Gala Night: Dosa special dinner | PGPM Class of 18 | Great Lakes Institute of Management

The scene is set. One hectic year of Management course ahead. Piling assignments, class works, quizzes, exams and what not. Amidst the rising tension, Great Lakes Management did the (almost) unthinkable. They organized a Gala Night : Dosa special dinner, the night before the first end terms.

I remember my school days, when my dad used to take me for movies the day before the exams and I literally thought this could not happen elsewhere. Until the night of the Dosa party !!

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Santé Spa | Koregaon Park | Pune

Santé Spa has been a silent monster in Pune for some time now. They are not celebrated like how some big players are, they are not flashy and they are so quiet. This, ladies and gentlemen, is one of the best places in Pune !

Being a ‘hardcore’ non vegetarian, I was very, very sceptical to try out a place which offers ‘healthy’, ‘veg’ food ( 2 words which I hardly use).  ‘The job demands it, so we execute it’ was my attitude until the moment I had the first dish.

Spinach Spearmint Pineapple: A healthy drink after a very long time. Anti-oxidant, this. The drink wasn’t served chilled. That’s the way they recommend, however, I asked for couple of ice cubes for my liking. The drink was more of a pineapple flavor with a dash of spinach and hint of peppermint. What a start!

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Field Trip – Kuzhipandhandalam | Karma Yoga Programme | Great Lakes Institute of Management

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, has a special programme called ‘Karmayoga’ which involves the current students visiting the nearby villages and observing the overall condition, features and what not. That’s not it, the programme tries its best to resolve any issues being reported to the students.

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This year, the students are visiting over 30 villages in as many groups. The village which our group visited was Kuzhipandhandalam. Situated over 10 kms from the college, the village is calm and serene to say the least. Here’s what the village showed us, rather taught us !

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Salt Co. 531 | Bloggers Meet Up | Radisson Blu by GRT Hotels, Chennai

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As a part of the Bloggers Meet Up, the lunch for the first day was scheduled to be at the famed Salt Co. 531. The spread is really huge and its mind blowing.

We started off with some chaat. The mobile chaat counter was a sight ! Dhokla chaat was being prepared and the use of liquid ice was very innovative. The chaat was really good.

Barbecue wings and buffalo chicken both were good, well marinated and cooked to perfection. The taste of the sauces stood out.

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Bloggers Meet Up at GRT Properties – A sneak peak

10 bloggers from different parts of the country recently came together for something very unique. A 3 nights and 4 days Bloggers meet up. One of its kind.

Organized by Firebrand Labs as part of their digital engagement with GRT Hotels & Resorts group, the unique meet up was organized from 20th to 23rd April 2017, at 4 different prime properties of GRT Hotels and Resorts in and around Chennai.

GRT Hotels needs no introduction. A brainchild of Mr.G.Rajendran, they currently run 13 properties in Chennai, Kakinada, Madurai, Tiruttani, Mamallapuram, Kanchipuram, Yercaud, Tuticorin, Kodaikanal, Coimbatore, and Hyderabad. The group offers stays for both business and leisure travelers. Know more about GRT Hotels here – https://grthotels.com/

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Unveiling the Supergiants on Wheels | Rising Pune Supergiant

Rising Pune Supergiant are all set to participate in their second IPL. The team has had a forgettable first outing in 2016 and they will be hopeful to turn the tables around this season. With healthy signings which includes the in-form Ben Stokes, Imran Tahir (in for Ashwin who was ruled out due to a sports hernia), Manoj Tiwary along with an existing line-up that includes Dhoni, Rahane, Du Plesis and Steve Smith, they can afford to be confident about a much better performance this year.

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As a part of kicking off their promotional campaign, ‘Supergiants on Wheels’ was flagged off today by Rising Pune Supergiant Head Coach Stephen Fleming, Captain, Steve Smith, CEO-RPS Raghu Iyer and Hrishikesh Kanitkar who is the assistant coach of the team. A van dedicated for the fans in the city will be halted at different locations running trivia and other engagements with merchandise and game tickets to be won.

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Grillicious | Baner | Pune

Love for good meat has always prompted me to be on the lookout for places that serves good grills. Finally got a chance to head over to Grillicious. Below mentioned experience is a narrative of a food tasting and a personal visit.

Mocktails…

Lemongrass Mint Mojito: We couldn’t have asked for a more refreshing drink to start with. Perfect combination of lemongrass, mint mixed with soda.

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Green Apple and Lime Glacier: Well, true to its name, this one’s a brilliantly presented drink using crushed ice in the form of glacier. Each scoop had the distinct taste of the mix of green apple and lime.

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Dinshaw’s | Koregaon Park | Pune

A well known brand in the ice cream industry, Dinshaw’s has set up a tidy café, mostly serving American comfort food, in Pune. With Navroze around the corner, it was time for some Parsi feast from the Dinshaw kitchen.

Well, this tasting was indeed a mix – mostly Parsi and some random dishes.

Lemon Iced Tea: What a refreshing start to the hot afternoon. Though I would have preferred a more intense flavor of tea in the drink, this was good enough for the hot weather. Standard ice tea with mint leaves.

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Cheesy Garlic Bread: A good portion of sliced bread topped with garlic and cheese. A really good starter. Would have done really really better with Italian Breads, however , this version served with mayo is good nevertheless.

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Japanese Fest | Baan Tao | Hyatt, Pune

Japanese cuisine is something which excites, intrigues and surprises many of us. The use of raw meats/seafood may not be accepted by many in India, but for those who does, it sure is a culinary treat. Japanese Master Chef Shohei Nakajima travelled to Pune just to run this fest through the Puneites.

N.B: Today’s the last day of the fest and hence a good crowd is expected, plan for a prior reservation 😉

The Nigri Classic consists of salmon, tuna and yellow tail. Impressive

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Brewery Hopping | Hyderabad

Craft Beers have set a trend in India. With Breweries popping up every now and then, the demand for ‘Good’ craft beers are increasing as well. Last week, Hyderabad was my destination. The city currently boasts 4 functioning breweries with at least another 4 in the pipeline. Considering the fact that its been hardly a year since the first brewery opened, Hyderabad has been doing pretty well as far as the crafts are concerned.

The main motives of the hopping are 2 things – Promotion of craft beers, and awareness on ‘Don’t drink and Drive’. Drink responsibly, enjoy the beers and please, don’t drink and drive.

Hyderabad Brewery Hopping #1 – HyLife Brewing Company

First up was HBC. A beautiful setup with brilliant décor. The tasters were served in a push cart replica. It costs Rs.200. The beers on tap are Wheat – James Blonde, Strong Ale – Don’t Go Home, Stout – Snoop Dog, Lager – Drunken Monk, Pilsner – Hoppy Ending and Fruit – Mausam Beer.

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The personal favorite of the day was Lager – The Drunken Monk. The most refreshing of the lot to start off the day with. The beer was more cloudy than I had expected, it had hints of fruity flavors. A 500 mL glass costs you Rs.300.

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