Belgium : The Red Devils with One Dream

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The Red Devils secured the 3rd place.

The golden generation of Belgium lost just one match, that too 0-1 against France, in their entire 2018 World Cup campaign.

This is Belgium’s best performance in a World Cup. The previous best was 4th place in 1986.

They have won 25 of their last 26 matches.

They have 10 different goal scorers in this World Cup which is equivalent to the current World Cup record.

21 out of the 23 players in their squad played in at least one of the World Cup matches. The 2 players who missed out were the reserve goal keepers.

The dressing room photo says it all. Their passion and dedication to win this tournament was their dream.

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World Cup 2018 : From Messi Vs Ronaldo to Messi & Ronaldo

Probably this might be the last World Cup for both Messi and Ronaldo. Their El Classico fights will continue but the World Cup clash is going to be an elusive one for these two players who probably will have the biggest fan following.

The questions / debates like ‘did they play really well?’, ‘team mates played to their potential?’, etc. will take place over the next couple of days. But it is curtains for the sensational CR7 & magical LM10. But the respect for the players and game will continue. Continue reading World Cup 2018 : From Messi Vs Ronaldo to Messi & Ronaldo

World Cup 2018 : France unleashed a 19 year old & he was too hot to handle for Argentina

But this 19 year old : Kylian Mbappe Lottin (the costliest teenager signed by any club – currently playing for Paris Saint Germain on loan from Monaco FC) showed the World that age or experience does not matter when it comes to showcasing your skills. He played with ease and with great maturity. Mbappe definitely will feature on all the newspaper headlines tomorrow. What a way to announce your arrival on the big World arena…!!! Continue reading World Cup 2018 : France unleashed a 19 year old & he was too hot to handle for Argentina

World Cup 2018 : Ronaldo Vs Messi on the cards ?

Two superb matches on the cards.

Will they be as interesting as expected or will it be a one way traffic ? Are we going to witness the magic of Ronaldo and Messi ? The star names of France, Uruguay, Argentina  and Portugal will shine tonight ? This night will witness a new star emerging from the shadows of super stars ? Will the matches go to extra time and penalty shootout?

World Cup 2018 will get a chance to witness a potential Ronaldo Vs Messi quarterfinal ? If that happens then the whole footballing world will be glued to their TV sets on the 6th of July. Continue reading World Cup 2018 : Ronaldo Vs Messi on the cards ?

World Cup : Disgrace of Gijon : Reason behind the final group games starting at the same time

Did the Algerian players take offence? Not at all, Merzekane says. “We weren’t angry, we were cool,” he says. “To see two big powers debasing themselves in order to eliminate us was a tribute to Algeria. They progressed with dishonour, we went out with our heads held high.”
“Our performances forced Fifa to make that change, and that was even better than a victory,” Belloumi says. “It meant that Algeria left an indelible mark on football history.” Continue reading World Cup : Disgrace of Gijon : Reason behind the final group games starting at the same time

World Cup : The question that almost won the World Cup Trophy

The question, which I felt was similar in magnitude to which Morocco would have felt when they conceded an own goal against Iran in the dying minutes of their first match, similar to the way Colombia felt when they conceded their first goal against Japan, similar to the way Argentina felt when they lost their match against Croatia, thrown at me was by none other than by my mother.

Very simple question but it hit me like a powerful football shot struck right on my face. It took couple of seconds for me to recover and stand up to answer the question. Continue reading World Cup : The question that almost won the World Cup Trophy

World Cup 2018 : Group Stage 1st Round : Top teams face hurdles

“Well begun is half done” ..this may not hold true for majority of the top ranked teams in the on going Football World Cup. Countries like Iceland, Japan and Senegal have shown the World that anything can happen in 90′ and even Champions can be beaten. Some may say that these countries were lucky or it was bad luck of the higher ranked countries who … Continue reading World Cup 2018 : Group Stage 1st Round : Top teams face hurdles

“Ronaldooo” – Super Energetic Malayalam Commentator – Shaiju Damodaran – Malayala Karayude Romanjam

‘Ronaldoooo’ why this man is called a genius in this globe, the genius of football world, Portugal’s favourite son : This makes him deserving for all these titles, it is 3-3.. My goodness, This must be his last World Cup and Ronaldo wants to leave his signature etched in this edition, and the commentator ends the celebration in style by mentioning the famous Tamil dialogue from Rajnikant’s movie Kabaali “Vanthuten Sollu, Thirumbhi Vanthuten Sollu” (Tell them I have come, Tell them I have come back). Continue reading “Ronaldooo” – Super Energetic Malayalam Commentator – Shaiju Damodaran – Malayala Karayude Romanjam

