shrank the trees!
gets Red Haute
Young couples making advances are a common sight in public parks and love blooms in the city’s Rose Garden, says Saurabh Malik
What guys, you haven’t seen them cuddling and nuzzling in their own microcosms merrily? Do not worry. It’s never too late to catch up with lovers. For, the world comes to a standstill when they move together through the dark and dingy alleys of time, warmly.
So folks, leave the warm comfort of your house and drive down the road meandering its way through the city’s history all the way to the Rose Garden. You will see young love blooming amidst chuckling flowers in the happy hunting ground.
The piercing late-winter breeze, along with the probing eyes of so many onlookers, is no deterrent as they care for each other in their own flirty manner. Looking at them from close quarters, socio-psychologist Varun Kumaria says: “Private-in-public couples were always there in the city. But love was not so blatant and barefaced in days that are no more and will, perhaps, never come back.”
“Before cable television with movie and fashion channels invaded the living rooms and lives of so many residents through the open Indian skies, love was stolen, but in the shadows of camouflaging bushes in the Panjab University campus, Sukhna Lake and other places. For, getting caught meant wooing controversy,” adds Kumaria.
Things have now changed, indeed. Migratory lovebirds perch together in the open green fields, promising each other a rose garden. The fear of men-in-khakis is the last thing on their ever-shifting minds as they flirt with life lightly, making transient promises of permanent relationships. If their hugs and embraces embarrass the elderly reposing on the hard concrete benches, or burn the forlorn guys with pangs of loneliness and jealousy, they are least bothered about it.
“What can we do?” questions plus-two student Sangeeta. Refusing to divulge her full name, she mummers disapprovingly: “If couples throw their arms around each other behind the curtained seclusion of fast food joints, it is justified, absolutely. But if we whisper sweet nothings in open parks, it’s a sin…. Isn’t it another form of class conflict between the haves and have-nots of the society?”
Ask the cops and they tell you sympathetically: “We allow the youngsters to keep company as long as they remain within the restrictions set up by the society. The only problem is that the confines are stretchable. Something intolerable to you may well be within the limits for others. There are no hard and fast rules. As such we act as and when we receive complains.” For Sangeeta and others it is a question of “Hum jayen toh jayen kahan?”
The party scene in town has come of age. If you have seen the sleek invitation card for the Friday Twist Dance Party at the Silk Lounge, you would know what we are talking about. The black shiny piece of paper bears an alluring belle dancer’s picture with half-a-dozen sponsors’ name printed on it. What’s more, an event management company was organising the whole show.
But reach the venue, and you are in for a surprise. It’s not the city’s who’s whos are there to revive the magic of the seventies, but a bunch of kids in their casual bests ready to gyrate to the latest trendy music.
As we manage to spot the organiser amidst 300 boys and girls, queuing up to get into the venue, he explains it us, “This is a farewell party for the B. Com students.” The students belong to Eagle Eye Institute of Commerce, a tutorial home in Sector 47. Like any other farewell party, this one too had all the ingredients essential for such parties, music, dance and contests for titles like Mr and Ms Eagle, Mr and Ms Intelligent and Mr and Ms Obedient, besides others like best dancers and best dressed students.
The air is invigorating with all the excitement. But where is the twist dance, which was promised to us?
“Judging the mood of the party we decided to play the latest trendy pop, rock, hip-hop and even Bollywood hits,” says in-house DJ Sandy.
So folks, there was no twist here, at least not in this party!
Honey I shrank the trees!
Looking for potential bonsais is a rewarding task. Usually old buildings and roofs have peepal, barh, guava and mulberry seeds ejected by some flying birds or monkeys. These find crevices, drains, mud and humus to sprout through. These are the saplings we are looking for. Or go to the nearest nursery and choose your plants. However, I would advise the former chance ones as they are under-nourished, have been growing unnoticed in their chosen spot for years and look old.
