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Gorge on the Yummy Delights At National Food Festival At Jairangam Theatre Festival – Jaipur

All play and no food makes everyone dull 😉 Ain’t it?

And hence, Jairangam – a vibrant theatre festival in Jaipur which kicked off on Sunday, doesn’t just offer plays, exhibitions and theatre, but is offering something that’s our common love – Food Festival !

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The food festival is offering the cuisines from all around the world for you to relish. As soon as you walk inside and head towards Shilpgram, you can see a number of stalls very clearly named after the cuisine they serve. All you have to do is buy the coupons and feel like you are visiting your happy school fete 😀

If you ask us, begin with the chatpate golgappe and bhalla papdi chaat at the ‘Delhi’ stall as that’s where the fun begins. Proceed to the stalls where the spicy fried aloo tikki awaits you filling your mouth with water 😀

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For chaat, the next best thing is undeniably Mumbai ! Vada Pao, Pao Bhaji and Sev Puri are the chief dishes, and honestly, we would suggest you have Delhi chaat over the not-so-authentic Mumbai street food. And if you are a true Rajasthani food lover, you will not be disappointed! From Ajmer’s Kadi kachori to Jodhpur’s Pyaaz Kachori, you can taste the real spices of the land of royals. Don’t forget, Kolkata’s Paneer Chilla is a must try 🙂

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Then came the Continental cuisine! Being hard core lovers of Italian cuisine, we tried the classic combination of Garlic Bread and White Sauce Pasta. Where Garlic Bread tasted quite delicious, white sauce pasta was surely undercooked and underwhelming. You can also try Chinese fried rice and Manchurian.

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The other signature dishes include Rajasthan’s Aloo Pyaaz Paneer, Bundi Raita, Punjab’s Kulche Chole, Rajma Chawal, Butter Paneer and lip smacking Dal Makhani. A little problem is the positioning of these stalls which were making it difficult for people to see them and try them.

For South Indian flavour, you can have the Idli Sambhar and Hyderabadi Biryani with raita, and if you are not in a mood for a heavy meal, just sip a hot cup of tea/coffee while watching the beautiful sunset or gulp some cold drinks from the ‘Mix Indian’ stall. No matter what you eat, end it with either a delicious Kulfi or try some baked items from the stall ‘She Bakes’ where you will find a little girl offering some scrumptious desserts to end your day sweetly 🙂

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Pink Square : The Pride of Pink City

Remember when Pink Square was under construction and all that was visible was a board of Jaipur Central ‘Coming soon’ ? Didn’t all of you get super excited as the brand ‘Central’ that could just be seen in the metropolitan cities will now be coming to the pink city ? And then it came true. The mall ‘Pink Square’ actually came like a blessing of mankind on Govind Marg as there was absolutely no such big shot mall in that area where the residents could just go, shop and eat ! So while you read this, we take you through one of the most visited malls in Jaipur today.
As you enter the mall, on the left lays Chai Shai with some tea and snacks to begin the trip. The entrance gate to the mall is decorated with colourful balloons that welcome you with a happy smile 😀

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Now, if you want to check out some brands, it’s gonna be quite tough for you to choose ! While on the front you see Puma, on the right is UCB (United Colors of Benetton) and on the left is Levi’s and Jaipur Central with all brands of apparels, accessories etc under one roof !!

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While you get tired while shopping, just pause and have a great coffee at CCD placed right there on the ground floor or fetch a yummy for tummy icecream from Kwality Wall’s Swirls and go on to roam around the rest of the mall 😀 Well there are stores for the moms, To-be-moms and kids’ shopping too like Mom and Me, UCB Kids etc etc 🙂

In case you are in for some sasti shopping, just take the escalator or lift and check out the kiosks on the above floors for ALL sorts of things. Be it a party dress or comfy tees, funky neckpieces or formal footwear, college bags or necessary cosmetics, you can have it all here and enjoy your share of bargaining 😉

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Let’s come to the best part now and something which every resident of this area is thankful about, INOX, the multiplex and lifeline of all the movie freaks who do not have to go to C-Scheme or farther areas for watching movies anymore. Either after the movie or any time when you need to have a birthday bash or feel like having any kind of cuisine, don’t think twice and just drop at the Food Court ! From Italian to Chinese to North Indian to South Indian, you can gorge on whatever you want and if you are in a chatpata mood, there are street snacks like Bhelpuri, Golgappe too 😀

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Found rarely in malls, Pink Square also has some fun games mainly for kids and some adults who still have a little kid dwelling inside them viz. Ring Toss , Balloon Shooter game etc which have been played for ages and are still as interesting as ever 🙂

So boys and girls, men and women and all you little kids, if you want to have full on fun and a complete experience, just get up and go to Pink Square and with your friends, family, or just by your own to splurge, gorge and indulge !!

