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Lounge Review | tfs Club Lounge, Kolkata

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I have been a Platinum Tier member of the Jet Privilege Loyalty Program for a while now. Getting there was a pretty big deal since the Platinum Tier gets you more than just the Excess Baggage Allowance that one might get on the JP – Gold & Silver Tiers. I will be writing about the Tiers soon. This is my first blog post on the Lounges that are affiliated to an Airline/Credit Card Program. Right at the beginning, I’d appreciate your comments/feedback. Haven’t blogged in a really really long time.Jet Privilege Okay, now to the Lounge.

Globally, Airlines are known to operate their own Lounges. Air India has the Maharaja Lounge, Jet Airways has their own lounges, Cathay Pacific has the Wing/Pier/Bridge Lounge, American has their Admirals Club and so on and so forth. However, with a view on saving costs, and reducing the hassles of maintaining the property, kitchens, service quality and more; Airlines choose to now partner with other airlines or pure-play lounge operators. These Lounge Operators have spaces in Airports which they furnish, decorate and service for a fee from the odd-traveler. Jet Airways has entered into a partnership with tfs – Travel Food Services (an Indian organisation serving Passengers at the Airport and Air-side). The tfs Club Lounge – Kolkata (Domestic) was the lounge I visited.

For the purpose of making this review worth your while, I’m going to break it down into four logical blocks, and plan to evolve going forward in my criteria:

  1. Getting In
  2. Ease of Access
  3. Ambiance, Decor & Furnishings
  4. Food Quality
  5. Service

Getting In: Once you are there it is a real charm to get in. The JP Gold Tier members, and Platinum Tier of course get complimentary lounge access as a part of their benefits. A not-so-frequent flyer can get complimentary lounge access if he or she holds an American Express Platinum or a Diners Club or a Mastercard Platinum & above or a Visa Platinum & above credit card as well. Don’t hold any of these credit cards? Sure, that’s okay. You may use specific debit cards as well. No debit cards – allergic to plastic money, or like to use hard cash – See, here is where things get really expensive. It is INR 999 for an Eat-all-you-can with Non-Alcoholic Beverages. I will be writing about Lounge Access really soon.

Ease of Access: Ummmm…I’m not sure. Well, Kolkata Airport’s new Integrated Terminal is a mammoth of a structure as compared to what it used to be (haven’t been to the old one, but pictures and hearsay help me judge). The domestic side of the terminal has gates 16 – 25 to board flights departing Kolkata, and the lounge is located bang opposite Gate 24, one level up. Now, that’s alright when your flight is departing gates 23-25. But, when you are at Gate 16 – Keep Walking. The lounge can be accessed by an Escalator (only going Up), or an Elevator (Both Way). Pretty easy to locate, but it is a long walk.

Decor & Furnishing: I like the way the lounge has been done up. It is open air – so you can see the truss holding the airport roof up, and on both sides of the lounge you can look at the outside world. On one side you have the city-side view and on the other you can see the apron, taxiway and runway even (a pleasure if you are an Aviation enthusiast like me).

The lounge has a restaurant area (you can eat anywhere though), single couches, and work tables for you. I like the work tables – comfortable to sit and type away to glory. For every two couches, you have a couple of Indian-type Sockets and a beautiful Lamp with separate focus reading lamps (the kind you will find in really fancy hotels). There is a television that plays only sports, and a FID (Flight Information Display) too.

There is a partition which houses the coffee machine (full blown), chiller for soft beverages and cookie bar (not really a cookie bar, just a jar of cookies). This partition separates the buffet arrangement and the lounge.

The ambiance in the lounge is really good. You will see people who mind their own business, sit in the seat of their choice and simply do what they do. Some of them are loud, but then again – we are in India, and we are loud, proudly so.

I like it. And I don’t. The lounge is functional and pretty decent looking. Modern even. It is the open air bit that is annoying. Kolkata Airport is not a silent terminal yet. So, you are bound to hearing really shrill sounding ladies from certain carriers screaming on the PA system for passengers to board, board and board and probably even threatening them to be left back (not going to happen – It is a pain for them to open the baggage hold and throw your bags out. So, they might as well send an army to hunt you down and put you in your seat). Second, the insects – well Mosquitoes and Flies. Open air runs the open risk of the odd insect feeling invited to sit on your food or bite you a little even.

Food Quality: The food is above average for Airport Catering and a lot better than the crap you get at Coffee Shops in Airport Food Courts. Having said that, the menu may seem a little restrictive. No wide selection of salads, no proper cuisine definition and a hodgepodge of dishes. But, then again, I believe tfs has gone ahead and made this a ‘snack’ concept lounge more than a luxury offering – And that’s okay.

