The Future of Restaurant Cooking and On-Demand Food Delivery Services

Yesterday, my friends came over for dinner. Uninspired to cook and unexcited to go out, we decided to order in from UberEats. We sipped on Pinot Noir and munched on Pringles, waiting eagerly for Naan and Chicken Tikka Masala from this new restaurant called Chulha Chaunka.

We waited for an hour and a half, till we received a notification that our order had been canceled. I called the restaurant, they said the delivery boy had left ages ago and they knew nothing of it. Then I called the UberEats helpline. They found out that the delivery boy had a flat tyre on the way and had to cancel the order as a result. Rest assured, your credit card shall not be charged; the service operator told me.

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Coming From A Nutritionist

I’d been toying with the idea of interviewing a nutritionist for a while now. The subject of what, how and when to eat has always intrigued people. More now, than ever. So when I stumbled upon Avanti’s impressive profile, I couldn’t miss the chance.

Avanti Deshpande is a leading nutritionist and health consultant based in Pune, India. Her clientele covers most business verticals, including the food and pharmaceutical industry, education, catering, retail, corporates, gyms and fitness centres, NGOs and more. She’s also a complete technophile who has turned the social media revolution to advantage with the option of consultations via Skype, a YouTube channel for easy and healthy recipes, a Facebook and an Instagram account for health and wellness guidance as well as targeted Q & A. After a recent certification in Nutrigenomics by GeneSupport, she has immersed herself into understanding metabolism at the cellular level and to advise customised diets on a case-by-case basis.

From the moment I stepped into her office, I knew I’d made the right choice. There she was – lean and tall, great hair, glowing skin and toned arms. Her smile was that of someone who knew what they’re doing. As you’ll discover, she did.

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Once Upon A Cafe Hopping Sunday

Singapore has one of the most vibrant cafe cultures in the world. We love our coffee, especially if it’s served in creatively-designed, pretty places. As a result, there are countless cafes around the island.

The irresistible charm of quaint hipster cafes has not escaped the notice of the local blogging community. Burple, Lady iron Chef and Daniel’s Food Diary are some popular blogs that review restaurants and cafes across Singapore.

My friend Sanjana and I being avid coffee enthusiasts, decided to shortlist three such cafes and share our own experience at each.

Here’s what we thought.

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Artificial Intelligence to Interview Candidates

impress.ai is a deep technology startup founded by Sudhanshu Ahuja (CEO), Vaisagh Viswanathan (CTO) and Amrith Dhananjayan (COO). The idea is to provide recruiters with an AI-powered platform to help evaluate candidates. The result? A ten-fold improvement in hiring time and efficiency. Currently, the service is offered to enterprises, startups and individual recruiters who can use it to build a customised chatbot-based job application. The embedded machine learning algorithms adapt to the organizations’ preferences over time, thereby simplifying their work. Started only in late 2016, Impress has already managed to secure an undisclosed amount of funding from the Javelin Startup-O Victory Fund to develop their virtual HR assistant further.

In this interview, Vaisagh talks about the inception of and technology behind impress.ai, what it means to be a tech entrepreneur, and more. Here is an excerpt from our conversation. Served with a shot of Espresso, of course!

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Notes from the South of France

Dear Readers,

I spent the month of March in a charming little town in the South of France: Gémenos. It was a work trip, a training that my company arranged. Quite honestly, I was looking forward to a month of relaxation and self-discovery. Exploring quaint French towns with a pain au chocolat in one hand and a piece of Brie in another, sun-kissed by the warm Spring Sun. But along the way, I started writing down my personal observations of things around me: the sights, the culture, the people – just about anything I found interesting. To confirm or correct my theories, I discussed them with local colleagues, expats, strangers I met on trains and even fellow visitors.

And then I compiled all my thoughts into this one article. So here it goes.

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Engineering A Fashion Model

Saloni Khanna is a fashion model who has walked the ramp for some of India’s leading fashion designers, including Manish Malhotra, Ritu Kumar and JJ Valaya. She has also shot for multiple print ads and music videos. But here’s an interesting fact – one year ago, none of this existed. As of February 2016, Saloni was an Assistant Systems Manager at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). How did she switch to something so counter-intuitive? And successfully so? How does it feel walking the ramp in those gorgeous designer outfits? And do you really have to eat half a peach for lunch?  

Let’s find out.

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Torquing About IIT-JEE

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is the sole entry point into India’s best engineering colleges – the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Students have to battle it out to solve the most challenging questions from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. With an acceptance rate of 1.5%, it is notoriously known as one of the toughest examinations in the world. Aspiring students sign up at coaching academies for two, sometimes four years. Even coaching institutes have selection screening tests to tutor only the best students. With a large population and much talent, it can get extremely competitive.  Ambarish Srivastava is the Dean of Physics and Centre Head at FIITJEE Faridabad, one of the most coveted coaching institutes in India. He’s also an alumnus of the prestigious IIT Delhi.
I was his student once, and am fortunate to be interviewing him today. Let’s ask him what it takes to crack the test, his thoughts on the disturbingly high student suicide rates it is known to cause, and more.

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