Message in Massage

It was 8 am on a Wednesday morning, when 27 year old Ankur woke up in his Vijay Nagar PG.

He has been living here for the past 5 years. First 3 years, when he did his Eco (Hons) from Hindu College and then stayed here even after he got a job in a Data Analytics company in Gurgaon.

Normally he would get up at 6 and would be on road by 8 to reach his Office by 9.

But today was a different story. It was a Holiday on Account of Sri Krishan Janamashtami.

As soon as he woke up he did what every youngster or even older people do these days. Check the updates on Phone.

Facebook Notifications, WhatsApp Messages, Mails and these days even GroupOn Deal Notifications.

He loves dining out and follows FB Page Eatlo for recommendations and then also used to search some good deals on GroupOn and hence had installed an App.

The Notification said “Spa Deals from Rs 599”



This got his attention and he surfed further and saw some great deals offering 65% Discount. One Such deal was for Rs 599, the actual  cost of it was Rs 1500.  It was at Sohna Road in Gurgaon where he worked.

As it is, he leaves early from office and comes back home late, so he decided taking a Gurgaon Voucher would be perfect for a Friday evening after office.

He immediately fetched out his Credit Card and paid for it.

After paying he got up from his bed to go and fetch the newspaper from the main door and wished his Maid “Namaste”. The Maid “Sarita Didi” who was sweeping the Living area was stunned as this is not what happens daily.

And she asked him “Why are you Smiling Bhaiya” . He said nothing and just moved on. But realized that yes…. He was happy after doing this Online Purchase.

The Only Condition that the Voucher mentioned was to bring the Print-out along.  And that is what was troubling him. He didn’t have a printer at home and was not comfortable to print it at office, lest everyone knows about his Friday plans and makes him a Butt of their Jokes for next few days.

Anyways, the day ended after having Fish from “Sawhney Macchi” at Kingsway Camp and he slept to get up early next day.

Thursday morning he got up at 6, reached office by 9 and started his usual Routine. But the thought of taking the print didn’t leave his mind.

Today Sarita Didi was on a Holiday and hence he didn’t get his Lunch Packed. So he decided to step down from his office during lunch and have Reckitt Benckiser Building wale Matar Kulche.

And while having it his Eyes got struck on a small Shop which said “Photocopy, Print & Lamination”



He thought to himself, there was a time when these Shops had written STD/ISD/PCO written all over and how during his college days he used these booths to call his parents back home in Sagrur, Punjab.

But due the advent of Mobile Phones, the Public Call Trade has been swept out.

And while he was thinking this, He looked at his Mobile and there was another Notification from GroupOn. “Buffet Meal for 2 at Hotel Red Fox, AeroCity” And then his mind opened… “Hey I wanted a Printout and here is the place….Woaah””

Ankur finished his Matar Kulcha and rushed towards the shop and asked him “Bhaiya Print kitne ka?”

Bhaiya replied back… Pen Drive se Loge to Dus Rupye aur Email ke Pachees.

Ankur replied “Email se”.

Bhaiya: “Lo jee fir [email protected] par mail kar do & I will open my Mail and print it.

Ankur Fished out his Samsung S3 and mailed the Voucher to Posh Photostat.

Bhaiya Opened his Email Account…. Opened the Mail, Gave the Print Command and here it was.

Printout for the SPA SERVICES he was going to avail this Friday evening!!

The Paper quality was not very good and even the colour of the paper was Pale yellow instead of white. But that rarely mattered. What mattered was the PRINT.

With a Smile on His face and an extra Hop in his step he went to the office, finished his Work with more vigour &came back to his PG in Vijay Nagar by 9 pm.

Sarita Didi had made Matar Pulao with Nutrella Soya Chunks this evening. She also had kept Salad and Chutney along with it as accompaniments.

He had his meal and slept as soon as his head hit the pillow.

Next morning when the alarm sounded at 6, he got up. He realized that it’s start of the weekend and also the day when would be pampering himself with a Massage and probably some Wine along with an Italian Meal Later at newly opened Restaurant It-Alia in Gurgaon.

Wearing his Indus League Khaki’s along with his Maroon Coloured Polo T-shirt he left for office, but not before letting Sarita Didi know that he would be having his dinner outside, so she should not bother to cook for the evening.

He got down the 2nd floor PG and stepped inside the Office Cab. Thank God that his Company had changed the Entire fleet of Rickety Toyota Qualis to the Smooth Toyota Innova. Travelling to office was so much good now even when they were 8 people in the car meant for 6.

