3 Sikh Restaurateurs of Amritsar

Roads of Amritsar, the culinary capital of India flood with street vendors serving the best of food experiences. As the city homes to the Sikh community, most of these roadside foodpreneurs are also Sikh by origin. It’s indeed wonderful to see how the Sikhs are making money through food business in Amritsar. Most of their establishments, are tiny dhabas, devoid of geographical space yet the plates are sure to tempt your for a culinary drive.

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A Sikh in front of the Golden Temple, Amritsar
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Thus, BYT food experts lists few of the Sikh restaurateurs of Amritsar, whom you got to bid a ‘hi’and taste their culinary experiments when you reach here.

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Sikhs are great foodies
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Giani Tea Stall

Gurmit Singh has monopolized the tea business of Amritsar with the hot creamy glass of chai he serves. Don’t utter a mug or cup here, as glass is the standard term for ordering in this tea stall at Cooper Road. His breakfast menu has received appreciation from Bollywood celebrities like Ranbir Kapoor for the steaming hot kachoris or English style butter toasts he starts offering from 5 in the morning.

S. Surjan Singh Milk Bhandar

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Lassi making
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Drop in for a fresh glass of yoghurt lassi here and that is sure to make one of your meals. Located near Chowk Regent Cinema, here one gets the frothiest and one of the best lassi in Amritsar. This is counted as the ideal example of Punjabi Lassi. Flocks of tourists keep visiting the place not alone for the lassi, but to get a feel of his other milk products like curd, white butter, cream, milk cake or peda.

Surjit Food Plaza 

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Entrance of Surjit Food Plaza
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Another well-known Sikh food entrepreneur in the city is Surjit Singh, with his food outlet Surjit Food Plaza specializing in both vegetarian and non vegetarian grills and kebab. He serves it hot on the table, making it a lip smacking affair with salads and sauces. The red color tantalize your sight while the robust grill aroma is sure to make you fall in love with the Surjit restaurant.

5 Must-Try Restaurants Near Juhu Beach, Mumbai

When in the city of Mumbai, a walk by the Juhu beach is an ultimate bliss.

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The city of Mumbai
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It might be your first time, honeymoon or every weekend plan, but a walk along the Juhu beach in Mumbai is indeed one of the best feelings.

After the sultry noon soothes, how about being by the shore with your favorite set of people. In fact, many are found to sit or roam around the Juhu beach alone, for a walk or just to admire the gorgeous Arabian Sea.

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Sunset at Juhu Beach
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Some young couples with photographers, some kids with their balls and balloons, aunties with their gossip doses, the local vendor’s altogether weaves an engaging affair at all time of the year.

Added to this, if lucky you may greet a Bollywood celebrity here. Many of them are spotted here especially during late evenings and early mornings for their jogging session.

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A snapshot of Juhu beach
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Now, once in Juhu beach you cannot miss the food fair that exhibits right opposite to it. From tiny eateries to lavish hotels, the area has every kind of restaurant to serve your mood. The variety is sure to confuse you, but again a good guide can land you to a culinary paradise.

Thus BYT, your sincere culinary guide lists the best choices you can pick from among the eateries around Juhu Beach.

Chaayos

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Inside Chaayos, Juhu
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Keeping it simple, it’s a café known for the tea and Indian snacks they serve. They open quite early and closes pretty late, and thus can be your choice for breakfast, quick grab or dinner. The main course many are varied which gives you vast varieties to pick from. Also, spacious place decked with all Indian goodies makes it an ideal choice when you are in a big group at the Juhu Beach.

The Spare Kitchen

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Inside the Spare Kitchen
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Recognized as a popular pub in town, this has earned fame for its late night servings. Also, their ladies night is a big hype. The place is located inside Hotel King’s International Compound and from outside, you might not feel the fun and frolic inside. But walk in, to explore their posh ambiance, colorful menu and loud music. The place is an apt pick for party poppers and nocturnal of Mumbai.

Fat Man’s Café and Grill

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A Continental food spread
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If in mood for some Italian or Continental food, then this is the place to be. As the name says, the menu is equally fat. The ambiance is merry composed of people and music that you are sure to love at any point of the day. Pizza, pasta, pancakes, omelette – the menu is long and thus, you need to combine the right dishes to make a memorable meal.

Jantar Mantar

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Meat preparation at Jantar Mantar
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Well, the Delhi monument has not shifted. This one is an exclusive North Indian and Awadhi restaurant very close to the Juhu Church where you can head to relish some Indian dishes. kebab, biriyani, rotis and rice are served sizzling hot with chilled deserts to end with. If you have less time in hand, you can always pick their rich roti rolls for a refreshing taste.

Facing East

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A look of Facing East
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Waiting for you with an Asian culinary spread, this place is meant for the fish lovers. They have Chinese, Asian and Sea food items – each very distinct in its own style. The place has two seating segments, yet it often remains over crowded especially in weekend. Prior table booking is recommended if you want to finger lick their delicious delights.

Luxury Dining at Hyatt, Ahmedabad

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City of Ahmedabad
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If you count Ahmedabad from the long history it beholds, then you must also make a note of its fabulous night life it offers composed of colourful markets, crowded streets and of course, luxury eateries for a memorable dinner and also rejuvenation after a tiring day or before your night walk.

When it’s about luxury hospitality across India, Hyatt Regency is a sound name and so it resonates at Ahmedabad as well. Contemporary additions are attributed in the hotel’s services throughout the year to keep it an interesting affair for their clients. The city along the Sabarmati River might seem to be belonging to the historical era, but the Hyatt outlets has wrapped a robe of modern lifestyle that you can start exploring once in Ahmedabad.

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Hyatt, Ahmedabad
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If a resident of the city and you still haven’t checked into Hyatt, then that is one of the first to-do in your priority list, for a memorable experience.

Nonya

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Nonya, Hyatt
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Hyatt, the American International Company has captured the hospitality industry of all leading Indian cities and no far does it stand when it comes to Ahmedabad. Nonya, is their Asian food galore where from quick grab to food spreads they have it all in queue for you. You need to pick from their long menu or opt for the buffet to have an awesome food voyage. The place is ideal for dinner dates, business meets and even solo foodies can hangout here for a culinary delight.

