The year was 1999 – it was going to be my first stay away from home. Kolkata was meant to be my destination for the next three years and Presidency College Girls Hostel my address. The night before my parents went back to my home town, leaving me on my own for the first time, we dined at the Aminia outlet opposite Elite cinema. It used to be a favorite of my dad’s during his post graduation days in the city. Over the years, there have been quite a few options serving great biriyani but I keep visiting Aminia mostly for the nostalgia it holds in my heart. This weekend, we decided to revisit the Aminia outlet near Chinar Park, Rajarhat and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised to see some positive changes in the attitude and feel of the place. Located on Rajarhat road, this outlet had a queue of people waiting to get in when we arrived. It is still that popular.
I stayed up till 3am today morning to finish all the eight episodes of “Pushpavalli – based on a true-ish story” streaming on Amazon Prime video. Created by Sumukhi Suresh who is also the protagonist in it, this is one of the most intriguing web series available right now. Starring Manish Anand and Naveen Richard in pivotal roles, this is the story of Pushpavalli switching cities from Bhopal to Bangalore to be with the man she is in love with but ends up stalking eventually.
- Sumukhi Suresh – Pushpavalli
- Manish Anand – Nikhil Rao
- Naveen Richard – Pankaj
After finishing the episodes, I figured out the top 10 reasons that make this series a must watch –
Book – Tea for two and a piece of cake
Author – Preeti Shenoy
Publication – Random House India
Pages – 265
Price – Rs. 199
Genre – Romance
“Our lives have intermingled so much like the colours on the face of this card. They merge, they blend and they create magic.”
“Kiski Buaji? Meri to nahi. Naam kya hai?”
“Usha. Usha Parmar.”
A mid aged Ratna Pathak Shah, who’s referred to as Buaji by almost everyone including people elder than her mumbles as she realizes that in quite a long time this was the first that someone had asked for her name instead of addressing her as just Buaji.
- Ratna Pathak Shah – Buaji /Usha Parmar
- Konkona Sen Sharma – Shireen Aslam
- Aahana Kumra – Leela
- Plabita Borthakur – Rehana Abidi
- Vikrant Massey – Arshad
- Sushant Singh – Rahim Aslam
- Shashank Arora – Dhruv Bose
- Vaibhav Tatwawaadi – Manoj
- Jagat Singh Solanki – Jaspal
Direction – Alankrita Shrivastava
Duration – 1hr 59 mins
Genre – Drama /Black comedy
Almost all the restaurants located within Quest Mall look lucrative enough to us for repeated visits. Last weekend we decided to try out an American – Continental kind of lunch and that is how we decided on Chili’s Grill and Bar. When I tried making a prior reservation over the phone, I was informed that seats will be available around the time we were planning to visit and thus we just walked in on a Saturday. The place was quite full. Located on the fourth floor of the mall, the restaurant has a very welcoming look and feel and we were instantly at ease.
Book – Dating, diapers & denial
Author – Rachna Singh
Publication – Alchemy Publishers
Pages – 221
Price – Rs. 175
Genre – Humor
“The next day, I looked, fearfully for our picture on Page 3, worried it would be captioned ‘Chacha from Uttar Pradesh Does The Cha Cha’ but thankfully, it was not there.”
The sudden dip in temperature over the weekend took a toll on my health this friday. Since going out didn’t seem like a feasible option and I wanted to eat something spicy and tasty, momo is what came to my mind. Zomato provided me with a host of momo outlet options. Some had already been tried out and few didn’t have a home delivery option through Zomato or Swiggy. That’s how we decided on the delivery from Wow! Momo, Salt Lake, Sector 5 outlet through Swiggy. Few years back I had tried out their chicken steamed momos at their Axis Mall outlet and remembered liking the taste of it. This time we decided to explore few other dishes.