Monday, September 24, 2012

Chak De Barfi, To Hell with the Oscars !!!

When Barfi first released, there was a hue and cry everywhere. Thanks to the superb casting and their brilliant performance, Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra received kudos from every quarter – be it the filmmakers, the actors in the industry and even the audience who seemed to have come of age recently.

Then came the big news – Barfi is India’s official entry to the Oscars. Again, there were debates as to if Barfi was the best choice. And then came the bigger revelation – Barfi is influenced. Some pointed out Barfi is copied. Well, the words ‘influenced’ and ‘copied’ have two different meaning which we the public of India don’t know or care to know! Videos were uploaded on the net which showed some sequences that were almost same as that of previous English classics.

Media as always dubbed the movie and had their special analysts ready to explain as to how unfit the movie was for the Oscars and also questioned the jury for the selection. However amidst all these, does it really matter? Does Oscar matter to India? Does it really matter if Barfi gets an Oscars?

Oscar-nothing but an American film award ceremony with one foreign language film award category. And why is there such a hue and cry over this category? Just because it has the tag ‘America’ in it? Or do we feel that it is a ‘certificate’ which means this film is the best?

We should remember that American movie taste buds differ widely with that of the Indian ones. If America is proud of the Oscars, we the Indians should be proud of IIFA or National Awards. There is massive lobbying for the films in Oscars and it is almost impossible for an Indian film to lobby hard for that single pie of the award.

Now, one may argue that Slumdog Millionaire did it. Please remember, that Slumdog Millionaire was a British movie shot in India. Even the actors are of Indian origin. AR Rahman and Resul’s award are heart-warming however. Because, they are our own. Again, I and most of us would agree that AR Rahman had produced better music during the Roza days. However, did the American jury accommodate that? No. Because the jury is more into ‘Ho Ho Ho’ from the Jai Ho. It is in that Ho that they find music. Another classic example is Lagaan. Aamir Khan’s classic acting went for a toss at the awards though back home it received so many awards. Why the failure at Oscars? Well, when Lagaan was made it was an intention to entertain the Indian audience and do the best business. The Indian film going audience love the song and dance features in the movies. The film was more than two and half hours. When the same film got selected and went to the Oscars, the jury wanted the movie cut to accommodate the prescribed duration. With so many song and dance features in the movie, the team might have found it difficult to adhere to the duration constraints. Moreover, the jury was not a fan of these song and dance features. And with so many cuts in the movie, the relevance was lost or the jury failed to notice that. Lagaan failed to clear the last hurdle.

If you put it in a nutshell, it’s not a very good idea to make a film catering to Indian filmy audience and then expect it to win an award at the Oscars. If you want a movie to win an Oscar, you will have to forget the Indian element in it; which I suppose most Indian filmmakers would never do. So why give more attention to the Oscars or at least link Indian films and compare them to American ones. Be proud of IIFA. And I am sure we can even have a ‘Best English Movie’ category amongst the categories present and then make the American and British filmmakers have a run for their money.

Be proud of Indianism. Be proud of movies like Barfi. Chak De!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Do We Really Care?

N.B. – The write-up may seem to be a bit dis-organized. Please bear with it, since I was going through a series of emotions while writing.

Last Sunday I had gone to Nandankanan Zoo. It always feels good to be in the midst of nature(really with animals in the cage???). However, I never thought that I would be in for a surprise and a realisation. I had just made the entry and there was a bear (one species of the bear actually, I don’t remember which) roaming in the limited space that it was offered by the authorities at the zoo. As always there were hordes of people (as you would expect on a Sunday) clicking away photos and making animated gestures; little kids with glittering surprise in their eyes.

And then I spotted the villain of the day. There were two guys, one with the camera in his hand and the other with a stone. Yeah, you read it correct, a stone in his hand. He threw it at the bear. It missed. I was damn angry! I kept quite as I felt that it would do no good to get into an altercation since the stone was already thrown. But, then he picked up another stone and was aiming it when my voice called out – “Kya bhaiya, patthar kynu phenk rahe ho?” [Bro, why are you throwing stones (at the bear)].

