Friday, 22 March 2019

Food with lots of love-Premji Rasoi-Hydreabad


One of the many vegetarian restaurants around Abids that serves very good food at a reasonable price. During my visit to Hyderabad, one of my friends suggests this place. So on one of the weekend, we ended up going to the restaurant. The ambience is good to have a quite lunch or dinner. I visited this place along with my friends and ordered monchow soup, salt and pepper corn in starters and paneer masala, butter naan
and handi dal everything was awesome, curry was delicious with butter naan. Prices are reasonable. Dining area is an upscale place on first floor .restaurant offers quick service and nice maintenance.Management is friendly and the food is delicious. I and my friends reached the restaurant in about 45mins we ordered soups, 1 starters, 2
curries, naan and rice. Everything was delicious and liked by all.Overall good place for dinner and if you are looking north Indian food then this hotel you should check out. Nice and good place for family
and friends.

Food : 5/5
Ambiance : 5/5
Service 5/5
Value for money : 5/5












Monday, 11 March 2019

Not Just Pan-Dimmy's Pan





Dimmy's Pan Palace is no more only a pan palace but has turned into a small eatery. Although they are still famous for pan. During my official tour to Hyderabad I went thereafter became a regular visitor. I tries almost all the flavour pans. they have excellent Ice pan which is must try. The chat and snacks are add-ons but this place is known for pans in the city. Ice cream pan is also a good option and one can have the pan after the dinner. if you are in Hyderabad and  want to have lip smacking pan? If yes then this is the place to visit. Prices are pocket friendly and great pan for your palate. The Best thing is here they take cards and paytm payment also. This is a must visit place for all the "pan" fans in city! I have gone with all of my friends over here.And everyone really liked pan over here. They have so many varieties of pan. But, the 'Calcutta Meenakshi Masala' is the best seller and my personal favourite. I have tried the flavoured Meenakshi pans as well (green apple, cranberry etc.) I missed to have chocolate pan as it was not available during my visits.But all and all, it's a must visit place for people who enjoy eating pans.

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







Sunday, 3 March 2019

Questionnaire with Rubina Ramesh


 So this month's featuring authoress is ' Rubina Ramesh'

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


First of all Dipali, it’s great to connect with you. I am a housewife – tied to my family through thick or thin you could say. It’s not by choice – far from it. I moved to the USA and found out that as a spouse I had no work permit.  And it was then my long lost love for writing revisited me.

My profession has been very erratic even if I have a MBA degree from Liverpool University. Being a traveller due to my husband’s work, I could never have a career perse. Sometimes a teacher, sometimes a coder and most of the time a dreamer. Not a great career graph as I would have liked to have but travelling compensated that urge to do something in me. I loved going with my hubby wherever his work took us.  From Léon in France to old towns of Netherlands. If life ever gives me a second chance, there is nothing I would like to change at all.

And all through this, the only constant companion I had were books. So it didn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I picked up the pen.

Questionnaire with Rubina Ramesh


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

Oh yes! My imagination is wild. Often I have to curb it or I might end up in a looney bin. Once I had a fight with my mom. Those teenage kinds of fights you have when you want to wear blue and your mom insists on a red. So in my anger I wrote a story where I had travelled off to Mars and found a new mom. My mom read the story and I saw a tinge of tears in her eyes, even though she loved it. I felt guilty and it took me many days to assure her that she was the best mom a girl can have. But years later that story did get published in an anthology called Writings from The Heart. But whenever I read that story of mine, I still remember my mom’s eyes, full of unspoken accusations. I felt so  guilty for creating a mom in Mars :D




2.     What do you find most challenging about your writing?

I am a romance writer but every time writing about a Boy meeting a Girl and them having an issue and solving that becomes very monotonous for me. So I need something more in my stories. It’s that search for ‘something more’ that makes my life tougher.

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

I love marketing. And it’s a very evolving line. I don’t market only my books but also that of my peers. It’s almost meditative for me to create webpages, images for the books and other graphic works. Sometimes I feel I have a soul of a trapped painter in me who was guillotined for making some horrendous paintings. :D See, this is what you get for asking me if I am imaginative. Haahahahah…

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

Hopefully writing. But people like me live at this moment. I don’t know what I will do tomorrow so how can I plan my next 5 years. Life has taught me never to plan because planning means taking other peoples’ likes and dislikes and their need into consideration and that I have found is never static.

5.     How do you keep coming up with material / content for your story?
From life itself. And then adding the heavy dose of my imagination. For eg. In my book Finding the Angel, the story came from a newspaper article of stolen faberge egg. After that it was all my imagination. My romances come from my life – nope not from multitude affairs :D but how I met my hubby or some small incident that took place during our courtship. For eg. Once I wore a rather short dress and one of his relatives saw me. They made a comment which made me write the story of Lolita where the backless girl on the cover is not about nudity but about how clothes don’t make a woman and you can’t judge a person with the habits they have.

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

By writing good books? Is there any other way? Having said that I often see young authors going for buy backs and all that craziness. I have only one principle which I follow while I write as an indie author – my dashboard should speak of profit. So expenditure should always be less than my income. If they can do that, then they will be motivated to write more or their expenditure will make them a one book wonder.