The best plants for bonsais are: bougainvillea, peach, cherry, pear, apple, bamboo, neem, pomegranates, jade, mango, litchi, limes, oranges, laurels, lagerstroemia, gul-mohar, acacia, tulip trees and the afore-mentioned four. Of course there are many, many more but these few are hardy and take a lot of punishment. I have never been successful with bananas or avocados.
The selection of pots for bonsais is an art because you have so many to choose from. They should be shallow, must have 3 to 5 drainage holes and small stubs at the bottom to raise them, to allow the water to flow away. We can choose terracotta, blue pottery, hollowed wood trunks, ceramics, glass or porcelain. Plastic and metal are not advisable as over a period of time, the toxins they let off, kill the plants. Keep the eventual size of the plant in mind while selecting the pot.
The three methods for keeping a bonsai in shape are pruning, nipping and wiring. After pruning with shears or secateurs in winter, nip off large leaves, extra buds and thin, crossing branches with a sharp scissor. This allows smaller leaves and side branches to flourish and move out-wards and up-wards. A very dense tree loses its balance. Nipping can be carried out whenever required. Pruning and chisel cuts were discussed last week.
Wiring should be done only in winter when growth is slow and the bark is dry and hard. Copper wire can be 10, 11,12 and so on in size. The higher the number is, the thinner the wire. Anchor the wire to a weight or stone placed in the pot and move from the lower branches upwards. Do not wrap the wire tightly as it can damage the plant and as it grows it can cut into the bark. After a year the wires should be removed and if need be, changed. Keep a sharp, small wire cutter with you. If you are clumsy, wear thick rubber gloves so as not to puncture your fingers. These are needed with thorny plants.
Sounds as if bonsais are a full time occupation! After five years when your favourites are flowering and yield tiny fruits, you are going to be the proudest parent alive. Best of luck.
Pepsi Diet has signed leading film star and youth icon John Abraham, as it’s first brand ambassador in India. The new brand ambassador will soon be featuring in the new 30 second ‘Salsa’ television commercial where, John’s admirable and enviable fit look depicts the physical benefit of low calorie Pepsi diet while his character exudes a confident, cool and distinctive persona. The Pepsi Diet 330 ml can contains a paltry 0.858 calories.
Tupperware, the company that introduced the promise of plastic to American homes way back in 1954 has come a long way. The company has launched the technology smart, Fridge Smart, a storage container equipped with a unique venting system that ensures fruits and vegetables stay fresh by regulating the amount of air flowing though the container. The ventilation system not only keeps the contents fresh for a week but also lets one use it at his or her own convenience. Available in three sizes, priced at Rs 300, 400 and 525 respectively.
The perfect Lonavala chikki is now available —hygienically packed in tamperproof, pocketable packs by Pidilite Industries Ltd. These paper thin, bite-sized, square Chikkers are immensely munchable and come in 3 subtle flavours-Peanut punch, Coconut crunch and a seasame surprise. For Rs. 5 for a 25 gm pack, Rs. 10 for fifty gms and Rs. 25 for 100 gms, these Chikkers are available off the shelf at all food bazaar outlets.
Pidilite Industries Ltd has introduced ‘Rangeela Pearl and Glitter’ students’ liquid colours with a pearl and glitter finish. Rangeela Pearl and glitter gives sparkling designs that make your art come alive. Priced at Rs. 15, it comes in 30ml chain pack and is manufactured to match stringent quality and safety standards.
Business Standard Motoring, the definitive magazine on two wheelers in India has awarded the Bike of the Year 2006 award to the new motorcycle from TVS Motor- the TVS Apache. The Apache is the new 150 cc, 5 speed stunner of a motorcycle created to be the leader of the 150 cc motorcycle class with respect to acceleration, performance, styling, ride handling and stability. Its engine is powered by 13.5 Brake Horse Power and the bike is slated to be the fastest off the block.