Collage

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Collage, Ahmedabad
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Another Hyatt initiative, Collage serves Mughlai, North Indian and Continental food. Their hall of fame are the buffets they spread for foodies, that allows one to relish sweet, sour or spice – all in a go. Check in for a Sunday brunch and this place is sure to be one of your best experience in the city of Ahmedabad.

Tinello

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Tinello, Hyatt
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Since still bound amidst the archetypal Indian culture, you may worry if you get any foreign delicacies in the city of Ahmedabad. Well, of course you do get when in this restaurant of Hyatt regency who specialize in tantalizing your buds with intense Italian flavours. From pasta to pizza, you just name it and they get it for you on the table.

So what you do when hungry at 2am in the night? Be at home; watch a movie and your favourite DIY noodles!

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Namma Bengaluru
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When part of a metropolitan city like Bengaluru, availability of cafes and pubs are 24/7.You need to know the right place and destination where you can check-in at any point of the day. Go alone or hooked by your bae or may be your favorite bunch of people, their food, drinks and services are sure to impress you.

JW Marriott

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JW Mariott from outside, Bengaluru
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Their café at Vittal Mallya Road is open 24/7. This not only leaves scope for a good cup of coffee but also, a drive down one of the posh areas of the city. The walk can definitely follow with a walk around Lavelle Road or an instant drop to your home for a good sleep. The place is a hot picks for nocturnal of the city, and thus, reserving your table might be a good option.

Khaugalli

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A snapshot of Khaugalli
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This food street of Bengaluru remains open till 2am, just to serve your midnight hunger pangs. While the north Indian dishes are flooded with ghee and the Chinese ones are topped with sauces. Take a walk down the street to see all the available options before you take a plunge into the culinary relishes waiting for you here. Head a little late to avoid the crowd.

Raasta Café

Raasta Cafe
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When it comes to midnight eating, this one is most popular especially among the youngsters of Bangalore. That’s mostly because the place is fun and is located little outskirt from the city. This leaves scope for a long drive followed by an awesome feast over their culinary spread. When here, take a seat under the sky in their open lawn and do relive the fresh air. If you are a smoker, then do mark this as a must-try during your stay in Namma Bengaluru. They offer the best of hookahs in town.

20char

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Inside 20 char
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When at the Old Airport Road, Matthan Hotel is one of the best choice you have. 20 char, is their café that is open 24/7. So whenever in mood for some hot coffee in the city of Bengaluru, you can surely be here. Even at late hours, they have side dishes and munchies to complement your coffee. The ambiance of this café has been appreciated by many foodies of the city.

Barista

Not all Barista in the city of Bengaluru is 24/7. If you head to the one located in the 5th block of Koramangala, south Bengaluru then you wont be deprived of their services at any point of the day. Start with a coffee and then you have a long menu to pick from.

Drool! 5 Non-Veg Dhabas in Amritsar

After a sneak peek over the vegetarian dhabas in the city of Amritsar, it’s time to check the non-veg ones.

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The city of Amritsar
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Choices and options of non veg eateries is varied in the city of Amritsar, bur heading to these dhabas will give you a  feel and touch of their local cuisine, aroma and delicacies added with the meat or fish of your choice.

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Dhabas of Amritsar
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BYT lists the best non-veg dhabas you cannot miss when in the city of Amritsar:

Chawlas 2

This national food chain has almost 80 outlets across the country though it started its journey from Amritsar. Thus, even if you have been to their eatery before, being in the Amritsar one has an added heritage to grab your attention. The place is renowned for ‘Cream Chicken’, a dish started by Late S. Attar Singh Chawla, who first used milk, cream and spices to prepare a meat based dish. If not a fan of chicken, then their Amritsari Fish is another highlight of the menu. The restaurant recently became news with its business ventures travelling overseas to South Africa, New Zealand, UK and so on.

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Cream Chicken at Chawlas 2
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Parkash Dhaba

An indeed tiny shabby restaurant where you might think twice before stepping in. But believe the BYT food experts and do drop in for their mutton curry. Prepared with minimal ingredients like onion and garam masala, this is a light meat preparation that makes a gaga combo with a plate of hot steam rice or plain kulchas you get here. The restaurant has a branch at Maqool Road and if you end there, the curry can be supplemented with tikka, grills and kebab.

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Mutton Curry
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Beera

Tandoor from the typical Punjabi kitchen has always been an irresistible affair and to experience that at the best, Beera is the ultimate destination. Their hall of fame is Chicken Tandoori. Foodies also appreciate their serve of Fish Fry with Keema Naan. Balbir Singh Bheera, the owner hand picks every chicken served in the eatery and marinates it himself before the grill sessions. The restaurant receives heavy crowd at all times of the day and thus, you got to spare sometime in waiting queue before fetching yourself a seat.

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Tandoori Chicken at Beera
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Makhan Dhaba

This one is a paradise for fish lovers and is most popular for the Amritsari Fish they serve. Added to their fish bouquet, Chilly Fish and Fish Fry are also favorite for many. For fish, their standout factor is that every plate is prepared in mustard oil which adds to the flavor and aroma. Along with fish, they have abundant chicken recipes that you can pick from. The list includes Butter Chicken, Kadhai Chicken, Chicken Curry, Masala Chicken and Lemon chicken all prepared in authentic Indian or Punjabi style.

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Entrance of Makhan Da Dhaba
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Pal da Dhaba

Located near Hathi gate, this one is the ultimate place for a bowl of hot ‘paya’ soup. This is an Indian stew prepared with mutton, chilli, lentil and garam masala. Crowds gather and wait till they get their turn for a bowl of paya soup. If you find the paya soup too simple and bland, you can combine it with a plate of hot Keema parathas making it a heavy combination.

Buddhist Cuisine: Features and Facts

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An authentic Buddhist spread
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Standing very parallel to Hindu beliefs and customs, Buddhism is an absolutely independent religion that has its own set of rituals and regulations followed by 300 million people of this world. While standing out from the rest, the Buddhists even sketched their style of diet, popularly known as Buddhist cuisine.

