Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Among these are few eat-outs which I have visited a few only once but the taste or the impact of the ambience is still vivid in my mind- so fresh and so yum.
So read on…a yummy article of a-not-so-yum blog by a non-yummy person.
To me non-veg in Delhi = @ Karim’s.
When I am in Delhi, I just have to be there. Pick up any item at random from the menu and you can bet on its yumminess. Their mutton recipes are tastier than the chicken ones. When I was in Gurgaon, I tasted NIHARI (a ramzaan special dish).It was the most delicious nihari I have ever tasted. And don’t ever miss their chutney.
A small restaurant at community centre, NFC. I still remember the first time when I was forced by my dear friend to taste its special Chicken Schwarma (a Lebanense dish). I didn’t like it too much in the first go. But on repeatedly tasting it, it became one of my favourite dishes till date. If you ever get a chance to go there, don’t miss it’s preparation. Watching it being prepared serves as an appetizer for the actual dish.
Luckily, during all my trips to Hyderabad I stayed opposite to Paradise. And my experience says that it justifies its name. Literally a paradise for food-lovers. Biryani is a subset of Hyderabad but Paradise is a superset of Biryani. Available in 3 variants- chicken, mutton & veg. Try any and satisfaction is guaranteed. Served with heavy quantity of raita, salad and shorba. The only negative point is the quantity they serve. It’s too much to be consumed by a normal person. Something like the stomach is full but ye dil maange more. Unfortunately there is no provision for half plate. Hope to taste another delicacy called haleem- a Ramzaan specialty at Paradise.
Chandni Chowk, Bangalore
This restaurant features in my post not mainly because of its taste but because of its ambience. It's a theme restaurant with typical Punjabi food. You see yourself inside a semi lit eat-out, pebbles under your feet, stone tables and benches, thin glittery curtains daintily hanging. The walls have larger than life pictures of Bollywood heroes and heroines. Soon you realise that they are also featuring on the table mats. The menu is interesting- made of cloth, embroidered and painted , green on one side and yellow on the other with things like roti-shoti, chai-shai mentioned on it. The turban-clad waiters add to the ambience. The food is good but a little heavy on your wallet. Anyway, a must try for a different experience.
Sri Guru Residency, Mysore
A pure vegetarian family restaurant with lot of variety to choose from and at affordable prices. While dining at Sri Guru, my meal always starts with Gobi Manchurian and fresh lime soda. Then follows a paneer dish with a combination of naan aur kulchas. Almost all the dishes are worth trying except a selected few which did not manage to tingle my taste buds. For desserts it’s got to be Gadbad (Sri Guru’s special ice-cream topped with fruits & nuts). Step out of the restaurant, and there’s paanwala will waiting for you. Have it and enjoy!!!
Golden Landmark, Mysore
The name itself indicates a Landmark restaurant and so it is. The best time to dine there is during weekends when buffet is served. This consists of almost 6-8 types salads (some names are like tongue-twisters), a variety in the main course ranging from Chinese to Italian to North Indian to South India and last but not the least 3-6 types of desserts. The taste isn’t really great but the ambience is good. A personal favourite because of its ambience and the variety they serve. A buffet there is worth every penny you spend!
Tundey Kebabi, Lucknow
If you are non-vegetarian, then you must taste tundey kebabs. I first got a chance to taste it in Sahara Mall, Gurgaon. During my recent visit to Lucknow, I relished a dinner of tundey’s kebab paratha. Awesomely yummy! Their specialty is galawati kebab and paratha. Must try!
My favorite party place while I was in Aligarh. Karhai Chicken and Chicken butter masala prepared there have an unbeatable taste. My most favorite dish at Mezbaan is Chicken Manchurian. Its truly unmatchable. Yum factor is so high at Mezbaan that I cant resist going there whenever I get a chance.
The yummiest thing at McD is its newly introduced McNuggets- chicken khane ka naya style. I first tasted it as a mini breakfast at Gopalan Mall, Bangalore with a special person which made the nuggets all the more yummier. The barbeque dip is similar to tomato ketchup so it’s better to try mustard dip. McVeggie burger is my favorite. McPuff is ok but the stuffing is extra hot. So watch your tongue before it burns. Meal at Mcdonald’s has got to end with a McSwirl. And be careful while picking the items. I remember ordering a coffee, cola and burger all in one go and didn’t know which sequence to follow while eating! But the final statement always remains... M lovin' it !
It’s “The place” for Pizzas. When in a mood to have a simple one,Veggie lovers is a good choice. Can even try Shahi Panner Pizza for a more Indian taste to this Italian dish. Recently, when Lara Dutta persuaded so much, I gave Cheesy Bites a shot but didn’t find it worth.
