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Job Openings at Compare Infobase and MapXL August 27, 2010

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I have never used my blog to work for me, almost never, but this time it must. Compare Infobase Limited has few openings in New Delhi office & in its wholly owned subsidiary MapXL Inc.

  1. Project Managers (3) BCA/ BE + MBA (IT/Marketing) with  at least 2 years of independent website management experience – (Salary Range Rs. 700,000/- to Rs 1,000,000/- P.A) for CIL
  2. SM Technology Specialists (2) BE/ BTech Computer Sciences/ IT with independent team lead experience in handheld/ mobile devices and FB/ Twitter applications PHP/ J2ME/ J2EE (Salary Range Rs. 600,000/- to Rs 1,000,000/- P.A) for CIL
  3. Site Optimization Specialists (6) BCA/ BE + MBA (IT/Marketing) with at least 2 years of experience in managing sites with more than 10 million PVs per month. (Salary Range Rs. 8,000,000/- to Rs 1,200,000/- P.A) for CIL
  4. Content Writers US Economy (1), World economy (1), World Politics (1), Geography (1), Travel (2), Technology/ Gadgets (2)  16 to 40 hours a week (Compensation $ 10/- to $ 40/- per hour, initial contract for 6 months) for MapXL MapXL team would offer the compensation on the basis of experience and qualifications.
  5. Senior PHP programmer – Minimum 3 years experience  (Compensation $ 65,000/- to $ 90,000/- (Payroll) PA, initial contract for 12 months)

You may send your resume to (nivedita at infobase dot in) and you may send me a DM at (twitter dot com slash simarp)

All vacancies are current and are on the basis of first right candidate gets the job. this blogpost is to supplement openings displayed at Compare Infobase site on Naukri.com

The T3 Terminal – New Delhi – A Review August 15, 2010

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  1. The roads are painted with vehicle lanes but proper light doesn’t fall on them.
  2. Entrance and Airlines Gates require some more order.
  3. Approach to the Departure terminal was obstruction free.
  4. Airline (BA) staff looked lost amidst challenge.
  5. Hand baggage tags can become a big issue if you miss at Airline counter.
  6. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Lounge has issues, needs to put its act together.
  7. Immigration was hassle free and smooth.
  8. There is still work going on.
  9. There is more English & only English usage at T3 than even at BA’s T5 in London.
  10. You don’t get a feeling of “‘too many of us” the terminal is BIG.
  11. As a first impression the terminal looks more like a big Shopping Mall & a 100 restaurant food court.
  12. Overall the experience was a pleasant change.

Pizza Hut – Janakpuri – A review February 7, 2010

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Pizza Hut Janakpuri outlet is located inside Satyam Cinema Complex in District Center Janakpuri. The restaurant since it opened about three years back has expanded thrice. Now it is one of the largest restaurants in the complex.

Yesterday Harmeen and yours truly decided to go for a leisurely lunch and we thought we would eat at Pizza Hut what we have never had before. So here we go:

  1. Ambiance: 8/10 As it has been made in parts, it needs one serious makeover to reach 10/10
  2. Staff: 6/10 We reached at 12:30 on Saturday afternoon, the manager was busy on his laptop for all of one hour we were there. The other staff was also in a holiday mood
  3. Crockery & Cutlery: 7/10 Standard Pizza Hut variety- I felt that they must change it more frequently.
  4. Mushroom Soup: Rs 39.00 – 8/10 – Harmeen liked it a lot
  5. Masala Lemonade: Rs 49.00 – 9/10 Pizza Hut’s take on – We will do anything to succeed in India. It was good and they didn’t bill me for the refill.
  6. Cheese Tortillas: Rs 69.00 – 9/10 Great, the sauce could have been better.
  7. Pasta – Fusilli in Mushroom Sauce: Rs 139.00 – 8/10 It tasted good, but we would preferred little more sause and some more mushrooms in the sauce
  8. Pasta – Fusilli  in Spicy Tomato Sauce:   Rs 99.00 – 9/10 Cheery tomatoes and red chili almost always do the trick.
  9. Ebony & Ivory Dessert: Slice of Chocolate Cake, with Hot Chocolate Sauce and a Scoop of Vanilla Ice-cream: Rs 79.00 – 5/10 Looks like pushing it down to this price point is a tough compromise. They write it is adequate for two, which it may not be. The scoop of ice-cream is too small for sharing
  10. They charge you for service – Service Charges @10% and 15% Tax on post service charged amount add to about 27% extra

Still worth it. Best Value for Money – I would rate it overall 9/10

Zest Restaurant, Vasant Kunj – New Delhi. A Review January 2, 2010

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Zest has been covered by most of the magazines and all newspapers since it opened its door to New Delhi’s creme de la creme on July 10, 2009. We decided Zest as the restaurant for our first family dine out of  the year 2010, yes, I did think twice about it, read few blogs and concluded that it is likely to be somewhere between OK and awesome. Mini and Mishti were as excited as me as it would be a change from our half-dozen faves.

