What's in your suitcase ?

Financial Express 15.11.2011

A MAJOR credit card company ran ad advertising campaign with the tagline, "what's in your wallet?", with the implication that if you carried their card you were making a smart choice. For those of us constantly on the road, we might ask ourselves "Waht's in your suitcase?" In fact, fashion is a key element of travel and there are even some sartorial destinations, such as Marianella's Naples shop, worthy of a side excursion during a business or leisure trip. Here's what you'll find in my suitcase.

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Service with a smile

Financial Express 15.11.2011

I LOVE FLYING. Of course, I eagerly anticipate the destination — be it for work or pleasure, I am always excited to getwhere I'm going. But the best aspect of flying is that it provides a rare chance to be alone and do some quality thinking, reading and, well, drinking. Think about it. For busy executives, few other places provide the time and privacy needed to get ahead on an important project, consider longterm strategy, or just enjoy a good book with a nice glass of champagne. No phones, no e-mails. Did I mention I dread the proliferation of onboard WiFi?

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Drinking demystified

Financial Express 27.10.2011

OF ALL THE troublesome myths out there, a fewaremore insidious than those that interfere with the pleasures of a good drink. There are many "rules" that are just misconceptions that can get between you and a good time. I'll expose four of these myths here in the hopes of encouraging youto break with the conventional wisdom. I have also offered a few of my favourite drinks that will taste even better with your new found freedom.

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When travel is a treat

Financial Express 27.10.2011

NOTHING CAN make or break a trip like a long-haul flight. Fortunately, you have some options that can help transform your travel experience into a real treat. Most of us first consider the mundane issues getting a reasonable price, loyalty points, and, of course, flights that match busy meeting schedules. Regular fliers, who value the journey as much as the destination, go a step further to consider their flight options based on the 'hard product' mainly the seat, in-flight entertainment, amenity kits, and even onboard bars versus the 'soft product' - principally the service, food and wine.

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Divine destinations

Financial Express 27.10.2011

MANY OF us spend holidays literally surrounded by work. But some holidays are guaranteed to allow just the right combination of relaxation, engagement, and, of course, precious time with your significant other.

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Top 5 restaurants in NY

Financial Express 26.10.2011

NEWYORK. I have visited the city a number of times but some how just the name still conjures up the same excitement I had for the place,or at least the idea of it, as a boy in Lucknow yearning to explore the great cities of the world.Much of my enthusiasm for NewYork centres on its status as a premiere culinary destination. From pizza and hot dogs to the myriad cuisines of the diverse communities that make New York their home,it is a place famous for its food. I’ve visited more than 30 top New York restaurants (and many more ordinary ones) and I’ll share names of my top five favorites and the reasons there of.

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The Business of iPad Travel

Posted on 19.11.2010

When the iPad was first released I wondered how it would be integrated into people’s lives. Was it to become just another personal entertainment system or something more useful as a business tool? As leaders in a fast changing business world, we are often the first to explore new technologies and identify solutions that make our lives easier and our companies more efficient. It was with this in mind that i purchased an iPad and took it with me on my business trips around the world.

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Behind the lebua Dining Experience

Posted on 19.11.2010

We recently re-launched one of our signature restaurants, Breeze at The Dome, lebua. During the glittering champagne cocktail and dinner that we organized, a number of people asked me where I came up with the new restaurant concept. It's not an answer I am able to give in a single sentence, but having now eaten at 1,600 of the top restaurants around the world, I can say the ideas we apply at all our famous dining outlets: Breeze, Mezzaluna and Sirocco are based on creating an unmatched experience.

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The Christmas Lunch

Posted on 25.12.2009

It’s Christmas and I am penning down this post as I just wipe my fingers after the day’s lunch. Well, in reality it was not just one meal but a delectable sequence of lip smacking dishes – each one well seasoned with intricate memories of my boyhood. My only companion for this exciting food-filled day was my dearest friend for last 12 years, my fiancé for 11 years and now my loving wife for the last 10, Anita. It has almost become a ritual for us to target a city each Christmas and savor the wide array of its street food. Last year it was Singapore and this year we chose Delhi, India.

The day started almost at dawn as I picked up Anita from her parent’s place braving the biting cold of the city. It paid off

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My Take on Marketing

Posted on 15.12.2009

Marketing is subject in today's world that probably has more gurus than students. Every author has their own perspective for the subject and different styles are in vogue. Nothing wrong I say, for currently the world is far more complex than it used to be with ample scope for every distinctive marketing strategy to co-exist. However, how does one explain Marketing? It will be difficult for me too, but let me give it a shot by taking you back to the illustrious history of the Dome and lebua.

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