‘United We Stand’ Featured Special Attractions for Calcuttans This Holi

Orchid Gardens was colored with the aroma and various hues of Holi colors on the 13th of March. The United We Stand, an initiative of the United Music Festival, a property of a2z events saw a gathering of around three thousand people at the venue. Prior to the event, United had hosted a Whatsapp Holi themed photography and Dubsmash contest. Some of the best videos were screened at the event. Furthermore, Calcuttans made their City of Joy proud by making it to the Limca and India book of records. This was done by a hundred and eighty people who consumed 1500 jalebis at the same time within 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

Upon entering the venue, the first thing which hit me was the typical aroma of Holi colours. They were herbal and were smooth on the skin. Apart from colors, I saw the people, especially the children and the youngsters grooving to the dance beats of songs like ‘ Balam Pichkari’  or ‘Lets Naacho’ played by the DJ’s. A star attraction of the event was the folk fusion dance Troupe Bawalia. Interestingly, the members of the group themselves came down from the stage and danced with the audience making the atmosphere very homely and enjoyable.

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The crowd enjoys themselves Photo Courtesy: Mr Sagnik Karmakar

The centre stage made out of recyclable materials appealed to the audience a lot. It was the first time that an event had created a stage out of recyclable materials. It was here that famous DJ’s like DJ Akash Rohira, DJ Girish, DJ Felix and others played Bollywood, Fusion and Special Holi Mixes for the enthusiastic crowd. Co-organiser, Aparajita Chowdury from a2z events said, “We like to offer something different all the time and contribute to society in our own small way. Apart from using recycling products for UNITED stage, we have ensured a minimal water usage in our event. . “

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The DJ’s play grooving tracks on the stage. Photo Courtesy: Mr Sagnik Karmakar

Foam blasts, colour blasts, paint ball, flower shower etc. were the major activities one could take part in. According to me, there were a few highlights of the event. I loved the idea of mobile phone cases to protect the phone from damage. The stall selling masquerade masks, Rajasthani pagdis and other little tit- bits was my favourite. The unlimited Thandai glasses gave a fresh respite to those weary with dancing and playing colours for a long time.

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At one of the games corner. Photo Courtesy: Mr Sagnik Karmakar
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Thanks to the Food Partners of the Event: Pugalia Photo Courtesy: Mr Sagnik Karmakar

United We Stand was a really fun way to celebrate Holi with friends and family. It was an opportunity to have fun, enjoy, make new friends and of course create innumerable selfie memories with your near and dear ones.

Kolkata Bloggers have been the proud online partners of this event. A big shout out to the organisers for having organised such a successful event! 

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Friends having fun at the event. Photo Courtesy: Mr Sagnik Karmakar

Printworks, Manchester

Printworks as the name suggests would bring to your mind words such as ‘newspapers’ , ‘journalism’, ‘magazines’ etc.  At least, that is what I thought Printworks was all about until I was told that it is everything but ‘print’. It is one of the leading Entertainment arcades. It hosts inside its beautiful walls a number of pubs and eateries as well as a gaming centre and the Odeon movie theatre. after the shutting down of the newsprint site which it actually hosted and followed by the Manchester bombings; Printworks was re-opened in 2000 and can be defined as a ‘one place stop’ for pubs, eateries, movies and games. 

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Located at the intersection of Withy Grove and Corporation Street Manchester, this is how the area looks like from the Printworks in the evening. Towards the left of the frame, ‘Next’ is a beautiful shop which is part of the Manchester Arndale. Towards the right is the National Football Museum , Cheetham School of music and Cheetham Library, The Manchester Arena and the very famous Victoria Station.

 

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On entering Printworks you are bound to be blinded by the glitzy and glamorous sign boards of the various pubs and eateries. You get a range of cuisines here -Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mexican- you name it and you have it. 

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Along with proper restaurants, you also have various pubs and cafe’s like Walkabout, Waxy O Connors, Tiger Tiger, Hard Rock. 

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As you cross the Pump Yard, three distinct objects would catch your attention. this huge Graffiti, A Pretty snail (below) which I believe looks really dreamy-eyed and  a car ride.

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FOOD

This is a collage of the map of Printwoks and also some of the big names of eateries and restaurants that are found here. This place has such varieties that you would never have to worry about food being in your budget. Additionally, if you are planning to go pub hopping, then this place is a must as you have various different pubs under one roof.

At the end of this post, I am leaving a little bit of my own recommendations.

1. Try out the eateries and pubs. If you want a wonderful buffet then you can check out Peachy Keens. (https://trekkersoftheeast.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/peachy-keens/)

2. Try the Car Ride. 

3. You can try your luck at the Gaming Zone (although I was not that lucky this time 😛 )

4. Keep a lookout at the official website of Printworks for amazing, offers, competitions and events at http://www.theprintworks.com/the_place/events/search/25/01/2016/

5. Endless Photographs

6. Great Time with Friends and Families.

Do comment and let me know if you have been to the Printworks and if you have any favourites in this arcade. Thanks 🙂 

Peachy Keens

Peachy Keens in Printworks is the true definition of the saying ‘The World on Your Plate’. This amazing buffet restaurant makes sure that you get a taste of leading world cuisines under one roof. With just £14.99 pounds per plate (drinks extra) you have unlimited food and desserts at your disposal. 

I would personally say, it might be expensive for some people, especially students, but if you really have a reason to celebrate, then it is worth spending the money and coming here, for some yummy food. 

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This huge wall greets you at the entrance of the Restaurant. It has the names of some of the tastiest dishes curated from all over the world that are available inside.

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This is just a part of the lavish buffet table inside the restaurant. You have varieties of salads, noodles, rice, vegetables, chicken, beef, mutton, soups, pizzas and the list continues. 

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A collage of some of the cuisines available inside.

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A glimpse of the Internationally decorated wall murals inside the restaurant. From China to India and further, each photograph depicts a place and its speciality. 

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Well this plate contains some of the dishes from the buffet table.  (Clockwise) Spring rolls, Chinese Samosas,  Chilli Chicken , Mint Chutney and Prawns. 

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 (Anti clockwise) Coleslaw, Spicy Onion Pickle, Rice, Mutton Rogan Josh, Mint Chutney, Chilly Chicken , Sweet and Sour Chicken.

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White and Milk Chocolate Fountains. 

My Recommendations: 

Starters: Varieties of Salads

Main: Mutton Lasagne, Mutton Rogan Josh, Beef in Back Been Sauce 

Desserts: Fruit Jellies, Raspberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse, Gulab Jamun and Marshmallows in Chocolate Sauce, Tiramisu (Contains Alcohol)

Extras: Unlimited Food .Unlimited Photographs . Unlimited Memories.

If you have been to Peachy Keens before, let me know how you liked it. If you have not gone there, would you like to visit it? Do comment on the post below. Happy Eating 🙂 !