Burma Burma | Restaurant Review | Indiranagar |

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.”~ Alan D. Wolfelt

The ingress of the restaurant, prepossess you with its charm. I’m pleasantly mesmerised by the welcoming ritual, at the doorstep. The lady smiles and prompts me to put my hand forward and once I do it, she dips a leaf in water and lightly swishes it across the palm. Quotes she, ” This is the traditional Burmese welcome, done to the guest who visits any home in Burma”.

About Burma Burma :

Burma Burma boasts of the nouvelle cuisine from the regions of Myanmar, North East India, Thailand & China. The synchronised harmony of these varied cuisines, is at display whilst you playfully rotate the chopsticks in your hand. Reviving and creating awareness about the Myanmar aka Burma, the place takes you on a journey across regions.

As, it’s also a teahouse ; expect yourself to be pampered and huddled with the tea warmth as you choose your pick. The place brings to you teas that a connoisseur would love to immerse herself in.

Decor & Ambiance :

Provided by team Burma Burma

While Anodos found his portal to the fairy world in MacDonald’s “Phantastes”, i found mine when i passed the threshold of the doorstep. Immediately, a whiff of warmth engulfs you & you are surrounded by artifacts. Some holding a deep spiritual value, such as the Burmese Prayer Lacquerware and some as trivial as the Burmese storage containers.

Immense amount of dedication has gone into making this decor a slice of Burma. The hand painted wall mural is almost alive, if she just slightly opens her eyes.

The Grub Story : The Food as we know, is from the shores of Burma. Burmese cuisine on its own has been influenced by a few regions. Here’s what i savoured & relished :

  • Samuza Hincho : A tangy soup, which I have to inform you is a bit on the spicier side has a hidden samosa. The samosa melts and you are supposed to enjoy it with the broth.

  • Tayat ti thoke : Raw mango salad, which makes you reminisce of the Som Tam Mamuang. The flavours are similar, but a little more on the sweet sour spicy side. Extremely enjoyable.

  • Mandalay Laphet Thoke : A fermented tea leaf salad, which proved to be my favourite. Replete with garlic nuts, sesame seeds, tomato & lettuce.

  • Crunchy Tofu Sliders : These mini sliders had the most softest tofu encased within them. Perfect for a quick fix.

  • Burma Burma Oh No Khow suey: The khowsuey was curated to please your taste buds. The delicious bowl of coconut milk with lemongrass, tamarind flavours & soft noodles brimming in the broth ; just made this one of the best, I’ve had in the city. Accompanied by a tray of fried onion, chilli, garlic & peanuts.

  • Avocado Icecream with Honey Caviar: The soft smoothness of the avocado, could be sensed when you took the first mouthful, along with the bursts of sweetness from the Honey caviar. The presentation takes the cake, with the smoke effect a la dry ice. Check this little video out 👇🏻

  • Tagu Pi Yan : A beautiful concentric circle of coconut custard engulfing the firm yet soft to burst pearls of Sago in palm jaggery. The humble dessert, had all the flavours that make it feel authentic & true to taste.

  • Teas : I, tried an assortment of the peach & passion fruit flavoured Shangrila tea & Yuzu Bubble Tea. While, the Yuzu bubble teawas a different ball game altogether with a fresh & cooling punch. The Shangrila tea, was subtle and calming down with the flavours.

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Verdict : The place is purely vegetarian and non alcoholic. This is like a dream restaurant for me. For anyone who has a soft corner for South East Asian food, this restaurant serves as a great place to escape and find yourself happy.

Rating : 4.5/5

P.S: The pic of the wall decor has been provided by team Burma Burma for representational purpose.

Lady Baga| Restaurant Review|Lavelle Road

” Be groovy or leave, man”- Bob Dylan

Keeping that very thought alive, infiltrate yourself with the positive vibes floating about at Lady Baga. While you cosy down and get ready for an experience to jot down in your memory, you feel the floral halo materialise on your head.

About Lady Baga :

Lady Baga, is a beach shack themed restaurant that emphasises the Goan cuisine and it’s speciality. The restaurant, tries to create a shack like experience where the food is fresh and soulful.

