Forum mall, a key destination for shopaholics in Chennai is all ready to welcome Diwali in a grand scale. Owing to its location and the plethora of options in lifestyle, fashion and food, it is a Goto place for most of us for shopping extravaganza. Lifestyle stores known for its “multi-floor multi-brand under one roof” shopping experience has its presence here. What we love about Lifestyle is the convenience of checking out various brands in one place. Be it Ginger, Bossini, Code, Fame Forever, And, Vero Moda, Levis, Kraus on the western wear collection and Melange, Biba, W, Global Desi, on the ethnic / fusion collection (and the list goes on), we can find them here and so Lifestyle store is our first option for clothing shopping. We are an ethereal lot having our own perception of what suits us best and we are happy to get into Lifestyle as everyone of us has options. On the occasion of Diwali, we checked out Lifestyle stores for us and here is what we saw –
Barbecues (BBQ) is not a home term for vegetarians as it is involves grilling, roasting applicable more on non-vegetarian dishes. So we thought until we made a visit to the newly opened restaurant, Absolute Barbecues at Taramani, Chennai. We heard a lot about AB’s earlier and did not attempt with the thought that as vegetarians, we may not have many options. Absolute Barbecues proved us wrong – we had a range of starters and an interesting tasty vegetarian menu. For the comfort of vegetarians, separate section for preparing the dishes and even the crockery is distinguished by color red, green for vegetarians and Red for non-vegetarians. Another aspect is there was no heavy aroma in the restaurant that tends to put you off. Now to the menu –
Ever heard someone who has been to Northern India, specifically the Himalayan range, and has returned saying “Well, it wasn’t much”? We dare you to find someone who would be so out of snap to have said that. The Indian subcontinent is home to the breathtaking Himalayan Range that spans across ten of the Northern-North-eastern states. What is more intriguing about the Himalayas is the opportunity it accords everyone to test their will against odds. It is a dream comes true for many of us to set afoot in the Himalayas. There is a specific notion towards the trekking experience many an Indian and people from the word over have so many fond and not-so-fond memories of. We have seen numerous fictional and non-fictional encounters in the current day that has its root at the trekking experiences of many world-renowned climbing teams, and people, per se.
A friend in need is a friend indeed. This statement cannot make sense to many who do not have a ‘friend’. In these days where relationships are made for mutual convenience, friendship has become a sinking ship with very few having the luxury of true friendship. Having a true friend, I can confidently say, a friend is one who adds value to your existence, supports you in your endeavors, accepts you as you are and instills in us the confidence that there is someone for us with whom we can be ourselves without being judged. Many might feel that this is a tall expectation but getting a Friend satisfies all this if you manage to get one. As we hardly find time to celebrate our parents and siblings who have been part and parcel of our life, friends too fall in the same category because they become our extended family and we start taking them as granted too just like others. When I came across this opportunity to blog on the Zee TV’s Yaaron Ki Baraat celebrating friendships, I found this as a lovely opportunity to write about my friend R who has been part and parcel of my life for more than a decade now. Thanks to Zee TV for thinking about this concept of celebrating friendships, it helps us relive our moments and cherish the togetherness we have enjoyed.
Xender, a file transfer and sharing application, has announced the launch of its new version – with comprehensive functions and better user experience. Xender attempts to retain its lead as the world’s fastest, most convenient mobile sharing tool that is available free of cost. Xender offers seamless transmission between Android, iOS enabled devices, Windows Mobile, Windows PC and Apple MAC system. Xender, launched sometime in 2013, boasts a current global cumulative user of over 330 million. Of the lot, India shares a staggering 110 million user base, a whopping 33% for a global platform coming from a single country. Xender however, hopes to peg their user base at over 800 million over the next three years.
Ever wondered why there are numerous infomercials on the benefits of filing your income tax returns on time? It is to let us know the importance it has assumed in the past few years, thanks to the advent of rating agencies for evaluating the credit worthiness of an individual. Also, it would be an immense advantage if one were to file their Income Tax Returns on time at the end of every financial year. Just imagine the fact that you are fulfilling your responsibility towards the financial health of your nation. Just one man cannot turn the face of the country’s financial health. Agreed. But little drops make an ocean. Forget the percentage of the elite who are all about evading this very concept; it is us who can decide ultimately and as a conscious citizen, it is our responsibility to do so.
OMR Food street located in Okkiam Thuraipakkam, is a haven for food lovers and caters absolute value for money food. This food review is unique in its own terms. When we scouted for food to cater to our different demands across cuisines from different parts of the world, we were mostly disappointed. The urge will sure die down faster looking at the distance we have to cover to move from one restaurant to another. By the time, we reached the second one; our interest in the food is gone. When malls came up, we were excited with the food court concept but sadly, for a vegetarian, it is not easy to walk into an air-conditioned floor where non-vegetarian food co-existed with vegetarian food. The aroma wafting in the air is enough to turn vegetarians off. Now to the subject, the Chennai Bloggers Club invited us for a tasting session at OMR Food Street, and it was a lovely time of fun, food and laughter. It is a small street with shops selling food on the either side and yes, we have a first floor too. We were astounded by the variety of food we got there and good number of options for vegetarians too. Now to the review –
Love to shake a leg? Want to try out dance but unsure if you are cut out for it? Now is the chance to check it out. Swingers, a well known name in western dance classes in Chennai is giving you free dance workshops at select locations and it is open for 3-60 years age group. More details here –
Focaccia, Hyatt Regency Chennai’s Italian restaurant has revamped their menu based on the expertise of well-known Chef from Milan Chef Mauro Ferrari and we could not be more excited to taste the vegetarian dishes out.
For us who are familiar with spicy pastas and pizzas as Italian food, it was surprising to see that authentic Italian food more on moderate spices with lot of vegetarian options.
HDFC Bank launched SMe Bank, e-banking service for Small and medium enterprises. Mr. Aseem Dhru, Group Head – Business Banking, Commodity Finance, Rural Banking and Agriculture Lending launched the First SMe Bank in Mumbai as part of its ‘Go Digital’ campaign. It was digital innovation of sorts as we watched the launch through video-conference from Chennai.
This offering alleviates the need for the SMEs to visit the branch making it a seamless offering. It also provides the SMEs to bank 24 X 7 without bothering about the bank’s working hours and reduces the waiting time from few days to hours. Safety and security has received foremost attention from the bank and SMEs can now bank with confidence.