Best Italian Ever!

Ciao a tutti!

When I’m starving, there is this gorgeous restaurant here in Hyderabad that I frequent a lot. Situated on the 5th floor of The Empire Square Building, Jubilee Hills, is The Pasta Bar Veneto- an Italian rooftop haven for all food lovers! I am a sucker for Italian cuisine- it’s my comfort food and my salvation from hunger.

Though there are a variety of other Italian restaurants here- Via Milano, Little Italy and my once favourite Peperoncino (which currently has been shut down), nothing beats TPBV.

For me, it is the perfect place to spend time with my friends over scrumptious food or to spend an evening all by myself after a hectic week of gruelling exams. Moreover, they play awesome music here which makes the atmosphere even more relaxing.

I have lost count of the number of times I’ve visited this place. It is just beautiful. Both indoors and outdoors (although, I’d really avoid sitting outside on a hot scorching day). The stone and pebble pathway flanked by pretty shrubs and flowers leading to the inside of this pretty little place is my favourite.

The interiors are subtle, air-conditioned and amply spaced for a good number of customers. So are the exterior seatings strategically placed, giving you a breath-taking view of this beautiful city.

Moving on to the highlight of the place – the lip smacking food. The quantity and quality of the dishes is bound to satisfy your taste buds and the bucks you shell out here are totally worth it. Trust me the chefs here will NOT disappoint you. They have always been consistent in what they serve.

Here on, I’ll let the food speak for itself.

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These are not even a quarter of the dishes present on their endless menu, just a few of my personal favourite binge-ons. Coupled with a great ambience, generous staff and exceptional food, this place will leave you salivating for more. So go ahead, order yourself some appetisers, a pasta, a mocktail and bueno appetito.

Addio!

To infinity and back,

Maliha Taqui.

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Whirlpool Of The Web

Greetings to you!

Today is an exceptionally hot, drabby day. I did make some plans but well, Mr. Sun with his super hot rays managed to deter my spirits. So I ended up canceling them. Instead I rejoined Twitter (had made the account ages ago) and literally felt like a noob. A good15 minutes went by screening the settings and figuring out how it worked. Almost considered deleting the Twitter handle because I’m seriously not very regular with my social activities. But then, I let it be.

Now who doesn’t want to know what film Shahrukh Khan is filming for currently or which part of the world is Narendra Modi tourist-ing right now ( 😉 ) or which new person KRK has managed to piss off or what the celebrities are wearing at the Cannes or how the Royal princess looks like or what worthy serious, practical news the tabloids have to offer?!  

Despite a time-craving career to focus on (because apparently doctors are supposed to study all day and all night) you’ll find me browsing on various platforms (Google, Wiki, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube et al #entertainment #selfawareness) and shockingly losing track of time. And I’m sure most of you relate to me. Since everyone is a cool Mr/Miss know it all these days, the least we can do is, keep up with them right?! :P.  

On a serious note, the advent of the Internet has had mortifying effects on us and the society we live in. What started off as a luxury has now become a utility,just a few steps short of becoming a necessity coupled with new-age smart-phones- a tool you cannot do without. It is easily accessible these days. Don’t be surprised when you see your 5 year old nephew deriving entertainment,information,knowledge out of an Ipad or Iphone next time round. At that age I was probably learning how to form sentences, write and speak proper English. 

On the plus side, life has become easier in the sense that everything is available at a click or a swipe. The Internet has made life a tad too easy when I compare it to how it was as I was growing up. I barely had access to the Internet till I was in 5th grade and I was in 7th or 8th grade by the time I had learned how to use it properly for my purposes. I certainly don’t need to tell you how the scene is today.

Though it is an EXCELLENT medium transcending communication,cultural and regional/national boundaries and barriers; by providing an infinite source of vast information,learning and awareness and all sorts of entertainment one can possibly fathom, you cannot turn a blind-eye to the collateral damage it has done.

The more we’ve connected to the web the more we have disconnected from our real lives to the point of becoming dependent on it which is not that good an idea. Some of us have completely got lost in this whirlpool while some of us have succumbed to it in one or the other way. The ones who have learned to strike a balance between the virtuality and reality are the wise owls here.

Like everything, even the Web has its pros and cons.Neither requires mention as we are all well aware of it. As much as it has helped us to reach out to the world, it has equally distanced us from ourselves if we look keenly. Just remember that anything in excess is bad. And once something is on the Internet it stays on the net. Excercise caution especially when you are social networking. It is in your hands how you make use of this wonder web. If it’s a blessing or a curse, boon or bane,

You determine. You decide.

To infinity and back,

Maliha Taqui

Perfectly Imperfect!

After a tedious hiatus of ten or so days I’m happy to be back to the blogosphere. I am one of the lot of habitual over-thinkers strewn across this mighty planet. Last night, I happened to just ponder about the icky judgemental nature of we humans.

Ever wondered how much a person goes through in life  to be what he is today and what he will be tomorrow?! It is a pretty long struggle you know. And since homo sapiens cannot survive in isolation as has been reiterated from Adam and Eve’s time, we know how much the people around us impact us- starting from our family, to our friends, to spouses, etc. And to be judged by them? Imagine that!

