Nov 30 2015

#GoCheeseTastingEvent

Roochster

I remember going to the Go Cheese factory in Pune some months ago. I had come back with this huge bag full of cheese goodies and trust me; it was all over in like a week! So when I was invited for the #GoCheeseTastingEvent at #BlueFrog, Lower Parel, I was super excited, more so because Superchef Ranveer Brar was going to be there to enlighten us about the various cheeses from India’s very own brand- GO.

 

GO Cheeeeese! At the entrance of Blue Frog, Lower Parel, a little late, excited much.

Bloggers and foodies at Blue Frog

Bloggers and Foodies at Blue Frog, Lower Parel.

Angad Singh Ranyal

Stand up comic Angad Singh Ranyal makes us LOL right before Celebrity Chef Ranveer Brar comes up on stage.

Mahesh Israni

Mr. Mahesh Israni, Chief Marketing Officer talks about how cheese came into being and how ‘Go Cheese’ became the brand that it is. He also spoke about the different kind of cheese they make catering to a variety of consumers all over the country.

Chef Ranveer Brar

Chef Ranveer Brar talks about Cheese, cheese and more cheese while we salivate and wait for the cheese to come to our table!

Go Cheese Platter

The delicious Cheese Platter to go along with our wines. We tried Orange Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Gouda and Colby and some flavoured cubes too!

Picture with Chef Ranveer Brar

And..how could I not take a picture with the man of the evening, Chef Ranveer Brar! Love!

With fellow foodies @HoggerJogger

That’s the team behind @HoggerJogger (Anahita and Penaz) along with me (Roochster). We certainly pigged out yo!

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Cheesy food and dessert for all of us hungry foodies! #Yummyinmytummy I have to say, the Tiramisu was too good!

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And we all get this delicious hamper to take away! Cheese, wine, Fresh Cream, Crackers! *mouth watering*

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CAN YOU SEE THE HAPPINESS ON MY FACE! GOODIES IN A BASKET! YAYY! THANK YOU #GOCHEESE! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan 5 2013

Silent protests against ‘Rape’

Roochster

‘Rape’- The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse.

An unfortunate incident took place on 16th December 2012 in Delhi. A 23 year old young girl was brutally raped and physically abused by 6 men in a moving bus. Her friend was also beaten up with an iron rod when he tried to protect her. The girl and the boy were then thrown off the bus naked and badly injured on the cold streets. Several cars passed by but noone stopped to save them. On 29th December 2012, the girl succumbed to internal injuries and passed away.

We read the papers and we know that these heinous crimes are taking place every single day in large numbers. All these years we’ve read, grimaced and moved on only to read more such articles in the newspaper the next day. As horrible as it is, it has become a harsh reality of life that is difficult to overcome. Delhi’s always been known as unsafe for women be it at day or night because of the number of rape cases reported and the unknown number or rapes going unnoticed because of fear of what the society will say.

We’ve let it go all these years but there needs to be an end to this. This little girl wanted to live. If I was in her place, I’d prefer to die. Being called a ‘rape victim’ can make a person feel very very small. Indeed she was a brave girl and so India called her Nirbhaya. She’s been an inspiration to many of us in India and abroad. People started voicing their opinions on blogs, Facebook, Twitter and even in huge protest rallies all over India.

This had to happen some day and I’m glad it finally did. In order to set things straight we need to speak up. I as a woman need to be feel secure about going out at night without any fears. To be able to go out wearing whatever we want is our right and nobody can force us into anything. We’d like to feel safe without having to need another man to protect us.

There have been so many protests in all parts of the country since that day. The rapists should be punished in the most horrible way. All those sick bastards who shamelessly strip a woman of her respect and dignity should be punished. Fast track courts will never be fast enough for India because by then the woman who’s been raped might just kill herself or die because of the harm already done.

One can only hope and pray that these things don’t happen and the ones who’ve committed these crimes be punished in a way they rightfully deserve.

A friend and I were hanging out at Carter road on the 1st of Jan 2013 and we randomly came across these silent protestors. Thought I’d share my views and the pictures in my own way.

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Jun 21 2012

Mantralaya Fire, June ’12

Roochster

A wild fire engulfed Mumbai’s very own Mantralaya on 21st June 2012 from 2:45 pm, after employees in the building probably must’ve just finished lunch. Some say it was a ‘saazish’ to destroy all the ‘Adarsh scam’ files and some say it was a short circuit that struck the 4th floor and then went upto the 7th floor.

I’ve never witnessed  such a huge fire and since I stay close by, I left my place and reached there by 4 30 pm and decided to do a photo story. The Mantralaya, for those who don’t know houses offices of the chief minister, key ministers and top officials. So this was a very important event and I went to capture it. Roads were blocked and there was a huge traffic jam starting from Badhwar Park in Cuffe Parade. When I had reached at 4 30 pm, one side of the fire was almost under control whereas the other side was still growing. I could hear so many blasts from where I was standing- computers, acs, etc.  bursting, window glasses breaking and falling down and what not. Tons of fire engines, ambulances and police personnel, NGOs and NSS students from KC college were there.  I didn’t see the point in so many fire engines being there though because barely 4 to 5 of them had hose pipes that could reach so far and extinguish the fire. The others were just standing there and occupying space, going back and forth and making the cops shift us more and more behind. Luckily I had carried my DSLR which is why noone stopped me and I could continue shooting as a part of the press.

It was crazy ‘cause when the front side’s fire was almost doused, the right side was up in flames. Now, there’s a petrol pump just next door and I was only hoping that the fire wouldn’t spread and touch the petrol pump. Luckily it didn’t. Mad fire went on for more than 5 hours! All in all, it was something that shouldn’t have happened.

After standing for more than 3 hours, my feet were aching and I thought its best to go back home with the photos I got.

While going home, I stopped by next to Bandstand garden, had sugarcane juice, Maaza, bought Perk and Fatatat and went home. So yeah, quite an adventure it was! (Note: This line has been purposely added to highlight how lightly the incident was taken by the fire department of Mumbai and the government of India that it felt like an adventure being there and witnessing it. No offense.)

 

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