Friday, August 25, 2017

Pune Events Listings

Here are the latest events happening in Pune. Choose the favourite for a great time…

Shakahari, JW Marriott Pune’s one-of-a-kind specialty vegetarian restaurant, is introducing new culinary favourites from across India to their existing menu, by unveiling the addition of a lavish spread of authentic & popular Gujarati dishes. Curated by Maharaj Jai Kishen, this menu will have guests enjoy handcrafted dishes laden with traditional Gujarati charm. The new menu will offer an array of traditional recipes which will showcase the various flavours and spices of the land. Be it appetizers such as Sandwich Dhokla and Handvo, Undhiyu, Gujarati Kadhi or Methi Thepla, the new menu weaves together the culinary threads from different regions of the state to create a complete Gujarati gastronomic experience. For the guests with a sweet tooth, the Mishthan Bhandar at Shakahari leaves them spoilt for choice with a large variety of mouth-watering delicacies. Shakahari invites all its patrons to relish this newly launched Gujarati menu and will continue to serve them popular regional delicacies from their existing Rajasthani spread.
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 020 6683 3333 or visit 

Find Inner & Outer Peace through Meditation
Attend the Soul Saturdays event by Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission at Phoenix Marketcity, East Court and learn the art of living a stress-free life through meditation and balance a busy lifestyle. Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for people to learn meditation, experience personal transformation, and bring about inner and outer peace under the guidance of H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. 
WHERE: East Court, Lower Ground Floor, Opposite Phoenix Marketcity, Nagar Road
WHEN: August 26, 2017
TIMING: 10 AM – 11 AM
PRICING: Entry Free

3 Spices at Double Tree by Hilton brings to its patrons the ‘Rajasthani Food Festival’. This ten-day extravaganza will serve some of the most authentic delicacies from Rajasthan and also showcase its vibrant culture. The par excellent chefs have personally designed and handpicked the menu which consists of the best known Rajasthani veg and non-veg dishes. The restaurant wishes to give its patrons an unforgettable culinary experience and hence have invited specialty guest chef Dharmendra Singh all the way from Hilton Jaipur in jugalbandi with Doubletree Hilton Pune’s very own Chef Joy Dey. To add an extra zing and take you on a palatable journey of the Rajasthani culture, the restaurant will be dressed in lively Rajasthani colours with traditional folk music played in the background.
WHERE: 3 Spices, DoubleTree by Hilton, Chinchwad
WHEN: Till August 31, 2017
TIMING: Dinner Only

Anup Murarka is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist based out of Pune. Since 2011, Anup has been performing shows in Pune & other parts of the country.  A typical power packed performance of Anup comprises of songs ranging from retro to folk to Sufi, Indie & Bollywood, all performed in his unique style. So, groove into his best mashups this Thursday at Krusty’s, World Trade Centre, Kharadi. 
WHERE: Krusty’s, World Trade Centre, Kharadi
WHEN: August 24, 2017

Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated with spectacular display and cheerfulness. Pune celebrates Ganesha Chaturthi with great pomp, complete enthusiasm and welcomes lord Ganesha with Dhol Tasha Pathak and also his favourite ‘Modak’. So this year don’t miss the chance to visit the mesmerizing Ganpati idols in Pune. Come to Courtyard by Marriott, Pune Chakan and book a stay and enjoy VVIP visit to 4 of the most prominent Ganpati pandals in Pune city.
WHERE: Courtyard by Marriott Pune, Chakan
WHEN: Till August 27, 2017
PRICING: Rs. 5, 500 + Taxes
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 213566 6666 or email


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Third Effingut Brewerkz Outlet in Kharadi

Popular brewpub Effingut Brewerkz has opened its third outlet in Kharadi. It shows promise of ‘acche din’ for all its fans and those interested.

The city always worked well on good chow and very good atmosphere. It seems that Kharadi is the new place to be with the eateries and interesting outlets. Effingut Brewerkz, a recent and not so recent brewpub to wow Pune, seems to be attracting the crowd well. After Koregaon Park and Baner, it has now opened up its third brewpub in Kharadi at the very happening World Trade Centre. Friday the 4th of August was when it all happened and this wonderful space of freshly brewed beer attracted a lot of fans who want more this place. Now I have to confess – this is the first time I have visited any Effingut outlet.

But it was worth the wait. The freshly brewed beers were quite welcoming especially with friends around. I tried the Apple Cider beer and I would have sold my soul for its fresh taste. The starters like Crispy Vegetables, Jalapeno Cheese Poppers, Paneer Tikka, BBQ Chicken served its purpose well. Food was served later. There was nothing to complain as far as the food and drinks were concerned. Considering the popularity of the place, I did feel that a slightly larger place would have served the purpose especially if live event would be happening. The place is not small but would have worked with a little more than what it is.

Location-wise, it might seem far but since the crowd here is more IT and also other working crowd, chances of those interesting coming in might be more. But you can still easily come here with a big group and have a great time.

Keeping up with a tradition to serve the best, the launch saw stand-up comedy kings Atul Khatri, Sapan Verma and Angad Singh Ranyal of EIC charm their way into everyone’s hearts with a good dose of humour. They tickled everyone’s funnybones along with humorous picking on the audience. It was a certainly a win-win situation for those who attended this launch. The brewpub has a big task ahead of maintaining this tempo.

