Avis India Launches its Mobile Application for Self & Chauffeur Drive Rentals

Available on iOS‘App Store’ and Google ‘Play Store’

Avis India, India’s leading mobility solutions provider has launched its Mobile Application (App) to enable Chauffeur Drive & Self Drive rentals in India.

 

The Mobile App available for Android and Apple users is a free interactive tool that allows travelers to make a reservation. The new application, available online through the iOS ‘App Store’ and Google ‘Play Store’ features multi-touch booking so customers can easily point and click on a vehicle for rent. Along with a simplified booking process the App has multiple features such as managing bookings, 24*7 Customer support, exploring latest offers, sharing with friends and family, etc.

 

Mr. Sunil Gupta, Managing Director & CEO of Avis India said “We’re always looking for ways to save our customers time and enhance the rental experience – and that starts with the reservation process. Soon the Avis India App will also power our international self-drive bookings to Avis worldwide network of 168 countries. The App will also enable chauffeur drive bookings to its large network of corporate customers.”

 

Avis India has also remodeled its current website www.avis.co.in and made it more user friendly.

 

“We use sophisticated telematics solutions to enable all cars to be available on a single web and mobile platform. The Mobile application becomes the navigation and key to your car once it has been booked.”, further added Mr Gupta.

 

About Avis

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with more than 5,200 locations in more than 168 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information visit www.avis.com.


About Avis India

India’s leading car rental, leasing and fleet management provider, Avis India, is a joint venture between Avis Budget Group, Inc. and The Oberoi Group. Avis India has a fleet of more than 5500 premium cars across the country, with a network extending across 50 conveniently-located rental stations in 20 cities. Avis India has more than 3000 vehicles in operations under its car leasing business. For further information, please visit www.avis.co.in. The Oberoi Group operates 28 hotels and three cruisers in five countries under the luxury ‘Oberoi’ and five-star ‘Trident’ brands. For more information on The Oberoi Group, please visit www.oberoihotels.com

Avis in India is present at Agra, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, NOIDA, Pune, Rishikesh, Shimla, Trivandrum, Udaipur, and Vadodara.

Karishma Kapoor Launches New Blue Mount Alkaline RO and UV Filter

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Blue Mount, India’s leading manufacturer of water purification systems, introduced its new alkaline RO and UV filter, priced at Rs 17,490 today with renowned actress Karishma Kapoor doing the honours.

Managing director of Blue Mount Appliances, Vishal Gupta, said that his company’s mission is to provide pure and safe drinking water to the common man to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Blue Mount was adjudged Asia’s Greatest Brand earlier this year because of its contribution to find a solution to major global water problems that affect health. One of the fastest growing companies of its kind, Blue Mount is creating milestones with its leadership role in the domain of water purification. The company’s unique technology bringsthe power of RO without mixing purified water with the impure variety to maintain the TDS.

Besides focussing on skin health and stamina, the product addresses a range of health issues like mental growth, immunity, weight management, and bone strength.

The new Blue Mount alkaline RO and UV filter is fitted with smart protector technology which maintains the pHlevel and ultraviolet filtration. With a catchy design, it consists of a hygienic tap outlet. Easy to install and maintain, the product comes with external and built-In storageoptions.

Unveiling the product, Kapoorsaid, “Blue Mount understands theneed of pure water for every individual. Thepurification hassles that most water purifiers bring with them are absent in the Blue Mount range of filters.”

Assuring of safety and quality of the product, Gupta said, “We have a highly qualified team of experts who are completely devoted to crafting technology that is powerful, safe and of superior quality.”

He informed that his company has a wide range of products to cater to the diverse needs of Indians.

Blue Mount boasts of one of the best and widest service network across the country. The company is bolstering its presence in emerging markets.

Blue Mount RO has dynamic plans to extend its footprint at pan-India level. With an industrious  growth of 20-25% every month, the company’s network is growing fast in addition to introduction of new locations. While undertaking the challenge well to attain acknowledgement in the metropolitan cities where people are more brand conscious, it is also getting recognized in non-metropolitan cities rapidly, considering the quality of water and affordable budget. It registered an increment in e-commerce business in the previous month.