World Cup 2018 : Iceland making an early mark

#ISL the smallest nation ever to qualify for #WorldCup scores against #Argentina in their 1st match. Country with only 3.35 lakh people makes an early mark. Elves are swiftly capturing hearts. Tmw is #fathersday & the 11 ‘Son’s of #ISL team are celebrating early 😉 #ARG #ARGICE No wonder #ISL has pulled out an impossible result. They’ve been performing really well in last few years. … Continue reading World Cup 2018 : Iceland making an early mark

Picture your Future 2.0 : Travel , Technology and Tales

Technology is undergoing a paradigm shift and has transitioned at a supersonic speed in the last couple of years. Things which you would have never imagined is happening right in front of your eyes. Be it the hearables like Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, etc. or the wearables like Apple smart watch, Fitbit, rings activated with locker passwords, etc. – it is true that World is moving into a different horizon in regard with the onslaught of technology and the speed at which it is getting accepted by everyone.

Travel on the other hand has also found it’s own share of innovations with the help of the new age technology. Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Video chats, live streaming, recorded footages, etc. helps us to know about new places, new cultures , new cuisines, etc. But the urge to try this on your own is making people travel. The number of travellers have increased exponentially in the last decade. With the help of technology , people are very well aware of places that appeal to their tastes. Hashtags are the new style statement and it is also the go to search mantra. Instagram, in particular, has created a wave in this regard especially in the travel world. Insta Stories and Insta posts is helping the New Age travellers to get the knowledge of new places. But all this while the technology has only helped in creating the excitement to Travel.

Soon Travel enabled with future technologies will give a whole different experience. Be ready to get personalised welcome to the aeroplane. Artificial Intelligence & Facial Recognition will give the details of each and every passenger to the air hostess / stewards.

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ChewBao – KungFu Panda’s fav food with an Indi-Paw

‘Your Honour’ please listen to my argument. This is the typical way in which a lawyer’s day would begin. But lawyer Mehul starts his day by taking a count of the number of Baos he has sold till now.

KungFu Panda’s pursuit of Baos made him the chosen Dragon Warrior. Similarly the story of this lawyer turned restaurant owner is no different.

The beginning of ChewBao was also accidental. The need for helping his sister to expand her cake shop made him wear the Chef’s hat. The law college stint at South Mumbai made him try different cuisines. One such cuisine that stuck his taste palate is Bao. Bao is a soft steamed bun which is served along with a patty filing. The name ‘ChewBao’ was finalised keeping in mind that Bao is going to be the main dish and also it sounded similar to ‘ChaBao’ which means to chew in Hindi. The moment Mehul realised that this is what his heart wanted to pursue , he wore the Chef’s white coat and the Lawyer’s black coat was sent as a take away to his attic.

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Indian International Restaurant: Filter Coffees, Dosas to Wiener Schnitzels : Homely Food in Vienna

The love for food can take you to places. You end up traveling miles to try a new cuisine or wait for hours to get a table at your favourite restaurant. The satisfaction you get after achieving this Foodie feat cannot be explained in words.

Sridharan aka Roger ended up traveling 7000 miles to fulfil his passion for food. The story goes back to 1986: At the age of 17, he was working part time at a small restaurant in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India. He would finish his college classes and rush to the restaurant to take care of their cash counter in the evenings. All this in return for free dinner at the restaurant and a salary of around INR 2 or 3. Seeing this crazy craving towards food, his brother who was working in Germany gave him an opportunity. An opportunity to do a Hotel Management course from a reputed institute in Zurich, Switzerland.

Sridharan was in a fix. He was thinking “Whether I should leave everything behind and go abroad to study ? “ , “Is it worth to sacrifice my free evening dinners ? “, etc. But as the saying goes fortune favours the brave, he decided to move to Zurich to study Hotel Management.

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Greek Gyros in Thane : Eat Big, Eat Greek : Νοστιμότατο (Nostimotato)

Greece is a great destination and it is one of the best places to visit for many reasons.

Greece :

The place where Olympic Games originated.

The place known for its warriors Hercules , Achilles, and so on.

The Aegean Sea which houses some of world’s best islands and party places like Santorini & Mykonos.

And one of the few places in the world which offers variety of delicious dishes for both Vegetarians and Non-vegetarians.

Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine.

They have one of the best salad options as the supply of good fresh vegetables is easily available. Pita bread also plays a middle role in between the Indian/Asian rotis/breads and the western breads. So it is worth a try for people from across the globe.

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The Fooze : Kitchenography of Life, Music , Feels and Food

“Millennials are behind the Start up revolution. Lot of Global start ups are minting millions and billions. But then there is another bunch of Millennials who follow their passion and start new ventures which help them fulfill it. Here the main focus is to be happy and enjoy life doing what you like to do and not the millions and billions.”

The Story behind the start of ‘The Fooze’ is interesting.

There will be a lot of us who would have had friends in school with common interests. But once the School days are over then you never get to go ahead with your interests.

