#TheCulinaryQuest2017 at Phoenix Market City, Chennai

Phoenix Market City has always been the place which has been frequented by youngsters and others all through the day. The mall keeps buzzing with one activity or the other. Having located very close to Guru Nanak College, the mall houses some of the top notch brands from across various industries like Gadgets, Fashion, Technology, Entertainment,Food among others.

Having tasted the success with its #TheCulinaryQuest edition in 2016, the mall announced it this year as well which began on July 1st and would be going until July 31,2017. The announcement came at the time when the nation is already reeling under the shock of the proposal of GST which has seen the prices of the most of items being shot up with restaurants and multiplexes taking the maximum heat.

Having said that, Phoenix Market City decided to treat its customers during this testing time and announced the culinary quest where it has tied up with 10 top restaurants namely – Jonahs, Kobe, The Chocolate Room, Bombaysthan, Mamagato, iD, Noodle Bar, Spaghetti, Punjab Grill and Nandos. Each restaurant is unique in it’s own aspect be it with its food or with the style they were being served with one common scenario forall – that all of them are situated inside the Phoenix Market City which means, you mayprefer a Vegetarian or a Non Vegetarian food, Tandoori or Chinese, North Indian or South Indian, you get them all in one place.

Coming to the most interesting part. What is the OFFER in store? 

There is a 15% off on all the above restaurants and the terms differ from one brand to other but having said that, most of the time, it would suit all and it would effectively offset the proposed GST of 18%

The team from Newspatrolling had an opportunity to visit Punjab Grill to taste the specially curated menu for this festival. We were served with Paneer Tikka Satay, Beetroot Ki Tikki, Tandoori Brocolli, Button Mushroom as starters.

 

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This was followed by the main course which included Garlic Nan and Laccha Paratha with Dhabe Wali Dal and Roasted Masala Aloo and ended with Gulab Jamun Rabdi.

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Some of the core points to be noted here:

1. The taste has remained the same over the period of time since we tasted the same items back in 2016 Culinary Quest as well.

2. Paneer is made in-house which ensures that it is prepared properly which cuts like a cake instead of being chewy in the centre.

3. The masala used in these items were blended evenly giving a perfect aroma and an everlasting taste.

4. The food tasted real good and at the same time, it did not burn a hole in our wallet.

5. The offer is valid till 31st July,2017. Make the best use of it to dine at some of the finest restaurants to taste the unique food and enjoy the delicacies thereby celebrating the real spirit of #TheCulinaryQuest2017

SIAWED honoured Budding Entrepreneurs on Women’s Day

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The International Women’s Day was celebrated in Dr MGR University Educational and Research Institute, Adayalampattu campus on March 03rd and 4th , 2017. The event was jointly organized with SIAWED – Southern Industrial Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Development- a women empowering organization.  The event started with an intercollegiate Ideathon (Business Pitch competition) on 3rd March and the best teams were awarded with prizes and certificates.

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Dr.Srimathy Kesan at SIAWED

The next day, eminent resource persons from various fields shared the opportunities and facilities available for women business aspirants and entrepreneurs.  Ms T. Vanadhi Devi, President of SIAWED welcomed the gathering and briefed on SIAWED and its activities. Dr Prof Rama Vaidyanathan, Director of Biotechnology department, Dr MGR University Educational and Research Institute who addressed the audience gave a brief on ideathon and congratulated the commendable interest of the students’  participation which is motivating them to do it every year. She also briefed on the women empowerment activities of Dr MGR University and the interest of the management in encouraging such initiatives.

