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In BR we trust!

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By: Aakash Munjal

In BR we trust.

I couldn’t agree more with this piece they said in Outsideoftheboot:“football, over the last couple of seasons, has been witnessing ‘change of guard’. Players who we adored in their prime have retired, managers that headed some of the greatest sides in history have resigned giving rise to the next generation football personnel, whose talent showcased some incredible, unpredictable games”

41 year old Brendan Rodgersis one of the youngest football managers to see this kind of considerable success especially considering he came to Liverpool in a very difficult time. For someone who abides by the code of conduct, he is known to have reinvented The Liverpool style , a cultural change bought by someone I strongly believe has a rare ingredient that is unheard of in the adrenalin driven world – EQ. Probably that’s why it so easy to trust him to lead your team to glory !

Taken from The Independent:”Brendan will walk in here and remember the names of everyone sitting at the bar,” says Debbie Burns, landlady of McCauley’s the Bridge bar in Carnlogh. “He’ll have a bit of time for everybody and even though he wouldn’t be a big drinker now he won’t rush, he enjoys himself when he comes in with his brothers.” This the man who has not only taken Liverpool back to the Champions League, while making the club a formidable force, but has installed an amazing culture at the club as well.

A small piece of history that you, in all probability, already know:Diagnosed with a genetic knee condition, his football career was short-lived and he opted out of it at the age of 20 to pursue his study of coaching methods. After a disappointing spell at Reading, returned to full-time management with Swansea City in 2010. He led the club to win promotion to the Premier League, the first Welsh team ever to do so, before guiding them to finish 11th the following season(btw Swansea were favourites to be relegated among bookies). In 2012, BR was roped in by Liverpool . “He couldn’t have written a better script for himself”.

 

After 2 years at Liverpool, how do you gage his success? Expectedly, his tenure at Liverpool started gradually, with the club finishing 7th (one position higher than the previous season). But 2013-14 season started with a real bang! He was awarded with PL manager of the month, as the team won its first 3 games. The success continued in the month of March, where he was again awarded the Manager of the month. We all know how the season ended and that has settled BR at the Melwood more than any other manager in recent past. And that has to do not only with the success of the team with respect to coming back the CL, but also the way it happened:

 

  • Liverpool played the Liverpool way: We scored 101 goals in the season, second only to the Champions City. There was a global consensus that Liverpool played the most attractive football in the league. The team not only managed to win week in week out, but they had put a grin on our faces, with the way they demolished the opponents including the likes of Arsenal and Spurs. I don’t remember when was the last time we did the in the PL. It was fast, counter attacking football, with which Liverpool usually went 1-0 up by the time the opponent could settle down. It was certainly the style of football, BR pushed thru the system.
  • An Eye for Talent: Sterling was picked and signed by Liverpool from QPR academy by Rafael Benitez in 2010, but he made his first senior debut on March 2012. Then he was only 17 years, making him second youngest player ever for the club to appear in PL. BR did not hesitate to introduce him in PL as well as in Europe at that age. In fact very soon, he started to be a part of regular squad and played full 90 Minutes. He also became the second youngest player to score for Liverpool – in a competitive fixture, only after “One Owen”. That was the time and today, he is an obvious part of the first team selection, not only for his pace and assists for goals, but for he being an immaculate finisher himself now. Brendan played an obvious part in this success and when Sterling scored THAT opening goal against City last year, BR must be so proud.

 

Brendan did not have too much to spend in the transfer market. But he has developed the talent immensely –Philippe Coutinho and Jordon Henderson. As Ian Holloway said in The Mirror: “he is clearly committed to ­developing talent as much as recruiting through the transfer market.Henderson’s rebirth  is a credit to him and his manager for not giving up on a player who had lost his way following a big-money transfer.”

