Monday, November 6, 2017

Foodie’s Delight at Sheraton Grand Pune

A visit to Feast, the multi-cuisine restaurant at Sheraton Grand Pune where they have new themed food promotion dinner for Fridays & Saturdays. On Saturday, it was time to take in some Spanish delights. Here are the details.



It is quite an interesting aspect to showcase world cuisines at your restaurants and let aficionados get a taste of sumptuous food. Sheraton Grand Pune is doing just that at their multi-cuisine restaurant aptly named Feast. The hotel and restaurant in turn have unveiled their new themed food promotion dinner for Fridays & Saturdays. Of course, they have their all-time darling sushi & tempuras on Wednesdays. Then there is the usual 30% regular dinner buffet which has Indian and international cuisines. In this special food promotion offer, foodies will get to eat Sushi & Tempuras delights on Wednesday, Persian Treats on Friday and Spanish Cuisine on Saturday. The best part is that they will be there for a few months and will see different menus every week. So you will see no repetitions. Yet the chefs at Feast will keep popular dishes based on feedback.


At the blogger’s meet on Saturday, we got the chance to try some Spanish temptations. The dishes picked were popular dishes from all over Spain. We started by getting to the soups. Three types of soups were inviting – two cold soups & one hot one. I tried the Ajo Blanco Soup which has almond, sherry, vinegar, olive oil and garlic. Almost pureed almond with a slight bite combined well with the other ingredients. Very mild to taste, I found it to be quite comforting. But the Crema De Queso soup consisting of Manchego Cheese just brightens your mood with its subtle cheesy taste.


What I liked about the starters is that they were bite-sized/ small and tempted you with some appealing tastes. The Tamales Pollo, a popular item in Spain and Latin America, is surprisingly again mildly spiced but still tempts you. For the uninitiated, it is steam corn dough steamed in corn husks or banana leaves. The Uncooked Banana Frilas with Paprika Flavour are an acquired taste but the paprika adds to the appeal. Of course, the Torte De Marise which is mix seafood, olives and eggs were sensational. Every flavour was distinctive yet did not overwhelm the other. The fried cheese sticks consisting of the Manchego cheese just could not go wrong. Another starter which was more a tapas dish was Salmon served with Tomato Sauce on Toast and cheese was light enough to go for a couple of them at one time. The well-prepared Salmon went well with the sauce and cheese. Mushrooms served with Cheese on Tortilla Chips were nothing exceptional but worth a try. What stole the limelight was the mixed seafood paella. The perfectly cooked paella rice with a slight bite combined well with the tomato sauce and other ingredients. One would assume this is how paella would taste in Spain.  


We smoothly moved over to the main course. One needs to mention the Fish Mullet Escabeche Style which is sour and spicy. The combination worked well with the delicate fish and leaves a fabulous after taste in your mouth. The Pollo Al Chilindron which is Roast Green Pepper Sauce with Chicken could be called neat but nothing exceptional.


You have to finish the meal with some desserts and this is where words fell short to describe the desserts. Chocolate & Churros won us over. The rightly sweet chocolate sauce was a perfect match to the crispy churro. The Creme Catalana which was cinnamon flavoured brulee was also a winner with its delightfully tantalizing flavour. Pity it has small portion per cup. The perfectly made Flan tasted just the way a normal flan would. But the Spanish Rice Pudding with its overwhelming cinnamon flavour and rather bland taste was just off putting. I was told that it was supposed to be that way but I was sorely disappointed. The rest of the Spanish sweet treats were neat too.


On a whole, one can safely assume the multi-cuisine restaurant Feast at Sheraton Grand Pune is making an effort to treat foodies and regulars with something different in world cuisine. Visit the to know what Spanish, Persian and Japanese cuisine is like on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

TIMING: 7 PM – 11.30 PM
DATE: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
FOR RESERVATIONS, CONTACT: 020 66411111 ext. 35






Friday, October 27, 2017

Pune Events Listings

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


SUNBURN RELOAD @ PHOENIX MARKETCITY PUNE
 Sunburn, Asia’s largest dance music festival is set to bring its spin-off 'Sunburn Reload' to Pune at Phoenix Marketcity. Catch talented Julia Bliss, Noise Faktory and Joshi play live at Liberty Square, Phoenix Marketcity Pune. The electrifying evening will witness Siberia’s house music talent - Julia Bliss spinning popular tracks & mixes; Joshi, a young lad from the sand & surf of Goa, will impress the audience with his foot-tapping EDM music and Noise Faktory is sure to take the crowd on a rollercoaster ride with their energetic sets across genres ranging from Future House, Electro, Trap, Progressive n Dubstep. So put on your dancing shoes and get ready to jump!
WHERE: Liberty Square, Phoenix Marketcity Pune, Nagar Road
WHEN: October 28, 2017
TIMING: 6 PM Onward

