Popular markets of Delhi

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Delhi the national capital of India is popular not only for its colonial connection but also for the shopping extravaganza for shopaholics. From glitzy malls to old colonial markets to lane markets of specific areas to the renowned flea markets, Delhi offers something for everyone. Hence here’s a list of some of the illustrious markets of this city.
1. Janpath Market
Visit to Delhi will be incomplete if you don’t visit the well-known Janpath Market. Literally translated Janpath means people’s road, the market offers everything one can dream of at affordable price and is termed as a shopper’s delight because of the bargaining culture. Looking for some traditional lamps, jootis, or traditional hookahs, shell curtains, or anything unique? Then head to Janpath Market. Yes, you need to haggle a lot to bring down the prices and which have been normally hiked up by the shopkeepers. If you are a westerner, it would be good if you take a fair idea of the price before you venture out so that you do not end up feeling cheated.
2. Sarojini Nagar market
SNM courtsey Ilovedelhi.inAfter Janpath your next market visit should be Sarojini Nagar Market located in the south Delhi. The market offers loads of stuff in terms of clothes, shoes, accessories among others at really affordable prices. Yes you need to haggle here as well, as the shopkeepers have hiked the prices deliberately to misguide the shoppers. Sarojini Nagar or SN, as it is fondly called by the locals, is the best market if you want designer clothes at inexpensive prices.
3. Chandani Chowk
Looking for some good fabrics for your traditional Indian wear, or jewellery, or for just old world charm then head to one of the busiest market of Old Delhi – Chandani Chowk. Chandani Chowk is the Hindi name for Moonlit Square and is the epitome of palatial bungalows from the British era. The market is a perfect blend of bungalows that radiate old world charm and modern transport facilities that spell development.
4. Lajpat Nagar
Another eminent market of Delhi is the Lajpat Nagar market located in the south Delhi. It is like Janpath market for the people of South Delhi. With bargaining, as the order of the day the market offers some amazing stuff for everyone. From children wear to women apparel to men’s fashion to accessories to handicrafts to handbags you name it and you find it here.
5. Gaffar Market, Karol Bagh
gaffarmarket --dailymailcoukIf you want some good bargains then head to Gaffar market in Karol Bagh. Popular for products like shoes, crockery especially chinaware, cosmetics, electronics and second hand mobile phones, Gaffar market is a shopping heaven for those who don’t care about the guarantee or warranty or even bills but want to stay ahead of the crowd. The key word here is ‘imported’ goods.

Get ready to check-in @ Terminus 1 – the global food transit

Terminus1 (1)I have always believed that food and travel go hand in hand and that as a traveller your journey is not deemed complete if you didn’t savour the local dishes and indulged yourself in the street foods of that place and as a foodie your journey will not be completed if you didn’t travel to all obscure places in search of new food item to tickle your taste buds. Hence when I got an invite to review the restaurant Terminus 1 at Vasant Kunj, my first thought was – here is someone else who thinks like me and during my visit to the restaurant and in conversation with the chef I realised that I was not wrong. So what should you expect from this restaurant named Terminus 1. Well! A total unique and different experience and food that travels from all over the world to reach your table! You need to visit the restaurant to experience the magic at Terminus 1.Terminus1 (2)

From the moment you enter the restaurant to the time you have ordered your meal is like a one big journey. So whatever you have been doing before you entered the restaurant, forget that and take your seats, relax and fasten your seat belts and get ready to embark on a food journey at Terminus 1 – where food and people cross paths, putting on a pause button to savour the other things in life. So sit back and savour those moments with your loved ones as you all embark on a gourmet journey.

Grilled Sole@Terminus1As you get comfortable in your seats and open the menu card to order your meal, take in the design of the card that gives an impression of reading an atlas. And while you are still deciding on what to order savour some of the freshly baked breads accompanied with varieties of spreads and butter to tickle your taste buds. We ordered Thai Chilli Chicken, Pan smeared fish cakes and Grilled Pork Skewers with Thai Chilli Remoulade for the starters. Thai Chilli Chicken as the name suggested was spicy enough had a delicious aroma and was tender enough to melt in your mouth. Spicy chThai Chilli Chicken @Terminus1unks of chicken cooked with sweetened sauces makes Thai Chilli Chicken worth a try. But if you are a foodie and want to relish the various flavours that touch your palette before the delicious mouth melting fish cake then Pan seared fish cakes are an absolute must for you.

