Monday, June 30, 2014

The Bong Connection- My Beautiful Food....

Is it that coarse?
A gruff peripheral...with a mushy intestine?
Dude...
Like a squishy guitar note?"

"The redolence that articulates...
The sapidity that insinuates...
The wallop with a fling...
That the treasured squint and the grin!

And then the spark of artistry sets in...
With the 'canvas' wide open...
Time to unleash the resourceful 'ingenuity'....
And create an impression to insist.

"Pick up the fresh chunk"- As she says...
Bargain as much as you wish...
The otherwise-condemned stinkers that rule...
Could 'contrive' a rubric grub!

"Ogo shuncho! Padma-r hilsa enechi..."- He declares...
And unlocks the euphoria,
A grand Sunday lunch is in store...
The 'weapons' are ready...ready to score.

The Bong connection as they say...
The culminating zesty blows to deal...
The 'bait' would suit and the sparkling 'flute'...
Time to add the luscious glow.

With the cloak of turmeric...
And the 'impulsive' chill's to spawn....
The blend of mustard to stitch a doggerel...
And the "maternal touch" to 'bridge the flow'.

It's an ineffable 'novel' as they say....
With strings of harmony dipped in every bite...
The flocculent 'vibes' that allure,
Ladies and gentlemen...it's a photogenic reprise.

The cue is picked and the 'cohort' identified...
The snow-white plateau of rice-envelope in sight...
The touch of 'gondhoraj' as a 'uplifting crest'...
The guilt-free delight on offer, it's an ornate 'fest'.

It's a wicked blow for sure...
The pragmatic attempt and divine in it's *glow*,
It coats on the taste buds and melts in the flow...
Hilsa's 'elite', Hilsa's adored, Hilsa's the 'cure'.

Served hot with tenderness in store...
'Mustard hilsa's gratifying to the core...
The melamine's partnership to yield smiles...
"Joy Bangali" - Resounds through the 'miles'!


* This lyrical post has been  written as a part of the "My Beautiful Food" contest brought to you by Borosil in association with Indiblogger.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Swissotel Date ~ The Durbari Quest...

"THE wavering squint....
The dawdling cinch....
The bewildering perception...
The mesmeric miscellany!

The spirit of wondrous joy...
The alchemy of zest...
The unblemished elucidation...
The vibe of alluring propensity.

When 'craving' takes control...
The quiddity of inner-emptiness surfaces...
The 'grains of gratification' enthralls...
And the cutlery makes it's sweetest rhyme.

The wallop-hunt sustains...
Endearing the troupe of bumblebees...
The logical 'influx' follows...
Gorging along through the high's & the lows." - The Foodie Confession.

"Aye! How many times have you been to the Swissotel of late?"- My 'meddlesome' neighbor poked. It was a Monday morning my friend and I was already late for the client meeting. She has this uncanny knack of darting in those queries at precisely the wrong time.
"How did you know?" - My obvious question followed, extremely preoccupied to say the least.

"Obviously your tweets and foursquare check-ins, I have been keenly following the Kolkata Food Bloggers ' Facebook page of late. I do get to see all the recent updates; but you didn't answer my question" - She had that trenchant look on her face. Her question, by the way, was pretty derisive. And believe me, she is not the first person...of late, I have been facing a number of such inquiries over the different social networking platforms, the subject being pretty much the same- My connection with food.

"I have been there thrice, and yes I was there yesterday as well" - I calmly replied. I could sense the rising Mercury, this neighbor of mine is a big time foodie and an annotator at the same time. I could actually visualize myself being bombarded with an array of interrogatory remarks, but then it was good in one way- I had an opportunity to share the "first draft" of my envisaged review with someone who's equally passion about food. The very obvious question followed.

"So was it a casual meet or a part of the review program-me?"- She asked, as I patiently waited for the client call. The weather forecast wasn't promising enough and with the arrival of the first few 'droplets', the meeting was cancelled. I had almost an entire hour to chat with my 'hedonist' neighbor; not that I complained.

"Both, food reviews are always fun...especially when it's at the Swissotel, we get a chance to re-unite, discuss and of course gorge without 'contingency'. This time it was bigger and better; with the re-launch of the Sunday Brunch at the Durbari it was a perfect mode of gratification for the food-apostles" - I was pretty much relaxed by then, the prospect of a 'washed out' client meeting had rejuvenated by 'drenched' soul. And once I'm in the flow, it's difficult to get a stranglehold for sure. She was slowly driving me to the edge.

