Aug 3 2015

Noodle Play, Powai- Review

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Noodle PlaycopyWhen I heard about the concept of food according to star signs, I was intrigued more than anything. How does the star sign of a person define their likes/dislikes of a particular dish? That one question was enough to get me excited to try Noodle Play.

Food– I am an Arien and Karan is a Virgo so the gravy and rice was selected by them accordingly. I got Thai Chili Basil Rice to go with a Mixed veggies in Hunan gravy. While the Thai Chili Basil Rice was perfect, every grain separated by a burst of exactly the flavours promised.  Karan got Egg Fried Rice with Chicken in Sopa gravy. He liked the gravy but felt the chicken could have been juicier. As a starter we got Paneer in Black Pepper which was superb! It wasn’t too spicy neither too sweet. Even though we had it cold, it tasted great so I can imagine how delicious it would be when it’s nice and hot. Great concept and so far they were pretty accurate about the food according to starsigns. However, I would love to try their Kung Pao gravy to get a better idea the next time around.

Prices- The prices are competitive with a lot of other Chinese and Thai places that have opened serving custom made noodles or rice in a paper container that surprisingly stays well inside. The starters are priced at Rs. 200, my Veg Thai Chili Basil rice was for Rs. 130, Egg Fried Rice was for Rs. 140, Gravies are for Rs. 150 for Veg, Rs. 200 for gravy with Paneer and Rs. 220 for gravies with chicken. They also have lemonade and Iced Tea priced at Rs. 60 if you’d like some. So a vegetarian would end up spending about Rs.250 if shared between two. Not bad at all!

Verdict– Apart from the star sign concept, which I think is just a gimmick, the food here is really good and I would definitely like to call from there again.

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Jul 29 2013

Roochster Recommends: Chef’s Basket- Creamy Tomato Penne Pasta

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Creamy tomato Penne PastaWhat? Creamy Tomato Penne Pasta. It’s got the right flavours to make yummy pasta like they make them at restaurants. With rich ingredients and quantity that’s perfect for 3 people, you’re set for a great lunch or dinner.  The pack contains everything you need. In a way its a ready to eat pack but you need to boil the pasta, add water, etc. The sauce, olives, sea salt olive oil and herbs are all there so you need not go hunting for ingredients unless you want to add more. I was lucky enough to try the Black Bean & Salsa Burritos too which were nice but not as good as the Penne pasta.

Other Chef’s Basket Packs- Black Bean & Salsa Burritos, Arrabbiata Penne Pasta. I hope to try the Arrabiatta pasta soon!

Where? You will find the Chef’s Basket packs at most supermarkets in Mumbai. You can also order from Localbanya.com

How much? The pack of Creamy tomato penne pasta costs Rs. 250 which is an introductory price. It’s totally worth it because of the quality of ingredients used and the quantity. The Burritos kit is for Rs. 350.

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Jul 12 2013

Sixteen- Movie Review

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Sixteen movie poster

An interesting concept with a trailer that would get the youth excited to watch the movie. How interesting ‘Sixteen’? You’re just about to find out.

As the title suggests, the movie is about a group of sixteen year olds in college trying to figure out life, society and themselves. They deal with all sorts of things- love, sex, career, family pressure and what not. It’s the kind of phase where they feel everything is against them and so there’s a reason to feel accepted, to be willing to do whatever it takes.

Now, there are a number of subplots woven into one big story that make sense. What doesn’t make sense is everything else about the movie. Let me elaborate. The screenplay writer & director Raj Purohit was a bit too confident about making a youth film that would appeal to the masses. Sadly, it lacks everything a film should have. The styling is decent and the cinematography is alright. There are too many songs in the movie and that gets a bit annoying but atleast they help the story move along and are not just dance numbers.

Coming to the performances… Keith Sequiera who plays a writer can barely speak in Hindi, forget act. So dull! Izabelle Leite who plays Anu was a lot better when compared to the other actors. She wasn’t bad. Mehak Manwani who plays Nidhi looks very sweet but just can’t act. Wamiqa Gabbi who plays Tanisha was ok but the coloured lenses and straightened hair made her look super fake. Highphill Matthews was good. Zakir Hussain, who’s obviously the most experienced actor in the entire film, was very good. As an authoritative father he played his part very well.

Overall, Sixteen as a movie is quite bad. It was boring, dull and a big letdown adding to the poor performances. Avoid!

Rating– 2/5

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Mar 10 2013

21 & Over- Movie Review

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Boring, predictable teen flick, wanna-be Hangover, wanna-be Harold & Kumar and a total waste of time and money.