In Office Ankur reached for his phone and called the Spa giving reference of his Voucher to book an Appointment for 6 pm. And was pleased to know that the slot was available and had been confirmed. Although he would have agreed for 7 pm or 8 pm slot too. But that would mean killing Time elsewhere and reaching home quite late.


The day seemed so long that Ankur almost did 2 days work in that one day till the clock finally struck 5.

He waived goodbyes to his colleagues who were busy making drinking plans for the evening at Nearby Ahata or at the new Drinking Hole that had opened on the Golf Course road recently.

Ankur didn’t want to be caught by them, so quietly slipped out of the door and walked towards the Auto Stand.

He had already told his office Cab Driver that he would not be going back in the cab tonight, so was relaxed.

At the Auto Stand he took an Auto for Sohna Road and while covering that 5 km distance he could hear his heart Pound faster and louder.

Once inside the shopping Complex where the Spa was located, he walked across several of them while reaching the Spa of which he had the Voucher of.

He Entered the Spa & while handing over his  Printed Voucher introduced himself, “Hi I am Ankur Khanna; I had called up today morning and have a Booking at 6”

The Lady smiled back… Took his Voucher and then scanned his Voucher and her face turned Pale.

The Only thing she said was “Sir, This Voucher has been used already yesterday” and she fished out another Voucher with some ink marks.

“The Paper quality of that Voucher was not very good and even the colour of the paper was Pale yellow instead of white”

The Massage was not given, however the Message was conveyed!


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Linlithgow: My Introduction to Hostel life














Many of my Memories are Linked to this Building called Linlithgow.

I stayed in it for barely 9 Months, but the time spent there was very important.


It was here when I spent my first night and then next 90 Nights, without the sight of my parents.


My Parents just left me here with a promise to come back and pick me in evening. And they did not.
I kept Crying and Vomiting the entire night and I am know My Mom cried the entire night too. (I’m Teary Eyed when Writing this)


The very next Day I was Bullied, Kicked, Punched, Abused by my Classmate and it continued for atleast 6 Months.


Did I mention that I was only SIX years old then!!!!!

When I Think of Linligthgow, I Think of our Matron, Mrs Jacob!!


She injected DISCIPLINE into us. To an Extent.. That every night she checked our Underwears to see, if they were soiled and The Soiled one would get a Coat brush Whack.


And that was my bed, Just next to the Right most Window




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Camera ka Janam!- Chotti si Kavita!

To all my Friends… Jinke Liye Camera sirf ek Machine nahi hai,
Ek khaas Zariya hai to Express themselves….

Bobby Roy Bhai….. inspired by your status and hence Dedicated to you :-)

(Pls ignore the Spellings, Tenth board mein, Hindi Compartment thi meri)

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“Made in Punjab”- The BEST Lunch Ever!!

Warning: Before Reading this Ensure that you have enough Time (Say 7 Minutes) and some snacks beside you to chew on, because I don’t want to take the blame if you chew your fingers accidentally

“There are some meals that are never to be forgotten and then there are some meals that are remembered forever!!”

Ohhh… Did I repeat the same thing, albeit in different words? No No.. Please don’t blame me; I am just back from the BEST LUNCH of my Life.

Yes, BEST LUNCH speaks miles.



It was a Wonderful event organized by “Delhi Gourmet Club” (DGC) at the “Made in Punjab” Restaurant recently opened at the Cyber Hub in Gurgaon. Have been following and loving the Club, But waited in the wings for very long. Every time thinking that next time I shall take a plunge. It didn’t take me long to decide to be part of the event once Rocky Mohan Sir informed me that Mr Jiggs Kalra would be personally be there at the event.

And I am thanking myself for the Plunge.

On a wonderful Typical Winter Delhi Afternoon, we headed to Gurgaon and reached the CYBER HUB, to be greeted by the Amazing members from the DGC.


The Excitement was in the air… The smile was there on everyone’s Lips and my sixth sense could tell me that we are here in for a wonderful afternoon. It was only later to be realized that it would extend till evening too!

After greeting everyone and seeking blessings from the great Chef and celebrated Food Writer Jiggs Kalra, we headed to start the afternoon with the Super Amazing Finger Snacks and a few glasses of Jacob Creek Chardonnay Wine.

The Seekh Kebab were super amazing and I had lots of it (How much is not what I am disclosing, lest DGC will ask me to pay a premium for upcoming events)

Another highlight was the PrawnBlachao, which was served on a Cracker.

After teasing us for a while with the finger foods, came the moment for the real fare.

Once On our Tables, we were well taken care of by the Staff at “Made in Punjab” and they asked us about our Food Preferences. And no, I don’t only mean if we are Veg. or Non Veg. but also, if we are allergic to any special food etc etc. Such Care sets the ground for us on what kind of Hospitality to expect and even our raised expectations were met brilliantly.