But I was late. The stone was out of his hand. It missed the bear again since he was startled with what his ears heard. The other guy with the camera lost his focus and it was win win situation for me (their evil motives just failed).

I patted my back for a short while when the villain’s voice rose – “Aap ko kya taklif ho raha hai?”[So what’s your problem]. He spoke with a Punjabi accent.

I had female friends with me and one of them called out to me, “Chharo na, cholo” [Leave them, let’s go].

The guy then called out – “Kya bhai, koi jaani dushmani nikal rahe ho kya?” [Are you trying to take revenge for any past enmity].

I reiterated saying, “Aap patthar knyu phenk rahe ho, aisa nahi karna chahiye”. [Why are throwing stones, you shouldn’t do it]

He replied back, “Aap malik ho k

ya yahan ka, jo itna bol rahe ho?” [Are you the owner of the zoo; that you are speaking so much.

By this time all the visitors (to the zoo) was looking at the two warring individuals. None of them spoke. They were more interested in the conversation and though each of them knew that I was protesting against something unfair, no body took my side. Sorry, I am not asking for them to take my side, but to make that stupid guy understand that he was at fault. Do we really care? Or are we a race afraid to protest against some wrong-doing? Or are we a race slow to react to situations?

I didn’t know what to say, I just told them – “Yahan pe ruko, main malik ko bula deta hoon, phir phenkna unke samne patthar”.[Wait here, I am calling the ‘owner’, you can then throw any number of stones]

I looked back at my friends. They seemed worried. Their faces were already pale after witnessing what just happened! I signalled them to come away.

Five minutes after that incident, I came face to face with them again and one of the guys warned me, “Chalo, baad mein tumko dekhta hoon.” [I will see you later]

Beleive me, the whole three hours or so that I was there, I was worried. About myself, about the safety of the three friends. I would not have been afraid if I would have the support of the people who witnessed the whole incident. But, my mind, my heart knew that even if they did something to me (I was pretty sure that they would not be able to do anything, since during my secondary schooling I had heard of a saying – “Empty vessels sound much”), there would not be anyone to stand by me and fight back.

And behind not coming forward to help me, there’s a stronger reason perhaps like – “We don’t know him, so why the hell get involved in all these”!

Rabindranath Tagore very aptly wrote in ‘Post Master’ – “Who belongs to whom in this world... No one belongs to anyone”.

Such is state of the citizens of India. We don’t care if it does not concern us...

Disclaimer : The incident narrated above is true. However, the write-up does not intend to malign any race.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Infosys Mysore Training Experience In A Nutshell

The four days of induction was pretty boring with sleepy eyes all around. Though the HR anchors tried their very best to keep us attentive, some of us managed to get past the firewall for a quick nap. Then started the Generics. C, Java, RDBMS kept us busy for more than a month.
With tests every week, life was both fun and of tension. Imagine a situation where you have clicked on the submit button for evaluation and Dev Square takes its own sweet time to calculate and show your score as either 64% (1 less than passing marks) or 75% . Those were really tense moments and Infosys training is more or less associated with the name Dev Square. Even for hands on exams, Dev Square crawled to find logical errors. May be there was a single error in your code and Dev Square proudly showed 56 errors; that almost took out your soul from you. But also my happiness knew no bounds when Dev Square failed to point a single mistake, which meant I scored full marks. I gave a sly smile and told Dev Square – “better luck next time” and then with a sense of relief left the exam hall.
I was put into Intermediate because I had 2 marks less than 75% in the first module (75% in each module is required for getting into Fast Track). No, I was not sad! When you come to such an wonderful campus you don’t desire to leave it so early. I was more than happy to be in Intermediate. Intermediate was more of fun and classes got over earlier. Teachers were less strict and unless you have any re-tests Intermediate is a time where you can have all the fun in the campus.
I was assigned to Dot Net stream. Schedules were same, however, life was difficult. There were loads of assignments, without which it would be impossible to score in hands on. But now Dev Square was missing. For hands on exam, we had manual evaluation where the faculty used to test your code and adherence to QP. I clearly remember that in C# hands on though I had my program running fine and giving the perfect output, half of the total marks was deducted. Reason – I deviated from the QP! Perception (or MCQ) was pretty easy if you had studied the slides properly. Unlike the generics where some good concept was required to answer the questions, in stream the questions were pretty straight forward.
Those six months were undoubtedly the best part of my life. Mysore DC will always remain in my heart, not as the place where I started my professional life but as a place which stood up and showed the world what dedication, hard work and perseverance can do!