Dr Srimathy Kesan, Founder and CEO of SPACE KIDZ inaugurated the session and emphasized the point that everyone of us have born with a purpose  in life and she narrated her personal life experiences in choosing an out of the box business idea and excelling in it. Ms Madhu Saran, United Nations Ambassador for women entrepreneurs Global shared how she can support funding requirements of women entrepreneurs. Dr Deepa Mala, Head – Development Initiatives of CII presented central Government schemes benefitting women especially in pharma industry  and how the marginalized women get benefitted through organizations like SIAWED in reaching out to the benefits  offered by Government and Corporates. Dr Sudha Nair, CEO of Golden Jubilee Bio Technology Park explained the emerging opportunities in bio technology field. Dr Daniel Chellappa, Senior Scientist of Baba Atomic centre (BARC ) shared the offerings of BARC technology in addressing  everyday problems in various sectors such as healthcare, farming, consumables etc.,

The next session is for business presentations suitable for women such as online delivery of home cooked food, organic terrace gardening for healthy living by Mr Sundaram of Foodo and Mr Senthil of Green commune respectively. Ms Vineela, CEO of Tech scribes shared her valuable insight on how marginalized girls are offered an excellent livelihood with her free training on computer skills and with suitable projects to execute. All these projects are jointly to be executed by SIAWED for the benefit of aspiring women in business.

The afternoon session has Mr C K Mohan, General Secretary of Tanstia, Ms Indira, Director of Value sytems, Ms Kalpana Latha of Dinamalar and Ms Alamelu who gave motivating speech for women and students followed by culturals.

Prizes and certificates were distributed to the students who excelled in Ideathon. RJ Karun of Big FM gave a short entertainment which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The students of MGR University entertained the audience with their cultural programs.

SIAWED has honoured the budding entrepreneurs with awards and certificates and also recognized the efforts of the team members by awarding them “Spirit of SIAWED” award. There were 11 Awardees who received the “Spirit of SIAWED” award. SIAWED helps the women community and aspiring students with mentoring support to realize their entrepreneurial dreams and assist them in funding and other related requirements. Business aspirants, Small and medium business women can immensely be benefitted with the support eco system offered by SIAWED in creating bulk business opportunities and marketing support through their networking with corporate sector. SIAWED is also an associate Partner of Anna University to offer entrepreneurial support to the engineering students. With their partnership with several Indian and International agencies, they offer a strong resource network to reach their objective of economic empowerment of women.

The day ended with Vote of Thanks by Ms Suganyasri Venkatesh, an upcoming entrepreneur and Founder CEO of BG Future School, a chain of Preschools having more than 3 branches in Chennai. The delegates who attended the event have expressed their heartfelt gratitude for organizing such an inspiring event and resolved to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams with the support of SIAWED.

Some of the sponsors for the event include Kamadhenu Jewellery, SBI Life Insurance, only4rental, TracXpress and Annam Dhal.  The event came to a close with the singing of our National Anthem.

 

UrbanClap commemorates ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’

Urbanclap Organizes Self-defense programme exclusively for women in Chennai

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Chennai, November 29, 2016: – UrbanClap, India’s largest mobile services marketplace, organized a Self-defense training programme exclusively for women to mark the occasion of ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ on 26th November, 2016. The event took place in 4 places around T-Nagar, Chennai, and was led by Self-defense instructor, D. Ramesh.

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The ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ is observed worldwide on its official date, i.e. 25thNovember, 2016, and is a part of the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Known for its regular CSR activities that address various social issues, UrbanClap hopes to raise its voice towards gender-based violence in India through this unique activity, and encourage women to fight for their basic rights.

Commenting on the activity, Spokesperson, UrbanClap saiducjeevapark1,  It was great to see the general public step forward for this initiative and along with them, we had our professionals participate too. At UrbanClap, apart from giving our professionals the training to perform their jobs well, the overall development too is an agenda we are very focused on. Such trainings boost the confidence of our professionals and in turn are able to deliver a great customer experience.

 

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Kamadhenu Jewellery Opens Their Exclusive Prime Showroom

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Chennai: Kamadhenu Jewellery established its first showroom at avadi in 1970. As their tagline says it all the tradition continues with their wide ranges of varieties, impeccable quality & the best customer service policies which has earned them the reputation &  today more than 15000 customers have subscribed to their monthly gold savings plan.

They were the first to introduce various schemes and products like BIS hallmark gold jewellery, dhosham free diamond jewellery and gold karat meter before 2005. Their continuous efforts to improve on customer services and products have made them the most admired jewellery store in Chennai so far.

