Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Scots and The art of getting screwed!

I was most disappointed at the result of the Scottish referendum. I am not Scottish but I have been to Scotland and have Scottish friends. My Scottish friends all voted for independence.... What happened? As I suspected. The Scots people are now going to have to go through a rather tough "haggle" to get what they were promised by central government. I suspect that many of the pledges made will not be honoured. 

Why did you vote "no"?

Peace and love

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

So many new restaurants

In the last few weeks Roochi and I have been to several new restaurants in Delhi.
Some of them very fancy (and expensive !)

Akira Back at the J W Marriott near the airport was one I was looking forward to with great anticipation. They do a kind of Japanese/western fusion.Unfortunately the food we were served was really below par. For main course I had ordered the pan fried salmon. What came was a dry tasteless sorry piece of fish. It was so bad that I had to complain. To their credit my complaint did make it back to the chef who then came out to meet with me and apologize.
Jason the executive chef 100% agreed that the salmon was very overdone and dry. He then went back into the kitchen and personally cooked up another salmon for me. Well .... what came out was very different to the first one. Perfectly cooked tasty and melt in the mouth. Beautiful.... Thanks Jason I hope you have been able to kick the other chefs to get the very best product out.

This is an expensive place to eat so if you do not think your food is cooked properly you must complain. There is nothing worse than going home having spent a fortune and not feeling fulfilled.

Benihana the famous global chain of Tempanyaki eateries has opened in Delhi :)) It is located in what I think is the busiest computer market in Asia.... Nehru Place.
Woo Hoo. I took Roochi and Nikhil there for our 21st wedding anniversary.(I did not make a mistake it was our 21st wedding anniversary !)
I cannot complain about this place at all. The formula was exactly the same as anywhere else in the world. The only difference is that they do not do beef. We opted for the New Zealand lamb instead. It was gorgeous. Tender, tasty and cooked exactly how I like my lamb (medium). They had all the other items that comes with the meal such as a very crunchy salad with their signature dressing, miso soup, rice and what I always like, and invariably need more of, is the dipping sauce........ YUM ! As is also usual the chef was most entertaining which adds a little extra to the evening.

Again not cheap but for a special occasion worth it.

Got more places to talk about but no time at the moment.
Heading off to London on Monday... Woo Hoo :)

Peace and Love

Saturday, April 19, 2014

By The Way

Crystal Palace 1 West Ham 0

:)) We have not done this well in 20 years !!!

Peace and Love

I think....

I know some may find it unusual....... but I had a thought ;)

In India these days with consumerism gone mad I was wondering whether I should not start my own personal review site. I am a bit of a tripadvisor nerd...my tag is Delhiglobalnomad for anyone interested.

I just thought why not build up an archive of reviews that people can read and decide whether they like the product or film or whatever I review. I know that it is being done a million times but I think if I can appeal in a broad manner I should get a little attention.

At the end of the day sites like tripadvisor are great but why not try and get an more tailored / individual following with my own review site.....?

Watch this space.

Peace and Love

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thank you CPFC..... Again !

At the risk of this becoming a football focussed blog I have to tell you the circumstances of how the result reached me.

Everton vs Crystal Palace at Goodison Park no less, was a late kick off, so India time at midnight. Being the slightly old ( Please note "Slightly";) fogey I went to bed not able to stay up thinking that I would wake up and check the scores on the BBC website as early as I could.

As luck would have it I stirred at about 2am just as the game was finishing. I picked up my phone to check the score....... I kid you not I had to rub my eyes, blink, rub my eyes again and blink again as I simply could not believe the score. Crystal Palace did over Everton at Evertons home ground........ 2-3. OUTSTANDING :)

The most memorable thing about all this is that I called my Dad straight away to chat with him about it as I knew he would have either watched it or kept a close eye on it. All I could hear on the other end of the phone was my Dad giggling.... :)) He giggled and giggled.

Marvellous !

Peace and Love

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Thank You CPFC

It was a match that dreams are made of !

Crystal Palace looked like a team who thoroughly deserve to stay up. I mean.... they were so much better than Chelsea. Granted, if it were not for 2 magnificent saves by Speroni the result could have be oh so different.

I watched the match in Delhi with a couple of mates who are Liverpool supporters. For the first time in a long time we were supporting the same team. A good omen :))

When the final whistle blew we all hugged each other in sheer bliss !

Thank you Crystal Palace you have made my season :))

Peace and Love

How to Live and Die Khushwant Singh

How To Live & Die -  Khushwant Singh (96),

I’ve often thought about what it is that makes people happy—what one has to do in order to achieve happiness.