But wait! How could I forget the delicious salads and soup that we had before savouring the mouth watering starters I mentioned above. Give a healthy and a perfect start to your food journey with Maftoul and Ceaser salads. Maftoul Salad I was told was already maMaftoul Salad@Terminus1king waves with foodies for its sumptuousness and subtle flavours. It was indeed delicious and the flavours were merged together yet they retained their individuality. I had to order ceaser salad not just because I love chicken but also because I had to know how differently it is prepared here at Terminus 1 and believe me I was not disappointed, as the salad was flavoured in buttermilk and not mayonnaise (as it is usually done) giving it a delicate flavour that just added to the delicious experience of this food journey.

Irish Coffee - Example of Molecular gastronomy especially the cream toppingAfter some delicious starters it was time to move on to the main course and we were asked to make our own choices and if we miss something that we really need to taste chef Ashish Singh will guide us. However, whatever we chose met the chef’s approval and so we began waiting for the food. We had ordered mutton kosa – tender mutton pieces cooked in delicious gravy served with pao bread and onion rings, Grilled Sole – if you love your steaks then you will surely love grilled sole that has been seasoned with sesame, and peanuts. And I being an ardent fan of chicken had to order Milan’s Farmed chicken and chicken tikka masala – both amazingly delicious and mouth watering.Grilled Sole@Terminus1

And while we savoured our food I gave a look around the decor and found that the interiors have been inspired by stations, airports, and bus terminals among other such destinations from around the world. “We have taken these inputs and added a bit of drama and style,” says chef Ashish Singh.

After the hearty meal it was time to speak with the chef but he insisted that we have our desserts first so we ordered Karachi Halwa brownie cake – a unique and delicious twist to both Karachi halwa and a brownie cake and Sacher Torte – an absolute must for a chocolate lover like me – oodles and oodles of chocolate both inside and outside a really sinful dessert if you must know and taste well it is heavenly but don’t take my word for it and try it yourself.

Well after relishing a hearty meal it was time for some work so I asked the chef to be seated and tell me about the idea behind the name of the place and then the decor and everything else he wanted to share with me. Terminus1 (2)

“When we say terminus the first thing that comes to the mind is a journey and food and travel are related and we wanted to make this place as a food terminus – a place where your food travels from all over the world to reach your plate, says the chef Ashish Singh. “And we have tried to make this Terminus1 (3)place a combination of a station, airport, bus terminal and a taxi stand. When our guests open the menu they feel that they are opening an atlas. There are dishes, drinks, appetizers and cuisines from around the world. Our chefs have made sure each course created has a tasty spin. The portions take into account a thirsty and hungry traveller. And when it comes to the flavours they are so good that guests end up booking a return ticket instantly,” reveals the chef with a pride in his voice.

Further he says that while travelling one discovers different types of dishes on a journey from the modest ISBT Maggi to the never ending half roasted chicken, and at Terminus 1 the menu serves everything a well travelled palate could ask for. “Then there are the fusion dishes, sweet and savoury, served in a way like never before, attempting to mix cultures for good,” adds the chef.

The main idea behind Terminus 1 is the introduction of Molecular gastronomy for the first time in Delhi. Mr Vikrant Batra, Owner – Terminus 1 says, “Serving people with something unique is every restaurateurs ambition, with the sous-vide method of cooking, the food retains most of its nutrient value because of the lesser amount of energy used in preparation. This concept occupies 15% of our menu, a few dishes to set a trend for the future. One of them is our Thai curry mouTerminus1 (4)sse, served in the form of foam, the sous-vide method ensures the meal retains most of its natural juices and flavour.

Terminus 1 gives you an experience without which your journey might feel incomplete so park your life on the global food transit and enjoy the subtle flavours of life.

