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Hotels cash in on T20 fever

Cricket is in the air in Ranchi, and capital hotels have jumped onto the T20 bandwagon to celebrate ICC World Twenty20 2012 getting underway in Sri Lanka from September 18 with tongue ticklers galore.

And while fans will munch on goodies created specially with cricketing greats in mind, they can watch their heroes in action on big screens that will be put up especially for the world cup. The arrangements in city hotels promise to be elaborate for the sports extravaganza. Take the case of Hotel Chanakya BNR. It has designed a special menu on which all 25 dishes are named after members of the Indian cricket team.

So chomp through Bhajji Ki Googli (mixed vegetables), Raina Ke Sholay (achari paneer tikka), Gosht Gambhir, Yuvraj Ka Tadka, Veeru Ka Dum and Zaheer Ki Mirchi (chicken kebab) even as you polish off the Cover Drive (chicken biryani) or Straight Drive (vegetarian biryani), whatever catches the fancy.

According to assistant food and beverage manager Dharmvir Kumar, not only food, the hotel had also made special arrangements for LCD screens to be put up on the lawn where food will be served to guests who want to watch the game in open air.

As the fours and sixes go flying on the field, those looking forward to discounts on whisky and snacks can visit Hotel Golden Tulip, which has decided to offer one free whisky on purchase of two.

“We will also be offering 25 per cent discount on vegetarian and non-vegetarian snacks,” said food and beverage manager Vineet Gargi.

It’s going to be special thalis at Hotel Arya for the sports fest, with the attire of waiters and table décor in keeping with the spirit of the game.

As far as dishes are concerned, the hotel staff will be serving special thali laden with Lucknowi kebab and paratha, rumali roti, rogani naan, mughlai paratha, lamb galouti kebab, among others. Here too, there will be a LCD screen for viewing pleasure.

If hotels are going all out to celebrate cricket, equally excited are officials of clubs like Ranchi Club and Ranchi Gymkhana Club (RGC). Sunil Verma, president of Ranchi Club said they would make arrangements in the lawn to put up LCD screens and serve different types of snacks. Similar arrangements have been lined up at RGC.

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