We were glad that we had a Vegetarian Sid Aryan on our table. Because that meant we could taste and then eat his food too.

The first to be presented was Amuse Bouche which was an Amazing Palak Patta Chaat. The Chaat was delicious and we were really tempted to ask for more. But resisted, as it gave us a glimpse of what more could be in store.

And then we were presented Tomato Soup which had Tawa Asparagus along with Toasted Kalonji Seeds.

Have to mention that “The Hat Plate” added to the experience.

And then came the REAL STUFF. Yes…. Kuch bhi kha lo, par jab tak you don’t have Haddi Wala Mutton, tab tak maza nahi aaata

So we were presented with a Tandoori Mutto Chaap (Triple) and have to say, it was just perfect. Most of the restaurants either serve it too hard, that the Flesh does not leave the Bone easily, or some over cook a lot and in the process, the mutton is so soft that it looks like Marmalade and not how Mutton should be.

Then we had Salmon Tikka…regards to which we had doubts about and conveyed it to Zorawar Bhai.

Oh Sorry, I forgot to introduce him.

Zorawar Kalra is the Son of Mr Jiggs Kalra and the man behind awesome Restaurant “Made in Punjab” and “Masala Library” and is coming up with many more innovative concepts which would unfold in 2014. We had been connected on Facebook for some time, but met for the first time yesterday and now it seems, I knew him for ages. He is PASSIONATE about his offerings and leaves no stone unturned to deliver anything less than 100%

Back to Salmon, after hearing us out… he explained us on how a Salmon Tikka is Made, How they Import it from Abroad, How a Actual Salmon Tikka should taste like, How the flakes should be. And later ordered another helping for us. Kehna Parega….. After all that knowledge in our heads… the Salmon Tikka tasted Divine.

Along with Salmon Tikka came Galouti Kabab and Varqi Parantha which was good and the Kabab left a Lingering taste on my taste buds, long after it was eaten.

After The starters we were presented with a Sorbet, which was innovatively presented on a stick like a Kulfi.  The purpose of Sorbet was to clean our palatte for the main course.

Only problem I faced was that when I see it, It looked like a Kulfi and when with same expectation I Ate, it was not sweet. So somehow 2 senses were competing against each other.

Now ready for the Main Course, we were presented with a Slow Cooked Lamb Shank dressed with Keema Gavy.

And by this time I had shunned by Chhuri Kanta and started to dig in… And it was not food, It was “An Edible Piece of Art” Meat so Succulent, Texture so smooth and Taste so Flavorsome.

Whenever I go back and that would be soon, I would order the Lamb Shank for sure.

Then we had the Ajwaini Prawans, which had a Piquant taste and somehow not what my taste buds enjoy.

The Butter Chicken along with Dal Makhni is one combination that any Punjabi can die for And I Announce that I am willing to die twice if this combination comes from “Made in Punjab” Kitchens.

With our Tummy’s holding more than it can hold, We waited for the Desserts.

A Wonderful plate carrying a Combination of Rasmalai and Gajar Halva topped with “Sone ki Varq” was presented and was polished off in a matter of seconds.

Another Dessert we relished was the Chocolate filled Gulab Jamuns beautifully presented on a bed of Roasted Fig and topped with Sesame Chikki as a Flag.

And then came the moment we all waited for…….. Crispy saffron glazed Jalebi’s along with Lacche Daar, Daane daar Rabri.

See the pic below and drool. And if you want to drool more, then see the image below that.


After having 2 servings of Jalebi, we requested the server to do some utla pulta and requested him to put the Jalebi’s in the glass first and then pour the daanedaar rabri over it.

And the Experience is too big for words…. So just close your eyes and feel the combination of Rabri Covered jalebi’s flirting with your tongue.


So, as I Said in the beginning, that it was not only my BEST LUNCH ever, But also the Longest one and I still wish that it would have lasted a bit longer.

After reading the entire article, I have realized that my words have not done justice to the Entire Experience.

So, would let you go yourself and check out the fare and thank me later.

And yes, when you send me the Thanks message, Do remember to send a glass of Jalebi Rabri Along with!!

Special Thanks for everyone at “Made In Punjab” and at “Delhi Gourmet Club” for this amazing experience.

May you Grow, May your Tribe Grow and Spread Happiness through FOOD 

Photos Clicked by Shashank Aggarwal

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The Morning Breeze, the Nip in the Air, We can now sense that Winter is here!!