"Oh well. The hangover seems to be pretty pronounced, tell me more. Did you enjoy the overall decor and the hospitality to start off with?" - I knew this was coming. She has almost set up a virtual cafeteria in her own backyard, she is super-sensitive in this respect. I remember one of her key statements- "If I get a negative vibe out of the color scheme or the decor, I won't ever dine in there". True that.

"Rach! Come on, this is perhaps one of my best experiences in terms of dining in the perfect 'atmosphere', the well-lit up private space with the soothing background score in perfect sync with the ambiance did wonders to the foodie-psyche. And you are right, the overall 'setting' does matter in setting up a tone for the perfect dining experience. The hospitality, like always has been grand, they treat all of their guests with utmost care". - Ah, you got me fellas, I was deep into the flow. I do analyse the surroundings pretty well before I decide to settle in. Durbari has been a revelation in that respect. I could sense the vibe right from the point of entry, and I bet that the fellow bloggers Kamalika, Amrita, Anwesha, Sayantani, Pritha and Archita would definitely concur.

"Ok! Relax, before you start making my stories, let me ask you very specific questions and please make sure that the responses are to-the-point"- LOL. She had realized her mistake of getting into the 'loop', it's a luscious loop of death, once you step into it, there's absolutely no dodging.

"Haha, I don't believe in a conditional approach, but of course, when it comes to food I do prefer the mode of precision. I'll try my best"- I assured, I couldn't believe that I was actually being interviewed. I was amused seeing the interest level of the interrogator.

"Name the one dish that stole the show, and one feature of the dish that grabbed your attention" - The rapid-fire round began...

The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The Gondhoraj Mahi Tikka....
The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- Gondhoraj Mahi Tikka....
"The Gondhoraj Mahi Tikka for sure, I simply loved the way the broiled Bhetki melted in my mouth, the spirit of 'gondhoraj lebu' added a different angle to the flavor altogether. For that matter of fact the 'colour that was brought to table' was simply charming; I always that this thing for a tinge of green. The Dahi Kebabs served alongside was equally deli-sh."- I tried to be precise, but then, I was lying....being 'to the point' with 'food-talk' is simply not my type. The interviewer didn't interrupt though.

The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The Luscious Dahi Kebabs
The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The Luscious Dahi Kebabs
"Alright, I can visualize already, sounds like eye-gasmic. But tell me something- did you taste something exceptional? I mean something new, something for the very first time?" - Hell yeah, she was speaking like a true aficionado, the radiance in her eyes did compliment her glowing refinement. The nerd was suddenly making sense.

"Boy oh Boy! I can't believe you actually asked that. Yeaas! An early declaration of the man-of-the-match follows- Put your hands together for the 'ingenious' chef who conceptualized the Naazaa, the delightful blend of a naan and a pizza presented to us with a savory coating of butter chicken and molten cheese; dude, you deserve a standing applause. We talk a lot about thin crust pizzas in recent times, I bet this cuisine, with it's embedded diversity might just transmit shock-waves to the Dominos or the Pizza Hut lovers. Loved the cheesy dips that were served to us along-side the starters; all of them paired pretty well with the food" - I squelched. To hell with precision my friend, the level of satisfaction attached to a whole-hear-ted vivid gourmet analysis is simply unmatched. And that was what I was precisely doing, venting out my thoughts and 'interpretations'. Promising eh?

The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The innovative Naazaa..
The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The innovative Naazaa..
"Mindblowing. Awesome. And that's it? Anything else for the starters?" - I could sense restlessness in her voice. She was on a virtual tour already, and I wasn't even half-way through.

"Slow down buddy. I haven't mentioned anything about the Murgh Balai Kebabs yet. The obvious question would be why such a twist in the name, and answer is simple...it's wishful thinking, Malai kebab is pretty 'mainstream'. The inclusion of pomegranate along with onions and cheese in the stuffing, did add appeal to the taste buds; however the Naazaa had already set it's tone by then. I liked the texture of this dish, rough on the surface and creamy inside...that's a man-like trait nevertheless. Tee hee" - The food-mood was pretty much set and we were supposed to do a SWOT analysis in office in the afternoon. Damn it ...!

The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The Murgh Balai Kebabs...
"I have to rush, now I need a rapid fire round myself...shoot fast" - I broke her trance with a shimmy, she was lost in her world of comestible assets...I do remember that she had mentioned in a community round-table that she wanted to preserve all of those peculiar cuisines in her own 'museum'. I won't be surprised if she had already started 'romanticizing' with food once again.