Also read the following blogs on Infosys Mysore Training

Infosys Mysore Training Experience – Day Zero

10 Things To Do At Infosys Mysore

Infosys Mysore Food - Part 1

Infosys Mysore Food - Part 2

Infosys Mysore Training Experience – Day Zero

Disclaimer : The views expressed in this article are solely that of mine. Infosys or its subsidiaries are in no way a part of the views expressed here.

Can I ever forget the day? 18th December, 2011.

With two huge bags, one held in hand and another on my shoulders...reached the gates just before nine in the morning. There were not many trainees, so didn’t face any inconvenience and stepped into the campus. Yes, the place that is known as a five-star jail. My eyes glittered as it saw the campus.
After bag checks and joining formalities, we were taken to our respective rooms. Block 84, Room – 004 (do let me know if you have checked in this very room) .In spite of repeated attempts, the door wouldn’t unlock. The security saw and approached me. He made me realize that I was trying to unlock the wrong room.

In the ecstasy of the moment, I used my key to unlock the door of Room – 014. I was a bit embarrassed. He smiled, as if it was normal! The next half an hour was spent in discovering the room. Neat and clean room, neatly arranged bed, air conditioners; wait wait wait, I can’t describe it. Just one word – fabulous!!!

The rest of the day was spent in discovering the campus. I had only one expression on that day – wow! I got confused with the roads leading to and from my block. And this confusion continued for a week...

I retired to bed early since the next morning would be my first official day at Infosys.

Do not forget to read the following blogs on Infosys Mysore Training

10 Things To Do At Infosys Mysore

Infosys Mysore Training Experience In A Nutshell

Infosys, Mysore - Food (Part 1)

Infosys, Mysore - Food (Part 2)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

10 Things To Do At Infosys Mysore

Your best days as an employee of Infosys would be spent at Infosys, Mysore. As a trainee there, you get opportunities to let your hair down and have fun besides the rigor of the training that promises to keep you busy most of the time. Here I have listed 10 things that you should not miss while being at Infosys Mysore.
1. Multiplex
Being here in Mysore for training, one thing that should top your agenda is movies on weekends. Normally there are 2 movies that get screened ever weekend with three screenings per day; and at times the queues are really long. The ambiance is awesome and with the sound and picture quality that can compete with the best in India, missing out on weekend movies is rather a sin! I had to stand for about 2 hours in the sun to get a pass for Don-2. Did I scare you? Standing in the queue for long hours with friends and with the security keeping an eye on whether you are in the queue, the day really gets fulfilling. So on any weekend (in case you do not have an exam on Monday and wish to study for it) get up late and make sure to be at the Multiplex with your friends!
2. Domino's
Biting on the pizza while having a great chat and leg-pulling session with friends is something that no one would ever miss out on! Watch cricket with friends over pizzas ordered over.
3. Multiplex Food Court
So you want to be amidst all the hustle and bustle of the campus. Head towards the Multiplex Food Zone or MFC. With employees and trainees around, it seems like any other college canteen at its best. Oops, sorry! Infosys food courts are way better than college canteens, but here I was comparing the ambience. Any time of the day, in particular after six in the evening, the place starts to weave its magic around you…
4. Late Night Gossips Outside Hostel Buildings
Well, this is something that anyways you would not miss out on, even if I asked you to. Late night gossips with friends in the smoking zones of the hostels or outside the hostel buildings with a cool breeze around imagine the wonderfulness of the night. It’s another way to have a gala time when your clothes are busy getting washed and dried in the laundry.
5. Birthday Celebrations
Now for this you need to be a bit lucky. A birthday party in food courts (particularly Oasis) at twelve in the night is another experience you should not miss out on. Be there with cake and candles and have your camera ready to capture moments of the night.
6. Cycling
With more than 5000 cycles in the campus parked in every nook and corner, getting cycles for a quick ride during the class hours might prove to be a challenge. However, as the day comes to a close getting hold of one becomes easier. So with friends in tow, ride the cycles and have a tour of the whole campus. Experience the beauty of the campus and fall in love with it.
7. Bowling

