Road to Leh – Kargil War Memorial, Dras

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The then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared Operation Vijay (Kargil War) a success and by July 26, 1999 Kargil War officially came to an end as the Indian Army announced complete eviction of Pakistani intruders.

Every year, special functions are organised at Kargil and Drass in Jammu and Kashmir to pay tribute and homage to the 527 slain Indian soldiers, the Kargil War’s heroes.

The special thing about the War memorial is that it has been built on the theme of the India Gate.

The briefing at the Kargil War Memorial. Listening to the stories about operation Vijay and the brave Army men one wants to be a solider right away. A must stop when traveling from Srinagar to Leh. Do stop and pay your respects. …

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With : Harish Bhargava, Letsleh

Road to Leh – Lamayuru

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Lamayuru, the first view as you approach from Kargil on NH1 towards Leh.

While Manali Leh highway is adventurous. The Srinagar to Leh road is scenic, has a better support system, great stay options and is easier in terms of acclimatize.

With : Harish Bhargava & LetsLeh

Finalists announced for The Man Booker International Prize 2015

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The Man Booker International Prize recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction.  Worth £60,000 to the winner, the prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language.
The ten authors under consideration for this 2015 prize are:

  • César Aira (Argentina)
  • Hoda Barakat (Lebanon)
  • Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe)
  • Mia Couto (Mozambique)
  • Amitav Ghosh (India)
  • Fanny Howe (United States of America)
  • Ibrahim al-Koni (Libya)
  • László Krasznahorkai (Hungary)
  • Alain Mabanckou (Republic of Congo)
  • Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa)

The finalists were announced at the University of Cape Town in South Africa by the chair of judges, Professor Marina Warner, who commented:
‘The judges have had an exhilarating experience reading for this prize; we have ranged across the world and entered the vision of writers who offer an extraordinary variety of experiences. Fiction can enlarge the world for us all and stretch our understanding and our sympathy. The novel today is in fine form: as a field of inquiry, a tribunal of history, a map of the heart, a probe of the psyche, a stimulus to thought, a well of pleasure and a laboratory of language. Truly, we feel closer to the tree of knowledge.’
Previous winners have been Lydia Davis (2013), Philip Roth (2011), Alice Munro (2009), Chinua Achebe (2007) and Ismail Kadare (2005).

The 2015 winner will be announced in London on 19 May.

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Arabian Morning Oatmeal

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Recipe and Story

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Adding flavors and ingredients is the best thing you can do with your morning oatmeal. My cousin suggested making oatmeal with nutmeg and chopped dates (mixed & cooked with it rather than added on top). I liked the idea and decided to go on and create a new flavored oatmeal. Then I thought about adding more flavors to it like cardamom, saffron and ground ginger.

Now talking about the name, when I decided to add the above flavors, this name directly came to my mind. Why? Well, cardamom is significantly used as a spice to flavor traditional sweets and beverages like Coffee and tea in the Middle East, and having a bowl of oatmeal full of rich aroma especially cardamom and the other flavors reminded me of drinking flavored Arabic coffee with a piece of Basbousa, so I thought of calling this dish “Arabian Morning Oatmeal”!

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By Vivek Sharma Posted in Random

Restaurant Review: Elf Cafe & Bar, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi – 5/5 Star

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Eat, Love , Fun…. ambience, atmosphere, vibrant, music, cocktails, food, hospitality, concept..innovative, Cartoons on the wall, focused lighting thru lampshades..,  No doubt its my kind of place.


Extensive alcoholic and non-alcoholic menu and in case you are confused.. just ask for Bartender’s special Mocktail …….. its superb and very refreshing .

Food, .. just wow… wide variety of veg starters to choose from ( I am a vegetarian-:)  

       Delicious Chili Paneer which was of extremely soft Paneer.

       Crispy from outside and creamy/soft from inside Dahi ke Kabab served with green Chutney .

       Creamy spaghetti with olives

       Pahadi ( पहाड़ी ) Menu was a surprise.  मसालेदार Wai Wai with Tabasco Sauce was just great.

       Paneer tikka thin crust pan pizza with onions and paneer was OK type..

       In dessert , I had brownie with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce.

Elf also hosts ‘ Live it Up’ , 7 to 10 pm .. a new concept where anyone can perform front of a live audience sitting in Elf..

Met Mr Swaraj, the man behind Elf. I really impressed by his energy and passion about food and hospitality.

My Ratings:

      Food : 4.5/5 – Eat

      Ambience :  5/5 – Love

      Service : 5/5 – Fun

      Pricing : 4/5 ( Slightly overpriced)

 

Location :

26 A, 2nd Floor,Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

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Restaurant Review: Mamagoto, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi – 3.5/5 Star

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Visited Mamagoto on 3rd December for @zomato meat up and to review special menu prepared for us.
It was an opportunity to interact with fellow food reviewers of zomato family.

Its a unique place with good colorful decor and paintings. Mamgoto is known for their excellent variety Pan Asian cuisine.

From starters to the main course and desserts everything was excellent in taste and served by humble and polite staff..

Had a wide variety of special veg menu and I also tried their White Rum Cocktail and another whiskey based cocktail. Desserts were wonderful.

Overall good experience and made some good foodie friends.

My Ratings :

Ambience : 4.5/5

Food :4/5

Service : 4/5

Value for money : 3.5/5

 

Location :

 

305 & 306, 2nd Floor,

 DLF Promenade Mall, 

Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Phone : 011 41009060

 

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