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Who’d have thought malls would become boring one day? But there are so many around with identical glass interiors that the whole mazaa of going on a date featuring multiple experiences seems ruined.

Oh well, let’s say we’re bored of rooftop dinners too. And live music at cafes. And films in multiplexes. And noisy bars. At this rate we may even get bored of love altogether. But fear not.

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We consulted the ghosts of Delhi’s greatest poets and managed to come up with some pretty quirky dating experiences for those of you find scooter rides sexy. For those of you who can dance to ‘Samne ye kaun aaya’.

For those of you weird millennials who dig mystery…

Make night while the sun shines

At 11:30 am on a weekday morning you can see the stars. In fact, you and your better half can lean back on reclining chairs and admire the ring of Saturn bright and clear. The show timings at Nehru Planetarium haven’t changed in decades, and yet it’s the easiest, most spectacular, show in town to get tickets to. The dome here knocks 3D hollow!

Run around trees

Of course, nothing’s quite as retro as running around trees.

Or holding hands behind trees. Or singing under a tree. Or even hugging a tree! Mehrauli Archaeological Park is the perfect oasis to try all those stunts and walk amidst some real retro-awesome tombs, including that of Sufi poet Jamali.

There’s also Rajon ki Baoli, a stepwell dating back to the 16th century, close to which is the famous Bakhtiyar Kaki dargah from where sounds of qawwali echo every evening.

Romance a djinn

Offering to take lovers further back in time are the djinns of Firoz Shah Kotla, a fort built in the 14th century.

It’s a place known for djinn-worship. It becomes a sanctum sanctorum every Thursday, when believers land up here with letters (and photocopies of those letters) and candles in the hope that the holy beings made of fire would grant their wishes.

It’s beautiful, eerie, poignant and haunting all at the same time. Come and have your date make a wish, they just might get lucky.

Play games, realtime

Fancy playing detective?

Not exactly in a Mulder and Scully scenario but in a live escape game involving bombs or jails? Mystery Rooms in Rajouri Garden (don’t let this detail bother you; the game happens in the rooms) is a pleasant change.

They have two options. There is Hurt Locker, where you must diffuse a bomb and save the world. And there’s Lockout, where you get to play wrongly convicted prisoners (kinky!) and need to break free.

Chug with thugs

Hotel Broadway is exactly 60 years old, and it shows in an elegant way despite the clutter that the world outside has turned into.

In case you’re bored of the regular parental or bossy villains in your love story, Broadway’s in-house pub, called Thugs no less, will provide a more realistic change.

Here you can drink under the watchful eye of fine villains such as Amrish Puri, Prem Chopra and Amjad Khan. A retro love story if there ever was one.

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