Movie Review – Talvar

talvar movie

The cinema is a great place to unwind and take a break from  real life, but sometimes a good movie is actually based on a real story.Selected bloggers were invited to attend the special screening of the movie “Talvar”. I was thrilled to view the movie knowing it’s  controversial story. Since the day one, I was following this case through media but I was eager to know the unfolding of the double murder case.

Talvar is a film loosely based on the 2008’s Noida Double Murder case, which is probably the most controversial case in India. The case got many twists and turns in between and received heavy media coverage.In fact, many circumstantial pieces of evidence tampered and officers were replaced in between. The double murder case aroused public interest due to extensive coverage by media.  Watching reality, a movie is so different than what we see in media.Talvar stars powerful actors like Irrfan Khan, Konkana Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi backed by names like Meghna Gulzar  and Vishal Bhardwaj.Irrfan Khan gives a power packed performance and takes the story ahead, the rest of the supporting cast did a splendid job. Meghna Gulzar  has done a good job by keeping the story line crisp and to the point. The poster of the Movie  – India’s most controversial case reopens on Oct 2nd, that says the gripping story of the movie. It’s an interesting plot to showcase real life story on Reel.It is slated to release on 2nd Oct 2015.

Talvar opened to an overwhelming response with packed houses at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival. The festival showcased the world premiere of the movie, which is inspired by the 2008 Aarushi Talvar-Hemraj case. The movie created so much anticipation among the audience that the tickets were sold out in few hours. Watch Talvar thisFriday unravels the murder mystery.Irrfan Khan’s stellar performance after global success in “Jurassic World”, he is back to the domestic turf and you won’t be disappointed. Konkana Sen  looks  natural and did justice to her role. Vishal Bhardwaj is the music composer, writer and producer of the movie. The background score is good and keep the story moving at a slow pace since it  is based on real life events. A must watch for those who love content driven movies.


Grand Thali : Tip Top Plaza Food Review

grand thali tip top plaza

What strikes to your mind when you think of Grand Thali? A blend of flavours? Yummilicious desserts?  Just head straight to Grand Thali @Tip top Plaza , Thane. Trust me you won’t be disappointed.  I was invited by Guitless Foodie for Thali Restaurant review. Initially I thought  I will give a miss  since I am foodie I couldn’t  miss out this special thali.

Chef Kunal introduced us to the making of Grand Thali and Owner of Tip Top Plaza , Mr.Shah graciously welcomed us  and  gave us insights on history of Tip top Plaza .Grand Thali is one of its kind where delicious “Fusion Thali “ is served with unlimited portions. It’s an assortment  of mix snacks, starters , main course and desserts that leaves you craving for more.

Kiwi Juice

Kiwi Juice

The supper  started with farsan like Cheese corn ball , kapoli wada, dahi wada, masal khaman  followed by  veggies like Paneer kadai, Alu palak rajwadi, Bharleli wangi, Kaju Wal ,then rice and dal varieties like dal fry,Gujarati dal,Gujarati kadhi,  Kesariya pulao, steam rice, plain and masala khichdi. For Indian breads, one can select from pooris, phulka, parathas .


Indian bread- Phulka

Keeping in mind with our young generation, fusion mantra includes Arabiata Pasta, Veg. supreme pizza, Veggies in Green, Schezwan noodles .

Grand Thali Tip top Plaza

Arabiata pasta

Grand Thali Tip top Plaza

Veg.Supreme Pizza

You will notice marwari and gujarati’s cuisines lots of ghee is used.The Indian breads are dipped in desi ghee. That’s how is their speciality so weight conscious people leave your diet at home and savour this Grand thali.  Some Extra spicy go for lasuni chutney  and pickles.It’s  a whole platter of chutneys from tangy to sweet taste .

Grand thali tip top plaza

Akhrot Halwa

Grand thali tip top plaza


Last but not the least my meal is incomplete without dessert.Save some space in your tummy for the last item on the menu : Akhrot halwa, Rabdi, hot gulab jamun, Kolkata’s favourite Rosogulla  that completes the Thali . Waiters here rush to notice and refill your thali every time you’ve finished  a bowl or licked off a dish unless you are tired! Try not to skip the buttermilk as it’s freshly-prepared and serves as a decent digestive along this vast dinner.

Grand Thali Tip top Plaza

Grand Thali

Food bloggers with Chef Kunal

Food bloggers with Chef Kunal

I really had an awesome time meeting new food bloggers and hoping to come back again this Diwali with my friends and cousin.









