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Wake N’ Bake – The ‘Central Perk’ of Shimla

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“Wake n Bake is a place where culture (music, art and film) is promoted. It is Shimla’s beginning towards its cultural revolution.”- As Himanshu sees it.

We call ourselves Shimla Wanderers for a reason. The reason that we do not just live here but we breathe this city, we live it. Now after almost three decades of our lives here, our avidness for the town remains intact. However, we cannot deny that among several other factors, one thing we deeply miss from old days, are places like Park Café, Beekays or Embassy as they used to be back then. Friendly hangout places filled with home-like warmth, amazing aroma of coffee and nonstop niche music that actually introduced us to the unheard tunes of the west. If you know what I’m saying, you’d agree that the Modern Café chains cannot match the “Central Perk” feel of those oldschool places. Over the years as that culture gradually disappeared, so did our interest in tagging a single place as our regular hangout. Well, let’s just blame time for this.

However thankfully, it seems the culture is being refreshed yet again.

When we came to learn about this immensely talented local lad, Himanshu, who by the way is the owner of Wake N’ Bake, we could not resist to cover him here on Himachal Watcher.

A grad in computer engineering and web developer by profession, Himanshu couldn’t keep himself away from the Himalayas and in 2010 he came back for good. In 2011 he came up with the idea of mixing great flavors with cool ambience and amazing music and as a culmination of these three strong factors “Wake n Bake” was born. At present, “Wake n Bake” has not only managed to attract the young crowd of tourists as well as locals, but it has become a hub for the youth.

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Food:

The menu is small and limited but it surely gives an exposure to different cuisines. Here you can enjoy a Middle Eastern Platter, Crepes, Pasta, Salads, Pizza, Kathi Rolls and the daily specials.

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“It’s a place where the freshness and wholesomeness of food is respected and celebrated.”- Himanshu

Ambience:

You will fall in love with the yellow walls which is itself a piece of art. The tree of life painted on the front wall is a symbol of fragility. If you admire art, it is one hell lot of inspiration you can gaze at, simply sitting and sipping a cup of coffee. The ambience is so cool, you can actually sit and interact even with strangers.

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Price/Menu:

Starting from INR 70- 200, you can grab on the mouthwatering flavors at affordable prices. A meal for two will cost you less than INR 500.

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Outdoor Seating:

The roof top seating of the café offers panoramic view. You can enjoy your food or coffee with cool breeze.

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Location:

Located in the heart of the city, Wake n Bake is on the Mall Road. The windows of the café give amazing view of the erstwhile Town Hall and the hustle bustle of the Mall Road.

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Well, it seems that we have finally found our “Central Perk” in the name of Wake n Bake.

A duo of Shimla chics, who write for their love for the city want to keep exploring and sharing the endless grandeur of Shimla with the readers. Already established as content designers, both of them are Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication. As they love to put it, their peculiar fixation with the city drives them to volunteer for HW.

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Self-taught local artist to exhibit ’17 Paintings’ oil painting works at Gaiety, Shimla

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Shimla: For the art lovers and critics in Himachal Pradesh, a self-taught local artist will showcase his collection of oil paintings titled “17 Paintings” on a two-days exhibition at the historic Gaiety Theater, Shimla on December 9 and 10 from 11.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

Surya Ranjan Shandil (31), who hails from Solan district, works in Bengaluru as a computer programmer in the field of education technology. After his schooling from Shimla, he obtained a B.Tech Degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

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However, he did not ignore his love for the painting and continued it at evenings after college, work, on weekends, and Sundays.

Later, Ranjan realized he has a collection of his own. His first solo exhibition was held in November 2016 at the Gaiety Theater.

The appreciation he received at the first exhibition encouraged him to present his second collection of oil paintings that he painted during 2017.

He received his education upto Class 12 from Shimla’s St. Edwards and Dayanand Public School.

He is best known for his captivating genre paintings.

I started drawing at the age of 3-4 years. At that time, I used to sign the drawings with incorrect spellings of my name,

Ranjan told Himachal Watcher

His father, Dr R G Shandil, who is now retired, was a professor of mathematics at the H.P. University, Shimla. His mother Dr. Sandhya Shandil was a teacher at the St. Edward’s School, Shimla.

