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FATBURGER leaves a BIG FAT Disappointment

September 8, 2014 Leave a comment
With all the rave surrounding Fatburger I decided to visit and checkout the food at their outlet, so on the 06th of Sep’14 I visited this place.
They’ve opened up their 1st outlet in India at DLF Cyber City at CyberHub. Additionally as I hadn’t visited CyberHub earlier I wanted to see this place for myself.
We ordered the following
  • Chicken Twisters 250
  • Chicken Wings 250
  • Choco Shake 175
  • Coke 95*2
  • Crispy Chicken Burger 280
  • Outlaw Chicken Burger 260
  • Tenderloin Burger 295*2
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Rico’s Cafe My Experience

August 23, 2014 1 comment
Hi, I ain’t a food blogger and can’t write as good as those guys. In this and future food and restaurant posts I’ll try and share posts from my POV in a simple language.
We visited Ricos yesterday(22-08-2014) evening for dinner. Really liked the food and the Mojito Pitcher was, my gosh, huge is an understatement. Ended up ordering the following.
Chicken Peri Peri Pizza
Fish & Chips
Garlic Chicken
Lasagne Chicken
XXL Burger
Roller Coaster Shake & Mojito Pitcher
Chocolate Waffles & Choc Brownie Sundae for Deserts.Their deserts left something to be desired and didn’t like the Choc Waffles at all. I’ve read so much about their Waffles but they were VERY VERY chewy and no fun to eat. Maybe the regular guy who cooks Waffles wasn’t there, or something else, I don’t know. They were useless. I’ve tried and simply love the Waffles they serve at OohLaLa at #DlfPromenade and without any doubt, I’d say that they’re much better. I actually left 3 of the 4pcs I got.All in all loved the food, would surely leave out the deserts the next time I’m visiting and am definitely ordering the Pitcher. Its a must have.

IMHO it’ll be nice if they start doing more Pork preparations as all the variety of food that have is in chicken except for the lamb Burger which comprises of Lamb patty.

Cheers

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Note: All other pictures have been clicked by me except this last one. This was clicked by Vikas Agarwal and shared on FB. I’m using this pic for reference purposes but all rights are reserved with him.
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Beautiful Sunrise & Lovely Morning Today. Back alleys of Delhi

August 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Normally I leave for cycling around 530am each day and by the time I’m back generally the Sun hasn’t risen enough for the picture to come out nice. However today I got a bit late in leaving and after completing my Morning Cycling Run, by the time I was coming back I witnessed this scene. This place is very near where I live and the scene/colors were too good to just let it go by.
In general my morning rides are non-stop rides of 15-20kms. Again I’m glad I stopped an clicked this scene.
I had just my phone with me, the Xiaomi MI3 and this is captured from this phone.

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My Experience with Re-Issue of Passport

September 20, 2013 2 comments

Recently I got my son’s Passport Renewed/ Re-Issued and thought that I’ll share my experience. Though the old passport had expired way back in 2011 I wasn’t getting it renewed as, as soon as I thought about getting it done, I was reminded about standing in big long queues and that too early in the mornings for hours at ends and still, the previous time, it took three visits to the passport office for me to get the documents submitted.

When earlier this year in May someone told me that Tata Consultancy Services had taken over the initial process, I was hopeful that things may be different and decided to try my hands on this.

Upon searching on Google I visited the Passport Seva Website

Registration on the Website: Initially I had a little trouble registering a new user but soon got the hang of the website. Registered a new id (in my son’s name).  Once I was registered I logged into the website and choose to apply for a new passport. The instructions and menu’s in the website are self explanatory.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FOR A NEW PASSPORT, EDIT & UPLOAD XML File: Upon going to the section of APPLY FOR A NEW PASSPORT I downloaded the Application File (PDF) from the site itself which has to be saved on your local machine and then data has to be entered in this PDF file itself. Once the data was entered, upon saving it, a XML file is generated. This file has to be then uploaded to the web portal itself.

PAYMENT & GETTING AN APPOINTMENT: Once the xml file was submitted successfully I was issued a RECEIPT for the same. Thereafter one has to make the Payment Fees for issue of the passport which in my case was Rs.1000 + Service Tax. And then an Appointment needs to be taken for submitting the originals and the rest of the formalities.

I was given an appointment for a date which was a good 25-30 days from the day of the submission of the documents. Perhaps it was due to the rush in the holiday season, nevermind I was in no hurry.

NOTE: though I made the payment in advance, I observed that some applicants were paying in cash at the venue itself.

DOCUMENTS TO CARRY FOR APPOINTMENT:

There is a document checklist on the Web Portal itself where the applicant can choose what kind of a service he/ she is availing for example Fresh Issue/ Re-Issue/ Re-Issue within 3 years after 3 years of expiry and so on. Once this is selected correctly the web portal will give you a set of documents which you need to carry in original for the verification on the date of the appointment.