With respect to expansion at pan-India level, Blue Mount has a successful reach in Jammu, Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, UP and Rajasthan in the North and enjoys appreciation from Kerela and Karnataka in the South with considerable recognition from Tamil Nadu. The company also made a significant presence in West Bengal besides all the major cities such as Nagaland, Manipur and Guwahati in north east and enjoys a strong distributor network. Adding credit to its bag further, it successfully established a distributor network in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Blue Mount achieved a tender of 4.82 CR from Ministry of Women & Child Welfare,Jharkhand government beating other brands in the race and distributed 36,000 gravity purifiers all over the state.

The company is expected to report around Rs 100 crore turnover in the current fiscal.

Aligning with its ambitious role in the market, the company is expected to achieve a target of 250-300 crore revenue in next three years. On expansion, Director Vishal Gupta hopes to mark its footprint in at least 40 countries soon.

It is receiving positive response from countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Nigeria and Nepal.
To ensure wider reach at global level, the company targets to add more countries to its account, including Europe and Canada besides African, Gulf and Latin American countries.

Hoping to grow further it is preparing to raise money from public through initial public offering (IPO) in 1-1.5 years”.

Adding feather to its cap, the company will also expand its reach in other domains such as air purifiers by the end of FY.

Delhi celebrates the spirit of Heritage motoring at 21 Gun International Vintage Car Rally and Concours Show 2017

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A 3-day Vintage Motoring & cultural extravaganza begins at India Gate

With some of the year’s most beautiful skies and temperate conditions, the 21 Gun Salute Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show, is a time for making special memories to last a lifetime. Each year, the 21 Gun Salute Heritage & Cultural Trust is honored to host India’s most premium vintage car event, the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show, and this year also, the 7th edition of the event was inaugurated amongst renowned national & international car aficionados & connoisseurs of culture, art & history.

100s’ of rare marques were at display along with a grand celebration with dances, arts and culture that made the 7th edition of The 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show, a timeless experience. The event welcomed thousands of visitors from around the globe and many eminent guests, royal families and renowned personalities at the India Gate Grounds (August Kranti Park), New Delhi. The historic war memorial – India Gate, is located on the eastern edge of the ‘ceremonial axis’ of New Delhi. The immortal burning flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti commemorates the martyrs’ and pays homage to the unknown soldiers who gave their lives to defend India.

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The Chief Guest for the first day of this 3-day mega event, Mr. Vinod Zutshi, Secrectary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, inaugurated the display of Vintage & Classic cars and the Concours Show on the on 17th February, 2017 at India Gate.

“Every year, as a tribute to the golden era of the automotive industry, we organize this International Vintage Car Rally &Concours Show & this year we have received immense support from National & International Tourism Boards & the Ministry of Tourism.” Said Mr. Madan Mohan, Founder & MD, 21 Gun Salute Heritage & Managing Trust.

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International beauties like the 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V and many more saloons and convertibles, from the imperial houses of Rolls Royce, Stutz, Buick, Ford, Chevrolet, Austin Martin and Bentley, like the 1922 Moon, 1927 Lanchester and 1933 Cadillac V12 7 Passenger Limousine, fully restored and in excellent mechanical & cosmetic condition were the center of attraction at the show field.

Vintage & classic cars from Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP, Tamil Naidu, Gujarat, MP, Maharashtra and various other parts of the country were present at the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car rally & Concours Show, 2017.

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Elegant classical dance performances like Kathak, Kathakali, Bharatnatyam, Odissi & other distinct cultural performances from across the country like Ghoomar folk dance of Rajasthan, Banchari dance of Haryana State, Nagaland folk dance performance, Uttrakhand folk dance performance and many other cultural & classical performances were a sheer delight to watch.

Mr. Nitin Dossa, President, VCCCI – Vintage & Classic Car Club of India was also present at the show. A collector at heart, the man has a pronounced taste for vintage & classic cars. Mr. Dossa along with other VCCCI club members participated with 30 Cars at the Concours Show.