Basic information

Meal for two: Rs. 1500 inclusive of taxes

Address: Shop No.238, 2nd Floor, Ambience Mall,

Vasant Kunj, New Delhi- 110070

Contact: 011-40870755/ 56, 9643654033

Enjoy your barbeques at TAB — the ancient barbeque!

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Love your steaks? Want to add your touch to the steaks you want to savour? Or is it just a time well spent in the company of food, friends or family you are looking for – whatever your reason do plan a visit to The Ancient BarbeqDSC_0285ue or TAB as it is known amongst its patrons –a restaurant that lets you enjoy your meal at your pace. Politely waiting staff that guides you through your meal is another plus point here, as they let you make some informed choices about the food on the offer.DSC_0053

So from the moment you enter the restaurant to the time you step out after your leisurely meal rest assured that you will be in an environment that is warm and inviting and the food aromatic, tempting and yes inviting! Make yourself comfortable, grab a glass of water each and choose from the array of dressings to choose from, as the waiting staffs remove the cover from your table to reveal the live barbeque area there on your table. Some of the delectable dressings include lemon butter, thyme oil, mint oil, mustard sauce. The amazing part of dining at TAB is the live barbeque that arouses your hunger and whets your appetite with its delectable melt in mouth taste.DSC_0148 copy

Choose from the variety of grills and barbequed dishes including Thai Fried Fish, mutton seekh, potato in salsa sauce and DSC_0264mutton bara kebab. They also offer less spicy version of these delicacies on demand for children thus ensuring that even kids enjoy their meal to the fullest! The live barbeque followed by buffet of main course adds on to the charm of leisurely meal at the restaurant. The menu for buffet is also quite extensive and keeps on changing every week so in case if there is something you like on your previous visit chances are that it may not be available the next time to go. “We try to add a dish or two in the dinner menu as well so what is available for lunch may not be there for dinner,” says the manager Dharmender Singh.DSC_0265

A dream of three friends namely Dharmender Singh, Vipan Kumar and Ashish Massey, TAB is the extension of their dreams about a food destination. Leading ex chefs of Radisson, the Great Kebab Factory and Taj respectively, the trio felt that there was a need for a place where people could enjoy their meal at their pace along with some good soothing music and aromatic cooking that would enhance their hunger pangs.

With simple yet elegant interiors that have been done in an ancient castle theme complete with candle style chandeliers and few ancient decor TAB is your best bet if you want to enjoy some quality time with your friends, family over the deliciousDSC_0016 meal from all over the world including Oriental, continental, Mexican, along with traditional Indian cuisines. “The most fascinating fact about TAB is that we have a wall dedicated to feedbacks written by all our customers,” adds Mr Singh as a parting shot!

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Listings: Fashion Event at Ensemble!

Fashionistas keep your evening free for a high profile fashion event on 24th July 2014, Thursday between 4:30 to 7:00 pm, as Raw Mango unveils it new collection of hand-woven saris and blouses under the title “Shaher” at Ensemble. Meet the designer Sanjay Garg and Tina Tahiliani Parikh over tea and tete.

Time: 4:30 to 7:00 pm

Venue: Ensemble Lion Gate

Great Western Building,

130/132 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road,

Mumbai 400023

Collection will be on display at Ensemble till 31st July!

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My Cartoons

These are some of the cartoons made by my hubs! He has a fairly good hand at sketching but his parents never realised it and thus never encouraged it. It was only after years of persuasion I have been able to make him come out of his closet and post his work on the social media. Please do encourage him, as any praiseworthy words from me are seen as nothing because of the ghar ki murgi dal barabar types! If he gets appreciation from unexpected quarters I am sure he will be encouraged to draw more! Thanks in advance!

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Another legend bids adieus to the world of mortals

27slide1Another legend bids adieus to the world of mortals to become one with the Immortal Almighty and as all the fans, friends and family are grieving for the loss, imagine the spirit of firebrand Zohra Sehgal taking in all this drama in her stride and wondering what the fuss is all about. “I came to this world for a designated period of time and now when that time is over I am leaving this world for another one.” Well she was a candid person never missing an opportunity to amuse those around her.

