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


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pune Events Listings

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

 Jashn-e-Nawabi will consist of a huge spread of regional and authentic dishes based on our country’s most favourite cuisines such as Awadhi, Lucknowi, Hyderabadi and Mughlai. The menu is uniquely designed by the chefs and treated with rich aromatic flavours to captivate food lovers across.  Over the span of 15 days, this food festival will treat food connoisseurs with some of the best vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes and delightful desserts. Delectable Mughlai Murgh, Kebabs, Murgh Rezala and the all time favourite Murgh Musallam along with Haleem, Kheema Matar and Gosht Khichda will make its way in the non-vegetarian spread. Vegetarian spread is equally mesmerizing with popular dishes such as Palak Ke Shami, Rajma Ke Galoti Kebab, Nizami Kebab, Aloo Chouk, Malai Broccoli, Shahi Kurma and Dum Biryani. Desserts such as Gulkand stuffed gulab jamun, Baked Gajar ka halwa, Shahi tukra, Matka malai pista kulfi, sheer korma, kesari phirni will give the meal a perfect ending.
WHERE: 3 Spices, Double Tree By Hilton Chinchwad
WHEN: till July 31, 2017
TIMING: Dinner
PRICING: Rs. 899 + Taxes  

 Come in to celebrate the palate teasing sweet, spicy & salty notes of Asia served with the freshest & finest ingredients. A four-course meal comprising mouth watering dishes like California Sushi Roll, Pad Thai and more to entice your taste buds specially curated  to experience the distinct flavors of Asia, namely Chinese, Thai or Japanese in the comfort of Four Points by Sheraton, Pune. 
WHERE: Panash, Four Points by Sheraton, Nagar Road
TIMINGS: 7.30 PM – 11 PM Daily
PRICING: Rs 650 + Taxes Onwards
FOR INFORMATION & RESERVATION, CONTACT: 020 30931030 / 7387100187 or email @

Concert of pianist and composer Neville Bharucha 
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The Poona Music Society is very proud to present the talented & multi-talented pianist & composer Neville Bharucha who will present a programme of great piano music. A true example of a musical prodigy born in a music loving family, he started composing and playing the piano at a very young age. He is now on his way to making a full-time career in music. Hear a programme of Ravel: Jeux d’eau, Schubert: Wandered Fantasy, Impromptu Op. 90 No. 4, Rachmaninoff: Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 2, 3,5,6,7 and Liszt: Etude d’execution transcendante No. 11.
WHERE: Mazda Hall, Dastur Primary School, Opp. Ladies Club, Camp
WHEN: July 23, 2017
PRICING: Free Admittance

This monsoon, JW Marriott Pune’s Spice Kitchen brings the authentic flavours of street food under one roof to delight food lovers with a Chaat Festival. Spice Kitchen showcases the best comfort food to satisfy the monsoon cravings for spicy bhel, tangy Pani Puri where one can indulge in guilt free, hygienic savory treats that perfectly complement the spirit of monsoons! Raipur-based Marriott culinary expert, Chef Sudeshwar has curated a special menu that encompasses popular and authentic chaat preparations from different regions of India. It offers a variety of delicacies like aloo tikki chaat, Bombay sev puri, lacha tokri chaat, jhal muri, shahi gupchup and ragda patti, apart from delectable offerings like fried idli chaat, paneer dahi vada, coconut samosa chaat, gulgooda chaat and Kashmiri bread chaat etc. Let your taste buds relish the perfect amalgamation of Indian street food culture at JW Marriott Pune. Come and indulge in this culinary collision only at Spice Kitchen. 
WHERE: Spice Kitchen, JW Marriott Hotel Pune, Senapati Bapat Road
WHEN: till July 23, 2017
TIMING: 7 – 11.30 PM

Come & soak in colours this monsoon. Learn to paint in oil colours. This 6 session short workshop is for anyone who wants to know the basics of how to paint using oil colours and will be guided by Aditya Shirke, an accomplished painter who has achieved various accolades for his talent. The workshop is designed in such way that one can learn to use oil colours in simple compositions. The workshop will be conducted on weekend so it will be an opportunity for all working professional as well as a student interested in learning this age old medium which has been a favourite of all art masters. One can expect to learn various painting style using brush techniques. Know the limitations of oil medium, etc.
WHERE: Art2Day, 805, Reverie, Bhandarkar Road, Above Skoda Showroom
WHEN: July 22, 2017 Onwards; Twice a Week on Saturday and Sunday
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 020 25648099, 9822041899 or email us at

