Hey, Did I Tell You What I’ve Been up to?

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Hey there!

Guess what? I just got back from a long long vacation to Thailand and Cambodia (about which I will soon be posting on Trip Monk). But more importantly I’ve been really busy writing on What’s Hot.

I explored some pretty cool things while working with them. For instance, a really interesting book village that is only an hour away from Pune, a huge leather footwear market right in Mahabaleshwar and some offbeat things to do in Dandeli. I also discovered the top most stylists in Pune, some really cool eateries as well as great drinking spots in the city.

Go check out already!

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My Getaways – To Write or Not to Write

As much as my last few pictures and posts were appreciated, my critics could not stop asking me why I keep posting about other cities, when I claim this blog is solely dedicated to Pune. Although I don’t completely disagree that it is best to stick to a theme, I feel, why not wander a tiny bit?

Is it so bad for my readers to get to know other cities up close, along with their own? Is it bad that I want them to be a part of my vacations? If I can use a break, I am sure  it must be quite a welcoming change for you all to read about my small visits here and there.

I should probably take this chance to introduce you all to www.tripmonk.in. This is where I, along with fellow travellers, would be writing about all my trips, in depth; leaving only the glimpses for my City Diary readers. However, I wouldn’t want to give my readers something that wouldn’t interest them. It is of utmost importance to me that I write what you all would like to read.

Do you want to let me know? Please feel free to vote.

Sukanta, Deccan

What: Restaurant
Where: Deccan
Seating: Indoor
Cuisine: Maharashtrian Thali
Pricing: Slightly Expensive
Parking: Available, Valet

It was high time for me to visit Sukanta; I had been hearing all about it from friends, old colleagues, and even from all the aajis and ajobas in the park. After an hour long discussion of where to have lunch, we decided to head to Sukanta this Sankrant.

Needless to say, we were greeted by huge crowds outside the restaurant. But given the popularity, I was already expecting that. What I was in fact amazed by was the public address system 😀 , that was pretty amusing.

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The Sankrant Naivedya

Like any other thali place that I have been to, this one too, was noisy and overcrowded, with too much going on. They always feel like someone has on a time-lapse mode. And the table right next to washing area made matters worse for us.

Nevertheless, I was still very excited to taste one of the most popular thalis in the city. It being Sankrant, we were all greeted with til-gul first. Once they started serving, I felt like it was never going to stop. There was farsaan, two types of salads, a variety of sabjis, chapati and bhakri and sweets and what not on our plates.

I did not like the way they served though, it was more like throwing food on our plates, than serving it. It’s the same at all thali places you would say, but no, Durvankur, which is just as crowded, still does a good job at serving the customers. I would also like to add that the staff had various issues going on, and they were not hesitant to make them public either, it was quite unpleasant.

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Anyway, so let me start clockwise,

Aaloo Bhaji- Okay
Paneer – Okay
Valachi Bhaji – Not Okay
Gatte ki sabzi – Not Okay
Kadhi – Yum
Dal – Okay
Sitaphal Rabdi – Delicious
Gajar ka Halwa – Delicious
Bhakri with Gud – Great
Palak Puris – Great
Khandvi – Great
Dahi Wada – Delicious

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All in all, I liked everything on the menu except the sabjis. The masala bhaat, served later, was good too. Sadly though, I felt I’d rather go through all the pain for Durvankur next time (I am sorry, but it’s hard not to mention the best). This one was not worth the wait.