicacies. “One of my best friends lives at Civil Lines, and we often plan to revisit our university because I have so many memories from there, including those of our college party Manjari and eating maggi at the booth in Tom Uncle … In Kamla Nagar, the shops I frequented at the time are still there. But that has changed a lot! Hmm especially on Mondays ko aate le because the market group sari hoti thi and only Chache Di Hatti was open, where we were enjoying the Dilli Wale chhole bhature. There was a buntwalla here. Practice exams ke beech mein time nikal kar we used to come here … I remember ek din we were walking around and saw this store at random, and on a whim, without taking permission from anyone at home, we decided – let’s get our noses pierced. It was crazy, “she recalls.
“Kamla Nagar was my go-to place for everything in fashion,” says the 29-year-old, adding, “We used to buy everything from brand name items to streetwear. At that time I used to wear whatever goes well … I still have a pair of fur gloves that I bought here which was a new concept when I was in college. My cheapest purchase at the time was a top that just cost me ??40! Of course he was originally quoted for somewhere around ??250, but my friends and I used to haggle a lot and make puppy faces begging the traders: Bhaiyya please do it.
Joshi, whose friends lived near the North Campus, explains how the city’s infrastructure has developed over the years. “At the time, we didn’t have Metro. I used to take bus line number 143 from East Delhi, which dropped us off at (Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur) Khalsa College, then we got on a rickshaw which just charged ??5 for two people. We used to often tell the rickshaws to take the three of us and make a deal: “Teen logon ke ??10 lelo ‘. To try to convince them, we even told them: Aap chinta mat kariye, aap hi ke rickshaw mein hum vapas bhi aayenge.
Once inside the university premises, it was always dramatic that kept Joshi excited and engaged. “I was the cultural secretary of my college in the second year of my degree. And as part of the dram soc, we did plays in collaboration with the National School of Drama (NSD). I was very active as a student during the festival, the fashion shows and even the dance nights. But I was more involved in dramatic society. In fact, I was chosen for my mission as an actor on the screen, during the representation of a street play! So in many ways my college laid the foundation for my acting career. “
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