The gastronomic experience in Pune just got more exciting as JW Marriott Pune re-launches its popular food truck. The latest menu of the Food Truck will offer a variety of sweet and savory dishes every weekend. It will serve an assortment of quintessential Maharashtrian staples like Vada Pao, dishes starring the signature Lasooni Teecha along with unique dishes like Pesto Bhel, Chicken N Chilli fritters and Cajun Potato wedges. JW Marriott Pune’s Food Truck will also serve baked Gulab Jamuns with nuts specially crafted to satisfy your sweet cravings.So make sure you don’t miss out on this food truck frenzy over the weekends. Get ready to enjoy the tasty treats at JW Marriott Pune’s Food Truck. 
WHERE: JW Marriott Pune Food Truck, Senapati Bapat Road
WHEN: Weekends (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) 
TIMING: 5 – 9.30 PM

This weekend, JW Marriott Pune invites you to groove with NoiseFacktory and DJ Suketu at the one stop party destination Mi-A-Mi. NoiseFacktory, known for playing energetic sets ranging from Future House, Electro to Dubstep will ensure a memorable foot-tapping Friday night. DJ Suketu will create sensational mash-ups by remixing old Bollywood numbers on Saturday. Mi-A-Mi aims to give party goers in Pune the ultimate music and dance experience by bringing top-notch DJs to perform every weekend.
So don’t miss out on this electrifying weekend at Mi-A-Mi with the best Bollywood DJs in the country.
WHERE: Mi-A-Mi, JW Marriott Hotel, Senapati Bapat Road
WHEN: July 21– 22, 2017
TIMING: 9.30 PM Onwards
PRICING: July 21st – Rs. 1, 000 (Couple Entry); Ladies Entry Free
  July 22nd – Rs. 2, 000 (Couple; Full Cover)

Saturdays & Sundays are meant to relax and when we say relax; it means no cooking or cleaning up the kitchen. Suffice to say the stomach doesn’t understand, especially if you have partied hard on weekends. That’s when you should head to Zodiac Restaurant and instead of scanning the ala-carte menu, hit the buffet spread. Enjoy our Bubbly Brunch in the heart of the Lavasa countryside Fortune Select Dasve. With a choice of five or six starters and mains accompanied by Casablanca – Sparkling Wine and Rio Spritzer; you will have a relaxing meal, sharing special time with family or friends, finishing off your meal from a selection of various desserts.
WHERE:  Zodiac, Fortune Select Dasve, Plot No.7, Dasve Circle, Lavasa
WHEN: July 22-23, 2017
TIMING: 12.30 – 3.30 PM

Art2Day is starting a new initiative “Wednesday Calligraphy Club” with avid calligrapher and illustrator Aditi Deo. This timing is particularly suitable for near-adults or the working young, who would like a mid-week activity for self development. The club has been created for the practice & promotion of Traditional Calligraphy & Hand Lettering and is intended to induct interested students purely for their interest in the subject of calligraphy. ​The Participants will start with training to use the various Calligraphic tools, so that they can begin practicing the craft on their own. Thereafter, they can renew their membership every 3 months. The 3-month-at-a-time membership idea has been initiated because it is easy to make a commitment for 12 weeks at a time. If members choose they can suspend their membership for a few months & then sign up once again when they make time. 
WHERE: Art2Day Gallery, 805, The Reverie, Above Skoda Showroom, Bhandarkar Road
TIMING:  7​.30 ​PM to 9 PM
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 020 2564 8099 or Email or visit

JW Marriott Pune’s signature Quan Spa announces the launch of their monsoon-special indulgence package. It brings a mix of therapies with handpicked multi-cultural experiences to vitalize your mind and body called ‘The Indoceane Spa Ritual’. This luxurious four step relaxation journey at one of the biggest Quan spa in the country is sure to soothe your senses and transport you to a state of serenity. This carefully designed ritual of 150-minutes begins on a Mediterranean note with a sweet-savory body scrub. The second step is that of an Oriental body wrap, inspired from the land of China. Next, a traditional Indian oil massage from the land of Ayurveda helps you de-stress and relaxes every cell in your body. It ends with a rich & sensual milk bathing session, sure to transport you to back to ancient Egyptian ritual. Come experience this multi-cultural pampering journey at Quan Spa.
WHERE: Quan Spa, JW Marriott Pune, Senapati Bapat Road
DURATION: 2 Hrs 30 minutes
PRICING: Rs. 8,000 (Tax as applicable; Discount is not valid in conjunction with any other offer.)
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: Quan Spa +91 6683 2380/2376)

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