I am in Love & I Survived : My Love Story of 2010s Decade

2010 : I almost lost my arm in an accident while traveling on a local train in Mumbai. I lost all hopes seeing the damage and the blood loss. I was in Love with my Life, my parents, family members, friends and the beautiful girl of my life. I fought back with all my strength & will power. I Survived. 2011 : I got married … Continue reading I am in Love & I Survived : My Love Story of 2010s Decade

PAC Talks with Pankaj Garg, Founder & CEO of SomruS, The Original Indian Cream Liqueur

“India in a Bottle” – Wall Street Journal’s description of SomruS. Listen to this candid conversation with Mr. Pankaj Garg, the founder and CEO of Somrus. Pankaj aka PK shares his life story of 35 years which for now is encapsulated in a bottle of cream liqueur. Pankaj Garg was in Ireland to explore the opportunities to expand the footprint of Somrus from the US … Continue reading PAC Talks with Pankaj Garg, Founder & CEO of SomruS, The Original Indian Cream Liqueur

UrmO – ‘German Electric Vehicle’: Redefining Urban Mobility

The UrmO can be folded to handbag-size format within seconds, thanks to the patent-pending folding mechanism. Small, handy, light: These features clearly distinguish the UrmO from all other vehicles in its segment. Urmo is light weight and measures just 6.5 kilogram (13 lbs). The e-scooter can be perfectly integrated into everyday life and can be easily stowed e.g. under the desk in the office. Continue reading UrmO – ‘German Electric Vehicle’: Redefining Urban Mobility

ShakeSphere : Patented Protein Shaker Bottle designed by an International Athlete

Rick Beardsell , Masters World Champion & World Record Holder is running a completely different race now. ShakeSphere is for now Shaking up the protein shaker bottle market at a brisk pace & has already started getting accolades. Rick Beardsell is looking to set new records in this entrepreneurial journey, similar to his athlete life achievements. Continue reading ShakeSphere : Patented Protein Shaker Bottle designed by an International Athlete

Alexa, Who is Aariv Modi? : “An Eleven year old Alexa Programmer building Cool Skills”

“My most recent skill, STEM Party, is my favorite. Today, no one would deny the importance of an education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for students. STEM Party is a math and science quiz game where kids can increase their knowledge. I really like this skill because it is the first skill that I added APL too! Since it has buttons on certain screens, the user can respond using touch or voice. It also saves the user’s total score and highest streak to DynamoDB so the user can attempt to beat it each time they come back.” Continue reading Alexa, Who is Aariv Modi? : “An Eleven year old Alexa Programmer building Cool Skills”

Jeri Ellsworth & Tilt Five : From Dirt Track Races to Augmented Reality Games: Bringing players together & tabletop games to ‘Life’

There are games already in the market which use Virtual Reality but then you are completely cut off from the real world. With Tilt Five players can have a more social experience, and they will still be able to see the real objects around them. They’ll be able to see their friends sitting around them, as well as enjoy their pizza, chips or coke. Tilt Five also blends objects, such as playing cards, tokens, and minis, as well as hand gestures, and that’s what makes it mixed reality. Continue reading Jeri Ellsworth & Tilt Five : From Dirt Track Races to Augmented Reality Games: Bringing players together & tabletop games to ‘Life’

Barosi : Indian Dairy Farm Startup with an Earthy Good Food touch.

Durlabh feels fortunate enough to work in a startup environment. “Startup ecosystem is agile, frugal and gives opportunity to handle different challenges. At the end of the day, it helps in becoming a better person every day”
Barosi believes in trust and they have a no questions asked return and refund policy. Durlabh concludes by saying that ‘Customer believed in our brand and we believe our customer’.

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Start Something Priceless : Mastercard : A Brand that believes in creating lasting impressions

Mastercard is touching the lives of the customer at numerous expected and unexpected junctures. Brand logo sound, macarons, restaurants ( there is one in Rome International Airport as well known as Bistro), helping Girls learn technology (Girls4Tech initiative), supporting farmers (helping small scale farmers connect with buyers), coming out with global destination information with details of city wise spends (Bangkok tops the list in regard with destination & Dubai tops the list in regard with per day spend by travelers) & so on , Mastercard definitely keeps reminding people that – some things are Priceless, for everything else there is Mastercard. Continue reading Start Something Priceless : Mastercard : A Brand that believes in creating lasting impressions

60,420,900 Views & Counting: YouTube invests in this Indian EduTech Startup Don’t Memorise: Exclusive Interview with ever ‘Kyurious’ Ganesh Pai

I wanted to teach 100 kids. My dad pushed me to teach a million kids. Currently, as we speak, if I consider YouTube, Don’t Memorise website and Udemy where we have some course materials, the total views are approximately 70 Million.

