Sunday, September 13, 2015

VenuG Presents: Egocentric Food Critics & Michelin Stars are replaced by Social Media & Smartphone Smart Alec

Do we need food critics at all?
Oh! yeah we do!
That's how we first hear about them,
But AFAIK these days those with spending power have other ways to find restaurants
Hence we can stop treating Michelin Star giving Food Critics & Guide Books
A Lower than "Demi God" status.
Those who can go have wherewithal to find good places
As Mr Vir Sanghvi says, "In other words , over 90% or more of the people who read a restaurant review, will never ever visit the restaurant they're reading about. In case of Brunch readers much less than 1% of our readers will go. It's not like movie reviews where millions go to see each movie " (even in which case 5* movies fail & 2* ones succeed check the latest "Welcome Back" as an example trashed by every reviewer but loved by the movie goer as paisa vasool phillum. ) 

Hope Mr Vir Sanghvi writes "How to find a place to eat from social media "

Oyo Rooms AirBNB are a threat
Unless you change the world will replace you with a click of thumb & middle finger

@madversity @HTBrunch
#VenuKiClass #Hospitality #Reviews  @tripadvisor mentioned @tripadvisor add #SocialMedia
 Absolutely agree with his
The Critical Theory #RudeFood dated 13th September 2015(link not found)
Finally link found
Check my #PinchToPocket series
This week I've been
A) Denied Valet parking as "No one comes on motorbikes"
I may as well come on unicycle.
B) Shifted from a vantage point Table in front at a music invite i was requested to attend because "my (partner's) family was to sit there"
C)  Refused a groupon offer paid for "as it was not printed"
D) Whereas, I ate & praised food
I) Where security & manager dissuaded me to enter, as the AC was not working.
II) Where I was asked to not enter lounge as hookah smoke would offend me    , I went, ate reviewed.
E) Was invited to a high tea book launch & pay registration fee at a restaurant, which is good, great ambience & even better food.(I refused to go, please do not call if I need to pay, I'm paying for the food ya?"
My take, in recession & ongoing competitive world of hospitality, when every day small brands like Wow Momo succeed due to great service, product  & Chai Break for friendly hospitality, management needs to strengthen #HR & Training to enable staff to handle #customers & #guests with kid gloves
Zomato, Instagram #reviews work more than #michelin stars these days. Social Media #nfluencers Google Maps ratings do help.
But #smartphone yielding Smart Alec has one upped the critic 
Now there are Times Food Guide, HT Food Guide, Highway on my plate,  Will travel for food, books like Saransh Goila's India on my platter, but I frequently use Instagram hashtag #FoodPorn + , to select places to eat, read #Munnar or #Kumarakom to decide where to travel to. " #Hummus #Kolkata " "Tortilla #Kolkata " to decide. 

Zomato & Google Places ratings
Foursquare reviews
Blogs, Book my show user reviews
I watch movies with no2 rating on bookmyshow to have better entertainment at a lesser price. On Zomato I never visit places with ratings higher than 4.5 as I know that would get me snooty captains & maiter de hote at a higher cost.
If captains of the industry need exclusive club & stay empty, good luck to them, I'd rather go to "Boudi's Kitchen" for bhapa Ilish than pay higher at Oh! Calcutta !!!
Because I'm paying, there are no free lunches neither to me, nor to the hotel, my footfall comes at a cost, I pay cash, you pay respect to me
Or you can

Beep Beep Beep :-)

VenuG Presents: Dengue Fever in Kolkata, an open letter to my Daughter. Why, What, Where, How, When

Pls RT / Share #Kolkata #HealthCare #Dengue
For #fumigation
#PublicService #Health
#Helpline Numbers #WhatsApp WhatsApp
Ph: +918335988888
( #NoCallsPlease) 
#Dengue #Malaria #Chikangunya #JapaneseFever Dhyaan डैंगी आप माँ? 
#Mosquito #Viral #virus control
Anopheles, Aedit.
#SelfHelp #preventivemeasures 
A) Keep Surroundings Clean.
B) Do NOT let water collect around your home. 
C) Remove any garbage collected around your #home
D) Do not leave humus, pestilence, waterbodies, garbage that lets #mosquitoes lay eggs.
E) Get your home fumjgated.
F) Use Mosquito Repellent Liquid Vapouriser (Insecticide) 247365 in switched on condition.

