RSS' vegetarian army, in times of conflict with Pakistan and China

RSS’ vegetarian army, in times of conflict with Pakistan and China

LIFE RSS’ vegetarian army, in times of conflict with Pakistan and China Which army is currently protecting India’s borders — the vegetarian RSS army or the multi-cuisine, multicultural Indian army? And who can do a better job? 14141 — Total Shares
India has two armies, as I see it. One, the regular force which protects the country’s borders and pitches in when there is a natural disaster or internal conflict. The other is the army of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Which army is currently protecting India against Pakistan? (Source: Reuters/India Today)
The state-recruited army is trained in a way that it is mindful of multiculturalism. In terms of physical preparedness, it follows global standards. It stands for the whole nation — not one section of the country.
Its diet, as apt for an army anywhere, consists of meat, fish and vegetables, based on the weather conditions in which the battalion is serving.
This army is trained to face the Chinese and the Pakistan military forces in very difficult terrains where chilling cold, high altitude, snowfall, heavy rains and rapid river flows are normal. Hundreds of army men have died on the India-Pakistan border guarding India.
The religion, food habits and cultural practices of the people the army is protecting do not matter because the institution is apolitical.
Who remains in power doesn’t matter to the institution as long as the person or party gets power following the people’s mandate.
The other army operational in the country is recruited by the ‘sarsanghchalak’ (head of the RSS) and his team. The men trained by the RSS are then deputed to the various wings of the outfit. This army follows the Hindutva ideology and is meant to protect Hindus and the Varna system — Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, Shudras, Chadals and Vanavas.
This army recruits men with a strict condition — that they would follow vegetarianism and worship cows, no matter whether the local culture prescribes it or not. Those who join this army must believe that all beef-eaters should be treated as ‘non-Indian’.
No Muslim, no Christian, unless one gives up that religion, is eligible to join this army. It admits Jains and Buddhists if they adhere to the Hindutva ideology.
Amit Shah is one such representative, now heading the BJP, the political wing of the RSS. He has reportedly at times supported those who have called for beef-eaters to be sent to Pakistan.
This RSS army’s chief, Mohan Bhagwat once said : “Preparing an Army takes six to seven months but we (RSS cadres) will be battle ready in two-three days… this is our capability and discipline that marks us apart.”
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat once said the RSS army could train quicker to take on Pakistan than the Indian army. Where are they now? (Source: Reuters)
Now that there is a war-like situation with Pakistan, which army is protecting India’s borders? Is it the vegetarian RSS army — or the multi-cuisine, multicultural Indian army?
The nation knows that the RSS army has not yet reached the India-Pakistan border.
Why?
As a south Indian, I agree with this army’s leadership that Pakistan should be taught a stern lesson for letting terrorists use its soil to launch attacks on India. We should also not allow China to occupy an inch of Indian land.
Can the vegetarian army fight the Pakistan and Chinese army?
Is there any other country where a ruling party imposes food restrictions on its own people? Their sole defence is that Muslim countries do not allow pork in their countries, so we will not allow beef. Yes, they do not — but India, from the time of the Harappan civilisation till today, has respected people’s food choices.
By enacting cow protection laws, by attacking meat eaters (with a suspicion that they were eating beef), the RSS army has seriously weakened the nation. Schools, colleges and universities were served with notices that they should serve vegetarian food. Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan even banned eggs from being served in midday meals.
Air India, which is under the government of India, stopped serving non-vegetarian food on its domestic economy flights. Was this also done to prepare the country for a war with enemies who have a great deal of energy?
Is it the RSS army’s understanding that from the days of Harappan civilisation, India was a vegetarian nation? Was there vegetable production in Vedic times? Yes, milk products have existed ever since the domestication of animals in India began. Our food economy was known as ‘meat and milk economy’. There is no need to change it now.
The RSS also says that its cadre works in the Indian villages and tribal areas for their ‘kalyan’— do they not know that our tribals cannot survive without eating meat, fish and beef?
Food fascism: Those who don’t agree with the RSS ‘menu’ don’t have much of a choice. (Source: Reuters)
Did they not see all Shudras, Dalits, Adivasis and others, who built this nation through their labour in all productive fields, could not have worked so hard without eating meat?
What will happen to our hard labour-centered productive activity if pure vegetarianism is imposed on the nation, as they are doing on schools colleges and university campuses?
They put sadhus and sanyasis, who flocked the Kumbh Mela at a time when the Indian was faced with a war-like situation, on top of the nation’s chart of priority and respect. These sadhus and sanayasis not only support the vegetarian nationalism of the RSS but also provide the ‘spiritual justification’ for a beef and meet ban.
The RSS army led cow nationalism in the 1960s. They succeeded in bringing many north Indian states under the ideological influence of cow nationalism even as southern India defied their influence.
They treat meat and beef as ‘Muslim food’, not human food — they thus do not care for the malnutrition that the children and youth of this country must suffer.
The RSS army’s second agenda is to empower the nation through Yoga — but not running, high jumping, long jumping and so on. If Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthman were to sit in the cockpit in a yogic posture and not eject, would he have survived?
Unfortunately, now the Congress is competing in this cow and-vegetarian politics — which is a real danger.
It is time to rethink this food fascism in theory — so that we stay strong to fight our enemies. #Indian Army , #Beef Ban , #Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh , #RSS The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of DailyO.in or the India Today Group. The writers are solely responsible for any claims arising out of the contents of this article. Writer The author is political theorist and social activist. Like DailyO Facebook page to know what’s trending.

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Iconic Restaurant | Serving Delicious Fare For The Last 80 Years

Thursday, 7 March 2019 Iconic Restaurant | Serving Delicious Fare For The Last 80 Years At a day and age when new restaurants are sprouting in every nook and corner of Delhi, there is an equal number of those that shut shop because they cannot survive in the face of fierce competition. Yet, there are a handful of restaurants that have stood the test of time, those that have been around since pre-Independence years and still continue to thrive. Founder Mr. PL Lamba entertaining high profile guests including Pandit Jasraj. Kwality in Connaught Place is a shining example of an iconic restaurant that has stood the test of time as well as the challenge of the evolving palate of Indians. Over the last 80 years the look of the restaurant may have undergone several changes to keep up with the times, but the consistency of some of the best-selling dishes is something that old timers can still swear by. While the puffed up bhatoora that accompanies the delectable bowl of chana is almost synonymous with Kwality, it serves many more inimitable specials including cheese balls, mulligatwany soup, prawn cocktail, paneer shashlik, chicken a la kiev and the likes that were introduced to India during the Colonial era and hence gave rise to Anglo-Indian cuisine. Early Days Sunil Lambatakes us back to the early days, when Kwality first opened its doors in 1940. “My grandfather, PL Lamba, opened this restaurant in partnership with his brother in law, IK Ghei, before I was born,” he shares. The coveted location in the then uppity Connaught Place and in the vicinity of prime entertainment hubs like Regal and Rivoli brought in the numbers to this family run restaurant. Being a part of the family buisiness since his youth, Sunil Lamba proudly attributes Kwality’s initial success to the vision of its founders. On one hand they catered to the rich Indian families of the time, on the other they included Continental dishes to suit the British as well as the American GIs who were stationed here during the 2 nd World War. With their dedication, foresight and multiple international trips they soon become the icons of the thriving restaurant industry in India and also opened many successful restaurants across the globe including London, New York and Japan. It was during one of their trips to America that they learnt the craft of making icecream bricks, as opposed to home-made icecream that was earlier served in their restaurants. This too helped them to enjoy unparalleled success for many years as Kwality icecream became market leaders in north India. The New Look Newly Created Old World Charm Coming back to where it all started, Kwality restaurant still stands tall at its original location. Of course, the original interiors were in line with the simplicity of those days, but today they have been redone to create a plush aura of the bygone era. The young Divij Lamba (Sunil Lamba’s son), has spearheaded the project to revamp this iconic restaurant in a way that the core originals remain intact while adapting to modern challenges and catering to the evolving preferences of food connoisseurs. The new interiors almost create a time warp with period furniture that includes a lot of leather, fine wood and brass, a piano lounge and a typical maharajah style polo bar littered with antiques. There are almost 70 original photographs of Connaught Place spanning over a period of 40 years by the famous photographer Madan Mahatta. And the delcious food is served stylishly with bespoke crockery and cutlery from Villeroy & Boch, Germany. Left: The iconic chana bhatoora. Right: High Tea is worth experiencing for the delicious array of food along with a daily piano recital. Along with the new look, the piano is put to good use with daily recitals during afternoon high tea and dinner service; weekends are likely to see jazz performances as well. Over time, Divij hopes to bring back traditions such as a dress code, foreign brass bands, formal high teas and midnight dances. Details: Address: 7, Regal Building, Parliament Street, New Delhi 110001 Phone: 011 23742310 / 23742352 Meal for Two: INR 1400++ A version of this article first appeared in The Hindu on 8th March 2019. Posted by

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Iraq’s city of Najaf suffers as Iranian tourist numbers drop

Iraq’s city of Najaf suffers as Iranian tourist numbers drop Reports Website Admin
In the courtyard of Imam Ali’s shrine, a pair of red-haired Lebanese toddlers delight in rolling around on its Persian carpets.
Their father, a cleric from south Lebanon, calmly watches over them. A few paces away, shrine staff vacuum the already spotless carpets.
The luxurious rugs, in cream and yellow swirls, are from the Iranian city of Isfahan.
They are not the only signs of Iran in Najaf, a sprawling city in dusty southern Iraq.
Signs at the shrine cafeteria, which serves thousands of free meals to pilgrims every day, are in Farsi, Arabic and English.
Traditionally, about 85 per cent of foreign visitors to Najaf are Iranian.
Others, such as the cleric and his children, are from Lebanon, as well as Bahrain, India and Pakistan. But the city has been hit by Iran’s economic woes, which have worsened since the reimposition of US sanctions on Tehran last year.
Last month, Iran’s ­Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organisation said the number of people travelling abroad fell by 30 per cent in the first nine months of 2018, to 5.9 million.
Najafis employed in the city’s religious tourism trade are feeling the effects of Iranians’ tightened purse strings.
Salim Al Fadul owns the Alnahrain Hotel, a 10-minute walk from the Imam Ali shrine.
“Compared with last year, the difference is obvious,” he said, referring to the drop in tourists. “There are fewer people, and those who do come are spending less.
“My brother had two hotels too but he has closed one of them.”
Mr Al Fadul is one of several businessmen calling on authorities to make it easier for all types of tourists to visit Iraq, including Najaf, to compensate for Iranian cutbacks.
“There are long queues at the airport,” he said. “If I was a foreigner I would be put off and not come.
“There needs to be training for people to learn how to deal with tourists, for taxi drivers, for example, so they don’t rip off visitors.”
Saeb Abu Ghanem, director of Najaf’s hotelier association, said 200 of the city’s hotels and restaurants had closed since the end of 2014, particularly those serving Iranian cuisine.
Mr Abu Ghanem urged Iraqi authorities to remove visa charges and make entry documents easier to obtain for foreign travellers.
With some exceptions at peak pilgrimage periods, Iranian tourists pay a $40 (Dh147) for a visa.
“Other countries have e-visa schemes – everyone is doing this now,” Mr Abu Ghanem said from his office. “Terrorists don’t come in through the airport.”
He opposed Iraqis offering free accommodation and transport during the annual Shiite pilgrimage of Arbaeen.
Although it is customary for locals to host pilgrims during the event, Mr Abu Ghanem feared Iranian visitors would soon flock to Najaf only at Arbaeen to minimise their costs.
“In Arbaeen everything is free and it destroys the economy,” he said. “There is free food and drink and it’s competition for the private sector.”
The Iranian rial has lost value against the Iraqi dinar and last year fell to a record low on unofficial markets – 138,000 rials to the dollar.
The World Bank expects Iran’s economy to go into recession until 2020 and experience stagflation, characterised by rising prices, low growth and high unemployment.
It is worth the trip. This is a holy place for us.
Mohammad Hharanli
Mohammad Hharanli, a fire station manager from the Iraian city of Qom, estimates a fivefold increase in prices since his last visit three years ago.
“But it is worth the trip,” Mr Hharanli said. “This is a holy place for us.”
His brother Reza Arysha flew from Australia to join his family in Najaf, paying more than $1,000 for flights.
“I could spend so much less than this price in a country like Thailand,” Mr Arysha said. “I’d just need $500 for that. But I prefer coming here.”
Shrine authorities deny there is a problem with fewer pilgrims spending less time and money in Najaf.
“We are not a tour company,” said Faeq Al Shammary, head of the shrine management council, when asked how the city might attract other tourists.
Najaf municipality was unable to provide visitor numbers.
But locals say it is not all down to the drop in Iranian tourists and stringent US sanctions. Some believe that government negligence and Iraq’s economic woes are also damaging the city.
Last summer, protests over corruption, paltry job opportunities and poor services in southern Iraq spread to Najaf, where demonstrators stormed the airport and attacked politicians’ offices.
Although ISIS did not reach the country’s south, Iraq’s costly campaigns against the militant group have exacerbated long-standing economic woes.
Former prime minister Haider Al Abadi estimated the cost at $100 billion (Dh367.6bn), while Iraqi officials said $88bn would be needed to rebuild destroyed homes and infrastructure.
Mr Al Fadul bemoaned general neglect in the city.
“Look at the streets here – it is dirty,” he said. “No one cares. People have suffered a lot and that’s one part of the explanation.
“But there is a culture of not promoting hard work or honesty, either.”
Opportunities to attract pilgrims from countries other than Iran may increase as Iraq’s security situation stabilises.
On streets spiralling outwards from the shrine, vats of hot tea provide relief from Najaf’s dry, chilly desert air.
A green scarf draped around his shoulders, money changer Mounir Diaa watches over his counter, which is lined with Iranian banknotes.
“Our interest is not only religious pilgrims from Iran but people from the Gulf and other neighbouring countries,” Mr Diaa says, waving piles of orange Indian and Pakistani bills.
Mohamed Raza Jaffer, owner of UK pilgrimage operator Alavi Tours, says there has been a 30 per cent rise in bookings in the past 12 months and his company now serves about 220 clients a year.
“Demand for trips to Iraq is increasing because ISIS and other terrorist groups are not there any more,” Mr Jaffer told The National.
“A few ask about security but they don’t cancel the trip because they are mentally prepared to go, since there is no war.”
Najaf’s religious tourism trade is being buffeted by geopolitics.
But those who do make it here, from Lebanese toddlers to Mr Jaffer’s clients, will be among the pilgrims who gather calmly in the shrine courtyard, beneath its embellished clock tower and on top of its Isfahani rugs. Tag :