Decor & Ambiance : Lady Baga, is divided into 2 floors. The first floor is air conditioned with a little pop up souvenir shop, complete with boho jewellery & beautiful silhouettes. If something catches your fancy, you may always pick it up. The second floor, has all the quirk factor along with a hippy van.

Remember the mystery machine, from Scooby Doo? Well, we’ve got one here. Nostalgia! The ambiance is peppy yet relaxing with extreme quirk prevalent all across.

Hospitality:

The service is impeccable, the staff are really pleasant. The wait time is the usual 10-15 minutes and I appreciate the fact that they inform you, if there would be a delay whilst you’re ordering your dish.

The Grub Story :

The food, is primarily Goan and has a few continental dishes as well, which fuse with the menu. Here is what I ordered :

  • Virgin Mojito : I, super loved the freshness of the virgin Mojito, it seems to be the only thing I drink. They even customised it for me, by giving a little shot glass filled with ginger syrup as i had requested for it.

  • Rissois Verde (₹229/-): The little crescents of happiness, just made my day. This undoubtedly is one of those things, that you just mustn’t miss. Baby crepes stuffed with mint, cilantro, cheese, carrot & corn filling and crusted with panko crumbs.

  • Konkan Cutlet (₹210/-): Another one of those crumb fried creations, that’s just filled with deep Goan flavours. A harmonious potato fritter imbibed with Goan masalas.

  • Wild Mushroom Vol-au-vent (₹349/-): The flake! Oh my God.. that flake. The vol-au-vent, was just so flaky yet melt in the mouth buttery. Pair that flaky puff with a mix of shiitake, porcini, morel & button mushroom infused with creamy truffle sauce and you have love.

  • Root Veg Crepes (₹490/-): Every mouthful of this, was a complex yet simple mix of flavours. The crepes were soft and fluffy filled with root veggies and dunk with truffle sauce tempered with cherry tomatoes, cracked pepper and basil.

  • Valrhona Dark Chocolate Fondant (₹295/-): This is just the most sinful thing ever. The chocolate fondant, is made out of Valrhona and is filled with molten & gooey chocolate that just erupts into goodness.

  • Vanilla & Saffron Pannacotta (₹250/-): The Vanilla flavour profile is very subtle yet makes an impact & is made with Elle & Vire cream.

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Verdict: Lady B, is definitely a place that you must try. The experience is just bang on right, it rates pretty good on the VFM meter as well. I, would highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.5/5

The Chef Post Calendar Launch-2018| Hilton Embassy GolfLinks

“Intelligence without ambition, is a bird without wings”- Salvador Dali

While the skies turned into a deep grey, withering at the periphery and welcoming the night, the venue started to come alive and breathe in an air filled with ambition.

About The Chef Post :

It is a unique e-publication, which stresses on the concept of not just dining in a restaurant, but in familiarisation of oneself with the fibre of the plateful of food that’s placed in front you. Yes, “The Chef Post”, is all about understanding the Chef, their stories, their visions and their definitions.

The Chef Post Calendar Launch -2018

We saw, the venue “Hilton, Embassy GolfLinks” come to life with the crème de la crème of the culinary community and food connoisseurs. The event started with “Mr. Shekhar Vijayan”, a very eloquent & articulate emcee, who got all of us smiling with his snippets and interactive sessions.

We then had Ms. Sneha Chandrashekhar, the co-founder & CEO, give us her insights about what was the idea behind “The Chef Post”. Her hard work and perseverance, in letting the unsung heroes of the kitchen claim their title had got her into the 2nd year of the successful venture.

Sneha Chandrashekhar along with Kannada Actress, “Radhika Chetan” & Live Talk Show Host “Vinay Bharadwaj”, unveiled ” The Chef Post Calendar 2018″, which features 12 chefs from top hotels for the 12 months of the year. All photographed by the talented fashion photographer”Lucky Malhotra”

The evening ended with some delicious canapés & dimsums, and of course with a few clicks of the camera.

A picture, with the powerhouse of ambition herself.. Ms. Sneha Chandrashekar.

