Address: The Great India Place, 319-320, 3rd Floor, Sector 38A, Noida, Uttar Pradesh-201301
Phone number: 090691 43886
Nearest Metro Station: Noida Sector 18
Cuisines: American, Tex-Mex
Opening Hours: 12 PM 12 AM
Cost: Rs. 2500 approximate for two.
Ambience: Slow music, dim lights, comfortable chairs, excitement shudders the moment you enter the restaurant. Whatever the day is you will feel the elation of Friday inside the restaurant. They say it truly “In here it’s always Friday.”
The ambience of the restaurant is delightful and likeable.
Menu: American, Texan, Pizzas, Pasta and Mexican the restaurant provides a wide range of food. It is captivating for non-vegetarians as there are many options for all non-vegetarian people out there. But if you are a vegetarian you may get bit dishearten with the menu. But common, let’s not lose the hope here.
What We Had: We ordered Veg Chimichanga and Veg Tacos. The presentation of food made it look so delectable, but sadly it didn’t live up to our expectations. In dessert we landed on the ‘Classic Chocolate Malt Cake’ but again this too failed to amaze us much.
Service: We found that though the staff was always available but some of them were not much knowledgeable about the dishes they offer. Overall, the service of the restaurant was just okay.
Recommendations: Head this restaurant for the variety of food, alcohol and great ambience.
Address: P-3/90, Connaught Circus, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk
Cuisines: Goan, Seafood
Opening Hours: 12 Noon to 12:30 AM
Cost: ₹1,600 for two people (approx.)
Cash and cards accepted.
Ambiance: Delhi’s first all-Goan restaurant on the block. This place is so beautiful that one could visit here just for the sake of that. The place is loaded with dream catchers, hammocks, sand and bright multicolored walls, fairy lights; all reassuringly familiar things to take you back to Goa memories. The walls are painted with beach images and quirky quotes, definitely, a place where you feel like clicking a lot of pictures, the ambiance of this place is everything it adds up to the beauty of this place.
Menu: Limited menu scores high on authentic Goan cuisine. The food menu was great for non-vegetarians but disheartening for vegetarians at the same time because there was basically nothing to order apart from this potato dish called The Goan feast, Magic Mushrooms, and Platter De Friar. The drinks menu is vast.
What we had: We had Platter de friar with amazeballs gherkin and Jalapeno chips accompanied with Baba Oriley in drinks. In deserts, we had Cocoa cabana. And believe us we had oodles of it.
Service: The staff is humble, the service is great.
Recommendation: Come here for a chilled out evening and a romantic dinner/date. All in all loved this place to the core!
Address: L-22, Radial Road, Near Odeon Cinema, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk
Cuisines: Chinese, Continental, North Indian
Opening Hours: 11 AM to 12 Midnight
Cost: ₹1,200 for two people (approx.)
Cash and cards accepted.
Contact: 011 33107678
Ambiance: A beautifully decorated cafe located near Odeon Cinemas with an attentive staff made our evening the one to remember for long. Cafe hawkers is a year old cafe serving drinks on their MRP. They’ve got two seating spaces from front side and backside. The place has 2-floor seating. Few weird size tables to make you lean forward throughout so you can talk to the person sitting in front of you. Music isn’t very loud, unlike other places where you can only see the lips moving! This place isn’t much expensive as compared to other players in CP.
Menu: The quantity or the food portion of the dish they provide is outstanding. Drinks are served here on MRP so that’s a complete win. A decent place for brunching out when you’re roaming in CP.
What we had: Kink in the air was calling for some comfort food, so we ordered the bowl of goodness i.e. spicy cheese and herb potato wedges worth INR 285. This dish looked the yummiest but to little disappointment; wedges were fine however the cheese got very dry and sticky. They should work more on adding a little spice to the food. Then we ordered ‘Grill Zucchini, Mushroom, Caramelized Onion and Smoke Cheese Grilled Focaccia Sandwich’ worth INR 235 which didn’t live up to our expectations.
In drinks, we ordered ‘hot chocolate’ worth INR 175 and ‘Passion Fruit Cooler Mocktail’ worth INR175. The mocktail happened to be the only saving grace for us. It was very refreshing.
Service: Staff was welcoming and provided quick services.
Recommendation: Overall, there are a lot of lounges and pubs at Connaught Place but if you are looking for a pocket-friendly yet a hip place, this is what you should try.
Plot: Compendium of 57 articles, presented under different topics like:
What the tech!
I am me not Anna!
Boast is the secret of my energy
Sonal Kalra in her charming and jocular style helps us to tackle everyday stress, be it complications in a relationship, work and colleagues related trouble, or problem with parents or extended family. Any daily life problem, from listening to a whiner or hearing taunts, or bigger problems like that of self-esteem. Name a problem and Sonal Kalra has a solution for it. To know more about these solutions log on to www.iknowitsoundslikeanadd.com and that too a cheesy one. 😉
But this is how the book is, okay… it’s not cheesy, but it’s humorous. Pleasurable to read and still succouring us to achieve more of calmer us.
