Saturday, 18 March 2017

This Madaari Of Good Hospitality...

Madaari Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Madaari is the newest entrant on the food scene in Model Town and acts as quite a refresher, adding vibrancy to a rather dull scene. My visit to Madaari came about as a consequence of a food tasting held right before its opening for regular patrons, in order to solicit feedback from the who's who of food blogging.

The place is quite a spacious one with the concept of three monkeys being highlighted on one of the walls, hence complementing the name. Apart from that, the decor is quite gothic with resemblances to lions, deer, archaic clocks, thrones and soldiers being drawn.

The DJ plays the latest party songs and this place is fit for grooving to them with friends. Most of the food has its presentation coupled with a quirk.

Here's what all was served at the recently concluded Blogger's Table.


Stuffed Cheese Mushroom Schezwan Sauce

Crispy Honey Lotus

Cigar Rolls

Honey Chilli Potato

Chilli Paneer Dry

Hariyali Paneer Tikka

Roulade Chicken Schezwan Oyster Sauce

Crispy Golden Fried Prawns

Galouti Kebabs

Murgh Zard Gilafi


Madaari Special (Ice-Breaker)

Oreo Shake

Kiwi Margarita

Strawberry Shake

Main Course (Indian Cuisine served with an assortment of Breads and Salad)

  • Dal Makhani
  • Kadhai Paneer
  • Veg Biryani
  • Butter Chicken
  • Mutton Rogan Josh

  • Butter Garlic Pepper Fried Rice
  • Chicken Pad Thai Noodles
  • Veg Chilli Garlic Basil
  • Fish in Hot Garlic Sauce


Moong Dal Halwa

Chocolate Brownie with Ice-cream

I had a good time at Madaari and apart from the fact that it serves great food amid a comfortable ambiance, it would appeal to patrons who look forward to a relaxing time on weekends perhaps. :)

Universities Of The Future With Pranab Mukherjee...

Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India today inaugurated an international conference themed as “Universities of the Future: Knowledge Innovations and Responsibility’’ at O. P.  Jindal Global University (JGU). The 3-day conference hosted by the university is being held from 18-20th of March 2017.

The conference which seeks to examine the future of Indian universities in the 21st century is being organized by the International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd), O. P. Jindal Global University. It recognizes that while individual scholars have reached global excellence, the Indian university, as an institution requires essential reforms to acquire the intellectual status and eminence.

The inaugural was a landmark event graced by a host of distinguished guests notably Professor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana; Shri Rambilas Sharma, Minister of Education, Government of Haryana; Smt. Kavita Jain, Minister for Women and Child Development; Shri Ramesh Chander Kaushik, Member of Parliament, Sonepat and other eminent personalities.

Speaking on occasion, Shri Pranab Mukherjee said, “Knowledge mobilization through quality higher education is pivotal to the socio-economic development of a nation. Innovation and futuristic universities are the driving force behind this. There is an urgent need to improve the education system in terms of the quality of instruction, faculty, research and capacity building.”

The President lamented that no Indian university figures in the top 200 universities in the world. Transforming universities into centers of excellence is the key challenge policy-maker and academic leaders face. Educational institutions have to gear up to face the socio-economic challenge the country is facing in terms of job creation. The ‘demographic dividend’ in our country has to be tapped with the help of these educational institutions, which will have to be holistic, value-based, skill-intensive and technologically advanced. He stressed that the future of higher education lies in the increased use of IT through innovation and futuristic teaching.

The President said, “Quality, affordability, and accessibility are the three cornerstones of higher education which need to be understood in the Indian context. Our universities need to actively pursue linkages with the best universities in the world to ensure student mobility, collaborative research, and joint projects.” He also emphasized on the linkages between education and industry and said, “Innovation should be linked to the market.  Through collaborative work and international knowledge exchange, educational institutes can build a larger influence in the international education arena.’’

Speaking to an eminent gathering Shree Rambilas Sharma, Education Minister, Haryana said, “Knowledge, innovation, and responsibility have been Indian patents since ancient times. Knowledge is not only our past but is our future.”

Welcoming the first citizen of India to the JGU campus, Mr. Naveen Jindal, the Founding Chancellor, of the University said, “We are proud and honored to have the President of the country inaugurate this conference. It is a rare fortune for us at JGU to have him in our midst. He is at our campus for the second time today. His first visit was in March 2013 for the Conference on ‘The Future of Indian Universities,’ a moment vividly remembered as one of the most inspiring in the institution’s history”.