ITC Maratha : Unique Taste Of Maharashtra Cuisine

Maharashtra is known for its culture and food. The culture of Maharashtra, which reveals itself in various ways, is additionally reflected in its local cuisine. Though most people are not very familiar with Maharashtrian food and it has yet to discover  its way into five-star kitchens. First time  under the aegis of ‘Kitchens of India’, ITC Maratha presents ‘Unique Tastes’ of Maharashtra, through this
promotion ITC Maratha  introducing Maharashtrian fare in their menu both a la carte and buffet.

Selected food bloggers were invited for a food review. I couldn’t say No since I wanted to  taste the aromatic curries and flavoured delicacies  It’s the best occasion  for the gastronomes  like me to savour different varieties of the state’s cuisine.  ITC Maratha offers a great melange of the Maharashtrian dishes, selected from various regions of the state. The  weeklong food fiesta offers authentic Marathi dishes from the regions like Coastal, Interiors and Kolhapur Cuisine.  The Coastal is famous for Malvani  cuisine where fresh coconut is added to the dishes.  The Interiors ie. the Vidarbha area, has its own distinctive cuisine known as the Varadi cuisine, where powdered coconut is used for cooking.

Chef Dipti  introduced  us distinctive tastes of  local cuisine. Being a daughter of a farmer she knew  coastal and interior cuisine and unravelled  the homemade recipes. You will notice that Maharashtrian food  is cooked  under low temperature.  The vegetables are pretty much steamed and delicately prepared to hold their  nutritional value.

Maharashtrian chutney - known as Thecha

Maharashtrian chutney – Known as Thecha

Thecha is a rural Maharashtrian chutney recipe which is specially served with any type of Bhakari.

Kuppyacha Kalvan - Indian Tuna simmered in fresh coconut red chilli and kokum gravy

Kuppyacha Kalvan – Indian Tuna simmered in fresh coconut red chilli and kokum gravy


Kolhapuri Pandhra Rassa - Tender chicken morsels cooked in coconut and onion gravy tempered with green chilli

Kolhapuri Pandhra Rassa – Tender chicken morsels cooked in coconut and onion gravy tempered with green chilli

Maharashtrian Thali - Thaat, Bharlivaangi, Patal bhaji, bajri

Maharashtrian Thali – Thaat, Bharlivaangi, Patal bhaji, bajri, daal, roasted papad



Famous sweet dish – Karanji  known as Gujiya in North India

Maharashtra Cuisine

Unique Taste Of Maharashtra Cuisine

I had a  sumptuous meal with fellow food bloggers @ ITC Maratha. If you love Maharashtrian food don’t miss out  the undiscovered and unknown cuisines of Maharashtra.





Rahul Seth Raps a Special work out song titled “Sunny Sunny” for Sunny Leone

sunny leone fitness

Super Hot Sunny Mornings have been designed by Mickey Mehtra with Sunny Leone to share the secret to Sunny’s fabulous body. In her fitness DVD, Sunny would reveal some techniques to keep body in perfect shape. Sunny Sunny – The Workout Song’ is a special fitness song, by Times Music, launched as a precursor to the launch of Sunny Leone’s Fitness DVD titled – ‘Super Hot Sunny Mornings’, an exclusive release by Times Wellness featuring Sunny Leone herself.

The special work out song “Sunny Sunny” lyrics is written by Rahul Seth, along with the Rap Vocals performed by him.

This song has gained tremendous popularity, and has received over 75,000 views in just 3 days of its launch.

Rahul, who is a prolific Singer & Music Composer himself, is also seen rapping in the video, featuring Sunny Leone, along with other 2 singers Darshan Raval & Rimi Nique ( From reality show – Raw Star ) Original Music for the song is Composed by – Achu Rajamani


Celebrating 50 Years of Pizza Express

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Pizza Express story is quite interesting when it started its journey in 1965. Peter Boizot, founder after travelling in Europe, he was unable to find  an authentic pizza slice in London. He made up his mind why not bring authentic Italian taste here.He imported an oven  and opened the first Pizza Express restaurant in Soho, London. Its customer base grew very quickly because of its authentic Italian flavour and unique artistic approach. Over the last 50 years,Pizza express has seen phenomenal growth across the globe. To celebrate its glorious 50 years selected food bloggers were invited to review their exotic new menu.

pizza express

The event started with the Chef’s introduction and how the Pizza’s style  and varieties of cheese and dough go in the making.

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pizza special dough

Everyone  engrossed in some very real discussions here.Why not play some fun games here..Chef told “Make your own style Pizza”.. Isn’t that amazing! Really? Check it out.. Since we were Veggie group, didn’t have much trouble, The ingredients here: basil leaves, Moz cheese, baby tomatoespizza ingrediants

pizza al padrino 65

Here is the delicious Pizza ready pizza express al padrino 65 If you are still hungry, wait till pasta is on its way from Italy.

