April 2019


Did you know that India’s best South Indian restaurant Dakshin was actually started in Chennai in Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park 30 years back on 14th of April 1989? Dakshin brings together the rich culinary traditions from six South Indian states – Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Puducherry. When were invited for 30 years celebrations of Dakshin, we didn’t think twice and along with top 10 travel and lifestyle bloggers from Bangalore, started in Dakshin Blogger Bus from Bangalore to Chennai!

The Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park and GV Media tech ensured that we had a very comfortable journey in a AC bus from Bangalore to Chennai with sufficient stops on the way for breakfast and snacks. Also Dakshin team gave us a welcome box which had lot of wonderful amenities to remind us of the great food at Dakshin!

The Dakshin goodie bag had famous Tamil Nadu specialities like Mullu Murukku and Adirasam along with some sweets too!

Some of the other snacks were ribbon pakoda, mami’s snacks, nellikai mitai. One of the cutest gifts was that of a small coffee filter ! GV Media tech team also gave us very nice goodie bag with stuff we need for the travel and also a filter coffee tumbler and mug!

We reached after 7 hours of journey. Though we were bit tired, the enthusiasm with which the Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park team welcomed us was amazing! The entire team including Mr. Jit Bose, Area Director Sales & Marketing, South India, personally welcomed us and took care of us for our entire stay!

Located 12 km away from Chennai International Airport and close to business and financial hubs, Hotel Crowne Plaza Adyar Park is situated along numerous cultural attractions, such as Mylapore Temple, Mahabalipuram and Dakshina Chitra.

The hotel boasts of 287 guest rooms, with classic accommodations in the Park Wing or modern aesthetics in the newly refurbished Towers Wing, like where we were staying.

I loved the room amenities kept in our suite room which were customized to spread the message of ‘Dakshin Turns 30’! Lot of wonderful attention to detail!

Executive Chef Deva and his team of experienced chefs at Dakshin had created two exclusive dishes – nattu kozhi ammi masala (Chicken) and Chettinad aadu (Lamb) which are made up of 30 flavour packed ingredients.

Executive Chef Deva also cooked the legendary Banana Dosa for us which is one of Dakshin’s most popular dishes and also some fritters.

We went to the 30 years celebration too which was a grand affair and had the best of the cuisine from states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

Dakshin was launched to cater to the demand in the market for authentic South Indian cuisine. Groups of chefs from various regions of Southern India were summoned and they were asked to prepare and present food from their region.

Jit Bose talked during the event about the origin of Dakshin and praised the entire team, few of them who are there since last 28 years or so!

The celebratory menu included traditional thirst quenchers like Neer Moru, Para Saaru, starters like Nandu Puttu, Meen Moilee, main courses like Theeyal, Appam, Kal dosai, Veechu Parotta, vegetarian and non-vegetarian thali meals and desserts like elaneer payasam, Basundi etc. There were also be special cocktails and mocktails which drew inspiration from the flavours of South India.

The thalis which are being curated in honor of the 30th anniversary are attractively priced at INR 1999 plus taxes for a vegetarian thali and INR 2499 plus taxes for a non-vegetarian thali available for both lunch and dinner.

Dakshin serves vegetarian and non – vegetarian South Indian cuisine which is served only with the best alcoholic beverages. Dakshin is also known for its succulent and delicious sea food. The food at Dakshin is served on a traditional banana leaf to give their guests a wholesome traditional experience.

The USP of Dakshin is the Iyer’s  Trolley, a selection of South Indian Tiffin or snack time food items  which have been adapted for fine dining, as is the Filter Kapi which is served in silver tumblers and hand tossed for you by the staff. The ambience, authentic cuisine, personalized service and traditional instrumental music make up for a complete gastronomic experience appealing all your six senses.

ACT Fibernet (Atria Convergence Technologies Ltd.) India’s largest fiber-focused broadband provider, launched its first consumer product ‘ACT Stream TV 4K’ device powered by Android in India. As part of the new brand strategy towards offering innovative customer centric solutions to enhance user experience, the streaming device will provide a 360 spin to all entertainment needs of a consumer.

Key Features and Offerings

ACT Stream TV 4K is a one stop entertainment solution for customers where they can enjoy their favourite movies, TV shows, sports, music videos from existing on-demand streaming providers and TV channels. Powered with ACT Fibernet’s high speed fibernet connectivity ACT Stream TV 4K has the capacity to transform a living space into a full-fledged entertainment zone.

Some key features of the box include,

4K device with Dolby Passthrough – Future ready to enable users experience their favourite content in its fullest.
ACT Stream TV 4K will allow streaming content from popular apps such as Netflix, Hotstar, Sony Liv, Hooq, Zee5, YouTube, Sun NxT and from 3000+ apps available on Google Play Store. Customers can also watch over 100 of their favourite Free to air TV channels.

Single click subscription: Customers can subscribe to premium content from existing OTT streaming partners and channels that have tied up with ACT Fibernet and pay for their subscription directly as part of their monthly bill.

Catch up TV: Customers can catch up on their favourite TV shows, matches and highlights for upto 24 hours.
Powered by Android 9 Pie: Brings the power of the latest Android Pie operating system with access to over 3000 TV apps in the Google Play Store.

Voice search powered by the Google Assistant: Easy to search desired content and control device with voice commands powered by the Google Assistant.

External devices: Allows to connect hard disk, USB, joysticks, camera to view family pictures, video chat with friends or play games and more.

Compact and Sleek Design

Combined with latest technology and design, the box has been customized to make it intuitive and user friendly. The device is supported with a remote-control unit which can be used to operate the box. The remote has an ergonomic design with minimalistic keys making it extremely easy to use and helps users launch their favourite apps from any screen they are in.

Price, Availability and Offers

The ACT Stream TV 4K box is priced at INR 4499. It will be available with select plans and for purchase post commercial launch in May 2019. Customers can visit for purchase.

As an introductory offer, ACT Fibernet will provide the ACT StreamTV 4K complimentary to select 5000 customers. Additionally, customers will get a bundle of other exclusive offers including, discounted rates on the VOD apps, extended trial periods on content apps, free access to pay-per-view content, download apps from Google Play store and more.

About ACT Fibernet

ACT Fibernet is India’s largest fiber-focused wired broadband ISP as on September 30, 2017 (in terms of number of fiber broadband internet subscribers from residential homes) (Source: India Broadband Market Overview – 2017 dated February 19, 2018, prepared by Media Partners Asia). Headquartered in Bangalore, ACT Fibernet has operations in 15 Indian cities as on December 31, 2017 with approximately 1.4 million customers.

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