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Why world expo in India: My experience in Expo Milan 2015

Why world expo in India: My experience in Expo Milan 2015

Qatar Pavilion, Milano Expo 2015
Qatar Pavilion, Milan Expo 2015
USA Pavilion, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
USA Pavilion, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja

“Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”-The theme of Milan Expo 2015

Missed CWG in New Delhi, but not Expo in Milan

Ever since I first landed in Milan in 2010, there was this buzz in the air about a big event called the Milan Expo 2015. Just like how in New Delhi, there was a lot of talk about the Common Wealth Games since 2005. I was not really expecting to find myself actually attending this massive truly multicultural learning experience five years later. Expo Milan 2015 will remain as one of the top influential events in my life. Capitalism can bring a happy smile when you have free coupons.

Milan transforms for the Expo 2015

Milan as a city changed for this event. The Porto Ticinese area in Milan saw complete renovation. We got a new metro line and the central station got renovated. The city also got some new iconic commercial zone at Porta Nuova near Porta Garibaldi. The capital of Lombardy now has a vertical forest in the form of two beautiful buildings. Read recently that the Chinese are building some real huge buildings based on this idea.

Usual big event headwinds: Corruption, Controversies, Protests

Apart from much criticism on corruption in a big event like the Milano Expo, I as an Indian who had visited the event was however optimistic about the benefits of such an event in-spite of the negatives which unfortunately is widely prevalent across nations when it comes to big events like this.

Yes even the games in New Delhi had its massive share of controversy for the same reasons. Apart from some misdeeds, both these events have been massive hits. The tremendous efforts by the people involved has truly shown. I missed the CWG in New Delhi, but was so glad to have been gifted tickets for the Milano Expo which also included a coupon for a meal at Eataly.

Super excited to visit the Expo in the first f*kin week of the huge international much awaited 6 month long Milano Expo 2015.


Fun chairs, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Fun chairs, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja

Milan Expo 2015, a true multicultural learning experience

Joining me was my friend Adi, who is into blogging too recently, sitting down on the long strangely designed dining table. I knew the expo would be fun, but all I can say now is that one full day visit ticket is too short to truly enjoy this global event. It was so tremendous to see so many countries send their best ideas and creative minds to enchant and educate the visitors about how they are using technology to feed the planet in a sustainable manner.

India and Italy foreign relations: Needs spice and sugar

I was quite disappointed that India was not going to participate in the event. I believe this could have been due to a change in government in India and the Italian marine case that had increased tensions among the two most unlikely countries. Things seem to be better now, and I for myself believe that my blogging activity living in Milan can help recover a little bit of that opportunity cost in foreign relationship lost earlier.

Katy Desario is doing her part with this interesting looking Italian-Indian music video. I on the other hand, would like to contribute with link building and blogging. I am sure I can pimp this article up to rank high so that more people learn about the immense handwork put in by those thousands of volunteers from Italy and all around the world. Special thanks to also the global elite for investing so much on an event that I truly believe was an exceptional multicultural learning experience.


Adi in Japanese pavilion, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Adi in Japanese pavilion, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
TREE OF LIFE / ALBERO DELLA VITA, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
TREE OF LIFE / ALBERO DELLA VITA, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja


Wine storage in French pavilion, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Wine storage in French pavilion, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Italian pavilion, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Italian pavilion, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja


Expo Milan 2015: Cultural potpourri of enthusiasm and excellence

The expo was a great potpourri of enthusiasm and  excellence of individuals of around 145 countries. So much to see and so little time in a full day visit. Nonetheless, I am really happy to have visited the following pavilions:


Country Pavilion visited, Milan expo 2015
  • German
  • Azerbaijan
  • Brazilian
  • Israeli
  • Japanese
  • Thailand
  • Columbian
  • Argentinian
  • Vietnamese
  • Chinese
  • UK
  • American
  • French
  • Kuwaiti
  • Italian
  • Korean

Unfortunately the visits to each pavilion could sometimes take a while as you are taken through a tour to see the awesome stuff inside.

Big corporates like Coco Cola too had pavilions with the most happy and cool young people working there. Though it can be stressful dealing with so many people, the environment at the Expo was so positive in the first week that it reminded me of a memorable past visit to the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad.

