Tuesday 10 December 2019

Not so lighting -Dasaprakash (Spice Mall, Sector-25, Noida)

Though the name of the restaurant sounds more like a south Indian ‘Dasaprakash’ however, the menu lays special emphasis on North Indian food to cater the taste of Punjabi appetite, which is the death of the very essence of a South Indian restaurant. The cutlery and service are average, but food quality is good. The layout is just fine, and the sitting area is more like the environment of a college canteen. The service is just okay. But if the food gets delivered in about 15 mins or so. Over and above, if I get cold rasam with appams. It's bound to be put you off.   When we went to the restaurant. even though there was empty space on the ground floor, the staff asked us to sit on the first floor. The first floor having hanging curtains which looks as if they are supported by glass. No one informed us that there is no glass and we must be careful. With very little to expect in future.  The waiters appeared bored and their service is not up to the mark, even though it was a weekday and only 3-4 tables were occupied. What a waste of time and money. Dasaprakash management I am disappointed and the fact that I came with high expectations. This restaurant is written off from my list forever. Unfortunate.

Food – 3/5
Ambience – 3/5
Service – 2/5
Value for Money – 3/5

Sunday 17 November 2019

Food from Andhra at Andhra Bhawan Canteen

 I heard a lot about Andhra Bhawan. So, I finally made a visit. And I must thank myself for visiting this place. A must visit place if you want to have a south India experience in Delhi. Firstly, you will get the environment of south India there with all the people and shops selling from Andhra Pradesh specialities in the shops build in open space.  Be prepared to wait for your turn though, this place is crowded for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Food is delicious and it gets crowded during lunchtime. Affordable price and good quality. Not just Andhra people, people from all the states come there to have the food.Then this canteen of Sai caterers will fill your appetite with their delicious Thali. They feed you so much love and then you really have to tell them to stop. Had the unlimited veg thali which cost 140 bucks and it was value for money. The thali consisted of dal, aloo gravy, South Indian mix veg ( cooked in a very different style and it did taste amazing, curd, papad, rasam, sambhar, rice and dessert. Loved each and every item. The curries were tangy and sour. The dessert (halwa) tasted like a mashed gulab jamun. Left the place with a heavy stomach and a great taste on the tongue. It's a simple place where you will get an amazing taste of south Indian food and price are really good and cheap. Staff and services are also good and the service you food in very less time.  Here you can go for breakfast, lunch or dinner 
 Timing Breakfast -  8:00 am to 10:30 am.Lunch     - 12:00pm to 03:00pm.Dinner    - 08:00p to 10:00pm. Rating - 5/5 Food - 5/5Service – 4/5 Ambience - 3/5 Value for money - 5/5

Saturday 16 November 2019

Homely food with Suvidha- Suvidha Restaurant (DaryaGunj)

One of the oldest and evergreen restaurant if you are looking for a north Indian food. Then suvidha is the place to satisfy your hunger with tasteful food. If you are looking for tasty food like real tasty vegetarian food in Delhi then this is the best place you can go to. You can try Suvidha special a version of dal makhani it is a must-try dish at this place. It's not exactly like dal Bukhara or dal makhani that is cooked overnight. But whatever they make, it would leave you addicted to getting back next time soon. If you are running low on budget/wanna go low profile and still want the most amazing Veg north Indian food, NO BETTER PLACE THEN SUVIDHA! Their palak paneer, shahi pane, Suvidha Dal Makhani & Butter Naan & Lachha Paratha and dal makhani is the best. Their food is mouthwatering it’s a nice place for people like pure Veg food lover.
  The restaurant serves one of the best Indian foods along with awesome taste. I haven’t had better bread anywhere else: The Naan or tandoori roti at Suvidha never feels like you are eating a rubber band, always crisp and properly cooked. I am a big fan of eating dal and rice and their Kashmiri pulao just taste like heaven. The ambience is not very classy or fancy but just a basic sitting arrangement you will feel the atmosphere is like you at home. That's why I give this 4.5. I suggest if you are foodie then u must visit there at least once. Visit this place if you want to have the best vegetarian Mughlai food. The rotis, parantha, nan were amazing. Special mention to Palak Kofta, paneer butter masala and daal makhani. Everything was amazing. Must try place!!!!

 Food - 5/5
Service – 4/5
 Ambience - 2/5
 Value for money - 5/5

Sunday 3 November 2019

Questionnaire with Anindita Bose

So this month's featured author is ' Anindita Bose'

Can you tell us a little about yourself? Your profession and your hobbies!