On my trip, I had a lot of tid-bits to eat. Mini Samosas, Chicken Puff, Cheese Croissants, Hakka Noodles, Chicken ‘Schezwan’ and so on and so forth.  The square pastries are awesome and they serve Bengali Sweets too. Pick up a plate and eat to your heart’s content. The food is fresh, warm/hot and tastes good. Not spectacular; good. Overall, it is slightly over average. The drinks are a different story though: I loved their coffee. The cookies are a good compliment too.

Service: The front desk staff here are prompt. Repeated visits will ensure a gentle welcome from their Manager and staff alike. What I like best about them is that the waiting staff will make sure you are comfortable, and your used plates are taken away and prompt service is given.Airport KolkataThis is one of the better lounges in the country, and while you can give it a miss, take a shot and try it out to stretch out while you wait for your departure from this large, but rather uneventful airport.

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I'm Apurva. Professionally I am a Strategy Consultant specializing in Business Model Transformation, Business Process Re-Engineering, Human Resource Development and Talent creation. I've had the privilege to work for and work with some of the biggest brands and organisations in the TMT - Technology, Media & Telecommunication space professionally. Traveling is a passion, hobby and interest for me. Experiencing Food, Culture and Sights; Exploring the depths of cultures and Meeting people, forging relationships with them is what I wish to do going along. Ardent frequent flyer, aviation and railway enthusiast. About a year and a half ago, I began to learn Disc Jockeying and Music Production. I perform live events under the moniker 'AxiAum' and have released a few tracks and sets of my own.

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Ram Mandir Opening For “Darshan” In 2023

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The Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is expected to allow visitors by December 2023, with the completion of construction only in 2025.

Sources in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra have revealed that the colossal project of building the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, will be opening for devotees towards the end of 2023. In contrast, the project’s entire construction completion is expected towards the end of 2025. The sanctum sanctorum (Garbha Griha), along with the mandir’s first floor, will be ready by December 2023. Devotees will be allowed to visit the long-awaited mandir soon after the construction is completed.

An ANI report said, “The grand Ram Mandir being constructed in Ayodhya will be opened for devotees from December 2023. Sources told ANI that Garbhagriha, all five mandaps and the first floor will be ready by December 2023 and the mandir will be opened for devotees”.

The sanctum sanctorum will be as high as 161 feet and built using Rajasthani marble and stones. Engineers and architects are taking all measures to ensure the longevity of this enormous project. The second stage of construction is expected to begin in December this year. Currently, the structure is at a standstill as a result of monsoons. Another reason for the delay is the coronavirus pandemic that depleted the force with which the mandir’s construction was expected to go on.

The announcement of the mandir being opened to visitors in 2023 has brought up questions about the political agenda. It is believed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims to use the mandir to catapult themselves into a position of advantage during the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Opening the mandir to devotees in December 2023 will give the BJP an easy 6-month gap to the general elections in 2024.

The opening of the long-awaited Ram Mandir in Ayodhya could be the factor that diverts the public, at least the Hindu’s in favour of BJP. Thus, securing them a vote bank based on religious sentiments upheld by the party in their previous tenure as the ruling party.

The Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir will be 360 feet long, 235 feet wide, and 20 feet high mandir will be completely ready by the end of 2025. The project will include amenities and structures like museums, archives, research centre, Sant Niwas, gau and Yagya shala, Etc. The main attraction is the Ram Mandir.

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How SEBI’s New Margin Rule Is Affecting Retail Traders?

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Securities and Exchange Board of India has introduced new margin rules for traders. Traders and Brokers are not happy with the new regulations because they will have to invest a large amount of cash in fulfilling margin requirements for trade.

SEBI had introduced the new margin rule in the year 2020 for intraday traders. It is being implemented in a phased manner. Traders were supposed to maintain 25 per cent of the peak margin in the first phase; the margin was raised by 50 per cent in the second phase. In the third phase, as per the new margin rule, intraday traders will have to pay a 100 per cent upfront margin. According to new norms, the margin requirements will be calculated four times during every trading session because the money margin must be greater than the need.

As per the new rule, brokers must collect margin from investors for any purchase or sale, and if they fail to do so, they will have to pay the penalty. Thus, brokers will not receive power of attorney. Brokers cannot use power of attorney for pledging anymore.

Those investors who want to make use of margin will have to create margin pledges separately. As per the new rule, investors will have to pay at least a 30 per cent margin upfront to avail a margin loan. Shares brought today cannot be sold tomorrow. Funds from shares sold today cannot be used for new trades on the same day.