The artistic quality and authenticity of the event, affords a chance to the restored beauties to earn accolades and turn heads to this day. 100’s of vintage & classic cars from different parts of the country, won applauses as the visitors walked by. Besides, showcasing the rich automotive heritage to the world, the rally also took up a social cause of raising funds for children with special needs.

The first day of the event incorporated a full day of colorful cultural fest, representing India’s pride, glory & cultural elegance, along with an exclusive display of vintage & classic cars at the historic India Gate. An impressive fleet of more than 100, handpicked masterpieces of the bygone era, the exclusive ‘Maharaja’ cars and the magnificent display of rich heritage of India through various cultural performances, enthralled the spectators.

The brain child of Mr. Madan Mohan – one of the country’s biggest vintage car collector, inspired us with his words & passion that aims at establishing our nation as a world-class Motoring Tourism destination. Since 2011, the 21 Gun Salute Heritage & Cultural Trust has been successfully conducting the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show. And the seventh edition, took the celebration, a notch higher.

History, heritage & culture along with the rare collection of machines of yesteryears attracted many visitors from the city who enjoyed the grand festivity that showcased the rich Indian legacy & narrated a vintage car-fable at India’s most celebrated-historic site, The India Gate, Delhi.

Ansals Plaza announces the grand opening of its Anchor Brands – Decathlon and The Arena

Delhi’s first mall, Ansal Plaza, repositioned as Delhi’s ultimate Sports and F&B Destination, has opened its door to its two anchor brands, Decathlon, the global sports retail giant and The Arena,  Ultra Luxurylounge.  During a daylong celebration, Ansal Plaza hosted the grand opening of one of India’s  biggest two level Decathlon Khel Gaon store, which is equipped with smart LED screens and open space for sports activities. Agala evening party was also organised to announce the grand launch of The Arena.

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With a bagful of new and unique sporting  events like Capoeria (Afro Brazilian marital arts) , Blind Cricket, Free motion Ski, Basketball and Zumba , the Grand opening of the Decathlon Khel Gaon store at Ansal Plaza promises to be an exciting affair for the sports enthusiasts of Delhi. A unique costume run for kids and 5-10 km run for adults was also scheduled as a part of Decathlon Khel Gaon store’s Opening Run on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

 

The Arena with approx. 13000 sq. feet extravaganza spread across 2 levels with indoor and outdoor party areas, private and VIP event space, great ambience and a fully stocked up bar. With a great dance floor, superior customer service and exceptional pricing The Arena is another wonderful reason to visit Ansal Plaza.

 

Talking about the 2 grand openings on Saturday, Mr. Amit Phull, Head Retail Ansal API said,  “We identified that sports shopping experience is one of the niches that lacks in other South Delhi malls and the event and experience that Ansal Plaza offers will help us live upto our promise of being the ultimate sports hub of Delhi. Also, the launch of The Arena along with other premium F&B Brands will help us in establishing the mall as an ultimate destination for various kinds of world cuisine”.

 

Ms. Caroline Mulliez of Decathlon said, “We are proud to be associated with Ansal Plaza. The strategic location offers the best catchment of sports enthusiast and its vast open space alsosupports what Decathlon stands for, which is sporty fun at exceptionally affordable prices”.

 

Mr. Mukul Bajaj, Co-founder, The Arena, said, “We are excited about the launch. We are definite that the prime location of Ansal Plaza at the heart of the city will draw the kind of patrons The Arena is looking for”.

 

Mr Sahil Madaan, Owner, Taksim, “Trends meet chic in our very own of serving world cuisine.Taksim, with its international concept offering fusion Turkish and Indian cuisine, is trying to find a balance between a café and a restro bar.”

 

Ansal Plaza has been the hub of entertainment in Delhi since 1999 as the city’s first mall.With its prime location, excellent parking facility and vast green space,  Ansal Plaza promises to continue the tradition of excitement and celebration in its new avatar.

