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Blu-O Rhythm Gurgaon Review April 13, 2009

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Publicity helps, Lots of publicity helps a lot, lots and lots of publicity can make a top class bowling experience look like a visit to New Delhi Railway Stations Platform Number 1. Crowded 2. Pushy 3. Noisy 4. An experience you would like to end – sooner than later.
OK here I go beyond my 2 cents:
What: Blu-O is an entertainment zone with Bowling and Restaurant as its central theme
Where: 4th Floor, Ambiance Mall, Gurgaon, NH-8, India
What time to avoid: Saturday and Sunday 1:00 PM to
9:00 PM
When to go: Monday to Thursday 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Friday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Ambiance: Wow
Management: Lousy
Crowd Management: Horrible, be prepared for people to take your balls away
Bowling Alley Management: Terrible
Bowling Shoes: Great
Bowling Equipment: Excellent

The Malls of Gurgaon – Shopping Destination of Asia July 5, 2008

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Every time I come tMallo Gurgaon from New Delhi I find myself asking the same question, would there be so many customers. Someone told me that on last count Gurgaon has over 125 Air-conditioned  Shopping Complexes under construction, popularly called Malls of Gurgaon, apart from over 30 which are already functioning. Quite a few for a city which had a population of just over 200,000 in 2001. The city has grown very rapidly, it is likely that the population as of now could be close to even a Million, even for a city of a Million 150 Air-conditioned Shopping Malls look too many. The spill over of Delhi is something everyone talks about, but Delhi in itself is getting a new mall at the rate of one every week, if not more. Where would the spill come from, even the catchment area of the spillover is reducing. East of Delhi would go to Ghaziabad, Fardiabad, Noida and Greater Noida; South would go to Noida, Greater Noida and Faridabad; South West would still go to Gurgaon but lot of South West would go to Dwarka; North would spill over to Wazirabad, Sonipat and Rohtak seriously damaging the catchment area left for Gurgaon, moreover Gurgaon would loose its own people to Manesar and New Gurgaon so how can the Malls of Gurgaon survive? This is literally a Billion $ question as put together the investment in Malls of Gurgaon would be in Billions of Dollars. 

In my assessment Gurgaon would become a Shopping Destination City not only only for NCR of Delhi or North India or India, but maybe for whole of Asia. There would be challenges, but then no destination is made without surmounting insurmountable challenges.

More to come…

Cilantro, Trident Hilton, Gurgaon – A review October 15, 2007

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Date: October 14, 2007

Time: 7:40 pm to 11:00 pm

City: Gurgaon (NCR-Delhi)

Country: India

Hotel: Trident Hilton; Owners: Prakash Singh Badal & Son; Management EIH (Oberoi Hotels); Affiliations: Hilton Group, USA

Restaurant: Cilantro

Occasion: Invite from a friend 

Location: 2 Km from Delhi Border on NH 8, Right hand side while going from Delhi to Jaipur -

Map: http://www.mapsofindia.com/hotels-india/hotels-indian-cities/gurgaon-hotels.html

Drinks: Fresh Lime Soda – Salted – No issues (They don’t understand – Lemonade); Tomato Juice – No issues; Sprint – No Issues; Old Monk Rum (Not available); Bacardi Reserve (Server doesn’t understand difference between Bacardi Breezer & Bacardi Reserve)..

Starters: Hara Kabab – Neither hara nor Kabad; Paneer Tikka – Too thin slices; Murg Kabab – Delicious, mouth watering.

Main Course: Steamed Rice – Not very good quality of rice, and not properly steamed; Goa Fish Curry – Good Fish, Good Cury, Great Flavor; Paneer Kathi Roll – Good Rolls, Good Stuffing; Good Quality of Paneer and vegetables; Chola-Kulcha – Great Fresh Kulchas; Good Cholas; Thai Chicken Curry - Not to the taste of anyone on the table.

Portions: Fine

Rates: Could be lower

Decor: Out of the world

Service: Could be much better

Chairs: Great & comfortable

Ambiance: Lively

Change in Name: I a informed that the hotel has been named as The Trident, Gurgaon – May 24th, 2008