First and foremost is good health. If you do not enjoy good health, you can never be happy. Any ailment, however trivial, will deduct something from your happiness.

Second, a healthy bank balance. It need not run into crores, but it should be enough to provide for comforts, and there should be something to spare for recreation— eating out, going to the movies, travel and holidays in the hills or by the sea. Shortage of money can be demoralising. Living on credit or borrowing is demeaning and lowers one in one’s own eyes.

Third, your own home. Rented places can never give you the comfort or security of a home that is yours for keeps. If it has garden space, all the better. Plant your own trees and flowers, see them grow and blossom, and cultivate a sense of kinship with them.

Fourth, an understanding companion, be it your spouse or a friend. If you have too many misunderstandings, it robs you of your peace of mind. It is better to be divorced than to be quarrelling all the time.

Fifth, stop envying those who have done better than you in life—risen higher, made more money, or earned more fame. Envy can be corroding; avoid comparing yourself with others.

Sixth, do not allow people to descend on you for gup-shup. By the time you get rid of them, you will feel exhausted and poisoned by their gossip-mongering.

Seventh, cultivate a hobby or two that will fulfill you—gardening, reading, writing, painting, playing or listening to music. Going to clubs or parties to get free drinks, or to meet celebrities, is a criminal waste of time. It’s important to concentrate on something that keeps you occupied meaningfully.

Eighth, every morning and evening devote 15 minutes to introspection. In the mornings, 10 minutes should be spent in keeping the mind absolutely still, and five listing the things you have to do that day. In the evenings, five minutes should be set aside to keep the mind still and 10 to go over the tasks you had intended to do.

Ninth, don’t lose your temper. Try not to be short-tempered, or vengeful. Even when a friend has been rude, just move on.

Above all, when the time comes to go, one should go like a man without any regret or grievance against anyone.  Iqbal said it beautifully in a couplet in Persian: “You ask me about the signs of a man of faith? When death comes to him, he has a smile on his lips.”
I don’t fear death. What I dread is the day I go blind or am incapacitated because of old age—that’s what I fear—I’d rather die than live in that condition. I’m a burden enough on my daughter Mala and don’t want to be an extra burden on her.

All that I hope for is that when death comes to me, it comes swiftly, without much pain, like fading away in sound. . Till then I’ll keep working and living each day as it comes.

- Khushwant Singh (96) in 2011
-Died Last Week

Peace and Love

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Chez Nini....More like Chez No no !

I know I know I know,

Long Long time since I wrote. I had to write as I wanted to comment a little on the Delhi culinary scene. Anyone who even half knows me knows I like my food and Delhi is getting better and better at doing restaurants. That is mostly not in all cases.

Take for example a new place called Chez Nini in Meher Chand Market... not far from Lodhi market. This is a cute little cafe with quite a nice ambieance and interesting ceiling decoration. Unfortunately the owner must think that that is all that is required to have a good restaurant. HELLOOOOOOO the food needs to be good too. ! I tried only one thing and that was the caramel and chocolate tart.

Now ..... if you are gonna charge me Rs 650 for a small tart I expect, without exception for that to be the best tart in Delhi. This is where Chez Nini becomes Chez Nooo Nooo ! All I could taste was salt. Salt Salt Salt.!! I must add at this point that I had ordered this tart to take away or "to go" for any of my american friends out there, therefore making it difficult to complain as I ate this at my home which is a fair distance from Chez No No ... I mean Nini. Besides as I mentioned... if the owner has the nerve to charge me Rs 650 for a small tart I would expect that tart to have been nurtured like a new born baby in order that it gives its customer a gloriously sumptuous, rich and smooth experience..... BUT alas the SALT ! I won't go and complain... lets see how they go charging prices like these for something I can get at half the price in Choclolat or some other place.... AND have a much better tasting tart.

I do love tarts :)

Peace and Love 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Closing Ceremony 2012 One World

One cannot underestimate the power of sport.
Today was for me a little window on utopia that was the closing ceremony of the Olympics. All creeds, all colours, people from all corners of the world together in celebration. A feeling of real optimism washed all over me and at times my hair was on end.

How can we capture this atmosphere and bottle it ?

More importantly how can we capitalize on this pure feeling of goodwill to all and help heal the very real and very deep wounds that exist in our society.

In a time of global strife, this event, if only for a few hours, gave substance and meaning to the word hope :)

Thank You London. Thank You World :)

Peace and Love