CELEBRATE SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN AT EFFINGUT BREWERKZ PUNE!
Want to have a wickedly good time at Effingut Brewerkz Pune? Get into Halloween mood and scare away those demons on Tuesday at the three brewpubs (Koregaon Park, Baner and Kharadi). Put on spooky costumes and shout trick or treat with us while you sway to the beats of DJ Jack’s Tetralogy on special DJ Nights. This great venue is home to some of the best craft beers and offers guests nothing but the best service. Dance the night away with your friends with spooky décor around you and some Halloween special surprises. Savor your favourite craft beer styles & finger foods and celebrate spooky Halloween at Effingut Brewerkz. Trick or Treat!!
WHERE: Effingut Brewerkz – Koregaon Park, Baner and Kharadi
WHEN:  October 31, 2017
TIMING: 8 PM Onwards
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 7620038888

EXTRAORDINARY ITALIAN VIOLINIST MASSIMO QUARTA @ MAZDA HALL
Massimo Quarta is considered one of the most important Italian violinists. His expertise with the violin and his musicality has been hailed by audiences all over the world and his recordings of Paganini’s violin music are unequalled. On his first visit to India, he will be joined by prominent pianist Simonetta Tancredi. They will be playing Stravinsky (Suite Italienne), Beethoven (Sonata No. 8 Op. 30 No. 3), Respighi (Violin Sonata) and Paganini (I Palpiti). This concert should not be missed. PHOTO CREDIT: http://poonamusic.com
WHERE: Mazda Hall, Dastur Primary School, Opp. Ladies Club, Camp
WHEN: October 29, 2017
TIMING: 6.30 PM
PRICING: Entry Free


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Friday, August 25, 2017

Pune Events Listings

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


NEW GUJARATI MENU UNVEILED 
@ SHAKAHARI, JW MARRIOTT PUNE
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 www.jwpune.com 

SOUL SATURDAYS WITH SAWAN KIRPAL RUHANI MISSION 
@ PHOENIX MARKETCITY
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
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT OR WHATSAPP:  9561289291

SAVOUR PALATABLE RAJASTHANI CUISINE
@ 3 SPICES, DOUBLETREE BY HILTON
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


‘FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS’ WITH ANUP MURAKA 
@ KRUSTYS, KHARADI
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
TIMING: 9 PM

SAY GANPATI BAPPA MORYAA 
@ COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT, PUNE CHAKAN
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 cy.pnqck.reservations@courtyard.com

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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 FOOD FESTIVAL 
@ 3 SPICES DOUBLETREE BY HILTON
 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  

THE FLAVOURS OF ASIA 
@ PANASH, FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON
 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 @ restaurants@punefourpoints.com

Concert of pianist and composer Neville Bharucha 
@ MAZDA HALL
Photo Credit: www.YouTube.com 

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
TIMING: 6.30 PM
PRICING: Free Admittance

SPECIAL CHAAT FESTIVAL 
@ SPICE KITCHEN, JW MARRIOTT PUNE
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
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 020 66833333

LEARN TO PAINT IN OIL COLOURS 
@ ART2DAY GALLERY
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
TIMING: 2 PM – 4 PM
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 020 25648099, 9822041899 or email us at art2day@gmail.com

POPULAR FOOD TRUCK RE-LAUNCHED 
@ JW MARRIOTT PUNE
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
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 020 66833333

BACK-TO-BACK DJ NIGHTS WITH NOISEFACKTORY & DJ SUKETU 
@ MI-A-MI, JW MARRIOTT
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)
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: +91 7798983322

CASABLANCA PRESENTS BUBBLY BRUNCH AT 
@ FORTUNE SELECT DASVE LAVASA
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
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 9096084782

JOIN CALLIGRAPHY CLUB WITH ADITI DEO 
@ ART2DAY GALLERY
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 art2day@gmail.com or visit www.art2day.co.in

MULTI-CULTURAL LUXURIOUS SPA RITUAL THIS SEASON 
@ JW MARRIOTT PUNE
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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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Pune Events Listings

