17 Jan 2015
15 Jan 2015
Colleague turned a veggie as part of the New Year resolution; not sure how many days that will last, but for now we end up looking for restaurants that cater to Veg. food only. One such find is “Pakva International Veg. Lounge”. The location isn't that known (you know one of these places that is in the main road yet masked) and it is one floor below Talwalkers gym, haha I am sure the gym instructors are keeping close eye on whether the members sneak in to this place.
Jokes apart, fell in love with the décor of the restaurant; we were there for lunch and I heard, evenings are more worthy with such lovely décor in place. It has open glass kitchen and the place is almost small version of a comic-con; and guess what I found in the arena! The menu card is at its creative best - designed by Kalyug you can have a look at it here
I chatted with Sruthi, who is in charge of Pakva. It was a delight speaking to her, she thoroughly explained us the menu and what we must try, what we must not miss and most importantly why certain dishes had to be tasted. They do not serve alcohol and the drinks menu doesn't have much choice either; we skipped the part.
Not much option on the soups but the guys ordered “Hot and Sour” soup, but were served with “Hot and Sour manchow” soup; nevertheless, it actually tasted like authentic soup. I am not much of a fan of this soup served with very thick consistency; the one served was awesome on that aspect. Also the quantity was perfect, that didn't fill our tummy too much. Pizza menu was interesting on two varieties - Manchurian Pizza and Chocolate Pizza (the menu said that it came with Gems toppings, I mean how can I resist) but the crowd didn't want to try. We ordered, Crunchy Veg; the pizza base was fresh, soft and tender; toppings were neat. Bit burned at the edges, but that didn't hamper the taste at all. The kid in the group loved it as well.
For the starters we ordered "Schezwan Noodles spring rolls", "Baby Corn Sixty Five", "Bird's Nest" and "Fruits Tikka". The spring rolls had schezwan noodles stuffed, the noodles for me were plain (not salted spiced up) but they went good with the rolls. Baby Corn 65 was a smash hit among the crowd. Bird's Nest is an foodgasm level dish I must say; however the vermicilli sprinkled should be more crunchy and appear more roasted is our opinion. This dish looks like a bird's nest and mostly has potato stuffing; finally the fruit tikka - They serve 3 pieces of each fruits (apple, papaya, sweet potato and apple) coated and cooked in tandoor. It was a different dish however papaya on tandoor sucks. Most importantly, a quick mention on "Pineapple Burger" - it was amazing burger I have had in Mysore. Big value for money and tough competition for Downtown guy on KD road. & yes you read that right, the filling was that of pineapple but tasted million bucks.
Al though Sruthi suggested us that "Kashmiri Naan" was more of a desert, we ordered and were sweetoofied. However the "Pakva Paneer" gravy specialty, they serve paneer stuffed in the gravy. We had to compensate all the sweetness and ordered "Dal Khichdi".
Interestingly, they claim to be the only restaurant in Mysore to use Stone Oven for baking pizzas. More excitingly the only place which exhibits the 'Live Pizza' Counter. I was not aware about this one though! Should try this next time.
Pakva, Temple Road, V. V. Mohalla, Mysuru, Karnataka 570002
099726 35797 - 1000 for two persons
You can like Pakva on FaceBook here.
Posted by Kaavya
Labels: #Restaurant #Review #Mysore
29 Oct 2014
From kissing you both for the first time, and feeling my lips touched cotton balls to teaching you both how to kiss, 365 days have been survived. Lived less survived more – let me be very honest. You both were expected to walk by now, but haven’t. You both were expected to speak “two to three words” by now, Shelly has, but Missy hasn’t.
I have to tell you both a life changing mantra, people tend to compare, that is their birth right, and they will compare everything – under wears to foot wears. The only thing they cannot compare would probably be your life partners!!! There will be temptation to slap people at times, for all the shit they speak, but trust me don’t – instead use the shawl method. Sarcasm is something I want you both to be punters with such people.
Missy has her way of saying NO to food, once she is full. But Shelly doesn’t, and he is like JOEY, never shares his food. As long as you both are not fussy, I am happy with your habits. The testing time starts now; a year is when every kind of food is allowed and I am not sure how it will be taken. Me and appa love experimenting with food during our travel, if you can’t just don’t be fussy that’s all.
I want you both to start nursery now but your father is not agreeing; let them play he says. I want you guys to start playing with kids – of your own age. You have each other but you should have friends too.
However no matter what –
ಮನೆಯೇ ಮೊದಲ ಪಾಠಶಾಲೆ
ತಾಯಿಯೇ ಮೊದಲ ಗುರು
ಟ್ವಿನ್ ಸಿಬ್ಲಿನ್ಗೇ ಮೊದಲ ಬೆಸ್ಟ್ ಫ್ರೇಂಡ್
I don’t know what is in store for all of us the coming year, but I know one thing for sure, come what may amma will always take it in right spirits and will make sure you both will do so too.