BYT lists 8 highlights of the Buddhist cuisine that you may try with a fellow Buddhist and have idea about a completely new kind of culinary spread:

Meat – Yes or No?

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Consumption of meat in Buddhism
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Buddhists are predominantly meat lovers except the priests, monks, nuns or those abiding the Bodhisattva path. So, when in Buddhism, it depends on your wish whether you will be a meat eater or not. However, Buddha himself is believed to have died for over consumption of tainted pork.

Vegetarian Buddhists use gluten, tofu, agar and other plant products instead of meat in their meals.

Redefining the Food Habits

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A Buddhist meal
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Buddhists do not prefer much of poultry products. Those who are strictly vegetarians prefer lentils, beans, soups, salads, and vegetable dishes in menu. In case of meat, a broth or stew based preparation is preferred. A sect of Buddhists is known for abstaining from meat and yet keeping fish as a major constituent of their meals.

Limitation in Snacks

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Fruit bowl, the preferable snack
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Buddhists are not very fond of snacks. Between meals, they drink a lot of tea or opt for fresh bowls of fruits as snacks. This is mainly to aim for a healthy living and abstaining from junk food.

Dessert is Special

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Dessert among Buddhists
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For Buddhists, dessert is indeed a special affair that can be consumed only during happy occasions and feasts. Rice pudding and oatsbar are common Buddhist desserts that are seen on table only during festivals. This is mainly to balance the carbohydrate consumption of the body.

Post Meditation Dining

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Meditation is important
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Buddhists emphasize on meditation to a great extent. This is mainly to keep the body and lifestyle at calm and composed state. Thus they prefer taking each meal after a short span of meditation so that the calm body helps for faster metabolism and digestion.

Breakfast Menu

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Porridge, the healthy breakfast
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In case of breakfast, the Buddhists do not have much variety and prefer hot bowls of porridge usually topped with cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, raisins, muesli. Though this may sound a subtle start for a day, but it’s definitely healthy!

Shojin Ryori: A Food Style by Zen Buddhists of Japan

Culinary experts across the globe are quite enthusiastic when it comes to “Shojin Ryori”.

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Shojin Ryori, a typical meal
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Shojin Ryori, mostly implies their vegetarian cooking style. It’s the abundant availability of both wild and cultivated vegetables in Japan that led to the emergence of such a culinary style. It started during the 13th century, when Zen Buddhism, a kind of Buddhist practice started in Japan.

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Zen Buddhist nuns
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A typical Shojin Ryori meal consists of a soup, and three dishes, together called as ichi ju san sai. Soy, tofu, kozu – are common ingredients in a Shojin Ryori meal, usually complimented with pickles of various kinds.

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Ichi Ju San Sai, the soup
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During the training span of a Buddhist monk in Japan, experting in Shojin Ryori culinary form is important. Some of its dishes require elaborate preparation time with dedicated efforts. One example would be sesame paste, a popular dish that needs long hours of grinding in a pestle and mortar.

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Seasame paste
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Speciality of Shojin Ryori cuisine includes, there happens to be no waste during production of this food. Every spread necessarily has a balance of five flavours and colours that completes its composition.  Use of garlic, onion, meat, fish, insects and other pungent flavours is completely abstained in Shojin Ryori.

Shojin Ryori menu is also very much based on nature. Buddhists consider seasonal agricultural products as flow of nature and thus, incorporate them in their plates. During spring, emphasis is led on new sprouts that come up; in summer it’s the green leaves that are preferable; during autumn, it’s more of fruits and nuts while in winter, root veggies and fruits are the main ingredients.

Before the consumption of a Shojin Ryori spread in a Zen Temple, five principles or prayers are chanted which includes:  Reflect on the effort that brings us this food; Reflect on our imperfections as we receive the meal; Reflect on mindfulness to be free from attachment, anger and ignorance; Reflect on taking this food as a medicine to sustain good health and Reflect on the fulfilment of our practice as we accept the offerings.

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Buddhists monks during feast
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Shojin Ryori: The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine
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Authors and bloggers have already made ample research on this culinary style and produced elaborate thesis on it. Among them, “Shojin Ryori: The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine” by Danny Chu is one of the best work to know more about this special culinary style developed by Zen Buddhist monks of Japan.

Gudi Padwa: The Maharashtrian New Year

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Wishes for Gudi Padwa
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In the hindu lunar calendar, Chaitra is the first month and the first day of it marks the beginning of a New Year for many Indian states. The month begins with a new moon day around March or April, which turns new year for many hindu households. States like Tamil Nadu call this New Year as Chaitrai Vishu or Puthandu while the same is Ugadi in Karnataka or Sansar Padwa in Goa. In case of the state of Maharashtra, this New Year that marks the beginning of spring is referred to as Gudi Padwa.

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Gudi Padwa celebrations
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An important and significant day of celebration for Maharashtrians, this day involves certain set of rituals and ceremonies that Maharashtrians perform as part of their culture.

Abhyangasnan, or the holy bath

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Ingredients of Abhyangasnan
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The Gudi Padwa day usually starts with an extensive oil bath followed by a dip in a nearby river. Though now, the bath happens at home only but necessarily ends with a distinct dress code for both men and women. Men on this day, stick to traditional attire like kurta, pajama and turban. Maharshtrian women wear a nine yard saree tucked to their back, more popular as kastha or nauvari.

Rangoli, or decorating the house

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A Gudi Padwa Rangoli
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Cleaning the house is important in Gudi Padwa. Cow dung is use to sweep the courtyard, followed by colorful floral decorations by the doorstep. This is called rangoli, and the same is also done in many other hindu festivals. Vermillion, rice powder and turmeric are mandatorily used in this rangoli. In modern times, some add flowers and candles to the same to highlight the decoration.

