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    Morels in pulaos and gulkand in a Baked Alaskaai??i??theAi?? Indo-British fusion fest at Ayna packs plenty of surprises.

    A late night dinner is not what the doctor would recommend, but when a city hotel offers a fusion of Indian flavours with a British twist, Iai??i??d rather let their tag line ai???keep calm and curry onai??i?? be my guide. At Ayna, the pan-Indian restaurant at the Hilton, Iai??i??m glad I took the chance. The menu is, thankfully, devoid of clichAi??s like fish and chips and mulligatawny soup. Instead, Manish Uniyal, the executive sous chef, tells me the Indo-British fusion fest has tried to play up unusual produce (think morels, mozzarella and scallops, that you wouldnai??i??t typically find in Indian food) and contemporary presentation. Like the Chicken Tikka Samosa that comes to the table first. A deconstructed version of the popular street snack, the deep fried pastry, presented as two long strips, sandwiches three varieties of tikkas topped with jammy onions and bell peppers. Itai??i??s up to you how you eat them. I liked mine as separate bites, the better to appreciate individual flavours.

    Changing tastes
    As the experimentation continuesai??i??a Vegan Kolokithe (juliennes of aubergine and zucchini with a spiced yoghurt dip) and a Tandoori Salmon (marinated in spices and orange juice) keep me occupied for a whileai??i??I wonder why British fusion. Perhaps the upcoming India-England Test series (on Wednesday) is the inspiration? But chef Uniyal assures me itai??i??s the inventive spirit that the once-staid cuisine has been showing in the past few years. He proves his point with a Parcha Paneer (thin sheets of cottage cheese rolled like pin-wheels and served with a black pepper sauce) that pairs beautifully with an olive naan and a tomato-mozzarella kulcha. But my favourites have to be the delicately-spiced New Zealand lamb chops, grilled a perfect medium-rare, served with piquant potatoes, and a Guchhi Chilgoza Pulao perked up with lashings of morels and pine nuts.

    Sweet nothings
    By now Iai??i??d like nothing better than to let the surroundingsai??i??done up in colours of blues and oranges, bathed in warm yellow lightai??i??lull me to sleep. Of course, a curry leaf martini is doing its bit, too. But then again, dessert canai??i??t be ignored, especially when it is one of the best Baked Alaskas Iai??i??ve had (with gulkand and betel leaves) and warm crepes stuffed with carrot pudding and topped with a Baileys rabdi. Before the masala tea creme brulee tempts me, I call it a night. Well worth being a night owl on a weekday.
    Till November 20, for lunch and dinner. Meal for two at `3,500 approx. Details: 22255555

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      Amritsari recipes come alive in a promotion at The Raintree

      Offering the best of Amritsari food is the upcoming festival at The Raintree Anna Salai. The special menu, consisting of around 18 dishes curated by sous chef Amandeep Singh, borrows flavours from the popular Lawrence Road in Amritsar, which houses local chaatwalas and food vendors who have been in the business since the 60s. ai???During the day, the road (which is located behind the local court), is accessible only to the judiciary personnel. But at night, people from all walks of life converge to have popular foods like keema kaleji, bheja fry, golgappas, kulcha and chola, and more,ai??? says Singh, adding that while the hotel has hosted Punjabi food festivals earlier, this is the first time that dishes from a particular street have been highlighted.
      One of the signatures on the menu is the soya champ. This popular Punjabi street delicacy is usually served in chicken or mutton variants, but here it has gone the vegetarian way. ai???It is made with soya chunks wrapped around popsicle sticks and slow-cooked in the tandoor. They are then simmered in a gravy (a butter masala or a dal makhani),ai??? explains Singh, who visits city chains like the Asli Punjabi Rasoi for their raras. Expect more authentic flavours in dishes like adraki champ, paneer tikka shaslik and Amritsari chole ti kulcha. As for the atta chicken, it is nothing but meat wrapped in dough and cooked in the tandoor for two-three hours.
      Till November 13. Meal for two at Rs 1,500. Details: 43939999