An interesting anecdote confirming why we need to truly celebrate the world expos with heavy participation is that something simple like the ice cream cone too has its origin from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, when a Syrian immigrant named Ernest Hamwi crafted the cone on the fly when he rolled his Middle Eastern zalabia pastries into cones to hold that year’s wildly popular confection, ice cream. [1]

Best pavilion in Expo Milan 2015?

Top two best Expo Milan 2015 pavilions

I mention Germany and Azerbaijan first as they had some really high tech pavilions totally blowing us away in awe.

In Germany’s case, I am guessing that this was the least they could do for a world event. They surely did succeed in completely beating my expectations with all the cool hi-tech gadgets. With light sensors in a futuristic Crystal Maze type rooms, I  almost competed with young children for turns . At the end, we all joined in an interactive music session in a very fun Germanic way last seen in the Oktoberfest at Munich.

Azerbaijan on the other hand may have spent big money in building this impressive hi-tech dome type structure with stuff you would see only in sci fi films. Seeking to draw in the big investors, the energy rich country definitely got one budding small investor enticed that day. Azerbaijan a country I remember from my stamp collecting days in Kerala, has historically once accounted for over 50% of the global oil production.


Brazilian pavilion, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Brazilian pavilion, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja

Top fun Expo Milan 2015 pavilions

Among the other best pavilions, let us start with the most fun set up. Brazil had a trampoline set up with exotic plans and tress beneath. Nothing like seeing all the greenery in Brazil, while feeling like you hiking across the Amazon rain forest.

I was greeted by a very lively cultural performance at the Vietnamese pavilion, for Thailand, we got to see a 360 degree video projection and 3D hologram that sold a trip to Thailand right there.

Colombia too had a very nice pavilion with really clear high definition visuals that reminded me of the start of the Anaconda music video. Plush green country rich in exotic tropical fruits and much more. The idea of moving to Colombia and eating fresh fruits, while living in such greenery didn’t look bad at all.

Top informative Expo 2015 pavilions

Israel had a very educating and inspiring video on how they used the best technology to facilitate agriculture in water scarce lands. Drip irrigation is a familiar word but I finally was going to learn how it originated in dry Israel and how it is helping many across the globe.

The boats with fruits on top may be from Thailand or Indonesia or Malaysia. As simple as it looks, the idea of developing the waterways is yet to take off in India in a big scale.When it finally does, it will be an immense boost to the Indian economy.

South Korea seems to be one step away from actually developing a T-800. By the likes of those impressive robots performing a fascinating display of visuals, the day is not far. Truly marks a pinnacle of robotic synchronization.

Unfortunately, constrained with time and battery in my Ipad, (I had an old mobile back then, not anymore), I missed out in taking many pictures.  Visiting all the enamoring pavilions was also not possible in one day.



Chinese pavilion, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Chinese pavilion, Milan Expo 2015
Role of waterways in food distribution, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Role of waterways in food distribution, Milan Expo 2015
Belarus traditional music and dance, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Belarus traditional music and dance, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja



Korean food, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Korean food, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja

The best of Milan Expo, Lunch time at Eataly!

We nearly relished the adrenalin of almost traveling around the world in 9 hours.  With all the walking around, you need to stop for some good lunch that will keep the high spirits going.

Fortunately for us, we had coupons for a full course meal at Eataly. This was not going to be any full course Italian meal. We could choose each of our dishes from each of the Italian regions. So, I took a sea food pasta from Liguria as my primo or first dish. Accompanied by a rich meaty Agnello a Pomodoro (Lamb and Tomatoes) dish from Roma.

Contended with nice Wine and some exclusive dessert, we finally reached for the last free item in our coupon. A nice little cup of warm C8H10N4O2 (The caffeine molecule) to keep us going.

Expo Milan 2015: Self retrospect your life for innovation

Oh boy, just talking about the Expo has got me nerdy enough to find the chemical formula of the caffeine molecule.  While I saw the hoards of children enjoying this event, I begun to think about my own past experience presenting an innovation or a creation.

From the Open House event at IIT Delhi, to the science project event in my childhood school in Kerala, these events have always served as avenues to inspire and educate. Probably, the Expo Milan 2015 was the biggest such event that I have ever attended.