VVF Ltd. has introduced yet another new range in skin care soaps—JO Soaps enriched with Glycerin. JO is now available at all the retail outlets in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and HP. JO Rose with Glycerin contains Rose and Rose water pampering the skin with moisturising and toning properties. JO Lime with Glycerin contains the freshness of lime and promises to clean away all the dirt and grime from the skin. JO Sandal with Glycerin has a rich fragrance of Sandal which not only cools but also adds radiance to skin because of it’s inherent nourishing properties. A 60 gram pack of the soap is available for Rs. 5.
Two main tools of tantra yoga are mantra (sound vibrations) and yantra (visual patterns representing sound vibrations).
Mantra is a potent sound vibration that is capable of affecting human emotion and mental process. Just see how we react to harsh words or words of praise or appreciation to understand the compelling effect of sound.
The word ‘mantra’ means advice or suggestion. The words that are used by yogis in intonations were heard by them during the highest state of meditative contemplation – the state of Samadhi.
Mantras can be used for healing, for purification of the environment, to attract, to repel, to manifest and to energise.
Since mantra is energy, yogis can accumulate this energy through practice and can use it to harm or heal others.
Certain precepts are therefore laid down for the practice of mantra sadhana. Initiation by a master is important as it allows a mantra to flower to its true potency.
The purity of motive of the person practising— whether it is to help one’s own spiritual evolution, to heal others, to attract material gains or as is sometimes, used to harm others — each motive results in an equivalent effect on the practitioner.
Pranayama, the breathing technique, is to be practiced since the chanting is done in various speeds and sometimes involves kumbhak (withholding of breath) for effectiveness of the mantra and at different frequencies—loud, whisper and silent.
Other factors such as the location in doors or out, forest or stream, caves or confluence of rivers, the direction faced north, south, east, west etc, the seat used whether grass, leopard skin, deerskin or silk; what the mala (rosary) used is made of—sandalwood, turmeric, rudraksha, crystal etc all alter subtly the effect of the ‘japa’.
The practitioner is first introduced to the ‘japa’ as a continuous chanting of a given mantra. When the person practising chants the mantra subtle vibrations stimulates the cerebral system.
This vibration then spreads in the whole physical body via the medium of the nervous system.
Since the words were heard by masters in an altered state of mind, these intonations simulate the same state in the person practising the ‘japa’.
Correct pronunciation is an important part of chanting these sound vibrations. Since the sounds effect different parts of the brain the yogis believe incorrect chanting will reduce or negate their effectiveness.
Constant chanting of particular mantras alters the very environment of the body regulating the production of chemicals such as adrenalin, cortisone, insulin etc thus healing the physical body.
As the practitioner becomes involved in the chanting according to the instruction given by the master, visual patterns representing the chant start to manifest as the yantra and the seeker is ready for the next initiation.
FILM & FASHION
“Batman Begins” actor Cillian Murphy has slammed comparisons to actor Colin Farrell. According to contactmusic.com, Murphy, unlike the playboy Farrell, is happily married and has a son and prefers a calmer lifestyle away from the spotlight.
He says, “If you behave like a celebrity, then people will treat you like a celebrity, and if you don’t, they won’t. There is not much to write about me in the tabloids.” — IANS
Hopkins recalls Mel’s bad-boy days
Oscar winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins recalls the filming of “The Bounty” vividly because co-star Mel Gibson was going through his bad-boy phase then.
According to contactmusic.com, Hopkins starred as Lt. William Bligh and remembers Gibson engaged in drunken brawls and bad behaviour. He talks about them with humour because he spent his youth doing the same thing.
He says, “I’d mended my ways by those days, I’d got off the sauce and all that. Mel was still in it. He’d get into fights in the bars in Tahiti and Liam Neeson used to go out as his kind of henchman to try to calm him down and get him out of trouble. And Mel would come in with bruises sometimes.”