Dhaba-Estd.1986 | Restaurant Review| Marathahalli|

“When baking, go by directions. When cooking, go by your own taste”-Laiko Bahrs

So, it really wasn’t a surprise when i immersed and imbibed myself in the meal put ahead of me. While my feet tapped to “Ankhiyon se Goli Mare”, my belly started adding girth, just because i couldn’t stop myself from taking that extra bite.

About Dhaba-Estd.1986 :

Dhaba, is your “I-want-some-hearty-punjabi-food ” kinda place. The place is filled with vibrancy and concentrates on simple and fulfilling punjabi dishes.

The restaurant is set up in a very “Dhaba” aka roadhouse kind of a way. They propagate the raw finesse of North Indian cuisine.

Ambiance & Decor :

The decor, is reminiscent of a Dhaba with loud and vibrant colour scheme. The pops of yellow and red and blue are ever so welcoming.

The ambiance just like the decor, is an amalgamation of peppy and buoyant.

Hospitality:

I’ve had my fair share of restaurant hopping everywhere and hospitality is something that makes or breaks the meal. I, found Dhaba to have an immaculate staff, that kept us accompanied with quick service and a helpful demeanour. Special mention to “Mr. Asit”, who was a great “serveur” indeed.

The Grub Story :

The beauty of this meal was the way it flowed from one course to another. They also, have the #SardiWedsPunjabiKhana winter menu on, which will run till the end of February.

Here’s what me and the mister had :

  • Gulabo Lassi : Certainly the kinda cooler you need to commence your appetite. Flavoured with delicious & gritty gulkhand, i adored this lassi.

  • Choti Glassiyan : A well thought assortment of their signature mocktails. Shikanji, Aam Panna, Ganne ka Ras, etc. This way, there is always something for someone.

  • Tandoori Bhune Aloo : The warmth of those tandoored baby potatoes, still lingers on my palate. What an excellent plate of spicy, sweet and starchy flavours. Highly recommended.

  • Mushroom Hara Pyaza : Mushrooms have always been my favourite and I love them more so, when they are tossed in masalas. This one was high on the hotness meter and had an explosive burst of mirchi. Not my kind, but certainly will please a spicy palate.

  • Dhaba Paneer Tikka : I kid you, not! This was one of the best Paneer Tikka’s I’ve had. Period. The succulent cubes of Paneer had the most amazing texture coupled with the spices that weren’t overpowering at all. Your fork, melted into the cube, no resistance from the Paneer. Bravo!

  • Tandoori Dhaba Raan: While the mister, dug into his plate of meat, the way his eyes lit up says a lot. According to him, the meat was just tender, falling off the bone. Marinated so beautifully that the spices penetrated and had been tenderised by an imam dasta. When asked, the maître d’ said the baby lamb leg was left to marinate overnight and given a double fry treatment. The non vegetarian soul, must try this.

  • Murgh Malai Tikka : Another, delicately spiced and well tandoored dish, which got a yes, from the mister.

  • Sarson ka Saag: There is never a time, that i do not crave some Sarson ka saag. I had to have it, as it was on the winter menu and trust me.. I was smiling ear to ear. The flavour profile was earthy with the pungency of garlic and the heartiness of the puréed leafy greens. Coupled with Makkai ki Roti, this was match made in the realms of the connoisseurs heaven.

  • Dilli ki Nihari : Light and unabashed. The Nihari was a hybrid of laal maas and Rarra gosht. Very surprisingly, it wasn’t a heavy goopy mess rather it was a light and went well with rotis. (as told by mister)

  • Matka Kulfi : Sprinkled generously with bits of pistachios and almonds, the kulfi was a perfect way to end the meal.

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Verdict : The food, really does do a good job and delivers to your expectations. The Dhaba Paneer Tikka was one of the best & I can vouch for it.

The menu is vast and has a carefully selected variation of dishes that personify a Dhaba. I, would definitely recommend.

Rating : 4/5

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Happy New Year !!

Hello, WP Fam!!