 

  • A man on a mission (and he knows what he is doing): Ben Smith writes this for BBC: “On his desk, colour-coded files hold the secrets behind the transformation – the tactical intelligence, hunting in packs, pace on the counter attack. Detail is everything and each training session is planned meticulously, with a four-day schedule designed to lead the players into game day.”And this “Rodgers himself has also changed. Mind games have gone – now his players do the talking. Where once “relentless possession” was his managerial pillar, Manchester City(3-2),  Arsenal (5-1), Tottenham (4-0) and Everton (4-0) were torn apart by counter-attacking football coupled with a relentless and devastating pressing game. Rodgers’s players practice the “five-second rule”, in which the team press their opponents immediately on losing possession for five seconds, before easing back. They then wait for precise triggers to press again. If a pass bounces off a foot, or an attacker needs to look down at the ball – as soon as their opponents’ options are limited, Liverpool pounce. Possession is no longer the be all and end all. Liverpool are arguably at their most dangerous when they don’t have the ball.”

 

  • Down to Earth, a learner: calm, calculated, very down to earth, and never panicked. Brendan has no arrogance about him at all. He knows his stuff and speaks with confidence. He always knew exactly what he wanted to do.He termed his learning with Mourinho as “going to harvard”. Let’s not forget that during his tough times, Sir Alex Ferguson took time to dictate a letter to be sent to Rodgers, asking him to keep his chin up and that his time would come. And success hasn’t changed him at all. We can see that in his interviews.

The thought of 2014-2015 season fills us with an unbelievable excitement, but we are also aware, that it will be a different challenge all together with Suarez gone and we have CL in our calendar as well. We may not see the dominance Liverpool showcased last season, but hey, that’s the exciting part of this game and we need to say “here we go again” as BR has made us Believe!

 

DelhiKop Match Screening – Tottenham v Liverpool!

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Perfect game to bounce back from Monday night’s loss to City. Lets get right behind our team and get the 3 points at Tottenham on Sunday and put the campaign back on track!

With the same intensity and passion we would like to invite you to the DelhiKop screening for the game against Spurs on 31st August, 5:30 PM (IST) at Movida Café Bar M-38, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, Delhi. (Click the link for map)

Registration is MANDATORY. Entry would be allowed only to those whose name is on the guest list. LFC attire is compulsory too! Official members need to carry their membership cards to be exempted from Cover/Entry charges and also mention the membership # details on the form.

There are 3 options for fans to choose from:

1.  INR 300 Cover charge

2. INR 100 Entry charge.

3. Official LFC Members(exempted)

Names not on the list will be allowed only at the availability of seats at Movida at INR500 Cover charge.

There is an all Inclusive fix price menu (alcohol) for DelhiKop at Movida.

Kingfisher Pint INR 150

Carlsberg/Budweiser/Tuborg Pint INR 170

Teachers Highland Small INR 180

Smirnoff Small INR 130

Apart from alcohol, there will be a 20% food discount. Prices will not be clubbed with any other offer.

The guest list with the venue will be considered final. Any queries pertaining to registration/technical glitches on the form, feel free to call on the number(s) given below. Entries start at 5:30 PM!

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Cheers!
YNWA

For further details, contact:

Shrey Chaturvedi +91-9810499650

 

What makes you follow a Football Club, Religiously? I mean Seriously!

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By: Aakash Munjal

I have always wondered what makes us Indians get up from the usual dominance of Cricket and follow a football club from England or Spain or Germany, so religiously, that we can leave all our work in hand to watch them play (hope my boss doesn’t read this), follow them daily on Internet, we cry sometimes when they lose ( I mean I don’t remember when was the last time I was so heartbroken as I was during the Crystal Palace blunder). Our rooms will be covered with posters, scarfs, tee shirts of our club. It becomes so much a part of our lives eventually that our happiness somewhere depends on how our clubs performed on Saturday or Sunday. I mean after all, it was all meant to be for entertainment, right? Where is the loyalty there?

Footballers we adore and worship leave the club eventually for either more money or top flight football and for various other reasons (with the exception of a few). Managers are changed at one single failure – they then go to another club and talk shit about the same club they were managing for years may be. So where is the loyalty? How can we be loyal to something that.