Kamdhenu continues to show their traditions of rich heritage, artistry & cosmopolitan approach reflecting our new Brand –Kamadhenu – PRIME and now Mogappair (Anna Nagar) has become the ideal place for setting up their new Kamadhenu – PRIME Showroom.

Set in high bustling & happening nolambur high road, it has been designed to international standards with7200 sqft and to make it a very bigger brand they have USHA UTHUP as their Brand Ambassador and this event will be organized by DREAM EVENTS for both the pre launch and launch.

“Before opening this showroom in mogappair we have done many research by knowing the taste and preference in jewellery and have designed the jewellery and the showroom accordingly with our customer. We are also sure about giving the best customer service for the people without fail “says Mr. Vinod Sharma, Managing Director, Khamadhenu jewelley

Their management team consists of Mr.M.Vishnu Sharma & Mr.Vinod(Executive Director), Mr.Vivek & Mr.Shivlal as other directors having more than 90yrs of experience in this field  and have also created a skilled team of professionals who pick finest @ impeccable gold , diamonds and silver collections from across the India and abroad.

The showroom is one of its kinds in city with exclusive & luxurious lounges for each product like temple, antique, Diamonds, Men’s collections, Italian watches, silver artifacts, customized jewellery & wedding Lounges thereby ensuring exclusivity & privacy to its niche clients.

They also did a pre launch with a fashion show at ITC grand Chola last Friday with 25 models showcasing their collections like Gold, Diamond, Bridal and cocktail light weight jewels in different styles choreographed byVicky Kapoor and the clothes were designed by Dinesh Kanth, an IT Professional.

To make it more unique they launched their own gold plated cycle of 22 carat “THE GOLDEN WHISPER “, which is a new concept in this jewellery industry. Their strategic launch of their new Prime Showroom in mogappair (Near Anna Nagar) was conceptualized to cater to clientele who are quality conscious & for the one who have a taste of good jewellery designs.

MEET ALUMNI 2016 Event was conducted by Galvanize Test Prep in association with the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

On Saturday, 20th August 2016, MEET ALUMNI 2016” was conducted by #Galvanize Test Prep in association with the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago at the T.Nagar Social Club,T.Nagar, Chennai.

The heavily attended event provided a platform for students and their parents to interact with alumni from top U.S universities. Students from engineering colleges in and around Chennai, and from other parts of Tamil Nadu used this opportunity to interact with the panelists – successful professionals who had obtained their Masters Degrees from universities such as Stanford, Harvard, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Penn State University, Arizona State University, Tufts University, George Washington University, University of North Texas, and more.

The panelists spoke about their experience while studying in the US and shared valuable advice for young students aspiring to study abroad. They stressed that in addition to undergraduate GPA and marksheets, one’s GRE test scores, co-curricular activities (internships, projects, paper presentations, workshops), student essay, and letters of recommendation play a vital role in being selected for admission by a US university. Among these, the GRE score is crucial because the GRE is conducted in the same manner in over 1000 test centers in more than 180 countries and thus forms the most objective and trusted metric for an American university. Moreover, since GRE scores are valid for five years, it is better to take the test in one’s 1st year or 2nd year of college, thereby utilizing the remaining years to do meaningful internships and projects in the student’s area of interest, thereby building a strong application profile.

Ms.Pavithra Srinivasan, Co­-Founder & Product Director of Galvanize Test Prep and an alumni of Stanford University, stated that no other country has as many world famous universities as the US, giving students an unparalleled opportunity to interact and connect with reputed faculty, fellow students, and colleagues. She also pointed out that while most parents are rightly concerned about the cultural challenges of studying abroad, the bigger challenge faced by students is that many of them may be unprepared for graduate study in the US after being accustomed in India to 4 years of studying once in 6 months and answering questions that test one’s knowledge as opposed to one’s ability to apply knowledge. In the US university system for example, it is common to have “open book final exams” where students can bring their textbooks and notes to the exam, but would still find it impossible to answer questions without a solid understanding of the underlying concepts. Doing well in such a system requires 100% focus and attention during classes and regular homework and doubt-clearing sessions, therefore, developing a good study ethic should be the primary concern for students and parents.