How have you all been doing? I, just dropped by to wish, each and everyone of you a ” HAPPY NEW YEAR”. 🌈💖💥

New Year’s Resolution, is a concept used and abused, i personally think that you shouldn’t be waiting for something to be a better you! But, having said that, a NEW YEAR is always a mood booster , a motivator and a hopeful opportunity that we all think we can grab. This New Year, I’m gonna set a few rules for myself, not gonna make flexible resolutions anymore. Here they are, in no chronological order: Get Fit (I’ve put on whopping gazillion pounds after my 2nd Baby) Learn more traditional recipes from Mum. Travel a lot more than what I have, in the past year. Work on my Beauty Blogging as well. For all of you, who don’t know, I’ve started an Instagram page dedicated to beauty & lifestyle. Will put my links down, so that you may connect with me and I will connect back. Do a makeup seminar & makeup Masterclass.Try to be a better Food Blogger. Try doing atleast, 5 more chapters of my book, which is in the pipeline forever now. Most importantly, be more in tune with my spirituality. Try finishing the Quran, before Ramadan this year. Love, all of you guys for being so supportive and always kind! Here are my links , pls do gimme a follow and I will reciprocate: Instagram : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Banjara Melting Pot| Koramangala |Bangalore

“All great achievements require time”-Maya Angelou

The soft steps, that i took so carefully to ascend the stone stairs rung in, like melody to my ears. The hints of art strewn across, called me yonder to maybe hear of the stories of the hand that painted them.

I, was in the haven that “M.F. Hussain Sahab”, had once called home.

About Banjara Melting Pot :

Banjara isn’t an establishment that has been unheard of. Before the boom of restaurants in every possible “nukkad” (corner), it had been a name well known and loved by all, for their marvellous coastal cuisine.

Decor & Ambiance:

The decor is a beautiful amalgam of finesse & sophistication. The paintings that are hung methodically are a mix of eclectic and beautiful. You will find the colour scheme of the restaurant to be very pleasing, perfect for a cosy meal.

The ambiance, is relaxing and calm with that diffused lighting and the warm glow.

Hospitality:

The servers are efficient and cordial.

The Grub Story :

If you presume, even before me starting, “what can be in it for a vegetarian?” Then you’re wrong. I, was pleasantly surprised at the extensive options.

  • Palak Shorba : A very light and flavourful shorba, made with spinach. An instant warm feeling guaranteed.

  • Paneer ke Shikanje : The cubes of paneer are marinated and tandoored. The results are fantastic, the flavours are more earthy and you can always have another one.

  • Hara Bhara Kabab : The chopped & blended veggies, made into perfect round dumplings were just right. A little spicy and a lot delicious.

  • Mushroom Pepper Dry : The mushrooms were tossed in your typical South Indian pepper sauce with curry leaves & chillies. Great with naans.

  • Paneer Ghee Roast with Neer Dosa : Match made in the kitchen heaven, I may say. The paneer just transforms into the most silky and soft cubes of flavour, with the pungent aroma of Ghee & Roasted Spices slathered on. Worked like a charm with a plate of 3 Neer Dosas.

  • Phalguni Subzi : A brilliant innovative way to make sure that you eat your veggies and eat them with delight. The half & half combination of green leafy Subzi& red paneer muttar Subzi married into one.

  • Rice variants : I’m never a rice eater, so I couldn’t sample what my friends ate, but boy! They looked delish.

A top shot of our dishes :

Desserts :

  • Gajar ka Halwa : The Gajar ka Halwa was done well, with the right amount of sweetness.

  • Kulfi : Lived upto the expectations. The Kulfis were the perfect way to end your dinner.

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Verdict : Banjara Melting Pot, happens to wow me over with its signature dish “Phalguni Subzi” & their wide selection of dishes for the vegetarian & non-vegetarian sides. They specifically are well known for their heart warming coastal cuisines, where there is an extensive use of seafood.

It truly is a Melting Pot, of so many cultures here, that you will always find something for yourself.