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10 Heroines Who Are Shaking Up Singapore’s Food & Beverage Scene

by Gin Chua / No Comments Despite how sexist the cliché of “a woman’s place is in the kitchen” sounds, we need to keep women in the kitchen. It’s no shocker that the top rungs of the food industry have long been dominated by men. Even Times published the article “Gods of Food” in 2013 with not a single female in their list. But the status quo is teetering with female chefs and restauranteurs arising. There have, of course, been women trailblazers at the helms of kitchens for decades but today, the few have become the many. A woman’s place is in the kitchen if she so decides it to be. International Women’s Day 2019 (IWD 2019) is coming up on 8 March and we’re celebrating the global campaign all through the year the best way we know how. This list recognises some of the heroines who are changing the food scene by stepping up to the plate. No matter where they came from or how high they have strived, one thing unites us with them: we love food. And when food doesn’t discriminate why should we? Drop by their eateries and prepare to be impressed. Photo Credit: Tokyo Sushi Academy Singapore AERON CHOO You’ll easily spot sushi chef Aeron Choo working unhurriedly behind a fully occupied counter in Kappou Japanese Sushi And Tapas Bar because she single-handedly helms it. She takes reservations, shops for supplies, cooks, and cleans. The sliver of no-frills Zen vibes there is an oasis in Fortune Centre. Aeron started as a kitchen-washer at 14 and climbed her way up to being a cook at Japanese eateries like Tanuki Raw, earning stints in sushi shops in Japan. Pumping all her savings into this joint was a daring move that’s paid off. Photo Credit: Broad Sheet ARCHAN CHAN ArChan Chan is the new Executive Chef of LeVeL 33, the world’s tallest microbrewery that has had eight successful years in business. Matching this year’s IWD theme #balanceforbetter, ArChan is part of the influx of females who are changing the dynamics of communication in the kitchen. Running one of the woman-led kitchens in Singapore, the Hong Kong-born and Australia-trained chef kindled her love for cooking from her grandma who cooked sumptuous meals for family gatherings. We can see why cooking is, to ArChan, one of the most significant expressions of affection. Photo Credit: Black Cow BANNIE KANG One woman rocking Singapore’s bar scene is Bannie Kang who joined the Craftsman team at Anti:Dote in 2013. What’s unique are her cocktails with medicinal properties made using Korean native ingredients. Her journey here was unexpected. After the Hotel Management graduate moved to our shores from Korea, Bannie discovered her passion for bartending while waitressing. She returned to Seoul to pursue bartending courses under renowned academies and she’s since clinched titles like Best Female Bartender, Bar Awards Singapore for two years running, and Finalist, Speed Rack 2017. Photo Credit: Canon Singapore ELIM CHEW Remember 77th Street? The streetwear empire began in 1988 after Elim Chew sold her hair salon that saw models and celebrities as her clients. It’s demise moved her into food, social enterprise apps, and philanthropy winning her many accolades. She now has food outlets all over the island with ‘I’m Kim Korean BBQ’, ‘Kokomama Café’, ‘GoroGoro Steamboat’, and ‘Korean Buffet’ all under her belt. This woman’s story is about how she never gives up and the thing she wants to do most is to change the world. Photo Credit: Genevieve Lee GENEVIEVE LEE Genevieve Lee is a culinary student best known for being one of the finalists in Masterchef Singapore. The adrenaline rush of working in the kitchen keeps her thriving as if she were born for it. Her fish and chips may have earned her compliments from the British culinary legend but poultry dishes are right up her alley because her family sells soya sauce chicken at Lee Fun Nam Kee. Gen has been helping out at the business since young and you might spot her serving food there on weekends when she is free. Photo Credit: Janice Wong JANICE WONG Chef-owner Janice Wong is famous for her artistic treats at 2am;dessert bar and 2:am lab in Holland Village, Tokyo, and Macau. With three times Pastry Chef of the Year in the World Gourmet Summit to her name, she’s more than just a sugar rush. But for those without a sweet tooth, the Singaporean dessert queen expanded into savoury foods since 2014. At the National Museum of Singapore, Janice Wong Singapore serves playful dim sum treats based on her book Dim Sum: A Flour-Forward Approach To Traditional Favourites And Contemporary Creations published in 2013. Photo Credit: Halogen Foundation Singapore LYN LEE You’d know Awfully Chocolate unless you’ve been living under a rock. With 15 stores in Singapore and franchises across Asia, founder Lyn Lee’s also founded Ninethirty as well as Everything With Fries. How this lawyer left her profession to be an entrepreneur since 1988 started with a lifelong dissatisfaction with not being able to find the ultimate chocolate cake. It was a simple resolve and her advice to her budding entrepreneurs is that if talking about it gives them goosebumps, tingles, and gets their blood pumping, they should give it a shot. Photo Credit: Petrina Loh PETRINA LOH It was an arduous journey becoming a private banker and at the height of her career at 29 years old, Petrina Loh quit to be a chef. At 30, she enrolled in California Culinary Academy’s Le Cordon Blue and made it out as the chef-owner of MORSELS, one of Dempsey Hill’s selection of incredible finds. Despite the awards she’s won, she still frequently travels to learn from other chefs, giving her the creativity to continually refresh her menu every 6 months. The ubiquitous use of fermented and pickled ingredients are what her dishes stand out for. Photo Credit: Coriander Leaf SAMIA AHAD Chef Samia Ahad is the woman who set up Coriander Leaf which quickly rose to be one of Singapore’s best Pan Asian restaurants. Her journey started when she traded her business suit for kitchen whites and chef’s knives in 1991 to get her culinary education in New York City before eventually working with Michelin-starred Chef Wayne Nish. She’s since created a cooking school with immensely popular cooking classes and conducts team-building programmes for corporate executives. Having published a cookbook and been on two culinary TV shows, this woman has done it all. VIOLET OON Chef Violet Oon is a familiar face that’s quickly become one of the most respected in Singapore’s culinary scene since she stepped into the industry in 1971 as a food journalist. Renowned food critic, author, and cooking show host, Singapore’s food ambassador has accumulated a slew of four restaurants under her belt. Within their chic colonial ambience, she unabashedly demonstrates how her culinary passion has remained with Singapore by serving Nyonya, Chinese, Indian, and Malay cuisines in their grandeur.

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🍛 Bawarchi.com – Salude: Top chefs spill beans on their favourite Torque Queens