About Ansal API Group:

Established in 1967 as a family business, Ansal API today is among the leading Realty and Infrastructure companies of India. A widely reputed and professionally managed Organization, Ansal API currently operates in a range of business verticals such as Integrated Townships, Condominiums, Group Housing, Malls, Shopping Complex, Hotels, SEZs, IT Parks and Infrastructure and Utility Services.

After four decades of spectacular growth, Ansal API is at a stage where the company has acquired immense experience, consolidated and established assets – physical and intellectual, while at the same time retaining youthful energy and zeal. Ansal API’s roadmap for future development envisages expanding the current areas of operation through more and more challenging projects and also foraying into related areas in infrastructure with innovative projects

Band Baaja Boys by Rachna Singh!

Band Baaja Boys by Rachna Singh!

This post marks the entry of a new book in the pool of a million others, but yet different.

This new book that we speak about here is the latest laughter riot by famous humour writer, Rachna Singh, published by Amaryllis.

Know Your Author

Rachna Singh, born and brought up in Allahabad, or as every other Allahabadi calls it, illahabad; completed her high school from St Mary’s Convent and was a psychology student from University of Allahabad. She believes that she has inherited the wits of her father and the love for writing from her mother, who herself writes every now & then!

A mother of two, one studious kid and the other who requires a search party sent out every night, debuted her career by ‘Dating, Diapers and Denial’, the three stages of a couple’s life!

Rachna was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in early 2015, that is when she started with Band, Baaja, Boys! She also blogged about her struggle against Breast Cancer, named ‘A breast beating diagnosis’.

Read about it here: https://rachnaunedited.wordpress.com/1-a-breast-beating-diagnosis/

All fit and well now, she claims it to be the best work of her life, and says that it kept her above the surface during the painful chemo!

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Reportingdrone by foodmaniacs was recently in an interactive session with Rachna, courtesy: Delhi Book Lovers!

Being from a small town, she puts forward the gaps between the two separate types of lifestyle carried out. Be it the way people speak in Allahabad, or the ample amount of time the people of Lucknow have to redo a scene because they want a different answer to the question they asked, to the hustle bustle of the city life.

The fact that Allahabad and Lucknow are just 200kms away, yet the cultural difference amazes her!

She has had been residing in many different cities, Allahabad in her earlier years, Lucknow for a brief period, and Japan for work!

Her personal choice as to settle down in one of these cities would be Lucknow.

Lucknow, for the love to the lip smacking food that they have there, and to die for tehzeeb.  She also quoted an instance where a shopkeeper’s first word to her was ‘Hukum’ as soon as she settles down in his shop.

In one of her letters to her daughter on the blog, who appeared for her 10th boards this year, she asks her to do things that are considered a sin in the board year like writing a song, dancing in the rain, watching the clouds, and learn to be happy!

On a one to one conversation with her, she says after seeing death so closely; it has become so important for her to just live life to the fullest, without worrying about what might happen in the future, reaping each moment of life as it comes!

While excerpt reading, Rachna laughed a lot herself when a little kid who accompanied his parents asked what the term means when she mentioned, ‘Ladies problem’.

The excerpts that were read out gave an idea of how fun the book would be, and how hard it would leave one laughing. She doesn’t believe in getting a celebrity to market her book or asking other authors to promote it, but to get honest reviews from regular readers.

Grab this laugh – o – coaster from your nearest bookstores or order from Flipkart/Amazon!

Cuemath Quizzes for kids taking place across Delhi NCR

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In a bid to instil in children a liking of math, Cuemath, a sophisticated after-school math learning program for KG to 8th class kids, has decided to organize about 40 math quizzes on 1st and 2nd October.

The quizzes will be held in different societies and residential areas across Delhi NCR. Certified Cuemath teachers will be conducting these quizzes in auditoriums with parents being given an opportunity to witness their kids participates in the event. One can register their child on for the event on to www.cuemath.com/delhiquiz. The registration fee is INR 100.

These quizzes will give students a unique exposure that they normally do not get in schools or tuitions. Besides, the event intends to put to test the Math reasoning and thinking abilities of children and is packaged to be fun, challenging and exciting. The winners of each quiz will get medals and all the participants will be getting certificates.