The Gudi, or the flag hoisting

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Women decorating the ‘gudi’
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On Gudi Padwa, every Maharashtrian household hoists an upside down new kalash made of silver, copper or bronze covered in a red, yellow or saffron cloth. The same contains a gathi (a type of sweet), neem leaves, coconuts, mango leaves and marigold flowers that signify a rich harvest. After hoisting it’s positioned to the right side of main entrance of the house so that passerby or neighbours can see it from a distance. Many call this as ‘the flag of Brahma’ (Brahmadhvaj) as on the same day, Lord Brahma is believed to have created the universe. Those who hoist the saffron flag, is believed to commemorate the victories of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Puja, or spiritual worship

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Yagna being performed
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While offering to Lord Brahma on the day of Gudi Padwa, one necessarily needs to offer davna (a fragrant plant). This is followed by a sacrificial fire called as ‘hom’, ‘havan’ or ‘yagna’. This fire ritual is common in many other hindu celebrations and denotes welcome of wealth, health and perish of evil from the family.

Neem, a part of the prasadam

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The neem prasadam
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No hindu festival is complete without a delicious food chart. In Gudi Padwa, the finger licking dishes are pooran poli, soonth panak, chana and shrikhand. Also, neem is a mandatory in this day’s menu. Tender leaves and flowers of neem is mixed with soaked split gram lentil (dal) or soaked gram, honey, cummin seeds, jaggery and asafoetida to make it a tasty item in the menu.

7 Foods to Break Your Navaratri Fast

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Devi Durga, the Navaratri Goddess
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If you thought Navaratri happens only during autumn, then wrong thoughts. A typical hindu calendar brings in Navaratri twice in a year – once in spring and the other around October. The nine-day Navaratri celebration that happens during spring is called ‘Basant Navratri’. Since it starts from the very first day of hindu month ‘Chaitra’, thus, it is also called Chaitra Navaratri. The celebration of this spring based Navaratri is more popular in North India, where devotees nine forms of Devi Durga.

This year Basant Navaratri will be observed from 8 April (Friday) to 15 April (Friday), 2016.

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Navaratri Rituals
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To honor and pay gratitude to the goddess, many observe fast during Basant Navaratri. Few fast only on the first and last day, while others abide it during all nine days of celebration. The food one consumers to break the fast holds immense importance as it affects the body to a great extent.

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A Sattvik meal
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Preference is given towards Sattvik diet, where consumption of alcohol and non veg food is absolutely prohibited. Also, certain items like fresh vegetables, milk, yogurt or rock salt are included in the diet as these act as catalyst to detoxify the human body, especially after long fasting.

Many keep wondering what exactly to prepare from this Sattvik menu, so that it becomes easy to prepare and good to eat. To sort your problem, here are five dishes you can make to break your fast this Navaratri.

Sabudhana Khichdi

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Savudhana k Khichdi
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Depending on the kind of sabudhana one uses the preparation of it might have to start a night before. Yet, less of spices and boil only recipe makes it a very healthy and heavy intake right after fasting. Savudhana is full of starch which gives the body the much-needed energy after prolonged gap from food.

Chawal Dhokla

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White Chawal Dhokla
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Samwant Chawal, a special variety of rice is available in the Indian markets only during Basanta Navaratri. Thus, foodies make Gujarati snack ‘dhokla’ out of it served with ample ghee and chutney. Addition of tamarind in the chutney with sweet coconut makes the dhokla flavorsome right after your fast.

Coconut Laddoo

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Coconut Laddoo
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Many prefer breaking the fast with sweets. In that way, heavy milk preparations become difficult to digest. Thus, these simple coconut laddoos can be the choice. Small in size, one can have as many as possible and this one is indeed quick and easy to prepare.

Singhare ka Halwa

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The sweet pancake
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When it comes to breaking fast, Hindus have a knack for halwa or sweet pancake. During the spring session of Navaratri, they prepare it with Singhare ka aata or water chestnut flour which is considered a healthy intake after the fasts. This sweetmeat becomes a heavy dish due to the addition of ghee, milk and dry fruits.

Chironjee ki dal

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A bowl of Chironjee k Dal
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When it comes to main course food, Indians like adding a bowl of dal. Salty and spicy, dal are heavy and tastes good both with rice or roti. The specialty for this particular dal is the use of chironjee, believed to be used as an ingredient only in India. The dal is usually yellow and heavy in texture.

Khide ke Pakode

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Crunchy pakodas
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When it comes to pakodas or munchies, Indians use ample variety of ingredients to do the filling. In this case, they use cucumbers as the main ingredient of pakodas, added with green chilly and singhare ka atta . When served hot with any sauce or chutney, these pakodas taste delightful.

Banana Walnut Lassi

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Banana Walnut Lassi
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Breaking the fast with a juice or shake is always good as it gives the tummy some time to adjust with food. Also it’s served cold which makes it easy to consume or digest right after a long fast. In this case, addition of bananas and walnut adds protein to the shake which helps in energy building after the fast.

5-Star Hotels in Ahmedabad for Your Luxury Stay

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The city of Ahmedabad
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It might be for your loved one, a business tour or for a trip- your reason to be in Ahmedabad can be any of these or more. But being here, you have simply too much to experience starting from the museums, fine dining restaurants and fabulous night markets. Featuring as one of the major city for the state of Gujarat, it is also a rapidly growing metropolitan at the heart of India.

So when you are here you should plan a luxury stay in order to witness the economic and cultural growth of Ahmedabad, presently at the peak of its rise under PM Modi’s Smart City Project. A comfortable stay will allow you rejuvenation at the end of the hectic tours and trips you make.

BYT lists three of the top notch hotels of Ahmedabad that is sure to add to your experience when you are in the city to explore.

Novotel

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Inside Novotel Ahmedabad
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Opt for their rooms or for the suits, the high end luxury Novotel offers sets competition for other five star outlets in the city. While for food they serve you options, for special occasions you can also opt for their Crystal Ball Room. Their high end service will take care of your every requirement during your stay in Ahmedabad. Check in to experience the lavish affair.

Radisson Blu

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Interiors of Radisson Blu, Ahmedabad
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You might be a business traveler or a leisure explorer, your stay at Radisson will surely contribute to your experience in Ahmedabad. Located close to the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (IIM) and Gujarat University Exhibition & Convention Centre, they have sixteen rooms and suits where you got to make prior bookings in order to plan your stay. From local street food to global platters, you can get everything right on the table once you opt for the Radisson restaurants.