7.     What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?

Honesty. Your writing should reflect your honesty. It can’t be taken from here and there and copy pasted as your own writing. Writing comes from your heart. If that is compromised, then you are a business person and your agenda is not about writing.


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

I love this question. When I see youngsters coming to this world they are shocked at the money they make (or lack of it) I will speak about self-published authors, since that’s what I am. We hardly make money in our first book but with the publishing of consecutive books, we do make money if we know how to promote ourselves. Each of us earns in different slabs depending on the number of words we write and the genre we write in.


9.     What motivates you most in life?

Waking up every morning with a smile. Knowing I have a story to tell. And most of all when my kiddos go to school and tell their friends – My mom is an author. That does something to my heart. It’s my moment of feeling different from others. Special.


10.                        What are your views on increasing plagiarism?
Plagiarism is like a virus that is spreading its tentacles in our writing world. And it’s a two way street. Sometimes plagiarism really happens and other times, it’s a tool used to promote your books. But when a writer does plagiarise others, she might not be ever caught but deep inside she will always know that she is no more a writer. That itself is punishing enough for a writer and after that the humiliation of the world knowing what you did follows. So here a writer has to make a deliberate choice if she wants to go down this particular path.





Thank you Dipali for these interesting questions. Looking forward to reading your website for many more interesting posts.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

House of Waffles - Waffle House- Hyderabad

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Great place to have some amazing waffles. They not only serve sweet waffles but also have some vegetable options. Waffles are Large and has the perfect amount of crunch on the surface. The Blueberry topping used are of higher quality as compared ​​to other places that seem to use some blueberry jam. The Strawberry waffles use fresh fruits and loaded with strawberries, and is the best one with Chocolate Waffles and Chocolate chip Waffles you can never go wrong with chocolate.Hands down the best waffle place in town.It's cozy place in the right area. The street across this place is quite and so it is inside the restaurant. Seating is very comfortable. It's a perfect place in the area if you want to spend a peaceful break over a coffee or may be some waffles. I liked the ambience. It's urban. Menu is very interesting. If you happen to visit this place, don't order any regular stuff like sandwiches or quesadillas but go for waffles. You'll love it. Recommend having with double scoop of ice cream. Relaxed seating and ambience. A bit slow service.

Food - 5/5

Ambience - 4.5

Service - 4/5

Value for money - 4/5




Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Amazing food at Raghvendra-Hydreabad





Its one of the famous places in  Ayyapa Society. This one is kind of regular spot for dine in or home delivery. The food, the cleanliness, and the price are significant and totally worth the value paid for food items. One can visit this place for breakfast, lunch or dinner, even anytime snacks. Here you will be served with yummy food, they have any kind of varieties of food available. The ambience is also a very cool and decent place for all. One can visit with their family and friends. Here they also will provide free wi-fi to their customers they have only vegetarian food available.  The staff here is also very nice and supporting. The place would be crowded and at weekends getting the table will be the most difficult task, serving time is fast and the quantity which is served is also very good. Liked the masala dosa, set dosa, paneer chilly, fried rice and sambhar idli. Preferred this place because of wanting a pure vegetarian restaurant pocket-friendly prices and good hygiene, although the quantity more for one person meal. Overall a good place to have a decent meal without getting a hole in the pocket.




Food- 4/5





Ambience 3/5





Service – 3/5



Value for money -4/5















Sunday, 10 February 2019

Kitchen which serves from Karachi - Karachi Kitchen and Grill










It's a cozy place.  Food is good yet, the quantity was way much then I expected and couldn't finish it. Though I loved the ambience and the environment was quite pleasant. The songs played in the backdrop were a good list and were perfect for either family or friends day out. In total loved the place and yes, would definitely suggest people go. The bakery is attached to the restaurant. It has good views. There is a Chinese stall outside where you can be ordered. And also a fruit stall for fresh fruit juices.Little expensive though. The most important thing is the bakery item purchased is not allowed to eat inside, which I found little weird compared to many others in the trade. I can say good but well not the best. For a quick bite, you can visit the place. The food was great but the service is as bad as it can get, the staff didn't bother coming and taking the order or even ask about what water customer prefer. Later the food came good waiting. Overall it’s an average place and okay food.


Food 3/5

Ambience 3/5

Service 1/5

Value for money 3/5








Sunday, 3 February 2019

A questionnaire with Shoma Abhyankar



So this month featuring blogger friend " Shoma Abhyankar'


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

I am an architect by qualification but turned to writing. Based in Pune, I now contribute articles to newspapers, travel magazines and web portals. Among other hobbies are painting and sketching.

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

I started writing poetry as a teenager and when three of my poems were published in Hitavada English newspaper of Nagpur, I fell in love. I started a blog much later though to get into regular writing and since last two and half years have been freelancing.

2.      What do you find most challenging about your writing?

I feel the need to expand my writing to other genres and fiction writing still eludes me.

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

I like to paint, draw, read and at times when enthusiasm peaks, I try some new recipe.

