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    In and around Delhi, this New Year

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    New Year’s Eve is the biggest event of the year for which everyone waits eagerly. Now that December has already taken us so far in the dropping temperature of Delhi, 2017 is about to come to its end to begin something afresh or to be precise, to begin 2018 with a new mantra! How are you planning to celebrate this New Year? Watching silly award functions on TV sitting at home accompanied with some munchies near you, is that what you are thinking? Bar your thinking and let your imagination flow as New Year is not restricted to your house.

    It’s time to celebrate and say Goodbye to the year which gave you so much to experience, love and honour. Celebrating with different kinds of ideas makes a lot more sense than just sitting in front of the Television. There are numerous things that one can think of doing while we set off for a beautiful New Year’s celebration.

    Call for a House Party: Call all your friends, relatives, cousins and neighbours at the terrace of your house or rent a penthouse where you can celebrate. Decorate appropriately with balloons and ribbons. Put on the speakers with rock ‘n’ roll or pop music and bring along your dancing spirit. Food can be prepared at home or can be ordered from any of the famous Dhaba, Restaurant or Cafe. Serving liquor, mocktails, juices, and beverages totally depend on the host of the party. 2018 welcome cake and bonfire can also be a part of the House Party.

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    Opt for a Night Out: One of the best options can also be a “Night Out” for which friends are enough as a company. Or, it can be a Night Out party with your family, relatives and friends on a long drive, to a lounge/pub, Restaurant, Cafe, some Music Event or a Movie Show, Connaught Place (where people cheerfully live the nightlife), Family picnic in a garden, etcetera.

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    Book Tickets for a Travel Plan: Staying in Delhi is not the only option left for celebrating New Year. One can fly to a nearby hill station or beach just to make New Year more memorable this time. Places that one can plan to visit can be Goa, Bangalore, Never sleeping city-Mumbai, Kolkata, Pondicherry, Gulmarg, Manali, Mcleodganj, Kerala and many other. It’d be a great idea to travel and welcome 2018 in a different way!

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    A neighbourhood party: Talk to all the neighbours and dutch an equal amount of money so that a whole society party can happen with a full-fledged Dance Performance, Buffet set up, Dance floor, Dj, Cake arrangement and so many games for kids and adults to play. This would make up for a big New Year Party bash.

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    Camping on a New Year: Take out your Tents, Firewood and Trekking bags to set for a Trekking and camping trip this New Year. A bonfire, camp, making food in natural circumstances, all under a sky full of stars! What would be more beautiful a celebration on this New Year?

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    Radisson Blu Noida’s new Luxury Makeover

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    Oh Factor: MBD Group unveils ultra-luxurious avatar of Radisson Blu Noida!

    Radisson Blu MBD Hotel, Noida in the centre of NCR has now been established as one of the finest hotels in hospitality for business and pleasure.  

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    MBD Group has taken it upon them to transform the hotel into an ultra-luxurious destination. The re-designing exercise has given the property a complete make-over with astounding detailing that starts at the lobby, to the adjoining restaurant, swathing it in a Victorian era theme of luxury.

    MBD’s new Privé Collection is a treat of leisure in bespoke style. Basically, introducing in a new set of rooms, refurbished and redecorated, each room in this collection emulates classic fashion with impeccable interiors.

    To the guest, the Privé Collection presents a lavish experience of high end hospitality which includes comforts such as a personal butler, access to the Privé Lounge, in-room technology and more that caters to the personal specifications of a guest for an effortless experience.

    Other than this, the hotel has also re-launched S18, their all day dining restaurant and turned it into SXVIII, an all day brasserie with a neo classical avatar. Likewise, to showcase old world charm, the restaurant’s logo has been transformed as well.

    The hotel has also re-located its patisserie, The Chocolate Box to the lobby. The now lobby-level patisserie is a tempting presence that has more than once been known for its artisanship and brilliant selection of chocolates, cakes & desserts.

    The MBD Group has a brand philosophy of offering guests an ultra-luxury experience. And keeping true to that, the cutting-edge technology one would expect is everywhere, yet the spirit of luxury hasn’t been dimmed.

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    ‘DILLIWALA KHAZANA FESTIVAL’ concludes with a bang!

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    Oh Factor: A three day fest dedicated to what it means to be from Delhi!