The story of Kartik Pendse and Shivam Limaye is also similar. They both had a liking towards cooking during their school days. They left the school but their love of cooking continued.

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Portico : Fuel your Belly Fire with Yummy Food

“Portico” restaurant, which has opened up recently in Hiranandani Estate Thane, offers a variety of haute cuisines.

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Portico welcomes you with a lively ambiance (Still some work is happening around the restaurant). Caricatures and wall paintings along with filament bulbs lights up the place. The pool view enhances the charm of this place.

The restaurant has an interesting menu with a mix of international & Indian cuisine.

I fueled my belly with few mocktails, starters, sizzler and finally the chocolate biscuit.

Mocktails:-

Spicy Papaya Margarita (Mix of Papaya, jalapeno, rosemary, etc.) :

This was a thick serving of papaya with a tinge of jalapeno. Salt n chilli powder was applied on the rim of the glass and a slice of papaya placed on top. It tasted okay.

Blackberry Caipiroshka (Black berry, mint, lime, sprite):

Though Caipiroshka is a popular cocktail in Latin America, the one served at Portico is for the Teetotalers. For those who love the blackberry taste, this mocktail served with blackberry and lime, is a must try at Portico.

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The Walk, Hiranandani Estate : Thane’s New Food Junction

‘The Walk’ is the new shopping arcade which has come up in the midst of the sprawling Hiranandani residential apartments in Thane.

As the name suggests – ‘The Walk’ is restricted only to pedestrians and vehicles are not allowed inside this arcade. So you walk around and enjoy the bustling atmosphere.

Haiko Supermarket is the main attraction here for shoppers who visit the supermarket to refill their groceries and other daily essentials. Westside has opened up a big two floor outlet and it is definitely going to attract the shopping enthusiasts.

The Walk is getting more popular not because of Haiko or Westside but for the number of restaurants which have come up.

The moment you Walk in to ‘The Walk’ – you will be welcomed by KFC and Pizza Hut which have opened up their outlets next to each other. Aromas takes up the next spot.

Bombay Avenue with its multi cuisine offering is the next one on the same line.

The outlets of Chaayos, Starbucks and South Bombay adjacent to each other adds to the restaurants’ list.

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Virgin Courtyard – Chandigarh’s Chak de Italiano 

If you are a foodie then Chandigarh should be a must visit on your cards. One of the best time to visit the ‘City Beautiful’ is during the start of Winter season.

Evenings are very pleasant with the mercury hovering slightly below 10 degrees. If you are from that part of the country where you don’t get the chance to take out your winter clothes then you will be super happy. The jacket that you had bought and kept safely secured in your wardrobe will come to your help while you are in Chandigarh.

The first thing that comes to your mind while thinking of the cuisine here will be Paranthas, Kulchas, Chole Batture, Sarson ka saag & makkai di roti, dahi bhale, etc. When I was planning to have my dinner I had all these dishes in my mind. I started searching for the best restaurants in Cgarh. There were some great Punjabi cuisine options which popped up when I hit the search button. My eyes caught the attention of a restaurant named “Virgin Courtyard” 😉 . This was rated as one of the top 10 restaurants in Chandigarh. I clicked on the link to check the details. To my surprise it turned out to be a fine dine Italian restaurant.

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Goa – Destination known for Beaches, Shopping and Awesome food

Goa the pristine beach location is situated to the West of India. The beaches are running alongside the Arabian Sea. Goa has a long history and was also under the Portuguese rule from 1510 to 1961.

Languages spoken in Goa: Konkani, Marathi, Kannada, Hindi, English

The two things that come to your mind while thinking of Goa are Beaches & Beers.

Goa is clearly demarcated in to South Goa and North Goa.

South Goa is pretty much laid back with lot of five star resort properties. The resorts here will give you an option of private beach. The beaches here include Varca, Benaulim, Palolem, Bogmalo, Mormugao, Majorda beach, Colva, Varca.

North Goa is the happening party place. Starting with Sinquerim beach at one end to Ashwem at the other end – you can enjoy the best happening beaches here.

Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Arambol and Ashwem are the main beaches stretching from one end of North Goa to the other end.

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Kill No Kalories – It’s a Crime – Keep eating and Save the Calories 

‘Burn Calories’ is the trend everywhere.

People are doing everything possible to burn the precious calories, earned from eating & drinking at some point in time, by joining a gym or following a strict diet, etc.

I was surprised to see a restaurant which has propped up two months back in Thane which has gone against this tide.

“Kill No Kalories” – yes you read it right. That’s the name of this cosy small cafe started by the Bhatt brothers – Drupad and Yashit.

The ambience and decor is apt. Wall decor contains captions which will bring a smile to your face and will make you decide that this is my “Cheat Day”.

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