10 Old Monk-Based Cocktails So Easy You Could Make It For The Next House Party

Posted by Rahul Pandey
Old Monk has been a constant favourite for almost every guy for as long as men and alcohol have existed! So, if it’s going to be cocktails, it’s going to have to be an Old Monk special!

We’ve rounded up 10 easy-to-create Rum-based cocktails from 10 popular cafes and bars in Mumbai so that you can spice up your next house party without breaking the bank.

Rum sling

1. Rum Sling

Bar Bar – the city’s wholesale Bar, has added a quick orange-y twist to good ol’ rum.

What’s in it:

30ml Bacardi

30ml Old Monk

5 to 6 Fresh Oranges

60ml Orange Juice

15ml Lime Juice

How to make it:

Mix all ingredients with ice. Stir and pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with a fresh orange slice.

2. Monk’s Mule – Socials

Our favorite neighborhood place shares the secret to that Old Monk cocktail you always order and love to drink – and it is incredibly easy to make!

What’s in it:

60ml Old monk

15ml Fresh ginger juice

8 pieces of Mint leaves

60ml Pineapple juice

1 can Ginger Ale

10ml Sugar syrup

10ml Fresh lime juice

How to make it:

Muddle the mint leaves along with sugar syrup and fresh lime juice in a tall glass. Fill the glass up with ice cubes. Add ginger juice, pineapple juice and rum (Old Monk). Top the drink with ginger ale and garnish with candied ginger and a mint sprig.

3. Bombay Gulabo – Bombay Cocktail Bar

Mumbai got its first cocktail bar recently and they’ve come up with a Bombay special with Rum!

What’s in it:

45ml Old Monk

½ Fresh orange chunks

30ml Rose syrup/ Roohafza

20ml Fresh lime juice

Handful of mint leaves

Pinch of jal-jeera

Splash of soda

Orange wedge and mint spring

How to make it:

Take a tall glass, add all of the ingredients and mix well, garnish with an orange wedge and mint spring.

4. Monk of the east – Dashanzi, JW Marriott Juhu

Literally from the east!

What’s in it:

60ml Cardamom infused dark rum

15ml Freshly squeezed lime juice

15ml Simple syrup

Splash of Ginger Beer

Garnish with a mint sprig

How to make it:

Add all ingredients, mix well, splash some beer and garnish with mint sprig!

5. Rum Barrel – Asado, The Cocktail Street

Asado’s cocktails, are quirky and DELICIOUS! Try this one.

What’s in it:

90ml Old Monk

30ml sugar syrup

120ml mango juice (chilled)

60ml pineapple juice (chilled)

15 - 20ml lemon juice

15ml grenadine or cranberry juice

Splash of soda (Chilled)

How to make it:

Add the juices, sugar syrup and rum. Splash some chilled soda, mix well before serving.

6. Roorkee – True Tramm Trunk

We are all big fans of T3’s cocktails, which hilariously represent the different states in India. This one is easy and delicious:

What’s in it:

90ml Old Monk

10ml Coca Cola

1 cup Coffee beans

How to make it:

Mix a batch of Old Monk with coffee beans and let them sit overnight. Strain and add Coca-Cola to it. Mix well. Serve chilled.

7. Rum Café Gola – Woodside Inn

Gola is and will always be a fun beverage, always. So recreate a nostalgic moment and enjoy an old memory along with some amazing booze!

What’s in it:

60ml Old monk

30ml Expresso

60ml Condense milk

Garnish with coco powder

How to make it:

Make a crushed ice Gola with clean hands. Pour the drink on the gola. Garnish with a drizzle of condensed milk and a generous sprinkle of cocoa powder.

8. Dark N Stormy – Reise All-day Bar & Kitchen

For someone who likes their booze with a bitter taste!