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    A three day long ‘DILLIWALA KHAZANA FESTIVAL’ organized by Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, intended to entertain people with distinctive food options, mesmerizing music and a quirky flea market, was concluded recently.. The fest uncovered Delhi’s finest in food, art, music and culture and deliver the unique experience of the city’s heritage, magic and secrets to the world.

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    Food is a part of being a Dilliwala and the festival brought together some of the best names in street foods not only from the Walled City – some known, some forgotten – but also from newly developed tastes that Delhi has spawned. All-time favourites like Khan Mughlai – Daryaganj, Netaji ki Chaat – Chandni Chowk, Rajeev Bhai ke Special Omelette, Changezi Chicken -Ballimaran, Indo Kulfi- Karol Bagh, wide variety of momos – Momo.in, Pyar Mohabat Sharbat – Matia Mahal, Daulat ki Chaat and Taufeeq ki Biryani –Chitli Qabar in PuraaniDilli were some of the participating food outlets.

    Representing Delhi’s cosmopolitan culinary culture were Yeti – The Himalyan Kitchen, Dom Dom Biryani serving Kolkata specialities, Kathputli, Culinary Pitaara and the Indian Catering Company with a wide range of vegetarian fusion food.

    All through the three days of the fest, people continued to pour in making the carnival grand and unforgettable. A festival that celebrates Delhi cannot skimp on music, Art, Theatre, Dance or Poetry and to mesmerise and enchant visitors, there were soulful yet energizing performances of Sufi music, fusion of traditional sufi and folk by the popular Nizami BrothersBally Sagoo, Copy Cats, Tritha and Dilli ki Billi Collective. Urdu storyteller- Fouzia Dastango, Improvised dancer – Parvati Tampi and Kathak Dancer – Reetu Jain performed at the festival. There were also performances by Sergio Dinarte (Bass & Vox Effects), Ritika Singh (Rap, Vocals, Theatre) Madhusudan Baul (Baul Geet, AnandaLahiri), Kartikey Vashisht (Flute & Wind Instruments) and MohitLal (Tabla & Percussions), Trippy Sama and many more.

    A special performance by Padmashri Awardee, Dadi Pudumjee’s The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust was a key attraction at the festival.

    A vast array of curated flea shops brought to life the spirit of Meena Bazaar with assorted attractions offering traditional and ethnic designs, henna, ittars, authentic aromatic spices and the choicest bangles. The festival had something for everyone be it the foodie, arty kind or the shopaholic. All the guests celebrated being a dilliwala in true dilliwala style.

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    Top 5 places for Christmas Shopping

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    Oh Factor: These five places can satisfy almost all of your Christmas needs!

    With the snowy festival of Christmas gifts and huge decorative trees around the corner, no wonder there’s an important question on everyone’s mind. That is, how to make this year’s Christmas a different and exuberant affair.

    Well this list should help you get all your Christmas affairs in order, whether it’s what decorations to get, how to decorate your tree, what sort of Christmas tree to get or gifts for loved ones and close friends!

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    • Kriti Creations

    One of the best places for Christmas shopping, they cater to all your home decor and handicraft needs. In this case, from Christmas trees of various sizes to decorations and gift options, Kriti Creations has you covered in more or less everything.

    Address: Outlets in Gurgaon, Saket and Noida
    Phone: 011 41757388

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    • Party Hunterz

    Inflatable snowmen may not be as amazing as the real thing, but they definitely make for good decoration! Also get reindeer antlers or all sorts of props for a themed party.

    Address: Outlets in Gurgaon, Delhi and Noida
    Phone: 011 41033222

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    • Wanna Party

    Do try the themed dessert platter here! They have quirky stuff like Candy Cane stockings and Christmas pudding sunglasses. Other than that, one can find all sorts of Christmas themed apparel and props.

    Address: B-26 Shivalik, Panchsheel-Geetanjali Road, Delhi
    Phone: 011 4052 1495

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    • Sadar Bazaar

    The best place for not only Christmas Decor but also the best bargains! Find some adorable Santa Claus and other themed costumes here.

    Address: Sadar Bazaar Market, Delhi

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    • Hamleys

    A massive goods store from the UK, already have a substantial presence in India with over six outlets in Delhi & NCR. Find all sorts of Christmas trees, decor and outfits here.

    Address: Outlets in Gurgaon, Delhi and Noida
    Phone: 0120 676 5321 (Noida outlet)

    With a list like this, Christmas shopping is going to be a breeze!