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        Know your dish
        Besides its multi-city Diabetic Food Trailai??i??with over 200 restaurants participating across the countryai??i??Britannia NutriChoice Essential is hosting its first-ever master class. From sharing personal experiences to demonstrating how to cook gourmet meals that are delicious and diabetic-friendly, the trail kicks off in Mumbai. It will come to the city on November 11. Details: 8655077226

        Flavours of Issan
        Sample the dishes of South East Asia as Benjarong hosts the Issan festival. Primarily inspired by Thailand and Laos, try the Hot and Sour Issan-style Soup, Spicy Tiger Prawn Salad with Roasted Chilli Paste, and Salted Lamb Fried Rice, among other handpicked delicacies. Meal for two at Rs 2,200++. Details: 24322640

        Twist in the taste
        Bringing an Indian twist to Italian fare is The Right Place. With options like Delhi 6, Bombay Masala, Madras Spice and Shaan-e-Punjab, the freshly-made thin crust pizzas promise to be quite an indulgence. Details: 28253434

        Sugar fix
        Ashvita Bistro and Nirvana have tied up with Aditi Mammen Gupta, the name behind Posh Nosh, the line of homemade gourmet sauces, to create the Posh-Nosh monster shake. Try a tall glass of the salted caramelai??i??topped with the brandai??i??sAi?? caramel and chocolate fudgeai??i??at Rs 325. Details: 42031982

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        Enjoy Malabar cuisine at the Moplah Food Darbar festival at the Square, Novotel. Curated by Begum Abida Rashid, a consultant at The Gateway Hotel in Kozhikode, you can sample dishes like Thalaserry mutton biryani, muttamala, ari kaduka and more. Till November 8. For dinner only. Rs 1,500 approx. Details: 66545454

        Bake your day
        The season for homebaked treats is almost upon us. Learn the basics this weekend, with a three-hour masterclass that will teach you how to make sugar cookies, sponge cakes, chocolate chip cookies, banana walnut muffins and butter cream icing, among others. Rs 2,500 per person.Ai?? Details: 24454885

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          From pop art to florals, our pick of embroidered denims.

          While the Coachella Festival in California earlier this year threw up several playful denim ensembles flaunting colourful embroidery, more recently we had Amal Clooney visiting her husband on the sets of Suburbicon in LA wearing a pair of Alice+Olivia jeans detailed with autumn leaves and multi-coloured flowers. Embellished denims are here to stay. From retro styles to spirited modern motifs, and from coats and dresses to stoles, hereai??i??s our pick of what to take home from this fashion resurrection.

          Fit to frame
          Roberto Cavalliai??i??s star-embroidered jeans are perfect for casual outings and the outdoors. The Italian-made mid wash skinny jeansai??i??with its red, black and silver star patchworkai??i??balances bright motifs with minimal design. Team it with a pastel or black tee if youai??i??re not keen on a full-blown retro look. Rs 86,250 at DLF Emporio, New Delhi.
          Details: 011 46960000

          Cold comfortAi??shingora-scarf
          With winter around the corner, keep warm with this embroidered stole from Shingora. The light denim piece is embellished with monochromatic thread embroidery in floral and paisley patterns. Rs 6,995. Details: shingora.net

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          Pick comfort this season with these minimalist boyfriend jeans from Stella McCartney. Keeping with her eco-friendly mantra, it uses organic cotton, complete with her classic five-pocket detail, low-rise front and rolled cuffs. The simple swan print with floral embroidery makes it an outfit that will survive trend shifts. Rs 42,389. Details: stellamccartney.com

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          This blue pleated Corfu skirt from Payal Pratap Singhai??i??s Umbar collection is a keeper. The dark denim is complimented with red cross-stitch heart motifs. We suggest you team the skirt with a red blouse and minimal accessories. Rs 6,700 at her store in New Delhi.
          Details: 011 24638878