What’s in it:

60ml Old Monk

180ml ginger ale

dash of lime juice

dash of bitters (Angostura bitters)

How to make it:

Top the Old Monk, lime juice and bitters with some ginger ale and mix well. Serve with dry ice

9. T for Tonic – The Lighthouse Café

This one will leave you feeling all fresh and ready to take on the world!

What’s in it:

10ml Ginger Juice(Fresh)

10leaf Curry Leaves

60ml Sour Mix

45ml Old Monk

1 can Tonic Water

6 cube Ice

How to make it:

Add and mix in the same order given as above.

10. Zoomonk – Zoobar

A tangy sweet and sour experience you’ll never forget!

What’s in it:

Few chunks of Fresh Pineapple

60ml Pineapple Juice

10ml Sweet and Sour Mix

45ml Old Monk

Basil Leaves for garnishing

How to make it:

Mash up the fresh Pineapple, mix all the ingredients together in a shaker and strain it in a Collin glass. Garnish the drink with a Basil leaf and serve.

Photo: © Offline True Tramm,Trunk,Woodside Inn,Reise (Main Image)

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The Secret World of Submarine Cables

Posted by Rahul Pandey
Brief: A submarine communications cable is a cable laid on the sea bed between land-based stations to carry telecommunication signals across stretches of ocean. The first submarine communications cables, laid in the 1850s, carried telegraphy traffic. Subsequent generations of cables carried telephone traffic, then data communications traffic. Modern cables use optical fiber technology to carry digital data, which includes telephone, Internet and private data traffic.

Modern cables are typically about 1 inch (25 mm) in diameter and weigh around 2.5 tons per mile (1.4 tonnes per km) for the deep-sea sections which comprise the majority of the run, although larger and heavier cables are used for shallow-water sections near shore. Submarine cables connected all the world's continents except Antarctica when Java was connected to Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia in 1871 in anticipation of the completion of the Australian Overland Telegraph Line in 1872 connecting to Adelaide, South Australia and thence to the rest of Australia.
The world map of submarine communications cable

Full Story: The modern system of undersea cables has its roots in the telegraph. The first transatlantic communications cable was completed in the summer of 1858, running under the ocean between Ireland and Newfoundland. The first "official," non-test message was sent from Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan — and it was hardly instantaneous: The 509-letter message took 17 hours and 40 minutes to transmit across the Atlantic. But that was significantly faster than waiting for a ship to traverse the ocean.

That cable took four years to build and lasted for less than a month. It took another six years before another line was set up so telegraph messages could cross the Atlantic again. But it proved that the concept could work, and over time a web of such cables spread underneath the world's oceans.

Telephone cables later joined the telegraph cables and eventually the fibre-optic cables that the Internet relies on today made it to the ocean floor.

Just how big is this network?

TeleGeography lists nearly 350 cables — some cross oceans, others follow coasts down along continents. The whole network of submarine cables spans more than 550,00 miles, with some being buried as far underwater as Mount Everest towers above ground.

How are they laid?

The cables connect to "landing stations" along the seaboard. Massive cable-laying ships go on voyages to lay the fibre along the ocean floor —plowing across the sea floor to bury the cables. Naturally, their courses are plotted to run along flat seabed as much as possible, avoiding coral reefs and ship wrecks as well the deep trenches or undersea mountains.

Historically, undersea cables were paid for by telecom consortiums. But in recent years, tech companies like Google and Microsoft started getting in on the game, putting big bucks behind the infrastructure that's made the shift to an always connected world possible.

What do the cables actually look like?
On the inside, they have a core made of layers of fibre and wires covered in a protective layer to keep the ocean out.

The cables are are several inches thick when they are near shore -- around the width of a soda can. At the deepest levels of the ocean, they are thinner, around the size of a quarter. That difference in size is because the cables actually face more threats in shallow waters, including everything from fishing ships to sharks.