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    Beyond Sushi: 5 Places worth visiting for Authentic Japanese Cuisine

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    When thinking about Japanese cuisine, the first delicacy that comes to mind is sushi. And that is comprehensible, thanks to its introduction to the rest of the world in the late 1800s. It quickly caught fire and became popular in most of the world to give way to the various westernised styles of sushi we know today. In fact it has gained so much popularity in today’s age that it is easy to define Japanese cuisine as a comprehensive amalgamation of sticky rice, raw fish or meat, and seaweed.

    But as proponents and enthusiasts of Japanese culture and cuisine, as well as the Japanese themselves will tell you… there is so much more. In fact, Japanese cuisine offers much more than teriyaki and tempura too. As those are usually our second and third go-to.

    So from tasty Okonomiyaki to the best Yakitori and Udon or Soba noodles which are must haves, I present to you authentic Japanese cuisine and the best places to experience it in Delhi.

    • Kofuku

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    Located in Ansal Plaza, Kofuku has an extensive Japanese menu. Started off in Mumbai and now here, their decor is as extensive as their menu. Wooden cordoned of areas with tradition Japanese seating, wooden decor, and the works. Coming here, try the Okonomiyaki in question, plus a hoard of authentic Japanese from Miso Shiru soup to Yaki Shitake mushrooms and aged Dashi Tofu. And that’s just the starters.

    Where: BG-09, Ansal Plaza Mall, August Kranti Marg, Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi

    Cost: 1,500 for two people (approx.)

    Phone Number: +91 801017417

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    With decor as colourful as the plating, Guppy is a zany restaurant in Lodhi Colony with equally eccentric cocktails. Enjoy the ambience here with a drink at hand and an assortment of Japanese cuisine worth having. Dessert wise, they have an assortment of icecreams and cakes as well as a green tea pudding.

    Where: 28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi

    Cost: 2,900 for two people (approx.)

    Phone Number: 011 24690005; +91 9650185005

    • Fuji Japanese Restaurant

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    Based in the central hub of Delhi, Connaught Place, Fuji offers proper Japanese food with pure Japanese style of eating. With a large and extensive menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice here much beyond the usual traditional sushi and tempura.

    Where: M-41/2, Speedbird House, Middle Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi

    Cost: 2,000 for two people (approx.)

    Phone Number: 011 33107682

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    This place can be found in Khan Market. Imagine a cute restaurant with a menu similar to Japanese street food. Their sushi menu is immense but they also have a lot more to offer alongside. Consider the Japanese Pizza or Takoyaki as well.

    Where: Shop 69, First floor, Middle Lane, Khan Market, New Delhi

    Cost: 1,800 for two people (approx.)

    Phone Number: 011 41523030; 011 41525050

    • En – The Japanese Restaurant

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    Overlooking a great view of Qutub Minar in Mehrauli, En isn’t only a great place to experience Japanese Cuisine but an equally great place for a first date per se. The decor and seating set up is very fine dining, with a private balcony area seating as well. Tepenyaki, Maki, Sushi, Japanese style Udon Noodles, are only a hint of the extensive menu. Explore their Sunday Brunch from 12 – 3 pm for a afternoon weekend Japanese splurge.

    Where: H-5/1, Ambawatta One, Kalkadas Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi

    Cost: 2,800 for two people (approx.)

    Phone Number: 011 33105772

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    5 Best Places for Tea in Delhi NCR

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    Come the first hint of monsoon rains, the wet muddy smell, the darkness even in the afternoon skies… It’s almost as if our brains are hard-wired to crave Chai.

    Ah, the tasteful concoction of perfectly brewed tea leaves, sugar, the correct amount of milk, and a hint of ginger and cardamom. It doesn’t even have to be monsoons. May it be a pleasant early morning, mid project in the middle of the day or for that much needed push of creativity to write a new article. No one is void of the perks of a fresh brew of tea. Pair it with some classic Indian snacks like samosas or jalebis and you’ve officially hit the epitome of heaven.

    So I present to you the five best places in Delhi NCR to enjoy Kadak Chai:

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    • Chaayos

    It’s probably no surprise that the list starts with Chaayos. As a brand they’ve really established themselves as a connection for experiencing all sorts of teas. From a long list of teas such as Pahadi Chai, the classic Masala Chai to the least expected Aam Papad Chai. Their list is extensive and they have a selection of tag along snacks to match.

