7 Fun Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Mumbai

Most of the times when you go out with your kids, you may not be left with too many options where their needs with regards to nourishment and entertainment are catered to. Mumbai is now offering those choices with many kid-friendly restaurants where your little champs can enjoy a meal and so can you. Here are six fun kid-friendly restaurants in Mumbai that you must try.

7 Fun Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Mumbai

1. Pizza Express:

While you have a lovely conversation over food, your little chefs get to make their own pizzas – with the option of either doing it on the table or in the kitchen itself. When they say make your own pizza, they mean everything  – right from the making of dough to topping it with sauce. Before you go, please check if it is a ‘make-your-pizza’ day. As a rule, it’s usually on Mondays and Thursday and on Sundays between 3-7 P.M

Address: Near the Gateway of India. Ground Floor, Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai.

2. Smoke House Deli

: Smoke House Deli proposed its children menu in November 2016 and it’s a hit. They offer a bunch of choices from pizzas, burgers and shakes. There’s a lot of creativity that has gone into planning how kids can submit their request. Peel and stick stickers for requesting what you need or use colored pencils to make your customized menu. Add to that their ever-accommodating and tolerant staff, disclosing each dish to your tiny tots.

Address: Main Courtyard, High Street Phoenix, Phoenix Mills Compound Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

3. Le Pain Quotidien

: Le Pain Quotidien provides you ample space to let your kids go free. They are known for their child-friendly staff and a child- friendly menu with interesting soups, sandwiches, risottos, desserts and freshly baked breads making it a perfect place to be on lazy Sunday. They also provide a little corner for kids to play and interact with each other.

Address: Dhanraj Mahal, CSM Road, Apollo Bunder, Gateway of India,  Colaba, Mumbai

4. Millk: This new foundation has an eatery, a play zone for kids and even a lovely spa for adults all under one roof. The idea was to have an entertaining space for kids and adults, so while their parents appreciate a relaxed feast or even enjoy at their spa and salon, the kids can have a fun time too. The bistro is right next to the play zone allowing the parents to keep an eye on their kids.

Address: Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

5. Seven Kitchens

: Another incredible place to visit alongside your kids. Why? It has a huge assortment of cuisines that can please every palate. If that is not a reason enough, they have a play corner where kids can indulge in some art and craft activities while you enjoy your feast. It also gives you a chance to help your kids move past pizzas and burgers and open them up to new cuisines.

Address: The St. Regis, 462 Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

6. Cafe Food For Thought at Kitab Khana

: This cafe is a great place to enjoy some quality time with your kids. They a have small kids room cornered by four colorful lazy bean bags which makes it perfect little cozy place for kids to read their books. Right across the kid’s section is a little cafe called Food for Thought that serves delicious cupcakes and other treats on display. You should also try their Mexican bowl, chocolate mud pie and crispy French fries.

Address: Somaiya Bhavan, Flora Fountain, opposite the parking lot, opposite HSBC, near davars College.

Ride on a wave: Here’s why Ghana should top your vacation bucket list

Brett Davies paced up and down the sloping sands of Kokrobite beach in Ghana, organising surfers from 20 different countries at his annual international competition. Along the beach, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of Accra, dotted with dug-out fishing boats, Rastafarians were selling T-shirts and small children were playing in the sand.

Davies, 42, is leading the push to bring surfers to the West African nation as a way to help boost the country’s under-developed tourism sector. The British national already runs a surf school at Kokrobite and has helped to bring surfing to Busua, near the border with Ivory Coast.

“The greatest thing about surfing in Ghana is that we have uncrowded world-class waves that appeal to the beginner and intermediate market,” he told AFP. “Most well-known destinations are very localised and very intimidating to the average surfer.”

At the competition, which was held last month, local reggae boomed from the speakers stacked in the corner of a car-park. In the water, Emmanuel Ansah cut across the breaks, deftly manoeuvring his board, trying to catch the eye of the judges sitting on a wooden platform, looking out to sea.

The 19-year-old from Busua started surfing five years ago and described his first time on the waves as “like having a new girlfriend”. “I was so happy,” he said. Now he, too, wants to see Ghana become a surfing destination in its own right — and one day represent the West African nation at overseas competitions.

Surfers finish their semi-final set, during the annual international surf day competition on Kokrobite Beach, Ghana. (AFP)

Untapped potential

According to the World Bank, 897,000 international tourists visited Ghana in 2015. In comparison, just over 1.1 million went to Kenya and 8.9 million travelled to South Africa. But the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates numbers for Ghana could jump to nearly 1.3 million this year and more than 2.0 million by 2027.

In the last few years travel and tourism have directly contributed $1.3 billion to Ghana’s economy — the equivalent of about 3.0 percent of gross domestic product. Tourism generally focuses on natural attractions like waterfalls and national parks, historic slave forts and cultural activities.

But with some 550 kilometres of unspoiled coastline, watersports on the Atlantic Ocean, off the palm tree-lined golden sands, are being seen as a major draw. “Surfing has a huge potential,” said Ghana tourism specialist Gilbert Abeiku Aggrey. “We have not developed our beaches.

Surfers do flips as they wait to compete in the international surf day competition in Kokrobite Beach, Ghana. (AFP)

“We have not done anything, it’s a raw opportunity for anyone who wants to come.” Attracting surfers is seen as a good way to bring in middle-income earners to Ghana, plugging a growing gap between budget travellers, volunteers and those on business.

Development plan

The high cost of flights and accommodation in Ghana has been blamed for deterring tourists. A stay at a standard three-star hotel in the capital can set travellers back $100 (88 euros) a night, while flights even within West Africa can be eye-wateringly expensive.

The head of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Kwesi Agyemang, said there are plans to start targeting different interest groups and improve regulation. The authority’s work includes targeting other countries for visitors. The government’s National Tourism Development Plan in 2012 noted there were “completely virgin” beaches in Ghana’s Western Region because of lack of access.

The Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project aims to develop nearly 100 hectares (250 acres) of the shoreline with hotels, shopping malls, theme parks, an office and casino. In the 2017 budget, Ghana’s finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta said tourism could help address soaring levels of debt and high unemployment.

Ghana, once celebrated for its rapidly growing economy, saw rates of growth slow to some 3.6 percent in 2016 — the lowest in two decades and well down on 14 percent in 2011. Davies accepted that government help was needed but, whatever happens, he will be encouraging people to ride the waves.

 

‘Men only’ Japanese island declared Unesco world heritage site

Okinoshima, a sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and here male visitors must strip naked before going ashore, has been declared a Unesco world heritage site.

The island, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for relations with China and Korea that stretch back as far as the fourth century, reports the Guardian.

The 700-square-metre island, along with three nearby reefs and four other related sites were given world heritage status at the UN body’s annual summit in Krakow, Poland, on Sunday, bringing the number of Japanese cultural and natural sites on the list to 21.

A Shinto priest holding a ceremony at Okitsugu shrine of the Munakata Taisha in Okinoshima island (AFP)

Priests from Munakata Taisha, a group of Shinto shrines, are in principle permitted to travel to worship at the island’s 17th century shrine, Okitsu.

In addition, up to 200 men are allowed to visit only once a year, on May 27, to honour sailors who died in a nearby naval battle during the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese war.

Devotees purifying themselves with sea water before entering Okinoshima island, (AFP)

Before they go ashore, they must observe centuries-old rituals, including removing their clothes and undergoing misogi – bathing naked in the sea to rid themselves of impurities.

They are prohibited from taking home mementoes, including small objects such twigs, pebbles and blades of grass, the Guardian quoted the island’s website as saying.

The reason for the ban on women has never been publicly stated, but one theory – which extends to other aspects of Japanese culture cites the Shinto belief that menstrual blood is impure.

 

Bright colours, wind chimes, flowers: How to make your home ready for the monsoon

Is the monsoon dampening your spirit? Liven up your home by adding more colours to your furniture and bedding, say experts. Shivani Kankaria, an interior designer at HomeLane.com, and interior designer Kavya Puranik give out ideas that could be incorporated in your home during monsoon.

* Roll up and put away those thick carpets and rugs. Damp carpets stink and it’s going to be a while before the sun comes out. Same applies for curtains and drapery. Replace thick curtains with light, quick-dry ones.

Go for bright shades of yellows, oranges, reds, blues and greens.

* Since you’re likely to be spending a lot of time indoors, freshen up the air with indoor fragrances. From the traditional dhoop and smoke-free incense, to reed sticks soaked in essential oils, there are many options to pick from in today’s day and age.

* Use this season as your reason to experiment with scented candles and oils. Try out varied citrus flavours and others like lemon grass and lavender to keep your home fragrant and refreshing.

* Flowers always cheer up a space and nothing can improve the mood during a rainy week like fresh flowers. Remember to change the water every day.

Flowers can brighten up any space. (Shutterstock)

* The shades of black and grey are classic. But this monsoon, put them away in favour of bright colourful hues. Change your cushion covers and get some in brighter shades of yellows, oranges, reds, blues and greens. Choose colours that complement each other and give your home a cheerful aura.

* Designate an area near your entrance for wet raincoats and umbrellas. A tall basket or a stand can be good so that the entrance doesn’t look untidy.

* Excessive rains can drown your plants so bring them indoors. This is specially for those that you know don’t require too much water.

* Hang wind chimes in the balcony or at a window. Whenever there is a light breeze, the music from the chimes will soothe your ears.

* Avoid using larger rugs in the house. Use smaller foot mats, preferably made of bamboo or rubber which can absorb moisture and water easily.

How to protect furniture during monsoon:

* Don’t let your home environment get too dry. Excessively dry areas can cause wood furniture to shrink, split or become brittle.

Take extra care of your furniture in the monsoon. (Shutterstock)

* Ensure there is cross-ventilation (airflow) throughout the house to keep the furniture dry.

* Keep the wardrobes, cupboards and furniture a few inches away from wet or damp wall. Especially during the monsoon months, keep the wardrobe doors half open to allow ventilation and avoid trapping moisture, which encourages mold (fungus) to grow on your clothing and leather goods.

* If you have wooden flooring or wooden furniture at home, get it polished with wax so that it doesn’t absorb moisture.

* Camphor and naphthalene balls absorb moisture. These can be kept in the storage furniture so that clothes and the furniture are dry.

LG Q6, Q6+, Q6a With FullVision Display and Snapdragon 435 SoC Launched

While we expected LG Q6 to launch at an event in Poland, the LG on Tuesday went ahead and unveiled three new smartphones LG Q6, LG Q6+, and LG Q6a. The company says that its Q series offers some of the most sought premium features at a competitive price. As these are all variations of the same smartphone, all three models come with the company’s FullVision display, which was introduced with LG G6, and features a taller-than-usual aspect ratio of 18:9.

Despite mentioning the “competitive pricing” part, LG hasn’t announced the pricing for the new handsets but says that the LG Q6 and it’s variants will go on sale in key markets in Asia starting next month. This will be followed by availability in Europe, Latin America, and North America.

Notably, the LG Q6+, LG Q6, and LG Q6a feature exact same design, similar to the LG G6, and will all be made available in Astro Black and Ice Platinum colours. LG Q6+ will additionally be offered in Marine Blue colour while the Q6 will come in Terra Gold and Mystic White colours as well. The LG Q6a will be available in Terra Gold colour variant too. Other differences are in terms of RAM and inbuilt storage.

LG Q6, Q6+, Q6a With FullVision Display and Snapdragon 435 SoC Launched

Coming to the specifications, the LG Q6+, LG Q6, and LG Q6a run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and sport a 5.5-inch FullVision display with a screen resolution of 1080×2160 pixels. The smartphones are all powered by a Snapdragon 635 processor. However, in terms of memory, the LG Q6+ comes with 4GB of RAM, the Q6 packs 3GB of RAM, and the Q6a features 2GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, all three models come with a 13-megapixel single rear camera, unlike the dual camera setup on the LG G6. At front, the smartphones feature a 5-megapixel camera with wide-angle lens. Moving to the storage, the LG Q6+ has a built-in storage of 64GB while the Q6 and Q6a come with inbuilt storage of 32GB and 16GB respectively.

The connectivity options on the smartphones include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and USB Type-B 2.0. The LG Q6+, Q6, and Q6a house a battery with 3000mAh capacity. The handsets measure 142.5×69.3×8.1mm and weigh 149 grams each.

“The LG Q6 is a blend of premium features, great performance and attractive pricing, a combination that is extremely important to us as we look at the way consumers are using smartphones around the world,” Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, was quoted as saying in the company’s release.

Big Data Analytics To Become $16 Billion Industry By 2025: Experts

Mumbai: Big data analytics sector in India is expected to witness eight-fold growth to reach $16 billion by 2025 from the current $2 billion, industry experts said.

The sector is expected to reach$16 billion by 2025 and register CAGR of 26 per cent over next five years, they said.

According to these experts, India is currently among top 10 big data analytics markets in the world and Nasscom has set a target of making the country one among the top three markets in the next three years.

“The government, industry and academia can collaborate to build an ecosystem to generate sustainable solutions by harnessing the power of big data and digital innovation,” WNS Global Services Group CEO Keshav Murugesh said.

“The combined power of harnessing big data and digital solutions can drive tremendous results in improving the citizen experience, implementation efficiency and boosting the nation’s economy,” added Murugesh.

Big Data Analytics To Become $16 Billion Industry By 2025: Experts

Speaking at the ‘Emerging Worlds Conference’ workshop organised by Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) in collaboration with MIT Media Labs, Murugesh said, “India is a diversified country with a wide array of challenges, and it is pertinent that we as citizens of this country, innovate to find effective solutions that can make a difference to the billion lives that live here.”

“If big data can be put to cutting-edge use for our corporations and clients, it can very well be a catalyst for the economy and the country,” he added.

The workshop brought together industry leaders, technical experts, data scientists, innovators, academic institutions, implementation collaborators and progressive corporate collaborators to source national challenges and potential solutions.

 

Microsoft confirms it will ‘eliminate positions’, could cut thousands of jobs

Technology giant Microsoft is undertaking a major reorganisation in its sales and marketing units that will likely see the company cutting about 4,000 jobs from its workforce, mostly outside the US.

A Microsoft spokesperson said in an email on Thursday that the company is implementing changes to better serve its customers and partners.

“Today, we are taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated. Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re- deployment in others,” the spokesperson told PTI in an emailed statement.

While the spokesperson declined to confirm any specifics, a report in the New York Times said the overhauling of technology giant led by India-born Satya Nadella will cut 3,000 to 4,000 jobs, mostly outside the US.

The report said the possible total of job cuts was described by a person familiar with Microsoft’s plans, who was not authorised to speak on the record about them.

Microsoft

It added that Microsoft workers were notified on Thursday if their current job was affected. Some of the workers will get other jobs within the software company.

“This is being done mainly to evolve the skill sets we need,” Frank Shaw, a Microsoft spokesperson told NYT.

Last week, Microsoft had described a realignment of its sales and marketing arm, which employs about 50,000 people worldwide.

In an internal email last week, Judson Althoff, a Microsoft executive vice-president, described the reorganisation and its rationale.

He wrote that there was “an enormous $4.5 trillion market opportunity” for Microsoft in the coming years”.

Althoff had said the sales and marketing changes were intended to “enable us to align the right resources for the right customer at the right time”.

He had identified expanding Microsoft’s cloud offerings in data analysis and artificial intelligence, and helping companies in every industry to become digital businesses, using Microsoft tools as key areas of opportunity.

Microsoft has 71,000 employees in the US and 121,000 employees around the globe.

 

Government Asks Traders To Issue Advertisements About Price Hike Post GST

New Delhi: The government on Friday asked traders and businesses to immediately issue advertisements informing the public about increase in maximum retail price (MRP) on mass consumption products post implementation of GST.

To clear pre-GST stocks, the government had earlier this week allowed use of dual stickers reflecting the new rate along side the old printed price of a product for three months.

Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said the law provides for indicating the maximum retail price (MRP) of a product clearly on every product.

With rates of some products undergoing change because of alteration in incidence of taxation involving over a dozen central and state levies unifying into the Goods and Services Tax, there is a requirement as per law to indicate the new rate clearly.

Adhia said that to tide over the problem of changing printed MRP on unsold pre-GST stock, the government has allowed pastable stickers with new rates.

“I would appeal to traders that it is not a very difficult job to paste stickers. The sooner they do it, the better it is for them,” he said at the second GST Master Class here.

For items of mass consumption, the revised MRP has to be advertised in two local newspapers.

“Supposing it (the commodity) is an item of mass consumption, then immediately the revised MRP should be advertised in newspapers. Inform the people through advertisements. And sooner they paste the revised MRP on the product (the better it is),” he said.

Government Asks Traders To Issue Advertisements About Price Hike Post GSTHe, however, stopped short of stating the legal provisions that would apply in case of non-compliance.

Besides, to help businesses find the HSN code applicable for various commodities under the GST regime, the CBEC has launched on its website a search option by which they can find out the code by just typing the name of the product.

Harmonized System Nomenclature (HSN) code is used to classify goods for taxation purpose.

Adhia said that there are over 11,000 commodities and all of them have specific HSN codes which may run up to 8 digits in some cases.

“To make it easy for businesses, the CBEC has launched on its website a search option wherein businesses can just type the product they are searching for and get the HSN code,” Adhia said.

Businesses with turnover of up to Rs. 1.5 crore need not quote HSN code in the invoices GST, but those above the limit will have to do so.

Adhia said there is no prescribed format that businesses have to follow while raising an invoice in the GST regime.

However, details like GSTIN of the trader and the amount of the bill would have to be clearly specified.

In a relief to traders, there is no compulsion on issuing a digitised bill, as a manual invoice will also hold good.

Adhia said that issuing an invoice is not necessary if the transaction is below Rs. 200.

However, the trader needs to furnish an invoice in case the consumer insists on it or the transaction is B2B (Business to Business).

Further, if a business does not have GSTIN or provisional id, then it can transact business using the ‘bill of supply’.

Mamata Banerjee says ‘no’ to Wipro on SEZ status

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday categorically said that it is difficult for the state government to give SEZ status to Wipro for its second development centre in the state.

“Premji’s (Azim Premji of Wipro) son wanted SEZ status for the second project here. But due to policy of the government, we will not be able to accord that,” Banerjee said at a Nasscom gathering here.

She said that SEZs were approaching the sunset clause, so some other means could be thought of.

In last year’s Union budget, finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced that tax benefits to SEZs would continue till 2020.

Infosys is another IT company which is stuck up because of not getting SEZ status here for its first project in the state.

When asked, Premji’s son Rishaad Premji, who was also present here, said “The chief minister referred to a conversation way back.”

Infosys

“Now it is closed issue. We are exploring other means,” he said.

Urging the IT companies to invest here as Bangalore was fully saturated, Banerjee said Kolkata has the scope for growth and opportunity.

“In addition to that, the state has skilled manpower… and cheap also. Attrition rate is also very low,” she said.

To circumvent the SEZ issue, the state government has decided to give some incentives instead.

“Please let me know what you want. We have land bank, infrastructure and talent”, Banerjee said.

 

Sensex, Nifty End Lower Tracking Weak Global Markets

The NSE Nifty and Sensex ended lower on Friday tracking weaker global markets on worries the European Central Bank is moving closer to unwinding its massive monetary stimulus.

Concerns that the ECB and the U.S. Federal Reserve are moving to remove some of their stimulus measures have hit sentiment, with MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan down 0.6 percent on Friday.

But broader losses in the benchmark indices were capped as heavyweights like Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank and Lupin Ltd witnessed buying interest.

“There is a mild worry about the global interest rate trajectory while Indian pharma stocks are trying to make a comeback after recent consolidation,” said Deepak Jasani, Head, Retail Research, at HDFC Securities.

The Sensex ended 9 points or 0.02 per cent lower at 31,361 and the broader Nifty declined 0.09 per cent or 9 points to settle at 9,665.

Financials and private banks weighed on the indexes.

Financials and private banks weighed on the indexes with Housing Development Finance Corp Ltd and ICICI Bank Ltd falling over a per cent each.

Among gainers, Lupin Ltd, India’s third-largest drug maker, surged as much as 4.7 percent, to post its first weekly gains in five on value-buying. Reliance Industries, Aurobindo Pharma, Dr Reddy’s Labs, Bharti Airtel and Tech Mahindra were also among the gainers.

The broader markets ended on a mixed note with BSE mid-cap index declining 0.03 percent and small-cap index advancing 0.26 per cent.
The overall market breadth was neutral as 1,391 shares ended higher while 1,285 closed lower on the BSE.