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Leading Darwinist Advocates Breeding Humans with Chimps

first_imgNew Attempts to Interbreed Humans and Chimps to Prove Evolutionby Jerry Bergman, PhDA new movement headed by Professor David Barash to prove evolution by breeding humans with our claimed closest relative, the chimpanzee has gained credence. A core teaching of Neo-Darwinism is that humans are simply another animal produced by evolution. Researchers have produced many hybrids, even between two animals once classified as different species. Some of the thousands of examples include tigons (the offspring of a male tiger bred with a female lion), ligers (the offspring of a male lion bred with a female tiger), jagulep (a jaguar bred with a leopard), and a leopon (a leopard bred with a lion). As far as known, all of the big cats can successfully interbreed.Professor Barash concluded from this observation that it is “by no means impossible or even unlikely that a hybrid or a chimera combining a human being and a chimpanzee could be produced in a laboratory. After all, human and chimp (or bonobo) share, by most estimates, roughly 99 percent of their nuclear DNA.”[1] He added that the gene-editing tool known as CRISPR, an acronym for the Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat system, is regularly used to deliberately modify the genome of many life-forms. This tool provides scientists with the ability of adding and deleting targeted genes from a genome.Consequently, Barash added, “it is not unreasonable to foresee the possibility—eventually, perhaps, the likelihood—of producing ‘humanzees’ or ‘chimp-humans.’ Such an individual would … be neither human nor chimp: rather, something in between.”[2]  Some evolutionists believe after humans and chimps separated from our common ancestor and became separate species we were still able to interbreed.[3] Consequently, since we used to interbreed, to do so today would not be unexpected.Barash’s GoalBarash believes that breeding chimps and humans “would be a terrific idea” for many reasons including to quell what he calls the most harmful “theologically-driven myth of all times: that human beings are discontinuous from the rest of the natural world, … specially created and endowed with souls, whereas ‘they’—all other creatures—were not.” Producing ‘chimp-humans” hybrids would be, Barash argues, the ultimate proof of evolution. Interbreeding humans and chimps would also “drive a stake into the heart of that destructive disinformation campaign of discontinuity, of human hegemony over all other living things.”1 It would also demolish the view that, as Genesis teaches, humans are to have dominion over the animals:And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.[4]The chimp-human goal is important to Darwinists because it “is almost impossible to imagine how the most die-hard advocate of humans having a discontinuously unique biological status could continue to maintain this position if confronted with a real, functioning, human-chimp combination.”1 Barash concluded, that “faced with individuals who are clearly intermediate between human and ape, it will become painfully obvious that a rigid distinction between the two is no longer tenable.”1 Human evolution from some ape would finally be proven beyond question.Critique of Barash’s GeneticsA major mistake Barash makes is his erroneous claim that “human and chimp (or bonobo) share, by most estimates, roughly 99 percent of their nuclear DNA.” Even a 12-year-old study that sampled protein coding genes found “humans and chimpanzees differ by at least 6% (1,418 of 22,000 genes), which stands in stark contrast to the oft-cited 1.5% difference between orthologous nucleotide sequences.”[5] As more comparisons were completed using more complete genomes, the similarity was reduced. The latest research found it is closer to 86 to 89%.[6] Given a 14% difference of 3 billion base pairs, that would yield a whopping 42 million base-pair difference.Professor Barash advocates this approach because he assumes its success will encourage humans to treat animals better because the great divide now existing between humans and all lower forms of life will be reduced. In fact, it will likely have the opposite effect. If humans are just another animal, a different kind of primate, it will likely influence humans to de-humanize other humans. After all, humans are just animals as are also the apes. This is exactly how Nazi Germany justified mistreating certain people, including Slavs, Jews, and Roma, that led to the Holocaust.[7]David P. Barash is not a fringe scientist, but a leading researcher and science popularizer. As a Professor of Psychology emeritus at the University of Washington, he has written, edited or co-authored 40 books, and over 230 scholarly articles, mostly on Darwin and Darwinism. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.The Ivanov study is told in more detail in ch. 14 of this book by Dr. BergmanEfforts to Breed Humans and Chimps in the PastNor is this the first time human-ape breeding experiments have been attempted.