Talking of Universities of the Future, Naveen Jindal said, “In this context, three reform initiatives are imperative. First is to debate the option of a four-year undergraduate programme. Even as our universities churn out thousands of graduates every year, serious questions are often raised about their employability. The four-year undergraduate degree provides an opportunity to gain additional knowledge and skills and goes a long way in improving the quality of education. It gives flexibility through exit points at the end of 3rd year and 4th year, better combination of major and minor courses.

Secondly, he suggested, “The traditional models of classroom based learning are challenged by e-learning and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Social media is changing the way learning takes place. We must fully harness the technological potential for building a university of the future. His third suggestion was interdisciplinary and professional approaches to higher education.

Talking about the pertinent need of the conference, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, JGU said “The Indian higher education system is facing many challenges, as issues related to quality, quantity, accessibility, and equity are simultaneously being addressed.  While there has been an effort to address the challenge of expansion and provide opportunities to access higher education, a lot more needs to be done. O.P. Jindal Global University aims to overcome these challenges in a sustained manner to become a truly world-class institution.

This is a defining moment for the Indian Higher Education with the political leadership aligned with institutional aspirations. With substantive and sustained regulatory reforms, and significant funding made available to the Indian Higher Education sector, we can realistically hope that the next decade can have a few Indian Universities to become truly world class”.

The Conference is a culmination of a range of ideas and perspectives that aim to shape India's aspirations of building world-class universities through comparative and international dimensions. It is a recognition that the future of Indian universities and their ability to seek global excellence will depend on three critical paradigms, first, need for creating a vision for higher education that will focus on research and knowledge creation, institutional excellence and global benchmarking as the indicators for standard-setting; second, the need for pursuing substantial reforms relating to policy, regulation and governance of higher education; and third, is the need for investigating a paradigmatic shift for promoting interdisciplinary in higher education with a stronger and deeper focus on the pedagogy of teaching and learning in different fields of inquiry.

Through a series of perspectives from noted academics and scholars from around the world, the Conference will attempt to discuss these three strings of thought across various sessions, including sessions on research and innovation, regulation and policymaking, financing of universities, internationalisation of higher education and subject specific sessions on science and technology, medicine, law, management, social sciences and humanities, journalism, international affairs and public policy.

The goal is also to create higher education opportunities that will enable the future generations of students to pursue a world-class education in world-class universities in India.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

19 Flavours Of Biryani Love...

19 Flavours Biryani Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rice is a staple here in India. And, Biryani is love. On a recent visit to Gurgaon for the I Say Organic store launch, I discovered this takeaway/delivery outlet situated in the Global Foyer Mall going by the name of 19 Flavours Biryani. It had been quite some time that we had relished Biryani and I decided that we should give it a try.

I decided to do a takeaway from this place on our way back home, and the staff was gracious enough to meet us right outside the mall with our order in place, fresh and hot, finely packaged, nicely delivered.

I had received a call from Mr. Deepak inquiring about what all we'd like to order and the stipulated time by which we could arrive to collect it since I am not a resident of Gurgaon.

Coming to the order itself, there was a certain professionalism reflecting in their packaging and handling, and it was meticulous in a manner to avoid spillage of gravy and retain the flavor of the respective dishes.

Here's what all we tried from the house of 19 Flavours...

Dum Biryani, both of whose packaging was spot on, with demarcated slots for the Biryani, Salan, and Raita each, with cutlery and paper napkins in place. The spice was a bit higher in the vegetarian variant than in the non-vegetarian one, though, but the Raita helped counter it to a considerable extent.

Udham Chicken Biryani

Delightful Vegetable Dum Biryani

Kebabs, both of which were succulent and served along with onion slices and a dash of lime.

Chicken Seekh

Mutton Galouti

Kathi Rolls, here at 19 Flavours, are the best I've had in a really long time. I could as well compare it to Nizam's Kathi, I feel.

Nargisi Kebab Roll

Awadh Style Paneer Roll

Gravies, both of which had proportionate amounts of curry and chunks of cottage cheese and pieces of chicken, respectively.

Mashoor Paneer Mughlai



Multigrain Ajwain Paratha is a hidden gem. I regretted ordering just one of this.


Kulhad Phirni is a slice of seventh heaven with crushed Elaichi imparting it both, a pleasant green hue, and a lingering taste on the palate.

Hokey Pokey Ice - Cream came in a cutesy triangular cup.

I tried the Knight in Armor flavor which had a quite creamy after-taste. 

What I quite liked about 19 Flavours, apart from their food is the service quotient, for I received a call from Mr. Deepak again, a day or two after I had ordered from them, to receive bouquets and brickbats. And, of course, constructive feedback was taken in its stride.

All in all, 19 Flavours presents love for Biryani (and many other Awadhi preparations) with panache and I would recommend this place for people who wish to rediscover their liking for the same. :)