Thanks Dad #Achchan for #education you gave me.
Buy 2 Get One Free.
#Mortein #PowerGard Liquid Vapouriser On #247365
Google Map Municipal Hospitals in Kolkata
Telephone 033 2302 2803

Websites of Private Hospitals Near Ballygunge
AMRI Multi speciality
Wockhardt urology kidney
Fortis urology kidney heart
Woodland multi speciality(since 1947)
CMRI(Heart + multi speciality)
BM Birla (Heart) 
I won't go to any of the above ever OK!!!
My wife & kids may. I have seen people talk shit to me
Shilpa Srivastava of Twitsnaps (Mapxl) was diagnosed of throat cancer at CMRI
People told bullshit to me
A) I went there &,announced no one came up to me
I posted a status (as per my conversation with the Doctor "Her survival chances are very bleak)
B) hell breaks loose. A guy tells me "but I was at the hospital " as if I'm a liar!!
C) I tell them fly her to Mumbai No one heeds my advise.
D) She dies. A guy wants to file an FIR. Needs "Contacts in Kolkata" Can you help?
I say go to the police station & file FIR why do you want contacts if they refuse send it by registered post AD .
Reaction "Can you help? No? Then Shutup!" I block him.
Idiots money / contacts can't buy treatment / knowledge/Love  it can buy sex.
There are no substitutes to
Private Sector has just one motive profit. You're a potful of money for them. Not patient. They won't give you your Mom / Dad which they call "dead body" till you pay up.

Google Maps
AMRI link 
BM Birla 

You may consult AMRI, Apollo, Fortis later(if you're snobbish & snooty, Dengue has specific symptoms similar to other viral diseases a Government Doctor consults 100+ plus patients a day, while some private doctors don't see 100 a month. )
Lal Path Labs just get a blood test (can be taken after meals/eating) can consult the Doctor later. 
Link Gajanan Lal's Path Lab 
Telephone 033 2455 3446
Even Dengue Fever is favourable to developed Northern Hemisphere

#Dengue (pronounced denGEE) fever #NorthSouth divide
Even deadly diseases have a #Geography

3 Cases already in my quarters{And Divya has fever & hell she won't take a blood test(sent back Lal Path Lab guy who came home) without consulting a Doctor}, won't go to a Gormint Hospital And she does'nt know 2 Delhi Private hospitals turned away dengue cases causing fatalities. When your kids act stubborn)
#ProTip Municipal Hospitals are better equipped against Dengue than private ones(antidote & symptomatic diagnosis(to be confirmed by a #bloodtest . In private even non-dengue cases treated as dengue.
#Symptoms sudden high fever , severe headache/joint pain, bleeding, rashes(after 5-6) bleeding.
#Diagnosis only confirmed by blood tests (as many viral fevers have similar symptoms.

Dengue (pronounced DENgee) fever is a painful,
debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by
any one of four closely related dengue viruses.
These viruses are related to the viruses that
cause West Nile infection and yellow fever .
An estimated 390 dengue infections occur
worldwide each year, with about 96 million
resulting in illness. Most cases occur in tropical
areas of the world, with the greatest risk
occurring in:
The Indian subcontinent
Southeast Asia
Southern China
The Pacific Islands
The Caribbean (except Cuba and the
Cayman Islands)
Central and South America (except Chile,
Paraguay, and Argentina)

Most people in the UK who catch dengue fever
have travelled to South-East Asia and India. In
2012, 343 people were diagnosed with dengue
fever in the UK. All were people who had
recently returned from travelling abroad.
Most cases in the United States occur in people
who contracted the infection while traveling
abroad. But the risk is increasing for people
living along the Texas-Mexico border and in
other parts of the southern United States.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever
Sudden, high fever.
Severe headaches.
Pain behind the eyes.
Severe joint and muscle pain.
Skin rash, which appears two to five
days after the onset of fever.

