It was while touring the North East last year that members of Delhi-based band,Menwhopause,stopped by at the Ziro valley in Arunanchal Pradesh for a while. Smitten by its natural beauty and bound by a strange sense of nostalgia,guitarist Anup Kutty,bassist Randeep Singh and their common friend,Vimelendu,decided to relive this feeling in Delhi. About three months ago,they launched Ziro,a three-storeyed cafe-maggi-music outlet in Hauz Khas Village.
Rickety and narrow spiraling stairs lead to the tastefully done-up Ziro,which is nestled above Vimlendus store,Green the Gap. Old cassettes,LPs,a gramophone,an LP player,photographs of various bands at various gigs,old books,posters of iconic musicians and pieces of old furniture adorn the place. The décor (done by the three owners) is busy,like a messy room with a strong sense of belongingness. It is,however,the terrace thats everyones favourite. There are plants and trees all around,and empty green bottles of Mountain Dew and Sprite stacked one above the other form the border. Vimelendu keeps the visitors busy by playing indie music and if theres a cool breeze,it might just add to the fun. The USP of the place is that the line between sitting at a friends barsaati and spending time at a cafe gets blurred. Each floor can hold about 10-15 people and is cramped or maybe,cosy is the right word.
On many nights,the terrace becomes an open-air movie theatre or a venue for book readings or a gig spot or even a stage for Bharatnatyam performers. Try out the Maggi lazy and 2 am-ish and do not skip the buff fry. Apart from this,the open kitchen on the third floor also dishes out crepes,salads,fresh juices and grilled sandwiches. Open seven days a week,plans of introducing early breakfast slot is also on the cards.
We rarely say this,but you must visit the loo on the third floor. A huge photo of Menwhopause performing at a gig stares you right in the face,and makes you laugh even as you go about your business.
Address: 24/3,Hauz Khas Village