Yes. It's not clear why, but sharks keep biting undersea cables. As far back as 1987, the New York Times reported that sharks had "shown an inexplicable taste for the new fibre-optic cables" that were being strung under the oceans. Here's how a 2009 report commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Cable Protection Committee put it:

Fish, including sharks, have a long history of biting cables as identified from teeth embedded in cable sheathings. Barracuda, shallow- and deep-water sharks and others have been identified as causes of cable failure. Bites tend to penetrate the cable insulation, allowing the power conductor to ground with seawater.

But cable-layers have adapted: The cables Google is helping build feature a kevlar-like protective layer to fend off the toothy sea creatures.

What about other threats?

Human error is a major factor. In more than one case, an errant anchor has disrupted submarine cables — an issue that can be particularly difficult for developing nations that may have few links to the global Internet. In 2012, two separate shipping incidents severed cables linking East Africa to the Middle East and Europe within the span of a month, according to the Wall Street Journal. The incidents caused major telecommunications outages in at least nine countries.

When even accidents can cause major problems, it's understandable that government officials might fear actual attacks — especially given how reliant many functions of our modern economy are on near-instantaneous communication.

But the United States has a long history of using undersea cables for its own tactical advantage — albeit through espionage rather than destruction.

Back in the Cold War, the National Security Agency ran an operation dubbed "Ivy Bells" that tapped into communications links between two Soviet naval bases off of Russia's eastern coast. The project, which used submarines and waterproof recording pods that divers would return to gather every few weeks, ended in 1981 when an NSA employee sold information about it to Soviet intelligence officials.

In more recent years, documents from former government contractor Edward Snowden suggested that the spy agency was accessing data from undersea fibre-optic cables as part of its global surveillance efforts.







(How Submarine Cables are Laid?)


Submarine Cable Map:

(The Submarine Cable Map is a free and regularly updated resource from TeleGeography.)


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Supreme Court Declares Triple Talaq Unconstitutional

Posted by kiran gupta

In a historic move, the Supreme Court today said triple talaq is unconstitutional.

A constitution bench of five judges of different faiths heard the case over five days from May 12 to May 18. By a majority of 3:2, talaq e biddat (instant talaq) is set aside.

The SC has now directed the Parliament to bring in a legislation on triple talaq. It expressed hope the Centre's legislation will take into account concerns of Muslim bodies and Sharia law.

The judgment is a huge victory for Indian Muslim women as it upholds their gender rights and dignity.
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Both actors who played the 'Marlboro Man' died of lung cancer.

Posted by Rahul Pandey

The 'Marlboro Man' was a character created by Marlboro to promote their cigarettes. Commonly featured from 1954 to 1999 he was depicted as a rugged cowboy.

The character was created to promote the introduction of filtered cigarettes, yet sustained a large fan base. However, it turns out that two of the actors who portrayed 'Marlboro Man' died of lung cancer.

Wayne McClaren and David McClean were both hired as actors, and forced to smoke up to five packs of cigarettes a day for shoots. It's no surprise after only ten years of resigning as the character, both had died.

McClean's family sued Philip Morris, the company owning Marlboro, after his death claiming they held responsibility.

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The Story Behind The Saying 'Sava Lakh Se Ek Ladaun' Will Make You Believe That Sikhs Are Fearless

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Sikhs, as a community, have stood tall as a breed of warriors. From the gallant Gurus to the Indian Army, Sikhs have never backed down from going to war for the sake of humanity and the country. One of the many Sikh war cries is the famous ‘Sava Lakh Se Ek Ladaun Tabhi Gobind Singh Naam Kahaun'. You surely would have heard it loud and clear in the movies, but have you ever wondered where it came from? Here, this is the story behind it.

The saying came from the Supreme Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh during the Second War of Chamkaur Sahib, in 1705. Mughal Emperor and Hindu Hill Chiefs settled at a truce and a safe passage to leave Anandpur Sahib was offered to Guru Gobind Sing and his fellow Sikhs. While Gobind Singh thought that the Mughals weren't chasing them anymore, an informant had informed Wazir Khan about their movement. Hot on their heels, the Sikhs battled extreme weather while crossing the river.