Your GP will ask about your symptoms and
examine you. Tell them if you’ve recently
travelled abroad and whether you’ve been
exposed to mosquitoes. It can be difficult for
your GP to diagnose dengue fever because the
symptoms are similar to many other bacterial
and viral infections.
If your GP suspects you have dengue fever, he
or she may ask you to have a blood test. This is
to see whether you have signs of the virus in
your blood and/or certain antibodies for dengue
fever. These can confirm whether you have the
infection. Your #blood will be sent to a #laboratory
for #testing.
#Treatment #DoNOTTake
#Ibuprofen or #Aspirin
Take #Paracetamol

There isn't a specific treatment for dengue
fever. However, but your body will usually fight
off the virus within three to four days of the
rash appearing.
There are things you can do to help your
Rest and drink enough fluids. Your GP may
suggest that you take oral rehydration salts
to help prevent you becoming dehydrated.
Take paracetamol to help relieve your pain
and reduce your fever. Don’t take aspirin or
ibuprofen as this can worsen any bleeding
you may have. Always read the patient
information leaflet that comes with your
medicine and if you have any questions, ask
your pharmacist for advice.
Hospital treatment
If you're severely dehydrated, have severe
symptoms of dengue haemorrhagic fever or
your symptoms suddenly become worse, you’ll
need to be admitted to hospital. You may need
to have fluids through a drip in your arm. Most
people make a full recovery if they receive the
right treatment.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

VenuG Presents: #VenuKiClass on what to do during Financial Crisis

This afternoon an IIT'ian Sourabh Chokra shared this link

"During #FinancialCrisis, Just Wait"  That's Bullshit!! BS #VenuKiClass
1 ReLearn
2 Review
3 Rebuild
4 Recoup
5 Recover
6 Revamp
7 Reach out
8 Learn new skills & soft skills
9 Go for newer field knowledge
10 Upgrade your #education
11 Network
12 Follow Your Passions
13 Renew your Alma Mater connections.
14 Do things outside your comfort zone
15 Since you have nothing to lose take calculated #risks.
16 rebuild capacities
17 encash in boom.
I didn't wait!!! I did the best other thing I could do. I did mindblowing music. I organised Gigs. Met the most interesting  people. I followed my passion. I met people I had lost track of. I travelled . I cooked some of the best dishes at home at shoestring budget.
I bought an LG X800 basic phone with internet. Joined Facebook.
Became Most influential Indian no 200 in India when Amitabh Bachchan =1!!
Met some of the best networkers in India
Joined twestival met more interesting people
Joined Twitter
Bought a Nokia E63
Joined YouTube
Organised a couple of gigs
Was asked by @blogadda to cover MTV Roadies 9 audition.
Have 19 videos with 5000+ views. With a Nokia E63
Bought MTV Bolt phablet
Told All India Bakchod to shift from Soundcloud to YouTube
Wrote a couple of blogs which got Flipkart a $1billion investments.
Snapdeal $600 million.
Made a Facebook page #JusticeForWomen has 3000 members.
Bought a Micromax Unite A106 mobile
Joined Dubsmash & Instagram ran a hashtag #vReco which helped people with 2000 followers to reach 30000
On my recommendation Dubsmash India shared Shenil Patel's dubsmash helping her reach 35k.
(PS I have 250 followers)
My hashtag #VenuKiClass is one of the most popular hash tags in the world (in top 1000 on Instagram.)
I started all this when I did not have Rs16 for bus fare. Don't ask me how much I have now.
There have been mind blowing events after this
So I won't sit & wait.
I will do new things.
Join new technologies.
Make new friends.
Follow my passions
Meet new people
Pass on my skills to young ones
Dish out things for free & make people successful.
The wealth I get out of this is satisfaction & respect.
If your people turn their back in bad times, that's the fault of yours in good times. You backed the wrong horse with wrong traits. My people never gave up on me.
They liked Billy Joel's lyrics
I took the good times
I'd take the bad times
I love you just the way you are ....
All the above to inspire not boast.
I'm not contesting an election or partaking in a popularity poll. Seriously all the above is true.