The Fab4 Sunday brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum

Continuing with our exploration of Sunday brunch buffets in our capital city, last Sunday we went to the Garden Grille restaurant at the Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum to experience their brunch which was recently relaunched as part of their ‘31 Days of Happiness’ promotion.

A large well decorated Christmas tree greeted us at the reception. The lobby and the restaurant area were decked up with lights and Christmas garnitures while a nicely done ginger bread house took up one end of the lobby.

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My new blog address

After all these years on a free blogging platform, first starting with Blogger / Blogspot and then here on WordPress, I have now moved on to my own domain and self hosted blog My Open Views ( It will be a continuation of my thoughts, views and comments on topics that interest me.

I look forward to meeting you there. I hope you will find my blog posts interesting and useful. Thank you.

How to renew SAIL Mediclaim Insurance Premium

How to renew SAIL Mediclaim Insurance Premium

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It is that time of the year when ex-employees of Steel Authority of India (SAIL) and its steel plants like Bhilai (BSP), Rourkela (RSP), Bokaro, Durgapur, Salem, etc; run around to renew their medical insurance premiums under the SAIL Mediclaim Scheme.

Ex-employees are usually under stress to get the mediclaim renewed for themselves and their spouses as they hardly get the renewal forms on time, by post. Over these years, we have seen that Insurance Companies and Third Party Administers (TPA) have not been very customer friendly but for the last few years, the renewal form is available online on the SAIL website and there is also a provision to make the premium payment online through State Bank of India (SBI).

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A forest that we planted, thirty years back

Thirty years back, we were taken from our school to a barren piece of land to plant few saplings as part of a massive tree plantation programme in our township. Although I was a student of Class IX, I don’t think I would have realised the importance of that act then. For us it was just a break from the class and also, probably this was our first outing from our new school. Last year during a visit to my hometown, Bhilai after some 15 years, I decided to check out that place and was very happy to see a lush green and dense forest.

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