Rating : 4/5

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Address : No.32, 80 Feet Main Road, Koramangala. Bangalore-560095

The Den | Luxury Hotel Launch | Whitefield |

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it’s not luxury”- Coco Chanel

I, was invited over for the grand launch of “The Den” on 14/12/17. I, absolutely couldn’t help but reiterate Coco’s quote and feel instantly tranquillised by the calming vibes of the hotel.

About The Den :

The Den, a 226-room hotel with 25 floors located on a 2.8-acre land in the midst of an IT hub. The concept of ” Eat.Work.Sleep.Play”, is seen prevalent all across the hotel.

The Den, is the luxury hotel of todays millennial & globetrotter. The hotel exuberates luxury with spacious rooms, sophisticated meeting spaces and an array of delicious dining options to spoil you for choice.

Dining Options at The Den :

“The Creek”, is a serene round the clock restaurant that serves Indian and world cuisines. Their dinner buffet is something that you must come over for. The setting of the restaurant is just the most splendid with a view of the green lawn.

“The Nest”, is a trendy lounge bar with an ambiance that literally takes you to a place of calm with their down toned colour scheme and chandeliers. Serves drinks & quick nibbles.

“The Layla”, is their signature rooftop restaurant which is yet to be opened but will be bringing the “Mediterranean” to your table.

“The Cold Press”, is a quick convenient juice bar.

“The Deli”, is a full service bakery for a gourmet experience.

Work Options at The Den :

Has banqueting space of over 10,000 sqft, that can be used for weddings, conventions, exhibitions,etc. The meeting rooms are equipped with latest technology and meet all your requirements.

Sleep Options at The Den :

There are 226 meticulously designed rooms with 4 different categories and all come attached with a bath tub and toiletries from “Kama Ayurveda”.

Play Options at The Den :

“The Cave”, is a 15 seater large cinema hall that offers a curated selection of movies.

“The Play House”, is a section that offers vintage video games like galaga, snooker etc.

Last, but not the least “Sanctuary” is your spa where you could unwind & relax.

Closing Note from the GM :

Mr. Vinesh Gupta, G.M-The Den said, “The Den brand prides itself as being a cultural touchstone that provides state of art facilities. Our aim this to offer our guest a unique blend of modern and traditional aesthetics that create memorable experiences for millennial and globetrotters”

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My Experience at The Den :

I, immensely enjoyed the hotel tour that we were taken on and given an insight about each and every aspect of the hotel. The rooms are just so immaculate and will certainly please the ones who appreciate the more finer things in life.

Every minute detail is looked into and the result is luxury you can bask in. I, personally would recommend ” The Den”, to everyone.

Address : ITPL Main Road, Whitefield, Bangalore- 560066

Contact : +91- 8049374937

P.S: Mr Vinesh Gupta’s picture has been sourced from google

Kama Ayurveda x Tanya Fontes Dhar |Beauty Masterclass | Bangalore |

” Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that is when you’re most beautiful”- Zoe Kravitz

In a world of “Prima donna’s & Primo uomo’s”, everyone wants to always be at their fluttery best. Vanity rates high & in the pursuit of being the best, we tend to take shortcuts or fall prey to trends that rise & fall as the tides on a full moon night.

It is during these episodes, do you need to realise that it’s our roots & traditions that haven’t changed in centuries. Maybe because, those traditions are timeless and maybe because they do not need an upgrade.

About Kama Ayurveda:

Kama Ayurveda was started in 2002 in India, to promote the message of authentic Ayurveda, universally. Since then, creating pure Ayurvedic products according to authentic prescriptions has been the unique purpose of the brand.

It has received recognition in various global and Indian publications including US Vogue, French Vogue, Japan Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Tatler among others.

The brand has been synonymous with reawakening the tranquility of Ayurveda with its offerings and reintroducing Indian aesthetics to the world.

About Tanya Fontes Dhar :

Tanya Dhar is the face behind the luxury lifestyle blog “Urban Diaries”. The blog covers various topics from beauty & lifestyle to celebrity interviews & technology.

She is always a very graceful presence in the blogging community with so much knowledge to impart to her camaraderies. Refined and humble, is how you will find this lady.