Born as Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan on 27 April 1912 into a traditional Muslim family in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, to Mumtazullah Khan and Natiqua Begum, this fire-brand actress belonged to a Rohilla Pathan family of Rampur, Uttar Pradesh. Third in the row of seven children – Zakullah, Hajrah, Ikramullah, Uzra (Uzra Butt), Anna and Sabira – and grew up in Chakrata, now in Uttarakhand (near Dehradun), Zohra was a tomboy fond of climbing trees and playing games. Zohra lost vision in her left eye as she contracted glaucoma at the age of one year; she was referred to a hospital in Birmingham where she was treated at a cost of £300.E47_Zohra-Sehgal-and-amitabh-bachchan

Today (10th July 2014), two years post her centurion birthday she bids adieus to us and left for heavenly abode. May her soul Rest in Peace. But then as is rightly said legends never die they live forever in our memories so shall you (Ms Sehgal) be alive always and forever in our loving hearts and memories.

New online destination for home decor — Addresshome.com

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???????????????????????????????For all those who love to shop for home decors but are too lazy to step out in the sun and heat here’s a piece of good news. India’s iconic luxury home decor brand Address Home has recently launched its online retail store www.addresshome.com.

The online store offers its complete range of luxury home decor including the products like exotic dinnerware, tableware, accessories, candleware and object d’art that are a refreshing blend of hip yet enduring, baroque yet contemporary. The collections are designed in-house and created around the world.???????????????????????????????

To complement this delicate blend of sensibilities, Rajat Singhi, Founder & Creative Director, Address Home, also travels around the globe interacting with top designers and selecting exclusive designs, from German hand-blown glass vases, European crystal lights, to planters and décor pieces from Bali. At addresshome.com, there is something for everyone- affluent or aspirational, traditional or modern. The common element that runs through all the collections is innovative design combined with impeccable quality.Address Home.

With more than 500 products to choose from and that too from the comfort of your own home, visitors to this online retail store will definitely be spoilt for choices. Choose your pick from designer linens and bedspreads to dress up your bedroom or living room. Add a little bit of romance with exotic candles in your home and life. Unique designs, shapes and sizes you will be bowled over by the choice.

The online retail store offers a modern, user-friendly, online shopping experience to its visitors and also provides an opportunity to shop through iPads, Tabs and smart phones thus making the luxury home décor accessible from anywhere and on the go!Candles

Talking on the occasion, Rajat Singhi says “We are delighted about the launch of our ecommerce portal – addresshome.com, since it allows us to penetrate tier II and tier III cities where we do not currently have exclusive stores. Our online store focuses on fine home linen, exquisite dinnerware, and stylised décor accessories along with colour-coordinated collections and gives our customers a 24 hour access to our exclusive collections.” He adds, “At present, Address Home has exclusive stores located in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Nagpur, and we plan to expand our retail footprint by opening exclusive stores in Bangalore, Chandigarh and Pune, this year.”

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About the store

Addresshome.com is user friendly that has been divided into three sections namely – Shop, Decorate and Gift. The Shop section allows the visitor to browse and shop for products while the Decorate section allows visitor to dress up their homes based on colours and trends with décor collections. Gift shopping is made easy with an assorted range of gifts for him and her, and other special occasions.Address Home....

Payment mode

Built on a robust technological platform with a secure payment gateway and seamless logistics, addresshome.com offers various modes of payments including the most popular the Online Payment mode that allows customers to pay through credit and debit card or through net banking. One may also avail the Special Service Payment mode of Cash-Before-Delivery, where the customers pay through the comfort of their homes or offices. Addresshome.com offers normal & express delivery options to more than 500 cities and towns across India. Address Home..

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Bedazzle your groom with stunning wedding trousseau by Monica Rajeev Malik

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Designer duo Monica and Rajeev Malik

Summery was the afternoon, casual was the chit-chat as friends met and greeted each other, and the mood was upbeat, as the husband-wife designer duo Monica Rajeev Malik excitedly talked about their latest collection of Summer Wedding Trousseau at Zerruco by Zilli, The Ashok Hotel.