“‘Aw, Tony’ he’d say, ‘Jesus Christ, I’m really hung over.’ In those days he had his troubles, as we all do. But I think it’s wonderful to have gone through all that.” — IANS
Britney trying out Hinduism
Pop singer Britney Spears was raised a Baptist, has studied Kabbalah and is now reportedly trying out Hinduism.
According to newsweek. com, Spears was seen at a Hindu temple in Malibu where she reportedly got blessings for her baby son Sean Preston.
Rick Ross of cultnews.com says, “Apparently, Britney can’t make up her mind which tune to dance to. I am sure her mentor (and Kabbalah enthusiast) Madonna will not be amused.” — IANS
Halle desperate for a baby
Oscar winning actress Halle Berry has revealed that if she does not have a serious relationship until the age of forty, she will go ahead and look for a man who is ready to have a baby with her.
“If there’s no serious man (in my life), whoever I’m dating at the time, I’ll say, ‘Hey, would you like to have a baby?’” the New York Daily News, quoted her as telling Oprah Winfrey.
Rumours were abuzz that Halle was dating Michael Ealy, 32, her co-star in “Their Eyes were watching God.”
But lately, the “Catwoman” star has been spotted with model Gabriel Aubry, the blond hunk who featured in ads for Versace, the house for which Berry also works. — ANI
Kelly launching her swimwear line
Voted as world’s sexiest woman of 2005 by the readers of FHM, model, actress and host of reality TV show Kelly Brook has now taken a plunge into the fashion business.
Following in the footsteps of Elizabeth Hurley and a host of other stars, she is ready to make her mark in the fashion world because she says she finds it giving her control on the final outcome.
“Designing your own clothes is different to acting. You have complete control over what it ends up like. It’s great, I loved it.”,Contactmusic quoted her, as saying.
She will be launching her first ever swimwear collection in March under the brand name ‘Kelly Brook Swimwear’.
“I’m launching a swimwear line. It’s something I co-designed with a few people. It’s a really big step for me, getting into the business side of things.”, she said. — ANI
Paris Hilton’s secret signals
Some celebs hire minders, others avoid potential hot-spots, but hotel heiress and socialite, Paris Hilton has come up with her own unique strategy to avoid getting caught in a sticky situation with over-zealous strangers, that by creating her own secret signals.
Known for her love for partying, she and her friends have developed their own code-language that enables them to come to the rescue of each other, when they want to flee from unwarranted company without being rude.
“My friends and I have code words and phrases that we use when we need help. If I say to them, ‘Tiffany is crying!’ then they know to jump in. That’s one we use a lot. And then we run away,” Contactmusic quoted her, as saying.
“They’re usually older guys, who try to talk to you, or women who look like they’ve had a lot of plastic surgery. They are to be avoided at all costs,” she added. — ANI
The traditional Indian Jewellery is no longer perenially sought after. What intrigues and bewitches the city ladies now is branded jewellery says Anandita Gupta
A Michael Angelo sculpture with a physique chiseled to perfection. A hundred watt glow on a bashful bride’s face. And a baby girl’s million-dollar smile on seeing mommy dear return home from work. Could anything be more precious and coved than this? Perhaps yes, especially for the little girl lurking behind every women who’s in love with glitter and glamour. And when it comes to etching sparkle n’ shine, fraught with designer fantasies on life’s fascinating vista, can the love for jewellery be far behind? So enters designer jewellery into the City Beautiful as well as the hearts of its lissome ladies.
Chunky gold sets (courtesy the family’s khandaani jeweller) stashed away in the locker are a thing of the past. Women today want something very wearable and trendy. And yet they’d not like to compromise on quality. It’s here that the jewellery brands walk in. Combining the designs from the rich Indian heritage with the contemporary chic charm are most young brands that have entered our city with élan. OyzterBay, Adora, Aura, Ace, D’damas, Sparkles, Gili, Ravoy Gems and forever fascinating Tanishq have sparkled up the city’s dull winter days. And as if it was not sizzling enough, these brands are wooing women with attractive schemes.