I questioned this for quite some time, because honestly, I started watching club football only in 2007/2008 when my friend took me to a bar in Doha to watch Manchester United and Chelsea game. I guess it was 2007 FA Cup final. Chelsea won, he was happy and I started following Chelsea- For many years. I was the happiest man on the planet when Chelsea won the league in 2009-2010. But things were different after that, a long story and today I am a diehard Liverpool fan. I have been a Liverpool fan since the dark days of Hick and Gillett and obviously have been patiently and proudly seeing our Revival in the League. And it makes me wonder if that is a crime? Why can’t I shift clubs if players, managers, owners shift them on yearly basis? How can I be loyal and why should I be, if there is so much entertainment around. I started thinking of what makes it happen. And I guess this is what I have to say:

  • City of Origin – This happens obviously if you are staying in the city from where the club originates or develops. Obviously this doesn’t apply to me and many of you reading. But makes sense otherwise, or even when we travel to say a particular city in England and belong there due to one or the other reasons – we studied there and lived there and my classmates followed Burnley, etc
  • Players – We get connected to a set of players and cannot help loving them week in week out. The Liverpool SAS plus Stevie G, Chelsea legends – Lampard, Terry, Drogba, Barca’s ever loyals Lionel Messi, Xavi, Iniesta. You just get so hooked to them and their way of playing football, in fact their way of living their lives. For you, they become an addition to your family, your closest allies, people who you follow and admire.
  • History and Culture of the Club: Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, they bring with them a huge history – more than a decade of football and many many years in top flight football. Liverpool’s success in the years prior to PL inception made millions of Indians back then love the club and we have somewhere inherited that love as well. The YNWA, the city, the Hillsborough incident, it becomes a part of your lives as well. You become in a way Patriotic – in club sense
  • A Gut and Philosophy: I have to put these 2 together. I have to say this today, that THE most crucial factor and above all, is the GUT to follow a club, its philosophy, more than anything else. Do you ever question why you love that girl more than any other girl? When you start watching a whole lot of football, your gut puts you in love with a certain club, their certain players and their philosophy and that’s it. It’s not easy to explain this, but we all feel it and will probably follow our gut no matter where we are and what we do. I will not miss a Barcelona game this season because of one Luiz Suarez, but I would always want Liverpool to do well and in fact, I will love Liverpool no matter what the end result is.

It’s going to be an incredible season again. I will look forward to some amazing games, rivalry, some out of the world individuals, in many different clubs. But, I will have my mind, body and soul on my Liverpool. YNWA!!

DelhiKop Match Screening – Liverpool v Southampton!

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Alright then, the wait is finally over. Premier League is back, Liverpool FC games are back! Life is back!
After a long and eventful summer for the club, the time has come where we can continue from where we left, winning football games, playing beautiful football, enjoying the screenings etc.

With the same intensity and passion we would like to invite you to the DelhiKop screening for the game against Southampton on 17th August, 5:30 PM (IST) at Movida Café Bar M-38, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, Delhi. (Click the link for map)

Registration is MANDATORY. Entry would be allowed only to those whose name is on the guest list. LFC attire is compulsory too! Official members need to carry their membership cards to be exempted from Cover/Entry charges and also mention the membership # details on the form.

There are 3 options for fans to choose from:

1.  INR 300 Cover charge

2. INR 100 Entry charge.

3. Official LFC Members(exempted)

Names not on the list will be allowed only at the availability of seats at Movida at INR500 Cover charge.

There is an all Inclusive fix price menu (alcohol) for DelhiKop at Movida.

Kingfisher Pint INR 150

Carlsberg/Budweiser/Tuborg Pint INR 170

Teachers Highland Small INR 180

Smirnoff Small INR 130

Apart from alcohol, there will be a 20% food discount. Prices will not be clubbed with any other offer.

The guest list with the venue will be considered final. Any queries pertaining to registration/technical glitches on the form, feel free to call on the number(s) given below. Entries start at 5:30 PM!