Born and brought up in Kolkata, I am inspired by the zeal of my city of joy. I believe my interest in psychology has connected me closely to universal ideas and human emotions. I believe words have immense possibilities to create life out of nothing. My first book is 'The Virtual Reality' [Sparrow-Delhi, 2016], which is co-written with seven other poets from all over India. My debut solo poetry book is 'I Know the Truth of a Broken Mirror' [Writers Workshop Kolkata, 2018]. I am a freelance editor of Virasat Art Publication and co-edited the short stories book Dynami Zois [Life Force] in 2017.

I have work experience of 6 years in Manya, The Princeton Review Kolkata as a Senior Verbal Mentor in Study Abroad Products and Operations Manager; mentoring and counselling school children, college students and working professionals. I have worked in Blue Mountains School, Ooty as a High School English Teacher. Currently, I am working as an independent scriptwriter in Kolkata and has shot my first short film.

Questionnaire with Anindita Bose 

1.       How did you first get involved with writing, are you an imaginative person?

I used to write the thought of the day in my school. As I grew up, words became my friends through the books of the libraries that I visited. Imagination is a state of mind and I do explore the mind often. Actively I got involved in the mainstream writing since  2014 when I co-founded my poetry group in Kolkata with Dr Amit Shankar Saha and Ms Sufia Khatoon.

2.       What do you do when you are not writing?

When not writing I am actively involved in activities of a poetry group in Kolkata named ‘Rhythm Divine Poets’ of which I am a co-founder. I am a coordinator for the Chair Poetry Evenings, Kolkata 2018 [an international poetry festival first time in India] and program coordinator for Chair Poetry Residence Program.

3.       Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?

A couple of new books, meeting new readers, a publishing house, and travelling around the world.

4.       How do you keep coming up with material/content for your story? 

I observe. Since childhood days, I have been looking around me. People, life, nature, struggles and miracles. And then when words came to me to become poems, short stories and scripts, those connections and observations give me content for my write-ups. 

5.       Any specific tips you have for new writers who want to make it big in the world of published books? 

We can never give up, and we have a creative heart beating inside us so look forward and walk through all odds and favours. Be aware of what is happening in the creative world, nurture your own dreams and connect with the people of the literary world as much as possible. We are all connected and the right connections give us the best breaks.

6.       What’s the best thing a writer can give to his/her readers?

Truth in the forms that will connect the readers. In a world that we are in, people need strength to survive loneliness at times and a good book or a favourite writer can open a door of hope for a reader. The best thing a writer can give to her readers is the power to believe in themselves no matter what.

7.       A lot of people are interested in writing for money earning potential. What are some tips for people interested in making money from writing? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?

Content writing is a stepping stone to earn money. Writing can bring in money, but one has to explore carefully the options and the market. Be focused and do not give up when it seems slow, approach the newspapers, magazines and advertising agencies. One can conduct workshops on writing for interested people and students.

8.       What motivates you most in life?

I lost my grandmother and mother recently, and I feel their stories keep me motivated in life. Two women of different times and temperament under the same roof, who struggled hard to create a family

9.       The majority of the readers tend to take sides due to religion and such other considerations.

Humans will always have their own choices. A writer needs to be like the Sun, no matter what ‘it’s light and heat’ cannot be ignored. Readers can take sides, but such strong needs to be a writer’s creation that at the end - his/her words, stories, poems will be remembered by the present and future generations.

10.   What is the story behind the name of your book?

‘I Know the Truth of a Broken Mirror’ published by the Writers Workshop Kolkata, got its name from Mr Miguel Escobar. He is a friend from California with a fine taste in Literature, who wrote one of my forewords. He noticed this title in a line of one of my poems in the book itself and he later said to me, ‘It reminded me of Maya Angelou’s Caged Birds…’

a breath, a whisper
but no words
together we travel in 
land of souls

a river inflow, a dream
in motion and I stand
words echo how you
exist in the skies and 

but I will not believe
for I know the truth of
a broken mirror

and existence of that

yet I cannot open that
shadow and enter to
touch you are new life

for I have promised 
that I shall end my
journey before I would cry

11.   What are your views on increasing plagiarism?

Unacceptable crime in the world of words. We need more awareness about this and proper punishments. However, ideas indeed come from the depth of human existence and there is a possibility that they may be similar, but technical plagiarism is absolutely non-tolerant.

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Rasoi of Mahi- Mahi Rasoi- Noida (Sector-12)

This is a small place with pocket-friendly prices and good homely taste. Their service is also very good and even the taste for all the dishes. In fact, quality and quantity are much better than other nearby palaces. I ordered many times and was fully satisfied with them. I have tried Dal tadka, Paneer butter masala, Paneer lababdar it was very nice. The best part is their food is not very spicy or oily and seems to be homemade.  For dining in the restaurant, the ambience is very basic with hardly 5-6 tables. If you are going to visit this Just remember that this place is on the first floor, there is a staircase between 2 big shops that reach this place.  Overall I would say this is complete a Paisa Vaisool.
Food: 5/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5