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Fionna is the first stand-alone restaurant to invest so heavily on interiors: Ranjan Kale

Ranjan Kale
Ranjan Kale

Over the years, a lot of lounges have come up in Nagpur, but only few have really stood the test of time. One of the lounges, which surely did is Fionaa Lounge and Restaurant in Dharampeth, which has enjoyed a wide and loyal customer base since its inception. The owner of Fionaa, Ranjan Kale is also the proud owner of Czaar Lounge and Restaurant at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport and Café Zinea at Chitnavis Centre in Civil Lines. Over a cup of coffee at Café Zinea, Ranjan Kale speaks to Nation Next about his love for food, his wife Meeka, whom he considers as his pillar of strength and his team that is headed by Sanjay Shrotriya.


People know you as a restaurateur. Not many know that you’re actually an engineering graduate. Tell us something about your educational background and how exactly did you get into the hospitality business

I completed my schooling from Somalwar High School and pursued my mechanical engineering from YCCE. Post engineering, I told my father about my wish to pursue my dreams in the hotel industry as I was extremely passionate about food. Although I was never pressurised, my father always wanted me to be an engineer. He wanted me to complete my higher education and become an MBA, but I refused. I pursued engineering just because my father wanted me to become an engineer. After entering into the food business, I contacted my present team and Sanjay Shrotriya, who was the owner of a very popular erstwhile restaurant – Temptations – in Ramdaspeth. These people have been in the industry for almost 18 years and their experience has helped me a lot.

All your three ventures, Fionaa, Czaar and Café Zinea have different themes. Is there any parallel between the three – a common thread

Ranjan Kale is the common thread! (Smiles) I had once seen a location outside Nagpur, which I totally loved. So, while setting up Fionaa, we tried to develop a similar theme with my interior designer. My favorite colour is white so I used white wherever possible despite being warned by everybody to not to go for white because of its maintenance issue. I spent around a whopping 3.8 crores on Fionaa. It’s the first stand-alone restaurant to have invested so heavily on interiors. We were the first one to come up with an authentic lounge. Gradually, people started coming up with so called lounges in Nagpur.

How do you do the branding for your ventures

We try to push our signature dishes to our customers so that more and more people come to know about it. People usually prefer pasta, lasagna or sizzlers but our motto is to make them aware of our specialty like saoji, kebabs and mughlai food like mutton seekh kebabs. Once they develop a taste, they visit us for an a la-carte.

You’re into a catering contract with Chitnavis Centre. How is catering business different from restaurant business Does it yield more profits

Restaurant business is different from catering business. No matter how good quality food you serve, once your customers are dissatisfied, they will never forget the experience. They keep warning people against the restaurant through word of mouth. Unfortunately your past efforts get negated. On the other hand, catering business is like a one-day show. It definitely yields more profit.

As a restaurateur who serves alcohol, you are a teetotaler?

I’m not really a teetotaler; I drink occasionally. My father says that to prosper in liquor business, one needs to stop consuming liquor.

Your wife Meeka is a Sikh and you are a Maharastrian. How has this blend of the ?two cuisines helped you in your business

I met my wife in college. Shes an IT graduate. She along with her female friends once came to rag me in the canteen while I was having a samosa. That’s how we met and eventually started dating. We dated for almost five years before we got married. Getting married to a Punjabi was like a blessing in disguise for me. Despite hailing from a business family, little did I know that she would be such a big support in my life and that I would be able to expand my business so conveniently and confidently just because of her. It is because she could take care of Fionaa, that I could think of coming up with Czaar and then Café Zinea. I can’t imagine functioning without my wife and my team.

 Fionaa has a very upmarket interior. How much importance do you give to ambienceAlso, yours was the first restaurant in the city to introduce the tablet system for ordering meals, which is directly synced with the kitchen staff?

With Fionaa I had one thing in mind, that is, the place I’m making is not in a very plush building, so I have to make sure that people forget the surrounding when they enter my restaurant. It was challenging. The tablet menu cards have helped me a lot as we can change the rates immediately when we need to and Chefs special? items can be updated immediately. Training the chefs was never tough because people are accustomed to their smartphones now. Technology has helped me a lot and I’m constantly connected with all my three restaurants via CCTV. Good quality food is something, which sets my restaurant apart from my competitors.

 Do you enjoy cooking? What made you enter in this profession?