Also, Cuemath will soon organize a city-level Cuemath Quiz where winners from each of these individual quizzes will be eligible to take part and win exciting prizes.

“The reason for organising the quiz is to instil in children a liking of math and to show them the beauty of math, the universal language. The Cuemath Quiz enables the child to think analytically and logically,” explains the Cuemath’s team. The team adds, “The event strives to invigorate a competitive spirit among all the students. The aim is to help them to see Math in a different way which is based on logic and reason. It is a fun way of experiencing Math. Reiterating the message, Manan Khurma, Founder and CEO, says, “If there is one skill that every child should learn, I think it is the skill of being great at maths.”

In each individual quiz about 40 to 50 children are expected to take part. Overall 2000 plus students are expected to be part of the Cuemath Quizzes taking place across Delhi NCR.

Cuemath follows a multimodal learning approach that consists of engaging set of workbooks, gamified tab-based activities and interesting puzzle cards that provide fundamental math learning to the kids.

“A major part of Mathematics is making connections between separately disparate ideas, something that is completely missing from conventional math education,” Nikhil Pawar, Head of Curriculum, says.

Cuemath was curated with an aim to make kids great at math from a very young age. Through a ‘why¬before¬what’ approach to math learning, Cuemath aims to tap the kids’ natural curiosity and engage them in the subject, in the eventual hope of making them fall in love with the subject and have a transformative impact in their  lives.

Cuemath’s core team is comprised of math, education and technology graduates from IIT, IIM, Stanford, Cambridge and Harvard. They have recently raised $4 million in funding from Sequoia Capital and have invested millions on its learning system. Cuemath has over 2000 centers spread across 100 cities teaching more than 8000 students and striving to make them great at math.

To register your child for the event, please go to www.cuemath.com/delhiquiz

 To know more about the Cuemath Program, please check out: www.cuemath.com

 

National Restaurant Association of India hosts 34th AGM; Celebrates Year of Resounding Success!

 

 

 

~President Riyaaz Amlani reflects on achievements and shares plan ahead~

 

The National Restaurant Association of India held its 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Delhi today which was presided by Shri Shailender Singh, Chairman, MCD Standing Committee, South Delhi, as Chief Guest.

Besides giving the audience an update on activities of the association Mr. Riyaaz Amlani, President, NRAI, shared news on breakthroughs the body has made over the past 12 months on issues it has been pursuing with the authorities across cities.

Some of these that liberated the Food Services’ Sector from restrictions were:

  • Cabinet approval on the Model Shops and Establishments Act that allows shops, malls and other establishments to operate 24×7.
  • Decision on the delivery bikes issue – Ministry of Road Transport and Highways allowed fitment of boxes for delivery.
  • Formation of a subgroup by the FSSAI to amend rules that govern safety standards at eating establishments with NRAI.
  • Announcement by the Delhi government about removal of the tourism license given to restaurants, bars and cafes; and implementation of single window clearance system from 2017 onwards for the restaurant industry.
  • Exemption from providing Effluent Treatment Plants for restaurants having up to 100-seat covers connected with Municipal/ Delhi Jal Board STPs (as against the earlier 36-seat cover clause).
  • Announcement by the Maharashtra government about designing a single-window clearance mechanism to promote restaurant and food services business in the state.
  • Announcement by the Maharashtra government about eating houses, permit rooms, swimming pools and lodges not requiring police permissions to function anymore. Restaurants and bars fell under this order’s ambit.
  • Reduction in the number of licenses required to 31 from the earlier 37 by the Maharashtra government for operating a restaurant.
  • Provision of single license from the BMC to suffice for operating or starting an eatery.
  • Legal nod to rooftop restaurants in Mumbai.
  • Extension of 1 am deadline for bars & pubs from weekends to weekdays as well by the Karnataka government.

