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The Legend of the Old Monk

If anyone asks you , which is the truly Indian alcohol brand that is also popular overseas , what will you reply ? Of-course the legendary Old Monk Rum !! And this is my tribute to Master behind the Monk , Padma Shri Brig. (Dr.) Kapil Mohan VSM .

Old Monk in the Hills
Old Monk in the Hills

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

Man behind Old Monk Rum

Kapil Mohan was known best as the Director of the Mohan Meakin group of industries which manufactures a lot of food products and beverages including the Old Monk Rum. He had taken over the charges of the group after he retired from the Indian Armed Forces with a ranking of Brigadier. He had also received the Vishisht Seva Medal during his service and the prestigious Padma Shri, which is the 4th highest Indian civilian award.

Introduced on the 1954 under the bearings of Mohan Meakin Ltd . , the Old Monk Rum is one of the highest selling alcohol brands in India. This was probably the first brewery in India and was the producer of the Hercules Rum for the armed forces of India. Apart from India , it is also exported to Russia, United States, UK, Germany, Japan, UAE, Estonia, Finland, New Zealand, Canada, Kenya, Zambia, Cameroon, Singapore and Malaysia.

Probably the highest selling IMFL (rum) brand in India(quantity wise), it has many nick names. Out of which Buddha Sadhu Army Wala Daru  and Laal Chai are quite popular.

Stories of the Old Monk

Old Monk Rum is not just a brand or a drink for its lovers. Its more of an emotion, an attachment which nothing else can replace. Here are a few of the stories related to the Monk!

I still remember my first shot at the Monk. It was the winters of either 2005 or 2006,the place was somewhere in Rajasthan and we were suffering in the beating of the fierce winters of the desert. One day this friend of mine brought a long flat plastic bottle (which he had stolen from his brother working in the army) which was labeled Old Monk Rum. We both dint have any experience at all about any Rum before that, so we did what we used to do with Whiskey. And then we realized that rum did not go well with cold water! The next day we asked a more experienced friend of ours, who gave us the idea of hot water. And since that night, Old Monk with warm water has been my choice during the winters.


Old Monk Meme
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We all meet a lot of people during our journeys. I have met quite a few people during my long train journeys. Trust me there is nothing better than getting a fellow passenger from the Armed Forces. First of all they are all very helping and generous, secondly the dignity they maintain is hardly found in any other profession and finally they all (mostly, if not all) love the Old Monk Rum! And then the conversation flows …

Breakfast with Old Monk Rum
Breakfast with Old Monk Rum

Travelling has been an activity of great interest for me since a long time, specially in the mountains. And nothing keeps you warm like a glass of hot water with the Old Monk Rum sitting next to a campfire! Not only does it give energy, but also helps me to get a sound sleep.

Old Monk goes well with everything
Old Monk goes well with everything

Everyone becomes an expert in some field of the other after a few drinks. I become experimental with my drinks, and my companions generally deal with it (sometimes without much happiness)! Few years back we were in Shillong for a weekend in winter. I do not remember who gave the idea, but all of us wanted to have cocktails. The best thing about the Old Monk Rum is that it goes well with everything, and that is what we realized that night. We used all possible ingredients ranging from Mint and Rock Salt to Honey and Lemon, but none of it turned out to be bad.

Old Monk with the Books
Old Monk with the Books

Towards the middle of 2017, I took a road trip to Khardung La. Entering through Shimla and exiting through Srinagar, this trip was not possible without the blessings of the Old Monk. By the time we reached Keylong, we were almost half dead. A few drinks of Old Monk with steaming hot water, followed by a long comfortable nap was what got us back in running mode the very next morning.

These were some of my encounters with the legendary Old Monk Rum . Drink Responsibly!

Note : This article is based on personal experiences and is not aimed for any advertisement or endorsement .

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The Ambiance @ Genuine Broaster Chicken

Genuine Broaster Chicken , Guwahati

A few days back , another national brand , namely Genuine Broaster Chicken opened its outlet in Guwahati after many other places in India like Hyderabad , Mumbai and Kolkata . The the basic concept of the chain is to provide a fusion between American Cuisines and Indian ones .

The Ambiance @ Genuine Broaster Chicken
The Ambiance @ Genuine Broaster Chicken

Genuine Broaster Chicken has something to offer for every palate . Right from people who like it completely non- spicy products to those who love it hot , Genuine Broaster Chicken has something for them . And for the vegetarian ladies and gentlemen of Guwahati , please don’t be disheartened as it has a lot of variety for you as well .

Veg and Non-veg burgers
Veg and Non-veg burgers

Among all the beautiful and yummy food that we had , my personal favorite was the Spicy Broaster Chicken and the Chul Bul Soda for the starters , The Ghotala Khichdi and Begum Chicken Keema for the main course and Chocolate Samosas with Mango Ice Cream for desserts . Alongside this , the Palang Todh , a mocktail of Red Bull and Coffee liqueur , definitely had a long lasting kick .

Ghotala Khichidi
Ghotala Khichidi

This fusion extends to the ambiance as well . Sitting arrangements range from classic Indian style wooden furniture to steel chairs painted in Stars and Stripes .  From rugby helmets to jute bags , they have done the best work to bring out the combination of both the countries . The interiors of Genuine Broaster Chicken’s Guwahati outlet is another reason why its attractive to the customers .

Broaster Chicken Platter with dips
Broaster Chicken Platter with dips
Chocolate Samosa with Mango Ice Cream
Chocolate Samosa with Mango Ice Cream

And as their tag line goes , “IF IT’S NOT BROASTER®, IT’S NOT BROASTED®” , we hope that they maintain their quality and strive for better service  .  Do visit the Genuine Broaster Chicken , Guwahati and let me know if you like it .

Facebook Page : Genuine Broaster Chicken , Guwahati.


Payokh – Assamese style rice pudding

Puddings are an English creation but they have become even more famous in India because of the range of ingredients available here . This recipe is for my version of Assamese payokh of their rice pudding or rice kheer . The special ingredient used here is the Black rice from Manipur . Apart from producing a beautiful chocolatey brown colour , it also has a great earthy aroma and makes the rice pudding even more creamy .

payokh - Assamese style rice pudding

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not !

Ingredients :
  1. About 250 grams of Manipuri brown rice .
  2. One litre milk (better with full fat milk) .
  3. Two tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk .
  4. Sugar according to taste .
  5. Few cardamom pods and bay leaves .
  6. Rose water .
  7. Dry fruits of your choice .
 Procedure :

Wash and soak the rice for about an hour . Drain the water and let it stand for about five minutes before cooking to lose the access water .
Boil the rice in the milk in a deep pan . Then add two bay leaves , two – three cardamom pods and few drops of rose-water to the milk . Keep the flame in simmer till the rice is boiled and becomes soft .
Keep stirring occasionally so that the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan . Please stay nearby so that the milk doesn’t boil and overflow the pan .
Leave it in a little watery state as the rice tends to absorb a little liquid even after the removing the heat to cool it . There you have my version of aromatic payokh or rice pudding ready to be served .
Garnish with dry fruits of your choice and a bit of fresh cream . You can serve it warm or cold according to your choice .

The color is completely due to the rice . No artificial colors have been added here .