Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Chat Festival at Hotel Metropole

Hotel Metropole is a heritage hotel located in the heart of Mysore, Karnataka. It was built in the 1920's to accommodate the British guests of the Maharaja of Mysore. It is now run by the Royal Orchid Hotels.

Metropole has always been a favorite place to eat. Their Chili Chicken and Veg Au Gratin used to be to die for and the food has always been exceptionally good. The ambience , the look of the hotel all belong to the royal era. The only sore factor was the service, which was exceptionally slow. But you did not mind as you were there to relax. But all this was before it was taken over by the Orchid group.

Now the only thing working for Metropole is its ambience. The food is terrible and the service even worse. Last weekend they had a chat festival going on. It was inaugurated on Friday evening. It was Black Friday! How can anybody go wrong with chat? Pani puri, dahi vada, Bhajji's, Pav Bhaji, Channa Bhatura, Alu Tikki. ALL were terrible. No taste. and to top it all, all the items contained MSG, Ajinomoto. Why do you need to add this ingredient in chat? Its a taste enhancer that most use to make the food tastier. Its is usually found in packaged foods.

How do I know that it was present? Because I'm sensitive to it and I immediately fell sick the very next day. And not just me, Alicia was there too a week before me and fell sick after eating at their restaurant.

I've learned my lesson and I'm never going there to eat nor am I going to recommend this place to anybody.

Read this to know more about the harmful side effects of MSG or Ajinomoto.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Looking Back!

My angel is a year old now. I cant help but look back at the past year. SO much has changed. I'm no longer the same person. From a married woman I'm now a single mum. I'm more tolerant, patient, caring & understanding. From a financially independent woman I now am living off my parents, who are looking after me and my kid. I'm much more at peace with myself, am happier and relaxed. My relationship with my parents and siblings has improved and we understand each other much better.

I've always believed that change is a good thing, that whatever happens happens for a reason & its usually for the better. God has a plan for all of us & he keeps showing us ways & doors to it. Its up to us to recognize and find our path & be on the way. When you drift, another door opens up & you'll reach there albeit slowly but you will get there. And that is why it is said, when a door closes another one opens in its place. And when opportunity knocks learn to identify it and make the best of it.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Dolphin giving Birth captured on Film

Photographer Leonardi Stanzani captured these unbelievable photographs of a Bottlenose Dolphin giving birth. Very few dolphins have been captured in this astonishing detail. Makes you appreciate life. As Daily Mail says it is the most rarest and magical sights in the natural world.

This has got to be the most beautiful photograph. Mother nudging the child towards the surface.