When parents are struggling to keep the gadgets away from the kids and restrict the screentime, platforms like Don’t Memorise can be a sort of savior to make sure that there is some learning happening always. Continue reading 60,420,900 Views & Counting: YouTube invests in this Indian EduTech Startup Don’t Memorise: Exclusive Interview with ever ‘Kyurious’ Ganesh Pai

Global Car Sales: At Crossroads : Customer ‘Spoilt for Choice’ or Courtesy Vague Market Signals ? Automobile Industry is Drifting ?

If you have a need and have the budget to buy a car , then this might be the best time to make that decision. The discounts are at all time high, plus you can bargain and get some waivers / discount on insurance, get some free accessories ,etc. The resale value for the car you purchase now vs something you would have purchased post April 2020 will get nullified with the current upfront discount. Also consider the fact that you will be trying to sell this car by 2022-23 & by that time the market situation might have completely changed. So there is no guarantee that a car bought post April 2020 will fetch you a great resale value.

There is going to be a great transition happening in the Automotive industry in the next 5 years. By 2025 the whole world would have moved to shared cars, self driving cars or even flying cars & that too brands like Google and Apple getting into the Automotive sector.

So this might be possibly the last chance to enjoy such huge discounts while buying your ‘own’ car. Continue reading Global Car Sales: At Crossroads : Customer ‘Spoilt for Choice’ or Courtesy Vague Market Signals ? Automobile Industry is Drifting ?

Musical Journey of Anand Bhaskar : Stay grounded, Follow your passion: Main Hoon Zameen

Anand is all smiles when he looks back at his achievements: “In December 2019, I completed 5 years as a full time musician, with several prestigious ad campaigns, 4 film songs (2 Bollywood, 1 Malayalam and 1 Telugu), 2 albums and several ads and web series as a music director, under my belt. Now starting 2020 with Oru Dinam – hope this decade will be great for me and music. I always believe in Independent Music. My band Anand Bhaskar Collective has also started to find its own identity. Great work by each & every person associated with Anand Bhaskar Collective ”
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Wind, Water & Wanderer: The Pure Magic of Kite Surfing & Hospitality : Achill Island, Mayo, Ireland : Accommodation & Adventure Activities

It is the pure passion for the Sport which brought them together to open the Kite Surfing shop, school in Dublin & then the lodge in Achill Island. I asked Catherine about their expansion plans and was a bit surprised (but happy) with her reply. They are not planning to expand in the near future. She said that it is not about just making money, but it’s about the passion of teaching & imparting the experience of water sports to customers. So they are very clear about their focus area: to give great experience for each & every customer.

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English Premier League : Football > Brands > Money

English Premier League , better known as Premier League, is definitely a success story which has grown in stature in the last 27 years. It has been a great business model and there are leagues across the globe which have taken the cues from this. No wonder even the highest official award for British businesses came beckoning the Premier League. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise was presented to Premier League in recognition for its outstanding contribution to international trade. Continue reading English Premier League : Football > Brands > Money

Peppa Pig : Winning Little Hearts for 15 years: Capturing Muddy Puddles to Supermarkets

Peppa pig has captured the little hearts and shelve spaces of supermarkets in the last 15 years. ABD’s fortune has been on a growth trajectory after the creation of Peppa.As per a report in April 2017 , Peppa Pig was valued at 1.4 billion USD. 50 million toys and 30 million books on Peppa got sold till that time period as well. Continue reading Peppa Pig : Winning Little Hearts for 15 years: Capturing Muddy Puddles to Supermarkets

Who is behind India’s Marketing Viral Story ?: ‘Collection of old Advertisements, let’s see how many you remember’

‘The Work.The Work.The Work. – In the absence of which nothing else matters’ I think sometimes it is better to just let your work take off without any strings attached & enjoy the freedom 

Indeed, BBDO, along with Zee, have created an act and not an ad. There are artists who are content to keep the anonymity & see their work going places. Great to see that they are happy to take a back seat & let their work do the talking.