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Cheers!
YNWA

For further details, contact:

Shrey Chaturvedi +91-9810499650

Rickie Lambert to Liverpool? Trying to make sense of it all.

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By: Harshit Bassi

As soon as the news was broken by all the prominent media houses across the UK, it’s fair to say that there were a few raised eyebrows and more than a few WTF expressions. On the back of a season they didn’t themselves expect to have, expectations from the club rose exponentially, to go out and make a statement of intent with a couple of “marquee” signings after long drawn bidding wars to provide a sense of achievement off the pitch as well, and Rickie Lambert, a 32 year old with a majority of his career in the lower leagues, was never thought to be a part of it, even in the most desperate situation. Yet, on a closer analysis, it all makes perfect sense for the club and of course, Lambert himself.

One of the most cliché yet true arguments we hear are the need for experienced squad members at the top of the pitch for a squad bubbling with the exciting pace of the youth. With enigma and enthusiasm of a youth, there also lies vulnerability of succumbing to the glamorous life of a rising star and a growing sense of arrogance that accompanies it. Luis Suarez, discounting a phrase full of superlatives for his performances on the pitch, is not exactly a role model for discipline and Daniel Sturridge, despite his form is less of a team player as compared to his attacking counterparts. In such a situation, Rickie Lambert provides for the perfect solution. A scoring record in double digits, a similar assists record, and 2 yellow cards in 37 games in the year gone by, is a formidable record on all fronts. Not only is he an expert at the technique of finishing, he often falls back as a “false 9” and provides the team with an adept range of passing out to the flanks or final balls for players making runs from deep within the midfield, a fact justified by his terrific assists record. Moreover, his range of goals is no less than any other world class striker. From headers, free kicks, shots from range, finesse shots from inside the box, and finally penalties (a penalty record which includes 2 penalties missed in his entire career), you name it, and you’ll easily be able to find a video on YouTube. With all these qualities, and the threat of much maligned aerial presence (Liverpool paid 35 million JUST for that, who can forget), it’s fair to say that he is the, almost hypothetical, “big English No. 9”. Although Liverpool’s scoring record last season doesn’t justify the need of any kind of striker, we often saw the vulnerabilities of the youth exposed, with poor decision making by Sturridge and Sterling, the ability to find solutions to parked buses (we all know what we’re talking about here) amongst a few. In such a situation, a vastly experienced player solves the dilemma and Lambert with a huge skill set to go with it is indeed the right option. An engine of the team, a driver of the attacking force for years, Lambert, when brought off the bench can easily answer all these questions with a composure that no one in the attacking line can provide. No one, including Lambert himself, expects him to start but when the youngsters of our squad, find themselves in a fix, he provides much more than just an able backup.

Now that we’re at the topic of substitutions, we often saw that the best option we had on the bench was Iago Aspas, a player whose unparalleled lack of skill coupled with lack of experience, game time and a bunch of nerves was exposed when he took an atrocious corner right at the death against Chelsea, which not only failed to find a team member but also gave a very generous ball to Willian, who all but handed Manchester City the title. Any comparison of such a player will be an insult to his talent who provides an equally strong third option in attack, an option almost non-existent last year. While we can argue Fabio Borini’s case here, who returns on the back of a much improved season with Sunderland, but he surely lacks the experience Lambert possesses for a third striker (as emphasized earlier) and it’s also fair to say that of the two seasons both the players have played in the Premier League, there are no two ways about who the better player has been.