"Ok. Relax. I'm going to head over to the 'main course' of discussion now. Quickly name them and specify your 'pick of the day' as well." - She quickly recovered herself, one thing is for sure.... she won't miss out on even a single bit of detail.

"Before I re-start, let me tell you, the Durbari food is an absolute all-rounder both in taste and in restoring the 'health-quotient' with the moderate application of spices, it's imperative that you consume the right kind of food on a Sunday afternoon because sets the intonation for the up-coming busy week. I'm glad that Swissotel doesn't compromise in this aspect" -  I paused for a while, trying to gauge the impact of my words, I failed and I resumed - "So, coming back to the itineraries of the Durbari main course menu, it kick-started with the tomato and gosht shorba (soup) followed by the veggie delights Zafrani Paneer Tikka (yummy), Dalcha Kebab (kinda average) and the non-veggie counterparts Sarso Mahi Tikka (piquant) & the Achari Murgh Tikka (middling). It goes without saying that the scrumptious starters had already driven us to the 'threshold of consumption levels', yet we tried our best to make most of the opportunity that comes once in a while...especially with such a delightful spread on offer. My all time favorite (Ever) Green peas pulao followed and it paired perfectly with the Dal Durbari, a signature Durbari offering. The rich buffet offerings consisting of Aloo Dhaniawala, Palak Paneer, Diwani Handi, Ajwaini Fish Curry, Methi Murg added to the zest factor, with a special mention to the Kumbh do pyaza for it's 'hadke' nudge. It's been a very pleasing experience to say the least"- I almost dictated in exultation. The 'stage' was all mine.

The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The Zafrani Paneer Tikka...
The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The Murgh Achari Kebabs..
The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- Of course, 'fit for a king'
The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The savory ride that is...
"Oh! Fatafati."- The touch of ecstasy in her reverberating voice as she interrupted my flow.

"Wait ya! Let me complete. You'd always need a pinch hitter who could end the match on a high and here you go- the extremely fluffy & delicious Swiss Cheese Naan was tailor-made to script a happy ending to what has been a royal treat of sorts. The KFB team literally went Gaga under the impact of this penultimate blow, not to forget that the desserts counter was still left un-attended" - Did I sound a touch dramatic? It's been a regal affair for sure.

"Oh yes. I was about to come to that. I believe that the dessert counter is quite like a flag-bearer and since the last impression is something that holds good, it's almost obligatory that the spread matches up to the their own standards. What's your take on this?" - That again, made sense. I'd actually check out the dessert counter even before I had started off with the meal. Take that.

The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- And food is pretty photogenic.
"I'm pretty much on the same page; and I'm impressed with the fact that they didn't overdo it. It's almost like a sensible approach when you see that there's a balance in terms of the variety offered and the quality that's being served at the same time. It did need an illustrious dessert-dollop and full marks for adding the touch of sensibility to it. The inclusion of fresh seasonal fruits is a master-plan and of course the rich assortment of mini cakes, tiramisu's, kiwi-topped pastries did draw our attention. The old-good rabri was yet again the stand out performer in the lot. *Tummy khush to hum bhi khush*" - I quickly summed it up as the deliverable reminder flashed on my mobile-phone. It was a precautionary 'wake up' call for sure.

The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The traditional dahi vada..
"I have to rush now, but then thanks for this Q&A session...I have already decided on a new format for the review posts on my blog"- I smirked. The downpour had almost stopped by then.

"Hello!! Baaki sab to theek hai...what about the price aspect? Seems like spending half of my salary out there" - For the first time in the entire series of conversation, she sounded agnostic. But the query was quite a relevant one, considering my illustrious delineation.