[8] The first scientific attempt was in the mid-1920s at a laboratory, then part of French Guinea in Africa. The work was done by a leading Soviet Scientist, Professor Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov, and his son. Ivanov was a world famous breeder of hybrids specializing in the field of artificial insemination and the interspecific hybridization of animals. His successes were sensational, especially among horse breeders from many parts of the world. He had wanted to try “the  ultimate test of Darwinian evolution” [interbreeding humans with chimps, i.e., humanzees] … since 1910, and he finally (after consulting with Hermann Muller, the Soviet-loving Drosophila scientist) screwed up the courage to request a research grant in the early 1920s.”[9]The “top Bolsheviks saw something promising in Ivanov’s idea: a chance to insult religion, the Soviet Unions avowed enemy… in our struggle for the liberation of the working people from the power of the Church.”[10] Only a few months after the Scopes trial the Soviet government gave Ivanov 10,000 dollars, 130,000 in today’s dollars, to prove his ape-human theory.[11]Ivanov attempted at least three times, without success, to inseminate female chimpanzees with human sperm. He also attempted a set of experiments involving ape sperm and humans, but was unsuccessful for several reasons.[12]  Ivanov used Negro women because they were in his day believed to be biologically closer to apes, thus, he reasoned, the experiment would more likely be successful.[13] His belief was based on the writings of Darwin and others.Darwin’s Race TeachingsDarwin expected that, at some future point, “not very distant … the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races,” thus making the gap between humans and apes even greater than it currently is now.[14] The eminent evolutionist Professor Carl Vogt, “distinguished, as did most biologists in the second half of the nineteenth century, between crosses of ‘allied’ races [such as negroes and apes] and ‘distant’ ones, such as white humans and apes.”[15] These scientists believed hybridization of the lowest human type and the highest ape type would vindicate Darwin and serve as powerful evidence of evolution.[16]Both the scriptures and Christian history condemn this attempt. The Bible is very clear: “All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.”[17]  A real concern is that these experiments, although they will likely fail, will further erode human value and encourage inhuman experiments. Kean concluded that “almost all respectable scientists today would lay money on human-chimp fertilization being impossible.”[18] There are many reasons for these conclusions. For example, they include to activate the system to form a zygote and beginning cell division is species specific. Assuming that a zygote can form, human and chimp regulations of DNA are very different. Although in the case of different chromosomal numbers, a female horse with 64 chromosomes and male donkey with 62 can produce a mule with 63 chromosomes, which is usually sterile, but humans are not donkeys, and the same process may not work for humans. The 15 percent difference in genes (close to 400,000) will also cause enormous problems.This study recalls the now-shameful 1932 U. S. Government Public Health Service study of the natural history of syphilis among poor Blacks compared to Whites to justify certain treatment programs. The “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male” initially involved 600 black men – 399 with syphilis, and 201 disease-free. Rather than treat the disease with the medicine available after the study began, the physicians allowed it to progress to determine if the progression in Black men was the same as it was in White men.[19] The study continued for 40 years, and by then most of the infected subjects had died, many of horrible and painful deaths. As expected, the researchers concluded no difference existed in untreated syphilis between Blacks and Whites. The breeding study between apes and humans, regardless how it turns out, will no doubt likewise be an embarrassment if not an unethical fiasco.[1] David Barash. 2018. “It’s Time to Make Human-Chimp Hybrids.” Nautilus, March 8. David Barash. 2018. Through a Glass Brightly. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.[2] Barash, 2018.[3] Kean, Sam. 2012. The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company, pp. 182-183.[4] Genesis 1:26 (KJV).[5] Demuth, J. 2006. “The Evolution of Mammalian Gene Families.” PLoS ONE 1(1): e85 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0000085[6] Tomkins. Jeffrey P. 2011. “Genome-Wide DNA Alignment Similarity (Identity) for 40,000 Chimpanzee DNA Sequences Queried against the Human Genome is 86–89%.” Answers Research Journal 4 (2011):233–241. www.answersingenesis.org/arj/v4/human-chimpanzee-genome.pdf . See also Tomkins, J. 2014. “Human–Chimp DNA Similarity: Separating Fact from Fiction.” In: Genesis & Genetics: Proceedings of the 2014 Faith & Science Conference, Springfield, Missouri.