Bowling at the ECC with friends or even alone is fun. Don’t miss out on it…

8. Your Room
When you are in training, getting a few hours of sleep at night and then running for class when you get up next day becomes the order of the day. With the 5-star facilities provided in the room, I would suggest to give some time to your own self and spend some time with your room and the facilities that come bundled with it.
9. Eat Your Heart Out
With so many food courts and numerous offerings to choose from, ‘eating to live’ and ‘eating to enjoy’ should be clubbed during your stay in the campus. Remember, wherever you get posted post training (except Mysore DC), food won’t be anywhere near to it. So eat your heart out!
10. Fountain Near GEC – 2

Don’t forget to experience the awesomeness of the musical fountain on weekends in the evening between six and eight. I am sure you will love it… Do share your experience with me on this post. Enjoy Infosys, Mysore!

Do not miss out on the other blogs of Infosys Mysore Training

Infosys Mysore Training Experience – Day Zero

Infosys Mysore Training Experience In A Nutshell

Infosys, Mysore - Food (Part 1)

Infosys, Mysore - Food (Part 2)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Friend Named Rohit Mishra...

“I never liked Shah Rukh Khan until I saw the movie Mohabbatein”.

The year 2007. I entered college, placed my baggage, read the book ‘Five Point Someone’. With room-mates Tanmoy and Abhisek Kumar Nirala (Nirala, more preferably), our combination was pretty out of the place. While the two felt it was comfortable to communicate in Hindi, I could not speak the language but very well understood it. Anyways, this article is not about Tanmoy or Nirala (I will write about them later).

This article is dedicated to a guy from Motihari in Bihar. Rohit Kumar Mishra. Ask anybody in college (specially our immediate seniors and juniors) and they will tell you about Baba. That is how his friends called him. But I never called him Baba, because I never understood what qualified him for the name. Yea, I did ask our friends the reason but I was never satisfied with the reason. Our friendship dates back to the very first days of college and we struck an immediate chord. He called me Dada (yes, that’s how Bengalis are called everywhere).

He had a Sony Ericsson mobile with songs from the nineties. There were about half a dozen songs in there that became my favourites. In the first year, we had the English Communication class. He knew little of English in the beginning and he was asked to speak on any topic by our English teacher, Leena Ma’am. He stood up, went forward and proclaimed to the class of forty-five students, “My best friend is Dada”. I was taken aback, pleasantly. What followed was a roar of laughter and a warning from the teacher to refrain from using the word ‘Dada’ and use ‘Samrat’ instead.

He is a man of truth and highly daring. I can bet that nobody (who know him) can deny this. At least this is what I liked most about the guy. Later in the first year, something happened! We used to pull his legs with the name of this girl and then one day he revealed that he was in love with her. I am not going to take her name here. I don’t know if he ever made his feelings known to her or not; later he confided in me and said, “Main use kabhi pyaar nahi kiya, tu log mujhe karwa diya” [I never loved her but you guys instilled it in me]. :) :) :) Well, that’s how things happen in college!