The Pride

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A snapshot of Hotel Pride, Ahmedabad
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This luxury business hotel can be your choice when out for a trip, short stay or even if your honeymoon is in Ahmedabad. From rustic traditional experiences to modern urban offerings, they cater your every need. From spa to food to stay, the hotel is itself a tourist destination than a mere place to lodge in.

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The city of Pune
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Credits are to the rising number of pubs, bars and lounges that have made the night life of Pune an exciting one over the years. If you are also nocturnal by nature and new to the city of Pune, you may wonder where to start the midnight venture from?

BYT lists for you the best of restaurants, home deliveries and clubs that will make your nights joyful in the city of Pune.

NIGHT CLUBS

Scream Bar

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Inside Scream Bar
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As the name says, neither music nor your pitch needs any limit in this night club of Pune. Inside hotel Le-Meridian, this one offers a wide range of food and drinks as perks to your party. Also, their vast dance floor and loud music composes an ambiance that becomes happening with passing time. Walk in party people for the best of experience.

Hard Rock Café

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HRC, Pune
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After Mumbai and Bengaluru, now even the city of Pune homes the third Hard Rock Café outlet of the country. Alike any other branch, this one too has a wide array of drinks and serves scrumptious menu. Added to this, the live performances and electrifying music makes this place a must visit for the party freaks of Pune.

Zk’s

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Zk’s Logo
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DJ parties are the attraction in night clubs and this one hosts the best in town bringing the best of DJs of Bollywood. Added to it you get the best of branded drinks and huge range of lip smacking starters, altogether weaving an experience you will surely fall for. Its location near a popular college makes it a hub for young enthusiasts.

LATE NIGHT DELIVERIES

Our party mood is definitely not an everyday schedule and we may prefer staying at home, watching our favorite film or tuning the recent music album. How about a drink or food with it? Your pantry may not have it in stock but these late night home delivery services of Pune gets you the best of goodies at the wee of time.

Nite Foodie

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Nite Foodie
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The menu is mostly Indian and Chinese that they will get to you at any time of the night. The quality is like any other road side eatery and is sure to impress you with you with their prompt delivery services. They also rent out games like UNO if you think that can add some more fun to your night life.

Justorder India

The menu limits to six food combos starting from munchies to full course meal. Burger to biriyani, you have a lot to pick from. Order the kind of food you want and they will get it fresh and wrapped to your door step. This one only accepts cash on delivery; hence, just check your wallet once before you order.

Food At Night

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Serving till 4a.m.
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This delivery service of Pune extends till 4am in the morning and has only three combos in service. All three are worth a drool and are served with cold drinks. So, just browse through their site or call them to place your order tonight or soon.

LATE NIGHT EATERIES

Why being at home all night? You can walk out and there are mid night eateries across Pune where you can walk or drive in for a good food experience at the middle of the night.

Mad Momos

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A momo joint
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How about some warm and tasty dumpling amidst the night? This momo outlet remains open till 4am in the morning to serve your buds a finger licking experience. Their momo includes simple steamed ones to momo burgers, momo pizzas, Indianised momo and more. Each plate is indeed wholesome in quantity, so think before you order.

Rangla Punjab

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A snapshot of rangla Punjab
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Located a little outskirts the city centre, this one is an open air highway dhaba where you get awesome Punjabi food till 2am in the night. A heavy meal or a glass of lassi the team waits to serve you the best of experience once here. The place remains quite jam packed and hence, you might have to wait till your turn.

6 Food Habits for Better Yoga

Any kind of physical activity cannot alone compose a healthy living. An added wholesome diet is equally important to build a perfect body. Hence, if you are in plan or in progress to add yoga in your schedule, then that too needs a good diet plan to be clubbed with. Hours of yoga practice with lots of junk food served at every eating can never contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

aIt’s not about adding and subtracting a few food items in order to pursue the ideal yogic diet. You need to restructure your entire food habits and practices in order to benefit from yoga.

The BYT team summarizes some food practices along with your yoga schedule that is sure to enrich your body and soul.

Preferably Vegetarian

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Go veggy
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You may worry that abstaining meat and fish from diet, will make you protein deficient. Well there are substitutes also. You should definitely try to reject non veg in menu when opting for yoga, as the same roots to high levels or uric acid and cholesterol.  Instead adding some more portions of nuts, legumes and green vegetables can ensure greater nourishment for the body.

Add Dairy Products in Diet

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Make it a must
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Dairy product is not milk alone. Curd, cheese, butter, paneer and many are in the list of dairy products. Once you accept yoga as part of your life, do add more of dairy products in your diet as it’s the best source of calcium and Vitamin D. Probiotics in dairy products builds immunity power of the body and reduces chance of blood pressure and cardio vascular activities.

Learn When to Drink Water

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Drinks lots of water
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Drinking water is important and most of us tend to follow the detoxification factor in head. But wrong timing of drinking water can yield bad results as well. Like drinking water continuously while eating fills the tummy easily, and lessens scope for you to eat. Hence, plan your water drinking ahead or away from the dining hours for better results. Also make sure that you drink pure and clean water only, as its home to minerals in your body.

Strict Prohibition of Addiction

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No more a part of your life
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You got to give away your smoking or drinking habit when opting for yoga. Even, tobacco and caffeine cannot be part of your life. As yoga experts explain, these obstruct concentration and focus required during yoga practice.  Instead, some healthy habit like knack for fruit juice or fresh veggies is considered better than these.

Fasting, Now a Part of Your Diet

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Fasting is good
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Yogis recommend a day of fast in the week in order to purify the body. Continuous exposure to food and drinks makes it excessive for the body to take. You can pick a particular day of fast in the week or distribute it on a regular basis across a month or year. Fasting does not mean absolute prohibition from any kind of consumption. Water, juices and any kind of fluid can be part of your fast diet.

Digestion Is Important

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Vajrasana
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Eating and drinking is the physical function. Digestion of the same is indeed important for a healthy living. To digest your food better, do keep Vajrasana in routine after your every meal. The same also helps to control blood pressure of your lower abdomen.