          Natureai??i??s callAi??namrata-joshipura
          Flaura-inspired motifs seem to be Namrata Joshipuraai??i??s preferred choice for the season, as it makes its way into this deep blue folio off-shoulder denim dress. The white-grey embroidery and sequin work on the garment keeps it simple yet quite eye-catching.
          Rs 9,500 at D-7 Boutique, Mumbai.
          Details: 022 26486627

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          Keeping with Valentinoai??i??s fascination for stars, these Italian-made embellished denim boots from the design houseai??i??s Fall 2016 collection are a must-have. With a three-inch block heel, these sequined ankle boots are a playful addition to any ensemble. Rs 80,840 approximately.
          Details: net-a-porter.com

          All that jazz
          Add a dash of pop to your denim with Shahin Mannanai??i??s navy blue button down shirt dress. The bright orange, red and gold thread and cutdana embroidered lips and coca cola bottle motifs give the trend a quirky modern twist. The gold buttons and detailing give the ensemble an elegant finish. Rs 13,800. Customise your orders with a call.
          Details: 09990501110

          Fur love
          Gucciai??i??s Alessandro Michele weds shearling and embroidery with denim in this light blue bleached Italian-make jacket. The embellishments include the collectionai??i??s popular motifs like the bee and tiger. Stone washed and brushed, the fabric has a vintage feel with the appliques individually sewn on to the jacket by handai??i??a process that takes more than three hours per piece. Rs 2,93,600 approximately at DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 011 46471111

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          Taking a cue from Clooneyai??i??s wardrobe, this playful Ryley-bell jeans has the 70s written all over it. Ditch the skinnies for these wide-legged floral embellished pants. Complete the retro chic look with a pastel or white full sleeved blouse and platform heels. Rs 49,890 approximately. Details: aliceandolivia.com

          Text: Lavanya Lakshminarayanan


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            Radio is a medium where even the smallest goof-up looks like unimaginable catastrophes. This is simply because itai??i??s only the sound that comes at you, with nothing else to distract. When you view your favorite TV show, apart from the content that you are consuming, there are countless other things on screen that catch your attention. However, thatai??i??s not the case with radio. So why do faux pas occur, when you only have to deal with sound?
            The answer is simple. The wrong individuals are chosen for the job. I might know a few jokes, but that does not make me a standup comedian. Likewise, just knowing a few tricks doesnai??i??t really make me ready to take on Dynamo. Iai??i??ve heard this before, ai???My spouse says I sound awesome on the phone, do you think I can get a job as a presenter in a radio station?ai??? Now, a faux pas happens when that individual is given the job.
            Quite honestly, itai??i??s only in Chennai that bad radio moments happen as often as the rains in Cherrapunjiai??i??from presenters leaving their microphones on and having a nice chat, to abusing people on-air and, of course, downright sleaze when presenters blow kisses to the listeners. The other day, I caught a countdown show on radio. The music was perfect, but what spoilt the party was an annoying voice that kept stating the number of the song followed by ai???Here we goai???.
            Imagine listening to the same line repeated over 50 times. I tuned off after a couple of songs because the voice and the delivery was extremely amateurish, albeit a little amusing. Chennai deserves better. Listen to a Ryan Seacrest or a Shadow Stevens and be inspired. We listeners sure know the difference between class and crass. Please give us the former.
            See you next week with more radio talk!

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              A roundup of trending celebrity-endorsed social campaigns.

              BE it standing up for education, the environment, basic human rights or oneai??i??s right to self-determination, celebrities the world over have always championed many personal and social causes. Here is our pick of recent campaigns which had stars at the forefront.