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Robotic Kitchen: MasterChef to HomeStyle Cooking : Moley at your service

So here comes an opportunity to save those simple cooking techniques or the special ‘secret recipes’ of cooking, get the exact same thing cooked at your place far away from home & the best part is that it can be passed on to next generations as well. Your kids can experience the taste of the special cooking styles of their grand parents or even great grand parents when they grow up.

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Time to Rewind : GameDay Ground Hopper: Vintage Fan Engagement Tool

back on down the track. It harks back to the old days a bit where you used pen and paper and is designed to enable deeper connections between fans. I’m all for technology and being on my phone at games checking scores and stats but this is a bit stripped back and I thought it would be a fun project that would resonate with fans which it has done so and more!” Continue reading Time to Rewind : GameDay Ground Hopper: Vintage Fan Engagement Tool

The Dad’s Learning Curve : Break from Corporate life and Sneak peek into Parenting

Negotiating skills used during corporate life to reduce million dollars does not apply when it comes to negotiating with my daughter over a chocolate/candy. The tallest chair or sharp corners are her favourite play areas, so my focus on her needs to be more than 100%. Pram is a life saver when you make numerous trip to Tesco, playschool enquiries and parks. Continue reading The Dad’s Learning Curve : Break from Corporate life and Sneak peek into Parenting

The Virgin Mary Bar : Why not lose the booze, keep the craic & say Slainte :)

“Dublin is an incredibly diverse city with an increasingly discerning population, so people are looking for a place where they can sit down with friends and really connect in a lively yet mindful drinking environment.”
“If a fellow Dubliner wants to catch up with mates after 4 pm in the city but doesn’t want to hang out in a pub, the only options available to them are multi-national cafes that largely lack any atmosphere. I’m really looking forward to changing that and finally giving people an alternative.”
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Pink Salt : The cruising journey of a volleyball player who turned in to a Restaurateur : Indian Restaurant in Bray, Wicklow, Ireland

After catering to thousands of customers and docking at multiple cities , he decided to anchor his journey in one of the beautiful cities in the Republic of Ireland. When i asked Jithin ‘Why Ireland?’ , he replied with a wry smile saying that ‘it happened somehow, nothing was planned’. Lot of things happen in life unplanned but if you are ready to take risks and half chances then most of the time you end up celebrating your decision.  Continue reading Pink Salt : The cruising journey of a volleyball player who turned in to a Restaurateur : Indian Restaurant in Bray, Wicklow, Ireland

Spyce : Robot Restaurant by MIT engineers

What will happen when Robotics obsessed engineers get hungry and crave for quality food at affordable rates ?

Either they end up searching for new restaurants or use their passion to solve their problem.


Spyce : Affordable, Delicious & Nutritious Meals served at this Robot Restaurant by MIT engineers was one such venture started by 4 young engineers.

Spyce Boyz: Brady Knight, Michael Farid, Kale Rogers, Luke Schlueter

From wearables to hearables to flexibles, Augmented Reality to Virtual reality to Mixed Reality, Artificial Intelligence ; technology has impacted and enhanced all possible facets of life. 
So whenever you have a problem it is quite natural to turn to technology for help. The 4 hungry engineers from MIT were also not different in this. 
The 4 young engineers, Michael Farid, Kale Rogers, Luke Schlueter, & Brady Knight, were finding it difficult to manage quality, nutritious food at affordable cost. They were able to find places giving food at affordable price but then it was missing the quality & the restaurants which were providing quality, nutritious food were priced very high.

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Aavakay : Amchi Mumbai’s Special Andhra Gourmet Delight

Variety of palatable ‘powders’ and pickles will always welcome you with a smile when you enter any authentic Andhra cuisine restaurant.

The Andhra meal’s centre of attraction is Rice. It all starts with hot rice served on to your plantain leaf and a spoon of ghee is poured on top of that. The ghee will melt instantly and disappear in that ‘small heap’ of rice.

This ghee rice becomes the base for the different variety of powders. Tur dal powder, curry leaf powder, gun powder, etc are mixed with the above base and enjoyed one after the another as per your taste buds’ liking.