 

He also reflected on the exponential growth that the restaurant industry is undergoing. Noting from the recently launched NRAI India Food Services Report 2016, he said “The Indian economy is increasingly gaining importance on the global stage. The size of the Indian food services’ market is INR 3, 09,110 crore in 2016. Contributing a total of 11% to the food services market, Delhi NCR holds the highest market size of Rs 32,885 crore. However, it comes a close second to Mumbai when it comes to the number of restaurants in the organized market.” Sharing his concerns, he said, “South Delhi localities like Hauz Khas Village, Nehru Place, Defence Colony, Saket, Green Park and Vasant Kunj have emerged as vibrant entertainment and food hubs. But restaurateurs operating in these locations have been grappling with logistical and policy concerns. For example, municipal authorities are not permitting service in the open spaces and terraces available to restaurants within the premises. Curtailing this only causes loss of business to the restaurateur, loss of revenue to the government and reduces the enjoyment of tourists who are drawn to open air restaurants. Internationally, open air Alfresco cafes add considerably to the charm of the cities. Such service in the open areas should be continued in the capital city as well.”

He further added, “As President of the NRAI, my request to the authorities is to recognize the merits of restaurants and bars as spaces that encourage and enhance city life. NRAI has been successful in many of its endeavors but there’s a long way to go. I am thankful to SDMC for streamlining and making the licensing process online. With government’s support, I am hopeful that together we will resolve the pending issues.”

Addressing the audience during the AGM Shri Shailender Singh, Chairman of MCD, South Delhi, said, “The potential of the F&B sector is visible to us with the number of restaurants, pubs etc. that open up in the city. Restaurants cater to not only the residents of the city, but also act as top tourist hubs for people traveling the city/ country. We have been working closely with the association and have been taking steps to ensure ease of doing business. While we understand that current norms are not suitable to provide a robust nightlife to the city, we are taking steps to make the impossible, possible. In co-ordination with the NRAI, we are hoping to bring many developments for the restaurant sector in Delhi.”

The 34th AGM also marked the two year anniversary of Mr. Riyaaz Amlani as President, NRAI. In 2014, when he took over the baton as President, a decision was taken to streamline the membership process of the association to have substantial members voicing the concerns of the restaurant industry. In less than two years, NRAI now boasts of more than 5000 members.

Expressing gratitude on the accomplishments and collaborations that NRAI successfully undertook during the last year, Mr. Amlani said, “Last year brought us scores of progressive moves from the government bodies across cities as we (as NRAI) were able to table our concerns to the policy makers much effectively. We will continue to do so to bring in the necessary changes required to tap into the immense potential this industry holds. I would like to thank the NRAI Office Bearers, Managing Committee and Members for their continued support, faith, guidance and motivation that helped the NRAI scale new heights.”

The AGM was followed by a grand cocktail reception that witnessed the participation of the city’s most prominent restaurateurs and industry stakeholders. Among those in attendance were  Mr. Kabir Advani from Berco’s,  Mr. Sandeep Anand Goyle from Essex Farms, Mr. Sunil Malhotra from The Embassy Restaurant, Mr. Rohan Jetley from TGI Fridays, Mr. Unnat Varma from KFC India,  Mr. Sumeet Chugh from Nizam’s Kathi Kabab, Mr. Satinder Sarna, President HKV Traders Association, Mr. Vikrant Batra from Café Delhi Heights and many more.

 

About NRAI

National Restaurant Association of India is the voice of the Indian Restaurant Industry. Founded in 1982, NRAI represents 100000+ restaurants, an industry valued INR 3,09,110 crores.

NRAI is the leading association of the Indian restaurant industry and aspires to promote and strengthen the Indian Food Service Sector. The association in its 34th year has a pan India presence with members comprising of restaurants, suppliers and educational institutes associated with it.

The association works closely with a network of State and City chapter partners in Mumbai, Gurgaon and Bengaluru and aspires to lead the Indian Restaurant Industry to greater profitable growth. It represents the interests of members through advocacy, training, research and industry events.

NRAI aims to

  • Advocate changes in the laws governing the Indian Restaurant Industry at local, state and centre levels,
  • Provide opportunities to educate members
  • Play a key role in promoting skilling and career opportunities for industry professionals through the Hospitality Sector Skill Council.