What do we know of each others’ lives and everyday struggles to be subjected to blatant remarks with no pause whatsoever to our endless imagination? The answer you all know is- nothing! You are not making things any better by calling them names. I don’t understand how somebody’s life can affect yours when you are not even a part of their struggles. Do we really want to create bonds out of love or just picture a slideshow of people with quirky captions in our heads to make our life seem better. Or do we empathize with them genuinely? Either put a foot forward to embrace them and love them with their so-called shortcomings or leave them the hell alone.

Every one of us has been created in the same mould of clay but our souls are poles apart- the way we feel, we react, we laugh- each one of us differs from the other in every way possible. Nobody’s life is blessed with flawless-ness. Some of us are better looking, better versed, better clothed, better provided than the others. Whatever quality we lack, is compensated by God in some other facet which becomes specific of us and makes us imperfectly perfect. And we ought to be grateful for that.

We need to just focus beyond what we see through our naked eyes and penetrate a little through the soul of another and be more accepting of what does not necessarily please us. It is really a very easy thing to do if we just set our egos, insecurities, complexes aside and consider everybody our equal and not turn this into a competition of sorts.

The definition of what is perfect is totally subjective. What is good enough for me might not be up to the mark or just plain bad for you. The point is no matter how much you try to conceal or enhance your flaws, you are always going to let a part of yourself out to the world and open to judgement. And it is sad how it is all about sizes, numbers, appearances, bank balances, marks at school, social fame and other materialistic things which people chase today, blissfully unaware of missing out on something- much much much more meaningful.

Isn’t it the character we should be really vouching for?! I think it is.
You would not drive a potential good friend away because she doesn’t have the same phone as yours, would you?! Hell no. All these figures are just attributes to enhance your place in the society you live in. Please do not make this your criteria in determining somebody’s character.

Anybody or anything making you feel small or unworthy in ANY little or majorly hurtful kind of way needs to be shown the door out of your life. It is the right way to rid yourself of all the negativity you(or anyone else) does NOT deserve. Better alone than with those constantly putting you down. If in case  it’s your own bout of self-pity, ask that inner critic of yours to take a hike.

Don’t expect a flawless person in your life. You are most likely NOT to find one. Because no matter how hard we try and how many rules we bend or set up, there is nobody who is going to be 100 % right and you will land up alone. And I guarantee you that you WILL be judged- for all the good you do and all the bad you do. So better soak in that imperfection. If I had obsessed so much on finding the perfect people over all these years, I would have not been a part of the lives of SO many beautiful people I call my family and friends today.

I am a product of uncountable imperfections and through my bunch of imperfectly perfect family and friends, I have learned to look past the short-comings of people because all of us are amazing just the way we are – perfectly imperfect!

I think every single imperfection adds to your beauty. I’d rather be imperfect than perfect.

(Bollywood Actress)
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To infinity and back,

Maliha Taqui.

Later is Now!

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“I will do it today”, said none of us- ever! If you still haven’t figured out the subject of today’s post, i’m going to give you a little hint- it is a state of yours where you’d rather spend hours in bed after opening your eyes updating your Facebook / Instagram / Twitter, check out that sale upto 50% off at the nearest mall, molest the joysticks of your PlayStation, binge watch Game of Thrones or sip on that sizzling mocha at the new Starbucks in town (the list is endless), than finish your pending task(s) at hand. Yes, you are right. I’m talking about the chronic procrastination we all invariably suffer from.

Procrastination is the reason why that room you thought of cleaning after your cousin’s wedding is still a mess, the preparation for that examination ten days away (as is my case) still hasn’t commenced, that presentation you were to submit to your boss still isn’t ready, that fitness regime you were going to start off with is still on the papers, that cross-trainer you bought for the same purpose is covered in dust, and those six pack abs under construction are well, still under construction- and also why I am unforgivably late in updating the blog from the past few days.

I’m quite amazed at how this fits everyone of us and wonder what makes us procrastinate so much?! It’s ironic how the jobs consuming most of our time and concentration and requiring top-notch priority are put off to a later time and then we panic as though we are at World’s end as the deadline draws near. If it’s the simple pleasure of indulging in our desires that gives us instant happiness, the monotony of the job, tendency to get bored easily, lack of interest/excitement, plain laziness or the undying faith in the fact that man works better under pressure- I’m not sure.

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So what’s the actual problem you ask?! In simple words it is that the early bird catches the worm and you’d rather be the one that rises late, generously letting the bird catch it, being satisfied with the little left overs if in case, there are any worms left, or worse – if YOU remain to see the light of day.

A man without passion and a drive to achieve something is as good as an aimless animal! I strongly believe that in order to get something done a.k.a be successful, you have to pull those socks up and shrug off the laziness parasitising your creative emotion and purpose so that you deliver nothing less than your potential. Like all things fine, the price of success only inflates with each climb of the ladder. That price my friends is constant hard work and a hungry desperation to emerge a winner in your own eyes.