The market experts said that there must be proper adjustments for implementing new rules, or it may create chaos, trouble and disturbance to the market participants. The CEO and founder of Zerodha broking firm, Nithin Kamath tweeted that, “the day when the new rules came into effect was the dreaded day for brokers, exchanges, intraday traders”.

Traders Are Not Happy:

Changes in rules have evoked strong reactions from traders because they will have to invest a large amount of cash in fulfilling margin requirements for trades as per new margin rules. Even the trading in futures and options will become more expensive. Traders are disappointed because they will have to pay up more money to bet in stock markets. As per new margin rules, Traders are also liable for the penalty if the rules are not followed during the trading session. If a trader wants to buy Nifty worth Rs 10 lakh, he will have to pay a 20 per cent margin of around 2 lakh. If the margin of the trader does not meet the need, he will be penalized. Traders will have to pay the minimum amount for opening the Multilateral Trading facility account, and they have to maintain a minor balance at all times.

Why Gas SEBI Introduced A New Margin Rule?

SEBI has introduced new rules to protect retail investors from purchasing difficulty. The intended goal of SEBI behind new margin rules is to bring down the difficult market situation and avoid huge fluctuation in stock markets during extreme stress. The new margin rules are likely to bring transparency to the market; it is expected to strengthen the market’s safety.

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Keanu Reeves Returns with “The Matrix Resurrection”

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The expectation of the unexpected fourth instalment of The Matrix Resurrections in the sci-fi establishment has started with another banner prodding the arrival of its first trailer.

The film Matrix 4 comes out 18-years after The Matrix Revolutions. It is planning to be the last film in a trilogy reporting the transformation of Computer programmer Thomas Anderson into cybercriminal Neo. As he finds the conventional world, he occupies a recreated reality.

Loosening up the expectation, with a special promotional. It highlights red and blue pills sit next to each other underneath the clear message: ‘The Choice is yours.’ Fans of the famous establishment will perceive the pills as a definitive choice given to Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, as he picks between life in the conflict assaulted real world or the ‘beautiful prison’ of a substitute reality. Penetrating static fills in as the scenery, as small strings of Matrix code has seen falling inside the pills before the whole scene liquefies.

Fans can proceed with their adventure on WhatIsTheMatrix.com, an intelligent pick your-own-experience style site. Given a similar decision there, red brings you down a rabbit hole where you’re told: ‘This is the moment for you to show us what’s real.’ Then scenes from the film teaser, showing the slight hindrance between the natural world and the fake world known as The Matrix. One of the Best Scenes is Reeves’ Neo gulping a blue pill while a lot more seasoned, a balder man shows up in his appearance.

The scenes reviewed rely upon which pill selection and each emphasis on the decision made. The Red Pill requests that the watcher go further into the reality behind the Matrix. While the Blue Pill cautions them to avoid it again so as not to agitate the norm and welcome undesirable risk.

Still, the viewer’s decision makes, in any case, every secret seems to end with a brief look at Keanu Reeves as Neo, with different eyes. He either collaborates with characters who could be his partners in the film or plans to fight against its expected scalawags, be they Agents, pernicious projects, or even people.

The person who clicks on the blue pill will hear Harris’s voiceover saying: “You’ve lost your capacity to discern reality from fiction.” Before encouraging the viewer to embrace that their situation is genuine. At the current time, streaks on the screen, and Harris peruses it, saying, “anything else is your mind playing tricks on you.” By contrast, ones’ who click on the red pill hear Abdul-Mateen’s voice revealing to them that while they trust it’s the current time — once more. With Abdul-Mateen perusing the time out loud — “that couldn’t be further from the truth.” Regardless, a progression of quick-cut shots from “Revivals” streaks on the screen during the two situations. As each time a viewer taps on a pill, the recording changes.

‘This could be this is the first day of the rest of your life, but if you want it, you gotta fight for it.’ The portrayal wraps while showing star Keanu Reeves prepared to battle. Then, at that point, finishing on a vile note, they show somebody contacting the PC port at the rear of their head and inquire: ‘We don’t want anyone to get hurt, do we?’

From visionary movie producer Lana Wachowski. The new film reunites unique stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as Neo and Trinity, the infamous roles they made well known.’ The first Matrix film in 1999 met with much essential acclaim upon its introduction. The element is following up by two other movies, which were both delivered in 2003. Warner Bros. uncovered the title for the fourth Matrix film during its CinemaCon board. The Matrix Resurrections will release on December 22, 2021.

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