[7] Bergman, Jerry. 2012. Hitler and the Nazis Darwinian Worldview: How the Nazis Eugenic Crusade for a Superior Race Caused the Greatest Holocaust in World History. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada: Joshua Press.[8] Bergman, Jerry. 2017. Evolution’s Blunders, Frauds and Forgeries. Atlanta, GA: CMI Publishing, Chapter 14, pp. 219-236.[9] Kean, 2012, p. 180.[10] Kean, 2012, p. 180.[11] Kean, 2012, p. 181.[12] Pain, Stephanie. 2008. Blasts from the past: The Soviet ape-man scandal. New Scientist, August 20. https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19926701-000-blasts-from-the-past-the-soviet-ape-man-scandal/[13] Rossiianov, Kirill. 2002. “Beyond Species: Ii’ya Ivanov and His Experiments on Cross-Breeding Humans with Anthropoid Apes.” Science in Context. 15(2):277-316.[14] Darwin, Charles. 1871. The Descent of Man. London, England: John Murray, p. 201.[15] Stepan, Nancy. 1985. “Biological Degeneration: Races and Proper Places.” Chapter 5 in: Chamberlin, J. Edward and Sander L. Gilman. Degeneration: The Dark Side of Progress. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, p. 110.[16] Wiker, Benjamin. 2009. The Darwin Myth: The Life and Lies of Charles Darwin. Washington, D.C..: Regnery Publishing, pp. 106, 118.[17] 1 Corinthians 15:39.[18] Kean, 2012, p. 192.[19] Washington, Harriet A. 2008. Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. New York, NY: Anchor Books.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 916 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Infographic: Joburg by taxi – a practical guide

first_imgGetting around Joburg on a minibus taxi can be daunting for newbies. But once you know your short right from your after robot, and your Diepsloot from your Orange Farm, it’s the fastest, most popular and often the cheapest way to get where you want to go.      Minibus taxis are by far the most popular – and are often the cheapest – form of public transport in South Africa, used mainly by the urban and rural poor. (Image: Brand South Africa)Ray MaotaMinibus taxis are by far the most popular – and are often the cheapest – form of public transport in South Africa, used mainly by the urban and rural poor.In Johannesburg, using a taxi can be bewildering, if you are not from the city of gold. Here’s a quick guide to ease your way.To board a taxi in Joburg, you must first get to the right taxi rank. Here, hundreds of minibus taxis converge to ferry commuters to their various destinations in and out of Gauteng province, and even across the border to neighbouring countries.The Johannesburg CBD has four major taxi ranks, at Noord Street, Bree Street, Wanderers and the Faraday market.Noord Street is by far the largest and busiest rank in the middle of the city. As you approach the rank, especially during peak hours, you are swarmed by hordes of hurrying commuters. You are also confronted by hawkers peddling a variety of goods, ranging from foodstuff to clothing and anything else in-between.The taxi ranks are the easiest part of your journey to navigate as there is signage. You stand in queues to board a taxi to your destination. It’s when you are not at a taxi rank that you have to be fluent in taxi sign language. There are no written signs. It’s all done by a complicated series of hand signals. And South African minibus taxis stop wherever they are needed along whatever road they are driving. They do not have designated stops; you simply have to flag one down – using the correct hand signal, of course.Click graphic for a larger view:A language like no otherEvery day thousands of hands stretch out along commuter routes across Gauteng speaking a silent language of taxi hand signals. According to artist Susan Woolf, taxi hand signs are a shared language, learned by imitation and word of mouth.Woolf is a recognised expert in Gauteng taxi hand signs, or what is really the Gauteng dialect of what has been called South Africa’s 12th official language. She spent many years of research and artistic production focusing on the signals, documenting and deciphering them. Along the way, she has created a lexicon for blind people to comfortably use this mode of transport.