The Morning Breeze, the Nip in the Air,

We can now sense that Winter is here….


Apart from the Cold Weather, I look forward to many things new and Nice,

A few would be to have Garam Kheer, Gulab Jamun and  Garm-a-Garam Rajma Rice…..


Less use of Air conditioners in Winter is good for Environment too,

And I would cunningly admit, Good for my Pocket too…….


Electricity Bills go Down and so do the Petrol outgo,

And I just keep looking for places, Somewhere nice to go…….


Winter is also the time for me to Grin,
As My Sweatshirts cover my Tummy and I Look Thin……


It’s time for me to wear my Waist Coat,

And how Can I forget, it is also Time for us Delhi-ites to Vote…


The Only thing that worries me is for the People who sleep on the street,

It will be difficult for them to sleep in just a sheet……


No Worries, we will do our bit this year too.

Like we did in year Two Zero One two…..


Will try to ensure winters bring happiness for All,

So that everyone walks through their Life Happily and Not just Crawl….

The Morning Breeze, the Nip in the Air….

We can now sense that winter is here….


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Sun is Shining, the Sky is Blue, There is an Opportunity rising for Me and You….

Abhi, While Converting my Diary of 2002 to Digital form, I discovered a short poem I used in that Day’s page. (1st July 2002)

Felt like Sharing as it is a beautiful Morning message!

“Sun is Shining, the Sky is Blue,
There is an Opportunity rising for Me and You,
With every Dawning of the Sun,
New opportunities have just begun,
With every breaking of the morn,
Fresh opportunities are newly born”

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Kuch Chehre Aise bhi……… #1


Today While visiting the slums In KathPutli Colony, Shaadi Pur for our Jaadui Pitara, We
(me and Shashank Aggarwal) happened to stop at the Gujarati School to talk to Children. In the Process… Achank my Nazar got attracted to the Register(Note Book) of the Girl in picture.
Her Entire Register was full and Each Word was like a Pearl.Itni Acchi Handwriting!!!!!Just goes on to Prove that Good Virtues do not depend on Good Environment, Money, Resources…. But on the Human being Him/Herself!!!PS: My Handwriting is such that If I write Now….. Then after an Hour it will be even tough for me to read what I have Written 

The Complete Page of Register.
The Gujarati School… Where 35 student were studying!!”Kuch Chehre Aise bhi………..” is a Series by me which Portrays and Salutes People who cross my way and Inspire me to keep Going. People who do not Blame Situations, But Make the Most out of it.
People who Create Solutions rather than problems.
People who believe in themselves and make others do the same. People who are Twinkling Stars and bring Cheer to even on Moonless Nights!

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“Aas Paas Ki Khabrien” Sep 13 2013

  • In my last post I mentioned about The Domino’s BOGO offer of Wednesdays getting good Response. And on my FB page some friends do enquired if Pizza Hut is planning any Counter offer? So let me share with you that PHD (Pizza Hut Delivery) already has a running offer. The offer is same “Buy one, Get One” but rather restricting to a specific day, they have this offer for an entire Week i.e. 7th to 15th September 2013. Seems everyone is going to Have a Pizza Weekend :-)


  • Strangely Entire Karol Bagh market seemed to be Empty. Was it the awaited Announcement of Modi as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate or Sentencing of 4 Delhi Rapists to “Death by hanging” by the Courts.  None of them!! It Seems the Business here is declining with Locals shifting to other markets and the decline in the number of South Indian Tourists who stayed in this area and shopped a Lot.


  • Gaffar Market is facing the crunch too… Though here the culprit seems to be a Govt. Decision of increasing Import Duties on Imported TV/Ac’s and of the Appreciating Dollar.  The cost for dealers has gone up  by 10-20% and hence have affected the sales as the price Difference between organised market and grey market has narrowed down.
  • When Ganesh jee is all over Mumbai, How could Delhi stay behind. Delhi has it’s own Ganesh Pandals for as long as I can remember, But what I noticed today was the Mumbaisation of Ganesh Pandals. “Lal Bagh CHA Raja” is one of the most famous Pandal in Mumbai. And Now We have our very “Karol Bagh Ka Raja” :
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  • What I really love when I visit the High Street market is that every time you get to see something amazing and that you feel like standing there and watch it, Observe it and Praise it. Similar was the Case today with a Churan Wala. His Visual merchandising was amazing. And yes… even I am not a Churann Saunf Person, However Couldn’t resist buying some after seeing the awesome Display. Just give it a thought that this is not a permanent shop and this gentleman has to do this DAILY!!!!!


Samachar Smapt Hue. Jald Hi Wapas Ayenge!

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