"Hehe. No worries, it's a mere INR 1000 plus taxes per head. Buh Bye :D"- And I rushed out. I wish I could have waited to see her expression at that point of time. Never-mind, that's parked for some other day for sure ;) 

The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The dessert counter....
The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The Kiwi-topped cakes....
The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- Diversity in the servings...
The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The good-old  Mihidana.
The Swissotel Date: Relaunch of the Durbari Sunday Brunch- The traditional Kalo-Jaam

- Mandatory Rating time:
Venue:  Durbari, Swissotel Kolkata
Location: City Center New Town, Action Area 2D | Plot No. 11/5, Rajarhat, Kolkata 700157, India
Genre: Mixed bag, serves North IndianKashmiriRajasthaniBiryaniBengaliHyderabadi
Specialty offer: The all new Sunday brunch with customized dynamic menu every Sunday.
Restaurant timings: Durbari is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 1900 hrs to 2300 hrs, the lunch hours commence from 12:30 hrs on the weekends. Mondays are closed.
Type: Non-Vegetarian
Food quality: Excellent- 9/10 , Variety- 8/10, Presentation- 8/10
Foodie Picks: 1. Gondhoraj Mahi Tikka, 2. Naazaa 3. Swiss Cheese Naan.
Desserts: The traditional rabri.
Price range: Very affordable. Costs INR 1000/- plus taxes per head.
Service and hospitality: Excellent 8.5/10
Ambiance: Fantastic...very well decorated and all the counters are extremely well lit up - 9/10
Analysis: With the significant "all-round performance", I would assert that it is highly recommended for all the food-lovers across the country, I'm coming back soon enough for sure.

* Thanks to Swissotel Kolkata for inviting the gang of food bloggers yet again, the review, however, is an unbiased one.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Getting back to the good-old 'Haiku' ways: The Prompt 'Idyllic'....

"Winds blow apart
Ignite the splinter of reverie
Idyllic fate ....

* This haiku has been written as a response to Haiku Shuukan where the prompt was ‘idyllic'. The image used is self-shot.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Preview of the Mango Haat- That's Mango-gasm for you!

"I looked beyond the horizon...
And I climbed up the 'setting rays'...
I followed the paling glint....
And rolled back languidly, but in phase.

I walked up along the courtyard,
And I waded through the obdurate aisle...
I invaded through the wardens,
And explored the relics of the glorious past.

I stood there and wondered...
I shambled and I stumbled...
But the incense stemmed and retreaded....
And it led me to the den of imperial beauty.

There...there...there they huddled,
The grandiose,
And the prodigal manifestation.
The plate of proliferating servings...."

"Where am I?" - I was certainly lost, sinking deep into the rich history of Bengal..the history that is certainly not restricted to pages of the dreaded textbooks but has found it's true manifestation through the luscious gems that it has left behind. And there you go, a fascinating 'look-back' into an era that not only depicted 'prominence' but gifted us some of the best breed of mangoes and it's associated cuisines? - I would take that any day. Mr Pradip Chopra, President of Murshidabad Heritage Development Society (MHDS) and Chairman iLead, through his comprehensive presentation on the "Mangoes of Murshidabad", ensured that the connoisseurs had a first hand feeler of 'royal taste' in true sense of the term. History has always been a fascinating subject, but then the interest level increases manifold when you can draw a synergy between the present and the past- the past that revealed itself on the giant screen and the present, in form of some delightful mango-cuisines, that were 'presented' with 'utmost care'. 

Yes, food, as an entity and a deep research of it's related history does form an alluring combination; and of course, there has to be a conscious attempt to preserve the essence of antiquity...to conserve and to perpetuate. And I guess, I'm not overstating when I say that ITC Hotels (ITC Sonar) deserves a huge round of applause for being the true patrons of taste; their collaboration with the Murshidabad Heritage Development Society and iLead did revive those golden days. I'm totally in sync with Atul Bhalla, General Manager, ITC Sonar who asserts–“In keep with ITC Hotels philosophy of being “rooted to the soil”, we celebrate the unique diversity of flavors through which Murshidabad mangoes delight connoisseurs of the fruit. This is in keeping with our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Luxury.” Being a part of the e-Governance line of business, I could relate to that.

Honestly speaking, you might come across people who love to eat, but then how many of them actually know the 'story that has gone into the dish'? As a part of the core Bengali community, the love for mangoes is almost like a default and now when you get to know, touch and taste those rarest of breeds like the Kohitoor, Ranipasand, Saranga, Bimli, Kalapahar, Ananas, Bira, Molamjam, you know that you are certainly on the right platform. I certainly overheard a co-blogger uttering the term "Mango-gasm" at the mere sighter of the legendary "Kachhe Aam ki Kheer" and the palatable "Kachhe Aam ki Launji"; I would have loved to see her expression when the 'Mango-blended-sushi" was served....a hint of innovation, "mutation" rather.