OyzterBay in Sector 17 has recently unveiled “Celebratory Colours—a collection consisting of coloured gemstones with diamonds as highlights. Informs Sreenivas Reddy, award winning designer and head of OyzterBay design team, “A riot of colours is what women are asking for. Bright Asian colours with western designs are in. And so our new hip collection has a thrust on coloured gemstones with diamonds.”
Then there’s the haute brand Tanishq that’s come up with it’s attractive scheme—‘Can you imagine?’ The offer starting from January 20 till February 28, promises a 25 per cent discount on all diamond jewellery purchased during this period. Beams Simran Mehra, Tanishq’s brand manager, “Hailing from the house of Tatas, Tanishq definitely hails a promise of quality. But what we are offering our customers now is affordability.” Well, now it’s inexpensive jewels that these brands are offering the world of design. Surely, your wallet won’t reach the morgue hunting for haute jewels.
Adds Nitin Baradia, Director, ATR Institute of Jewellery Design, “The gem and jewellery industry is fast flourishing in the region, thanks to the craze for designer jewellery. Branded jewellery is a rage today and every brand needs a team of highly creative designers. States Ritu Kochchar, director NIFD, “The region doesn’t have any jewellery institute of repute and the NIFD has tied up with the ATR Institute of jewellery design to offer a first hand knowledge of today’s jewellery market to our upcoming designers.
The city’s definitely stocking branded jewellery—stunningly lavish but put together with an aesthetic mind. But what delights more than it’s splendoured hues is it’s affordable prices!
Melodious tunes would flow out of his guitar in Panjab University campus back in the early 90’s, but no one had though Krishna would become Sanjay Dutt’s voice in his songs, says Saurabh Malik after meeting his old-time batch-mate
No one had thought Krishna would make it that big. Reposing on a not-so-comfy sofa cast out of concrete next to the “hut” in Panjab University campus with a guitar in his hands, Krishna’s dexterous fingers would move up and down the cords to turn out magic. No one had doubts about his talent, but then batch-mates are not moulded out of stuff Bollywood singers are made of.
Those were the days when cable television had just invaded the living rooms, and lives, of so many city residents. Along with fashion shows and teenage serials, the channels would air compositions of maestros like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Surrounded by pretty girls of the English Department, Krishna would hum Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s numbers, much to the annoyance of the macho guys waiting give the girls a photocopy of Cleanth Brooks’ “Critique of the Myth”.
So when Krishna left the university in 1994 after doing a course from the Department of Indian Theatre, the guys heaved a sigh of relief, literally. They could have the girls all by themselves without anyone impressing them with his music.
For several years, no one heard anything about Krishna except for the fact that he was in Dubai working as a radio jockey. The guys too passed out of the university to see the girls getting married to rich men abroad or some nice businessmen in Mandi Gobindgarh and other boom towns.
Gradually, all thoughts of the univ-time singer were pushed into the recycle bin of memories until they heard that one Krishna was accompanying the “Zinda” movie team, along with roaring star of the silver screen John Abraham. Was he the same Krishna?
Well, the guys out to watch the premier had doubts, but Krishna in cool tees over rugged denims took no time to clasp their hands in a warm grip. And when he started talking about his journey from Dubai to Bollywood, everyone realised it was his voice in Zindagi Mein Koyi Kabhi Aaye Na Rabba in the hit flick Musafir.
“I owe everything to Sanjay Dutt. After coming to Mumbai, I met him with some of my compositions. He liked my voice and gave me a chance to sing for him. Since then, it’s been a smooth ride for me with songs like Ishq Khudai to my credit,” said the S.D. College alumnus.