Rating- 2/5

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Jan 5 2013

Silent protests against ‘Rape’

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‘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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Dec 11 2012

Starbucks, Colaba- Review

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Starbucks is overrated and how! I can’t even begin to tell you about how I finally got the taste of what the obsession or following is all about. And what a disappointment! Due to unbelievably long lines, I got to try it only in the third week of its opening and have been there several times after that to both the Taj and Fort outlets. Here’s my review.

Coffees, etc– The first time I went to Starbucks I had the Java Chip Frappuccino and loved it! The chocolate chips in it and the quantity make it totally worth it, a very good choice if you like chocolate. I wouldn’t say so about the Iced Cafe Latte which got over in a minute and didn’t even taste that good; or the Green Tea Latte which was more like soup and totally sucked! The Caramel Frappuccino was ok. At the Fort outlet you’ll have to ask them to put less sugar and to make the coffee strong because they make everything super sweet there. I’m looking forward to trying their Signature Hot Chocolate which I hear is supposed to be kickass! From my experience I wouldn’t say Starbucks is wow! I’d go for a Di Bella any day! For food they have sandwiches, muffins, rolls, etc and I’d like to try them soon.

Ambience– Starbucks has a certain rustic appeal to it. I loved the interiors at both the outlets. The one at Taj is more grand, classy and has a more International appeal. The one at Fort is more rustic and Indian. There are beautifully carved frames, doors, furniture and the curtains are huge and lovely. I’d like to point out though that this kind of grandness is not cool for Mumbai because there are far too many people who are Starbucks loyalists and standing in a long queue is not fun at all! So it would be great if they could reduce their grandness for more tables and chairs and hence more people to be accommodated. If I had to choose, I’d go to the Taj one for sure!

Service– Having multiple cash counters and more staff to make coffees can speed up the service and hence prevent us from waiting to get a cup of coffee! Overall, the service is quite below expectation.

Prices– It’s a good thing that the prices aren’t steep otherwise I wouldn’t find myself going there again because honestly I;ve had better coffee and I’m not interested in going there just for its name. The Java Chip Frappuccino (regular) is for Rs.140 plus taxes. The Green Tea Latte is for Rs. 90 plus taxes and so on.

Verdict– Not wow and not a ‘must go to’ place for coffee but it’s not bad either. I hope they do something about the long queues and make more space for more people. The Java Chip Frappuccino is a must have!

Rating– 3/5

 

 

 

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Aug 15 2012

Ek Tha Tiger- Movie Review

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First day first show! Believe it or not, but a show at 9 30 am was housefull and probably for the first time in years, I made sure the tickets were booked in advance! Reason? Do I really need to even say it? Salman Khan ya! Duh!

So, as we’ve seen in the trailers, Salman Khan plays an agent from RAW (India Intelligence Agency). The story of the movie revolves around a scientist from the Trinity College who is a suspect for selling the secrets of missile technology of India to Pakistan. While he’s on his mission, he meet Katrina Kaif who works as the scientist’s caretaker. Then of course, mashallah, he falls in love with her and romance happens, thriller happens and action happens. To know more, go to IMDB man!

The entire film looks so rich and beautiful I can’t tell you! Superb cinematography! Breathtaking visuals and good direction. Kabir Khan’s directed John Abraham starrer Kabul Express which wasn’t that great and New York which was good so I was hoping this would be a decent watch, keeping in mind its also a Yash Raj film. The actors look well styled. I felt the story of the film was good too even though most of it was super predictable, filmy and the concentration was more on the love aspect.

Salman Khan, after a very long time does not overpower the film. His character is intense and yet simple. He’s not trying to act too smart like in Dabangg, Wanted, Bodyguard, etc. He’s never looked hotter and I wouldn’t change a thing about the way he’s acted! Katrina’s role is also as important as his and she looks beautiful with her natural make-up. She also has some action scenes for which she got lots of whistles and hoots. I think both have done justice to their parts. There’s good chemistry and even with the height difference, they compliment each other very well. Ranvir Shorey plays an integral part in the movie as Salman’s friend and he’s acted well too.

In a movie like this, the background music plays an important role and I must say that they’ve done a good job with it. The ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ tune is perfect for the movie! The songs are nice. I love ‘Mashallah’ and even ‘Banjara Banjara’ and ‘Laapata’ are decent.

Overall, it’s not a superhit film for me but I was entertained throughout and I think Salman should do more films like this.

Rating– 3.5/5

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Jul 27 2012

Kyaa SuperKool Hain Hum- Movie Review

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I was really looking forward to watching Kyaa SuperKool Hain Hum after watching all the trailers. I thought they were hilarious and totally crazy! Now, let’s get down to my review.

Coming to the story- What story? Haha what I mean is that there’s no story, just random scenes or jokes put together to create one sex comedy. It involves 2 guys with no ambition in life and aren’t particularly working, who have a double meaning for everything! They come across 2 beauties and chase them around and even land up in Goa with their pug ‘Sakru’ who is the doggy version of ‘Vicky Donor’. After that I don’t know what to say because there’s no story only just tons of pjs and double meaninged jokes.