    Cost: Rs. 400 (For two people approx)

    Address: F-14/15, Mezzanine, 1st Floor, F Block, Inner Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi (But they have outlets all over Delhi)

    Phone Number: 18001202424

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    • Teasta

    Located in Sector 37, Noida, It is the go-to for college students. Attracts a large crowd post college hours and has recently given rise to unplugged music and all sorts of events on the weekends in the market area. They have a wide variety of teas such as Ginseng, Lemon, Hazelnut and their list of coffees are just as large. Do try their brownie or muffins with your tea.

    Cost: Rs. 200 (For two people approx)

    Address: 16, Godawari Complex, Sector 37, Noida

    Phone Number: +91 9818894695

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    • Cha Bar

    Based in Connaught Place this is a book store cum cafe. Enjoy their wide collection of books with an equally wide variety of tea options. They also have an extensive list of delectable desserts and the Fish and Chips are recommended.

    Cost: Rs. 500 (for two people approx)

    Address: N-81, Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place, New Delhi

    Phone Number: +91 9958005985

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    • Triveni Terrace Cafe

    Surrounded by green with a calming ambience, Triveni is a great place to relax and eat or come with a date for some tea. The ambience gets really uplifting in winters or monsoon. Enjoy food here with some masala chai or French press coffee and you’re good to go.

    Cost: Rs. 450 (for two people approx)

    Address: 205, Tan Sen Marg, Opposite FICCI Auditorium, Mandi House, New Delhi

    Phone Number: +91 9971566904

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    • Too Mikii Tapas

    They have great cafe food and a commendable outdoor ambience, worth going to if around the Chanakyapuri area. From oolong Tea to Chinese Tea, Chrysanthemum Green Tea and even your classic Cutting Chai paired with cake rusk. Their Tea menu is definitely worth trying.

    Cost: Rs. 700 (for two people approx)

    Address: Opposite Taj Hotel, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

    Phone Number: 011 24100810

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    Book Review – The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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    The Colour Purple by Alice Walker, an American writer is an Epistolary Novel which has taken a form that is inhospitable to the oral cultures. Walker has portrayed a society which is an outcome of certain historical and cultural repercussions. Therefore, it places the whites in a dominant position over blacks and literacy in a dominant position than oral expression. The whole narrative also emphasises on the love between women, sisterhood, parenthood and the male dominance leading to the rupture of the women’s voice.

    The writing style of the Novel is the predominant factor that starts to develop when the reader flips the very first page of the very first letter. There is a letter that is addressed to the God, the Almighty in a language that is not written in the accepted English Standards. Wrong grammar, inappropriate syntax of the sentence and misspelled words in the letters written by the protagonist, Celie depicts “the language of the Black Folks” as is highlighted by the author, Alice Walker. Letters written by Celie to the God are non-dated letters which makes it difficult for the reader to figure out the time frame of the novel setting. The first 51 letters are written by Celie addressed to the God for self-actualization and oral expression.Another 38-40 letters are written by her long lost sister Netti tracing the Afro-American and African History. There are unrevealed gaps between the two letters, sometimes 5 years and sometimes Walker herself doesn’t mention the date of the letters. The writings are bold and portray an unquestionable innocence which is brought about by the powerful writing that Celie adopts to write. The voice that Celie uses in the whole text is the resistant narratological voice.

    The story revolves around a woman called Celie who is a Black Georgia girl and is married to a person who referred to as Mr._____ and is later unveiled as Mr. Albert (Son of Alphonso, ‘Pa’).Celie is a regular victim of repeated rapes, impregnation and deprivation of a voice. Celie’s mother used to stay unhealthy due to which she used to take care of her sister and love her unconditionally. Celie kept her sister busy with books to let her escape from the shackles of sexual dominance that was coming her way after Celie during Netti’s childhood. After the separation from her sister, Celie could find the satisfaction, the love, the acknowledgement of her own corporeal aspects because of Shug (Shug Avery, the mistress of Celie’s husband). Shug came as a catalyst that brought Celie to a level of self-actualization due to which she bonds better with Shug. Her separation from Netti invoked Celie to maintain a journal of her letters and adopt writing as a therapy be it written as a non-standardised English. After the unveiling of the fact that Mr.____was responsible to hide all the letters that Netti was writing for Celie, she started to resist her constant violence (rapes) leading to  the bewilderment of Mr. Albert. Celie then started living with Shug Avery and started working as a seamstress and got her alternate language established in which she could eat, drink, bathe, etc. with freedom.