              Before the Flood: If Leonardo Di Caprioai??i??s passionate speech at the Oscars didnai??i??t convince you about his tireless crusade against climate change, this documentary with National Geographic will. Covering his three-year personal journey as the UN Messenger of Peace, the 90-minute film sees almost every aspect of the looming consequences of climate changeai??i??from coral bleaching to melting ice caps, from Canada to rural India. The film also has the actor speaking to scientists, activists and natives. Details: youtube.com/NationalGeographic

              Dobara Poocho: Cheap doxazosin mesylate Deepika Padukoneai??i??s Live Love Foundationai??i??s video talks about battling depression and offering support. We are shown three instances of people undergoing stress, finally breaking down when a loved ones repeatedly asks them ai???whatai??i??s wrongai???. While the conversation is a vital one, the video has been criticised for stereotyping the disorder. Details: youtube.com

              Be the Bitch: The latest in the Blush video series features Shruti Haasan talking about the infamous name given to any woman who ai???dares to dreamai??i??. It is written and narrated by the actress, who is known for voicing her opinions and for her non-adherence to convention. The video has gone viral and asks women to own their decisions. Details: youtube.com

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                We faced one of lifeai??i??s big dilemmas, thanks to Diwali and Halloween following one another. While we were waiting to pull out our sparkly clothes and twirl around for the special ai???Slo Moai??i?? Instagram feature, we also wanted to paint our faces and dress up as grizzly, ghoulish characters. While I thought I was being smart by separating the two (and in my head, extending the fun for one more weekend), others chose to let the two overlap in the strangest and most fun of ways. The ai???Diwaloleenai??i?? celebrations included some card playing, of course, besides lots of delicious food and the required party hopping. It also appeared that all roads led to Radio Room, irrespective of the nature of the celebrations. There were groups in flowing anarkalis and velvet bandhgalas, as well scary jesters, lots of sexy cats, and an assortment of superheroes. And around the city, the little ones had taken to the streets trick-or-treating, having almost as much fun as the adults.
                The week also saw loads for the foodies, and I donai??i??t just mean the festive indulging. The launch of Soul Garden Bistro in Alwarpet saw a young crowd, ready to sample the menu at the new rustic vegetarian venue. Everyoneai??i??s guilt was firmly put aside, as they focussed instead on the many offerings, most importantly the sweet ones. The Dessert Lab, ai???196* Below, showcased the star of the evening, the liquid nitrogen ice cream. Nothing like a little molecular gastronomy to add that extra drama. Meanwhile across town at Express Avenue, the foodie trail continued, this time sticking to the basics with an old favourite, the parotta. Or as the South Indians lovingly refer to it, the barotta. Barottas.com presented a ai???Veech Partyai??i?? featuring Malaysian chef Amir Hamsah Bin Omar and his unique roti flipping skills. The audience got to work up an appetite for the authentic Malaysian ai???roti canaiai??i?? while watching the chef in action.
                The weekend finished off at Phoenix MarketCity with a quick visit from the cast and crew of Kollywoodai??i??s much-awaited sequel, Chennai 28 ai??i??II. Director Venkat Prabhu, along with the rest of the gang, launched a new line of official merchandise for the film in collaboration with Fully Filmy. The event saw the stars having a little fun with the crowd, and not needing too much persuasion to show off a few special batting moves.

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                  Calm before the storm
                  November 4 | Taj Coromandel
                  Itai??i??s time to dial things up. Ashwin Mani, aka Calm Chorai??i??the co-founder of Jalebee Cartel and Soupherb Recordsai??i??will be performing live at the Taj Coromandel today. The techno DJ, and one half of electronica duo, Bit of Both, is a well-known face in the underground music circuit, and his latest EP, Dancefloor Sci-Fi, is still ruling club charts. Catch him at Chipstead, with a supporting act by Arjun Hora. From 10 pm onwards. Details: 33011640

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                  November 4 | SPI Cinemas
                  Sorcery gets a new definition, as Marvelai??i??s Doctor Strange hits global screens. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the plot revolves around Stephen Strange, a talented neurosurgeon who turns to the mystic arts to heal himself after a terrible car accident. This storyline about the ai???sorcerer supremeai??i?? marks the
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                  November 5 | Amethyst
                  Awadh is in the spotlight. While last month saw Park Hyatt hosting an Awadhi food festival, this time itai??i??s Amethyst that is shining the spotlight on the region, with an exhibition by Shades of India. Called Nazrana, the Awadhi range of kurtas, pyjamas, dupattas, clutches and more comprises of fabrics like silk velvet, chanderi and the like. Expect intricate embroidery and stove work. `4,500 to `18,000. Till November 11. Details: 45991630

