Sunday, January 2, 2011

Swades Restaurant, Karama, Dubai – Vegetarian (North Indian – maybe Uttar Pradesh regional cuisine Thali)

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Swades Restaurant, Karama, Dubai - Vegetarian (North Indian - maybe Uttar Pradesh regional cuisine Thali)

Swades Restaurant, Karama, Dubai - Vegetarian (North Indian - maybe Uttar Pradesh regional cuisine Thali)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Chopsticks Chinese Restaurant reopens in Karama, Dubai

UPDATE: Chopsticks closed down a couple of years back and now has been replaced with an Indian restaurant SWADES. I’m posting their menu in the next post.

I remember enjoying delicious chinese cuisine (though Indianised) at Chopsticks. It was closed for a few months for renovation I guess. I saw them open a few days back and found their delivery menu lying at my doorstep am posting the scanned menu here.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Relieving stress in Karama

Found this interesting article on the Raja Yoga Center website.
The Raja Yoga Center is located in Karama, next to the Post Office...their website has a location map too.

Relieving stress in Karama

ROBERT FLEMMING (Staff Reporter, Khaleej Times)
15 June 2006

Stress. It's one of the most common ailments of a modern society that races ahead to achieve, meet deadlines and be successful. We are stressed out by relationships that are put under pressure by the stress of work. We are stressed out by the traffic, the heat, the lack of time, by our emotional reactions and by stress! And although we complain about this aspect of our lives, how many of us actually do anything to relieve the condition?

According to Ansuya Sunku, Director of the Bahrain Meditation Centre and Jyotika Hulmani of the Raja Yoga Centre in Karama, the answer lies in meditation. Taking time out from their peaceful lives, they have been talking to people in Wafi City about the benefits of the discipline.

"People are stressed today because there is no balance between the mind and body. We've become like machines competing with technology and trying to achieve goals in a shorter span of time. As that increases it creates dependence and we are losing the connection with the inner self," says Ansuya. "Meditation is a way of connecting with that self and allows you to reach your true potential. Everyone wants peace in their life and it is there deep within you but because we are occupied with so many material things we are unable to access that space deep inside. Meditation takes away the outer dimension. When you connect with that inner self you connect with peace; that power gives you spiritual energy. The mind is energised, actions become more accurate and you become more successful."

For the uninitiated, the principles may be sound enough but the practice would seem beyond their reach. The art of relaxation is not that easy to learn and when in our busy lives do any of us have time to chill out in a lotus position and repeat 'I am at peace' 372 times.

"We teach Raj Yoga which is a technique through which you become a king over yourself. Raj means 'king' and yoga, 'communion'. This is meditation that helps to heal the root rather than simply treating the symptoms. "Overcoming stress by going swimming or reading a book is only a temporary respite. Through meditation you can become the master of the self and when you understand more about yourself, you know what you lack and you can fill the gaps. Raj Yoga does not require any postures or mantras. Take any comfortable position and find the stillness in the body. We make people relax their bodies because until you have that you cannot concentrate the mind. We say that we don't have the time but we do; unconsciously we waste out time. You must do something for the inner self and meditation nourishes that."

A registered charity, the centre has been running in Karama for four years but for the first time Ansuya and Jyotika have felt the need to share their skills and knowledge with the greater public of Dubai. It's a free community service that provides courses and seminars in meditation, stress management, positive thinking, self esteem and emotional intelligence. But meditation is at the core. Meditation is essential in today's world. Physical exercises help clear physical blockages; meditation clears mental blockages. Perhaps it's time to make time to meditate.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Karama lady shares her green living hobby

Found this in yesterday's (11th July) Emirates Today. Reproduced the pages below...shot them at a hi-res, so it should be readable. Or visit Emirates Today to read the actual article online.

Viji shares a lot of tip and information on how to create useful things with waste material etc.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Karama Landmarks

Here are a few landmarks from in and around Karama. This is not a comprehensive list and just features photos of what I could get. Do let me know what I've missed out.

1) Karama Fire Station

2) Karama Post Office

3) Karama Park

Located opposite the Lulu Supermarkets:

4) Karama Market - 1

The photos below are the of the Karama Shops that are famous for low cost brands

5) Karama Market 2 - Meat & Vegetables

This is a photo of the back entrance.

A shot of the interiors...the meat (fish, poultry etc.) shops are on the left and vegetable shops are on the right i.e. when you enter from the back entrance.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Venus Restaurant

Opp. Lulu Centre, Karama
Tel: 04 335 2113

Located at what i call as Karama Restaurants Square....this is the street opposite the Karama Park (will post photos soon) where a lot of restaurants are located.

The Venus Restaurant mainly serves south Indian / Udipi cuisine (native to the south Indian state of Karnataka...where Bangalore is located). My eternally favourite south Indian dish is the Ghee Roast - Dosa fried in clarified butter. In Venus, as in other south Indian restaurants, Ghee Roast is served with sambhar and 3 types of chutneys - onion, coconut and coriander-mint. Yum!

Venus Restaurant - snapped from the Karama Park.

Ghee Roast (Dosa) at the Venus Restaurant.

Their Home Delivery Menu (click images to enlarge):

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Mumbai Masala Restaurant

Next to Day 2 Day Supermarket (opp. Karama PO)
Tel: 396 9883 / 396 9884
(Location Map - on the delivery menu cover below)

In my previous post of photos of New Karama, I had mentioned the defunct Aachees restaurant. A couple of days back, when took my wife for an evening stroll through Karama, I found that a new restaurant had taken Aachees place - MUMBAI MASALA....I just stepped in to get their home delivery menu. The restaurant was very classily decorated and had neatly dressed and very courteous waiters who opened the door for me.

The new MUMBAI MASALA restaurant (location map on the menu cover below...just click on the image to enlarge).

Mumbai Masala - Delivery Menu


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Sunday, May 20, 2007

New Karama - Photos

Here are a few photos of one part of New Karama (opp. Post Office) from my archvies. Will be putting up more in due course. Karama is

A view of the Karama Post Office (far left) from next to the Baby Shop building.

Day To Day 2 Dirham Store - Everything in this store is Dhs.2/-...well almost.

Salt n Pepper Restaurant - Mainly Filipino and Chinese food...quite a popular hangout for Filipinos.

The buildings in Karama are not more than 4 storeys each...and are all residential with ground floor being alloted to shops and offices. These photos were taken on a Friday (official day off), so that explains why the streets are so empty.

Aachees Restaurant - A Kerala restaurant that started with a bang and suddenly closed down one day. Now it still exists - locked for about a year now.

Dubai Fried Chicken - In an earlier avatar, it was called Damascus Fried Chicken and I remember seeing a lot of crowd here...then it changed to Dubai Fried Chicken and suddenly it closed down too....then after 6 months, it has now reopened as Golden Brown.

More views of New Karama.

Chopsticks Restaurant - Excellent Chinese cuisine...small and cosy too!

A Used Furniture shop in the Hamdan Colony area of New Karama. Once there were quite a number of used furntiure shops in this area...seems to have thinned out now.
Residents of Karama are mostly South Asians - Indians, Pakistanis, Arabs too and some Iranians.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Karama Stuff!

Living in Karama since I first arrived in Dubai in 1998, I've always felt at home here even though I'd stayed later in Abu Dhabi for 3 years before coming back.

The sheer volume of restaurants concentrated in the areas of Old Karama and New Karama is enough to amaze a first-time visitor. Residents enjoy essential and luxury services all a stone's throw away. Karama's location between Deira and Bur Dubai makes it an ideal residential location for those who like the charm of old Dubai. launched! launched! launched!

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