His track Har saans in Zinda is expected to set every club floor afire. The number begins with a brilliant disco-trance beat that yanks you up to your feet. Krishna’s “oh-so-sufiyana” voice completes the job to give you a soul-stirring number. All the best to him. Next time we hope he gets time to visit the University campus.
Chilly evenings shrouded in a thick cloak of fog — it’s the perfect time to savour fish, fried or tandoori, says Saurabh Malik after fishing for some cool restaurants and joints that serve the aquatic delicacy
Fish fillets simmered in spiced tomato, or grilled to perfection, are watering the mouths like never before. The whiff is unmistakable. Just pass by the restaurants and fast food joints across the city in the evenings and you realise something fishy is surely going on deep inside. In fact, the aroma of fillets cooked in rich cream sauce, doused with golden-brown onion gravy, lures you indoors. As you push your way through the glass panels, the tang mingles with a hint of curry leaves to give the flavour of fresh-water delicacy.
If you haven’t fished for the stuff up till now, it’s never too late. Just drive down to your favourite haunt and gratify your taste buds with ‘Machchi Rahara’, Goan fish curry or any other aquatic dish. You see the weather is just right for you to savour the stuff. The slight chill in the late hours, vaguely hinting at winter’s revival, will only add to the essence.
So folks, forget all about counting those loathsome calorie and order golden-fried fish fillets sopped in satin-smooth tomato gravy, or the ones cooked in creamy coconut curry tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves. The choice is yours, entirely.
You see, until a few years ago, one had few options as not many restaurants were offering variety. Undoubtedly you could enjoy Amritsari fish or the one dipped in methi-curd paste, but hardly anything else. Oh yes, you could stand in the kitchen before the blue flame and prepare pakodas, but then the quality of fish was not all that good. For, the fish cultivated in Punjab was with ‘bones’, the one from Mumbai was expensive.
But now the dishes are yummier. Pick up the menu card and you will find stuff like “whole fish marinated in yoghurt with a hint of carom seeds”, or else chunks of fresh fish flavoured with mint, grilled over hot charcoals. Even the roadside rehriwalas are cashing in on the rage by offering platter full of barbecued or grilled fish for less than Rs 50.
In Copper Chimney, the ambience and the setting with light music floating in the air is just right for a perfect evening. If you are a tandoori food buff, order Machchi Tikka or Tandoori Pomfret. Otherwise, go in for Fish Begum Bahar.
Machchi Tamatar is another good option. Fish fillets are fried golden brown and doused with tomato gravy before reaching your table. Go in for Machchi Rahara only if you have taste for spicy dishes.
Red Skewers in Sector 8 offers good stuff. Served with traditional sauce, steamed sweet corn and bread, their ‘Fish Gulmarg’ is a must have. You can also try Fish and Chips. “The dish is not heavy and actually delicious,” says Jatinder Rana, working with the joint.
You can have fish fried or tandoori at Pick `n’ Move in the same sector. Their fish finger is simply scrumptious and is not costing much. In fact, you can eat a plate full by pulling out just Rs 110 from your wallet.
In Hotel Mountview, the crowd, the view and par-excellent service adds to the charm of having fish. Remember to order Fish Tikka. Marinated with tandoori barter and roasted in medium hot oven, it is served with mint chatni. “Another dish Fish Fry is worth tasting,” says General Manager R.P. Singla. “Served with tartar sauce, it’s delicious.”
Memorable Moments in Sector 35 is another place for enjoying fish after reposing on sofa sets placed on revolving dais. Begin with Fish Tikka. Go ahead and order whatever you like. The stuff is washed nicely and properly to remove any smell, the staff claims.
A word of caution folks! Avoid ordering fish with bones in any joint you visit. You can ask the maître d’hôtel for assistance in case of doubt.
Also examine the menu card carefully before placing the order. Order dish with chilies printed against its name only if you love spicy food. Happy eating!
