Tourism Malaysia – Cocktail Dinner Party in ‘M.V. Millennium’

By: Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

February 19, 2015

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The River Ganges is the bloodline of the people in West Bengal. The river reflects the long origin of Bengali legacy and civilization. A Cruise on the Ganges, will be the best way to explore the city. I was cordially invited by the Tourism Malaysia for this buffet dinner party. Though this was my second experience but first time in dinner cruise in river Ganges. At exact 7:30 PM reached Vivada jetty, Millennium Park to aboard M.V. Millennium. The Cruise was not amazing, but it was a nice and clean. I was welcome on board with a warm smile and then went to upper deck to feel the breeze. Pleasingly found Cocktails servings had already started with starters.

 

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What could be more electrifying than a dinner on a cruise as it glides along the river Ganges by moonlight. While you cruise aboard it offers on intriguingly different view of the amazing city – Kolkata and well as the famous Howrah Bridge in the spectacular night lights. With the lighted Howrah Bridges, bring in the magic of the evening. Also there are 54 ghats (quayside) and all have great history and heritage. Some of them are Bathing ghats, Ceremonial ghats where rituals are performed and then the Ferry ghat which connects the two banks at various places. Many monuments, memorials and markets are there by the river side, to be explored & experienced. The huge bonus of this cruise was that it allows you to see a lot of sites from the water that you might not otherwise get to see from road journey.

 

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Food on the cruise was very good; kebabs and grills were very inviting. Chicken Reshmi Kebab & Mutton Tunde Kebab as starter was excellent, really mouth-watering. While sipping my drinks I was swept away as we cruise through the nocturnal enchantment of the city’s riverside heritage with soothing music. Mr. Dato from Tourism Malaysia give a short speech about latest attractions in Malaysia and upcoming festivals. Few award winning video clippings about Malaysia were also very entertaining. The vocalist Modhumita was a great addition to the evening. Once the drink was done, she definitely buzz the right song to get people dancing. I had an absolute blast watching everyone on the dance floor. Time flies so quickly, I found it’s almost 10 pm and in lower deck buffet dinner has already started.

 

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First tried pasta & salad live counter, the salad was nice and enjoyable but the pasta was not really upto the mark and absolutely felt like steamed pasta in spicy red sauce. Not much option for non veg people, only Chicken Biryani & Mutton Kasha. The next item, Chicken Biryani, was atrocious and not palatable. The Mutton Kasha was possibly the only food item that had some flavor and taste. Mutton pieces were soft enough to melt in your mouth.

 

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Desserts options were pretty simple, Nolen Gur er ice cream and hot Gulabjamun. MAN oh MAN Nolen Gur er ice cream was heavenly and so delicious! Flavor of Nolen Gur was definitely an addiction to sweet lovers. Nolen Gur er ice cream & Gulabjamun made me come back for seconds and thirds! Nolen Gur er ice cream & Gulabjamun combo was truly an exotic pleasure.

 

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M.V. Millennium finally docked at Vivada jetty, Millennium Park around 10:45 pm. Overall a wonderful & enjoyable evening and memories to take home with you.

 

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About Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word ‘foodie’ and prefers, instead, the expression ‘food devotee’. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

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1915940_101100699948573_1759232_nRajdeep Bhattacharjee wears many feathers in his cap. A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – Rajdeep, once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word 'foodie' and prefers, instead, the expression 'food devotee'. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

He is the founder of Gourmets Travel Guide, a website devoted completely to food and travel. Rajdeep is an avid blogger and one can find many of his sojourns aptly expressed on the website www.gourmetstravelguide.com.

Rajdeep had been recently chosen by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to board the inaugural flight from Kolkata to Bangkok (TG – 336) and received accolades for wonderfully recounting the experience, from start to finish, in his blog. In fact, his travelogue was featured in Hangla Hneshel, one of India's foremost Bengali magazine dedicated completely to food and travel. Rajdeep doesn't stop there! One of his undersea walks also got featured in The Telegraph, one of India's leading dailies. He is also one of the chief curators and a selector for chefs and restaurants for Channel One's Resto Ranna episodes.

Zomato ranks Rajdeep among the top ten food connoisseurs in the city. He has also been ranked number 5 and 6, in this year's Network 18 and Burrp surveys respectively, as one of the discerning food critics in the country.

Rajdeep loves eating out at different restaurants. A true blue Bengali at heart and gut, experimenting with food and palates come naturally to him. And he doesn't mind leaving an endearing word or two for chefs who have displayed their talents on the plate and the restaurant management for the inviting ambiance of an eatery.

Rajdeep counts is as his forte the wonderful rapport he shares with different media houses. Thus his writings have already been picked up by top food journals and news dailies apart from the exposure he has to talk about them on social media. Reputation management of his clients come naturally to him be it on the virtual platform or in print.

He has been blogging for the last three years. When he is not writing on food and travel or working as a Government employee, you can most certainly catch him with a camera slung around his neck and travel gear ready to satisfy his inner wanderlust.