The Guru along with only 40 of his followers was able to cross the river. Their entire army was now scattered. These 40 men took shelter in a small mud house called ‘Kachhi Garhi'. It didn't take very long for the Mughal Army to surround the hiding. If the legend is to be believed, Guru Gobind Singh went against 10 lakh Mughal soldiers while having only 40 warriors on his side. The 40 Sikhs along with Guru Gobind Singh as the commander opened attack on the army. They fought till the lasts of the ammunition and when the ammo ran out. The Sikhs came out in batches of 5 and attacked the army that outnumbered them beyond belief. Each Sikh fought with the bravery of a lion and this situation brought true the prophecy of one of Guru Sahib Ji's compositions:

"Call me Gobind Singh, only, when each of my Sikh will fight with more than one and a quarter lakh of enemy."

“Sava Lakh Se Ek Ladaun Tabhi Gobind Singh Naam Kahaun”

The battle went down in the history as one of the greatest ever!
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The Brutal Way In Which Mughals Killed This Sikh Warrior Of Punjab Will Make You Rethink Cruelty

Posted by Rahul Pandey

The Mughals ruled India for over 300 years and some of their contributions to the country in the field of art and architecture are unparalleled. While there were periods in between the Mughal rule that were peaceful and produced some of the best world-renowned monuments of India, many people forget that the struggle to get hold of a new territory often results in a lot of bloodshed. The same was the case with the Mughals invading Punjab during early 1700s.

This tale of invasion through brutality in the region of Punjab in early 1700s shows how bloodthirsty Mughal rulers demonized the sacred community of Sikhs around that time. Baba Banda Singh, the army general under the patronage of Guru Gobind Singh, was tasked with clearing out the cruel rulers of Punjab. In no time, the disciplined and noble Banda Singh was able to take hold of various areas in Punjab including Samaana, Sonepat, Shahbaad and Kapoori that were under the control of Mughals who maltreated the local farmers and their families.

By 1714, Banda Singh and his army had freed most of Punjab from the Mughal rule but now faced more and more attacks from the sultanate that was wary of its fading influence in the region.

In December 1715, Banda Singh and 800 Sikh men in his army were captured in a Garhi, where they had been surviving for the past eight months after an ambush. Zakria Khan, the son of Abdu Samad who had ordered Banda's capture, was tasked with presenting this ‘gift' to the ruler in Delhi, Farakh-Seyer. But for him, Banda Singh was too small a gift for the ruler and, therefore, he ordered his men to behead every Sikh who would cross their path while travelling from Lahore to Delhi. The procession which had Banda Singh at the center included 760 prisoners in chains and 200 heads on spears.

The procession finally reached Delhi in February 1716 and almost 700 of Banda Singh's men were beheaded in front of the Delhi Gate at Khuni Darwaja. This kind of brutality was unseen at that time and a huge flock of locals gathered to witness this atrocity. But it just didn't stop there. Baba Banda Singh was, then, traumatized near Qutub Minar where 26 of his closest associates were beheaded in front of him with the hope that he might reveal his army's strategies and give up assets but he did not budge.

When the Mughals saw that Baba Banda Singh just did not break, they decided to make a show of his son's planned execution. His son was seated on his lap and the executioner carved out his heart through the chest and thrust it into Baba Banda Singh's mouth. This excruciating barbarianism on part of Mughals is still remembered as the goriest incidents in the history of India.

Banda Singh Bahadur was finally killed after Mughals gouged out his eyes with daggers, cut off his hands and legs with hot rods and beheaded him as he fell unconscious.Farakh Seyer, who ordered this torture of Banda Singh, met with the same fate at the hands of his own men after there was a revolt against him. But this dreadful execution of Banda Singh and his men still remains the most inhumane act by the Mughals during their 300-year rule.
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