After graduating in 2010, I started with oil painting during the evenings and weekends. Gradually I built up a collection and in November 2016, I held my first solo exhibition of 29 oil paintings at gaiety,

he said.

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Ranjan’s paintings reflect people. The upcoming exhibition opens with simple themes like the joy of shopping, local festivities, celebration, dance and music. Most works painted on these themes are in the context of Himachal.

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Following these are mellow paintings ‘Seaside Nap’ and ‘Personal Sunrise’ – more subtle takes on human thought. The artist also takes a step towards satire in comically interesting works ‘Monkeys’ and ‘Chimpanzees’.

Slowly moving towards expressionism ‘Kayal’ takes the viewer to the realm of subjectless painting while in ‘Frenzy’ the artist dispenses with form.

Ending on a light hearted note, the paintings ‘Bonfire’ and ‘A Silent Conversation’ recreate the magic of Gabbar Singh and Rajesh Khanna on canvas.

About his love for painting, he said,

I believe art is a journey of constant improvisation.  

It would be his second solo exhibition. Earlier, he has participated and won prizes in several painting competitions throughout his schooling and B.Tech.

 

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Bollywood film-maker Onir conducting auditions in Shimla for his next film

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Shimla: Shimla-based production house ‘Secret Corridor Pictures’, run by award-winning filmmaker Siddharth Chauhan, is looking for new faces for Onir’s upcoming film “Kuch Bheege Alfaaz”. The film will be shot in Shimla.

Onir is a National award-winning director and producer. He needs a young girl in the age group of 14-18 from Shimla to cast in his film.

Onir has directed films like: My Brother Nikhil, Bas Ek Pal, Sorry Bhai, I AM, and Shab. His ‘Chauranga’ had won him multiple awards last year.

The Secret Corridor is looking after the casting & production process for this film. The production house is currently scrutinizing applications and organizing auditions.

In the first round of the auditions was conducted online and five finalists were selected out of over 50 applicants. These five candidates were invited for an interview with Onir on October 8, 2017.

The production house is also looking for actors in all age groups for other projects.

Onir’s films are known for the unique content that works as a trailblazer for the Indian film industry.

He is the man behind ‘My Brother Nikhil’ – the first Bollywood film that addressed the sensitive topic of homosexuality and AIDS.

His other film ‘I AM’ had won him the prestigious National Award & many other awards at various international film festivals.

The interested candidates can apply for auditions alongwith their pictures and other details. The candidates can either apply through e-mail at [email protected]” or through Facebook.

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Himachal gets a ‘War Museum’ at Dharamsala as reminder of martyrs

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Dharamsala – The ‘War Museum’ at Dharamsala was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. He also laid the foundation stone of the Freedom Fighters Memorial at Dari.

The War Museum, he said was a reminder of the sacrifices of the valiant soldiers of Himachal Pradesh, right from recipients of Victoria Cross to Parmveer Chakra. The Museum would offer a flashback to learn more about the Nations first Param Vir Chakra recipient, the highest gallantry awardee, Major Somnath Sharma to late Captain Bikram Batra, Saurabh Kalia, and others who laid their lives for the sake of the Nation.

Recalling the Kargil war, he said that 54 brave soldiers from the soil of Himachal had laid their lives. These sacrifices will find mention in this War Museum.

The Museum is spread over a total area of 2190 square meters and built at a cost of Rs. 9.85 crores. Outside the Museum, the statue of General Zorawar Singh and murals of heroic deeds are on display.

The inner Hall houses busts of Vir Chakra awardees, Jamedar Bhandan Ram and Jamedar Lala small description of their legend on the wall against a golden background.

The busts of Param Vir and Vir Chakras include those of Major Somnath Sharma, Major Dhan Singh Thapa, Captain Vikram Batra, Major Sudhir Walia, Hony. Captain Sanjay Kumar.

The Museum also houses photo gallery of all PVC recipients of the country besides the medals of various gallantry award recipients including Victoria Cross, Ashok Chakra, Vir Chakra etc.

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There is also a 5×2 foot Ashoka Pillar beside a Pakistan captured flag, regimental flags, Medium Machine Guns etc.

The State government has requested the Government of India for MIG-21 and display of other warfare machinery, said representatives of ‘State Martyrs Memorial Service and Development Society’.

The inauguration of the Museum was timed with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the quit India movement also known as ‘August Kranti’.

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