In my Son’s case it was

1. OLD PASSPORT IN ORIGINAL (this was verified, cancelled and returned)

2. ANNEXURE-H (Required in original in case of Minors with signature of both mother and father)

3.PAYMENT RECEIPT

4. Self Attested photocopies of Mother’s and Father’s Passport

 

THE D-DAY. VISIT TO THE PASSPORT OFFICE: So on the appointed date I visited the Passport Office. After wasting a good 2 hours & going through 2 different verification processes I was informed that the Applicant needs to be present in person.

As my son was in school I had the option either to drop this and reapply later OR to pick him up from school and rush back to the passport office before the close of public dealing hours which was 1PM.

If I choose the former then I would have to let go of the thousand bucks and go over this hassle all over again. So I decided I would try to get it done today itself. As it was already close to 1130AM and the office closed at 1PM I spoke to the supervisor there, explained the situation. She agreed to let me in by 2PM. Reached school in a quarter of an hour and again I had to meet the supervisor at the school and explain the situation and she too, kindly agreed. All the while from the school back to the passport office my eye was constantly on the clock and we made it barely just in time around 5 minutes to 2 PM.

The forms were submitted and the entire process was completed with clockwork precision. I took some notes that day itself. Sharing them below.

 

Passport Renewal Process – My Experience

Everything was done online including the payment.

The process of taking the appointment was a little troublesome but rest everything was quite smooth.

Upon entering the office one has to take a Token No which is allotted from one of the four counters in the entrance hall. There is a photocopy machine here as well (Re.1 per print) and yes they give you the change back 😀

As the morning token had expired I had to taken a token again. There is a number on this token something like N38/W40 etc. This is the number which is flashed on the LCD Screens.

Then first we went to A8 series counter where the signature of the applicant was taken along with fingerprints and photograph. Also I was made to sign some documents for canceling the old passport.

Then we went to Counter B1. (This took a lot of time as lunch time had just ended and the no of applicants was huge. But thanks to the excellent waiting hall facilities we had some decent coffee and patties.)

When our number came the executive told me that the address of the wife was pre marriage and it needs to be changed. Noted down the details and promised that I’ll apply for the name and address change soon.

Then again after some waiting in the main hall we went to Counter C1.
At this counter the officer was not accommodating and refused to accept the forms due to the difference in the address of the mother and the father.

He directed me to the APO Assistant Passport Officer. This person I believe was the senior most officer in the entire office. We had to wait for at least 30-40 mins before our turn came.
We entered his office he again gave me a lecture that it’s been 10 years since the marriage and we should have done this long back, etc etc.

I told him that we’ll get it done at the earliest and he made me write on the application form itself that we’ll definitely get it done within 60days from today.

Once again the waiting game started for counter C and the number came on counter C1, same as earlier. This time though, it took only a short while for the procedure.
Then I was told that I would most likely get the Passport within 30 days but I should make sure that I apply for the name change at the earliest.
Upon exiting, there’s a last counter where one is given the acknowledgement for the submitted application.

I also filled up the form for feedback.

 

Points Noted

Persons at the Entrance Hall Counters and Counter A series are all TCS employees.

Their services are quite good and efficient.

Toilets are also very clean.

Waiting all is clean, squawky, and with Big LCD screens so that one knows when the number is coming and/ or how long the wait will be.

The employees at counter series B & C including the APO are GOI employees.

I ain’t prejudice but one can make this out from the clothes they’re wearing and their altitude, especially the way they move about doing their work.

I entered the office at 11am & exited at 430pm. This includes 2 hours that I spent when I went to pick up my son from school.

It was raining heavily and I got completely drenched by the time I reached my car.
Parking is free and easily available.

Documents Needed:

Self Attested Photocopies of Father’s Mother’s & Rajvansh’s Passport were required.

Original’s were also verified.

The Print of the ‘Passport Application Form’ were not required (I’d taken them along)

Annexure H was also submitted in original.

Print of Payment Receipt & Date of Appointment Letter

Review posted on FB

“Just returned. It took almost the whole day.

Forms submitted and I should say that the quality of service has increased dramatically. One doesn’t even get he feeling of being in a government office. The 1st and 2nd level of staff is FROM TCS and the 3rd and 4th are of GOI. The best part is that they have well stocked Canteen, Clean Loos, Photocopying facilities, and on top the entire information being displayed on LCD’s. So no standing in lines. When ones number is displayed, just walk to the counter and get your work done.

Looks like India has started TO Shine, in some parts.

Also I didn’t mention that all he documents we submitted 3 weeks ago online and even the payment transferred by Credit Card. So only those people who’ve been granted appointment for a particular day can come and get their work done. No unnecessary rush of people.”

TIMELINE

10th Jun’13:    Application Submitted

02nd Jul’13:    Appointment 1. This was cancelled and post-phoned.

24th Jul’13:     Appointment 2. All the above formalities were completed on this day.

25th Jul’13:     Email recd for Initiation of Police Verification

28th Jul’13:     I don’t remember exactly but the police verification was completed on 27th or 28th of July

05th Jul’13:     Passport Delivered at Home by Speed Post

In hindsight it was a great experience and now I would never shy for renewal and/ or re-issue of the passports. Lets hope other government departments also learn and implement changes like these to make the life of the population easier.

