Living In Gurgaon

Coffee, éclairs and an evening of creativity – Le Meridien Gurgaon

Le Meridien Gurgaon showcased éclairs and coffee with funky flavours to GurgaonMoms. What’s in a éclair? Chocolate and more chocolate, you say. But try telling that to the chefs at le Meridien Gurgaon and the answers you get will be simply amazing: masala tea, saunf , cheese, Old Monk rum… It started with Le Meridien’s Pastry Chef Johnny Luzzini’s who visited India and after experimenting with local flavours created an éclair using Darjeeling Tea, saunf, coconut flakes to create a uniquely flavoured éclair. [huge_it_slider id=”3″]   Le Meridien Gurgaon hosted a week-long coffee and éclair festival at the Longitudinal...

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Being a Bengali in Gurgaon

Quintessential Bengali as depicted in most Hindi movies either shows us (Bengali women) in long flowing curly hair with sari with red border or struggling with our Hindi. Not all that is true, here I am making a humble attempt to decode what being a Bengali is all about – especially when uprooted from home town Kolkata. Simply speaking Being a Bengali means one who is born in West Bengal to a Cultural Bengali Family. The word “Cultural” has a deep rooted meaning to our upbringing that only we know. (Remember it’s to be pronounced as KAL-CHA-RAL)… So what...

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New Delhi World Book Fair (14th -22nd Feb, 2015)

I had the opportunity to visit the ongoing “New Delhi World Book Fair” at Pragati Maidan (14th -22nd Feb, 2015) on the second day i.e 15th February. Here is what is all there to see and experience. I hope this helps those who plan to visit the fair. Timings– 10.30 am to 8.00 am everyday. Parking– Parking for the visitors is on Bairav Road, near Bairav temple, Purana Qila. Parking fees is Rs. 100/- for the whole day. The nearest entry point is Gate no.2. One has take the two underpass from the parking to reach the gate no.2....

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Gurgaon Police Gears to Make Gurgaon Safer for Kids – Parents & Schools Participate

“Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime.” Herbert Ward, director (1970–2000) of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, Boulder City, NV; The seminar started with such a poignant quote. I can sit and discuss how unsafe the world is. It’s more dangerous now than what it was for us when we were kids. Probably true – But this doesn’t help in anyway. It’s about time we parents and even other adults open our eyes and acknowledge these heart wrenching facts. Facts ·       More than 53% of children in India have undergone sexual abuse – How many are actually reported? So where are these children? ·       Sexual predator is usually someone who is close to the child – someone who is the protector ·       The sex of the child or predator doesn’t really matter. It can be anyone. We should take actions that prevents than wait for a time to react after it happens. This was the mood that was set in the recent Seminar On “How safe is your child?” an initiative by Gurgaon Police. The seminar was attended by everyone –The Police leading the way was Mr Alok Mittal – Commissioner of Police, Members of various District Administrations, and Members from Various Schools, Parents and NGO. The remarkable aspect of this was the initiative the Gurgaon Police is taking in this. What I liked best was...

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Christmas 2013

Date Place Address         Event Details Timings December 24 & 25 Epicenter – Christmas Bazaar Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon 11:00 am – 8:00pm December 25 Christmas Carnival @ Patio Clubs  with BuzzouQ Club Patio, South Patio, Nirvana Patio…. Free for Members & INR 100 for Non Members 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm December 21 Club 5 – Christmas Carnival DLF Phase V, Gurgaon   11.00 am onwards December 23 & 24 Vatika Business Park       December 21 – 25 Cyber Hub     12:00 pm – 7:00 pm December 21 & 22 Courtyard Marriot – Adaah Sushant Lok 1, Gurgaon   10:00 am – 8:00 pm December 21 Scottish High International School – Christmas Carnival Block- G, Sector 57, Sushant Lok II Gurgaon   ...

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Christmas in Gurgaon

Christmas season lends itself to lots of delicacies, pies, puddings and the ubiquitous Christmas cake’. The fabulous “Christmas cake” as we know it infact originated in England as a humble oat porridge eaten on Christmas Eve, a transitional food after a day of fasting. Gradually dried fruits, honey and various spices were added to the oatmeal mixture, making it a delicacy, Christmas pudding. By the 16th century, the oats were omitted and some of the familiar ingredients of cake added, such as eggs, butter and wheat flour. This was boiled into a plum cake. Wealthier families, who had ovens, started making cakes using dried fruit and spices. It was now called "Christmas Cake”. Did you know?  By the end of the 18th century, there were actually laws saying that these cakes could only be consumed at Christmas, Easter, weddings, christenings, and funerals!!! Let’s move closer to home. Right here in New Delhi, way before our family moved to Gurgaon. Come September and a trip to Chandni Chowk was due. Humongous quantities of dried fruits, candied peels, almonds and walnuts bought, steeped in rum or brandy, made way for the ultimate (and I am not being boastful) Christmas fruit cake. This was a family event, each of us furiously peeling, chopping, and dicing. All interspersed with friendly family banter. Next, came the soaking. Each one assumed there was never enough...

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