 Penne con Peppadew

                                            Penne con Peppadew

Pesto Rosso

                                                        Pesto Rosso

Delicious Starter: The Antipasto Verde, It’s an assorted veg platter with antipasto and roasted tomatoes

Antipasto Verde

Antipasto Verde

Lots of new varieties are added in the new menu, but I am very disappointed vegetarians don’t have too many options to choose from. The Party coming to an end and  Chef gave us surprise delicious desserts served on the platter.There is always room for desserts!

cheesecake, chocolate fudge cake and banoffee pie

cheesecake, chocolate fudge cake and banoffee pie

I am definitely gonna come back again with my friends and cousin to try out their new cocktails, mocktails and desserts. If you have not been here you are missing out.Share your interesting pizza experience :-)

Kranti Sarvajanik Mandal makes eco friendly Ganesh Idol of Fibre

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Ganeshotsav festival will see for the first time Ganesh idol made up of Fibre by Andheri-based Kranti Sarvajanik Mandal. The initiative is an effort taken up by the mandal to protect the environment from pollution and other marine life hazards.

The Mandal popularly known as ‘Koldongricha Vighnaharta’ in Andheri has been making one of the tallest Ganesh Idol of 21 feet which is made out of fibre. The fibre idol is one-time investment though the shape and size can be moulded and colours can be changed every year.

The mandal brings a small idol made out of clay which is later immersed in water. After the celebration and ritual of 11 days, the statue is packed and kept in the society shed for a year.  No immersion is involved, and the year ahead it is again modified with different colours and design and shape.

Abhishek Vyas, Treasurer of Kranti sarvajanik Mandal Andheri said “ We have been celebrating the festivals since last 4 decades and we want it to be beneficial to society at large. 4 years back we brought clay statue of 21  feet and due to shortage of artificial ponds in Mumbai it was difficult. Hence, we thought of Fibre statue which is a one-time investment and completely environment-friendly. We do not want to harm the environment and we also encourage other Ganeshotsav mandals that bring in huge statues to adopt the Fibre statue model which will not only help the environment but also save a lot of Money involved”.

Let’s celebrate Ganesh Chatuthi without harming the environment by bringing home Eco Friendly Ganpati Idols.


Starbucks Coffee Ambassador D. Major Cohen shares his passion for coffee and introduces the celebrated Flat White in India

Tata Starbucks Private Ltd. today hosted an interactive, coffee-inspired afternoon with Coffee Ambassador of Starbucks D.Major Cohen at their flagship store, at Horniman Circle, Fort in Mumbai. The engaging session was curated over the aroma of some freshly brewed coffee and also saw the launch of the newest addition to the espresso portfolio of Starbucks India – the Flat White.

D. Major Cohen, Starbucks Coffee Ambassador

The Coffee Theatre was an interesting session which unraveled the various secrets behind a perfect cup of coffee. From brewing methods to coffee tastings, coffee enthusiasts were taken on a journey to experience various international coffee flavors. The highlight of the afternoon was introduction of the globally celebrated Starbucks Flat White by Major Cohen, an artistic espresso beverage made with two bold ristretto shots, combined with a thin layer of velvety micro-foam and finished with a latte art dot.

“It is my pleasure to be back in India to share my passion for coffee with all the coffee lovers. During my last trip to India to celebrate Tata Starbucks’ 1st anniversary, I had the privilege of launching the exquisite India Estates Blend, a winning concoction of the finest Arabica beans carefully selected from Tata Coffee’s estates spread across Coorg and Chickmagalur. This time around as Tata Starbucks approaches its 3rd Anniversary, I am extremely thrilled to introduce the celebrated Flat White beverage in the country” said Major Cohen.

The event also saw the winner of the first Starbucks India Coffee Championship, Saili Rane a partner from the Mumbai Domestic airport store and the 1st runner-up Rubeena Qureshi from the Bandra store sharing the platform with Major Cohen and conducting a coffee story session.

L-R) Saili Rane (Winner of Starbucks India Coffee Championship), Manmeet Vora (Director- Marketing &Category   , Tata Starbucks Pvt Ltd), D. Major Cohen (Starbucks Coffee Ambassador), Rubeena Qureshi (1st runner-up, Starbucks India Coffee Championship)

(L-R) Saili Rane (Winner of Starbucks India Coffee Championship), Manmeet Vora (Director- Marketing &Category , Tata Starbucks Pvt Ltd), D. Major Cohen (Starbucks Coffee Ambassador), Rubeena Qureshi (1st runner-up, Starbucks India Coffee Championship)