                  An Enfield day
                  November 6 | Royal Enfield
                  Some chequered socks, a la the 60s, to brighten up your bike ride? Enfieldai??i??s latest collection for men is a collaboration between the motorcycle manufacturer and Swedish design label, Happy Socks. Expect bright colours and vibrant motifs in a new range of socks, helmets,
                  jackets, sweatshirts, and more.
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                  November 7 | Evoluzione
                  The boutique is hosting Hyderabad-based designer Shriya Bhupalai??i??s label, Shriya Som. The embroidered collection depicts the various styles of a flower, and features evening dresses, gowns, crop tops and capes in colours such as onion pink and periwinkle blue. Today
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                  Her story
                  November 8 | Online
                  Award-winning author Paulo Coelhoai??i??s new novel, Spyai??i??which is inspired by Mata Hariai??i??is up for pre-order. The book follows an ordinary woman who moves to Paris and becomes one of Europeai??i??s most popular divas, adored and desired by men of high military rank. But when the First World War happens, her carefree life takes a turn for the worse. `206. Details: amazon.in

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                  November 8 | Online
                  Award-winning author Paulo Coelhoai??i??s new novel, Spyai??i??which is inspired by Mata Hariai??i??is up for pre-order. The book follows an ordinary woman who moves to Paris and becomes one of Europeai??i??s most popular divas, adored and desired by men of high military rank. But when the First World War happens, her carefree life takes a turn for the worse. `206. Details: amazon.in

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                  Virat Kohli and team are going up against the English, who are itching to prove a point, especially after their batting lineup failed against the wily spin of the Bangladeshi bowlers in their last Test series. Watch out for captain Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes, the visiting teamai??i??s most reliable players. The first Test match is on November 9, from 9.30 am onwards. On Star Sports. Details: espncricinfo.com

                  Foreign fusion

                  November 10 | Hilton
                  Just before Englandai??i??s Test series begins, the city is embracing some English flavour. Ayna, the pan-Indian restaurant at the Hilton, isAi?? introducing an Indo-British fusion menu, featuring local spices and British ingredients. From today.
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                    Ahead of The New Indian Expressai??i?? debut Auto Expo, Dilip Chhabria talks to us about the Avanti,Ai??Indiaai??i??s first homegrown sports car, and whatai??i??s next on the radar for its maker.

                    THROUGHOUT history, designers have shaped the opinions of everything around us and, in that sense, great design is notAi??just art, but a responsibility as well. Itai??i??s the first glimpse that really sets the tone for every opinion the human mind forms thereafter. Dilip Chhabria is no stranger to automotive design. If anything, he is the pioneer of the field in the country. He is the sculptor of the Indian automotivedesign industry and, in 2012, he achieved something truly spectacular, the Avanti.

                    Dawn of the Avanti
                    Chhabriaai??i??s DC Design had showed off a conceptsports car, called the ai???Sai??i??, alongside the hugely talked about Ambierod, in 2008, and this waswhere the idea for the Avanti was first born. ai???The S concept elicited a lot of favourable response. I put myself in the customersai??i?? shoes. And I was youngai??i??I wanted a sports car very badly but couldnai??i??t get one. I realised that if it was made at an affordable price it could bring about a new segment because the imports were way too expensive,ai??? reminisces Chhabria. Four years later, on a cold winter morning in New Delhi, the wraps came off a sleek silhouette of metal, fibre and pure emotion. This was the first time the world got a glimpse of the DC Design Avanti, and it looked menacing, ready toAi??pounce. As Indians, we had resigned ourselves to the fact that sports cars and their ilk are things from far beyond our shores, and we would be relegated to making the small hatchbacks of the world. Thatai??i??s when he broke the mould with the mid-engined sportscar packing 250 horsepower in a body that was shaped like it was at top speed even while standing still. And yet it promised to be as usable as any regular road car, every single day. ai???Of course, it had to be low, wide and sexy as a supercar, but it had to have ground clearance so that it could traverse anywhere in the country. In fact, them,Avanti has been seen driving on terrain that only SUVs can,ai??? he says. It may have taken a little over three years to turn the Avanti from showcar concept to a production reality, but the end result is something that the world is envious ofai??i??Indiaai??i??s first homegrown sports car. It symbolises decades of design and prototyping expertise that Chhabria hasAi??amassed with DC Design and thereai??i??s nothing like it on Indian roads.

