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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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.