My views: I have been a Sonal Kalra fan from a very long time. Waiting for Sunday HT City to read her columns and get disappointed whenever I see some other article there. I love her style, I love how in her fun-loving manner she manages to say deep and introspective things.
The book is simply written. Reading this book made me feels like as if the author is directly conversing with me. The book can be read anywhere and in any mood, it will manage to leave you smiling
With captivating characters like the imperturbable Pappu Singh, the incorrigible Chaddha Ji, and indefatigable Bubbly Aunty. More of Calmer You is like a perfect conversation with Sonal Kalra which makes our mood light and give simple yet doable suggestions to reduce stress from our lives.
Though while reading this book I realised that I am not a fan of collections of Newspaper columns or Blogs. When I read them weekly, I like the quirkiness and fun in it. But when I read a collection of it, the fun and quirkiness seem to be forced. So all I could say is that book is good in a way it is fun to read but at times this fun seems to be artificial and obligatory, and that made the book unstimulating for me.
Overall the book is just fine for me.
Recommendations: Want to read a simple, funny yet meaningful book? Go read this book.
The world has two kinds of people. Those who keep waiting for the right time to be happy, or those who…don’t postpone joy.
The biggest rule in the happiness formula is simple- abhi nahi to kabhi nahi.
There’s scope in this world for everyone to succeed. We only need to focus on the differences that set us apart rather than trying to be clones of each other in ‘cut-throat’ world.
Dear Cupid, next time, please strike both.
Be on a date with life and behave that your best is seen at any point by everyone. You never know who may fall in love with you.
Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi held Baal Mela today, an event with cultural fest and fun fete, a day full of fun and frolic. Besides providing moments of joy and mirth for the children through cultural shows, educational and entertaining activities, this annual event provides a unique setting for cultural integration. The fair, held at the Tagore Quadrangle, made the premises more vibrant and cheerful. The children enjoyed the games, food and various other activities.
The idea behind the Mela had been to create bend of children to fore and encourage the talent in them. Students were given a free hand in creative and constructive activities. CIE students, school children, and the faculty could be seen enjoying ‘Vada Pav’, ‘Finding the key to the lock game’, ‘Word Antakshari’, etc. which were the attractions of Mela. It is all about encouraging students to have experience in various fields apart from book knowledge. Mela was meticulously planned by the students and staff.
Expressing delight over co-operation of students and teachers, the Mela reinvented the ways of enjoying with learning. The Baal Mela was arranged in different sections like the food stalls, games, and educational activities. The oriented students were assigned stalls which were visited by children from neighboring CIE Experimental School.
CIE students put up various food stalls offering a variety of lip smacking snacks. They also played some foot tapping music to invite children to their stalls. Students took turns to shake a leg with the children.
The smiles, laughter, and giggles added to the charm of the day. 🙂
Ambiance: Trust Delhi’s Connaught Place to nurture food cultures that can range as vastly as the sky and differ as impressively as the stars. Having had a hawk’s eye experience of all the establishments, Rajasthali is a place that stays authentic to regional food and serves you a variety of its culturally rich delicacies, at a price that seems unheard of. Its interiors are humble and welcoming in spite of the limited space and a simpler ambiance.
Menu: Rajasthali is a ‘Thali’ restaurant and as the pun suggests, Rajasthani food is served on super large plates. Rajasthali provides a kaleidoscopic view of the culture of Rajasthan through the authentic spread it offers. Here they only serve thali, per thali to per person, unlimited food like a buffet. Sharing is not allowed.
What we had: Coming straight to the food, Rajasthali is high on quality. The salad, 4 variants of chutney, 4 variants of vegetables, 1 dal, kadhi, 2 sweets, khichdi with ghee, regular rice, papad, 3 variants of bread and of course the Chaach, it all sums up to a great deal of deliciousness. The Dal Baati served in the beginning, was absolutely amazing and I have not really enjoyed this Rajasthani special cuisine elsewhere.
The Rajasthani thali we ordered contained more than 8 different dishes along with some lip-smacking preparations of roti. Keeping in mind the cravings of the sweet lovers, the outlet has also added some dainty sweet dishes in their thali. All in all this place is a must visit for the true vegetarians. The authentic regional food of the restaurant made our day.
Service: Food is served by a group of staff members that always have a broad smile on their faces. They help you with the hand wash before and after the meal. The service is informed and quick.
Recommendation: The food is high on ghee and higher on ‘LOVE’. A must visit. Family place.
