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The nine days of the Navratras are no longer the leanest time of the year.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: October 20, 2012 1:03 am

The nine days of the Navratras are no longer the leanest time of the year. Instead,they may well be about trying new flavours and innovative meals. Cashing in on the nine days of divinity are fine-dining restaurants and hotels in the tricity which are going out of their way to incorporate Navratra fare in their menus. While the quintessential Vrat ki thali is being dished out at most places,there’s a definite effort in offering something different on the platter. JW Marriott,Chandigarh,has a Navratra buffet on at its café and drinks such as Seb Aur Angoor Ka Sharbat and Papite Aur Kele ki Lassi are the highlights here. If you are looking to try something more than just paneer,the Ajwaini Arbi and Malai Kofte are highly recommended. Elsewhere,at Taj Chandigarh,Chef Sumant Dadhwal has put together a Navratra thali that shall be served at Café 17. Kuttu ka pakora,Phaldhari Tikki Aloo,Kuttu and Potato Kadhi are the specials on offer here. The Navratra meals will be dished out till October 23 and a meal for two at the two hotels will set you back by Rs 1600 (approximately). For a more pocket-friendly bite,head over to Sundaram’s in Sector 26 that is also dishing out a Navratra thali with quintessential elements like Saabudana Papad,Aloo ki sabzi,Paneer bhurji and the likes.

Festive Fervour

One can almost smell the festive spirit in the air. And on cue,lifestyle exhibitions have picked up pace in the city. This weekend will see Kids Own in Sector 17 host “The Collection”,an eclectic melange of fashion and home products. Joining in is Kokomo,a Mumbai-based label known for their handbags. The collection ranges from classic evening and bridal wear to everyday basics and fun day bags. A range of shoes by the label are also available here. Offering chikankari ensembles is Spirit by Raghav while Solabra is a fashion jewellery line by Delhi-based designer Divya A Bhasin. In “The Collection”,she has brought earrings,neckpieces and bracelets made from semi-precious stones set in gold plated 2 micron metal. For those looking for European textiles in home furnishings,another Delhi-based brand,Chintz Collection,has many vibrant options.

The trunk show is on at Kids Own,SCO 104-105,Sector 17 till October 21

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