So, as I said, there’s no story so let me not get into talking about that. Ekta Kapoor’s mantra is ‘Sex sells’ so she’s made sure there’s plenty of sexual innuendos and ‘non-veg’ jokes throughout that will make the college crowd go mad. And to be honest, people were laughing out loud, clapping and whistling throughout. Its clearly a movie for the masses. The styling is good, the hair artist has done a fab job, superb locations and colours! I also felt that Riteish Deshmukh hasn’t looked this good before. He’s worked on his body and he’s showing off his new tattoos on his arms and chest all through the movie. There’s a lot of adverts placed in the movie too- Lawman, Moods Condoms, Global Advertisers, Nimbuzz, Ipill to name a few.

Some of the dialogues are really bad; For example: Riteish Deshmukh at a pani puri stall says, :”Aane ragdo mane chaat’. Very old joke! Also , one of the pugs who Anupam Kher calls his mother is called ‘Rose Mary Maarlo’. Quite old and quite sad too! Many more of those in the movie. There are also some really funny jokes like when Riteish Deshmukh meets this gay guy at a bar and that guy says, “Haha you’re witty” to which Riteish says, “Haha you’re Churchgate”. Now that’s a joke only people in Mumbai will understand. That really cracked me up though!

Coming to the performances, I think Riteish Deshmukh is very good with his comic timing and has done a good job, Tusshar should stick to his ‘Golmaal’ role where he doesn’t need to do much, except for maybe the ‘Chingum’ scene where he acts like Ajay Devgan! Now that was hilarious! Sarah Jane Dias and Neha Sharma look hot and have done a decent job acting also.

Yeh picture itni ‘kool’ bhi nahin lekin phir bhi timepass hai. Dekhna hai toh dekho bhai!

Rating- 2.5/5

 

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Jul 18 2012

A tribute to Rajesh Khanna, the Superstar

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Rajesh Khanna (1942-2012) , the first superstar of Bollywood lives on in our hearts. This is a small musical tribute from me to him. May his soul rest in peace.

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May 15 2012

Bassein Fort, Vasai, Maharashtra

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Bassein Fort, also known as Vasai Fort has existed since donkey’s years and it’s so sad that most of us living in Mumbai haven’t even heard about it; or thought of going and seeing it but never really made the effort to venture out. I discovered the fort only 2 yrs ago with Fash but unfortunately had to come back after half seeing it because of a stupid problem I had with my stomach that day! Luckily, I had a chance to go there again with a group of friends that too cause one of them stays at Vasai.

Historical Importance– Bahadur Shah, a Mughal Emperor had built the Bassein Fort in the 1530s. The Portuguese came, conquered and destroyed most of it a year after it was built and started a town which was also used as a trade center for various materials. After that, in the 1700s, the Marathas took over. In the 1800s the British came and conquered it for a hundred years more until in 1917 it was finally declared by the government of Bombay as its own ancient monument that must be preserved. Let’s just say we’re lucky enough to see atleast whatever little exists of it which is a big deal in itself, especially because you wont find tight security like you do at any other popular tourist place.

How to get there? The simplest, fastest and most economical way to get to Vasai Fort would be to get to Churchgate Station, take a train that goes to Virar and get off at Vasai which would be about an hour in a fast train. The train ticket would cost you less than Rs. 10 I think. From there you can take a bus which would cost around Rs. 7 or a rickshaw which would cost more than 60 bucks for sure. If you have your own vehicle, I’ll just say it’s very far from town, around 50 kms. If you’re coming from Pune or some other place, please Google your way there! 😛

What can you expect to see there? The moment you’ll enter the fort area you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of the massive stone structures made thousands of years ago! It’s in a state of ruins but that’s because the government hasn’t really looked after preserving it and when you go there, you’ll find barely any people there, no security or any kind of touristy feel because as I said, not many people know about it. The fort has broken-down churches and huge stone walls with beautiful Portuguese carvings. If you walk down further, you’ll be led to a jetty and a lovely view of the sea! If you’re into doing adventurous things, do try climbing the fort walls. It’s definitely not my thing cause I am a fattu when it comes to doing these things but I’m sure you’ll love it!

Food/Accommodation– There’ll be a nimbu pani/cold drinks guy from whom you can buy something to quench your thirst. If you’re hungry I’ll suggest you carry your own food or go after you’ve finished eating a heavy meal. There might be restaurants within a 2 kms radius which can be easily found otherwise. If you’re coming from far, I suggest you go there in the morning, leave by afternoon and stay somewhere in proper Mumbai.

So yes, Bassein Fort should definitely be on your awesome getaway list because it is a beautiful getaway you must visit as a Mumbaikar!

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