Grub

Okay, I’m quite hungry right now, so I’ll talk about food. Lots of options in Pune to get cheap and good food. I’ve been here for about a week and I think I must’ve gained a kg or two. Not sure, I’m scared to check :).

If you happen to stay the place called Deccan, do check out Chaitanya on Fergusan College (FC) road for some delicious parathas. The paratha is served with mint chutney, curd and homemade butter. One is enough for a person with normal apetite. And no side-dish required — there’s enough stuffing in the paratha to conviniently do away with the need for a side-dish. I think Chaitanya also have an outlet on Dhole Patil (DP) road, but I’m not sure.

‘Only Parathas’ (Khar and elsewhere, Mumbai) should take a crash course from these guys in making parathas! 😛 Agreed that it wont do wonders to their sales (they’ll be high as ever), but atleast they’d stand a bit upto their name, and deviate from their preparation of (what they call) parathas.

Anyways, back to Pune. There’s another place known for its parathas by the name of ‘Nandu’s’ on DP Road. That’s also pretty good. And if you do end up on the DP road, do not miss Kapila’s kathi kebabs. I’ve not yet tried, but I’ve come across certain rave reviews about it. It’s in top of my list of things to be tried.:)

There are numerous other places to have good food, what you can have every day. One that I’ve been to a couple of times happens to be on the Law College road, called Anand Dining. No speciality here per se, but you get good homely food. Do not expect an ambience (read: do not go here on your first date :D).
Anand offers only thali, with limitless food. You’ll get fresh baked rotis being served all the time. And the food tastes good.

Did I miss anything….ummm. Yup, just one more. IF you happen to like corn, go to the place called ‘Corn Club’ on the FC road. You’ll get everything from that good old bhutta to Corn Pizzas and what not :P. I just like Malaysian cup corn, so I can’t comment on how other items are. But I don’t think they can mess much with the bhutta, so that’s the safest bet, besides cup-corn, that is. 🙂

Tube woes

Observing my nieces, how they remain glued to the television, to ‘kids channels’, watching one programme after another, I was wondering how times have changed. As kids we used to cherish the shows that we got to watch once a week. bytemonk and I have discussed this so many times.

But now, kids are bombarded with programmes twentyfour-seven. I don’t say all of them are bad, or that they don’t have a message. But, I believe, they hinder in the development of other important characteristics of a child’s persona.

When my sis told me that they’ve packed their television, it sounded harsh to me. But, later on she told me how kids have started to respond better, and started playing indoor games like carrom, ludo, UNO and all, and go out to the parks in the evening. Moreover, now they want to go to Crossword every once in a while. I realised, maybe, it’s not that bad an idea.

One might tend to think, that it’s more to do with how one brings up the kids. That’s true to an extent. But with working parents, and their irregular timings, it’s tough to bring up the kids in an ideal way.

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@Delhi

AlKausar is an eatery on the road to Vasant Vihar. They’re famous for their Kakori Kebabs. Yes, Kakori is famous for other things too :). 

The kebabs were good, and I could relate them to Tunde Ke Kebab that you get in Lucknow…similar kind of mincing, and spices. But for the shape. Because these kebabs were being made on a seekh. Tunde’s are round and flat. And take my word, tunde’s and kulchas is one of the *best* things you could have at Lucknow. 

Anyways, at AlKausar, along with kebabs we had lachha parathas, which I didnt like much because I felt it’d been overdone (and too greasy :)) . Then we tried Varq parathas, which was no good either. And I expected it to be a bit more Varq-ish (Varq=Page). 
We also had Chicken Malai Tikka, which was pretty good. Malai because it was more tender than the usual. It’s a nice place to try if you happen to be in Delhi. Not far from IIT/Hauz Khas. It’s not cheap, but from Mumbai standards (read Bade Miyan/Delhi Durbar), it is. 

Hmmm…time to check out how kebabs are doing at Aligarh ;). It’s been long.