“They are basic gestures tied to narrative threads that swirl through community life connecting today with history and folklore,” says Woolf.They are complex, she adds. They often have an indexical aspect in that they “point to” the place to which they refer and often use the gestural shape of a pointing finger, or a finger or hand in motion towards the place indicated. But some of the signs have iconic features of resemblance, such as the shape of the orange for T Junction, Orange Farm or KwaThema, all places in Gauteng; others have symbolic arbitrary, purely conventional qualities.Signs and destinationsAccording to Woolf, a taxi hand sign may refer to a place that has retained its indigenous name but it may just as easily refer to an event associated with it, or a physical attribute of the place, or even a shopping mall that is the main feature of a place.There are two basic signs that commuters in Johannesburg. One is the index figure pointing up, which means town; the other is the index figure pointing down, meaning local. This takes you anywhere within the suburb you are in.The KwaThema taxi hand sign is performed showing two flat hands, palms together, resting on the left side of the person’s face.The taxi hand sign to Kliptown is one hand waving left to right in front of their faces and the other hand waves up and down, to ask the taxi to slow down.The sign to Orange Farm is directly descriptive of its name. With a forward pointing hand, all four fingers and the thumb are bent upwards as if to hold an orange.The taxi sign to Diepsloot is acted out with one hand in a sequence of hand postures, dipping downwards and then upwards in a forward movement several times.If you want to get to Fourways, in Johannesburg, just hold up your hand with four fingers exposed and your thumb tucked in.Taxi lingoBut it’s not only the hand signals that are important. There are also phrases you’ll need to understand, such as “short right”, “short left”, “after robot” and “dankie”.They might sound confusing but they are literal meanings of where the passenger wants to alight.Short right means you want to get off at the next street to the right and vice-versa with short left.After robot means you want to get off after the next traffic light the taxi goes through.Here, or dankie, which actually means “thank you” in Afrikaans, has been the subject of many squabbles between driver and passenger. Many taxi drivers feel it’s too ambiguous. They prefer a passenger to be specific, for example “after robot”.last_img read more

Lesetja Kganyago appointed new SA Reserve Bank governor

first_imgLesetja Kganyago will take over as the new South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) governor when Gill Marcus’s current five-year term ends on 8 November 2014.Lesetja Kganyago, became governor of South Africa Reserve Bank after Gill Marcus. (Image: Sarb)Brand South Africa reporterKganyago is currently the deputy Sarb governor, having served in the position since 16 May 2011. Accepting his appointment at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday, 6 October, Kganyago said he is humbled and honoured that the leadership of South Africa has seen him suitable for the position. “I shall not disappoint,’ he said.Announcing Kganyago’s appointment, President Jacob Zuma said Kganyago will assume his duties as governor of Sarb with effect from 9 November 2014.Kganyago’s appointment as governor is not incidental, it will appear. Zuma said he appointed Kganyago as deputy governor of Sarb in 2011, a move that would enable a smooth transition to his new position.“The Governor-designate has wide-ranging experience in financial markets. He is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge and expertise of the South African and global financial systems.“Incidentally, the Governor-designate worked at the Reserve Bank as Assistant Manager for Investment Dealing in 1994, which gave him an insight into what happens at the lower levels of the institution,’ said Zuma.Kganyago has extensive experience in financial markets and is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge and expertise of the South African and global financial system having served as director-general of National Treasury.In his role as deputy governor, Kganyago is responsible for various areas ranging from research, financial stability, risk management and compliance; and the Sarb College. Other responsibilities include bank supervision, financial regulatory reform and financial surveillance.In addition, Kganyago has wide-ranging experience in macroeconomic policy formulation, financial sector policy, public finance, international finance, public debt management and financial markets.Having worked under Marcus, Kganyago offered stability of monetary policy. (Image: Sarb)During his tenure as director-general of the National Treasury, Kganyago steered several public finance and financial market reforms. He played a lead role in the fundamental reform of the micro-structure of domestic bond markets, including reforms to the auction system and introduction of new financial instruments such as inflation- linked bonds, buy-backs, switches and Separate Trading of Registered Interest and Principal of Securities (STRIPS). During the period a fundamental reform in management of the national debt portfolio was completed.Zuma said Kganyago holds, among other qualifications, a Master of Science degree in Development Economics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of South Africa.