Pick up a simple hot & crispy chicken delight and krushers. You will love it. Simply simple and simply yummy! Chicken that's crispy outside and juicy inside. That's Kent's Fried Chick simplified for you.
A south-indian restaurant located in Sadar Bazaar. I went to this restaurant only once in the Y2K but still the taste of dosa is fresh in my mind. The best dosa and the best nariyal chutney I’ve ever had.Yes, better than what you could expect in the land where dosas originated. Very delicious. I remember it being rather costly at that time. I paid Rs.50 when at other places it would cost merely Rs. 15. But paying so much was worth. No regrets!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Slumdog Millionaire- a movie, and
The White Tiger- a novel
One by Danny Boyle, other by Arvind Adiga.
One tells the story of Jamal Malik from Mumbai Slums, other regarding Balram Halwai from Laxmangarh (so called dark India by Mr Adiga).
So many differences but still.........
Both released in the same year.
Both deal with poor India (the REAL INDIA for the West).
Both are at thier best in criticising India in every possible way.
Both show that India is still slave of poverty, corruption, religious differences etc.
And for all this criticism, both have got prizes. 8 Oscars and 1 Man Booker prize.
The point I want to prove is that the World (consisting of Developed countries) appreciates the persons who are at its best in criticising India.
aakhir kab tak ye sab chalta rahega?
We should be recognised for our positives now.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
जमा हुयी भीड़ से
हाथ फेलाए, भूखी आँखों से एक भिखारी बच्चा
कह रहा था -
इधर भी एक चमत्कार देख लो,
मेरा नाम गणेश है
मैं दूध पी सकता हूँ
मुझे दूध दो
Thursday, November 12, 2009
My name is 'Mohammad Amiqu Ahmad Khan'.
Officially my name is 'Mohd Amiqu Ahmad'.
Does it matter to you?
Do you have any problem with it?
Does it ring bells in your ears?
Being well-cultured, well-mannered and well-educated person I expect a NO from you. But it is not the case with remaining 99% people (approximate).
Some has problems with my surnames. Why I have all the famous Muslim surnames in my name. According to them, I should choose any one among Mohammad, Ahmad and Khan.
I have never been able to understand their logics.
Do they have to pay anything to write or say all the surnames?
Or am I stealing some Government tax for having more then one surname…?
People say that why I use Mohd in place of Mohammad. They suggest that if I am using abbreviation, it should be Md not Mohd.
To hell with them and to hell with their logic!!!
I am a free Indian and I also know English. English grammar says it loudly that you have full rights over proper noun.
Isn't my name a proper noun? Doesn't it sound proper?
And the most inquisitiveness is regarding the spelling of my name.
It should be Amique because after Q, ue is compulsory (grammatically).
I should be in line with words like Cheque, Unique, Mozambique……………
It's my name and I have full rights over it. Again I would like to give the same reason that I am just using the liberty of spelling a proper noun in its own way.
My surname is also spelled wrongly most of the time. Some time it is MohammEd. Some time it is AhmEd. Thank God! That nobody writes Kaan in place of Khaan.
Nobody raises a word when Merath is spelled as Meerut.
Nobody raises a word that why 'pore' is used in place of 'pur' as suffix in name of many cities (such as Barrackpore).
Nobody raises a word when 50% people pronounce Delhi as DEHLI.
Nobody raises a word about the spellings of diarrhea, pneumonia etc etc.
Agar sab kuchh yehi khatam ho jata to koi baat nahi thi……….
The main problem is the n-types of pronunciation of my first name that I have heard since my childhood.
Ameet…………….. Ameek…………. Ameekoo………… Aamik………..Mohammad (few people had thought that it's my first name because it comes first)
And many more………….
99.9% people are unable to pronounce my name in first go.
100% people are unable to write my name correctly. (I sympathize with them. I understand that spelling is unique)
50% people pronounce it wrongly even after knowing it.
85% people write my name wrongly out of their habit, in spite of reminding them again and again.
I am fed up of all this and because of only this I have decided to discuss it on my blog.
An interesting incident happened when I received my degree certificate. It was handed over to me but according to that, some Mr. Mohd Amique Ahmad has passed B.Tech. with honors.
To hell with all this!!!!
chaar saal din raat ek kar ke humne parhai ki aur degree de di kissi aur ko
Finally, I decided to write a letter to authorities but they were asking for proof that I am Amiqu (bina E wala Amiqu). I attached all my previous certificates with the application. I highlighted a sentence especially for them. I want to let all the persons known and unknown to me, that special sentence of mine:
"THERE IS NO 'E' IN MY NAME "
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Later on I started using internet. But internet entered into me in an order: chatting, mailing, googling, orkutting. In the said sequence.