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    Tuesdays with Morrie

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    Oh Factor: the book is highly recommended for all those who consider their lives are suffering from emptiness.

    AA non-fictional book classified under the category of a Biographical Fiction, Philosophical Fiction and a Memoir presented to the readers as a story sung by a columnist named Mitch Albom.

    One would say that it is more of a Memoir that opens up an account of Mr. Morrie Schwartz, a 79 year old professor of Brandeis University in the city of Waltham, Massachusetts ridden by a slow poison, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Mitch Albom has very vividly chronicled his thoughts in a very simple and straightforward attempt of a book called Tuesdays with Morrie. Was Morrie Schwartz a grandfather, a teacher or a colleague? He was more than anything; he was a professor who ran a curriculum titled the meaning of Life and Death which was taught only by experience on every Tuesday at his home where Mitch used to visit him.

    Mitch used to think he had it all: love, fame and money. He was a successful sports journalist for The Detroit Free Press; he had a daily radio show in Detroit, a devoted wife, a large house and friends. But, in a by-now classic combination, outer success masked inner emptiness. What stirred Mitch was his Mentor/Friend/Teacher’s show on television saw his old college sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz being interviewed about death by Ted Koppel on ‘’Nightline” Unable to move due to his deadly disease, the passionate Morrie spent his time sharing his experience and educating his long lost student Mitch who promised to stay in touch with him, but couldn’t. Moved with his story, Ted Koppel came to interview Morrie on Nightline where he could vent out the stores of his experiences to people who could live their lives peacefully ahead. He recorded Morrie’s three Audiovisuals due to his day by- day declining health.

    Mitch Albom’s non-fictional book is counted amongst the Best Sellers list of the New York Times that incorporates a chronology that the chapters of the Book follow. There are few jumps in the past (where Mitch used to be a student of Morrie Schwartz) but the author successfully takes a smart move in and out of the time structuring a total of 14 Tuesdays with Morrie.

    To talk about the relevance and the beauty of the book and its content, then, the book is highly recommended for all those who consider their lives are suffering from emptiness. The narrative style of the book is highly compelling which makes you read more and more of it. The book is a must read because it teaches you how to live your life!

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    A Bowlful of Home @ Monkey Bar

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    Address: Plot 11, Upper Ground Floor, LSC, Pocket C-6 & 7, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

    Cost: Rs. 1,300 for two people (approx.) with alcohol

    Phone: 011 41095155

    As you walk out to the grounds next to the complex that houses Barbeque Nation in Vasant Kunj, you see a large well kempt lawn in the middle of which sits a big glass pyramid, reminiscent of Le Louvre in France.

    This structure is Monkey Bar; one of NCR’s well known Gastro Pubs and home to the new “One Bowl” menu introduced by the curators. With an exemplary ambiance, Monkey Bar caters to your winter alcoholic and comfort food needs. The new and limited winter style menu at Monkey Bar is an amalgamation of comfort, winter warming dishes from various cuisines plated in bowls to give you a true at home feel.

    The 12 ‘one bowl’s introduced in the menu try to take you back to your childhood and remind you of that one dish that your mother used to make in the middle of winters as you tucked in at home. In a similar fashion, the rice and grain based dishes from various cuisines have rich gravies and curries to emulate just that and, if I may say so, quite successfully.

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    The Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Bowl reminds you of a deconstructed sushi almost, as it uses similar ingredients. The sticky rice and Teriyaki glaze that’s made with soy sauce, mirin, and sugar, is quite evident of this. The dish is served with broad beans on the side and some extra Teriyaki glaze.

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    The Goan Xacuti Bowl is served with millets instead of rice. The gravy is rich and brimming with coconut milk flavour. The chicken is well cooked and the tempering is spot on. The dish leaves warmth in your heart and belly, having you feel quite satiated.

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    Finally, the Wild Mushroom Khichdi takes the cake with purely desi, warmth inducing masalas and slow cooked mushrooms. The dish is a creamy Moong Dal khichdi served with ghee, papad, achaar and curd on the side.