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                    The one thing that was crystal clear for the designer extraordinaire from the beginning was that the Avanti had to be something that was ai???as attractive as an Italian supermodel in stilettosai???. It had to have the power to stop traffic dead in its tracks as people craned to get a glimpse of it. The end result is just thatai??i??with a wide body, low roofline and flowing contours all the way from the front to the back, broken at intervals only to make space for menacing air intakes, the Avanti is a gorgeous machine. When asked about the clientele that it attracts, Chhabria clarifies, ai???Buyers of the Avanti range encompass people who show up in expensive luxury sedans to people who drive in with common hatchbacks to take delivery. But the age bracket tends to be younger.ai??? And why not, because once you swing open the doors, the insides are quite sharp. With race-crafted bucket seats that hold you in place, the cascading centre console fitted with a touchscreen infotainment system and a completely digital instrument console sporting a resolution can put yourAi??your iPad to shame, the Avanti reflects with class.

                    Beyond the beauty

                    Chhabria knows that a sportscar isnai??i??t just about the way it looks, so the Avanti had to pack in great performance, too. Nestled behind the cabin and under a cascade of transparent louvers is a two-litre, turbocharged, inlinefour petrol engine that makes 250 horsepower and 340Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmissionai??i??enough to take the Avanti to 100 kmph from a standstill in a respectable six seconds. For the uninitiated, that means it will leave almost every other car biting its dust as it zooms ahead. What makes the Avanti even more of an achievement is the fact that, despite its performance, Chhabria wanted it to be used as an everyday car. So crawling around in city traffic or lazy cruising on highways isnai??i??t a big ask from the engine-gearbox setup. The suspension and dynamics along with the ground clearance of 165 mm have been designed to soak up everything that Indian roads throw at you. As with every car, the Avanti is also set for upgrades, even if they are still about a year away. He adds, ai???There will be two new versions coming out with higher capacity engines and an auto-transmission, along with a face lift, by the end of 2017.

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                    The designer has single-handedly taken Indian automotive dreams to a whole new level with the `36 lakh (ex-showroom) DC Avanti. In doing so, he has also given wings to aspirations not only of people queuing up to buy the car but also to a whole new generation of enthusiasts who are interested in taking up a career in automotive design. His advice to aspiring automotive designers is simple, ai???With India poised to be the third biggest player globally in the automotive world, youngsters will have a very important role to play in the next 20 or so years. Design is set to be a great career option!ai??? Chhabria was already a pioneer. With the Avanti, he has now moved into the halls of legends. Catch the DC Design Avanti and more of Chhabriaai??i??s magic at Stall XX at the Express Auto Expo, Chennai Trade Centre, between November 5 and 6. Details: 044 23457601

                    JOURNEY SO FAR

                    DC Design is a well-known entity in a field that probably didnai??i??t even exist in India about two decades ago, automotive design. Ever since he was a child, Chhabria lived and breathed cars, and after completing his graduation in commerce, he chanced upon an advertisement in an automotive magazine about vehicle design schools. This led him to apply to one of the worldai??i??s bestknown colleges for the subject, the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Post his design education and a brief stint at General Motors, he returned to India and took the entrepreneurial path. He established DC Design in 1993 and has been making magic ever since. His mission for great design revolves around improving what is redundant and in creating a certain charm of uniqueness in each of his products. It all started with custom body kits, which, when bolted on, could simply change the way regular cars looked. Since then, DC Design has evolved into one of the most formidable design houses in the world, which not only makes body kits and full-custom designs, but is also heavily into prototyping for major manufacturers. Speaking of his favourite designs, he says, ai???It has to be the 2003 Gaia and the 2008 Ambierod. Those were special.ai???

