Friday, April 3, 2015
Monday, October 20, 2014
I've heard about this unlimited stuff at Sam's pizza for quite a long time. So, a friend of mine and myself decided to check it out today.
The vegetation buffet costs Rs.249 and the non-vegetarian buffet costs Rs.299. Taxes extra.
Since we both were vegetarians, we tried out the vegetation buffet. The spread was quite elaborate. Let me rate each of them on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being poor and 5 being excellent.
They had two varieties of soups - Manchow soup & tomato soup. The soups were average. I tried both of them. Would give them a rating of 3.
They boast of having a spread of 26 salads. But trust me, the salads were excellent. I tried most of them. The macaroni cheese, Russian salad and American sweet corn salad were the best. They also had a good variety of vegetables and fruit salads. I would give them a rating of 4, or rather 4.5.
Next came the pizzas. We had the choice of Margareta and Paneer pizza. We tried both. Paneer pizza was average. The crust was hard. Margareta pizza was quite good. The crust was soft and the pizza was tangy. I would give the pizzas a rating of 3.
Now the dessert. It was vanila icecream with chocolate sauce. It was not unlimited. But not very tasty too. Could have been better. I would rate them as 3.
Coke was not included in the buffet. You have to buy it separately. So, that's some extra bucks from your pocket.
Now, let's talk about the service. Well, I would say it was good. Not excellent. But good. Nobody seems to know the regional language over there. So, if you don't know English, errr... Don't go there.
Finally, the pricing. Rs. 249 was ok. But, they add service charges and VAT which comes to another 20% approx. For the level of service and the quality of food, I don't think they deserve this much service charge.
Overall, I would rate it 3 on 5.
Eat Well & Be Merry...!!
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Saabudana - soaked in water for 4 hours
Peanuts - Roasted, skin removed and grounded
Green chilies - 2
Red chili powder
In a pan, heat a tablespoon of oil. Add a teaspoon of jeera and mustard. Once the mustard starts crackling, add the green chilies and saute them till the raw smell of the chilies fade away.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
I had been thinking for over a month on what shall I write on my blog. I'm sure I've not run out of topics but I just couldn't find time to spot one.
I've been gathering my thoughts on this one for quite some years and I thought I'll pen them down now.
Right from our childhood, we've been seeing zillions of advertisements. Moat of them pertain to the consumer products. Toothpaste, shampoo, soaps, detergents and what not...!!
Let's now talk about toothpaste ads. We've constantly seen them advertising their toothpastes as ones containing calcium, and by bruising with that toothpaste, your teeth become stronger because of the calcium. We hear similar stories about shampoos. They call it protein shampoo.
Basically, we don't eat either the toothpaste or the shampoo. So, how does the calcium or the protein get into our body and strengthen the teeth and hair? Everyone knows that milk contains a lot of calcium. Going by that theory, we must be brushing our teeth with milk to get the calcium into our body. But it doesn't make sense. Does it? The salt in the toothpaste still makes some sense now.
So, we've been seeing this for ages. I have a strong feeling that all these are false claims and that the regulator is totally oblivious to them. If some expert reads my blog and proves my hypothesis right, then I think these kinds of ads are some of the biggest frauds. They've totally misguided the naïve consumer.
If any of you guys happen to read this blog post, please do share your thoughts.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
I heard a really funny story from one of my friends who is a senior sales manager at a large private bank. The story describes the monthly sales review (which happens in almost all companies) in a very funny way. And, if you are a salesman, you'll definitely understand what this story tries to say.
It goes like this...
The sales team of a company had six hens. It was the start of a month and the sales manager called all the six hens for a meeting. The purpose was to give targets for the month and discuss the so called strategies. The target was that each hen had to lay 30 eggs by the end of the month. He also said that last month's performance was really poor and they have to achieve their targets this month. He also said that those who fail to achieve their targets would be sacked with immediate effect.
The meeting got over and the hens left the meeting room with a puzzled look on their faces. They had no clue about how to achieve their targets. And gradually, each hen went in its direction to start laying their eggs.
Before they could realise, the month ended and the manager called all the six hens for a review meeting.
The review went like this.
The manager, though not happy seeing the numbers (which was always the case), was not disappointed either. There was definitely an increase in the overall productivity of the team.
He then started reviewing individual performances. Two hens over-achieved their targets by laying 35 & 32 eggs respectively. The manager was really pleased with their performances. The third hen just achieved the target of 30 eggs. Out of the remaining three hens, two of them missed the target by a small margin. They could lay only 28 eggs each. The manager could still accept it. But he was really shocked to look at the last one's numbers. It had laid only 2 eggs. The manager got extremely angry and started shouting at that hen. He asked the hen as to why its performance was extremely poor when the other hens could deliver good numbers.
This was the hen's reply. "Sir, I tried. Gave my best. But still, I could lay only 2 eggs. I am a cock, Sir."
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
1 cup Rice (Either normal or basmati)
1 cup Toor Daal
1 Tablespoon Ghee
Black pepper powder
Red chilli powder
Serve the hot daal kichidi with onions, curd and pickle.
Thanks to my friend Sharanya for sharing the recipe.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I took up my current job in 2009 after rejecting an offer from a huge IT company. It took me about 4 years to reach the starting salary that the IT company offered.
It was indeed difficult for me to manage with the salary I used to draw. Many times, survival and sustenance itself became a huge question mark. It was a hand to mouth existence. But why did I go through all this pain and hardship? One word. "Passion". Yes. I took up this job to pursue my passion, which is Investment Analysis. In 2009, when the economy was in doldrums, it was really difficult to get a job in the finance industry. That too when you are a fresher and from a totally different industry, forget it. You'll be the first one to get rejected. But when I got this opportunity, I grabbed it with both my hands. The pay was just peanuts, but it didn't matter to me. I had the thirst to pursue my passion. And I knew it would payoff in the long run.
So, as I mentioned before, it took me four long years to even reach the starting salary which the IT company offered me. In September 2013, I got transferred to Mumbai, which is the financial capital of the country. Within four months, I got an interview call from a huge international private bank (a company which anyone would crave to work for). I had about 3-4 rounds of interviews. At the end, they didn't offer me the role I was originally interviewed for. They offered me a role which I was not interested in. But the remuneration they offered was awesome. Double my current salary. I had to reject the offer just because the job profile was not what I wanted.
I am gonna get married in about 4 months from now. This is the stage of life when I need money the most. But my heart didn't allow me to accept the offer. There is only one reason for that. Passion.
I just want to follow every colour in my rainbow and never compromise on pursuing my passion, how much ever big is the price I have to pay for it.