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

I am hopeful of consolidating my writing scene and come up with a concrete story idea for a book.

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

I write travel, culture and food stories mostly and every time I travel, I try finding stories in my interaction with people.

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

I am still finding my own space. The learning never ends I think. So keeping a focus on writing is best advice.

7.      What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?

A vivid visual through their words which would help the reader to travel, taste and imagine through words and live the excitement.

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

Writing in any language should be free of grammatical errors, first and foremost. It should be simpler to understand. Too many big words and long complex sentences lose the attention of the reader. To start earning money from writing, practice writing every day and keep pitching ideas to various publications. As far as my experience goes, it takes quite some time to reach a certain level where making money from writing seems easier. Freelancing is not enough to pay your bills.

9.      What motivates you most in life?

The pride that shows in eyes of my parents, husband and daughter when my story is published is the biggest motivation.

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

I have stayed clear of commenting on religion since it hurts sentiments of various people. Also, I don’t consider myself an authority on religious contexts.

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

Not yet

12.  What are your views on increasing plagiarism?

Sad...creative work is a work of labour and passion. Those who plagiarise are not only disrespecting their own ability but cheating the original writers of their credit. There should be stricter means to stop plagiarism.


Sunday, 20 January 2019

A questionnaire with Vikram Karve

Though it's very late, it's better than not to make it as it’s a saying " better late than never" 


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

I am a Navy Veteran (I served as a Naval Officer for more than 33 years). I have studied at IIT Delhi, IIT (BHU) Varanasi and Lawrence School, Lovedale. Earlier I indulged in multifarious activities – at present – my hobbies include Reading, Writing and Blogging.

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

Since my school days, I always loved reading. During my college days, I started writing as well, mainly professional, technical, managerial articles and non-creative writing. I have written a number of research papers and articles in journals and magazines. Later, in my Navy career, I always seized the opportunity to do “literary” tasks like writing articles, participating in seminars and literary and intellectual events, editing and producing in-house journals etc. Soon I started writing short fiction stories, many of which were published and appreciated. I realized that I was passionate about writing, and, with the advent of blogging, I realized that I had discovered my true “métier” – creative writing and blogging.

2. What do you find most challenging about your writing?

There is a saying that “writing” comprises 90% of “Thinking” and only 10% is the actual physical process of writing. I keep getting ideas – so I first “write” my stories in my brain – for me – this is easy. The challenging part comes later – to sit down and actually write the story on my laptop and post it on my blog.


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

I retired from the Navy many years ago. Now – I am a stay-at-home “househusband” while my wife pursues her career. So – I do all the “home management” tasks when I am not writing.

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

Every person strives to achieve four things in life:

1. To LIVE

2. To LOVE

3. To LEARN

4. To Leave a LEGACY


My Writing is my literary and intellectual “legacy” collated in my blogs in cyberspace for posterity. I may go away but my blogs and writing will remain forever.

Even if I write 24/7 it would take me many years to clear the backlog of stories I have “written” and stored in my brain – and to me – new ideas keep coming every moment – so – even 5 years down the line – hopefully – and health permitting – I shall be still actively writing and blogging.

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

I “observe” people and situations – I “feel” – and then – I write because I want to express my feelings. On most occasions – I express my “feelings” in the form of a fiction short story. I write from my heart. I do not make any conscious attempt to tailor my writing to pander to readers’ perceived tastes as I believe that this makes your writing lose its authenticity. First – I “write” the story in my mind - later – I write it on my laptop and post it on my blogs.

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

Frankly speaking – I feel that new writers should not attempt to publish books in the first instance. It is best to start blogging and writing online. Once you establish yourself – and – when you are confident – go in for publishing a print book.

7. What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?

A writer must try to deliver his “message” (moral/values) – in an enjoyable and readable form.

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

In today’s world – there is not much “money earning potential” in writing print books. But yes – a writer can make money by blogging (online writing).

There are two types of bloggers: Professional and Amateur.

Professional Bloggers are hired by firms to blog on specific topics or to review products and are paid for their services. Professional Blogging can earn you a good income.

Amateur Bloggers do it as a hobby to satisfy their creative urge – they blog for self-satisfaction. Amateur Bloggers do not earn any money per se for blogging – but once you make a name for yourself – you may be offered various paid assignments.

I once said: “Your Blog is your best Resume”

Well – I have been offered writing, training and lecturing assignments – and even lucrative full time jobs – just because of my writings on my blog.

9. What motivates you most in life?

I have a thirst for knowledge – so – “learning” motivates me most in life. I love to keep learning.

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

My first Book on Foodie Adventures was based on my Food Walks in Mumbai – so it was aptly named AN APPETITE FOR A STROLL. My second book (an anthology of short stories on relationships) was named COCKTAIL which was the title of a story in the book. Other professional books, where my writings are featured, are named as per their respective domains/subjects/topics.

11. What are your views on increasing plagiarism?

Plagiarism is cheating and stealing and is a most unethical and immoral practice. A writer must create his own merit instead of trying to masquerade “fake merit” by stealing the creative works of others.