Mr Sivakumar Dandapani, the Chennai Director of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (www.IITChicagoinIndia.com), spoke about how work experience plays an important role in getting admission in the U.S. He emphasized that US universities are strict in their criteria for admitting students and therefore students have to work on understanding what universities want and then building their profile to meet those needs. Moreover, the USA is keen to attract STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students to boost the American economy and has recently passed laws to allow STEM majors to stay back in the US and work in their field of interest for up to 3 yearswithout requiring H1-B sponsorship. This enables students to easily pay back their education loan and hence makes it more affordable for Indian students to pursue their graduate studies in the US.

Most faculty members at Galvanize Test Prep have studied and worked in the US, yet they can relate to challenges faced by Indian students and parents, having gone through the process themselves. The typical Indian student requires 3-6 months of preparation before writing the GRE exam. In particular, the Verbal ability of Indians tend to lag behind that of Americans whose native language is English, hence the Galvanize GRE course incorporates a Verbal Strengthening track specially developed for Indian Students. However, students who have already written their GRE once but want to rewrite it to improve their scores can do so with a 30-45 day Crash Course with focused effort on specific topics. For more details about Galvanize, please visit www.GalvanizeTestPrep.com

OPPO Steps up the Selfie Revolution with the latest Selfie Expert,OPPO F1s

ACTOR MADHAVAN LAUNCHES OPPO F1S AT THE EXPRESS AVENUE MALL CHENNAI

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Chennai, 7th  August 2016 —The ever-evolving global smartphone brand OPPO, stepped up the selfie revolution today by announcing the launch of the upgraded ‘Selfie Expert’ –OPPO F1s, at an event held in Express Avenue Chennai. As an advanced version of the Selfie Expert F1, the F1s is taking selfies a step further with a 16MP front camera, a sophisticated beautification feature and an industry leading 0.22s fingerprint reader. The F1s also sports a 5.5-inch screen, an Octa-core processor, backed with 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, and 3075mAh whole day use battery, assuring a perfect selfie experience at an amazing price of Rs.17,990. The launch was done by Actor Madhavan.

Details of Oppo F1S – http://www.oppo.com/in/smartphone-f1s

 

 

 

 

Urban Clap celebrates one year of operations in Chennai on August 1st 2016

Urban Clap celebrates one year of operations in Chennai on August 1st 2016

    Announces launch of new categories in the city, marking its first anniversary

Chennai, August 02, 2016: – Celebrating its first anniversary in Chennai, #UrbanClap announces the launch of its new service categories in the city. The feat of its one year’s successful operations marked on the 1st of August 2016, the leading mobile service market place is launching five different services on its platform for its patron in Chennai.

Expressing his gratitude on this feat, spokesperson, Urban Clap said, “Ever since the launch of our services last year in Chennai, we have grown leaps and bounds and are grateful to all our patrons in the city for making this possible. Bearing the well coming response from the citizens of Chennai in mind, we thought of expanding our service bouquet in the city and hope to further add to the delight of our valued customers.”

The list of new services enlists amenities such as Bike servicing & repair, UPS & inverter repair and Geyser servicing. Apart from these services, Doorstep laundry has been re-launched on popular customer demand. Also we are planning to launch TV Repair, Chimney & hob repair, PAN Card services, Dog Spa, Pathology Lab services by this August.

About UrbanClap

Founded in November 2014, UrbanClap is India’s largest mobile services marketplace. It provides trusted services across 80+ categories including photographers, salon at home, home cleaning & repairs, yoga & guitar instructors, and many more. Whether you are looking to decorate your home, get candid pictures on your wedding day, plan your kid’s birthday party or get healthier, UrbanClap is the ultimate destination for all service needs. UrbanClap uses technology and smart processes to structure the highly unorganized services market in India. It aspires to make hiring a service professional as easy and straightforward as buying a product from a top e-commerce marketplace.