With making a stamp on the Punekars with quality freshly brewed beers, Effingut Brewerkz now is planning to go slightly big with next destination Mumbai and more pan India plans in future. One has clear hopes and bets placed on this winning horse.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Understanding Economics

Ashok Sanjay Guha speaks on his latest book Economics without Tears: a New Approach to an Old Discipline published by Penguin Random House India, which is revelation of economics to the layman, demonetization drive and more.

Talks on economics might go over your head if you do not that background. But what if it is made easy for you without giving you grief? That is what Ashok Sanjay Guha has done for you in his book Economics without Tears: a New Approach to an Old Discipline. It is economics revealed to the layman without the difficult language or jargons to confuse you. Right from basic theories to some in-depth ideas, Guha makes sure every reader connects with economic concepts easily. It is published by Penguin Random House India.
Professor Emeritus at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Ashok Sanjay Guha has been with this institute since its beginning as a professor of economics. A visiting professor prominent educational places the world over, he has written in important write-ups in leading economic journals, he has also written An Evolutionary View of Economic Growth.

Did any experience made you think of writing this book to demystify economic jargons for the public?
The book is the outcome of my classroom encounters with bunches of very bright students whose primary interests lay outside economists and who were terrified of maths.

What aspects can we expect in this book? How have you tried to cover them?
The book introduces economic theory to the general reader, starting from first principles, avoiding Maths altogether and seeking to capture his interest right from the outset by emphasizing the applicability of economic principles to areas outside conventional economics. In the process, it clarifies even some of the most advanced and contemporary concepts in economic theory without using mathematical methods or jargon.

There might be books out there on similar lines. How will yours differ?
As far as I know, there are no other books that try to give the general reader a glimpse of the entire canvas of economic theory. There are of course similar books that touch upon specific areas of the subject. There are also very popular & entertaining books that apply economic methods to a wide range of problems. One such is Steven Levitt’s international best seller, Freakonomics. It asks a variety of strange questions and uses the data analysis methods of economics to come up with extraordinary answers. However, it does not explain the econometric theory behind these methods so that, to the reader, Levitt appears to be a magician pulling rabbits out of a hat. EWOT doesn’t ask such exotic questions.  It doesn’t ask “What do school teachers have in common with sumo wrestlers?” or “Why do drug dealers live with their moms?” The questions it asks are more conventional, though no less puzzling. And it makes the economic theory behind the answers crystal clear, so that the reader can answer similar questions on his own.

Book Cover

Do you feel there should be more such books in India?  
There is certainly a gaping hole in the literature in this area, but I am hoping that EWOTS will gather enough readers to fill the gap.

With the demonetization drive, do you feel we are on the right track despite teething problem?  
Unlike most economists, I believe that demonetization, coupled with the government’s subsequent measures discouraging cash transactions and incentivizing digitization, are positive steps, despite their potential short term economic costs. High-value notes have always been the preferred medium of transactions in criminal activity, terrorism, smuggling of drugs, arms and other contraband, commissioning of murder and other contractual crimes, bribery, prostitution and sex-racketeering, under-the-counter deals to evade tax like those that were universal in the real estate market as well as in other goods before Nov. 8. Large stocks of unaccounted high-value currency are a strong incentive for betting (with match-fixing as its corollary), for luxury expenditure (as in high-end restaurants or on expensive liquor) or on ostentatious weddings or celebrations – all of which, so many would contend, add little of value to national income. Obviously, a relatively cashless economy would lack the wherewithal for such activity, and would therefore be better-equipped for productive activity. It would also generate more tax revenue. A major policy error however was the Rs 2000 note.  Obviously, it made no sense if the objective was to reduce the proportion of high-denomination currency and it was too large to be of any use in common and legitimate day-to-day transactions. In consequence, it tended to disappear from circulation and so was a most inappropriate replacement for the old banned notes. 

You have been associated with the School of International Studies at JNU as a professor of economics. How has the journey been like at such a leading institute? 
Over the years, I have learnt much from my students and colleagues. The process has been facilitated by the fact that the Centre for International Trade and Development, to which I have been affiliated, has been an island of academic calm amidst the tumult that seems continuously to engulf JNU.

How do you see India when it comes to handling its finance & economic and also its education? 
As I have indicated in Ch 10 of EWOTS, India, along with China and most of East and South Asia, is riding the crest of a world-wide wave of rapid growth in labour-abundant countries. There is very little that any government can do to mess this up. Of course, the previous Congress government attempted national hara-kiri through its ‘rights-based approach’ that led to the disastrous inflation of 2011-13. But at the 2014 elections, the country itself corrected course by sending the Congress into what looks like permanent exile. It should however be appreciated that our comparative advantage lies in raw labour, not human capital. During the first two decades of liberalization, government emphasized relatively human-capital-intensive activities like services and IT while surrendering manufacturing to China and other Asian countries. The result has been jobless growth. The present government’s stress on manufacturing is a welcome change in approach. Whether it succeeds in its objectives of course remains to be seen.
As for education, our obsession with quantity has resulted in a catastrophic collapse of standards.  I have written on this issue several times in the press, so I will not repeat myself.

What are you planning for your next book, if any such idea is lingering in your mind? 
The Epilogue of EWOTS describes several questions that I would like to address in my next book. In part, this would also constitute an updating of An Evolutionary View.

BOOK TITLE: Economics without Tears: a New Approach to an Old Discipline
AUTHOR: Ashok Sanjay Guha
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House India
PAGES: 246
PRICE: Rs. 299