7 Health Benefits of Daily Yoga Practice

It’s not due to a chronic disease like insomnia, arthritis or asthma that you need to start yoga. Yoga can be made a daily habit any time in life as it has a direct positive connect with your body.

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Yoga classes
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Regular yoga leads way to a joy filled life which is key to a healthy living. Hence, if you are still in a dilemma whether to hit the local classes and make yoga a daily habit, then here are the health benefits it offers and thus, it should be part of your schedule.

Depression and anxiety

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A stunt
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Yoga can be natural remedy to depression and related disorders. It smoothens your nervous system especially during mediation thereby making abnormalities like fear or tension alleviate from your life. The hormonal reactions are controlled which helps your brain to learn the way to peace.

Improves Digestion

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Yoga for digestion
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You like eating or you don’t, maintaining a healthy food habit is of course subjected to discourse as restaurants and eateries are mushrooming around us. Everyone fails to resist and ends up hogging or over eating at times. In that case, yoga is believed to be the only physical activity that can increase your mindful eating habit. Certain stunts and practices are also directly related to your bowel movements.

Alters brain function

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Improves brain function
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Simple yoga practices like deep breathing or supine postures have a long impact on your body. It helps your brain to generate positive strength and vibes that opens way to a favourable life. You can start for short span of twenty minutes or half an hour and gradually make this longer.

Boosts creativity

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It’s a therapy
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Yoga gradually clears your mental blocks and allow you to be more creative in life. You can use the creativity in work or personal life, as your stress quotient reduces with daily practice. The more creative you are the better reception you will get from your co-workers, family or friends.

Strengthens Immunity

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Greater Immunity
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As yoga has a positive connect with every part of your body, it’s sure to altogether pull the immunity factor of your body. You will be physically stronger and as Mitchel Bleier, a yoga practioner at Yogapata confirms, “As you breathe better, move better and circulate better, all the other organs function better.”

Better Sleep

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Good Sleep is important
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Its alone the pent up energy of our body that stand as barrier to your sleep. Yoga practices like uttanasana, halasana, or the savasana reduce the pent up energy and allows a comfort sleep than an insomniac night. Yoga is directly associated with the nervous system, the key to your sleep.

Lower weight

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Solution to weight loss
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Before you sacrifice eating anything and everything just to shed few kilos, do give yoga the first chance. Yoga helps the body to gain natural weight with rapid metabolism and digestion. The yoga based weight loss program leaves scope for some good food also.

5 Yog Gurus at International Yoga Festival, 2016

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International Yoga Festival, 2016
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The International Yoga festival for the year 2016 is going to be held at Parmarth Niketan Ashram along the bank of river Ganges, at Rishikesh. It’s a one week program that dates from 1st – 7th March, 2016. Yoga enthusiasts from across the planet participate in this to caress their body with the best of Yoga practices and engage a harmonic blend. It’s a relax from the mundane modern life we lead, where yoga gurus and preachers will inspire and engage participants for a way to wellness.

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A glimpse of the festival
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Amidst classes, workshops and kirtans scheduled, often participants miss the best of experience in these huge festivals due to lack of relevant information. To not let you miss and makes this International Yoga festival a memorable experience, here are 5 Indian yog gurus you cannot tend to miss. Mark their events in calendar and do be a part, to re-live their presence.

Swami Ramdev

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Swami Ramdev
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He reached the life of every Indian household through his TV programs. His contribution in the field of yoga, pranayama, Ayurveda, and agriculture is recognized internationally. Popularly known as Baba Ramdev’s session on Paranayam, an important Yoga stunt attracts maximum crowd. You will also be given brief idea about primitive Indian scriptures like Ashtadhyayee, Mahabhashya and Upanishads. His avid understanding of Vasudaiv Kutambakam will surely enlighten you about India’s existing caste and creed barriers.

Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

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Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
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A maestro in pre-natal Yoga, Gurmukh made Yoga popular internationally. Other than conducting sessions at her institute, the Golden Bridge Yoga Center in Los Angeles, she also travels across the globe to popularize yoga among people. Her DVDs ‘Prenatal Kundalini Yoga and meditation for mothers-to-be’, ‘Postnatal Kundalini Yoga’ for new mothers or ‘Kundalini Yoga with Gurmukh’ are top selling in the internet. Experiencing her in real will surely be a pleasure this time at Rishikesh.

Shiva Rea

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Shiva Rea
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A living encyclopedia of yoga science, Rea’s yoga is based on Krishnamacharya’s teachings, Tantra, Ayurveda, and bhakti. She personally describes yoga as “Everyone has their yoga. It may be kayaking or running or painting. The invitation of yoga is to find your yoga. It’s not necessarily asana (or yoga moves). It’s what brings you to a unified state within yourself.” Her sessions happen at international destinations like Wanderlust yoga festival or Los Angeles. Thus here is your lucky scope to practice yoga at her vicinity this time at Rishikesh.

Sadhvi Abha Saraswati

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Sadhvi Abha Saraswati
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A resident Yoga preacher at Parmarth Ashram her usual yoga sessions long for couple of days. It’s only during this international festival that Sadhvi clubs her schedule in a day’s package making it easy for you to try luck. If you like her course, you can always get back to Rishikesh to further communicate with her. She began yoga practices at the age of twenty five and is believed to cure a terminal kidney ailment through yoga alone.

Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati

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Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati
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An American by origin, you really don’t need a knack for yoga to participate in her course. She mostly focuses on meditation which is a universal treatment for all human anarchy. Her counseling is an infusion of both science and spirituality. She is also a resident at the Parmarth Ashram and heads Divine Shakti Foundation, a foundation working for the poor and needy of the country. Her association is sure to sort your view about human civilization.

6 Creative Egg Decorating Ideas for Easter

Gone are the days when we used to dunk an Easter egg in the dye. As time flew, we came across new decorative ways of decking up the egg. However, the real art is to design and decorate them with an easy and inexpensive process. Taking the tradition of colored eggs beyond convention with creativity, we present you amazing ways to decorate your Easter egg.  So let your imagination spark creation and decorate the Easter egg the best way.