So here we go:

Location: DLF Emporio, No 4 Vasant Kunj Malls, Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj Phase -  II, New Delhi – 110 070, India – Tel (+ 91 11) 43119999  – Excellent 10/10 (Though approach roads currently are under re-routing, so be prepared to get lost and keep time to reach 15 minutes on the side of error of omission)

Interior: Bar format, wine cellar followed by semi formal sitting (formal = The Orient Express, casual = Coffee Shop at any decent hotel property). Decor is great, layout of the kitchens and food counters is a little more than a bit confusing – take time to understand before you get going   – 6/10

Reservations – Works, it is better to do a table booking well in advance maybe even a couple of days in advance. Give correct number, they would call back to confirm 10/10

Hostess: Busy, pretending to be busy, on the side of arrogant – all guests are never equal approach.  – 4/10

Staff: Senor staff fairly competent, on look out to identify regulars all others looked like on-the-job-trainees, evident lack of confidence and no long term goals. Restaurant manager couldn’t be identified, though one person looked and operated as one, but as he was sans “you may ask me smile” I concluded that he can’t be the one whose career depends on this restaurants success. Overall 6/10

Crockery: White, pure white. Fine bone china from Luxemburg – 8/10

Glasses: Wine glasses and other tumblers were all fine – 8/10

Cutlery: I was expecting much better cutlery – 6/10

Table and seating: Very cramped layout, no walkways (you have to move around all other dinners)  swill chair is an excellent idea. They couldn’t find us a table for three so they made us sit on a table for six. Overall table and seating rating 5/10.

Soups & Salads: Today they had only one soup in the buffet, an adaptation of  vegetarian Manchow Soup. I am calling it an adaptation as it was one, not authentic recipe, though it was excellent in taste . Soup -10/10.

Salads were few and Cheese Platter was missing. With Red & White wine on the house – Cheese platter missing is not a good thing., there was fresh mozzarella cheese in one of the salads. I liked Smoked Salmon and Potato salad, though potatoes far outnumbered pieces of salmon. I am sure the salmon was farm raised and not wild, but good nevertheless. Total about 10 – 12 different  salads were there. Salad – 8/10. Mini who is 100% vegetarian found the selection very limited.

Starters: No separate section for starters, you have to go from kitchen to kitchen to fill your platter. My suggestion skip this course and enjoy seven distinct cuisines however we did. I took grilled Sea Bass (it was Asian Sea Bass and not the Black Sea Bass which I die for in San Jose). It was very tasty, well marinated and nicely grilled, it was accompanied with White Wine Sauce which was just perfect. 9/10  – Mini took Hing Aloo 6/10  & Hara Bhara Kababs 7/10 (her ratings) – Mishti skipped

Main course: Portion management on the counters is an issue. You never have all to choose from.

The following is the mix-n-match as courses were not separated by them, we had it all together so covering them in the main course:

Mix Veg Pizza (Mini/Mishti) 9/10 – Thin Italian hand tossed

Shell Pasta with Arrabiata Sauce 7/10 – I would have preferred little more drained pastas and some more ginger flakes

Chicken  Indian/ Arabic Kitchen (Mishti) – 10/10 She had 4 pieces, it was spicy and very tasty as per her

Veg dumplings – 7/10 (Mishti) they were bland for her

Noodles (Chilli, Tomato, Garlic): 9/10 (Mishti)

Shrimp dumplings: 9/10 They were good – I enjoyed them

Veg Pulao 6/10 – The rice was not the ideal rice for pulao and the full aroma which Dum Pukht Pulao can get was not there

Fish Curry – Indian Arabic Kitchen – 9/10 – very tasty though they said it was fresh river sole, which I am again sure it was not, it was King Fish and tasted like one. I have no issues with King Fish

Salmon Sushi – 3/10 It was nicely made but somehow I didn’t like the bonded taste of rice and salmon

Deserts: Fresh fruits, Cakes, Custards, Mousse, Rasmalai, Gulab Jamun. I loved Blueberry Mousse and Chocolate cake with Gold flake – Over all Deserts 10/10

Date: Jan 2, 2010 – Time: 1:30 – 3:30

Over all experience – 7/10

Price Rs 5,000/- or $ 110 – They include service charge @10% before Taxes. Base price is Rs 1,250.00 per person or $27 per person. Taxes and service charges account for about 25% and you invariably land up giving an additional 10% tip.