He used to frequently stand up against the bad food that was provided in the Hostel. He was the most daring of the lot and for his bravery he was awarded – he was expelled from the hostel. That’s how the management at DRIEMS is!!! Autocratic! However, he always maintained that Hostel was the best place for him (with the comfort that it offered) and he made it back to the hostel (as my room-mate). He ran from pillar to post and the victory was his. His never-say-die attitude is something that gave him the victory.

Even Leena Ma’am once said, “Rohit, I know you can’t speak the language fairly but you are the only boy that gives his 100% when asked to speak”. Yes, I can guarantee he is now well-versed in the language. Bhojpuri babu, that’s how I would prefer to call him (though I never called him by that name); for he was proud of the Bhojpuri language and culture! Every step of his life from the way he talks to the way he dances show him as our very own Bhojpuri Superstar.

I should be doing a grave injustice to this post if I forget to mention the special relationship that he forged with my room-mate Nirala whom he used to call ‘sharu-bhai’. The reason being Nirala was in love with a girl and both their ‘princesses-in-dream’ were more or less sisters. That is the logic both had to offer. :) :) :) Rohit used to constantly tease Nirala and Nirala used to hit him with whatever he used to get in front of his hands. And Rohit used to shout and ask for forgiveness only to repeat the same thing the very next day. What would I do then? I would laugh rolling on the floor, ROFL! Even the other roomies Dibyendu and Prakash (he was our extended room-mate) would laugh and laugh until Nirala would stop hitting the poor fellow. :) :) :)

How can I ever forget the University strike experience? We had all gathered to postpone the semester exams and then thanks to the ruckus created by some students, the police chased us with batons in their hands. Dibyendu successfully got through to a shop that was pulling down the shutters fearing trouble. Nirala, opened his chappal from his feet, took them in his hands and ran for his life. He was nowhere to be seen in seconds. And then there was poor Rohit. He tried to run hard but could not! I caught his hand and pulled him, shouting “Abe, jaldi chal, bhaag bhaag” [Run, faster].

During semester exams it seemed that Rohit loved books and studies and they seemed to be an inseparable part of his life. And whenever the semester got postponed (which is more of a norm if you are studying at BPUT), he used to pack his books, open his laptop and we would all have a screening of the movie ‘Mohabbatein’ together. This was more of a trademark for this guy. It was after watching this movie that he became a huge fan of SRK. The only guy who had the complete collection of Ramayana and Mahabharata (downloaded from YouTube). That is how he is!

He is one guy who discovered the word ‘coalfield’, the meaning of which if you know is good, else let’s forget it !!!

Memories are forever, putting them in words is as difficult as holding to water in your fist…

Sunday, August 19, 2012

'Don Bosco'

I had already got the call to attend the interview but I was in the washroom giving final touches to myself. I was the only one left! The man in charge of sending us in one by one for the interview called 'Samrat Roy Chowdhuri'.

I got up and proceeded. In the mid-way I was confronted with a well-dressed man. He was in his early sixties, smart and confident. I knew at that very moment that it was the HR and he was going to interview me.

"Are you Samrat Chowdhuri from Don Bosco Bandel?", he asked me.

"Yes", I replied.

"Please come in", he said and guided me to the room where I was to be interviewed.

I went in and took my chair after his permission.

He started, "So you are from Don Bosco?".

I could see the gleam in his eyes and understood that he was happy to interview some one from Don Bosco.

"I have seen many Don Bosco students and you know what, they have scaled heights in life", he continued.

These very words increased my confidence. I was now sure that the job was mine and nobody could snatch it away from me.

The interview continued. It was a pretty informal one and he even asked me about my Principal and Vice-Principal at school.

Cut back to school when I used to stand in the Assembly and Father would tell us, "The name Don Bosco matters a lot. Whenever you say that you are from Don Bosco, the whole perspective changes". Most of us then had laughed his words off!