Enclosing some pictures of the passport office to took while I was there

Proper seating in the Waiting Hall

Proper seating in the Waiting Hall

 

 

The Screens in the waiting Hall

The Screens in the waiting Hall

 

Cheers

On the road update Udaipur- Jaipur- New Delhi

March 28, 2013 4 comments

26th March 2013 : Udaipur to Delhi

Today was the last day of the trip and pretty much a non eventful day, I was seriously hoping it to be one. Last year when I was driving back to Delhi from Udaipur I had a tyre burst on my vehicle just after crossing Bhilwara.  You can read about it here.

We checked out of the hotel and were on our way at 10 minutes to 9AM. After having a heavy breakfast we drove pretty much non stop all the way upto Dharuhera where we halted for lunch for some awesome food at the OLD RAO Dhabha. Just like the numerous Puran Singh ka Dhabha’s at Ambala there are ‘n number of Rao Dhabha’s at this stretch. Only those who know that which one is the original will appreciate the food for what it is, the other outlets are just copy cats. Location of Rao Hotel on Google Maps.

Having made up good time from Udaipur to Jaipur I decided to brave the infamous Delhi- Jaipur stretch. I would say that I was pretty lucky here. We were at the Chandrawaji(end of the Jaipur Bypass) at 1442 Hrs and reached Rao Hotel, Dharuhera at 1654 HRS, covering 152 Kms in 2Hrs & 12 Mins. Average Speed 69.09 KMPH. Leaving this place at approx 530Pm the traffic was pretty much what one would expect from Manesar to Delhi and finally made it home at 6.30PM. Total distance for the day was 676 Kms in 9Hrs 40 Mins.

Will start the travelogue soon, once I’ve sorted out the pictres.

Cheers and thanks for tuning in.

 

On the road update Sasan Gir- Jamnagar- Udaipur

March 25, 2013 2 comments

25th March 2013:

I’ve been a bit lazy with updates for my blog. So toady’s the last day of the tip and I’m posting this from Udaipur.

On the 22nd of March after spending two days in Sasan Gir it was time for us to head to Jamnagar, our fourth city. We started early around 9am and visited Deviliya enroute to Jamnagar. I dropped my earlier plan of doing the coastal trip via Somnath, Porbandar, Dwarka and then Jamnagar as I did’t want to do a canon ball run and wanted to take it easy while doing this coastal route and give time at each place I stop and take it in. The route we took on this day was Sasan Gir- Deviliya- Malkana- Junagarh- thru City- Jetpur- Goandal- Rajkot- Paddhari- Dhrol- Dhunav- Jamnagar. We arrived in Jamnagar at approx 10 mins to 3 PM.

After spending a day in Jamnagar on the 24th of March Sunday we stated our journey to our last halt Udaipur. Again I avoided going to Zainabad as it had become quite hot during the day time, and personally I having witnessed the heat in the RANN a couple of time as a Rally Marshall, I didn’t want the kids and wife to experience it at time time of the year. I decided that we would be doing the Little and Great Raan later this year, maybe during the Dussara or Diwali break. The route taken during this day was pretty straight forward. Starting from Jamnagar at 930 AM the route we took was Jamnagar- Dhrol- Paddhari- Rajkot- Chotila- Syala- Limbdi- Bhagdora- Bavla- Ahmedabad (lunch break at Subway)- Gandhinagar- Himmatnagar- Udaipur (630PM).

After staying for a day in Udaipur, tomorrow morning we would be starting our final leg of the journey and heading to Delhi. The plan is to start early from Udaipur and be back home by 7pm ish.

Thats all for now. Thanks to all for taking the time for going through and keeping a tab on my updates.

PS these are just on the road updates, and I would surely be penning down a detailed travelogue once with pictures, road distances, places visited once I’m back home.

Cheers

On the road update Day 1 Delhi to Ahmedabad

March 16, 2013 Leave a comment

On the road update.
Trip report DAY1 DEL-AHD :
Started early from Delhi and we’re on the road at 430am. There was a lot of truck traffic even when leaving Delhi early morning. And most of them drive as if they own the road using all the three lanes of nh8. It was like this all the way up the end of the Jaipur Bypass and wee were there at approx 830ish.Then from the Kishangarh Expressway it was a smooth sailing all the way up AHD. We went through the City of Udaipur and didn’t take the bypass as I ready somewhere that it has the tendency to clogup and I had to fuel up too. Left the City of Udaipur at approx 330PM and we’re at our hotel at 730PM. Took a right from the Chilodia Circle and reached Hotel Ginger driving via Gandhinagar. Once we reached AHD traffic was heavy but nothing that shouldn’t be expected of a big city in peak hours. Had to stop a couple of time as my son was not well. For the entire journey drove between 80 to 95 Kmph and never going above 100 during the entire journey.
Had an awesome dinner at Goverdhan Thal, more so we were very hungry and this was nearest to the hotel. However I believe that they’re loosing their touch and usp. The quality of service has really gone down over the past 3years since I’ve been visiting this outlet on what I’ve experienced.
The hotel Ginger was a mixed 1st impression. Staying here for 2
more nights so will reserve my judgement till the end of the stay.

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