Finally, bringing in the emotional side, Liverpool as a club, loves a Kopite. Lambert’s love affair with the club ended very abruptly in its first spell and after having seen it all in his career, including a stint at a beetroot factory to make ends meet, he for sure won’t let the chance go at the second time of asking, as is evident in his very first interview after signing for the club. In the past, we have had Craig Bellamy, a lifelong Liverpool fan, play for the club who proved quite a bargain in both his stints at the club. His presence was epitomized by a goal at the Nou Camp against Barcelona in 2007 in the Champions League, at the height of their powers, which helped knock them out of the competition. As for concerns about Lambert’s age (32), the name of Gary McAllister comes to mind, who signed for Liverpool at the age of 35 and his two year stint is remembered as no less than a fairytale with a magical last minute free kick in the Merseyside derby helped him etch his name in the Kop hearts forever. Talent and skill knows no age, and a fee of a mere 4 million for a player still very much at the height of his powers, can only brag about their negotiation skills. In Rickie Lambert, the club is signing a true fan, a face in the Kop, and what he lacks in his game, he is sure to make up for it with his passion and his love for his boyhood club, which is sure to make him the prodigal son of Liverpool Football Club.

Official LFC membership for 2014-15 season.

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As you all know DelhiKop in its maiden year as an Official Liverpool Supporters Club grew bigger in size and stature. There were more than 700 people coming together for events on matchdays.  But, it was not just quantity, we tried to deliver quality in various initiatives embraced by supporters of the best football team in the world.
Even, from LFC’s perspective, we were in the top 5 Official Liverpool Supporters Clubs in the world. And we’re sure you all as integral part of DelhiKop would want to see us in top 3 or maybe at the pole position this year.

The quest for that starts now as LFC has started renewing official memberships for 2014-15 season. Some of you must have already renewed the memberships. For DelhiKop to renew its Official Supporters Club Membership we need your support. We would need your membership numbers and we request more supporters to take memberships.

We’ll submit DelhiKop’s application for renewal on 10th June. So, you all have around 10 days to decide and get your membership numbers and let us know on the form below.

There are various types of memberships available to choose from. Below is a picture showing various benefits offered by various memberships.

 We at DelhiKop encourage supporters to be official members. Also, there would be special access to official members at our events in the coming season.

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Link to the membership site. https://www.liverpoolfc.com/membership/purchase/user-details

Cheers!
YNWA

For any queries, contact

Shrey Chaturvedi
+91-9810499650

 

DelhiKop Match Screening – Liverpool v Newcastle!

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As we head into the final day of this amazing season, we wish to celebrate what has been a fantastic season. Fantastic for many reasons, firstly we’ve not headed into the final day of the season with any ‘mathematical’ chance in the last 24 years. This season we’ve pushed our rivals and have become a force to reckon.
Secondly, Champions league is back at Anfield and thirdly, we’ve seen remarkable turnout in our screenings as the title race was getting intense.

With the same intensity and passion we would like to invite you to the DelhiKop screening for the game against Newcastle on 11th May, 7:20 PM (IST) at Movida Café Bar M-38, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, Delhi. (Click the link for map)

Registration is MANDATORY. Entry would be allowed only to those whose name is on the guest list. Also, entry would be on the basis on INR 100 Cover charge. LFC attire is compulsory too!

Names not on guest list will be allowed on INR 300 Cover charge.

The guest list with the venue will be considered final. Any queries pertaining to registration/technical glitches on the form, feel free to call on the number(s) given below.

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Cheers!
YNWA

For further details, contact:

Shrey Chaturvedi +91-9810499650

Ashish Dawar +91-9818338393

Gautam Adusumalli +91-7838326916

 

DelhiKop Match Screening – Norwich City v Liverpool!

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With less than a month to go and only 4 games left, we could start believing but like Stevie says ‘Not Yet’ and lets focus on Norwich City.

Suarez might smell a hat-trick too!
With DelhiKop being one of the best supporter groups in India, we can assure you a triple header of the 4 games remaining, not to forget Crystal Palace is a Monday night kickoff and cant be screened!

With the same intensity and passion we would like to invite you to the DelhiKop screening for the game against Norwich on 20th April, 4:20 PM (IST) at Movida Café Bar M-38, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, Delhi. (Click the link for map)

Registration is MANDATORY. Entry would be allowed only to those whose name is on the guest list. Also, entry would be on the basis on INR 100 Cover charge.