Netting health with fish
If not for the taste, eat fish for health. Quoting the findings of a study by Chicago-based Rush University Medical Centre, the doctors at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research say that eating fish at least once a week may slow down the process of memory loss in elderly people.
Well folks, it may sound “heavy”, but you must listen to this: Fish is a direct source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential for neurocognitive development and normal brain functioning.
In simpler words, dietary intake of fish slows down the cognitive decline in thinking, reasoning, remembering and imagining. Giving details, the doctors say that cognitive decline is common among the elderly and is very much associated with advancing age.
It’s better to have burnt and lost than never to have barbequed at all, believes Goldiie’s that has now donned a new avatar. Anandita Gupta checks out the eatery’s reincarnation.
A soggy winter evening. An impenetrable fog’s shrouding all activity to a standstill. And thanks to the bone-rattling winter chill, the whole of Chandigarh’s seeped in dead inactivity. However, while the lethargic city’s looking pleasantly wasted, lazy limbs all laid out languidly, a corner is brimming with enthusiastic activity…
Limitless luxury cars are lined on a sector 8 street— honking n’ tooting, causing a ruckus in the neighbourhood. Crooning lovebirds are savouring a bowl of scrumptious soup in the warm comfort of their car heaters. Many a desperate drivers are slouching on the windowsills of their cars, waiting eagerly for a succulent mouthful of their favourite delicacy. A brigade of waiters is popping in and out of a small shop, having piled some palette pleasers on their huge serving trays. And Farooq Abdullah, Dara Singh and Gurdas Maan, among others, remain ardent fans of the joint’s signature tandoori nan and dal makhani. The owner may not have donned the apron, armed himself with a baton and spoon to train chefs on the nuances of the Punjabi tongue. But has always been around, his metallic navy blue Tata Sierra parked religiously regularly, in front of the Monika’s.
Sounds familiar? Well, foodies must have guessed by now. It’s the city’s most humble, yet appealing eatery—Goldiie’s Roost. Having wooed the city denizens since 1982— when it was established by Sardar Harbans Singh Sethi, the joint has recently donned a haute n’ hot avatar—Red Skewers.
The hip new ‘quick eats’ restaurant is a diverse blend of vegetables and meats, skewered in signature marinates, all grilled and served with a choice of delicious salads and simmering soups. And while the Goldiie’s Roost mainly catered to the purely Punjabi palettes with its crispy tandoori nans, rich gravies and seekh kebabs, its changed version is more tilted towards the international taste buds. American, Indonesian, French, Russian, Greek, Japanese and Chinese— the joint offers a luscious bhelpuri of all these cuisines. Chips in Sethi, “We’ve added 9 international skewered dishes including Satays, Brochettes, Spiedies, Kowshu, Shashlik, Souvalaki and Yakitori. Besides we now have crisp garden greens with unique toppings, submarine sandwiches and iced tea.”
The speciality now is deliciously flavoured and filling food, skewered just right for a gentle bite. Informs owner Harbans Singh Sethi, “I was running a chicken farm and the idea of having an eat-out just occurred to me accidentally. And so, Goldiie’s was established in 1982. But now, to compete with a plethora of eateries that are coming up in the city, I decided for an expansion in menu. Adds Atul Grover, Harbans’ son-in-law, “My wife Sonal and I travelled extensively and found that skewers are a rage internationally, especially in the Middle East Asian countries. So we decided to blend the international with Punjabi. And the fusion of these two aims to allure even the most finicky of taste buds.”
The central location of the joint at the heart of sector 8 beckoned many Chandigarians to come here. But more than that it was the hygienic and tasty food and the concept of selling in the car, which accounted for its popularity. Informs Harbans, “We’ve never compromised on quality. Our only loophole was the lack of classy interiors and so we’ve renovated the whole place.” With that loophole too plugged, the owner’s hoping to win over more gourmets.
And will this new avatar win over more loyalists? He remains quiet. For he believes in letting his customers’ tongues do the talking!