I can cook butter chicken! I learnt it from my chef. My love and passion for food made me enter this profession. Setting up of Fionaa and running it has taught me a lot. It taught me how to make a place costly or affordable and how to cut costs. Running Fionaa rendered me experience, which I used when I came up with Czaar and Café Zinea.

 You are just 32 and a successful restaurateur. Whats your mantra?

Since the day I started working with Sanjay sir, I assured him that there would never be any ego clashes between us. I believe in giving due credit to everybody who’s working with me and my team is free to ask me any questions.

How does your restaurant staff decide on how much food to buy for cooking their meals so that not too much gets thrown away? If there’s excess food, do you think of disposing it by giving it away to beggars

We estimate the food required on a daily basis and this is how we plan it for a week (if there are no parties). The estimation for a weekend is different. We have food kept in vertical storage compartments in our restaurants. I always want to give the left over food to the needy but the problem is with the edibility of certain kinds of foods. For e.g. Butter chicken is edible for a maximum 2 hours after it’s prepared and kept un-refrigerated. If I employ people to distribute the food to the needy and the distributor is casual in his approach and gives it after the stipulated time (when the food is no more edible), my restaurant would come under the scanner and people’s health would also suffer. I want a vehicle that’s well refrigerated and the concerned person dutifully does his task. I would want NGOs to float this service where they use good logistics.

During the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, you had politicised your menu by adding exotic meals to your culinary agenda dedicated to Narendra Modi, by creating fusion cuisines like Modi-Fried Ice cream, Modi khakhras with salsa dips and Gujju delight mocktails. How well did Nagpurians respond to this

People had great time relishing it. It is still available. We had initiated this during the IPL (Indian Premier League) because Modi fever was still ongoing. When our Modi menu was taken off, we even had an IPL menu. We called it as the Fionaa Premier League (FPL). We divided the lounge in two sections, according to the teams playing against each other.

Usually there’s a problem with late night parties and permissions regarding alcohol and music in the city. With Czaar located in the outskirts of the city, what kind of benefits do you enjoy? What are the location benefits do you enjoy with Fionaa and Café Zinea?

Music permission is standard and is not location specific. Czaar, because of the proximity towards the airport, is permitted to serve alcohol and food throughout the night. People enjoy late might music in pubs and lounges but the city cops usually get confused between a bar and a dance bar. When we request the cops to extend the music time limit, they think we entertain people with Russian dancers! Location plays a very important role. There’s a starting time for every business. If the location is good, your start up time is less and vice versa. Fionaa and Café Zinea have a lesser start up time as compared to Czaar. You go to Czaar, only when you want to unlike Fionaa and Café Zinea, which are in the heart of t

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I’m known for small and mid-budget films, so I can never enter 300 crore club: Ayushmann Khurrana




Elina Nayak | India

Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana is back with an action drama, ‘An Action Hero’. And the trailer of the film is a promising one, a real genre-bender for Ayushmann fans. The movie also has Jaideep Ahlawat playing the lead alongside Ayushmann. So when asked to comment on how many big stars are doing two-hero films these days, Ayushmann, who has always teamed up with actors playing strong characters, said, “Be it Annu Kapoor’s character in ‘Vicky Donor, Rajkummar Rao in ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, Gajraj Rao in ‘Badhai Ho or Tabu in ‘Andhadhun’, all these characters were equally strong along with mine. So, I’ve never followed the trend. I work with actors who contribute to a film. Ultimately, it’s the film that’s a winner.”

Moreover, Ayushmann finds inspiration in Ajay Devgn. “I take a lot of inspiration from Ajay Devgn sir. Like in his film ‘Golmaal’, most of the punch lines were with other cast members, still he did the film. It’s important to keep your film before yourself. A good film is all about a collaboration between the actors, directors and everyone else.”

Ayushmann is one of the finest actors in Bollywood. But ask him if he ever feels the pressure of delivering hits, he said, “I always scout for fresh content. And have a tick list – like has this subject been done in Hindi cinema before? Is the subject original and pathbreaking? But once I do the film, I leave it to the audience whether to accept it or not. I want to give it my best in whatever I do. So, I don’t think I’ll ever be known for a 300 crore film. I’m known for small and mid-budget films. Hence, I can afford to take risks without pressure.”