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    Notable beverages include the Copper Monkey; a whiskey based cocktail with lime, mint and bitters, perfect for the cold evenings.

    Conclusively, Monkey Bar does a good job with the new menu. Besides, these three, there are nine other comfort bowls one could try, but better hurry as the menu is available only till 15th of January!

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    5 Sport Complexes for Outdoor Sports Indoors

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    With the state of the atmosphere in Delhi NCR is in right now and the usual lack of space for outdoor sports in most cases for children as well as adults, it is imperative for us to start looking into alternatives. A lot of us like physical activity and all of us need it, but often scowl at the idea of going to the gym. After all, let’s face it; the gym is a boring place. Sure you’re working out, but it definitely gets repetitive and monotonous.

    What we need is hardcore, competitive sports to get that blood flowing and to have fun at the same time. However, considering the pollution we are facing these days it is ill advised to go out with your buddies for a bout of football or cricket or basketball. So instead of going out, why not go in? Here are 5 sports complexes to play outdoor sports indoors!

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    • Siri Fort Sports Complex

    Siri Fort Sports Complex was set up by the Delhi Development Authority as a part of development and growth of Sports in Delhi. The complex was built in 1989, next to the Asian Games village. They have a variety of sporting facilities like a flood lit Tennis court, Basketball, Golf Driving Range, an Indoor Badminton Stadium and facilities for Squash, Table Tennis, Cricket, and so many more sports.

    Address: August Kranti Marg, Near Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, Delhi 110049

    Phone: 011 2649 7482

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    • Chilla Sports Complex

    Chilla Sports Complex has various sports facilities to cater to the general public of East Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad. The complex is spread in an area of 9.17 hectares and has an immense number of facilities including a squash court, fitness centre, aerobic hall, lawn tennis courts, jogging track, table tennis, skating rink, and lots more.

    Address: Vasundhara Enclave, Dallupura, New Delhi, Delhi 110096

    Phone: 011 2262 3184

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    • Netaji Subhash Sports Complex

    Netaji Subhash Sports Complex is spread over 5.812 hectares near Jasola. The complex was opened in the year 2000 and was applicable to regular membership from 1st September 2001.

    Address: DDA, Jasola Vihar, Jasola, New Delhi, Delhi 110025

    Phone: 011 2697 1301

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    • Yamuna Sports Complex

    The Yamuna Sports Complex is located near Vivekananda College. Inaugurated in 1999, it hosts table tennis, Rugby 7’s, Boxing, Wrestling. It has even been a venue for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The complex is open to both members and non – members but of course, charges vary.

    Address: Master Somnath Marg, Near Vivekananda College, Surajmal Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi 110092

    Phone: 011 2216 4726

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    • Greater Noida Sports Complex

    The Greater Noida Sports Complex, also known as Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, is a cricket and football stadium and it is the home ground of the Afghan national cricket team. The stadium complies to rules and specifications prescribed by the International Cricket Council (ICC). In December 2016, the ICC approved GNSC to host international cricket matches and as of 19 Aug, 2017 it has hosted 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is.

    Address: 169 Chitvan Estate Sector Gamma – II, Gautam Budh Nagar, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201308

    Phone: 082959 39994

    With so many options and more for indoor sports, there is no doubt that one can get the physical activity one needs, without exposing oneself to the elements!

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    Pre Wedding Bash: Top 5 Venues for Your Bachelor/Bachelorette

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    Oh Factor: These venues are perfect to celebrate your last day of Bachelor/Bachelorette life!

    With winters here and marriage season around the corner, most of us will be commencing our rounds of attending our best friend’s or relative or sibling’s wedding. And the rest of us will be the relative or best friend spending time getting married. No doubt they’re running about getting their plans and affairs in order.

    However, an equally vital part of the wedding in this day and age is the pre-wedding. The massive bash or, ‘the last day of single life’ as it’s so called. Well, to provide assistance, Oh.City brings you top 5 venues for your bachelor/bachelorette party in Delhi NCR.

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    • Hot Mess, Connaught Place, New Delhi

    Hot Mess is a great venue for a bachelor party. The food and drinks here are quite affordable. The ambience is a combination of rustic and contemporary colors. One can book the floor and enjoy the night with one’s best friends.