If you’d ask me how the year has been below is my answer
About the Big Day – Bonds Birthday
Energy spent in having you two in the tummy, delivering and bringing you both up together for 365 days <<< Energy spent in organizing the first birthday party. While I type this, my left arm aches, all thanks to having kumara kanteerava in my arms whole time at the party.
I learnt one most important thing in this event – when you are making the list of invitees, jolt down people who satisfy this criteria
1. Who would come no matter what, and if they cannot apologize when you invite them upfront.
2. Who would not just attend but stay back for the event to begin/end!
3. Who would wait for the crowd to lessen and then ask for a click; unlike the ones where you have to
invite persuade them to have a photo with you!
4. Most importantly, who would be OK if you invite them over phone!
In case your friends do not meet any of the criteria – you need to revamp your friends’ settings in life. Do that before it’s too late.
All the stuff me and appa did (pre-event), I have tried to capture them on the FB events page for memories; I am not sure of FB would exist by the time your kids have questions but if there would be close down, I’d make sure these are saved somewhere else too.
I have two lovely memories of the event –
· Both of you saw the crowd and started to cry, I lighted the candle, there was happy birthday music and cake feeding time – Bingo, so happy eating the cake. Not settling for less, both of you wanted an entire piece of cake – not just from one person but from everyone who fed. Didn’t care about the crowd, or the balloons or the gifts but cake, yes!!!
· Tired Missy slept on appa’s shoulders while we still on stage and Shelly, you were waking her up by touching her eyes; Ha, how cute was that
& lovely bacchas, it rained the moment you were born last year, this year too it rained. Blessing, it’s a blessing.
Thanks for the click Sangeetha Shreekar
Thanks for this Vidu
Happy Birthday Bonds – Have a lovely life ahead
Posted by Kaavya
20 Oct 2014
This post is very late; plus I'm very busy with the birthday plans. But, but - babies this pic speaks volumes of my emotions right now.
I thought it is very difficult for you both staying together in my womb (space constraint and all that) but nature does it all. It is us, with issues. We learn nonsense. We choose not to adjust. It is we who come up with "independent" concept and ruin it all for lovely "relationships"
I can't say all this won't hit you, it will. I will only pray at the end of day you both will always get back to each other, let one of you make that effort to resolve every fight and dispute and let there be bonding - like that in the womb.
Posted by Kaavya
8 Sep 2014
About the Book:-
When a series of seemingly unconnected murders rock the city of Mumbai with the macabre rituals and artefacts found around the corpses, Private India, a leading investigation agency takes the case. Santosh Wagh, the head of the organization, has only one mission. He needs to stop the killers before they strike again. However, in a city of over 13 million people, he finds that the clock is ticking too fast. He finds himself pitted against underworld dons and a Godman who isn't what he seems. However, the worst is yet to come and Private India itself may be threatened with a revelation that could destroy the entire organization.
The only reading I have been doing since last 10 months is “this week your baby” sorts, sometimes “how to make sure the dad takes equal care of the babies” articles. Being a fan of James Patterson and his women murder club series, I never hesitated to be part of review program (yeah that’s right, I cannot go out shopping books with Shelly and Missy around)
The plot is engaging, gripping – true but it also gets boring at times. I am so bored of these authors including current affairs just to fill in pages; if it’s Mumbai then terrorism and if it’s Delhi the Nirbhaya episode. This is fine if it’s needed as part of storytelling otherwise it just bores the crap. I am certainly not a grammar nazi but this one is very funny, few places I had to re-read because I hardly understood what was being said. I also felt that there was sex, because it was needed for the sales.
This will make you dance, like any other crime thriller. Nothing like any shocking/surprising discovery in this plot to me; thrillers according to me should not let the reader blink an eye, assuming when you miss a hint, a clue or when there is something important mentioned and that is disappeared. This one makes you blink eyes, way too much, with thoughts “Is this even James featuring in this?” Oh I should not miss talking about the dots that I often was unable to connect, that I had to go back and read the same to make the connection. You cannot keep the book down but that is because you don’t want to stop the thriller mid-way.
This one is surely a feast if you love Mumbai; I don’t so the locations too did not interest me that much. The best part of the killing is the usage of “yellow scarf” to strangle; why not red or blue, why yellow was my first doubt rather than who is it? I was also amused by the way they explained technologies used at Private India, the agency – full on CID feel I got. Character of Nisha reminded me of that curly hair chick in CID – Dr. Tharika (khikhikhi) on whom Abhijeet is head over heels.
Not sure if my choices after being a mom have changed, but person who enjoys any sort of thriller (the crappy ones too) did not like this. James ji, wrong choice of entering Indian market; one more book like this and I am sure many of your loyal fans will lose interest over women murder club series books also. I often wonder how a book when co-authored changes the entire perspective when the same book written by a single author. I am sure there will be disputes, irking situations and things like that which will make people take silly decisions to keep the contract intact thereby losing the plot.
This thriller is very simple, a lazy weekend read over a cup of hot coffee. Not to be picked for travelling or other important time killing purpose read.
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Posted by Kaavya
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