Oh! Did I mention that given an opportunity, I might just marry a 'Sheherwali' ? Ah never-mind, now you know. Just to give you a small background, the Sheherwali's are the Jain traders from Rajasthan who explored new routes to invade into Bengal and settled in Murshidabad...mixed and mingled with the 'Nawabi' culture of the region to formulate signature cuisines of their own- that's what history says. The zone of my interest, however, is restricted towards their 'love and ecstasy' for mangoes; the way these ladies 'peel off', hold, cut, slice, wash and serve the fruit...it's an art of the highest order. And as Mr Chopra rightly pointed out, "The Sheherwali-s ensured that the art of cutting a mango was blended with care so that no sign of the finger-prints remain on slice and no amount of juice is wasted in the process. That's finesse for you." The focus of the night was certainly on the rare Kohitoor slices, & as you'd realize the name has a striking similarity with the prized 'Kohinoor'..rare and extremely zestful...given a choice between a costly gadget and an year's supply of the Kohitoor, I'd rather choose the later and be the privileged one. It goes without saying that this event has certainly managed to hit the right chords. Thanks to ITC Sonar for organizing such an pleasing meet & treat on a rainy Sunday evening, it certainly set the tone for a perfect week ahead. *Sweet*

"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar Kolkata- Sweetness overdose on the platter...
"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar KolkataLook at the delicious Mango toppings...
"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar KolkataBaked with care, ambrosial is the word.
"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar KolkataThe very 'innovative' Mango Sushi...
"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar KolkataRich and creamy servings with Mango...
"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar KolkataThe 'Bowls of Mango-driven awesomeness'.
"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar KolkataThe abundance of mango-based delicacies...
"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar KolkataThat's a bit of 'diversity' for you..
"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar KolkataThe sacchariferous assortment, so to say.
"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar Kolkata- Take a guess; which breed is this?
"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar Kolkata- The richly coated sweetness- Mango sushi.
"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar KolkataDemonstrating the art of Mango cutting..
"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar KolkataMr Pradip Chopra takes us on a 'ride'...
"Preview of the Mango Haat" at the ITC Sonar Kolkata- The rarest breeds of mangoes on display
The Exclusive Mango Haat Preview
* I, on behalf of the Kolkata Food Bloggers, would like to thank ITC Sonar for inviting us for the exclusive "Preview of the Mango Haat", that displayed the rarest mangoes from Murshidabad and brought out a pocket booklet on the same. The book contains exhaustive recipes of signature mango cuisines like Kachhe Aam Ka Kheer, Kachhe Aam Chana ka Kutti, Aam ka Panna etc.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The 'State' of your mind.....

"Rainy day it is my friend!"- Rohit balked.
"Yeah! Are the others coming?" - I interrogated.
"No I guess, seems like the match is cancelled"- He retorted. It's been raining cats and dogs since the dawn, the visibility was almost nil.
"Yeah, seems like the out-field's gonna be wet too, let's drop the plan"- And I hung up.

*Oh dear, seems like it's going to be another 'inactive day', it's a rainy Sunday and the prospect of the gully cricket match getting cancelled is extremely vexatious.* We do associate the entity called 'rain' with a lot of positives; ask me? I'd strongly disagree !!


What should I do? Pick up a romantic novel (not my type)? Play a 'soulful' ballad (that's simply not happening) ? Hunt for the 'khichdi' recipe and get to work (I'm the worst chef in the world)? Should I log in to twitter and post some 'mandatory awesome weather centric tweets' (Nah! that's too mainstream)? Alright let's explore something new, something 'neoteric' then (internet's the savior any day).

Considering the fact that my dad's on Facebook, my vigilant sister's on instagram and the IPL Finale-oriented tweets on my twitter timeline, can I get some "space"? Can I get hold of a medium to connect to the like-minded (and not so like-minded) people, who'd rather 'brainstorm' on a topic that's essentially of my choice without deviating at any point of time? The topics, of course, could be anything ranging from relationship related issues to corporate puzzles, 'mood weather reports' to technology tit-bits, global coalitions to rivalry; It'd be a WIN-WIN situation for me...sharing thoughts without inhibitions has it's perks for sure.


Tada. I made a 'state'ment and the internet concurred; I bet my fate is on the right track today- STATE is it. Simple, yet very effective and robust it seems....State might just be the 'bridge of sorts' & I have the entire day at my disposal. So let's explore.