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Constitution day | Bet you didn’t know these interesting facts about the Indian Constitution




Avani Arya | Reporter : Shamanand Tayde | Nagpur

Constitution Day is also known as “National Law Day”. It is celebrated in India on 26 November every year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. Know some interesting facts about the Indian Constitution in the video.

सभी को पता है कि India को 15 अगस्त 1947 को independence  मिली थी.साल 1949 में 26 नवंबर यानी आज ही के दिन india  का constitution  बनकर तैयार हुआ था. India का constitution  26 जनवरी 1950 से लागू किया गया था. इसके साथ ही भारत में हर साल 26 नवंबर को constitution day  मनाया जाता है. India का constitution  दुनिया के सभी constitutions को परखने के बाद बनाया गया था. इसलिए इस constitution को सबसे Important constitution कहा जाता है. 

Indian Constitution से जुड़े ऐसे कई Interesting Facts हैं, जिनके बारे में जानकर आप हैरान रह जाएंगे. भारत देश के citizen होने के नाते बच्चों से लेकर बड़ों तक, हर किसी को Constitution Of India से जुड़े ये Interesting Facts  जरूर पता होने चाहिए.

क्या आप जानते है कि  Indian Constitution  World’s Longest Constitution  है. Indian Constitution को लिखने के लिए  dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar को  Father Of Indian Constitution भी कहां जाता है.  डॉ. भीमराव आंबेडकर ने Constitution  को दो साल, 11 महीने और 18 दिनों में तैयार कर India को dedicate किया था. इसके कुछ हिस्से America, Germany , United Kingdom , Australia , Ireland , Canada  और Japan  के Constitution  से लिए गए हैं.

26 नवंबर 1949 को Indian Constituent Assembly की तरफ से इसे अपनाया गया और 26 नवंबर 1950 को इसे एक democratic government system के साथ लागू किया गया था. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर के योगदान को याद करने और constitution के importance का प्रसार करने के लिए constitution day  मनाया जाता है. Indian Government  की ओर से पहली बार 2015 मेंconstitution day  मनाया गया. 29 अगस्त 1947 को भारत के constitution का draft  तैयार करने वाली Committee की स्थापना हुई. जिसमें chairmen  के रूप में डॉ. भीमराव अंबेडकर appoint हुए. जवाहरलाल नेहरू, डॉ राजेन्द्र प्रसाद, सरदार वल्लभ भाई पटेल, मौलाना अबुल कलाम आजाद भी इस सभा के main members  थे.

क्या आप यह जानते है कि Indian Constitution  में 448 Articles, 22 Parts, 12 schedule और 97 amendment हैं. Indian Constitution की दो copies  हाथ से लिखी गई हैं, जोकि Hindi  और English  language में हैं. इसमें किसी भी तरह की typing या print का use नहीं किया गया था. दोनों handwritten copies पर 24 जनवरी 1950 को उस समय के 284  members of parliament के सामने Signature किए गए थे. Indian Constitution को बनाते समय कई देशों के  Constitution को study किया गया था. हमारे constitution  में देश के citizens के fundamental rights, Duties
 और government machinery के बारे में Detailed Information  दी गई है. इसमें ये बताया गया है कि President, Prime Minister , Governer  और Chief Ministers  की क्या powers हैं और किस तरह से Legislature, executive और Judiciary काम करती है.

Constitution  बनने से पहले भारत में British government  की ओर से  बनाया हुआ act 1935 लागू किया जाता था. Indian Constitution के rules  के मुताबिक Republic Day के मौके पर राष्ट्रपति और Independence Day के मौके पर pm देश को addressed करते है.

तो यह थे Indian Constitution से जुड़े कुछ Interesting Facts

Script by – Shamanand Tayde

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‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claims Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan




Avani Arya | Nagpur
“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan, Bharat Jodo Yatra leader Rahul Gandhi

“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25. He also said that he has ordered a probe into the incident.

Earlier that day, BJP leaders alleged that partakers in the Yatra shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. A controversy flared up after BJP State President VD Sharma and other party leaders shared a video on social media claiming that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised during the rally.

Calling it a conspiracy by the BJP against Rahul Gandhi, Congress Party denied the claims. Yatra entered Madhya Pradesh on its 77th day of the Padyatra on November 23.

Covering a total distance of  3,570 km, Congress claimed that Bharat Jodo Yatra is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India. It started from Kanyakumari on September 7, and will end in Kashmir next year.

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