Address: Main Lodi Road, Beside India International Centre, New Delhi, Delhi – 110003
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Nearest Metro Station: JLN Metro Station
Opening Hours: 6:00 AM – 7:30 PM
In the midst of this chaotic city, there situated a garden where you will feel cold breeze kissing your face. In summers it brings relief while in winters it makes body shudder.
The garden is famous among those who love to start their mornings with Yoga, walk or meditation in the fresh air, but no this is not what the garden is all about. It’s historical, it’s huge, it’s Lodhi Garden of New Delhi.
The old Lady Willington Park, now known as Lodhi Garden, is dotted with monuments of Sayyid and Lodhi Periods, which include tombs mosques, and bridges. Spanning over 90 acres. The beautiful garden draped in emerald grass contains, Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, architectural works of the 15th century by Lodhi, an Afghan dynasty that ruled major portions of northern India and Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of modern-day Pakistan, from 14 to 15 century. The site is now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
A walk in this historical park with your loved ones, perfect picnic spot in winters, where the sun will give you peck where the cold breeze will flick you. They say it is famous for bird watching, but we didn’t see any. However, even if we would have seen any we could not have recognized it. Except, there were many beautiful ducks in the pond, Oh! Wait there were some more birds, the love birds, sitting with arms in arms, spending some quality time together, watching the sunset, looking at the shadow of setting the sun, falling into the pond, with the ducks quacking around. Doesn’t it sound romantic? Believe us the view was even more heavenly and tranquilizing.
The park is also famous for Pre-wedding shoots, the couples in beautiful attires looking for the perfect spot for that perfect click. This may give hint to the photographers on where to head for their next photo shoot.
The tombs, the pond, beautiful sunset, and sunrise what else do we need to have our peaceful time?
This garden is a must visit place for every Delhite.
Recommendations: Photography, meditation, picnic with family, yoga, a walk, hang out with friends, or some quiet time with yourself this garden offers everything you want to have. The garden is definitely worth a visit.
Address: C-25, Ground Floor, Stellar IT Park, Sector 62, Noida.
Nearest Metro Station: Noida Sec 15.
Cuisines: North Indian, Chinese, Continental.
Opening Hours: 11 AM to 11 PM.
Cost: Rs. 1,100 for two.
Cash and Cards accepted.
Contact: +91 9871952133, 0120 4548000
Ambiance: Reminding of those bygone restaurants where the things were kept minimal, ambiance so chaste and sophisticated. The perfect lights, grand chairs, and sofas this restaurant awake memories of those good old days when the restaurants were not so fancy, they were just simple and solemn.
Situated in Stellar IT Park, this restaurant is perfect for official meetings or family dinners.
Menu: Soups, salads, continental, Indian, desserts this restaurant provides a wide range of food. Be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian this restaurant is a treat for food lovers as there are so many varieties to choose from. Looking at so many options, we were left confused on what to order or not. The best thing about their menu? It is descriptive and self-explaining.
What we had: We ordered Pan Grilled Cottage Cheese with Peri Peri sauce, Yellow Thai curry with Steamed rice, and we must say that the food was scrumptious. Thai curry was one of the best we ever had. The perfect blend of coconut and vegetables, Hmmm… even the thought of it waters my mouth. Albeit, Cottage cheese with Peri Peri sauce needs some improvement. We would have loved it if it would have saucier. But overall the food was delectable.
Service: Well mannered, well behaved, well informed, the staff of the restaurant is very courteous and polite. They know the art of welcoming guests.
Recommendations: Want to have a lunch or dinner with long conversations? Or you want to spend some ‘real’ time with your selfie lover friends? Then go to this place, because the lights of this place are perfect to have a chit chat and dinner, but not for selfies (and we loved this fact). Highly recommended for great food, having said that it is a bit pricey, but if the food is good we can manage holes in our pocket sometimes ;-).
With 2016 wrapped up we wish this coming year be full of amazing adventures, blue skies, dreams come true, happiness, laughter, joy and Love. We wish you all a very Happy New Year.
So at the end of 2016, we thought to look back and think about the best books we read in 2016. And here we present the list of Top 5 books of 2016.
1. The Road Less Traveled By M.Scott Peck.
The New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth, this book is the ultimate favorite of 2016.
Extracting from his professional experience of Psychotherapy Dr. M.Scott Peck recommends the way to a road which is less travelled, the path in which one face difficulties and sufferings of their life. But this way also leads us to better understanding of ourselves, a better understanding of life.
This book has to be my favorite novel of the year. Full of passion, love, envy, betrayal and revenge this book is one of kind I have ever read.
The epic story of the love of Heathcliff and Catherine, in which they both came together in a romance which destroyed them and all those around them.
So gothic and dark that I hated the characters but at the same time fell in love with all of them. Not only the book is grey but the emotions it evolves while reading it were also grey. I loved this book and would recommend every novel reader to read this book at least once.