But on that very day, after my name was announced with the ones that got selected, these very words rang in my ears and it sent a shiver down my spine (it did the same now as I am writing).

Just wanted to share this experience with you all, especially with my Fathers, teachers, friends back at Don Bosco and other Bosconians. Cheers to DON BOSCO !!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Infosys, Mysore - Food (Part 2)

…Continued from Part 1

Amoeba – Situated near Block 84 and Block 90, Amoeba is the food court thronged by the male trainees mostly. It is in the midst of Boys’ Hostels and a popular food court. It’s more crowded during breakfast and dinner time, and you might not get anything if you hope to be there for dinner after 8:45 PM. The food court is mainly managed by Dilli Darbar and other kiosks include Juice Junction, Dosa Delight, MDP, American Sweet Corn (mini-kiosk). I never had a big inclination for this food court except the Chicken dry and Chicken Kebab whichare really good. The idli and aloo paratha during breakfast are good too.

Maitri – This food court is in between the girls hostels and it is one food court where you get to see long queues at 7:30 PM itself (the official time for start of dinner). I loved the chicken hyderabadi and chicken fry that was served. Also included is a Juice Junction, Aroma Bakery and a soda-lime kiosk. The soda-lime is simply superb. Try out!
There’s a Tandoori Nights held every Friday. To enjoy the Tandoori Night delights you need to be pretty early in order to avoid the queue which at times is really annoying. Priced within 80 bucks, the tandooris are a delight. Also available are the Paneer Tikkas which are mouth-watering. So if you are a vegetarian and want a change for your taste buds be there!

  Vista – This food court is where all your pizzas get delivered from. Most of the time it remains empty and you can always go there to enjoy a pizza with your friends!

Magna – The most crowded food court when it comes to lunch on any working day. Situated in B2 of GEC-2 it is served by two vendors – Pathankot and Madhuram. Pathankot is relatively North Indian and Madhuram specializes in South Indian servings. I personally enjoyed the breakfast that Madhuram offered and Pathankot servings never delighted me. However, you might try out the Chicken Biryani there, it’s good (but no where near to Oasis or Arena). There’s Aroma Bakery, MDP, Dosa Delight, Juice Junction, Dilli Darbar. Dilli Darbar is a small kiosk, however it attracts large number of trainees and it is very famous to those hailing from North India, particularly Chandigarh, Haryana and Delhi. The queue at most kiosks are long and frustrating at most times.

ILI Food Zone – Situated behind the Infosys Leadership Institute (ILI) this is one food court where you get Pav Bhaji, it’s quite a craze and if you really want to have one, be there by five in the evening. I also liked the Idli and Upma that it offered during breakfast. Not a fan of this food court, otherwise!

Arena – Another food court that gets crowded during lunch time! Whenever I hear the name of Arena, only one thing comes to my mind, the Chicken Biryani(it's a two-floor food court and you will find chicken biryani being served on the first floor). It is the best in the campus, so you should never miss out on the biriyani served here! I once had a Thali here, but didn’t like it. It also offers north indian and south indian meals. Juice Junction is a good kiosk and you get to buy fruits from here.

Floatel (Floating Restaurant) – Situated behind the Information Centre, this is the one and only place where you get lunch and dinner Buffet at the price of 210 bucks. If you want to treat your friends you can consider this place; however always know the menu for the day before you book. Again, you need to book only when you have more than ten accompanying you, else just inform them! Both veg and non-veg items are available here, however I never liked the veg here. The chicken and mutton preparations are good, however the fish items are awful and I would never suggest you to go there and waste your money and energy for the same! Sweet items are great. Let me warn you, don’t expect heavenly food there, you will be disappointed. Not much to tingle your taste buds, but a good place to have fun and food once in a while!

That’s all from my food experience at Mysore! Do reply and let me know if you liked my write-up and tips. Do share your experience on the food there at the heavenly campus of Infy Mysore.
Happy gorging !

