The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, who are on their first visit to India, cut the Queen’s birthday cake with a sword at the British High Commission in Delhi on Monday.
The royal couple had arrived in Mumbai yesterday. They played cricket with Sachin Tendulkar in a Mumbai park on Sunday, before proceeding to Delhi, where they visited the India Gate and laid a wreath in honour of those who lost their lives in World War I.
They also visited Gandhi Smriti here and and paid tribute to the father of the nation.
"She might be the grandmother but she is the boss," Duke of Cambridge Prince William described Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, while giving little insight into the Royal family.
Accompanied by his wife Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Prince William said he was "incredibly impressed" how the country was on the move where "dynamism" was "matched" with warmth and welcome.
The Duchess, wearing a brown dress with black embroidery, mostly faced queries about her experience in playing a cricket match in Mumbai yesterday along with Tendulkar, one of the game's greats.
Speaking at a reception here, Prince William said his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte were "lucky" to have her as their great grandmother and that she will remain a role model for them for life.
A message of the Queen was also read out at the reception in which she said she has wonderful memories of India and that today's event was reflective of the enduring friendship and shared culture between the two countries.
Prince William said he was happy to convey that another generation of the family continued to hold views similar to that of the Queen.
India's contribution to the Commonwealth is enormously important. He said the Queen is turning 90 shortly and it will not be wrong to say that the reception is a tribute to her.
The reception, hosted in honour of the Royal couple by British High Commissioner Sir Dominic Asquith was attended by politicians, diplomats and socialites among others.
While Middleton replied to the questions by the guests, she mostly sought to know from them about their areas of interests.
Speaking on the occasion, the British High Commissioner offered condolence to families of those killed in the Kerala temple tragedy.
The politicians who attended the reception included Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, former Union Ministers Dinesh Trivedi, Farooq Abdullah and Pallam Raju.
(With PTI Inputs)
Skip past the usual commercial restaurants that scream biryani, and instead head for some delicious chicken nihari (priced at Rs 60, it is only available on Saturdays) at this joint. Also popular for its haleem during Ramadan, Hotel Shadab is an ancient eatery opposite Madina building on High Court Road, in Ghansi Bazaar, that features some of the best biryani and kebabs you can hope to scarf down in Hyderabad. After gaining much fame (mostly through word-of-mouth), it recently opened a take-away joint on Road No 3, Banjara Hills.
Uttapams. Guntur Idlis. Corn Dosa. These are just a few of the reasons why one can never find a seat at Hyderabad’s most famous vegetarian restaurant in Banjara Hills Road No 3 (it has opened in 5 other locations as well, but this is the most popular one). Simple South Indian fare with small twists like the Paneer Tikka Dosa make this place stand out from other dosa-offering corners. Possibly the best stop for a typical South-Indian breakfast, a meal for two is priced at Rs 800 on an average.
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In the heart of Mozamjahi market in Nampally, sits this ice cream place that offers two scoops of fruit ice cream for just Rs 20. Ignore the usual mango offerings, and instead treat your tastebuds to some unique flavours that range from custard apple to watermelon and litchi. The best way to enjoy your ice cream is to order a litre of it, and share it with a friend late at night.
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This sweetmeat is for those who want a real taste of ancient Hyderabadi tradition, aka straight from the Nizam's kitchens. Stumble into the quaint neighbourhoods of Aziz Baugh, and you'll find a small home-run kitchen by Nasreen Hussaini and her mother-in-law. They produce these authentic baked Nizami sweets from recipes that are generations old, made from a particular type of almond meal and sugar. Badam ki jali is made in a variety of shapes and sizes, whereas Ashrafi (based on the gold coins employed during the Nizam's reign) is a rounded sweet pressed between moulds that carry inscriptions of the coins used.
Also popular amongst the locals (and now the tourists) for its haleem during Ramadan, Shah Ghouse Café also serves up some of the best Irani chai found in the city - a hard niche to maintain given the number of Irani cafés that pepper older parts of the city. The restaurant owners claim that the flavour of its Irani chai has not changed in 50 years! In close proximity to Charminar ( about a kilometre away), on Shah Ali Banda Road, it's a far cry from your fancy hygienic restaurants nestled comfortably in Banjara or Jubilee Hills.
Pune's famous Shrewsbusy biscuit has a fairly strong competitor in the southern market - aka the Osmania biscuit. These buttery-soft salt biscuits flavoured with cardamom make for perfect elevenses, and are named after the seventh nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan who had a particular affinity for these cookies. While there is no dearth of Irani cafés around the city (Blue Sea Hotel also comes to mind), Subhan Bakery boasts a large following for a cuppa chai and a quick biscuit, alongside its other assortment of cakes, cookies and eats. Ensconsed within Nampally Market, the bakery also takes on bulk orders for its baked goods that range from a price of Rs 10 to Rs 150.
Disclaimer: This is a generic photo of Osmania Biscuits, not one from Subhan bakery
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Once a popular appetiser found everywhere in Hyderabad, Luqmi a crunchy savoury snack is now slowly diminishing. At first glance it looks like a samosa, but bite into it, and you'll know the samosa is a poor cousin as compared to its rich flavouring of mince meat, onions and other spices. Hotel Savera is not the worst place to savour these square pockets of food haven (at just Rs 8 a plate), and their mutton biryani (at a gob-stopping Rs 80) is even better, not to mention cheaper than the fare it would take to traverse to the hotel. You'll find this restaurant in Malakpet, near Chaderghat cross road.
Disclaimer: This is a generic photo of Luqmi, not one from Hotel Savera