Korean Robots, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Synchronized Robots, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Korean Robots, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Korean Robots, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Korean creepy balloons, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Creepy Korean balloons, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Korean pavilion, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Outside Korean pavilion, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
 Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
 Entrance, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Gate, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
 Entrance, Milano Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja
Entrance, Milan Expo 2015, MilanKaRaja


Vietnam cultural show, Expo Milano 2015, MilanKaRaja.com
Vietnam cultural show, Expo Milan 2015, MilanKaRaja.com


How did the Milan Expo 2015 change me?

  • Firstly, my whole perspective of life saw a very optimistic boost filled with hope for the future. Most noteworthy, I had never ever wanted to be an Elon Musk so much before.
  • Became so culturally open minded that I started a new job as a community consultant / Territory Sales Executive. Working in a very people oriented job with Western Union Money Transfer really helped me to up my sales game.
  • Take me to a lavish Indian food buffet and you will see me praise those flavors for ages. But if you take me to a lavish Italian food exposition with so many food choices from all across the country , I will never look at Italian food the same again. I would finally transit into the true Italian food connoisseur. That guy who not only finishes his pasta and but also picks up a piece of bread and cleans up all the spiced oil on the plate.
  • Next, is to make sure of Indian involvement in the next world expo. Considering the massive potential of an Indian Pavilion to draw in tourists that sure need one hell of a travel pitch, ever since Demonetization.
  • Lastly, my sense of responsibility to the world, my own country, my present host country has led to this day. Where I am blogging about my fantastic experience at the Expo, a story that does not find it’s way easily in today’s controversy loving media.


Bring Expo back to India, Independent Incredible India!

Living in Milan, Italy, I truly had a great time visiting the Expo Milano 2015. I felt truly inspired by the fun multicultural learning experience. Certainly, my enthusiasm should be shared by many more of my country men.

Surely, one of the goals of the expo is to reach out to as many people as possible. Therefore a country like India should benefit immensely from such a multicultural learning experience. By preparing its citizens to be better adapted to meet the international market and and the best of technology from across the globe. In return, the whole world gets to visit India again since the East Indian Company left.

It would also be great if we Indians could organize a mini national expo in India with the best efforts from each state to be prepared for an eventual international event. Hence, the key here is to be better organized to truly attract the best of talents in such an event.

Get our infrastructure fixed and our public transport efficient. Milan changed for the Expo Milano 2015 and New Delhi changed for the Common Wealth Games 2010. Indian cities hosting such big events can finally take things to the next level.

I vote for a World Expo in India!

Expo Calcutta: Courtesy East India company

Since Calcutta International Exhibition in 1833, 1883, 1923, we really haven’t seen any action back home.

  • British India changed to Independent India in 1947
  • About 50 years later we reclaimed the City’s name from Calcutta to Kolkata
  • After almost two decades, we are now renaming IIM Calcutta to IIM Kolkata

The purification process from foreign influence seems to be almost over.

Finally, can we all get together and make Kolkata better than Calcutta again. Hosting at least one Incredible Indian world expo in Independent India should do the trick.



[1] https://food52.com/blog/19050-the-surprising-middle-eastern-origin-of-a-very-american-dessert


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Genetically Modified food for the layman: The GMO Debate for India

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Tastebuds of an Intern: Lunch time across India, UAE & Italy

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Travel & Food: Europe needs more international food

Travel & Food: Europe needs more international food

Why Europe could definitely use more international cooks

Travel & Food does go together, and Europe could definitely use more international cooks, some one like me. But I only cook for myself currently, but surely don’t mind showing a sneak peak of an international cook in a kitchen in Corvetto, Milan.

I am no expert, but more options in food is always a better thing for me and the scores of Indian tourists visiting Europe. We do love the local traditional food, but you still want to have something familiar that is not priced super expensive like most Indian Restaurants in Europe.

Introducing the Chickenbot: Future of good Milan food

Fortunately a new place opened up in Milan. Its called the Chickenbot located in Pero. They make only one dish and that is 1 kilo of marinated chicken along with 600 gms of spiced little potatoes prepared in an Italian style. The food is packed very well and is absolutely delicious.