    Where: Connaught Place, Middle Circle

    Cost: Rs. 1200 for two

    Phone: 011 43650783

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    • Aqua, The Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi

    This is one of the classic places to host your bachelor party. The Park is built around wooden pavilions, screens of bamboo and is enclosed in white curtains. This is ideal for private parties for drinking, dining or massage. Besides this, the pavilions have romantic swing sets and easy accommodation a group of people.

    Where: The Park, Parliament Street, Connaught Place, New Delhi

    Cost: Rs. 4500 for two

    Phone: 011 23743000

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    • Raasta, New Delhi

    A bachelor party at Raasta would mean flowing food and drinks, lots of good music, Karaoke or gigs and performances! Drinks at Raasta have got an interesting theme based twist to them. Enjoy drinks and band performances here as you celebrate the last of your bachelor life.

    Where: A-2/A, 2nd Floor, Aurobindo Marg, Green Park, New Delhi

    Cost: Rs. 2300 for two

    Phone: 011 33106174

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    • Soi 7 Pub and Brewery, DLF Cyber City

    Located at DLF Cyber Hub, Soi 7 serves fusion of various Asian cuisines. Their unique point is their microbrewery that brews their in-house beer. They also have an open terrace and live bands. An amazing ambience and all sorts of beer to drink, Soi 7 is one of the best venues on this list.

    Where: Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon

    Cost: Rs. 2100 for two

    Phone: 011 33107716

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    • Manhattan Bar Exchange & Brewery, Gurgaon

    One of the most famous and oldest places on Golf Course and it still stands tall and crowded. Imagine a typical bar scene, energetic and stimulating! They have a large enough space for parties. This microbrewery is well known for the beer, food and ambience. Take your squad here and kill time with some FIFA on their in house X Box setup.

    Where: Global Foyer Mall, Sector 43, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

    Cost: Rs. 1400 for two (approx.) with alcohol

    Phone: +91 8800697549

    With venues like these around town your pre-wedding bash is bound to be a phenomenal success!

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    The Apocalyptic Delhi Smog

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    The ‘Oh’ Factor: Tips and tricks to deal with the Delhi smog and stay healthy in this time of duress.

    With the smog that has rolled in again this year post Diwali and the practice of burning of crops for agricultural purposes in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, it is clear that the pollution levels have reached an all new high in Delhi. It is estimated that approximately 35 million tonnes of crop are set alight by these states. The wind carries all the pollutants and particles, which get locked in the air.

    The smog has had obvious effects on our livelihood and health and the government has started taking the issue seriously, albeit slowly. Considering how within a day of the smog settling in, reports all over the city were coming in of people and children falling ill, it becomes even more so important to protect ourselves and take precautionary measures from this apocalyptic weather. Hence, we bring you certain tips to follow to protect yourself from the polluted climate.

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    • Face Masks / Breathing Masks

    Masks have become necessary thanks to the medical emergency declared by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), and transport – mainly air and railway travel – has been affected as a result of the smog. One must make sure that they use good quality anti-pollution mask, such as the N99 VOG mask that can filter 99% of particles as small as 0.3 microns, making it the highest filtering face piece available for airborne particles and pollutants.

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    • Avoid Exercise

    Refrain from morning walks and outdoor exercise during this time as in these toxic conditions it will only harm the lungs and body. Make sure that the intensity and duration of outdoor physical activity is reduced while the air quality alert is in effect.

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    • Healthy Diet

    With such an intense effect on the human system, it becomes all the more important to consume fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C, magnesium and omega fatty acids and can help fight allergies and infections. Fruits such as melons, grapes, papaya, kiwis will help in fighting smog-related toxins. Among vegetables include peas, cauliflower, cabbage, red bell peppers in the daily intake.

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    • Air Purification Systems

    This is perhaps one of the best ways to tackle air pollution-related health problems. A good air purification system can be beneficial for people with respiratory conditions. Also, certain plants such as the Money plant and Aloe Vera act as natural air purification systems that can help keep indoor environments relatively cleaner and safer.

    • Home Remedies

    As staying indoors is advisable, there are certain remedies one can follow at home if breathlessness or throat irritation occurs. Taking steam with a few drops of eucalyptus oil every day will help in relaxing air-passages and help the body get rid of harmful substances. Also, including neem and turmeric in the diet will do wonders for the body in this harmful smog.

    With due process and such tips and remedies, one can help themselves, and people around them remove discomfort in these times of duress!

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