Valet Parking: Costs Rs 140.00 or $3

I recommend one visit, repeat is purely your call.

“Zest is now called Setz”

 

Ano Tai Chinese Restaurant Review January 8, 2009

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Name: Ano Tai

Country: India
City: New Delhi
Location Basant Lok Shopping Complex
Neighbourhood: Vasant Vihar
Located inside: Vasant Continental Hotel
How many of  us: 3
Cuisine: Chinese Speaciality
Overall Experience: 9/10
Staff Grooming and Training:6/10
Menu Completeness: 10/10
Presentation of food: 9/10
Quality of raw materials used: 9/10
Taste of food: 9/10
Do I recommend: Yes
Did we leave any food unfinished: No
Ambiance: 10/10 – You must look around and wait for the best seat, they offer you “Passer by” seats.
Prices: $30 – 40 per head without drinks
Soup: Lemon Coriander Prawns – 8/10
Soup: Lemon Coriander Veg – 10/10
Starters: Veg Pepper & Salt – 10/10 we asked for a repeat starter
Starters: Mushroom Chili – 8/10 – Must tell to make it less Chili and more Mushrooms
Main-course: Haka Veg noodles: Good, but must tell them to make less oily. 8/10
Main-course: Mix veg on Sizzler with Garlic Cloves: 10/10

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…

Fujiya Chinese and Japanese Restaurant – Review May 20, 2008

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February 26,  1985 was my first time at Fujiya and yesterday was the last.

Date: May 19, 2008

Time: 8:45 pm to 10:20 pm

City: New Delhi

Address: Community Centre, Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri

Country: India

Restaurant: Fujiya Chinese & Japanese

Occasion: Invite from a cousin

Location: Next to Carmel Convent School, Malcha Marg, New Delhi 110026

Drinks: Coke – No Issues; Fresh Lime Soda – You just can’t make it better.

Format – Comfortable sitting, table service.

Starters: Golden Fried Jumbo Prawns – Their Jumbos are really Jumbos, served four pieces, thy are just superb; Chicken Drum Sticks – 8 pieces 2 kids, nothing left, one didn’t have to tell the kids to clean the bones, all done all set; Button Mushrooms – very good. Dry Chili Chicken – They don’t have it as menu item in starters, but they provide on request – very good.

Main Course: Veg Hakka Noodles – They are Chinese and not Punjabi in taste; American Chopsuey – It is crispy with right portion of vegetables and sauce which doesn’t make it soggy till very end. Portions are good; Whole Red Snapper – Red Snapper is one of my favorites and the way serve with thick gravy and vegetables, it is just awesome.

Water: Buying bottled water recommended, they have Catch Brand, which is among the best.

Locational Access: Very good.

Parking: Ample parking available bang outside the door, lunch time parking could be tough.

Ambiance: Simple and functional.

Interior: Just fine for this price range, could be better.

Tables: Functional, Clean hot plates.

Cooling: Excellent

Acoustics:  Very good acoustics, doesn’t become noisy. 

Staff Attitude: Caring and excellent to regulars.

Service: Quick and courteous.

Washroom: Not up-to the mark, but clean nevertheless.

Rates: About Rs 600.00/ $15 per-head. 

Why Go: Food, Reputation, Rates, Central Delhi Location, Authentic

Why Think Twice: Interiors

Wok in the clouds – Chinese Restaurant, New Delhi – India November 20, 2007

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Date: November 18, 2007

Time: 9:00 PM 

Location: Rajouri Garden, New Delhi, India – Rating 7/10

Parking: Ample & Valet – 10/10

Budget: US $ 30 for three without drinks

Cuisine: Chinese and North Indian

Covers: 200 plus Banquet section for 100

Decor: Fusion – Rating 6/10

Menu selection: Regular and nothing special

Sitting: Separate section for Family’s and stags

What ordered?

  1. Fresh Lime Soda – Rating 9/10
  2. Veg Dimsums – Portion: Generous - Food rating 7/10
  3. Chilly Mushrooms – Portion: Generous – Food Rating 5/10
  4. Lemon Coriander Soup – Portion: Generous – Food Rating 8/10
  5. Veg Hakka Noodles – Portion: More than generous – Food Rating 6/10
  6. Mix Vegetable in Hot Garlic Sauce – Portion: More than generous – Food Rating 5/10

Why Go? Location, Parking, Budget, Great Portions

Why Avoid? Yet another, Loud Music, Gets too noisy, Food is no great shakes.