Salude: Top chefs spill beans on their favourite Torque Queens By Madhulika Dash
Google top chefs or culinary trend makers, and you can be assured that at least part of the delicious list will have lady chefs who are mistress of their craft, have been able to engage a community and are respected worldwide for their ability to create new culinary routes. In this Women’s Day series, we ask some of very own list of crème de la crème as to who has been their inspiration.
CHEF SHARAD DEWAN, REGIONAL DIRECTOR – FOOD PRODUCTION, THE PARK KOLKATA TORQUE QUEEN: PRIYA PAUL, CHAIRPERSON, THE PARK GROUP OF HOTELS “Finding that one lady chef who has inspired me in my years as a chef is perhaps one of the toughest questions to answer, just because there are too many of them. Like Elena Arzak, the award- winning Spanish chef. Her unquenchable zeal of presenting Spanish cuisine to the world is infectious and she has in her many ways inspired me to develop my own approach to indigenous food culture. Like Donna Hay, who has given me a different perspective in presenting food. In fact, I confess that my early plating was hugely inspired by her technique of keeping it naturally simple yet elegant. But the one lady who has, in her own ways, has given me the direction to chart newer culinary routes and the freedom as well is our very own Priya Paul. A seasoned hotelier, she is one unlikely torque queen who excels in understanding the world of food, especially the knack of what appeals to the diners. And has been a generous reason for The Parks across the country doing so well.”
CHEF AJAY ANAND, DIRECTOR OF CULINARY, PULLMAN AEROCITY TORQUE QUEEN: CHEF NITA NAGARAJ, CORPORATE CHEF, JAYPEE GROUP “There is a reason that you remember you first with such fondness. They are the people who have the biggest role in making you what you are today. for me, that first was Chef Nita Nagaraj. She was my boss and mentor, who ran her kitchen with an iron fist. And thank heavens, she did so. Because of her I spent my early years developing as a chef, a leader who can run a team and yet when need be handle any section with practice ease. It was because of her that I developed a love for French cuisine and eventually that became my forte. Her strict boss and happy mentor routine was instrumental in giving me an insight into creating bonds that are priceless. Today, if I have a team in Pullman that can reproduce what I as a head visualise, it is to the early lessons she taught me. Chef Nagaraj will always remain my Torque Queen.
CHEF VIKAS SETH, CULINARY DIRECTOR, EMBASSY LEISURE TORQUE QUEEN: CHEF ILIANA DE LA VEGA OF EL NARANJO “I think its human nature to have an idol and an ideal. In my case, it is Chef Illiana De la Vega. A legend in Mexican cuisine much like Diana Kennedy, she has this amazing approach to food and culture which is both exciting, awe-inspiring and addictive. I chanced upon meeting her – and even cooking besides her during one of my trips to Mexico to explore more about the ancient cuisine which in many ways resembles that of India. Though my association with her was brief, it left a lasting impression on me when it came to working with local produce and how to use her creation to effect the thinking of a larger community. One of the things that I did after I came back was to start working with more local ingredients. Today, when we create variation of a certain popular dish or even create new ones, the thought is the same – how would it effect the community at large. The approach has worked beautifully, as the first community I could see the change is in my own staff, who now own up much of the menu – not because they are more familiar with it now, but because now they understand the ethos completely.”
CHEF SABYASACHI GORAI, CULINARY DIRECTOR, BOB’S BAR TORQUE QUEEN: KYLIE KWONG, OWNER, BILLY KWONG “There are many reasons that I consider her to my ideal. She has done everything that as a chef we hope for- excel in our art, work in the finest kitchen, have your own successful, award winning restaurant, a widely watched series and books that are followed like Culinary Bible. And she has done it in her own terms. But my respect (and appreciation) for her begin when I started working at Rockpool, one of the finest kitchens in Australia. She was the head chef there – although by the time I joined she had left it. But the immaculate system and training ensured that the standards remained the same. Even the line cooks there had better skills than I had as a relatively senior chef. I had to work doubly hard to be able to stand at the head of the line and command. For me Chef Kwong was the teacher that taught me the true meaning of being a Chef – and even influenced my culinary course. I hope someday to cook alongside her.”
CHEF ABHIJIT SAHA, CHEFPRENEUR, FAVA/CAPEBERRY/ROCKSALT TORQUE QUEEN: CHEF NITA NAGARAJ, CORPORATE CHEF, JAYPEE GROUP “If you started your career like me three decades ago, there could be only one lady who could have shaped you as a chef – Chef Nita Nagaraj. An outstanding human being and perhaps the best teachers one could ask for to give you a hands-on approach to the chef life, she has been instrumental in not only charting the way good kitchens run, but also defined how a good kitchen master (chef) should be. An old school teacher, one of her best lessons to all those who have worked under her is to help them discover their own potential and then chart their own culinary route. For me, Chef Nita has been the reason that I can today dabble between cuisines, techniques and even flavours. For the culinary world, she is a priceless gem.”
CHEF RAJIV MALHOTRA, CORPORATE CHEF, HABITAT WORLD TORQUE QUEEN: CHEF PANKAJ BHADOURIA, OWNER, PANKAJ BHADOURIA CULINARY ACADEMY “inspirations can come from any place, any time. For me, one of the lady chefs I look up to is Masterchef India Season 1 winner, Pankaj Bhadouria. It is inspiring how that lady has created avenues that some of us dream to do when we retire – write a book, preserve our culinary legacy and even make it relevant with her TV series and even open a culinary school that advocates how versatile, impressive and amazing our own culinary legacy is. She is one of the reasons that home-style food is back in vogue. And the most impressive of all is how she easily connects to people using food as a ruse, be it with chefs she works to learn more or diners she (and her food) instantly connects with.”
CHEF NEERAJ TYAGI, EAM, SHANGRI LA-EROS, NEW DELHI TORQUE QUEEN: NIGELLA LAWSON “It’s breath-taking how a homemaker with love of cooking could go ahead and establish an empire with nothing but her ladle and conviction. For me that amazing personality is Nigella Lawson, who went on to break rules and create her own style and epitomises how food could transcend boundaries. But what she inspired me with most is the art of presenting food – with a story. Her influence was visible when I created the menu of Mister Chai, where we travelled around India and other places to decipher that one single nugget that made them relatable. And then we did our version of it to present it with a selection of teas. This exercise left an indelible imprint on my mind and has changed how I approach food – and my diners today.”
CHEF DHIRAJ DARGAN, EXECUTIVE CHEF, COMORIN TORQUE QUEEN: ELENA ARZAK, HEAD CHEF, ARZAK “One of the most talented lady chefs that I know is Chef Elena Arzak. Elena is the joint head chef of three Michelin Starred restaurant Arzak in San Sebastián, Spain alongside her father, Juan Mari Arzak. I first met her when I visited her restaurant when we were travelling for work. The Chef is an exemplary example for work-life balance. She has two kids and is managing a 3 Michelin Star restaurant, which has been consistent in its achievements and has a reputation that they never cease to innovate.”
CHEF HARPAWAN KAPOOR, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, ITC LIMITED TORQUE QUEEN: CHEF ANDREA DOPICO CAFARELLI, PASTRY CHEF, MANDARIN ORIENTAL “Whosoever said that you can find inspiration even in a new leaf that holds a dew drop, knew something more about life than we do. At least in my opinion. Chef Dopico is the young female chef who I’m inspired by at present. I met her for a hands-on dessert workshop. Watching her work was a sheer wonderment. The kind of energy and zeal she has for the trade has made her achieve so much at such a young age. And the best part, she doesn’t mind sharing her infectious passion that you can feel though her recipe books. The fact that in spite her success, she still remains in heart a humble being with a child-like fascination for everything sweet is perhaps one of the most endearing quality of hers.”
CHEF SHANTANU MEHROTRA, EXECUTIVE CHEF, INDIAN ACCENT TORQUE QUEEN: CHEF SHUBHRA MEHROTRA, EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF, ITC MAURYA “In my close to three decades’ of kitchen life, there have been many inspirations, and it still continues. But when it comes to those who have influenced me, the list incidentally has remained the same: Chef Ritu Dalmia, Chef Manisha Bhasin, Chef Julia Child and even Madhur Jaffrey. But the one person who has shaped my thinking – and had impressed me with her craft and diligence even as a young kitchen hand is Chef Shubhra Mehrotra. The kind of sincerity that she brings to her food and her child like fascination into exploring produce and culture is infectious. Having her on my side, of course, comes with its perks and banes, but in the years, I have seen her work, I have to say, I finally have understood why women chef make the biggest dent in creating delicious culinary routes – it’s inbuilt in them to create, nurture and then share with the larger community. I am just blessed to know such taste-makers and even work with them.” Menu

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Women Empowering the Hospitality Industry

Women Empowering the Hospitality Industry 08/03/2019
By Chavi Sehgal
Women are dazzling in the Hospitality Industry. They are Chefs. They are Hoteliers. They are bartenders. They are Entrepreneurs. They are unstoppable. People talk about supporting women. They talk about empowering women. Let us face reality, Women are capable enough to stand for themselves. Such women with their contribution are empowering the Hospitality Industry. Let us talk about some of them.
Sonal Holland
India’s First Master of Wine
Sonal Holland is the first Indian to become a Master of Wine. She owns SOHO Wine Club and Sonal Holland Wine Academy. She is India’s most accomplished wine professionals. Her journey is inspiring for many people. She has won numerous accolades in this field. She was awarded the “Wine Personality of the Year” by FBAI.
Shatbhi Basu
India’s first Woman Bartender
Shatbhi Basu is India’s first woman bartender . She has entered a field which was not considered appropriate for women at that time. She proved herself and she is doing well in this industry. She was appointed as the American Whiskey Ambassador. She was declared as India’s Favourite Bartender by Femina.
Lisa Sarao
Woman owing a Liquor Brand
Another Woman from the Liquor Industry. She is not working for one. She owns it. She never bothered about the lack of welcome from the Indian alcohol industry . Today she is changing the rules of liquor business as the Chairman and Managing Director of I Brands Beverages Ltd. Her aim was to make products of standard quality and affordable for customers.
Priya Paul
A well-known Hotelier.
The name and fame in herself Priya Paul . she is expanding her father’s legacy in the Hospitality Industry. Priya Paul is one of the renowned names in the Hospitality sector . She is the brain behind Hotel The Park, which is one of the country’s leading collection of luxury boutique hotels. In addition, she is also the chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels and one of the directors of Apeejay Surrendra Group.
Garima Arora
First Indian Women to win a Michelin Star
Chef Garima Arora has become the first Indian woman to earn a Michelin Star. She received this accolade for her restaurant GAA in Bangkok which is just 16 months old. She and her team have really worked hard which bore the fruit so early. She has been an acolyte of celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Rene Redzepi and Gaggan Anand. Garima dedicates this star to her team. The food she cooks is personal for her. It never describes a particular cuisine. It describes her experience from the past years. She believes that the Chefs style should be ever-evolving.
Ritu Dalmia
Chef fighting for the LGBT Community
Ritu Dalmia, a well-known celebrity chef, very popular after she designed the amazing menu of the Virushka’s dream-wedding. She is a lesbian and she is not ashamed of it. She is bold and fearless. No doubt Ritu is a very famous and excellent chef . She is also a social activist, who fights for the rights of the LGBT community. In 2016 she with other people file the case against Article 377 and after a lot of hard work and dedication, they finally won .
Mehrnavaz Avari
GM regulating the royalty of Taj
Mehrnavaz Avari is the General Manager of Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur . She along with her team is handling the big property. Umaid Bhawan is a popular destination of many stars. Recently Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas conducted their wedding in Taj Umaid Bhawan . Providing proper services and luxury at such a big place is an achievement in itself. She is the winner of 2018 Hotelier India Award in Luxury to Upper Upscale Category. Related Posts

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10 Great Atlanta Restaurants You’ve Been Missing Out On

10 Great Atlanta Restaurants You’ve Been Missing Out On By – March 5, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia is a wonderfully cosmopolitan city with thousands of restaurants to choose from. The trick is finding the good and interesting ones that aren’t so mainstream. If you’re looking for more unique places to eat, here are 10 great Atlanta restaurants you’ve been missing out on! 1. Sweet Melissa’s
Yes, everyone loves the flying biscuit and it is incredible, but there are other just as tasty brunch places that have been sadly neglected. Sweet Melissa’s is an amazing brunch spot located in the heart of Decatur Square that you need to check out! Their french toast is so decadent and their omelettes will keep you coming back over and over again. It’s a similar price to other brunch spots so it’s definitely worth checking out next time you want to do brunch with the girls! Sponsored Link 2. Mamak
Mamak is a delicious Malaysian food spot in Asian square on Buford Highway. Buford Highway is otherwise known as the international highway because of the variety of culture and cuisine, and there are so many places to choose from! However, being a frequent diner on Buford Highway, Mamak is one of the best Atlanta restaurants you can find. If you’ve never had Malaysian food before, this place is a great introduction to that kind of cuisine and you can even get takeout if you want just a quick bite! 3. Richard’s Southern Fried
If you’re looking for some classic Southern fried chicken, no need to look any harder! Richard’s Southern Fried has some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted, and it’s at a super reasonable price too. They’ve been awarded with the best chicken and waffles so this is one of the most classic southern Atlanta restaurants that you have to hit up! It’s located in Krog Street Market, which is also a super fun place to walk around so you can make a whole evening out of it! Sponsored Link 4. The Nook, On Piedmont Park
This place is known for their giant fishbowl drinks and loaded tater tots, so what’s not to love? This is a great spot to go with friends before a night out and load up on some great food and drink great drinks. They have a variety of crazy loaded tater tots so you can truly indulge and the fishbowls come in original and fun flavors! This eatery is close to everything you would want to do because it’s right next to Piedmont Park, so you have to give it a try! 5. Masti- Indian Street Eats
Atlanta is home to a bunch of Indian restaurants, but Masti is one of the best spots in the city. They serve traditional Indian food but also put a twist on it with the fun street eats style. There’s something for everyone at this restaurant and if you don’t have time to sit down, they deliver and do takeout too! While this place may seem like a hole in the wall, or just another joint in a strip mall, it’s actually one of the most delicious Atlanta restaurants to eat at! Sponsored Link 6. Pho 24
This is another one of those fantastic Atlanta restaurants on Buford Highway, but there are a few things that make it really special. For starters, it’s open twenty-four hours a day so it’s the perfect place to wind up at three in the morning after a crazy night out. It’s also a great place to try classic and delicious Vietnamese food. The real winner is that this place is pretty cheap so you can experiment with new food without breaking the bank! 7. Uncle Julios
This is a more pricey joint, but the food is so scrumptious that it’s totally worth dishing out the extra dollars for. This place serves traditional, high quality Mexican food, so it’s an eatery that everyone in your group will want to go to. Another plus is that there are multiple locations across the greater Atlanta area so you can surely find one that’s close to you! 8. Pasta De Pulcinella
If pasta is one of your favorite foods, this is one of the Atlanta restaurants that you need to hit up right now. Their pasta is homemade, making it super delicious and fresh. They also serve lots of different dishes so you can experiment and try something new! It’s located in the heart of Midtown so you can see the city before or after you eat dinner. Also, it’s surprisingly cheap for the amazing quality of food that you’re getting, so it’s worth checking out ASAP! 9. Poor Calvin’s
If you live in Atlanta and haven’t been to Poor Calvin’s, that needs to change right now. It’s one of the best Atlanta restaurants and is fairly well recognized in the trendy food scene. Their menu features a lot of traditional Southern soul food but with Calvin’s twist on it. This place is a little costly, but it’s a great spot to go for a special occasion or if you want to splurge a little bit. Just know that with changing menu items, it’s Calvin’s way or the highway! 10. Bistro Niko
This is definitely a special occasion location. This restaurant is a classic French place and the ambiance matches perfectly. They have amazing fish and meat, so you’ll definitely find something perfect for you. The cheese puff appetizers are to die for, so if you go here, that menu item is one that you absolutely have to get. It’s a fancy place in Buckhead, so make sure to dress up and make a night of it! Which one of these Atlanta restaurants are you going to try next? Let us know in the comments below! Featured Image Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bkn8vBJnD4H/

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Is it possible to go to Singapore from India by road?

