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Oman is eyeing Indian tourists

According to a report:

In a bid to increase awareness and acquaint the Indian travel trade with Oman’s tourism products and offerings, Oman Tourism plans to conduct a four-city road show in February 2012. The road shows will be held in Mumbai on February 3, Bengaluru on February 6, Chennai on February 7 and in Delhi on February 8. This year will see a two-fold increase in the number of participants, with a total of twelve tourism suppliers attending the road shows as compared to last year’s six. Lubaina Sheerazi, India Representative – Ministry of Tourism, Sultanate of Oman said, “We see India as one of the most promising markets for tourism. These road shows are being conducted in order to educate the Indian travel trade on the potential of Oman as an ideal destination for clients looking for luxurious short-haul vacations. This year, we have more participants in the road show as compared to last year, which will surely bring out the best of Oman to the Indian travel trade and we will also give the travel trade an opportunity to interact with the delegates.”

According to Sheerazi, Oman Tourism would be promoting Muscat, Nizwa, Sur/Ras Al Jinz and Wahiba Sands in India. Additionally, Oman Tourism is planning to continue its offline training programmes in the four metros and is also considering taking the programmes to other Indian cities. Participation in events organised by association like TAFI and TAAI are also on the agenda. Apart from the road shows and training programmes, Oman Tourism will also organise familiarisation trips for the travel trade and the travel and mainstream media. Sheerazi added, “We will continue to create awareness through advertorials in both mainstream and trade publications. The metros will continue to be our focus markets but we will also explore a few of the feeder markets that have been performing well on the outbound front.”

Cox and Kings Ltd is offering tailor-made holiday packages to Indian tourists. And below are the rates:

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I am quoted in this Mint piece on Coorgi cuisine

It’s an old-fashioned thrill for game or hunting that’s given the Coorgis their love for pork, one of the few regions in the country that pays particular attention to this form of meat.

The Kodavas, a martial race once defiant of Muslim rule, historically remained fearless soldiers. Their food habits reflect this cultural trait because the pork is not domesticated bovine but wild hunted boar, which is how the community would prefer it. With forests getting depleted and wildlife laws prohibiting game hunting, the Coorgis have, however, had to settle for less in their pork.

Chandra Shekhar Pandey, executive chef at the Courtyard By Marriott Pune Hinjewadi, who did a project on Coorgi food while in catering college in Bangalore, says pork makes its way not just into the famed Pandi curry but also into meat pickles. The pickles traditionally do not use oil as a preservative; instead, spices and salt brine are used. Coorgis also make pickles using fish, kumu (mushroom) and baimbale (tender bamboo).

“Kodavas are basically agriculturists who get busy transplanting in the rice fields from June to August-end,” says Kishor Cariappa, a media consultant and the moderator of a blog on the community. “So on 3 September, they have a festival Kailpold or Kail Muhurta where pork is consumed in abundance. Farmers need the extra fat and energy after the hard work for three months transplanting rice. Coorg is also cold and monsoon months can be harsh.”

“We are strict non-vegetarians,” insists Naren Thimmaiah, executive chef at the Gateway Hotel in Bangalore, though, he adds, there are many vegetarian options also in Coorgi cuisine. (more)

Today’s tweet in tomorrow’s newspaper

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My tweet on the Bangalore murder was published in Bangalore Mirror newspaper on August 15, 2010. I came to know of it from one of my Twitter friends on that morning.

All I remember is this particular tweet was RT-ed (repeat in Twitter parlance) more than a dozen times and the next morning it landed in a newspaper. Power of social media.

World Cup soccer fever in Kannur, Kerala

Photos: Mrudu Naik

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Oman jinx for Indian politicians

I had blogged about this earlier, but again my theory proved right when Shashi Tharoor was asked to quit from the cabinet yesterday. For starters, Tharoor was in Oman in February this year, and in two months time he gets sucked into the IPL controversy and he’s gone.