Friday, June 28, 2019

Kerala Food Festival in Chennai

My recent trip to Trivandrum, Kerala had me craving for some yummy Kerala food. Barely a week later, I was invited to a special Kerala Food Festival by Regenta Deccan Plaza in Chennai , that's happening till June 30th. This 10 day food festival celerbates the Malabar based cuisine and the speciailities of their cooking .

Prepared by Thrissur based Chef Saraswathy Vishwanath, all dishes are prepared in the authentic way and couldn't have been any better. A grander version of the "Kerala Sadhya" , the menu was pretty elaborate to cover all delicacies. To be very honest, it's one of those rare meals where you actually dont feel full but rather fulfilling. Most of the items, as expected have a base note of either Jackfruit, banana or coconut though it doesn't overpower the actual item's taste.


Prepared like a homemade meal, almost devoid of any masala or spices, this pure vegetarian Kerala food was an absolute delight to a vegetarian foodie like me . Right from the punpkin soup to the Banana chips, the Chakka Kuru pradhaman , Aviyal and Mambazha chakka pachadi, I might probably rave about this all day long.

I got somehow managed to got hold of the full menu from the Manager and its as follows

  • Parippu Vada, Ulli Vada, Kozhukatta, Chips Varieties, Ela Ada, Unniyappam, Vazhaipoo Cutlet, Undanpori, Ethakka Appam,  Koon Kurumulaku, Upperi


 Main Course :
  • Avial, Thoran, Olan, Kaalan, Kootu Kari, Mezhukkuperatti, Idichakka thoran,Kaaya tholi thoran, Pachadi, Erissery, Pulissery, Sambar, Rasam,  Kichadi, Theeyal, Kadala Curry,  Chammanthi,  Puttu varieties, Noolappam,  Appam, Malabar Barotta, Mambazha Dosai, Jackfruit rind biriyani, Kappa, Mulaku Chammanthi, Mambazha chakka pachadi,  Pappadum


Desserts :
Payasam Pradhman, Chakka Kuru pradhaman, Nendram pazha pradhaman, Jackfruit Basundhi, Injipuli Pickles.


Regenta Central Deccan Plaza is located in Royapettah , Chennai near RK Salai. The Kerala food festival as mentioned above is till June 30th of 2019 for both lunch and dinner and priced at 888 Nett (inclusive of all taxes) . I would strongly recommend to try this meal once and you might probably feel as if you made an actual visit to Kerala.

Also check out the history behind Kerala's Kasavu Mundu here.

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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

MediaTek Technology Diaries - 5G Rollout in India

MediaTek , one of the largest semiconductor company hosted the second edition of the MediaTek Technology diaries, in Chennai. The discussion revolved around the growing presence of MediaTek in everyday life as well as the upcoming launch of 5G in India and how prepared India was to it. The Technology diary session was essentially to make technology more accessible and understandable to the consumer.

MediaTek Technology Diaries

The event was presided by Mr. Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India and Mr. Anuj Sidharth, Deputy Director, Marketing & Communications, Mediatek India, who talked about Mediatek rolling out their 5G SoC's (System on a Chip) for the first wave of 5G devices (which may be introduced in India by mid 2020's).

With Mediatek's 5G enabled chipset phones being introduced, the era of superfast connectivity and advanced user experiences can soon be a reality. The country has plagued by network drops, poor connectivity, slow internet speeds ( despite being on 4G) and the promise of 5G is to make such issues a thing of the past.

Mediatek is not just for mobile phone processors. It's also present across smart devices, smart-home solutions, Voice Assistant Devices (VAD) and automotive solutions.
Yes, even the quite popular Amazon Alexa has a Mediatek chip built inside it

Brands powered by Mediatek

Some of the common brands that uses a Mediatek processor or a chip includes : Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, Realme, Infinix, LG, Paytm, KENT CamEye, Amazon and Mantra among others.


Now for the techy stuff :  The upcoming integrated 5G chipset with the MediaTek Helio M70 5G modem built in packs world-leading technology into its compact design. It includes ARM’s newest Cortex-A77 CPU, Mali-G77 GPU and MediaTek’s most advanced AI processing unit (APU) to meet the power and performance and the demands of 5G to deliver super-fast connectivity and extreme user experiences.

A short background on MediaTek Inc:

They world’s 4th largest global fabless semiconductor company and powers more than 1.5 billion devices a year. They power nearly 1 of every 3 mobile phones and present in 20% of homes globally.
The most recent Oppo F11 Pro , a smartphone with a 48mp camera with a 80% larger sensor that could capture bigger pictures in exceptional detail was actually powered by Mediatek Helio P70.
When it comes to non mobile devices, the Amazon Fire TV, Fire HD8 and HD10 tablets is also powered by none other MediaTek.