Here’s a list of ideas we have for you.

Smiley Egg

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Expressive Easter Eggs
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What better way than expressing yourself with an egg! This easy idea just needs the egg to be painted yellow and then drawing faces and expressions of your choice. Try this unconventional idea to make your Easter more fun!

Crochet Egg

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Creative Crochet covers
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The most creative idea of the lot, this involve weaving or buying a crochet cover for the egg. You might try your hand for easy patterns or can go the easy way and buy some online. The designs are limitless and too good to adorn your Easter festivity.

Dyed Egg

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Dying in Style
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I am sure even kids would love breaking the shell of these colorful eggs on Easter. The egg needs to boiled hard followed by rolling them on a towel to create cracks on its surface. Drop it then in a bowl containing food color solution. Soak them overnight to see wonderful results in the morning.

Sparkling Egg

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Doll-up the egg with sparkles
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This idea never goes out of fashion for it is the easiest of all and makes the egg look gorgeous. Dip the eggs in the colour of your choice. Let it dry. Apply adhesive on one end and roll it over glitters. There you go, a sparkling Easter egg shines out already!

Patch Work Egg

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Patch work with tissue
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This one looks the most interesting decorative idea. Surprisingly, it is also the most economic idea on the list. This decoration needs tissue papers cut into small and random shapes followed by dipping into different colors and placing them on the egg. After drying the tissue paper stick to the egg resulting in attractive patterns.

Painted Egg

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Paint your imagination
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The simplest idea on the list, this involves splashing the egg with your creativity. Draw any patterns of your choice on the egg to make it appear beautiful. Put in your imagination and let your paintbrush color up the Easter egg.

For many who don’t have a clue about this festival- St. Patrick’s Day is a festival of Irish culture. St. Patrick is believed to have introduced Christianity in Ireland and on March 17, his death anniversary, is celebrated across the world indulging into the Irish culture. The catalogue of festivals in India is already huge and after Halloween, this Irish festival has also made its way from the west. No wonder, we Indians need a reason to celebrate.

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St. Patrick’s Day in India
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Here are the 4 places where one can experience a glimpse of Irish culture on St. Patrick’s in India.

The Irish Village, Pune

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Enjoy the Irish culture
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Acclaimed as one of the best breweries in Pune, The Irish Village serves amazing craft beer. Their freshly brewed Irish beer is one of the oblivious orders. The restro-bar is designed with a touch of a traditional Irish culture offering a unique ambiance to its guests.

Dublin, Bangalore

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Dublin, Bangalore
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This exotic pub is a part of the renowned ITC Windsor. The Irish themed property of the ITC is a happening place to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with great, groovy music, chic crowd and yes, sumptuous food. So if you are not in Ireland, then this is the place to get hold of the best beer in the city.

The Irish House, Mumbai

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No better place to enjoy the green day than here!
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A weekend can’t be better or more heavenly with a delectable fish platter coupled with chilled beer. This place is too awesome to resist the temptation of beer and good food. The taste of music adds on more to the Irish themed ambiance here.

Shamrock The Irish Bar, Hyderabad

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A Classic Experience!
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Reflecting the rich culture of Ireland, this pub is the best place to experience the true taste of this place. All your draught Irish favorites are available here under one roof. Unwind the stress and worries; the pleasing ambiance of this place is what you are looking for a perfect weekend!

9 Cuisines You Just Can’t Miss At Taj Mahotsav

Agra is all geared up to celebrate its signature event of Taj Mahotsav this year. What’s more grand about the event is it’s the 25th year celebration. The 10-day annual carnival of Taj Mahotsav will see performances from artists not just from India but from across the globe.

Although one can indulge in the finest of cuisines in the city at places like Esphahan, Peshawri, Joney’s Place,  Tea’se Me, Saniya Palace Restaurant, Pind Balluchi and many more yet nothing can satiate the hunger for good food like a food fest.

The carnival of art, craft, culture and cuisine at Taj Mahotsav is one of the most awaited celebrations in the city for it enlivens and buoys the spirit of the youth with fun, music and eating out. Starting on the February 18, the curtains for the Taj Mahotsav will be raised with The Sharda Taj Marathon.

This event also brings the finest Indian crafts and cultural nuances together with a food festival that caters the Indian foodies.

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Taj Mahotsav Feb 18-27
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What could be more pleasing than digging into awesome cuisines in a vibrant atmosphere set up against the backdrop of the magnificent symbol of love-Taj Mahal?

BYT presents you a list of exotic and mouth-watering cuisines that can titillate your taste buds at this carnival.

Chhole Bhature

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Yummy Chhole Bhature
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This dish is a hit no matter what is the occasion. This recipe from the Punjabi cuisine is a favorite of most food lovers. The puufy hot Bhaturas are simply irresistible served with concoction of rich spicy and creamy preparation of chick peas. The aromatic flavors take us back to our Indian roots.

Amritsari Naan

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Stuffed Amritsari Naan
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A specialty of North Indian cuisine, Amritsari naan goes well with all Indian curries and tastes heavenly when served with butter. The spices added to the preparation are bit on the higher side considering North Indian dishes are generally hotter.  Don’t forget to try out these and we bet you won’t ask for anything else!

South Indian Dosa

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South Indian Speciality-Dosa
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Listed among the top 50 tasty foods in the world, Dosa is the regular staple made out of rice served with sambar and coconut chutney. At this event you can indulge yourself in the varieties of the versatile recipe of Dosa.

Indian Vegetarian Thali

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Exotic Indian Thali
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An Indian Thali represents a variety of wholesome delicious food dishes that complete a royal meal. This irresistible presentation of combination food looks good and colorful whereas tastes heavenly. Thalis offered at Taj Mahotsav are nothing less than a royal feast that can fill your stomach yet the heart would ask for more.

Indian Samosa

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The very popular Indian snack-Samosa
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Snacks in India are synonymous to samosas. Every state has its own specialty of this recipe. While street food is the heart of people in Agra, you bet can’t miss out this one at the carnival.