About my Kama Ayurveda Masterclass Experience:

I, was invited over by the elegant “Tanya Dhar” , to experience a Beauty Masterclass session, curated by her and the expert panel of Kama Ayurveda.

The slow teasing whiff of turmeric, rose water and saffron was prevalent all across. The warmth of those whiffs had me, smiling ear to ear.

The class started with a one on one consultation with Dr. Sharad Kulkarni, whereby he delved into your skin woes and suggested what essential steps are necessary for the overall well-being of your facial epidermis.

He then went ahead, to give us a brief walkthrough of the essence of Ayurveda and why it is an immaculate option for a life of holistic living.

Whilst the doctor explained, the station was getting prepped, so that we could indulge in some DIY scrub making. Not surprisingly, the scrub proved to be a hit with the ladies.

Here’s the secret recipe for a scrub that guarantees smooth skin:

Ingredients:

  • Oats – 2 Tbsp
  • Honey – 2 Tbsp
  • Pure Rose water – 2 Tbsp
  • Kama Ayurveda Mridul – 2 Tbsp
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  • Sweet Almond Oil- 3 drops
  • Lemon Juice – 5 drops
  • Rose Petals – 2

Directions : Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Apply on damp skin & exfoliate gently for 3-4 minutes. Rinse off with water & pat dry.

The Masterclass ended with a photo shoot with all the ladies.

And while we bid our adieus, Kama Ayurveda & Tanya, spoiled us with some goodies from “Kama Ayurveda” & the let us have a mason jar of the DIY scrub as well. Pretty us, after all!

Phoenix Kessaku & Audi Display Event |Bangalore – An insight

“Coming home is one of the most beautiful things”- Andre Rieu

I, was invited over for the ” Audi Display Event” held at Phoenix Kessaku, to experience the perfect combination of power and sophistication. The Event, was divided into two affairs. One was, indulging yourself with an “Audi Test Drive” & the other was, in being stupefied by the incredulous model “Phoenix Kessaku Home”.

Audi, has always been the pioneer of tranquil simplicity. We were all given a test drive, to experience the passions encompassing while driving an Audi. Being an Audi possessor, this event was an event, i just couldn’t miss out on.

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The Audi A3 Cabriolet was on display, standing with all its grandeur, ready to be on the wish lists of many.

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Phoenix Kessaku :

“Kessaku”, very aptly means masterpiece in Japanese. Sticking to that very theme of creating masterpieces, the “Phoenix Group” has curated homes as special and unique as you. Phoenix Group has been carving a niche for themselves, by building spaces that are functional and urbane and this project is just that.

A home, is a place where your dreams are realised, it is a place where the caresses of your ambitions happen & most importantly, it is a place where you are YOU. There isn’t anything more luxurious than, your happiness and “Phoenix Kessaku”, looks after all of your needs.

We were escorted to the model “Phoenix Kessaku” Home, which was spread on a sprawling 7000 sqft area, with 5 bedrooms and a personal landscaped garden. The Kessaku precinct has 5 towers, “Sora, Niwa, Zefa, Mizu & Faia” along with sky club – Kaze and Garden club- Midori.

Each space is made in such a way, that it’s only 1 Flat per floor. So, you are bestowed with the feeling of staying in a bungalow yet are connected with others when you step out.

Phoenix Kessaku, lies nestled in luxury within a stones throw away from, “Orion Mall and is well connected to all places of interest. Making the location practical as well as luxurious.

The afternoon ended with a quick brunch held by “Olive Beach” and discussions with friends.

Left to Right : Mr. Nitin Hajela, Ms. Swati Mishra, Ms. Deepti Nandan, Mr. Raj, Ms. Sanghamitra, Ms. Noorain & Mr.Tareen

If, this interests you then please log on to ” http://www.kessaku.in ” for all your queries.

Location : #1, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Rajajinagar. Bangalore-560010

Disclaimer: Phoenix Kessaku Walkthrough Pictures have been provided by Ms. Sanghamitra for my perusal, but belong solely to her.

The group pictures are courtesy, Mr. Nitin Hajela.

Other pictures are sourced from Google photos, for representational use only.