Is it possible to go to Singapore from India by road? Is it possible to go to Singapore from India by road? Ultimate Guide for India to Thailand by Road via Myanmar further to Singapore. March 8, 2019
Is it possible to go to Singapore from India by road?
Cross country motorcycle riding becomes just a dream to many motorcyclists. Similar to a novel on the shelf that’s there for so long and is waiting for a reader to read. A passionate bike rider dreams aren’t just limited to exploring places within the country border but far beyond that. This enthusiasm and craze are the 2 qualities that make a rider differ from the normal us. But what’s stopping most of the rider?
Is it just about the courage or unbreakable thought between you can and you will?
If you are reading this, it means that you have planned to successfully kick start your cross country road trip or to be precise, your first cross country bike trip. You can plan your next enthralling journey from India to Thailand via Myanmar further till Singapore.
India to Myanmar | Thailand | Singapore journey by road/bike trip is around 7000 km but the total journey will be around 9000 km. Truly exciting and thrillful ride with rugged challenging and scenic breathtaking views. You get to experience everything from Off-roading, Hills, Rain, Forest, 4 lane good highways, Slushy and slippery roads to ancient-looking iron Bridges and many more in a single ride.
There may be many Singapore or Thailand tours from India via flight, but why to fly when you know how to ride! Thailand from India till Singapore road trip/bike ride via Myanmar is wholesome of crossing different countries, exploring unique culture, meeting like-minded people on the way. The best of all is knowing that you are doing something different that only a few have ever done.
Cross country ride is growing now, riders are taking one step ahead of exploring not just India but around the world on their mettle pedals. The cross country ride will definitely not be an easy way to pass every lane of your journey, in fact, it does not even sound easy. But you get to collect crazy tales from this road adventure and those memories you will cherish forever. The rich culture that you will breeze from India to Thailand via Myanmar and different places, cities that you will cover on road is sure to give you some excellent life-changing experiences. Places to Cover on the Journey from India (Mumbai) to Myanmar | Thailand | Singapore by Road:
Excited to know what all the places you will visit? Here is a detail description of the routes, distance as well as the days required to complete the bike trip from India to Thailand & Singapore via Myanmar and Malaysia. ay 1: Mumbai to Indore (Approx 600 km) Day 2: Indore to Jhansi (Approx 550 km) Day 3: Jhansi to Gorakhpur (Approx 600 km) Day 4: Gorakhpur to Siliguri (Approx 650 km) Day 5: Day off (Check your Bike) Day 6: Siliguri to Guwahati (Approx 500 km) Day 7: Guwahati to Kohima (Approx 360 km) Day 8: Kohima to Imphal (Approx 140 km) Day 9: Day off (Bike Servicing Required) Day 10: Imphal to Kale (Myanmar) (Approx 250 km) Day 11: Kale to Monywa (Myanmar) (Approx 250 km) Day 12: Monywa to Mandalay (Approx 140 km) Day 13: Rest day (Check your Bike) Day 14: Mandalay to Bago (Approx 570 km) Day 15: Bago to Hpa-An (Approx 220 km) Day 16: Hpa-An to Tak (Thailand) (Approx 250 km) Day 17: Tak to Bangkok (Thailand) (Approx 440 km) Day 18: Take this day off to explore Bangkok Day 19: Bangkok to Hua Hin (Approx 200 km) Day 20: Hua Hin to Phuket (Thailand) (Approx 650 km) Day 21: Take this day off to explore Phuket and check your bike too Day 22: Phuket to Bukit Kayu Hitam, (Malaysia Approx 500 km ) Day 23: Bukit Kayu Hitam to Kuala Lumpur (Approx 380 km) Day 24: Kuala Lumpur to Singapore Let’s Begin With the Things to Carry:
Cross country bike trip requires you to be well prepared not just mentally and physically but far more than that. While you enroute on a journey across India, you do need to carry many important things with you that will be required and if you don’t carry them, you will have to head back home sadly. So let’s see what all must-have-items you need to have for your bike trip/ road trip to Thailand from India via Myanmar further to Singapore.
1: Basic Things License: Always need to carry this so as to show it on every authorized checkpoint. Keep it handy so you can easily hand it over to the officials whenever they ask you. Travel Insurance papers: Travel insurance paper will surely help you in any unforeseen situation that may occur during your bike ride. Also, insurance papers are required to be shown after you cross a few places from India to Myanmar by road and from Myanmar to Thailand, this document may be required for verification. Medicines: If you are on any kind of medication, make sure that you have a good stock of medicines with you, from basic medicines to any chronic issue. Keep a good stock of medicine with you. Also before the start of the journey, you can go for a vaccination to protect yourself from any disease. Motorcycle Documents: If it is your own vehicle don’t forget to carry the details of it, few photocopies of your documents and originals of your vehicle papers including every legal registration papers related to your vehicle. If you have rented the motorcycle, ensure you carry the proof of rental agreements made. This will declare that you owe the vehicle legally. Keep a few copies plus the originals handy with you. Snacks and Water: Long Riding doesn’t mean to take a break after short intervals. You need to take breaks only when there is an emergency, petrol filling. And for resting & having food. Water and snacks have to be stocked up well. So if you are hungry a 2 min halt in between will be easier to fill your needs.
Note: While riding from India to Thailand via Myanmar and then till Singapore, energy to ride and to feel the fit is required throughout the journey. We suggest you carry Protein Bars as well as electrolyte drinks to keep you completely hydrated which is essential. We recommend you to carry packs of Gluten Free Protein Bar. Guidebook of the Country: Entirely depending on Google Maps isn’t always possible. Especially in areas where you don’t get a good internet connection. You may have to communicate with the locals; if their language differs it’s impossible to explain to them where you are heading too. This can become a great rock stone on your ways. So make sure you have a guidebook of the country you are visiting to and through. So you can converse with the locals really well and know about the places that you have planned to visit. Camera and Other Stuff: While crossing different cities, countries, you explore places, meet people, and see special things. This all combines to shaping a bag full of memories. Every place is unique in its own way. The best way you can cherish is by capturing every moment and thus cameras will do the job. With all electronic gadgets, you must carry at least 2 chargers for each. Pack light, don’t take heavy clothes. Shopping can be done anywhere, keep things that are genuinely needed, don’t overstuff your bag. Don’t forget to take rain gears, sunglasses; earplugs, sleeping bag. A backpack may be painful for a long ride to take a luggage bag as an alternate.
2: Important Documents To Carry Without Fail Passport is definitely a must-have in your bag with minimum 6 months of validity from the date of your arrival to the location. With that, you need to have a Visa application form filled completely. Keep a few passport size photos with you and it should be the latest ones with a white background. Your Original credit card along with few photocopies of it & last 6-month credit card details. As you are heading to a different country you need to have their currency with you. So you are required to carry a currency exchange slips of at least 30k. Your 6 months bank statement with original bank seal and a minimum balance of up to 20,000/person. While crossing the border when heading to Myanmar, you can carry Myanmar kyat with you. Also, there are various ATMs available on the way, so simply carry your Visa, Mastercard debit card. Indian Currency is also valid in Myanmar so INR will also work.
3: Must Carry Safety Gear
Rider’s Jacket: The most talked about safe riding accessories is “Rider jacket”. This, not just makes one look classy and cool, but it comes with featuring safety in style. Be it a cold breeze, scorching sun heat or heavy rain showers. Riding jacket can serve all the purpose. Also, this protects the rider’s arm as well as the body. The pocket-friendly jacket can make you keep different kinds of stuff easily like money, phones, earplugs, maps, and other things as well.
Helmet: Without a helmet, a rider is sure to feel incomplete to set out for the journey. Buying a helmet that covers full face is appropriate for long rides, it can act as a shield during different seasons. Different shades that are bright in color with neon appearance can work well especially for night riding purpose.
Boots: Another most important accessory that a rider has to carry for cross riding trip is Boots. Casual sandals or shoes won’t be comfortable at all. Especially on rugged and paved roads, you will feel inconvenience in your riding. Before commencing a journey make sure you buy a good quality pair of boots. You are sure to experience easiness in your journey if you have a comfortable foot while riding.
Armor: In order to protect yourself from any kind of injury, you can buy good quality riding armor. This completely acts as a protective jacket. Though it is not a fast selling accessory, it does play a major role in securing the body part of the rider. You can pick your hands on the carbon fiber material suit that are most appropriate ones while riding. The rider gets easily adjusted with the temperature, get safer from any kind of crash with the riding armor.
Gloves: To protect the rider’s palm and to get the perfect grip on the accelerator, especially on long rides, gloves can be beneficial. Details To Remember: Indians do need permits for Nagaland and this can be obtained from the Nagaland House. Before you enter Myanmar, you must ensure that you have already applied for a tourist visa on arrival, as it is mandatory from the Myanmar embassy in India. This can be done by directly downloading the online form. To ease your work, there’s a step by step guide provided by the Visa authorities of Myanmar that you can simply refer to, follow the link for further information: https://www.myanmarvisa.com/ All the mandatory permission that is required for a rider to ride through Myanmar, takes about 4 weeks at least to obtain. So make sure that you assign and submit the required documents on time and apply for the Visa for India to Myanmar by road as early as possible. Ensure that you have a strict plan of action and also you are following it. Only then you will be able to enjoy your journey and ride through amazing roads & breathtaking scenic experiences with no fear of the documents or legal consideration. For entering Thailand on your own motorcycle, you need to have “Carnet de Passage”, the most essential document. We’ve discussed in depth about Carnet de Passage in the further article. Carnet de Passage will not work for Myanmar, so for that, you need to get a CarNet. To exit and reenter in India, one needs to have a Carnet, while you are traveling from India to Myanmar & Thailand road. CarNet for Bike costs around 50k, whereas 100k for a car to enter Myanmar. To get a Carnet, here’s the link that can help you for the same: http://www.atacarnet.in/how-get-carnet.html Also, ensure that you do proper stamping in all country while entering as well as while you leave. Otherwise, you will face problems in getting back your bank guarantee released for Carnet de Passage. Carnet De Passage: What is Carnet de Passage?
It is required in 71 countries, which are the parties to the Customs Convention on ATA Carnet. An internationally recognized Customs document allowing the holder (vehicle owner) to import the vehicle duty-free into countries for a temporary basis, For this you normally require to deposit against import charges for such vehicles. This is like a promise that you make to the official regarding your vehicle. Assuring that you will take back your vehicle out from the country that you have visited. Who Provides Carnet de Passage In India?
This is not issued by the government department in India but by the Automobile Association of the country, or its affiliate members associations. The Federation of Automobile Associations of India is the authorized member who holds the authority to provide Carnet de Passage. As there are different regions in India, there are different member bodies accordingly. You can approach the associations based on the location where you stay. The Automobile Association of Southern India
You will also be able to issue Carnet through FICCI which is India’s only National Issuing & Guaranteeing Association. You cannot get Carnet from the government thus you have to be dependent on these authorized agencies.
If you have any queries about how to apply for it, you can refer to the following link that provides a step by step guide in depth: https://www.carnetdepassage.org/country/india/
For this, you’ll need to submit the bank guarantee, for this process the amount charged will be around around 200% to 300% of the market value of your vehicle (refundable security deposit).
The fee that you will pay will depend on the value of the vehicle. Fees for a motorbike normally is around 10k to 15k Once your vehicle returns back to India, the bank guarantee gets released by returning back ‘Carnet de Passage’ to the Automobile Association. International Driving Permit: International Driving Permit (IDP) is proven to be the most valuable and even an essential document. It gives motorcyclist the identity of being a legally recognized driver in the country that they are traveling into. This permit is used in many countries including Thailand and Myanmar and through this, you will feel the convenience of renting any vehicle even in your country. For a holiday in Thailand, you will require driver’s license ID of Thai, however, it is possible to drive with your Indian license, but it is highly advisable for a rider to maintain an IDP so as to avoid any legal complications on your journey. India to Myanmar by road highway doesn’t need IDP. But it is advisable, for safety you should carry your International Driver’s Permit because any hassle can arise all of a sudden from the political and official groups of Myanmar. The International permit won’t be considered valid until you have your Indian driving license, so make sure everything is properly assorted at a particular place. To issue an International Driver’s Permit from India, refer to this link: http://www.wiaaindia.com/International_driving_license_permit Escort Vehicle and Hotel Booking: These two points have to be considered well in advance. Escort Vehicle , as well as hotel pre-booking, are the two most essential things that you have to pay attention to without fail, escort vehicle is necessary and hotels booking in advance will help you ride according to the plan so you can take appropriate halts. These two things you must plan out before setting on your ride, so the whole journey will be hassle-free. The Escort vehicle is mandatory to travel in Myanmar & now it is mandatory for Thailand too. Basically leading your vehicle throughout your ride. Points to Remember: The tour from Myanmar and Thailand has to be escorted by a local and licensed guide only as well as hotel pre-booking for Myanmar is mandatory. Accommodation must be a local hotel, guest houses, and rooms, you are not allowed to do any camping on road. You can’t make decisions for these two factors, on the spot, it has to be pre-planned. Start Your Ride with these Go-to Tips Before starting your ride, it is important to be prepared not just physically but mentally as well. Cross Country Riding comes with multiple challenges, the roads may not be easy to conquer, the routes may be tricky, the journey may be challenging. But besides all these hurdles you have to keep in mind that no matter what, you will keep riding and with riding, you will ensure that safety on roads as well as your own safety is given due importance. Unlike Rides that you take within the country, India to Thailand via Myanmar further till Singapore, this journey crosses different countries, the language, currency, people, and things will differ a lot. So for this, you have to be prepared well in advance, in short, you must be highly motivated and excited throughout the ride. The network can create barriers, so locals may guide you with the routes, you can carry a travel book to ensure communication is easy with them. Currency exchange must be given top importance, learn the basics of their currency so it can be easier for you to make a petty transaction without any inconvenience. Deciding to launch the plan is easy but taking care of the logistics is the real challenge. Make a good plan for the budget and cross country motorcycle trip cost. This can help you in saving and spending right. Remind yourself every time to Keep the fun consistent throughout the journey, meet new people, communicate, explore, enjoy the roads, live the moment. Accept the hurdles with positivity. Keep a constant touch with your family, Make sure they are updated about your trip. Take breaks if you need one. Eat light everyday before hitting the road, so as to avoid laziness. Assure that the route you pick on your bike ride covers the most scenic view and beautiful surroundings. If your goal is to explore more and more with experiencing the beauty of different countries, pick the route that can serve you both. Start Your Ride with These Safety Tips:
Sufficient Cash: You must have enough cash with you handy on a road trip and those shouldn’t just be Indian rupees but other currencies as well that will be required on the trip: Myanmar kyat, Thai Baht, Malaysian Ringgit & Singapore dollar.
The Route Map: Depending on the Internet completely for your road trip from India to Thailand till Singapore will be the biggest mistake. So for a safer side, you can carry a route map with you. Also, you can highlight a few places on the map where you can stop by. Resting is essential, you may require days to rest and days to explore the place, so accordingly, you can highlight the places where you can stay for a day or two.
Don’t Over Explore: Riders are an enthusiast as well as courageous, this is why you’ve made a really great decision of riding all the way from India to a different country. This same sporting behavior will create a sense of excitement to explore more and more, cover deserted roads, or pass by isolated areas to reach early or to explore more. This decision may sound exciting but can be highly risky. You are already unaware of the roads, conditions, people as well as the uncertain challenges. So make sure you stick to the plan, riding safe and sticking with the group is a must on a bike trip.
Mobile Numbers: What if your phone battery dies and you don’t have any scope to refill the battery? Here’s when the phone booth on the road may save your day. Jot down all the necessary phone numbers in a diary that you can maintain for this trip. So in an emergency, you can use the payphone that will be there in the town. Even the locals are friendly they can help you in such situations. Don’t forget to write down the contact details of the travel agency and authority, as you might need to call them any time during the journey.
Reminder to the Authorities: Make few calls to the authorities of Myanmar well in advance, as a reminder to them about your planned road trips to Singapore by Myanmar & Thailand.
Carry Spare Tools: A mechanic may guide you with the detail list of spare tool that will be essential on a long road trip. Also test your bike initially, give your motorcycle for servicing, with this you may be able to eliminate the issues with your bike that may arise on the journey. Though challenges with your motorcycle may be common solely when the roads aren’t normal and very rough. But motorcycle serving will be useful in any way.
Stay Updated with the Political Mess: At times due to the strike and other political matters, the security gets double. This may affect your journey and the planned days for the trip may vary as well. So, ensure that you are aware of the political scenarios of Myanmar as well as Thailand before setting on India to Thailand by road. Day to Day Itinerary from India to Myanmar | Thailand | Singapore
On your journey, from India to Thailand via Myanmar further till Singapore, you are sure to encounter some breathtaking landscape and the mixture of different culture. Now without any further ado, let’s begin with the day to day itinerary BforBiker believes could be best to follow for this journey. Day 1: Mumbai to Indore
Route: Mumbai > Nashik > Dhule Distance: Approx 600 km Time Required: 10-12 hours (Depends upon your average riding speed and amount of stop you are planning to take in between)
The first day begins with a target to Reach Indore from Mumbai via Nashik and Dhule on a bike ride that takes around 12 hours to reach. As the journey is a stretch of minimum 10 hours, you can take fewer breaks here, make sure to eat light before heading, on your first day. There are total 2 roads from Dhule that will take you to Indore. It is appropriate if you stick with the NH52 highway. The roads from this route are mostly good.
There are 4 lanes at almost all the places so you can ride at your convenience. You will find construction work on a fewer road via this route, but it won’t create problems for your riding. Average speed that you can easily maintain on this day is around 80-90 km/h. As it is your first day of riding, you will be fueled up with energy and enthusiasm, so this day won’t create many problems. Day 2: Indore to Jhansi
Distance: Approx 550 km Time Required: 10 hours
The road condition on the route from Indore to Jhansi is pretty good too. You will be riding sometime on 4 lanes or 2 lanes as well as single lanes here. Mostly single lanes and 2 lanes are common throughout the route. But overall the roads don’t give much of discomforts. While you are about to reach, around 160 km before Jhansi is a 4 lane good road, so 160 km of the ride can be covered really fast at the end of the day. An average speed of around 60-70 km/h can be easily maintained on this day.
Point to Remember: Start your journey early in the morning, as night riding near Jhansi is highly problematic due to some safety and security concerns. On the way, you will have to cross a few railway crossings too. During the evening hours, heavy traffic may be found on those crossings. So accordingly plan your ride and try to cross mostly before evening so as to avoid heavy loaded traffics that will disbalance your ride schedule. Day 3: Jhansi to Gorakhpur
Route: Go via Kanpur > Lucknow > Faizabad road Distance: Approx 600 km Time Required: 10-12 hours
Start your ride early in Morning, the roads are above average. Mostly 4 lanes around 80% of the ride but not in a perfect condition though. Just after you enter Uttar Pradesh you may see slight discomfort in your riding due to the poor road condition for around 100 km. Beware of the animals that may come across your way especially cows on the highways. The 3rd day rides from Jhansi to Gorakhpur via Kanpur, Lucknow, Faizabad road is a bit of a challenge solely because of the road condition and the sudden complications.
Two major concerns can give you problems while riding are animals on the way creating traffic and drivers & bikers coming from the wrong side of the road that may affect your riding skills. So take extra precautions for the same especially on the 3rd day of riding. Major Traffic can be found in Kanpur and Lucknow city, so try not to enter the city. The best part is Lucknow to Gorakhpur is of 4 lane good roads, so you will feel comfort in riding through this patch. The Average speed of 70-80 km/h can be easily maintained on this day. Day 4: Gorakhpur to Siliguri
Distance: Approx: 650 km Time Required: 12-14 hours
The start of the journey on this day (Day 4) is surely going to be easy for you because of the pretty decent road condition and some scenic views to look at. You will find 4 lane good roads at most of the places. The ride from Gorakhpur to Siliguri is of around 12-14 hours, you can take fewer breaks in between due to the riding hours being a little long. Don’t overfill your stomach, you can consume food that gives you enough energy to continue riding sportingly.
Of course, there’s no escape to bad roads in India, so you might have to cross bad stretches too in between. Especially bad roads are found while you enter Bengal but not exceeding to more than 20 km. Overall the roads are preferable, giving the biker a glitch-free riding experience. The Average speed of 60-70 km/h can be easily maintained on this day. Day 5: A Day Off
You must take this day off at Siliguri. There are a few things that you need to do on a regular basis throughout your journey. First thing: Get your bike checked. Second thing: Take proper power naps & rest. Due to the rough patch, potholes and poor physical condition of the roads, the bike may get few issues. If you continue to ride your bike without servicing, your bike may stop to work smoothly.
In order to avoid hassle free riding, take a halt for the day. You can explore Siliguri for the time being, till your bikes get a proper check and are washed. Enjoy the picturesque tea gardens, visit the market, shop some stuff, eat the local cuisine and sleep enough. But don’t forget, you have to ride the next day. Day 6: Siliguri to Guwahati
Distance: Approx 500 km Time Required: 10-12 hours
The first half of the ride will mostly have single lane road. Hills and railway crossing are sure to slower your riding. Also, you will be crossing the famous coronation bridge, you can click a few pictures on the bridge, as it is worth stopping for. The beautiful serene surrounding the bridge is a picture perfect spot. After the bridge is crossed, you will experience bad roads and if it rains you will have to face Slushes too. After around 30 km from the bridge, the roads will become watery smooth.
There are lots of bridges on these roads, so your riding can get better here. The railway parallel to the road will add a lot of fun to your bike trip. There may be some construction work in progress for a few bridges on the route but there’s nothing much to worry about. The best part is, you don’t get to experience much traffic here and 95% of the roads are extremely smooth to ride on.
After the 1st half of the journey is completed, 2 lane and 4 lane roads can be found. The second half is mostly 4 lane roads with few bad stretches in between but still good. Remember, the sun sets soon before 6 pm at this part of India so you have to plan your ride accordingly. Around 1.5 km long is the Brahmaputra River Bridge that you will cross while you enter Guwahati. Permissible speed on this road is around 45 km/h which is simply too low then what you will be riding on. Easily an Average speed of 60-80 km/h can be maintained on this road. Also, beware of cops with speed gun. Day 7: Guwahati to Kohima
Distance: Approx 360 km Time Required: 9-10 hours
On this day you will have to face struggle while riding due to the challenging road condition that will test your riding skills. Especially your off-roading skills will be seen. Remember: One has to make ILP (Inner Line Permit) to enter Nagaland. Ensure that you take NH37 which will go till Nagaon which is a pretty good 4 lane road for around 150 km. After the 150 km patch gets covered up, it’s all single lane till Kohima.
On this route, you will cross some small hills, forests, and multiple villages. The thing that can excite you is the river crossing which is simply eye-soothing to watch but a bit challenging to cross. Around 50 km before Dimapur, the road condition will be bad but later on, it will be worst. The roads post-Dimapur will test your off-roading skills. Challenges like Bad road, Slush, rain, water & mud can be found, a common reason for the bike to skid.
Note: Dimapur to Kohima 4 lane highway is under construction but we are not really sure when it will be open. Day 8: Kohima to Imphal
Distance: Approx 140 km Time Required: 4-5 hours
Day 8 from Kohima to Imphal, your riding will hardly be for around 5 hours. The reason is that of the challenging and tough roads that you will cross. This day brings another challenging ride experience. You get to discover Single lane bad roads with Hill, slush, and rain that can test your skills yet again. Roads are far better than last day ride but they are still going to give you discomfort. When you enter Manipur the roads get better with 4 lane highway which is preferable for riding smooth and are simply good.
Overall it is still a Tough ride day with 80% rough and off-roading journey. Note: Off-road or adventure bike is highly suggested on this road only then you can face hard stone barriers on your way (not easy but manageable). The Average speed for the day will be very low of around 30-40 km/h. Tiredness and laziness will affect your riding skills once you reach Imphal. So this day you won’t be covering many hours of riding. Day 9: Another Day Off
Take this day off. You may be wondering why am I asking you take breaks and day off soon after day 5? Siliguri to Imphal will be a rugged, uneven and bumpy ride altogether. And if it rains, the challenge to ride will get even worst. Bike service and cleanup are highly advisable, as your next day will be in a different country. This sounds super cool, and it, in fact, is.
Make sure everything is working systematically. Your motorcycle must be ready to conquer the international roads smoothly. Ensure your bike parts are proper, your motorcycle is in a good working condition and everything is perfect before you kick start to enter the new country. India to Myanmar by road covers all the above destinations and routes. Be ready for the next day as you are soon to enter another country. This is sure to be added to the memory list of your best international road trips so far. Day 10: Imphal to Kale (Myanmar):
Distance: Approx: 250km Time Required: 5-6 hours
Highlights Of This Day: The best part of today’s ride is you are going to enter Myanmar a whole different country. Also, Myanmar is a right-hand drive country. As discussed above, you have to take care of Carnet which is flat 50,000 for 2 wheelers. Escorts and pre-hotel booking and the predefined route are also needed. This is a law which is must to follow. India Myanmar road trip is sure to be a journey like never before on your motorcycle.
This day brings different kind of vibes & experiences/challenges that you will monitor throughout your journey. Strict Army patrolling can be seen on the road before the border. Talking about the road condition, they are mostly bad in shape & single lane in the start of your ride till the border. Be prepared to face Rain, wet roads and slush on the route. You will be crossing lots of Narrow and dusty bad shaped bridges. Escort and hotel pre-booking is must so book in advance. Your escort will pick you up after you cross the friendship bridge at Moreh border.
