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Millennial manor

With its perfect hospitality idiom, enchanting interiors, and enticing dishes, Haveli is haute spot for foodies



The interiors are a blend of art and architecture

WHEN ONE sees those grand castles on Discovery Channel, one of the things that crosses the mind looking at the gracious columns, the shining suits of armour and the cavernous hearths is how tough it would be to actually live in one of them x we do so love our creature comforts!

So if there were an option of absolutely cutting edge technology in a place time forgot, one would go for it, right? Haveli, the new multi-cuisine family dining bar and cocktail lounge, with its up-to-date conference halls and the ambience that echoes a time when things were simple and more confused is just such a place.

For Venkat and his brother Narsing Rao, Haveli represents a paradigm shift from their original career paths of mechanical engineering. For the brothers, however, switching careers are a way of life as they rode the software boom in the U.S. in the '90s. "In 2001, we returned to India to start a recruiting firm," Venkat said. "After studying the market, we realised that it was not a good time. We decided to diversify and Haveli is one of the projects." Apart from Angara Srinivasa Rao's exquisite murals and paintings, Haveli is a wonderful place for conferencing. "We have modernised the durbar concept into a boardroom." Equipped with a laptop, screen, audio-visual projector and broadband Internet access, the conference room is the techie's delight. Internet connections to every chair translates to big time connectivity. And, as of now, these services are for free!

The buffet (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) with over 30 dishes to choose from is a steal at Rs. 149 and there is a 10 per cent discount for corporates. Haveli manages to telescope time and space so you have a celebration of our centuries-old tradition of the dawat served in standard imported cutlery. The diner concept has inspired the 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. menu where youngsters can drop by for a bite and to generally chill out.And what of the food? With 25 chefs and a wide variety from Indian, Chinese and continental to our very own Gutti Vankaya Koora to choose from, Haveli is guaranteed to satisfy the most avid gastronome. Venkat believes in doing "simple things right." A look at the warm interiors, the meticulously prepared dishes and the individual care lavished on guests proves it to be the perfect hospitality idiom.n

Feast for the eyes

ANGARA SRINIVAS BABU, an architect from JNTU has designed Haveli. "The idea was to give the look of a gracious manor without too much ostentation," Srinivas comments. Talking of the ceiling mural Festive, Srinivas said, "the mural presents the festivals of India in sequence with a rainbow running through the length of the mural as a spine. The wall mural Antiquec is a composition of different images of antiques, which is emblematic of the owner of the haveli who might have been an avid collector." A stone mural, Antiquec-2 is executed in flamed granite. The paintings are an extension of the haveli theme. So the foyer has a painting, which on the outside is a black and white picture of a woman looking out of the window and on the inside it is the lady in profile in colour.

MINI ANTHIKAD-CHHIBBER

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