Archive for June, 2006

Whats New

Kitchen area

  • Tandoor ready tiling work , granite topping complete.
  • Wall tiling complete
  • Concealed wiring complete along with switches and plug points
  • Lighting to be fixed by the week
  • Painting of walls to commence this week
  • Drainage pipe laying in progress.
  • Gas bank and charcoal bin fixed
  • Gas pipe lining to be completed

Dining Area

  • Rafter beam work for false ceiling in progress
  • Selected tiles for the toilets
  • Table tops ready… to be polished bases to be PU coated.
  • Side stations / Dummy waiters being readied.

Kitchen civil work expected to be completed by 1st week of July. Expecting the interiors to be readied by 10th. Kitchen Equipments will be delivered hopefully before 10th. Kitchen exhaust to be fixed simultaneously.

Visited the Express Hotelier’s Expo held at the Kanteerva stadium yesterday. Saw some amazing stuff there…wanted to pick them up but held back due to some budgetary constraints. The Waste disposer was certainly very interesting.

John is visiting the site,will finalise some finer aspects of the kitchen design tomorrow.

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My Music

Word Press rocks!!!

I am so glad I have moved to word press from blogger. Well too many have blogged about the cracking features Word Press offers so I wont elaborate….

Added a New "My Music" page to my blog. Tagged last.fm today on to My Music page. I also listen to Blog Exposion Radio ( my previous post) which is awesome.

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Nostalgia

Found this post today I'd like to see more such ads that bring back all the nostalgic memories from the past. I'd in particular like to see those cuticurra ads from…mebbe 25 years back…wow that be awesome….lol

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Teaser Banner

Our first teaser banner came up at the restaurant site yesterday.   Size 4′ X 2′.
Will be putting up two more banners of size 7′ X 3′ on the outside tomorrow.

Wall tiling work in the kitchen finishes tomorrow (Tile specs – color offwhite size 12″ X 8″). Hopefully the electrical wiring will also be completed tomorrow. The plubing shall take anothe couple more days after which the area will have to be painted. I may have some carpentry work lined up prior to the painting job.

The table tops are getting readied at site. A sample of the table base is being brought to the site tomorrow. Tomorrow we also take a call on the installation of the audio technicals and finalize the electrical wiring for the dining area. I hope also to see a sample of the chair readied by the week. A busy day tomorrow.

Sampled the crockery and cutlery for the restaurant today. Bone china white and mat finished venus Cutlery. They Look gooood!!

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Hyderabad International Airport

First Models… images also visible here

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Tandoor

Fixed the tandoor and the rear access door yesterday. I didn’t carry my cam yesterday to the site and hence have no pix to post – which is a shame actually. Many people would be curious on how it is done… well I shall list the sequence on how to fix a tandoor here shortly. I did take a few pix of the tandoor this morning which is posted below.

As for the other civil works we have begun fixing the wall tiles and the plumbing work has also commenced in the kitchen. The interiors for the restaurant also started today. Have also confirmed the hiring of the Genset with Prasad and signed the agreement to this effect today, which should be erected in the next 10 days hopefully. The genset for us has been the best deal so far…yeah, well we have had a few great deals done…but the genset tops them all.

Tandoor: It was Wednesday 31 May that we, The chef and I went to pick the tandoor… Potters town as it is called is located a little distance from cantonment station and Mosque road. You will find many potters displaying their wares here.

We needed two pots for our restaurant and had decided on a large girth and a medium sized one. We had visited potters town on instruction form a colleague / friend of mine who works at the Windsor Manor. Spotted a nondescript house on the large alley showcasing a whole lot of wares…Pots of all shapes and sizes. We did a look about at the shops in the area to have a feel of what they had their tandoor pots priced at. Most shops had the clay ovens priced in the range from Rs 900 – 1500 per pot depending on the size.

We then moved to the shop we had the address for and our eyes fell on some very well displayed pots… we wanted 2 pots of size 2′ 5″ in girth and another for 2′. The color and the shape were of particular importance and we found the ones we were looking for. Those that we picked were burnt to a nice reddish brown tint and it didn’t have and chipped ends or corners.