Then the necessary Immigration formalities start to take place at Tamu. Here the visa stamping process is done as well. The Carnet stamping takes place few Km ahead of Tamu. You will pass from single lane road after the border is crossed till Kale. The road quality is average, little bad due to slush and too many iron bridges to cross from. Without needing to take a flight you’ve reached another country by crossing the iron bridges which is simply overwhelming.
Important: You can only enter Myanmar before 10 pm and the whole formality process takes around 1 hour to complete. So make sure you reach the border before 9 pm and in fact, it is even better if you reach here during day time.
Before you enter Myanmar, ensure you have applied for a visa on arrival by downloading the online form. This will make your ride comfortable and stress-free, you won’t have to panic for anything as you have prepared yourself for every piece of document well in advance. A step by step guideline has been provided by the Myanmar Visa authorities: Myanmarvisacorp . Check this out and fill the required details. The visa process may take time so plan accordingly. Day 11: Kale to Monywa (Myanmar)
Distance: Approx: 250 km Time Required: 6-7 hours
From Kale to Monywa, a journey of approx 7 hours, is a single lane road with gravel roads to ride on. Usually, this route has less traffic with some rough bridges that need to be crossed. Few of the iron bridges are well maintained but others have a missing plank and other risky issues. You will have to show your off-roading skills here as well due to the slush on the route especially when it rains.
Rain can be one barrier to your riding and due to which you will face slippery roads throughout your journey. So you need to maintain your riding speed accordingly and ride really slow during rain showers. Probably a little challenging ride that will happen this day. Adventurous road trips are what the biker loves the most, Riding on plain simple roads and smooth highways are just too monotonous. Especially when you urge to make your riding experience like never before, sporty and thrillful rides make a lot of learning. Day 12: Monywa to Mandalay (Myanmar)
Distance: Approx: 140 km Time Required: 3 hours
Monywa to Mandalay is a journey of 3 hours; this short journey covers a lot of challenging roads yet again. You are sure to cross few Iron Bridges, Some Hills, hard mud and even ride on the single lane road. Usually, we get to see rain showers most of the time here, so if it rains, slush and slippery roads are one major challenge that will create stumbling blocks in your journey. Few kilometers before Mandaya, the roads will slightly get better, far better than the riding you had experience in the initial hours. The best part of this 3 hours journey is the scenic & panoramic sights to see around.
The beautiful surrounding around while you ride will surely make riding experience pleasing enough. The natural beauty covers up the challenging part. Average speed that you will maintain on this day is around 50 km/h. If you start this day riding early in the morning, you will reach Mandalay in the afternoon for sure. So once you reach the desired destination for the day, take some rest. A power nap can make wonders for your future ride, go around have a look at the pretty city, take a shower and brace yourself for the next day. Day 13: Rest day
Well, the ride so far for a stretch of about 1 week was really hectic. Too many iron bridges to cross, challenging hills to cover and tough riding on single lane road with heavy traffic. Therefore, resting is a must. You can explore Mandalay the royal capital of Myanmar. This place has its own charm. Enjoy the sightseeing, visit Buddhist Pagodas, Monasteries, and Temples.
Ensure that you do a thorough bike checkup before you set out on the ride for next day. Don’t forget to add memories in your list with this road trip to Singapore via Thailand from India by bike. Enjoy and cherish the moment as much as you can. This ride is not like any ride that you’ve had experienced before. So save the memories and now that you’ve covered India to Myanmar so far, you are likely to focus more on India to Thailand by road journey from the next day. Day 14: Mandalay to Bago (Myanmar)
Distance: 570 km Time Required: 11-12 hours
Roads from the route to Bago from Mandalay are single lane but they are still good to ride through. Of course, if it rains your riding speed will fluctuate and reduce but that doesn’t really matter much. We highly suggest you start this 14th day of riding early in the morning so you can avoid night riding.
Usually riding from the route at night can be challenging as well as risky. There are not many lights that can give you good vision on the roads, especially if its a remote area. Plus rain showers will create too much of fuss, post evening. The average speed of about 60-70 km/h can be maintained well on this day. Too many glorious & magnificent palaces, Kanbawzathadi golden palace, pagodas will come across your eyesight while you reach Bago. Day 15: Bago to Hpa-An (Myanmar)
Distance: Approx 220 km Time Required: 4-5 hours
Now the ride from Bago to Hpa-An is a good short one with Single lane roads. Hpa-An is a beautiful warm city with eye soothing waterfall sights to pass by on the way. Bago itself is a pretty city that attracts a lot of tourists. In short, your overall ride will be really wonderful as you will cover scenic views, beautiful places & pagodas to stop by and visit. The average speed that you can maintain on this day is around 60-70 km/h.
Note: It is highly recommended to halt at Hpa-An as the next day you will be entering Thailand & Mago till Tak, which is going to be a long ride. Especially when you have to cross a border that will take too much of your time due to legal formalities. Day 16: Hpa-An to Tak (Thailand)
Distance: Approx 250 km Time Required: 6-7 hours
Highlights: This day focuses on India to Thailand road trip. Remember that Thailand is a left-hand drive like India and Carnet de Passage is a must to enter Thailand with a motorbike or car. Make it possible to reach Thailand during weekdays as almost everything is shut down during weekends. Plan your ride according to these barriers so you don’t have to regret later.
The feeling of crossing borders, visiting pagodas and riding on to various scenic & narrow routes and finally reaching from India to Thailand today is wholesome of mixed feelings that you will get. Bid farewell to your Escorts as they will leave you at the border and welcome the Thai Escort who will meet you right there. Myanmar and Thai border are connected with a Bridge which is simply nice to cross.
Thailand is a left-hand drive country, so you will have to cross the lane here. Finish up with your Carnet and Immigration process to enter Thailand. The moment you enter Thailand you will feel a bit of relief as the roads are really good with 4 lanes. Totally clean, brilliant. You are sure to experience a blasting ride once you reach Thailand. The average speed of 70-80 km/h can be maintained well. Day 17: Tak to Bangkok (Thailand)
Distance: Approx 440 km Time Required: 6-7 hours
This has to be in the list of your one of the best road trips. Tak to Bangkok by bike gives you the vibes like never before. Start your engine and pass through broad roads & beautiful views surrounding your way. A smooth and leisure ride is what you will experience here in Thailand. The average speed of 80-90 km/h can be easily maintained. Day 18: Day Off to Explore
Finally, you’ve made it from India to Bangkok (Thailand) by road. Today you are free to enjoy this busy beautiful city. Check out what this city has to offer to its tourist. Of course, you’ll be left with too many places to visit. Do taste the Bangkok street food, No doubt Mumbai’s street food is what you may be craving for, but Bangkok won’t let you down at all. With its flavourful sweet and spicy delights to offer and some amazing local cuisine to try out, you will be overfilled with happiness and satisfaction at the end of the day.
India to Bangkok distance by road is around 5200 km. Look at these 4 digit numbers, they are sure to give you goosebumps, aren’t they? The India to Bangkok road trip journey may have taught you a lot of things till now. The further roads may teach you and show you more amazing things that you can take back with you as a lesson, memory or as experience. Day 19: Bangkok to Hua Hin (Thailand)
Distance: Approx 200 km Time Required: 3 hours
Hit the pedal, accelerate and begin your next day journey to Hua Hin. Enjoy the countryside fresh air, take some pictures on the route and add some amazing memories that you will cherish life long. The roads from these routes are pretty nice and an average speed of around 80-90 km/h can be easily maintained. Day 20: Hua Hin to Phuket (Thailand)
Distance: Approx 650 km Time Required: 9-10 hours
The ride from Hua Hin to Phuket is a comfortable one with roads being really nice to ride on. The average speed of about 70-80 km/h can be easily maintained this day. Enjoy the coastal road ride throughout the journey. It gives you really beautiful vibes with lots of nice beaches to stop by in between. Click some pictures on the beach, enjoy the weather, take a short break, inhale fresh air and continue riding till you reach Phuket. Day 21: Take This Day Off to Explore Phuket
Phuket has a lot to offer to the tourist, while you explore Phuket make sure you do a complete bike check at first place. Ensure that you don’t get stuck with any kind of bike issues for your next day ride. This exotic Island holds memorable things that you can do for the day. Do visit Phang Nga Bay that has emerald-green waters. Also, monasteries, Wat Chalong temple and other Islands & beaches are some of the places where you can relax and chill. Day 22: Phuket to Bukit Kayu Hitam ( Malaysia)
Distance: Approx 500 km Time Required: 7-8 hours
Always dreamt of going Malaysia? Especially on your bike? Well yes! Today is the day when you will enter Malaysia and one of your biggest dreams will come true. Excited? So keep riding! As the roads are really very good, broad ones, you will have a glitch-free riding throughout. The journey is of around 8 hours from Phuket to Bukit Kayu Hitam (Malaysia) and will be covered without any complication. You will experience hassle free riding throughout the day and an average speed of 80-90 km/h can be easily maintained. Malaysia is a Left-hand Drive Country too like India. Day 23: Bukit Kayu Hitam to Kuala Lumpur ( Malaysia)
Distance: Approx 380 km Time Required: 5-6 hours
Bukit Kayu Hitam is the main border town of the Malaysia-Thailand border. The roads throughout the journey will be amazing and an average speed of 80-90 km/h can be easily maintained on this day. This day you will be reaching Kuala Lumpur the capital of Malaysia renowned for its natural as well as man-made landmarks.
Once you reach Kuala Lumpur, take this day off. Don’t ride much and explore this multicultural place. You will never run short of tourist spots here. There are so many things that you can do and places where you can party, relax as well as chill. Kuala Lumpur offers rich architectural importance. The iconic Petronas Twin Towers are surely on the wish list of many. Colorful China town a paradise for the bargain hunter. Some caves, theme parks, monasteries, and amazing cuisine to end your day with. Day 24: Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
Distance: Approx 360 km Time Required: 4-5 hours
Today is the day when you’ll reach the Final destination Singapore. Roads are way too nice for a rider to feel comfort in riding. An average speed of around 80-90 km/h can be easily maintained on this day too.
Now I ask you to Compare your “India to Singapore by road” v/s “Flight from India to Singapore”. Is the whole feeling similar? Of course not! Altogether different vibes, feelings, happiness and a sense of achievement that you have made it to the final destination. Well, for a biker, the destination doesn’t really matter but the journey does. From crossing different countries, dealing with legal formalities to facing tough roads and exploring various places. Everything is just a feeling, for which words fall short to explain how mesmerizing the journey will be. But it will be worth it! This tour from India to Thailand via Myanmar further till Singapore will leave you astonished for sure, go ahead, plan out this trip so great that it comes under the list of your best international road trips.
India to Singapore bike trip via Thailand & Myanmar dream journey will takes approx 25 days if you follow the above itinerary planned by BforBiker. The 25 days of the journey is a complete pack of adventure, excitement, fun, challenges and a lot of learning. Shipping The Bike:
Before ending the journey, there is one last important thing to remember, the shipping part. You came all the way riding from India via Myanmar & Thailand to Singapore but while heading back you will have to ship your motorcycle from Singapore back to India. Contact Shipping companies who can import your motorcycle back to your country as it is very necessary. Follow appropriate import procedures, find out the estimated cost associated with shipping and plan accordingly. The cost of transporting the motorcycle differs based on the distance and the need to ensure safety with the transport. The best way to send your bike is via air. Estimated Cost And Time Required for your India to Myanmar | Thailand | Singapore Road Trip:
NOTE: The Cost mentioned below may vary in response to different conditions. The Currency discussed in the article is INR.
Here is a rough estimate of the cost associated with India to Thailand via Myanmar further till Singapore road trip: Visa: Applying for Online Visa application form for Myanmar. To know more about Visa costs, visit: https://www.myanmarvisa.com/ CarNet: Around 50k for Myanmar and Carnet de Passage (200% to 300% of your Vehicle value) as a Security for Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. Fuel: While considering a Royal Enfield Bike with the Average of 25 km/h – 35 km/h. Around 9000 km will be the approx total ride from India to Singapore via Myanmar & Thailand by road. So it will cost around 30k on the upper side and 25k on the lower side. Hotel: Assuming 2 people are sharing a single room. Average daily cost per person in a normal AC hotel: 2000 per day which for 25 days will be around 50k. Food: If we consider spending 1500 per day on food, it will be 37,500 for 25 days. Bike Maintenance: 3 servicing is suggested for this ride which can cost you around 3k per servicing, considering a Royal Enfield Bike. So the total of around 9k will be spent on bike servicing. Escort Vehicle in Myanmar: Approx 60k to 70k. This cost can be divided equally for all riders. Escort Vehicle in Thailand: Approx 120k to 140k. This cost can be divided equally for all riders. Shipping: Bike Transportation from Singapore to India cost approx 60k -70k. It’s highly advisable not to ride back as riding on the same road is never exciting Flight back to India: You flying back to India from Singapore: approx 20k for a direct flight to India.
Total Cost: Around 190k – 200k excluding Carnet, Escort Vehicle, Visa and your flight back from Singapore to India. Carnet: 50k Flat for Myanmar and 200% to 300% Carnet de Passage of your Vehicle Value for Other Countries. Eg: Royal Enfield Classic 500cc: 2-year-old. Approx Cost: 125k after 2 year Carnet de Passage will be in between 250k – 375k
Escort Vehicle cost will depend on the number of riders in your group. Eg: If you are a group of 4 riders then Escort Vehicle Cost for Myanmar per person: 70k/4 = 17.5k Escort Vehicle Cost for Thailand per person: 140k/4 = 35k.
Hope you like the itinerary that BforBiker has prepared for you.
Source – BforBiker.