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

PRESENTING RANGANATHAN TRIO CONCERT 
@ MAZDA HALL
L’Alliance Française de Pune, in association with the Poona Music Society, DGAF Inde-Népal and Oman Air as airline partner, invites everyone for a concert by the Ranganathan Trio with Ajay, 22, playing the violin, and the twins Ravi and Théo, 19, playing the cello and the piano. The Ranganathan Trio is composed of three brothers – all students of various masters' degrees. They started their musical education together in the Conservatory of Tours in France and graduated with the First Prize of chamber Music with the jury’s unanimity. During their concerts, they always present the historical context of the works they play, and the lives of the composers. They have dedicated themselves to the repertoire of trio compositions dating back to 1750 to the present day, and they also explore sonatas for two instruments. Their concert will be a tribute to the renowned French classical music composers Ernest Chausson, Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Ravel.
WHERE: Mazda Hall, Dastur Primary School, Camp
WHEN: July 15, 2017
TIMING: 7 PM
PRICING: Free Entrance

JOIN CALLIGRAPHY CLUB WITH ADITI DEO 
@ ART2DAY GALLERY
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 art2day@gmail.com or visit www.art2day.co.in

KARAOKE NIGHT WITH KJ FARHAD AND HOST ANITA 
@ KRUSTYS BISTRO & BAR, KHARADI
As part of their Friday Night Lights series, Krusty’s Bistro & Bar is organizing Karaoke Night with KJ Farhad along with host Anita. 
WHERE: Krusty’s Bistro & Bar, WTC, Kharadi
WHEN: July 14, 2017
TIMING: 9 PM – 11 PM

CHAI-SHAI 
@ ALFRESCO, DOUBLETREE BY HILTON, CHINCHWAD
This monsoon, unwind in an exquisite ambience and enjoy the natures rejoice by sipping in a hot cup of tea and lip smacking snacks, as the clouds roll in and the lush fragrance of rain permeates the air. Alfresco at Doubletree by Hilton, Chinchwad presents the perfect monsoon indulgence with a splendid spread of snacks that you can’t afford to miss. Everyone who has ever enjoyed a cup of tea for pleasure or health will surely enjoy these monsoon delights. Gorge on to special sandwiches, hot samosas, delectable chaat and much more that you can’t resist in this weather with a cup of your favourite tea. Enjoy a rainy afternoon with friends or an evening with family at Alfresco- the perfect destination for your all your monsoon get-togethers.
WHERE: Alfresco, Doubletree by Hilton, Pune-Chinchwad
WHEN: June 26, 2017 Onwards
PRICING:  Rs. 299 + Taxes (Inclusive of Unlimited Chai)
TIMING: 10.30 AM– 12.30 Noon; 3.30 – 6.30 PM

MULTI-CULTURAL LUXURIOUS SPA RITUAL THIS SEASON 
@ JW MARRIOTT PUNE
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)

THE NEW SUPER HEALTHY FOODS MENU @ TGI FRIDAYS™
TGI Fridays, a global casual dining leader, has announced its new Super Foods menu. From May to July diners can enjoy a whole new menu packed with health and nutrition which is flavorful too. Super Foods like beans, broccoli, blueberries, salmon, spinach, tomatoes, walnuts and yogurt are powerful natural ingredients that are loaded with excellent nutritional benefits. The new Super Foods menu features appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts that are filled with nutritional multi-taskers to keep guests feeling healthy and fantastic. With the new Super Foods menu, coming to Fridays becomes delicious and Healthy too. As we all know, super heroes can never linger long in one place, so hurry in soon to try these limited time Super Foods. 
WHERE: Third Floor Seasons Mall, Magarpatta City, Hadapsar
WHEN: Till July, 2017
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TIMING: 12 Noon to 12 Midnight
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 020-67237985/88 or visit www.tgifindia.com

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pune Event Listings

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

AWESOME THURSDAYS 
@ STARBUCKS!

Starbucks gives you the perfect way to chase away your mid-week blues with exciting in-store performances from India’s most talented comedians with Awesome Thursdays. Performing this week is one of India’s most witty and jovial comedians – Angad Ranyal. He is a part of the popular stand-up comedy team EIC (short for East India Comedy). Sip on a delicious Coconut Strawberry Bliss Frappuccino as you unwind with his hilarious tales & jokes! Don’t miss our Awesome Thursdays. 