This is not a subject of World Peace which I’m going to blow out of proportion. In fact, it’s just a ‘thought fuel’ to get your engines of will power and determination charged to run in steady speed towards your destination. I have fallen prey to this monstrous laziness often and with time and increasing responsibilities towards my goals, I have realized that intelligent planning and time management could actually lessen the unwanted delays. All I’m implying is that you learn to prioritize your goals each day- starting with the ones requiring immediate attention so that you are left with an ample amount of time to spend in recreation without your deadlines haunting you.

Scientists have deemed the youth of 21st Century, ‘lazier than their ancestors’ and let us face it, we are generally- pathetically lazy(especially we Indians). No, it is not as cool as we think it makes us. To all those swearing by laziness, trust me there is nothing more to it than low productivity, wastage of precious time, a goal-lag and an increasing risk to a variety of complex diseases- obesity, congestive heart disease, et al. The fruits of your labor can be enjoyed to no end but remember that it is the labor that yields the fruits.

Someone once said,

“Hard work never killed anyone but why take a chance!”

I bet there’s nothing in history that has been taken so literally.
The next time you wish to delay things, make sure the first thing you check off your list is procrastination itself! Because, Later is NOW!

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To infinity and back,

Maliha Taqui.

THE ANNUAL AF-FAIR – NUMAISH 2015.

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Blaring horns! Cars, buses and auto-rickshaws queuing in one after the other, dropping passengers and scurrying away to the whistles of the traffic policeman, the noise pollution at and around Nampally, this time of the year is insane. People of all ages and cultures push and shove past each other, making their way to the ticket counters. A family walks in laughing and chattering-there’s a cheery smile on the lips of their 7 year old; a bunch of noisy women head towards the beautiful Lucknowi cloth stalls; whereas young girls giggle and make their way towards the Kashmiri jewellery stores; a 5 year old boy pulls and tugs at his father pointing hungrily at a shiny red car at display at a toy stall; further behind them an old man lifts his grand son over his shoulders so that he gets a better view of the exquisite Exhibition grounds. A scene so recognizable!

It’s that time of the year friends when apna Hyderabadi crowd goes berserk over the annual and one of the leading Consumer Goods Exhibition tentatively called Numaish. This year Numaish turns 75 years old- still as charming and fascinating and glorious as ever.If you are a Hyderabadi, the chances of you missing out on these 45 days (January 1st to February 12th) of excitement is almost null and I see no reason why you should miss out on it – it’s one of the finest examples of a desi carnival.

The 75th All India Industrial Exhibition promises you a cultural extravaganza of food, shopping and fun from all over India for all sections of the society. Recently, I made my yearly, mandatory trip to the exhibition and in this issue of The ParaDoc’s Error, i’m going to list out what’s in store for you at Numaish- 2015.

1) The Food

With appetizing Bade Miyan’s Kebabs, mouth-watering chaat at Gokul and Bombay Chaat waalas, the scrumptious world-famous haleem from Pista House, gluttony is a sin one tends to indulge in guiltless-ly. Apart from the fore-mentioned, you have ice-creams, frankies, sugar candies, popcorn, noodles, fresh sugar cane juice et cetera to binge on.

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2) Clothes- From Lucknowi kurtas to Kashmiri kaftans, from scarves, stoles and shawls to A- line ‘Anarkali’ frocks, dress materials to fur coats, you are spoiled for choice. They come in vibrant colors and do not burn a hole in your pocket. P.S. Don’t be embarrassed to bargain. 😉

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3) Jewellery and Accessories

Kashmiri jewellery is the fore-runner in this department from years. The collection is exquisite. From pretty rings, danglers, studs, chains to colorful stones and chokers, there is plenty of choice. Prices may range from as low as 100 INR to 23,000 INR. Apart from the Kashmiri stores, are the less pricey artificial jewellery stores showcasing an array of colorful bangles, hand cuffs, cute hair clips and hair bands among others.

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4) The Rides

What is a carnival without those rides?! Drab and dull of course. There’s the Columbus (the to and fro rocking air-ship) and the rotating Cups and Saucers to precipitate an attack of vertigo. The one ride you shouldn’t miss is the 360 degrees ‘Ranger’ which is thrilling and exciting. That said, this area does lack in some aspects to be honest. The frisbee is a bore and so is the age-old Giant Wheel. For the kids, there are merry- go- rounds and a miniature giant wheel.

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5) Others

This category features gifts,toy shops, leather bags, footwear, beauty and home accessories, design and lifestyle articles, tableware and kitchenware,floristry, books, handicrafts, art products,fun and play stalls, souvenirs, seasonal goods, dry fruits, handicrafts and all top branded electronics from all over India. There are stalls set up by the Telangana Tourism department also.

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The beauty at the exhibition grounds reaches its peak especially after sunset when it’s lit up by colorful neon lights.The traffic is a turn off but the good time you have at the carnival compensates for it. With the entry fee priced at a mere 20 INR per head I don’t see why there’s any excuse for any of us to not attend Numaish 2015. With this post, I hope to have covered all major and minor aspects at the Exhibition.

So “Have you been to Numaish 2015 lately?”

To infinity and back,

Maliha Taqui.