Also read the following blogs on Infosys Mysore Training

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Infosys, Mysore - Food (Part 1)

The most beautiful campus among all at Infosys has 9 food courts and tell you what; you will get the best of everything that you can possibly think of at any company canteen. So let’s take a brief look at each of these Food Courts and let me tell you about what you should not miss at the heavenly campus of Infosys, Mysore. Let me take you from Gate 2 (the entrance).

Fiesta – The two-floor Food Court is a favourite hang out zone for both the trainees and employees. The ground floor mainly deals with South Indian and North Indian meals. I was no fan of the servings. But if you are veg, you might try out the meals. Some of my friends liked it. It has a juice junction and it is the only place in the campus where you get sugar cane juice. Try out and I am sure you will love it. I was more impressed with the first floor servings that had kiosks that include Dominos, Polar Bear, Khasta Khanna, and Idlys. Dominos Pizza is a rage for whoever goes there and don’t forget to tell them that you want your order from Infosys Menu. Khasta Khanna, one of my favourite, provides good Chinese combos which include Chowmien, Chilly Chicken, Chicken Manchurian, Fried Rice, among many others. Polar Bear is more of an ice cream parlour and you should never miss the ‘Death By Chocolate’ ice-cream. It’s the best in the campus and costs less than 140 bucks. Idlys are more about idlis, vadas, sambar, dosas; priced low and tastes good.

Multiplex Food Zone (also known as MFC) – This food court is operational 24X7 to cater to the hunger of employees working late night and also to trainees who prefer studying late at night fearing failure in tests. Dilli Darbar is one vendor that is quite famous and the food is good too. Long queues after movies on Saturday and Sunday night shows are normal. In the evenings, try out Panipuris, Samosa Chats and Dahi Bhallas here. They are good. This is another favourite hang out zones for the folks and you will always find it filled with guys chit-chatting away. Baskin and Robbins is an ice cream kiosk which one should never miss out on. Having ice creams with friends and chatting away, sure you don’t want to miss it. You can also have cakes and samosas from Aroma bakery. If it’s your friend’s birthday and you want to have a cake cutting ceremony, don’t forget to order for a cake here. The other kiosks include Dosa Delight, Juice Junction. You will also find an American Sweet Corn mini-kiosk here.

Oasis (near block 79) – Situated in the midst of Boys’ and Girls’ hostels, this ranks No.1 in my list. The simple reason is it’s more of a Bengali food court. So if you are a Bengali, missing Kolkata or home-made foods, make it your den. For others, it is one place where you get practically everything. It’s a one stop place for all your stomach-needs. It is a two floor Food Court and in the ground floor you can have meals, veg, non-veg combos (both North Indian and South Indian). Don’t miss the Chicken Biriyani here! Other kiosks include CafĂ© Coffee Day, Aroma Bakery. There used to be a sugar cane juice centre here but it’s no more functional now. There’s a Convenio Store also where you get everything (food) from breads to biscuits, Cadburys to ice creams. So, if you have a girl friend, beware (joking)!!! Moving on to the first floor; there’s a kiosk that provide only combos and it gets crowded after 8:30 in the evening. It attracts large crowd because the food is not spicy. There’s a Juice Junction where you can have fruit salads, sandwiches, juices, milkshakes with ice-creams. There’s Fusion Bistro that you will admire if you are a fan of Chinese Food. Try out the Chicken 65 here, at times the preparation is just awesome. This is the perfect place where you can celebrate your friends’ birthdays at the dead of night!!! Channa Bhatura is available on both the floors. That’s all for now. Join me in the second part for more on food at the Mysore campus.

Also read the following blogs on Infosys Mysore Training

Infosys Mysore Training Experience – Day Zero

10 Things To Do At Infosys Mysore

Infosys Mysore Training Experience In A Nutshell

Infosys Mysore Food - Part 1