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For 26 years I have been doing what I want to. I know I have been lucky. I don't beat around the bush. Not too much into networking. Hate those who push connections over merit. Love traveling. Quality or Quantity still puzzle me at times. Haven't turned into anything other than being me, neither have an intent to. Prefer living in present or future, but a lifelong student of history. A father. A husband. A brother. A friend. A colleague. An Indian. A Sikh. A Punjabi And above all a Dilli-walah.

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United Coffee House CP

While I was growing up, I heard stories about United Coffee House and, how once a month my parents, newly married and settling down in Delhi, went to watch a movie in Plaza, Odeon, Rivoli or Regal in Connaught Place and, post movie walk to either United Coffee House for Cona Coffee and Portuguese Fish or to Nirula’s for Fish Orly. I have a recall of going twice with my parents in late 70s and [...]

The Pavilion at Maurya

I can’t say I’ve childhood memories of ITC Maurya and its The Pavilion restaurant but, I can say my reminiscences go back 30 years or so. The Pavilion has changed many times over and it has expanded in terms of size from what it used to be way back in 1980s. For about three years or so I didn’t go to The Pavilion at all, it was kind of several bad experiences which led to [...]

AnnaMaya at Andaz Delhi

Hyatt is known, Andaz is not, especially not in India with all set of hotel goers and, team Andaz knows that. It looks like Andaz has bottomless PR budget doing wonders.  Its press coverage and media coverage got me committing myself a visit before the end of June. I went there this Wednesday and here is what I came back with – some excitement, some disappointment, a mixed bag. The Location: AnnaMaya is located inside [...]

Masala Library

We grew up hearing the name of Jiggs Kalra as India’s first celebrated gourmet who knew food as much or more than chefs in the finest of hotels he reviewed, tasted and advised. Off late, Kalra is not in circulation but his son has made a profession out of what was largely his father’s passion. Zorawar Kalra has made Massive Restaurants as one of most successful stand-alone restaurant chain in the country. I have been [...]

This has gone too far.

Kashmir has been on and off fire for far too long. Phrase “Kashmir is burning” is used more often than “Kashmir is beautiful”. Politics of all concerned has ruined generations and there can be no accounting of young lives lost in protesting or protecting Kashmir, India. To keep Kashmir boiling, over a last couple of years, a new profession has emerged. Yes, stone throwing on army and security forces is a profession in some parts [...]

Delhi Municipal Elections

Dark clouds ahead for Aam Aadmi Party? If media is to be believed, BJP is retaining its hold over all the three Municipal Corporations. They are likely to improve their presence in all the three and as per Exit Polls, it may be 10% or less which will be split between AAP & Congress and, that also in equal number. If these Exit Polls are believed then it will be fair to say that there [...]

Maps of India Awards 2016

Team Compare Infobase has been working on creating generic India-centric content for almost five years now. We created “My India”, a site within a site, and all of its content goes to a short URL, http://myindia.in. Project MyIndia is not related to maps directly, but it attempts to be a snapshot of the India that it is today and the India that is evolving on a daily basis. We try to connect all the articles [...]

Made-for-Trending Twitter Accounts Bane for Brand India

This article is being contributed as part of Shilpa Shrivastava Memorial Social Media and India project. Everyday is same on Twitter in India. An outsider, who sees Twitter trends for the city of Delhi, would conclude that here is a nation keen to wash its dirty linen in public. Is it really our objective? Definitely not, but then this is how outside world looks at India’s presence on Social Media. If I think hard, my [...]

Air Bags and some more air bags

If there is a place holder for Auto Expo 2016 that place holder is Hello Namaste by Ford India. It is as close to modern Indian spirit as any other elaborate place holder could’ve dreamed to be. It kind of lives with you long after you have moved away to other pavilions. The DNA is contemporary Indian, and that matters a whole lot with lot of people. Auto Expo has become an institution, people from [...]

PM Modi in Lahore, Pakistan

  This tweet from @narendramodi handle on Twitter turned Social Media upside down, this lazy Christmas afternoon. ” Narendra Modi Verified account ‏@narendramodi 8h8 hours ago Looking forward to meeting PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore today afternoon, where I will drop by on my way back to Delhi.” BBC was the first to c judge magnitude of this news and started showing it in its homepage all over the world, rightly so. Last six hours [...]