This is a new concept and seems to be a hit. The food is great and they deliver it even to far away places. For 13.5 € the home delivery can definitely feed 2 or more people.

This is a great concept that can be a hit in India too. There are more health conscious Indians who would completely relish this food service business plan in action in their cities.

Lately things are changing in Milan.

There is also a new Indian vegetarian place that delivers good food.

But previously, I remember a different time when we were very constrained with food choices.

Mac Donalds or Burger King? : Milan review

Really hope the competition from these new places wakes up the others. Personally, I think Mac Donald’s is doing a great job in Italy.

New burgers keep coming and they also keep customers engaged with the new automatic ordering system. The food at MacDonalds is still not too oily in comparison to the others in this fast food category.

On the other hand, I remember leaving my Burger King burger half eaten in Milan. Because some one doesn’t know how to use the Henny Penny machine very well.

Hence, I believe that to get the best food it is important to have a very level play ground that invites the best cooks from around the world.

The world cannot be normal if MacDonalds has the best fast food around. Maybe MacDonalds should start serving Masala Dosas.


Awesome Vietnamese Food at Nuremberg, Germany

Airbnb in Germany: December,2016

“Its week 2 of our great Indian family vacation in Europe and I am writing this Blog from Milan. The previous week in Germany was super fun, as my elder brother and me introduced our parents to Airbnb.

For a typical middle class Indian family, most decent Airbnb in Europe can end up being quite a luxury for a fair price.

Our last stay was hosted by a friendly English family in the suburbs of Munich. This place will leave us with very fond memories.

The cottage by the lush green field looked so peaceful, that you would never guess that just miles away on a different day over 80 years ago, horrible things were happening in a complex built specially for that very reason. Yes, I am talking about the Dachau concentration camp.

My mom is very choosy about the places she visits. She even lost appetite at an authentic Chinese restaurant in the heart of Milanese China Town in Paolo Sarpi, just because the exotic raw sea food and meat in display looked very different to her conservative mindset.

She didn’t seem to mind the clear veg tofu soup that arrived briefly though. Vising the concentration camp unfortunately didn’t meet her idea of a fun vacation in Europe.

Me and Dad, ordered the Indian non-vegetarians favorite soup: the Chicken Sweet Corn soup. Nonetheless, we slept in luxury in our Munich cottage with over 4 duck feather stuffed cushions keeping each of us comfy in our grand Airbnb cottage.

Indian family visit to Milan, Italy

Fast-forward to Milan today, I was looking for a place near the center that would not wring my wallet dry. Also some place that will enable my old parents to walk through Milan like me the “Milan Ka Raja aka King of Milan“.

I may have actually found the perfect place. Small but very conveniently loaded with everything we need to cook ourself a nice Indian meal of Rajma Chawal. Or even some Riso Basmati con Fagioli or Basmati rice with Kidney beans prepared in a tomato, onion sauce garnished with spices like coriander, cumin, mint and hot red chili powder. To all the stranieri or foreigners reading this, Rajma Chawal is a gem of a food. Ask anyone from Delhi or North India.

The Italians may often seem a bit conservative with their food, but not as much as some Indians. During my stay in international Germany, my thoughts were reaffirmed that Thai and Sri Lankan food did very well with international crowd.

Thai in particular enjoys popularity in all parts of the world. Comparing Thai with Indian, I realized that the usage of fish and chicken, with exotic color named sauces and veggies made it simple to prepare as a nutritious meal. That went easy on both Indian and European tummies.

Sri Lankan Food: Yes please!

The Sri Lankan restaurant named Bambooh in Nuremberg, has friendly staff. They quickly prepare delicious meals using a seemingly Thai business model . With a Chef sporting a Wok in a see through kitchen, this restaurant is awesome!

Indian food isn’t much different from Sri Lankan. I have lived my early years in Kerala in the south of India. It is separated only 30 kms from Sri Lanka by sea.

I thus would gladly indulge myself in some Sri Lankese any day.

Milan has a Sri Lankan restaurant called Lucky Seven near Via Ripamonti. Here you get to sample an all you can eat at double the price of the cheapest Chinese AYCE.

If you ask me if it is worth it?

All I would say is that I would build a bridge all the way to Lanka,

if this place ever shuts down.”

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