See saw: Summer Delight

If there’s that one thing that makes summer a happy time of the year,it’s mangoes.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: July 5, 2012 12:27:56 am

If there’s that one thing that makes summer a happy time of the year,it’s mangoes. Now,Buzz Czar,Maya Hotel’s multi-cuisine restaurant in Sector 35,has rolled out a Mango Festival. Different types of the fruit have found their way into a line-up of mango delicacies comprising salads and desserts. The mango mascarpone cheese cake is not just a treat for the eyes,with its layers of white and yellow,but for the tastebuds too. Though the usual suspects such as mango mousse and mango split are on offer,the use of fresh mangoes in the tart,as well the tangy tastes of lime-mango mousse make this festival worth a bite. All through the festival,which ends on July 15,guests will be welcomed with the traditional mango drink,Aam Panna. “We wanted to not only offer the various varieties of mangoes but also present it in forms never tried before,” says executive chef Debashish Guha of Maya Hotel. The Mango Pico De Gallo,a Mexican salad with mango,tomatoes,onion and cilantro is our pick for its zesty flavours. The desserts and salads are priced between Rs 90 and Rs 160.

The Big Picture

Chandigarh’s Manto Foundation,which is celebrating writer Saadat Hasan Manto’s birth centenary with seminars,plays,discussions and book exhibitions through the year,is now holding a film festival based on Manto’s stories and his life. The idea is to create an awareness of Manto’s writing,which was based on composite culture. Apart from the film festival,the Foundation has planned storytelling sessions at Panjab University and various colleges of the city. “Manto and the time he spent in Mumbai is the subject of the film. Hour-long films on his acclaimed stories Toba Tek Singh and Khol Do will be screened,apart from a film from Pakistan. We hope to take the festival to Punjab too,” adds Shayda,a representative of the Foundation.

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