Names not on guest list will be allowed on INR 300 Cover charge.

The guest list with the venue will be considered final. Any queries pertaining to registration/technical glitches on the form, feel free to call on the number given below.

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Cheers!
YNWA

For further details, contact:

Shrey Chaturvedi
+91-9810499650

 

DelhiKop Match Screening – Liverpool v/s Manchester City!

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Only 6 games to go!
Yeah, six super games to get the title.

With the same intensity and passion we wish to invite you for probably the biggest game of the season so far which will see Anfield packed as always right behind the team tackling the challenge of Manchester City.

A new venue rather familiar with majority of people in the city. Yes, it’s UNDERDOGGS Sports Bar & Grill

Registration is MANDATORY. There is no cover charge but yes, entry to the bar will be on the basis of guest list ONLY. 

 

A special price menu is designed for Liverpool fans:

Happy hours on the following @ INR300 a.i. for any of the below:

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Kingfisher Premium-1+1

Kingfisher Blue-1+1

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Carlsberg-1+1

Beverage

1+1 on Slushes or Ice Tea @ INR150 a.i.

Appetizers

French Fries or Cauliflower Bites or Chicken Wings @175/ – discounted rate (Per Portion).

 

 

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Cheers!
YNWA.

For further details, contact:

Shrey Chaturvedi
+91-9810499650

 

DelhiKop Match Screening – Liverpool v/s Tottenham !

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With only a handful of games left, sitting second in the table having already scored 82 goals, what better match to keep the run going !

After a couple of good away wins, focus shifts to fortress Anfield where Tottenham travel for Super Sunday.

With the same intensity and passion we would like to invite you to the DelhiKop screening for the game against Spurs on 30th March, 8:20 PM (IST) at Movida Café Bar M-38, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, Delhi. (Click the link for map)

Registration is MANDATORY. Entry would be allowed only to those whose name is on the guest list. Also, entry would be on the basis on INR 100 Cover charge.

Important Update for this game:
T20 world cup is going on and India play Australia at a similar time. As a result, there could be a problem in accommodating last minute entries.
We’d be closing  registrations much before the match.

The guest list with the venue will be considered final. Any queries pertaining to registration/technical glitches on the form, feel free to call on the number given below.

Cheers !
YNWA !

For further details, contact:

Shrey Chaturvedi
+91-9810499650

 

 

DelhiKop Match Screening – Man Utd v Liverpool

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In 2008-09 , we scored 77 goals in the season and in 2013-14, we have already scored 73 with 10 games to go and if we have to draw a parallel, we can look at the game where we score 4 past Manchester United at Old Trafford.

With the same intensity and passion we would like to invite you to the DelhiKop screening for the North-West derby on 16th March, 6:30 PM (IST) at Movida Café Bar M-38, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, Delhi. (Click the link for map)

Registration is MANDATORY. Entry would be allowed only to those whose name is on the guest list. Any supporter whose name is not on the list will be allowed entry on payment of  INR 300 cover charges.

Note: We will stop accepting registrations at 12 noon on 16th March.
The guest list with the venue will be considered final. Any queries pertaining to registration/technical glitches on the form, feel free to call on the number given below.

Cheers !
YNWA !

For further details, contact:

Shrey Chaturvedi
+91-9810499650

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Liverpool v/s Swansea match screening !

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Hey Reds,

Since league is the only competition we’re left in, lets go all out for the title.
As only a third of season is left, lets meet at Matchday 27 and cheer our team to get the 3 points !

Venue: Movida Cafe and Bar, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Location address: M 38, Outer Circle, Connaught Place (Right across Shankar Market)

Nearest Metro Stations: 1. Rajiv Chowk (take D or E block exits) 2. Barakhamba Road
To avoid any last minute glitches, we would request you to please fill the given below form.

For any further information, you may call or text us:

Abhimanyu – 9871277168
Andy – 9999788803
Shrey – 9810499650

Cheers!
YNWA
Shrey Chaturvedi