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Kerala : Refreshed Kerala will be welcoming the Guests soon..!!!

The God’s Own Country, one of the best travel destinations of the World, Kerala is a place which is in the wish list of any traveller. The beauty of Kerala is that it has different types of destinations for every kind of traveller. Beaches, wild life sanctuaries, waterfalls, hill stations, back waters, scenic places, cultural festivities, pilgrimage locations, etc. gives the traveller in you a plethora of choices.

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Kondan The Retreat : Abode in the midst of Nature : Resort good for weekend drives from Mumbai and Pune

Monsoon and road trip compliment each other really well. It gets even better when you decide to explore the natural beauty hidden behind the hustle and bustle of cities. The anxiety of finding a hidden gem at the end of the travel , makes the journey exciting.

Everyone is looking to explore new roads, new destinations, new resorts, and all this to get away from the regular work and to enjoy the time with family and friends.

The search for such a new experience ended with finding a resort named Kondan The Retreat. This is a 2 year old resort situated in the interiors of Pune district.

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Vanakkam : Tamil Vazhga Tamil Sapadu Vazhga, Authentic Tamil Cuisine, Restaurant started by five foodies

‘Vanakkam’ Namma pasangala, Namma tamizh sapadu now in Thane.

The typical day for a Tamil person starts early in the morning with reading the newspaper while sipping hot coffee. These are two inseperable things in most of the traditional Tamil families. The aroma of filter coffee in the house makes your morning fresh.

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Rabbito : Annoyed by the exorbitant delivery charges, friends start a new Food Delivery App in the capital city of Kerala

Food delivery is very synonymous to pizza home delivery. It goes back to as long as late 19th century when the first pizza was delivered in Italy. The evolution of food delivery has slowly and steadily moved up notches. In 2001 Pizza hut even managed to send a pizza to the space.

The next big bang moment which happened for the food / restaurant industry is the online ordering service. It was in 1995, the first online order service was started (in USA) : world wide waiter, now known as waiter.com. At that time they used to deliver food from approx 60 restaurants in Silicon Valley.

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Maggi Dosa to Puttu Kadala : Mallu Couple’s Kerala Konnect restaurant

“Life is a Kitchen : put on your prettiest Apron & whip up something Incredible”

It is great to see people following their passion and glistening through the journey with utmost determination.

When you have a corporate job and a monthly salary then it is difficult to come out of that ‘comfort zone’ to try something different and put your hard earned money in a mini startup.

Suraj , whose passion is to experiment with cooking, decided to quit his ‘mundane’ corporate job and open his own restaurant. To manage a restaurant all alone is a tough nut to crack. Understanding the tall task ahead of Suraj, his wife Shreeja also quit her job to support him in this new entrepreneurial venture.

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World Cup 2018 : Poka Russia, Alttalaa Qatar

World Cup 2018 : One of the best World Cup tournament played in the recent past.

It all started with Iceland holding Argentina. Germany had to exit at the group stage. Portugal and Spain the next casualties. Iran and Morroco got everyone’s attention. Host nation Russia also stretched their opponents and reached the Quarter finals.

Finally it came down to four teams Belgium, England, Croatia and France.

England with their young squad finished fourth. Well played England.

Belgium secured the 3rd spot. The Red Devils played excellent football and they were my favorites.Great come back against Japan. Thrilling encounter with Brazil. But one error and they lost the semi final against France. They signed off in style winning their final encounter against England.

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Croatia: Independence War to World Cup Final: The Winning Spirit keeps them going

Croatia who were considered the underdogs are one Win away from scripting history in the Football World Cup.  They defeated Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland in the group stage. This was followed by three knock out matches all of which went in to extra time which adds up to 90 minutes of extra time. So it is like they have played one match extra. Players should have been hit with fatigue but none of the players have shown even a glimpse of that.

Croatia will play their final World Cup 2018 match on the 15th of July, 2018. A Win against France will make sure that Croatia will be part of the elite list of World Cup Winners.  Till now only 8 countries have managed to win the World Cup.

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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 impact

#ISL the smallest nation ever to qualify for #WorldCup scores against #Argentina in their 1st match. Country with only 3.35 lakh people make an early impact. 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 impact

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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