 

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Confused 2 States: Movie Review

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After an over-dose of elections and politics, team Jaipur Beat was more than excited to get a chance to watch a movie and that too the very first day. Making a movie on a fairly successful novel is always a challenging task, as there is always a parallel comparison going-on, but Abhishek Varman’s attempt is creditable in that aspect.

The movie is about Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) from Delhi and Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhat) from Chennai. It’s about how they meet during IIM Ahmedabad, how they fall in love, how they convince their parents and finally, despite hiccups, how they eventually manage to get married. The movie reflects varied Indian culture quite powerfully, typically the gap between north Indian and South Indian one.

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The initial one-hour showcases IIM Ahmedabad as more of a festival celebration location, dating and time pass kind of venue. It also emphasizes more on physical aspect of a relationship between a boy and a girl. In fact at times you are made to believe that this is the only thing in the couple’s mind.

Amrita Singh and Ronit Roy play the role of Malthotras whereas Revathi and Shiv Kumar are Swaminathans. The story very clearly depicts that in India it’s one thing for boy and girl to fall in love and entirely another thing to get married. Amrita Singh as over the top possessive Punjabi mother is hilarious, and Revathi as a subdued and silent South-Indian parent is equally effective.

Arjun Kapoor gets chunk of the role in the movie. For a newcomer, this surely is big-big break. But does he deliver? Made to act as a Delhi ka Punjabi who himself claims to be over-the-top kinds, his character was too docile (like Amol Palekar) for this claim. Arjun is quite subdued; not reflecting the true Punjabi boy wala feel. He cannot dance, never over-flows with emotions unlike his mother and in fact fits the bill of a of a south Indian, rather than a north Indian. He also fails in most critical scenes especially while proposing or while dealing with his parents. You can’t, but have to believe that IIT-IIM combo actually possess low self-esteem and poor decision-making skills. If the movie ‘Two States’ does not get 4+ rating, it’s largely due to this guy.

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Alia Bhat continues to be the breath of fresh air in the film industry. She looks totally stunning, delivers yet another powerful performance after Highway and convinces you to be a fair Tamilian. Her portrayal as loyal daughter, as would-be daughter-in-law and as a lover are very well dealt with. What really appeals to you is her fantastic wardrobe. She has worn some really beautiful and pretty kurtas and south silk sarees and despite minimalistic exposure she still looks very sexy and hot.

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Ronit Roy as an alcoholic father who abuses his wife to the core and treat her really bad is highly impressive. His expressions are very powerful and even though he is not made to speak much, he delivers a power packed performance. The scenes between father and son are intense and very realistic. Amrita Singh as loud mouth Punjabi mother is very authentic. In fact you can’t help but remember the character of hers from the movie Chameli ki Shaadi. She proves that given a role, she is very versatile in delivering it to aplomb.

Some of the scenes are really funny such as the interview scene or the plug point one. Some arguments our Son’s choice here (a Tamilian girl and her cooking skills) gives the true flavor of typical punjabi MIL. In fact the entire scenes when both the parents meet and try to get along are hilarious. There are some really illogical scenes as well; a guy using laptop and Samsung smartphone still uses a typewriter to write his book! A senior manager in a Bank is still far away from what digital presentations are all about?

The music has its bright moments however Arjun Kapoor disappoints in the dance sequence. Mast Magan, Chaandaniya and Locha-e-ulfat are melodious. Cinematography is very impressive especially during the proposal scene in the hostel, in the beaches of Chennai and the last marriage scene in the temple.

If you have read this novel, you are bound to be disappointed with the movie. However its must watch at least once because it does offer some really powerful moments. The entire movie was so faithful to the novel that the director totally missed any chance to experiment with something new & original. Probably the director didn’t take the dialogue of the movie “story mein hero na ho lekin story hi hero honi chahiye” seriously himself.

Rating 3.5/5