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38 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [3-8-2019 to 3-10-2019]

38 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [3-8-2019 to 3-10-2019] March 7, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff Image via Redondo Beach Pier Association on Facebook
Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend, from Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10, features ArtNight Pasadena, Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy, Don’t Tell Comedy, Redondo Beach Kite Festival, Art+ Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and MUCH more. Advertisements
Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.
Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your weekend!
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1 . 20 Pasadena cultural institutions participate in a night of free art, music, and entertainment during ArtNight Pasadena . Last year an estimated 16,000 guests came through, and this year expects similar attendance. Venues for 2019 include the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena History Museum, Kidspace Children’s Museum, The Gamble House and more. There are even FREE shuttles to transport guests to their next destination. FREE
2. Decompress at Mystic Journey Crystals in Venice with a crystal sound bath that combines original compositions and performances with crystal singing bowls.
3. Get up close and personal with sharks at the Aquarium of the Pacific during Shark Lagoon Nights . Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and view large sharks in an after hours setting. FREE
4 . luminhero and lululemon will host a free HIIT workout and yoga session at Westfield Century City during their Beauty & Balance event. FREE
5 . Upstairs Bar at The Ace Hotel will host an International Women’s Day Celebration with a female line up of musicians to benefit Alexandria House a safe place providing transitional residence and housing for women and children.
6. March is Women’s History Month, spend Friday evening at We Choose Art | A Feminist Perspective at the historic Montalban theater located in Hollywood. There will be a Feminist Portrait gallery, live performances, artist unveilings of works and cocktails.
7. The City of El Segundo Recreation & Parks Department and the South Bay Astronomical Society will host a Star Party this Friday from 8-10:30 p.m. at the Hilltop Park parking lot.
8. 260LA will host a Reformation sample sale from March 5-10 in their Beverly Hills location.
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10 . There’s a Vanessa Mooney sample sale happening in Highland Park from March 8-10 where everything will be under $40. Advertisements
11. Desert X continues through April 21. Spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various locations, artists are commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results.
12 . Dreamscape Immersive , the latest contender in location-based virtual reality, has opened in the Westfield Century City mall with three unique adventures that include an alien zoo, a deep ocean dive and an action packed adventure to find a powerful jewel. Open seven days a week. Saturday March 9th, 2019
13. Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy comes to the Townhouse in Venice Beach on Saturday for whiskey, prizes, and all that jazz inspired by the Prohibition era.
14. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! returns for a free show at The Virgil. FREE
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17. Don’t Tell Comedy pops up in Downtown at a very special secret location with some of the biggest names in comedy. Performers are kept under wraps and the location will be emailed to all ticket holders. BYOB!
18. Hit up four clubs in one night thanks to Downtown LA Club Crawl . The crawl will give you front of line access and drink specials throughout the evening. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
19. The Huntington presents Taste of Art: Women in Art and Food a day of exploring the role of women in art. Guests will partake in a workshop presented by Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites, spend time in the galleries and prepare a group meal based on recipes from The Huntington’s Anne Cranston Regional and Charitable Cookbook Collection.
20. ban.do has created eight limited edition drink sleeves for all Alfred Coffee locations (excluding Alfred Tea Rooms). Alongside the sleeves, three Alfred locations (Melrose Place, Silverlake and Studio City) will have original murals designed by ban.do. Every Alfred location will also carry free fold out maps of ban.do’s favorite Los Angeles spots. This Saturday ban.do will host a meet up at Alfred Coffee in Silverlake from 10 a.m. to noon. The first 10 people to attend will receive free coffee.
21. Holi Festival of Colors Los Angeles comes to Whittier March 9-10 for a celebration of the traditional Indian holiday. Festival is full of colors, yoga, cuisine, mantra, live bands, DJ’s, interactive dance, and more.
22 . Looking for a little free comedy this weekend in NELA? The Frogtown Show is a free monthly comedy show that takes place at Spoke Bicycle Cafe along the L.A. River. Light bites, wine and beer specials will be available for the evening. FREE
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24 . Wisdome Art Park is an art focused immersive experience spread among a series of domes in an Arts District lot. The current exhibition, Samskara , takes guests on a journey that includes paintings, optical illusions, virtual reality, and one very trippy video projection. Happening all weekend. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) Advertisements
25. 100 Tactile exhibition is a sensory experience with objects and symbols through the sensation of touch. The immersive exhibit will be supported by visual and sound elements. Open now until March 30. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) Sunday March 10th, 2019
26. The 45h Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival returns to the Redondo Beach Pier for an all-ages free afternoon of kite-flying and fun. In addition to prizes for best kites flown, there will be live music, a local dance studio performance, a martial arts demonstration, a hot dog on a stick eating contest and more. FREE
27. Le Salon de Musiques presents a stage free chamber musical experience with champagne and high tea to follow at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
28. Wescom will be picking up the tab at 23 locations of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® up to $15 per transaction until $2,000 worth of bills are paid at each location.
29. There’s a Art+ Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon happening at The Hammer this Sunday. Beginners will be trained and all you need is a laptop. In addition, women in the arts are invited to stop by and have their portraits taken for Wikimedia Commons. FREE
30 . Platform is hosting a pop up shopping event titled The Edit bringing their favorite brands to one spot plus complimentary hand massages and skin consultations by True Botanicals. In addition, artist Anastasia DiGiallonardo will be custom painting shoes and denim.
31. This Sunday is Family Fun Day at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden located in Claremont. Folks are invited to discover the Origami in the Garden exhibit featuring 16 large-scale metal origami sculptures from galloping ponies to soaring cranes each folded from a single sheet of metal. The event will also feature a number of crafting activities. Free admission for all children under 12 and Claremont residents.
32. Challenge yourself with a 75-minute yoga class while enjoying views of the DTLA skyline during Flow + Flavor: Rooftop Yoga at Smorgasburg x ROW DTLA.
33. wineLA presents a night of wine, cheese and chocolate a special class helping Angelenos explore the ways all three are paired together.
34. Friendship Buddies a free stand-up comedy show taking place at the Verdugo Bar back patio features some of the best comics in Los Angeles and beyond. Show starts at 8p.m. FREE
35. Family Flicks Film Series at The Hammer will screen The Eagle Huntress this Sunday. FREE Advertisements
36. Yoga at Angel City Brewery welcomes all levels of experience with a donation of $15-20 that includes a free drink at the end.
37. Mojave Flea Sunday Market Series comes to Freehand this Sunday. The traveling market supports small businesses and local trade. Vendors will offer handcrafted food, drink, apothecary, apparel, accessories, housewares, furnishings and vintage.
38. Free museum days : Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can) Food Pick for the Week
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin , Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
Little Tokyo bar Mermaid celebrates National Women’s Day with a wig party on Friday March 8 from 5 p.m. to close. The bar will offer cocktails highlighting females in the spirit industry. The list includes: Michter’s, Future Gin, Pomp & Whimsy, and Yola Mezcal. Unlock drink specials simply by wearing a wig. This is an all-day event so take advantage of happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. where food and drink specials will be offered. Rock n’ roll music will be spun all night thanks to DJ Liuba. All events at Mermaid support local non-profit organizations.
Mermaid is located at 428 E 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
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23 new books by women authors you should read in 2019