                    BEASTLY STEEDS

                    Over the years, Chhabria has given India some of the most distinctive pieces of automotive art on wheels. Looking back at the DC Design portfolio, one of the first ones that got me hooked was the Aryaai??i??a Tata Sierra converted into a slick orange lifestyle SUV. Then there were concepts and custom cars like the scissor-door Accord, the Gaia, Infidel, Rolls- Royce Black Ruby, Imperator, Ambierod, Urban Thar and, of course, the mighty Juggernaut. While all of these rely on striking external styling to catch the eye, his most opulent products are barely visible from the outside. DC Design has perfected the art of converting the interiors of regular cars into five-star lounges for the owners to relax in while on the move. These triple up as mobile offices, entertainment centres and even just places to hang out in. Take the DC Design Duster, for example. There are subtle changes to the bodywork and face of the car, but on the inside, it is completely transformed. With exquisite detailing that incorporates leather linings and wooden panels mixed with metallic and chrome elements, the interiors are fit for royalty. Over two decades on and the fire to keep creating something new and interesting continues to drive Chhabria. There could be no better role model for a whole new generation of aspiring designers. In the end though, itai??i??s the hard work that pays off, just as it did for DC.

                    Catch the DC Design Avanti and more of Chhabriaai??i??s magic at Stall XX at the Express Auto Expo, Chennai Trade Centre, between November 5 and 6. Details: 044 23457601

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                      Cheap clozaril generic name Le Jardin celebrates lesser known Mughal dishes with its new festival

                      Shining the spotlight on the uncommon dishes of the Mughal cuisine is The Oberoi with its festival entitled, Bygone Recipes of the Mughals. An amalgam of Asian and Persian flavours and ingredients, the menu seeks to look past the biryanis and kebabs and really delve into unique creations, such as the Murgh zameen doz (chicken marinated with almonds, yoghurt and spices, wrapped in dough and cooked in an earthen pot placed under the ground).
                      Helmed by mother-son duo, chef Begum Nazish and Osama Jalali, a food critic and consultant, the spread also has its fair share of vegetarian options to keep everyone satisfied. Paneer ki goliyan, a delicately spiced affair featuring small ai???bulletsai??i?? of cottage cheese wrapped in silver and gold leaves was a dish that was offered to Hindu visitors of the royals during Id, while Kebab-e-Burghul (broken wheat, pepper, coriander and lentil kebab served with a fiery mint chutney) was a favourite of king Aurangzeb, who turned vegetarian towards the end of his reign. Mewa Shahi Kebab, another vegetarian starter, which brings together cheese, khoya, yoghurt, spices and dried fruits is an ode to emperor Babur, who had a soft spot for dried fruits. Non-vegetarians can opt for the Murgh Pateeli Kebab (chicken pockets filled with raisins, pistachios, apricots, mince, pepper and saffron, and cooked in a deep copper vessel), Macchli ki Shammi (pan-fried, smoked and spiced fish ai???tikiyasai??i?? filled with yoghurt, onion, fennel and ginger) and Yakhni Kebab (lamb cooked in yakhn or broth flavoured with cloves).
                      Main course lays emphasis on their rice-based dishes, with options such as Qubooli (rice and Bengal gram cooked with saffron, spices and dry fruits), Motia Pulao (a pulao of green peas and pearls of poached eggs wrapped in silver leaves to resemble pearls) and Mutanjan Pulao (rice and chicken with orange, cardamom, dates and figs). Highly recommended by Jalali is the Amba Qaliya ai??i?? braised lamb with raw mangoes, onions, ginger, coriander, dry fruits and saffron.
                      Offering an interesting twist to the dessert spread is Gosht Ka Halwa. A mix of meat, spices and sugar, this may not sound the most appetising, but is definitely worth a try.
                      November 9 – 14. `1,600++. At Le Jardin, MG Road. Details: 25585858

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