Hyderabadi Biryani

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Hyderabadi Dum Biryani
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This dish makes an essential part of an Indian today. Preferred by most, Biryani is preparation of rice tossed in richly aromatic flavors of India. The best part is this dish doesn’t require any side preparation as it is a meal itself. When at Taj Mahatsav, do not forget to try out Hyderabad’s specialty –the authentic dum biryani.

Sweet – Gulab Jamun

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Sinfully Tempting Gulab Jamun
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I hardly know anyone who can say no to soft, spongy balls that melt in mouth drenched in hot sugary syrup, more popularly called Gulab Jamun. This dish leads as the most loved desserts in India and no wonder will be available at this Indian carnival.

Lucknavi Kabab

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Seekh Kabab
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Kababs are the specialty of Lucknow. The royal relishes of this places reflect the nawabi heritage. This dish is a glimpse of how rich the food used to be in the bygone era. It is one of the most royal preparations India can offers to its food lovers.

Puri

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Soft Puffy Puri
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The crispy yet soft on the inside, golden fried bread more popularly called Puri is the most versatile dish. It can be served with almost anything. No wonder this dish would add more to the delights of this event.

Love at First Sip: 6 Places to Enjoy Wine This Valentine’s Day

Don’t ever leave the Valentine’s Day planning for the last moment. Table reservations fly quicker than Cupid’s arrows as this day of love come closer. With Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday this year, the best options are likely to get reserved faster than you think. It is thus always suggested to act faster for planning this day for your loved one!

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Sip the Best Wine
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This year you can make the romantic dinner even more cherishing coupling it with some grape stuff. Yes, Wines! Known for establishing connections and expressions, wine is the best thing to celebrate your V-day with. However be sure to pair the wines with the exceptional meals and superb experience.

Here’s a list of the 6 most romantic restaurants to sip wine in India.

Toscano Restaurant, Bangalore

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Italian cuisine along with Italian wine!
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If Italian wines is what floats your boat then this is the place to be at in Bangalore. 32 varieties of wines from across the world along with robust dishes and tempting desserts, Toscano brings you the best of fine dining experiences. An eclectic menu from gourmet pizzas to selective yet extensive array of wines awaits you here.

Quench, Mumbai

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Quench the crave for exotic wines.
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This quirky place is sure to win your heart with its hip and unconventional décor. Sip the selective wine as the thumping music takes you to a new high. Known to serve the best of beer and wines, this place wouldn’t disappoint your love and if you are lucky enough you can also get to watch live cricket match on the big screen here.

Peter Cat, Kolkata

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Dimly Lit Red Lamp atmosphere
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This place takes pride for serving the food enthusiast in the city for over the years now. Very popular for its Iranian style chelo-kebabs, Peter Cat is the place to enjoy your love for food and great wine with your Valentine. The red lamps hanging over each table nestled in the warm woody interiors, this is the best place to indulge in romanticism.

Olive Beach, Bangalore

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One of the most romantic restaurants to dine at
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This place offers almost everything to transform your evening to a memorable date. Candles enlightening the place, white and blue décor, soft lounge music, exotic flowers decorating the place- all of this sets up mood and surprises your love with a dining and drinking experience that is worth remembering for long.

Indian Accent, The Manor, New Delhi

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When Love wins over luxury.
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One of the best and most romantic restaurants in India, this is what your date deserves! This restaurant enjoys new high of sophistication and royalty not just in the ambiance but also in the food and drinks served. A lush lawn and stunning veranda, aromatic flavors of India paired with delicious wines is what waits for your love here.

Exotica, Hyderbad

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Everything about this place is truly exotic.
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As the name suggests this place is truly exotic in every way. The candle-lit dinner at the rooftop setting is the ultimate thing you can imagine for a perfect dinner date on Valentine’s Day. To add more to your experience the place serves wide range of exquisite wines turning your evening more royal and drooling.

6 Foods To Start the Chinese New Year

If scrumptious sweets unveil a New Year in India, China too has a rich culture that boasts eating some particular food during New Year. These foods that the Chinese try to keep in the menu during the beginning of the year are believed to bestow luck and prosperity. If wine is in case of the West, for China its good food that denotes the beginning of a new year.

This year, the Chinese New year dates on 8th February. Head to any luxury Chinese eatery like Yauatcha or Ginseng around you and the charm and color of their celebration to welcome the New Year will surely touch you.

When participating in the Chinese New Year, here are the food items that will make it an improved beginning.

Tangerines & Oranges

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Oranges
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The Chinese terms for orange and gold are rhythmic. Thus, during New Year celebrations consumption of oranges is considered a symbol of prospective year ahead. Many also eat tangerine during this time as it’s the Chinese work for good luck. So start the Chinese New Year with these fruits for an eventful year ahead.

Tray of Togetherness

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Tray of togetherness, a gift in Chinese custom
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Relatives and friends exchange this tray full of candies, dry fruits, sweetmeats and tucks during Chinese New Year. This is a way of showing love for the dear ones and sharing the goodies of the tray adds warmth to relationships. Usually Chinese trays have eight compartments i.e., eight kinds of tucks are added mainly because eight symbolizes good luck in Chinese custom.

Long Noodles

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Long noodles in display
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No Chinese meal is complete without a portion of delicious noodles. During New Year, long noodles are served in the meal as it signifies long life for the person. Recipes of preparing these noodles differ from one another.

Nian Gao

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Nian Gao in making
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The Chinese term ‘Nian Gao’ literally means higher year. It’s a New Year sweet dessert that marks the promise of a good year. This is offered in religious ceremonies and is now an important item in the Chinese Spring Festival food.

Jai

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Jai, the Chinese veg preparation
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Jai is a vegetarian main course that Chinese usually include in their New Year feast. The belief according to Buddhist culture is, Jai cleanses your body for a new start. The ingredients used to prepare Jai have individual significances like sea moss for prosperity, lotus seeds for birth of sons in the dynasty, noodles for longevity and so on.

Whole Fish

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Whole fish in serve
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On the occasion of New Year, Chinese also keep a whole fish as part of their meal. The fish is served with the head and tail in one piece and this marks abundance in life. The Chinese word for fish sounds like abundance in their language.