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More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are by Elaine Welteroth Starting at $12.99 ( Release Date: June 11, 2019, available for pre-order ) Becoming the youngest and first black editor of Teen Vogue may be the reason many of you know her name, but it was not the end of her story. After being a transformative force to the publication’s brand, she set out to conquer new goals and any self doubt that tried to convince her she wasn’t enough. Part memoir, part self-help, this read will remind you that you’re enough as well.
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditationsby Toni Morrison
Starting at $14.99
Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison put her mark on 2019 with the release of her latest book, The Source of Self-Regard. The powerful collection of essays, speeches and meditations is broken down into three parts: a powerful prayer for the victims of 9/11, a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr. and a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. It even includes some critical commentary on her own works. This is sure to be an excellent addition to any book collection.
Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolderby Reshma Saujani
Starting at $12.99
The founder of “Girls Who Code,” Reshma Saujani, is back with a book, this time for an older audience. Brave, Not Perfect challenges to women to let go of the quest for perfection they’ve been conditioned to strive for, and learn to embrace failure.
With the Fire on Highby Elizabeth Acevedo
Starting at $9.99 ( Release Date: May 7, 2019, available for pre-order )
Elizabeth Acevedo’s latest book is on everyone’s radar after the success of her first book, The Poet X. In her new book, With the Fire on High, we meet Emoni, a teenager who was forced to go grow up fast after getting pregnant her freshman year of high school and becoming a caretaker for her grandmother.
Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter by Veronica Chambers
Starting at $14.99 (Release Date : March 5, 2019)
Queen Bey celebrates not only the musical contributions, but the cultural shifting power her impact has had on not only women, but society as a whole. The impressive collection of essays includes works from popular cultural critics to outspoken academics.
Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchenby Yasmin Khan
Starting at $14.87
Food travel writer Yasmin Khan is passionate about sharing people’s stories through food. In this book she explores the complexities and rich tradition of Palestinian cuisine in a way that is at times educational, and at other times relatable to the human core. Feast your eyes on this one.
by Angie Thomas Starting at $7.09
After writing the widely popular The Hate U Give that was turned into a feature film, On The Come Up was highly anticipated by fans. In the book we meet Bri, a sixteen year old aspiring rapper who is the daughter of a late underground rap legend. Unexpectedly she gets a viral hit, which puts her on a controversial roller coaster she never saw coming.
by Helen Oyeyemi
Starting at $13.99 (Released: March 5, 2019)
Londoners may have an appreciation for gingerbread, but for Harriet Lee’s family, gingerbread is like the bridge to their homeland. This lovely book explores a family legacy and shows what happens when the inheritance is not money, but a recipe.
BUY IT NOW>> Gingerbread: A Novel
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Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversationsby Mira Jacob
Starting at $11.99 (Release Date: March 26, 2019)
Mira Jacob’s latest book tells the story of a half-Jewish, half-Indian six-year-old boy struggling to understand his identity in midst of the tense 2016 election. Acclaimed author Celeste Ng describes this book as, “By turns hilarious and heart-rending, it’s exactly the book America needs at this moment.”
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoirby T Kira Madden
Starting at $11.49
T Kira Madden’s memoir shares what it was like to grow up as a biracial, queer teen in the affluent town of Boca Raton, Florida. Struggling with a host of personal traumas, addictions in her family and destructive behaviors all around her, she finds community in a group of girls who happen to be fatherless.
by Fiona Barton
Starting at $12.99
The bestselling author of The Widow is back with another page-turner. Journalist Kate Waters is on the case when two teen girls go missing in Thailand, creating an international frenzy. As a parent whose son has been missing for two years, this story is closer to home than she thinks. BUY IT NOW>> The Suspect
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by Arabelle Sicardi (Author), Sarah Tanat-Jones (Illustrator)
$20.69 (Release Date: May 7, 2019)
A bold, beautiful book that celebrates the achievements of LGBTQ artists, writers, innovators, athletes and activists.
BUY IT NOW>> Queer Heroes
PHOTO: Amazon
by Helen Hoang Starting at $9.99 (Release Date: May 7, 2019)
When a mother sees that her son Khai is struggling to find love in America, his mother returns to Vietnam to find the perfect wife. Esme Tran, a poor, mixed-race woman, jumps at the opportunity to come to America but struggles to build a connection with Khai. As their time together slips away, they begin to learn more about each other.
BUY IT NOW>> The Bride Test
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Where Reasons End: A Novelby Yiyun Li
Starting at $12.99
A heart-wrenching and creative approach to grief, Where Reasons End creates a world where life and death are not limitations, and a mother can engage in poignant conversations with her daughter that took her own life. Acclaimed authors rave that the novel is intelligent, insightful and expansive.
by Sophie KinsellaStarting at $12.49
Bestselling author Sophie Kinsella is back with an irresistible and empowering story about a young woman juggling a complicated family, a handsome suitor and a life-changing IOU.
by Angie Kim
Starting at $13.99
The thrilling debut novel by Angie Kim asks readers how far would they go to protect their families. Set in rural Virginia, the Yoo family is accused of murder when the experimental medical chamber they’re running explodes, killing two people inside. What ensues is a series of twist and turns they never saw coming.
BUY IT NOW>> Miracle Creek
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You Know You Want This: “Cat Person” and Other Storiesby Kristen Roupenian
Starting at $12.99
The author of the viral New Yorker essay “Cat Person” is back with a collection of stories you’re going to love. Spanning a range of topics from mundane to the supernatural, Kristen Roupenian will no doubt grab your attention, making you feel a times uncomfortable and at other times understood.
The Atlas of Reds and Blues: A NovelBy Devi S. Laskar
Starting at $9.50
The Atlas of Reds and Blues is a both escalating and sobering story that grapples with the complexities of the second-generation American experience.
by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Starting at $12.99 (Release date: April 2, 2019, available for pre-order)
Undeniable feminine power that sprawls across generations. Indigenous Latina narratives. Deep connection to homelands. Sabrina & Corina has all of that, as Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s words breathe life into the main characters living in Denver.
BUY IT NOW>> Sabrina & Corina: Stories
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by Esmé Weijun Wang
Starting at $9.99
Wang’s moving, intimate essays on the mental illness will help you not only understand schizophrenia, but also why managing mental health can be such a challenge. A former lab researcher at Stanford, Wang seamlessly balances her analytical leanings with a personal narrative.
by Sarah Moss
Starting at $9.99
This unique book introduce you to a family in Northern England that lives like they’re in the Iron Age. “A story at once mythic and strikingly timely, Sarah Moss’s Ghost Wall urges us to wonder how far we have come from the “primitive minds” of our ancestors.”
Elsey Come Home: A Novelby Susan Conley
Starting at $12.99
Elsey Come Home tells the tale of one woman’s odyssey back to self. A visit to a yoga retreat instigated by her husband’s ultimatum leads her down a journey to confront the root of her pain and bravely heal.
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girlsby Anissa Gray
Starting at $12.99
When the proud matriarch of the family is arrested, the Butler family is in disbelief. This is literally and figuratively the biggest trial they’ve ever faced, and the family is faced to pick up the pieces.
More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are by Elaine Welteroth Starting at $12.99 ( Release Date: June 11, 2019, available for pre-order ) Becoming the youngest and first black editor of Teen Vogue may be the reason many of you know her name, but it was not the end of her story. After being a transformative force to the publication’s brand, she set out to conquer new goals and any self doubt that tried to convince her she wasn’t enough. Part memoir, part self-help, this read will remind you that you’re enough as well.
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditationsby Toni Morrison
Starting at $14.99
Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison put her mark on 2019 with the release of her latest book, The Source of Self-Regard. The powerful collection of essays, speeches and meditations is broken down into three parts: a powerful prayer for the victims of 9/11, a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr. and a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. It even includes some critical commentary on her own works. This is sure to be an excellent addition to any book collection.
Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolderby Reshma Saujani
Starting at $12.99
The founder of “Girls Who Code,” Reshma Saujani, is back with a book, this time for an older audience. Brave, Not Perfect challenges to women to let go of the quest for perfection they’ve been conditioned to strive for, and learn to embrace failure.
With the Fire on Highby Elizabeth Acevedo
Starting at $9.99 ( Release Date: May 7, 2019, available for pre-order )
Elizabeth Acevedo’s latest book is on everyone’s radar after the success of her first book, The Poet X. In her new book, With the Fire on High, we meet Emoni, a teenager who was forced to go grow up fast after getting pregnant her freshman year of high school and becoming a caretaker for her grandmother.
Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter by Veronica Chambers
Starting at $14.99 (Release Date : March 5, 2019)
Queen Bey celebrates not only the musical contributions, but the cultural shifting power her impact has had on not only women, but society as a whole. The impressive collection of essays includes works from popular cultural critics to outspoken academics.
Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchenby Yasmin Khan
Starting at $14.87
Food travel writer Yasmin Khan is passionate about sharing people’s stories through food. In this book she explores the complexities and rich tradition of Palestinian cuisine in a way that is at times educational, and at other times relatable to the human core. Feast your eyes on this one.
by Angie Thomas Starting at $7.09
After writing the widely popular The Hate U Give that was turned into a feature film, On The Come Up was highly anticipated by fans. In the book we meet Bri, a sixteen year old aspiring rapper who is the daughter of a late underground rap legend. Unexpectedly she gets a viral hit, which puts her on a controversial roller coaster she never saw coming.
by Helen Oyeyemi
Starting at $13.99 (Released: March 5, 2019)
Londoners may have an appreciation for gingerbread, but for Harriet Lee’s family, gingerbread is like the bridge to their homeland. This lovely book explores a family legacy and shows what happens when the inheritance is not money, but a recipe.
BUY IT NOW>> Gingerbread: A Novel
PHOTO: Amazon
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversationsby Mira Jacob
Starting at $11.99 (Release Date: March 26, 2019)
Mira Jacob’s latest book tells the story of a half-Jewish, half-Indian six-year-old boy struggling to understand his identity in midst of the tense 2016 election. Acclaimed author Celeste Ng describes this book as, “By turns hilarious and heart-rending, it’s exactly the book America needs at this moment.”
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoirby T Kira Madden
Starting at $11.49
T Kira Madden’s memoir shares what it was like to grow up as a biracial, queer teen in the affluent town of Boca Raton, Florida. Struggling with a host of personal traumas, addictions in her family and destructive behaviors all around her, she finds community in a group of girls who happen to be fatherless.
by Fiona Barton
Starting at $12.99
The bestselling author of The Widow is back with another page-turner. Journalist Kate Waters is on the case when two teen girls go missing in Thailand, creating an international frenzy. As a parent whose son has been missing for two years, this story is closer to home than she thinks. BUY IT NOW>> The Suspect
PHOTO: Amazon
by Arabelle Sicardi (Author), Sarah Tanat-Jones (Illustrator)
$20.69 (Release Date: May 7, 2019)
A bold, beautiful book that celebrates the achievements of LGBTQ artists, writers, innovators, athletes and activists.
BUY IT NOW>> Queer Heroes
PHOTO: Amazon
by Helen Hoang Starting at $9.99 (Release Date: May 7, 2019)
When a mother sees that her son Khai is struggling to find love in America, his mother returns to Vietnam to find the perfect wife. Esme Tran, a poor, mixed-race woman, jumps at the opportunity to come to America but struggles to build a connection with Khai. As their time together slips away, they begin to learn more about each other.
BUY IT NOW>> The Bride Test
PHOTO: Amazon
Where Reasons End: A Novelby Yiyun Li
Starting at $12.99
A heart-wrenching and creative approach to grief, Where Reasons End creates a world where life and death are not limitations, and a mother can engage in poignant conversations with her daughter that took her own life. Acclaimed authors rave that the novel is intelligent, insightful and expansive.

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