Negotiated with the owners for a flat fee to transport and install the same at site. Initially we had planned to pick up an extra tandoor just in case one of them gets damaged in transit. By negotiating for a total installation package we saved ourselves the burden of transporting the pots ourselves and then finding someone to install the same.

Tandoor installation requires a level of expertise and the contents used to pack the same while building the oven depends on the clay used to make the pots and the demand / usage.

Our dimensions are
Length – 70 ”
Breadth – 36″
Height – 37″

Procedure for fixing

Its a brick and mortar job. Each standard sized mud brick is of the size 3″ X 4″ X 9″.

Steps.

  • Lay the base 36″ X 70″ with brick and cement
  • Pack the base with cement to form a stable platform with uniform sized bricks.
  • Raise the base platform to 2 brick level height.
  • Rough plaster the entire area
  • Carefully place the tandoor pots on top of the platform
  • Leave a gap of at least 8″ ( two brick width from the side) while placing the pot.
  • Ensure that there is a slight forward tilt to the tandoor pot. This is for ease of operation while baking breads
  • The backs of the pots may be raised using broken tiles or other broken bricks. Make sure you give only a slight tilt to the front.
  • The side walls with one brick width are raise uniformly on all the four sides
  • The space thus formed between the tandoor pot and the wall should be packed with packing materials
  • There would be very little space to the front of the tandoor this is because of the slight tilt to the front. This is ok.
  • Corse river sand is poured into the space between and then packed lightly using a thick wooden stump or any suitable material.
  • Care to be taken as this can damage the tandoor if done carelessly.
  • On top of the sand one layer of broken glass pieces are poured
  • Sand is poured again and leveled followed by another layer of broken glass pieces.
  • Dried brown mud is then put over this followed by another layer of glass sand and mud
  • The top is then rough plastered leaving the mouth of the tandoor exposed.
  • The base on the inside of the pot, which is actually open to the ground is plastered with cement. this is to ensure that any glass pieces that may have fallen inside gets covered and plastered by cement.
  • The tandoor is then rough plastered on all sides
  • This is left for a day or two with proper curing done once or twice every day.
  • It is advised that this job is left to specialists to finish.

This is the rear door fixed yesterday and the partially finished tandoor


A pretty neat job I guess.

You will learn more on how to heat the tandoor initially when we do it shortly…

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About Bangalore

Here are some interesting facts about Bengaluru …. I am not sure if it is completely true. These statistics are without basis and hence debatable however it IS interesting read!!

1. Bangalore has the impeccable record of highest growth within a span of 20 years.

2. Bangalore has highest number of pubs in Asia .

3. Bangalore has highest number of cigarette smokers in India .

4. Bangalore has the highest number of software companies in India-212,followed by Hyderabad-108,Pune – 97. Hence called the silicon valley of India .

5. Bangalore has 21 engineering colleges, which is highest in the world in a given city. Bangaloreuniversity has 57 engineering colleges affiliated to it, which is highest in the world.

6. Bangalore is the only city in the world to have commercial and defence airport operating from the same strip.

7. Bangalore has highest number of public sectors and government organizations in India .

8. Bangalore university has highest number of students going abroad for higher studies taking the first place from IIT-Kanpur.

9. Bangalore has only 48% of local population (i.e.Kannadigas). Hence a true cosmopolitan with around 25% Tamilians, 14%Telugites, 10% Keralites,8% Europeans, 6% a mixture of all races. (This is a quite old figure, now local population is 30% kannadigas and others are increasing considerably)

10. Bangalore police has the reputation of being second best in India after Delhi .

11. Bangalore has the highest density of traffic in India .

12. Bangalore has the highest number of 2-wheelers in the world.

13. Bangalore is considered the fashion capital of east comparable to Paris .

14. Bangalore is rated the cleanest city in India .

15. Bangalore has produced the maximum international sportsmen in India for all sports ahead of even Mumbai & Delhi.

16. Bangalore has produced the maximum number of scientists considered for Nobel Prize nominations.

17. Bangalore has produced the highest number of professionals in USA almost 60% of the Indian population abroad is from Bangalore (except Gulf).

18. Bangalore is famous for THREE: Software Professionals, Girls and Dogs.

19. Bangalore is famous for its dog bites, an average of 12 people are bitten by stray dogs per MINUTE somewhere in Bangalore !

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