Wohoo! Look how I started, that's called the "Direct correspondence" or the "unrestricted intonation"; I just explored the efficacious use of keywords that connect to the exact 'State of mind' , the keywords that form the basis of reciprocity, the basis of kinship. When you post a topic, there are predefined results based on the input (for example, when you type 'rain', you might dig out an authentic definition of the term); that is indeed a directory of articulation.You can, of course, come up with a newfangled input and build on the existing collection. The interface looks creamy, easy as pie with the 'categories of interest' right on the top, the world-trending topics (and the most popular topics linked to interesting articles) with their pictographic representation in the middle and your opinion centric conversations at the bottom. The entire set is a comprehensive gateway of enunciation and fetches great content. I guess my boss could propose business solutions and deduce first-hand feedback through this website. They need an integration with LinkedIn for that to happen; the existing interface is however pretty 'light' and user-friendly.


The left hand corner is almost like a live 'status notifier' updating you with respect to the interactions on your activity thread; that might just 'keep your mind, in the loop'. And when I use the term cogent, I mean, it's as transparent and trenchant in it's mode of operation...if your topic doesn't fetch much of a response from the global perspective, the social network integration mode helps you 'share' and fetch more of interactions. I have connected both my facebook and twitter accounts to my state-profile, and it's working brilliantly, some of my 'shared threads' (in the form of tweets) have earned international responses as well. State does have a twitter presence that increases the engagement quotient. My tweet got retweeted the moment I shared this on twitter.


And of course, your inquisitive mind might just "crave for more" and in that case, the "ask others" button is of great use. Once, you have shared the "statement" on the social networks, you might just be allured in a one-to-one correspondence; guess what, the "Ask others" button is a bliss. It connects you to the popular accounts based on 'relevance' and your voice is routed directly to their accounts and seeks their prized 'point of view'; as a result, a response to your proposed argument is almost assured. 


By the way, my 'degree of snoopiness' has no upper limit and why not? If there are advanced forms of analytic's presented just to analyse your post, why wouldn't you scrutinize? The advanced features like Snapshots and highlights with mind-blowing tools like "Similar to you" (analyzing the 'usage of your choice' of keyword), "Top word groups" (depicting the key-word or 'opinion' choices of coherent users) , Sentiment range (portraying the general feeling towards the topic of your choice); my opinion, for the above mentioned scenario, did lie in the negative half of the response-curve though. Never-mind, it's reciprocation that matters!


Well then, when it comes to digging into the pool of global data, it is very important to categorize and 'direct' your zones of interest. I have 'tuned in' to the sectors of my interest and stream-lined the categories of my preference, and now I'm ready for a 'vibrant packet exchange' both in terms of opinions and in terms of knowledge. Under each category of selection, there are sub-categories that might just bring in pin-pointed convergence. Now I'm ready to derive the desired results from the universal set of erudition, enough of mileage eh! The best part is, you'll get a suggested set of new categories to 'tune in' based on your posts.


And by the way, I picked up some hilarious news articles from the global repository and expressed by opinion on the same. Seems like a fun ride this, it's infotainment, entertainment, education as well as a source of quality time-pass. The more I explore, the more interesting it becomes...it's the new face of social networking it seems; the range of topics, the coverage, the multifariousness, the labelled categorization is laudable. State is not just a platform to express opinions through the web, it's about connecting them together, labeling them and routing them to the 'ones who matter'. It's the next gen platform, my friend.


"Is it commercial in it's true sense of the term?" - Well the obvious question would linger always; how would State incorporate the 'revenue generation' aspect by inclusion of advertisements, is something that's worth exploring. And with the downpour getting heavier now, it's time to post a new topic. My parents, of late, have been trying to convince me in terms of getting an MBA done...I have consulted many, but the opinions seem to be rather non-uniform. So, let's see what the users on State think !


Okay, this is super addictive stuff indeed. Seems like I'm in the mood to dig into State more and more, I'm getting to know so many news updates on an interactive mode; right now, I am happy that the neighborhood match got cancelled due to rain. I've got loads to do now and that includes inviting all my Facebook and Twitter friends to State.com; just to extend the 'familiar territory' (kidding). I would love to know their opinions as well, it's easier to connect when we are on the 'same platform'. And this goes to all of you who are reading my post... Make sure you join State today and don't you forget to 'tune in' to me. Adios !


* This post has been written as a part of the State Review Campaign under the Blogadda review program. Do sign up for State.com soon; watch this video for better understanding of the mode of operation of the website. Do 'tune in' to me.

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