 

Sushmita Aggarwal with Tanya Ahuja

Rekha Chawla

Rekha Chawla

There was no formal unveiling of designs, no ramp and certainly no catwalk by zero size models, instead there were common ladies (well not so common, socialites to be precise) who were wearing the designs created by the designers along with the designer herself. Of course few of the designs also adorned the mannequins.

Seema Puri,with designer duo Rajeev and Monica Malik

The summer wedding trousseau is as unique in style, cut and silhouette, as is the choice of colours including magenta, orange, and bright yellow. With gold being the predominant colour in the entire collection! Fabrics used are georgettes, and chanderis – that are quite light in weight and are considered as summer fabrics.

Speaking on the occasion, the designer duo Monica Rajeev Malik – who are known for their young silhouettes, unusual styling, yet classic with Indian handlooms and finery – said, “Unlike the use of zardosi for which we are known, this time we want to give a treat to the eyes of our buyers.”

From left to right Guneeta Dhingra, Kitty Kalra and Dolly Jain

Pioneering in the use of unusual fabrics, texturing and detailing, adding dazzling embellishments in vibrant colours, the designer duo Monica Rajeev Malik, in their current collection they have given a traditional Indian outfit a complete contemporary and western look with cuts and drapes that are quite traditional. “Their bridal wear designs are inspired by the joys and rituals associated with Indian weddings. It’s all about traditional richness and hues that work well with Indian features,” said Monica Malik.

Ala Madhu with Sushmita Aggarwal in Monica Rajeev Malik's Creation

Ala Madhu with Sushmita Aggarwal in Monica Rajeev Malik’s Creation

Deepa Narang and Guneeta Dhingra

The evening was pretty casual with snacks and drinks being served and friends mingling with each other and discussing the designs, cuts and patterns. Present at the event with Monica and Rajeev Malik were Ramola Bachchan, Kitty Kalra, Ala Madhu, Guneeta Dhingra, Sushmita Aggarwal, Seema Puri, artist Anjanna Kuthiala, Kanchan Kapoor, Soneka Chhabra, Dolly Jain, Deepa Narang among others.

Garema Nagpa

Garema Nagpa

Ramola Bachchan

Reema Arora with Vaishali

Kitty Kalra

Shruti Kapoor

Shruti Kapoor

Artist Anjanna Kuthiala

Artist Anjanna Kuthiala

Seema Puri in Monica Rajeev Malik’s creation

Meenu kher with Sonal Jindal

Meenu kher with Sonal Jindal

Rejuvenate yourself like a royalty @ The Imperial

Hydrotherapy suite at the Imperial spa

Hydrotherapy suite at the Imperial spa

56 The mystic Yoga Studio

56 The mystic Yoga Studio

Heritage roomSummer is the time when one wants to just relax in the cool interiors of their homes with nothing to disturb them and summer is also the time when we want to indulge in some spa or massage therapies and get our bodies toned and in perfect shape. And keeping in mind the importance of staying well and hydrated during the summer season, the Imperial – an iconic heritage hotel of Delhi – starting today is offering a ‘Summer Wellness Retreat at the Imperial’.

The package is valid from May 1st 2014 to August 31st 2014 at the Heritage Room of the hotel and is priced at INR 14,999 including taxes per night for the maximum period of two nights only. The package will include

a.     Stay for one night for a couple including taxes

Ladies salon -pedicure station

Ladies salon -pedicure station

b.     Check-in at 10 am, late check-out till 4pm

c.     Buffet Breakfast for two at 1911 Restaurant

d.     Welcome fruit platter on arrival in the room

e.     Imperial Balance Massage or Ayurveda Abhyanga Massage or Balinese Massage or Kriya Signature Facial 60 minutes for two

f.        90 minutes of Hydrotherapy, Aroma steam and Sauna for two

g.     Choice of Manicure or Pedicure or Hair Conditioning Ritual for 30 mins for two

h.     Yoga Session or Personal Stretch on request for two

For reservations you may send a mail to Reservation@theimperialindia.com or even call at 91 11 41116303/04/05.

So hurry what are you waiting for! Mail or call and get ready for some royal fun and treatment at Imperial.