And then one fine day I got to know about blogs.
My first blog was regarding the things I know very well. BANKNOTES. After all that's my job.
Second blog was regarding my years old passion. Passion of writing ghazals. I published very few of my creations there and hope to add some more soon.
And the third one is this. Regarding me. Regarding my waahiyaat thots. Reagrding ool julool baatein. Regarding life...........zindagi...........hayaat!!!!
Now you may be wondering about the names of blogs.
For the first one, my choice was 'banknote' but it was not available so had to go for 'banknotepeople'. Luckily we are also called banknote people.
For my ghazal blog, initially it's name was 'amq-ghazal' but recently i changed it in a need of more happening name. Tried 'azadkhyal' and few others........... but they were not available so here comes 'masoomshayri'.
For my personal blog, 'jhaalmuri' was the first choice but the name was not available so added an extra E :). I cant think of any other name except this one. Chahe kitne bhi E aur kyu na lagane parte but naam jhaalmuri hi rakhna tha. After coming to bengal, it was the main thing i used to face every now and then. And the top secret: I STARTED LOVING IT. I LOVE U JHAALMURIE.
aami tomake khoob bhaalo baashi
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
जब अलविदा हो हिंद से इन्साफ जन्नत को गए
मखलूक की इमदाद करने तीन बेटे रह गए
सबसे बड़े रिश्वत अली, मंझले सिफारिश खान हैं
छोटे खुशामद बेग हैं, जिनकी निराली शान है
हर बसर की कामयाबी अब इन्ही के हाथ है
दूर रहती सब मुसीबत जिन पर इनका हाथ है
गर्ज है मिलना कठिन, मिल जा सिफारिश खान से
कि क़त्ल के भी जुर्म में रिश्वत अली की जीत है
मुन्ना, खुशामद बेग को, गोद में ले पुचकार कर
जी-हुजूरी सीख ले फ़िर चाहे जो व्यापार कर
Monday, November 9, 2009
वफादार कहलाते हैं
शायद यही कारण है कि
देश के साथ वो
वफादारी से निभाते हैं
हे प्रभो आनंदमय ! मुझको ये उपहार दीजिये
सिर्फ़ मैं जीवित रहूँ, और सबको मार दीजिये
भक्त हूँ मैं आपका, अर्ज़ी प्रभू ये लीजिये
और जितनी अर्ज़ियां हों, फाड़कर दे दीजिये
श्रीमती जी आपका चर्णाम्रत लेती रहें
चाय और सिगरेट पीने को मुझे देती रहें
पुष्प, चंदन और तुलसी, आप सब ले लीजिये
सौ-सौ रूपये के नोट, जितने हों मुझे दे दीजिये
और मेरा कौन है, सब कुछ मेरे आप हैं
आप मेरे बाप के भी, बाप के भी बाप हैं
मुझे अगले जनम में बेटा अपना बना लीजिये
या सेठजी की खात का , खटमल मुझे बना दीजिये
दे आशीष मुझे की, सौ वर्ष जीता रहूँ
दूसरों का ध्यान छोड़, अपनी सेवा करता रहूँ
एक झंडा, चार गुंडे, आठ मोटर दीजिये
मित्र सब ऐसे मिलें, जो बुद्धिमानी छोड़ दें
आँख जो मुझसे मिलाये, वो उसको फोड़ दें
मृत्यु को भी मार डालूँ, यह शक्तिदान कीजिये
हे प्रभो आनंद दाता! मुझको यह उपहार दीजिये
सिर्फ़ में जीवित रहूँ, और सबको मार दीजिये
Isnt it a wonderful wish?
ये हम क्या बना बैठे
कहीं मस्जिद बना बैठे
कहीं मन्दिर बना बैठे
परिंदों के यहाँ फिरकापरस्ती क्यों नहीं होती
कभी मन्दिर पे जा बैठे
कभी मस्जिद पे जा बैठे
read these lines printed on a pamphlet years before in Gwalior.
these lines are still fresh in my mind.....
Isn't it true?
Saturday, November 7, 2009
To add to it, I was unable to find a single flight that could lift me upto Delhi or Lucknow. Why the hell don't these airline companies run domestic flights at night and that too on a weekend?? The first flight was at 0630 next morning. I had no option apart from waiting.
That night seemed like an eternity. My impatience reached to its peak. I was at the airport by 5 am next morning.
Anyway, with lot of hurdles, travelling on mahaan Indian roads, I finally made it to my hometown by 1530 hrs.
Buried her at 1700 hrs. The worst moment of my life :(