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Food festival in Jaipur

Take a culinary excursion through Shekhawati at this food fest in Jaipur

Hailing from Mumbai, Chef Akshay Pandit was always inquisitive about the local food and culture of Rajasthan. Ever since he took the role of the Executive Chef at Crowne Plaza in 2019, along with his team of culinary experts, he has been exploring the lesser-known pockets of the state to move beyond the usual dal, bati and choorma that one often associates with Rajasthani food. In their quest to find out about the popular local delicacies of the region, the team has been on many a culinary excursion throughout Rajasthan. After a long hiatus owing to the pandemic, they have curated a 10-day food festival ‘Excursion Through Royal Shekhawat’at their Global Cuisine Restaurant, Socorro.

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Vegan food in Jaipur

Pink City goes vegan friendly

Veganism has been gaining momentum globally. A vegan diet is essentially plant-based and abstains from the use of any animal products or by-products. While health and wellness are the prime reasons for choosing such a diet, sensitivity towards animals also has a major influence in making people turn into vegans. The growing popularity of veganism has led the eateries of Jaipur too to introduce vegan dishes and even entire menus that comprise only plant-based eats and beverages. To find out how easy or difficult it is to get vegan ingredients and food in the city, we spoke to some vegans as well as some café owners about the challenges they face and how they overcome them.

Rajyavardhan in Manipal University

I used to be a backbencher: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

In a rare candid mood, Olympian shooter and former Union Minister, Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore interacted with the students of Manipal University Jaipur (MUJ) in a free-wheeling discussion. Right from the beginning, Rathore made it absolutely clear, that he was not going to make a formal speech or deliver a motivational lecture. He invited the students to ask him questions and in his answers, he deftly included the motivational element which received thunderous applause from the students. Below are some interesting excerpts from the tête-à-tête: