Manipal has no dearth of restaurants but to find a gem of culinary delight hidden away from the din of the busy world is remarkable. Such a find is “Aloha” located on the first floor of MGM Arcade, Vidya Ratna Nagar, End Point Road. ‘Aloha’, a Hawaiian word, literally translates to hello and is a direct relation to how welcoming the place seems from the outside. The restaurant mainly serves delicious Italian and Continental food. It’s a place where students can go out after a hard day at college or on weekends to eat, relax and gossip with friends and have a wonderful time._MG_6914

The ambience of the restaurant is quite soothing with yellowish orange painted walls and dim lighting. The music they play is pretty good too with the latest tracks to calm the nerves. And the aromas of the food being cooked are sure to get your mouth to water.

_MG_6941When we went there we weren’t sure of what to order as the menu has a plethora of dishes to choose from. For starters we ordered two mocktails, an Apple Eye and a Fruit Punch, which were really refreshing and had natural fruits and not the usual canned stuff. Then we had a Big Chef Pizza which had a crunchy pizza base baked to perfection and a layer of creamy cheese with delectable toppings. Among the other choices of pizza offered there were Big B, White Bed (different layers of cheese), and Capsico. My friend ordered a Veg Americana Burger which was served with French fries and coleslaw on the sides. The burger tasted awesome. Aloha has a whole range of Burgers from Aloha Special to Grilled UFO (which has tender, juicy and grilled pieces of chicken). They also serve Pasta with different types of sauces and accompaniments, having a Bolognese, Napolitano, Pesto or a Mornay; each of these tasting equally scrumptious.

IMG_6947Aloha has its own range of menu specialties which serve as main courses, the dish we tried was a Chicken Alexandria and Chicken Pepper Steak. The Chicken Alexandria was a good mix of sweet and savory flavors, served with fries and coleslaw and bread seasoned with herbs. The chicken was very tender, juicy and flavorful; it personified the phrase “melts in your mouth”. Pepper Steak was served with mashed potatoes and salad, just in the same style as they would serve it in an old Texas Ranch, and the taste of the sauce used to marinate the meat was quite authentic and genuine keeping to American Flavors. The steak had the aroma of burnt wood and herbs such as basil, thyme and oregano which simply made you hungrier even more. Aloha has a page full of specialties only for their restaurant such as Chicken Piquante, Chicken Prince and Red Alert. The vegetarian specials include Posse (a kind of potpourri of vegetables), Veg Hot Pot, and many more mouthwatering options.

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The deserts are damnation for the dieters, they give you large servings and which are so delicious that you’ll crave for more. Aloha has got what it takes to calm your sweet tooth. The ice-cream sundaes like Disney Land, Naughty Nutty and Moon and Stars topped with layers of chocolate, strawberry, fruits and other goodies give you the ultimate high on desert._MG_6918_MG_6938

Aloha serves Chinese and Indian food also. Aloha  serves quality food also at affordable prices which is every college goer’s dream. The restaurant is a good place to chill out or even to go on dates, as it gives good fine dining experience. The serving is good and the staff serves with a smile. They also have option for food delivery and they deliver just outside MIT KC gate. Aloha is a comforting and welcoming place which gives you good food… do give this restaurant a try and believe me you will be hooked to it.


By: ALI AKBAR


Photography: TEJASVI BATRIA


Sub Edited by: Deep Venky

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REVELS 2012!

Posted: March 26, 2012 by Rambo in College News, Current Events
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Revels 2012-the annual cultural and sports fest of MIT brings with it a promise, a promise to take collective step towards better world.

With initiatives such as Green Run Marathon, Blood donation and Disha (informal activities with children from schools, orphanages etc.), Revels 2012 has encompasses it all, their motto-WE the change. Who better to kick start this extravaganza than Kailash Kher? He is the true embodiment of will and determination and will mark the commencement of this festival on March 27th  7pm.

The festival has a wide variety of cultural categories, namely Music, Dance, Fine Arts, Dramatics, Photography, Literary and Debate, XVenture, Gaming and EQ-IQ. The popular events like Fashion Show, Battle of Bands and War of DJ’s are sure to attract a lot of participation. Over 25 collages have registered to participate, including RV College of Engineering, NIT Suratkal, NIT Calicut, NITTE, Sastra, CBIT Hyderabad and Dayanandsagar Institute of Technology.

Revels Cup-the Inter Collegiate Sports Meet is also witnessing a vast participation. Over 50 colleges and more than 1000 students throughout the country are expected to participate. The various events are Cricket, Athletics, Basketball, Chess, Football, Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball and Badminton.

Watch out this space for further updates…

Ridiculous and baseless rules and regulations are nothing new to most of us. Yes, some rules are there to enforce discipline and order but the plain existence of some of them defies every aspect of logic.

 I went to the library’s main section today as I wanted to refer to some web development books. I take my laptop out and walk in. No sooner, I’m kicked out by the guy who sits at the table at the library entrance. “Laptops allowed illla boss” was all he had to say. My requests for further explanation were turned down nonchalantly.

One can understand the rationale behind banning bags in the library but banning laptops? Are the library authorities so paranoid that they think I’m going to type out eBooks of all their prized collections and outsource them for profits? Or perhaps they think I’m going to smuggle a book by squeezing it between the lid and the keyboard of the laptop? Or even worse, they think my laptop has a 10 Gigapixel spy camera that is being routed to the Al Qaeda!

This is the qualm of a student who seeks reason for this denial. If a student has a passion to learn something and knows how he wants to go about it, there is no justification to reject his access to the appropriate resources. The age of the pen is all but gone and laptops are used to store notes and ideas.

The library is meant to be a sanctuary of knowledge and I have every right to tap into it as I see fit. Encourage my endeavour rather than to blatantly throw me out.

My laptop doesn’t bite nor is it a transformer that is going to transform into a Decepticon anytime in the near future.

By,

Girish Kumar

Sub Edited by: Deeksha Awasthi.

Greenwave Music Festival is a two day event set to be held at Manipal.

Greenwave is a musical movement for those who think that conservation of Mother Nature is more important than exploiting her. Manipal has always been different because of its greenery and scenic beauty of the valley. Lately in the last three years, with growing population there has been huge drive to urbanize Manipal. The soothing vision of the green is slowly being replaced by the harshness of concrete, hence Greenwave.
Greenwave is a voice for those who want to shout out that we don’t need another urbanized town at the cost of nature. We want Manipal as it is – green, clean, and close to our heart. The musicians performing in Greenwave, will not only promote nature through their music but will also pledge for a cleaner environment. The event will also feature prominent speakers form Greenpeace, who will make the youth realise the worth of our environment in our daily life and will also plant trees in order to promote the cause.
There will be an ONLINE Greenwave Music Competition of where the top 5 entries will be invited to perform at the festival. The best judged entries will get an opportunity to open for the headlining bands, and hence, get full press coverage, and goodwill that the event will provide.

So greenwave is all about Go green, Think clean.
Our audience is those for whom music is the peace of soul.
simple, yet make it unique by their creative inputs.

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WHY SO MANIPAL-ISH??

Posted: March 23, 2012 by blogschange in Admissions, Chill Out
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“Kya re, aree baba, baap, boss, anna, dude, yaar”

Ever wondered why your friends say, “Hey you’ve changed after going to Manipal.” Ever wondered why you call that grocery store owner “Anna” instead of the conventional “Bhaiya” as soon as you go back home or even for that matter ever wondered why your car suddenly seems more comfortable and cosy during that drive from the airport or railway station. If you have experienced all of the above or most of them you are “Manipal-ish.” So what does this term “Manipal-ish” mean? Well, I’ll explain that to you.

When we come to Manipal as freshers, little do we expect ourselves to be speaking a dialect of “Hinglish”, something we would have never even thought of speaking before. It is said that animals adapt and we humans being one of the most developed animals adapt to our surroundings very quickly. Away from the comfort and luxury of our home, the warmth and affection of family and friends, we find ourselves in a place unlike no other. One is suddenly filled with the thoughts “ok, now what?” and before you realise it, you are speaking to your neighbour in the hostel. He goes and introduces you to his school mates who have also come to Manipal and within no time at all you have a group of friends with whom you share stories, jokes etc. Manipal which may have seemed lonely at first now seems more cheerful and full of life.

One week down the line, your friends and you decide to go out and explore Manipal. You take an auto from KC and say”Bhaiya, CCD le jao”. You might not have even noticed but the auto driver is giving you a rather stern look. Little do you realise that in Manipal only Boss and Anna works. Nothing more and nothing less is needed to get your work done. Your hangout spots change from Café Coffee Day and Dominos to places like Pizza King, Parota Point, Burnout and Cloud 9. Suddenly its not Hard Rock Café or Hype, Deetee and Blue Waters are the places you want to be in. Attendance, a thing you might have ignored in school is worth its weight in gold and getting a 10 on 20 in your sessionals seems to be pretty decent or above average score and daily bargains with the auto-wallah for some 5 or 10 bucks becomes a normality.

Another interesting thing Manipal teaches you is how to interact with different people. Your friends from Northern India would use a lot of “bhai and yaar” in their sentences while the ones from south would stick to their “baap and dude”- though this isn’t the case always. Although there is a certain degree of regionalism in every college, most people see past this and look at it as an opportunity to know other places in India better by interacting with people from different states and cities of India and in case of Manipal, even abroad. The kind of diversity it brings to this college is just amazing.

There is so much of hustle and bustle in our day to day lives over here that we forget how time is flying by and before we know it, the semester has almost come to an end.  We almost seem to forget what it is like at home. As the end semester exams approach, MIT is buried in it’s books with students giving it their all in as a last ditch effort to get good grades. After all it is what they came here for ‘essentially’.

Little do we realise this but after our last exam, its time to say goodbye for a month or so. We all get excited by the prospect of going home and meeting our loved ones. Once home, everything seems so new and strange. An air of awkwardness surrounds us when we meet some of our old school friends. Many have moved on and so have we. We have become more independent and aware of how to judge people. I remember I would casually give my own clothes for washing, clean my room, get up after setting an alarm and pick up my own dishes after eating. My parents were surprised at this change. They would ask me what has happened and I simply had no answer. Folks after four semesters in Manipal I have come to realise that the answer for this is plain and simple. I have become very “Manipal-ish”.

By,
Rohan Tuli

Sub Edited by: Deeksha Awasthi.

Henry Ford. Dhirubhai Ambani. Bill Gates.  Mark Zuckerberg. Steve Jobs…

These are not just names, these are titles synonymous with ideas. These are people who have not just done greater things in life than most of us are able to for our own selves, but have left the world with ideas and established the fact that Entrepreneurs not only make profits but very well can revolutionize the way things are taken in the world.

Most of them started early, at the age we are in right now, or probably a little late when an idea struck them. How did they do it? Obviously there was a motivating force behind each one of them but where did they get the skills, the connections, the resources and the knowhow from. How did they come to know what kind of decisions they need to take in order to understand people or in business terms, their market?

More importantly, how can we start doing it at this age? Nowadays we see more and more number of young people starting their own ventures. In Manipal itself we have examples of people walking among us doing great things.

In order to connect the dots ourselves and bring that idea into an implemented plan of action, we need resources and a platform. So we as an anonymous group of students bring a seminar on how you can turn your ideas into achievment. Hear it from people who have done it before, learn it from people who are doing it already. Take back with entry into a platform through which you can explore, connect and achieve.

Youth Leadership Summit- happening this Monday, A.C Seminar Hall, 5 PM.
Enter with an idea, walk out with a motive.

This article is being written for all those students who find the hostels dissatisfying and are looking to move out to another place, i.e., out of campus area.

Shifting out of the hostels and moving into apartments in and around Manipal may seem like an extremely lucrative and easy option. Well, it is not so and believe me when I say this because it is my personal experience. If you would like to shift out here is how you do it- the first step is obviously your parent’s approval. Once you have made up your mind on shifting out, it is imperative that you inform your parents. Not doing so will only make your life miserable with you finding yourself in an enormous amount of debt to your friends. Once this is done, find the right guy to shift out with you. It is best that you shift out with a good or close friend as the complications decrease by a significant amount. Shifting out with strangers or acquaintances bring a great deal of formality in your day to day life in the apartment.

The next and perhaps the most important step is to find the right apartment for yourself. Some of the options I might suggest are Mandavi Emerald, Mandavi Pearl City, Shambhavi, Pavitra, Regal Embassy etc. Now your selection of apartment should normally be based on one primary factor, location. If you don’t mind shelling that little extra from your pocket to hire an auto and go to college everyday, I would say Emerald is the best option.  These apartments are new and you will be the first ones to use them plus they come from a rather reputed builder Mandavi, a common household name in Udupi. People wanting to shift in here are guaranteed with a very luxurious lifestyle. The disadvantage though is that it’s a little heavier on the pocket as you have got to buy the appliances in the house as they are new. If you are one who does not want to shell out much on appliances like TV, fridge, stove etc., you should probably opt for the adjacent apartments, Pearl City. The disadvantage here folks is that there are certain rules that a certain section of people might not like. I would probably not give out many details on that. Also if you have a transport of your own i.e., a car or a bike, then Mandavi is the way to go.

If location is a very important factor, then Shambhavi, Pavitra and Regal are a good choice. They are strategically placed in heart of the town. All your favourite hangouts are close by and so is the college- ann excellent place to live, especially when your college is about a five minute walk away from your house. The disadvantages here may include a lot of noise and commotion. They are also not as clean and tidy as Mandavi, but if you chose to ignore that then you are going to the right place. The security deposits and rents are way lower than Mandavis’.

Late but most importantly, the issue of cost. I would say that at the end of the day apartments come out to be cheaper than a single AC room and this is when you are not even sharing a room with someone. If you do so, your cost comes down drastically and you might even end up paying less than what you pay for a double AC room in the hostels. Obviously Shambhavi, Pavitra and others are a more cost friendly option.

Shifting out certainly has its advantages. Your food becomes tastier and you have a wide variety to choose from as you can order from different places and you get more privacy to yourself. You also do get a very homely feeling once you’re living outside.

Finally I would like to conclude by saying that if and when you shift out, do keep your apartment clean and tidy because a house is built by bricks, but a home is built by heart. I hope I have given you a useful insight on the life outside.

By,
Rohan Tuli

Sub Edited By: Deeksha Awasthi.

LaunchPad 2012

Posted: March 21, 2012 by Gaurav Prakash in MUTBI
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LAUNCHPAD- (Organised By Manipal Digital Systems In Accordance with MUTBI,Manipal)

Done with playing Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Plants Vs Zombies,etc on your phone, Ideate your own game. A simple game design idea can be your GATEWAY TO 50K, NO CODING required.
Round 1:Submit a 600 word game design idea or a storyboard document(ends on 15th April)
Round 2:Submit a 2min. movie trailer or 5 sketches(20th june to 6th august).
1st prize:Rs 25000
2nd prize:Rs 15000
3rd prize:Rs 10000
Team of 3.
Format Handheld devices or tablets.

For further information go to our website

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