WHERE: Starbucks Store, Opposite Fergusson College, FC Road
WHEN: June 29, 2017

TIMING: 7 pm- 8pm (Show Starts Sharp at 7 PM)


ART QUARTER WITH ADITI DEO 
@ART2DAY GALLERY
Art2Day is making this Monsoon Season more beautiful by adding colours to this with “ART QUARTER” with well-known artist Aditi Deo. Most people who are interested in learning art are pretty ambiguous about what they think they like. Art Quarter has been designed after studying the results of years of fragmented teaching techniques that cover one subject or medium at a time. It has been designed as the 1st confident step into the world of learning & appreciating the visual arts. The Art Quarter consists of 4 modules of 3 weeks each – Pencil Sketching, Pen & Ink, Calligraphy & Watercolour. These mediums are easy to learn and the materials are easy to carry. The teaching technique is very intuitive. That way each student can map their own progress & also their path forward. Aditi Deo is an experienced teacher of art and a practising calligrapher & illustrator. 
FREE ORIENTATION SESSION: July 5, 2017 (Pre-registration for all interested participants)
TIMING: 5 to 7 PM

CHAI-SHAI 
@ ALFRESCO, DOUBLETREE BY HILTON, CHINCHWAD
This monsoon, unwind in an exquisite ambience and enjoy the natures rejoice by sipping in a hot cup of tea and lip smacking snacks, as the clouds roll in and the lush fragrance of rain permeates the air. Alfresco at Doubletree by Hilton, Chinchwad presents the perfect monsoon indulgence with a splendid spread of snacks that you can’t afford to miss. Everyone who has ever enjoyed a cup of tea for pleasure or health will surely enjoy these monsoon delights. Gorge on to special sandwiches, hot samosas, delectable chaat and much more that you can’t resist in this weather with a cup of your favourite tea. Enjoy a rainy afternoon with friends or an evening with family at Alfresco- the perfect destination for your all your monsoon get-togethers.
 WHERE: Alfresco, Doubletree by Hilton, Pune-Chinchwad
 WHEN: June 26, 2017 Onwards
PRICING:  Rs. 299 + Taxes (Inclusive of Unlimited Chai)
TIMING: 10.30 AM– 12.30 Noon; 3.30 – 6.30 PM

HUNGARY’S MOST FAMOUS STRING QUARTET 
@ MAZDA HALL
The Poona Music Society brings to you legendary Kodály Quartet who are returning to Pune after performing all over the world. This group has been at the forefront of String quartet playing for five decades. The current members of the quartet have made more than 60 recordings encompassing all the quartets of Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven besides being experts in interpreting the music of Kodaly after whom they have been named.
WHERE: Mazda Hall, Dastur Primary School, Opp. Ladies Club, Camp          
WHEN: June 29-30, 2017
TIMING: 7 PM Onwards
ENTRY: Free Admittance

MULTI-CULTURAL LUXURIOUS SPA RITUAL THIS SEASON 
@ JW MARRIOTT PUNE
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)

FUN WITH CLAY 
@ ART2DAY GALLERY
Art2Day has organised unique terracotta workshop titled “FUN WITH CLAY” for anybody & everybody who wants to explore clay handling basic techniques. There’s nothing quite fulfilling than creating something with your own hands. Workshop will be taken by Dilip Thakar, a professional, who has been working in this medium for last 10 years. Participants will be trained on using hand building techniques like Slab Method, Pinch Method and Coil Method.​ ​There is limited admission per batch.
WHERE: Art2Day Gallery, 805, The Reverie, Above Skoda Showroom, Bhandarkar Road
WHEN: From June 10, 2017 Onwards; Two Weekends (Saturday - Sunday)
TIMING: 11 AM – 1 PM (2 Hours Per Day) 
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 9822041899 (10 AM – 6 PM)


THE NEW SUPER HEALTHY FOODS MENU 
@ TGI FRIDAYS™
TGI Fridays, a global casual dining leader, has announced its new Super Foods menu. From May to July diners can enjoy a whole new menu packed with health and nutrition which is flavorful too. Super Foods like beans, broccoli, blueberries, salmon, spinach, tomatoes, walnuts and yogurt are powerful natural ingredients that are loaded with excellent nutritional benefits. The new Super Foods menu features appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts that are filled with nutritional multi-taskers to keep guests feeling healthy and fantastic. With the new Super Foods menu, coming to Fridays becomes delicious and Healthy too. As we all know, super heroes can never linger long in one place, so hurry in soon to try these limited time Super Foods. 
WHEN: May to July 2017,
WHERE: TGI Fridays is located at: 3rd Floor Seasons Mall, Magarpatta City, Hadapsar
TIMING: 12 Noon to 12 Midnight
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 020-67237985/88 or visit www.tgifindia.com

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