Another dark novel, full of suspense, this book spellbound me from the beginning. It was arduous to keep this book aside, and I abruptly got enslaved in the Nick and Amy’s world. The thrill and suspense that it created made me crave to read more.
“There are two sides to every story.” And here we read sides of Amy and Nick’s story of their marriage, an unsuccessful story of love and revenge I loved how the events unfold in the story.
5. Jaya, An illustrated retelling of Mahabharata By Devdutt Pattanaik.
Retelling of the great Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’ this book explains the true meaning of Jaya and Vijaya. ‘Vijaya’ about which we usually see on television versions of Mahabharata and ‘Jaya’ the bonafide nub of Mahabharata. To all those who want to start reading about this great epic, the book can definitely prove to be a spiffing kickoff.
To know more about this book read our full book review here.
So this was our best reads of 2016, but don’t forget to tell us your best reads of 2016 down below in comments.
Address: Between Khanna Market and Mehar Chand Market
Nearest Metro Station:Jor Bagh or INA Metro Station
How to Reach: Take Auto-rikshaw for Lodhi Colony. Buses also ply on this route.
Opens: 24 Hours
Big art, big creations and big ideas are climbing all over Lodhi colony’s walls and we took a detour to it.
Lodhi Art District, India’s first public art district, is a benchmark for rest of India. St+art 2016 grazed new heights as it brought together the first ever public art district in India—Lodhi Art District.
Lodhi Colony has been transitioned by a motley mix of artists. In conjunction with the Swacch Bharat mission, Lodhi Art District sees the intervention of public art and heritage of the city lived in.
Lodhi Art District is where 25 artists painted the walls of the colony and re-invigorated the iconic colony. It focuses on the idea of ‘art for everyone’ with the prime objective of having a positive impact on the society and also reaching out to wider audiences.
This will promote clean cities and Street Art form which is relatively new in India. Lodhi Art District has certainly raised the bar in developing and improving cityscapes with street art. The Public Art District paradigm should be replicated across India. Hope our urbanites are listening!
Why should you visit?
Location for photography. Visit if you are good at it.
The art and all is only if you like embracing it. The other houses are in shambles.
The place is less crowded, not really a place to explore.
People usually spend only about an hour here. Visit if you have spare time to walk around the colony as the wall art is spread over different blocks.
Created by Amitabh Kumar, this is what the artist had to say about the work: “This mural is informed by the historical context of the site and the graphic possibilities that it opened. The root of the image is a story. It goes like this—When the Pandava’s lost the first game of dice, they were exiled to Khandavaprastha—the city of ruins.
Krishna, who accompanied them for the exile, did some magic, and overnight Khandavaprastha turned into Indraprastha, The City of Gods. This city is made of magic, which is now crumbling apart. Through this intervention, I’d like the viewer to catch its crumbling pieces and vanish.”
The inspiration for this wall comes from the social media/smart-phone revolution. While working in Lodhi colony, they observed how a lot of people came daily to click pictures of the murals and the ongoing work of the artists, taking selfies and group shots, or posing for fashion shoots. So the artists decided to turn the wall around on the viewer and comment as a comment on the selfie generation.
For his wall in Lodhi Colony, Indian artist Blaise Joseph chose to make the portrait of a mother figure who has diverse manifestations. As mother nature, she is carrying the memories of lost lands- in an urban context, our cities, which are becoming concrete jungles are inhabited by people who are all, in some way, migrants, and hence the concrete jungle reminds them of their own mothers and mother nature represented in forests and agricultural lands, whom they have been compelled to leave behind.
She also represents indigenous communities who are pollinators and can sustain ecological diversity with the knowledge they possess, yet who are forced to be displaced from their homelands.The mother painted in this artwork is in the image of Blaise’s own mother who currently resides in Kerala.
In Delhi, The Fearless Collective led by Shilo Shiv Suleman collaborated with Sewing New Futures to bring to visibility to communities that have traditionally engaged in prostitution in Najafgarh. Every winter, a thick blanket of fog descends over Delhi, casting everything in a misty invisibility blanket of white. Early in the morning and late at night, the most unrecogniZed inhabitants of the fog emerge. In the soft pink corridors of Lodhi colony, two women sit side by side.
On the left side, an older woman steps out of the mist. A struggle has carved its lines into her face as she navigates the night inside her. On the other side, her daughter pulls this fog out of the dark sky and weaves it into alchemical threads of gold, creating a new future for them both. Fearless.
In a mural called Padma, Chifumi blends together the Padma Mudra—a symbolic hand gesture to depict a lotus—and Khmer patterns from Cambodia, where she currently resides. Padma was one of the first artworks that kicked off the Lodhi Art District project.