“Among various positions earlier in his career, Mr Kganyago served as economics coordinator and accountant for the African National Congress and as an accountant for COSATU.’Turning to the performance of Sarb during the past five years, Zuma said the bank performed its functions in the context of a tough global financial crisis and challenging domestic economic factors.“The institution registered excellent performance during this difficult period, under the capable leadership of the Board, the Governor, Ms Gill Marcus and the Deputy Governors.“As you are aware, Ms Marcus will leave the Bank at the end of her term on the 8th of November 2014.“I wish Mr Kganyago all the best in this new responsibility. I have no doubt that he will acquit himself as proficiently in this new role as he has previously done in other strategic positions,’ he said.The deputy governor gap left by Kganyago will be filled in due course, concluded Zuma.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Agra orphanage sealed after inmate alleges gangrape

first_imgThe administration here on Sunday sealed an orphanage and booked its management citing irregularities, days after an inmate alleged that she was raped by three men inside the premises, officials said. Chief Development Officer J. Reebha said the sealing process was started around 7 p.m. and a case was registered against the management of the orphanage. She said 28 boys have been moved to a children’s shelter home in Shahganj here while three of the 10 girls were shifted to ‘Aasha Jyoti Kendra’. The younger girls have been moved to the Shahganj children’s shelter home, the CDO said. A 16-year-old inmate had jumped off the terrace of the orphanage into the river Yamuna on October 3. The locals rescued her. She had alleged that she was gang-raped inside the orphanage. A case was registered at the Itimad-ud-Daula police station and the three accused were sent to jail. After the report surfaced, State Commission for Women vice-chairperson Sushma Singh inspected the orphanage. During the inspection, empty bear bottles and used condoms were found.last_img read more

Bullock ends Rain or Shine skid in nipping of Kia

first_imgQuarters: 21-17, 44-36, 71-59, 94-86. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Coach Caloy Garcia, though, noted that there’s still a lot to be desired in the Elastopainters’ performance after they let a 7-point advantage, 76-59, dwindle down to five, 87-82, courtesy of a Markeith Cummings jumper with 1:57 to play.“We played sloppy in the second half, turned the ball over a lot, and it’s just that our import took too much outside shots,” said Garcia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“[Bullock] only started attacking the basket in the last six minutes of the game and that was the only time we started getting to the line. I know our import can shoot from the outside, but in our game today, maybe he became tight. But once he gets used to it, he’ll be ok,” said Garcia.Chris Tiu got going with 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to wound up with 13 markers, eight assists, and five boards, while Beau Belga had 12 points and three rebounds before getting ejected at the 6:50 mark of the third for incurring a technical foul and a flagrant foul penalty one. MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side New acquisitions Ed Daquioag and Mark Borboran also had decent showings in their first game for Rain or Shine, nabbing a combined 13 markers and seven boards.Cummings almost carried Kia to its first win of the conference, but Glenn Khobuntin was whistled for a foul within the last two minutes, allowing Tiu to can two freebies to quash the Picanto run, before Bullock ultimately doused that uproar with his dagger baseline jumper in the final 1:16.Cummings paced the still winless Kia (0-6) with 30 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Reden Celda got 15 markers, six boards, and three steals.The Scores:RAIN OR SHINE 94 – Bullock 20, Tiu 13, Belga 12, Daquioag 8, Ponferrada 7, Trollano 6, Maiquez 6, Yap 5, Borboran 5, King 5, Cruz 4, Ahanmisi 3.KIA 86 – Cummings 30, Celda 15, Revilla 11, Corpuz 10, Deutchman 10, Nimes 3, Khobuntin 3, Yee 2, Ballesteros 2, Paniamogan 0, Galanza 0, Caperal 0, Jaime 0.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers AVC: Thailand escapes China in thrilling five-set Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ J’Nathan Bullock. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJ’Nathan Bullock made an immediate impact in his first game in a Rain or Shine jersey, towing his side to a 94-86 win over Kia Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.The 30-year-old forward didn’t shy away from the spotlight, tallying 20 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks to help halt the Elasto Painters’ two-game losing skid for an even 2-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Try these places

first_imgHeading out of the city? Try these places.Delhi MacacaThe mood of this recently opened restaurant is peppy and energetic-in keeping with the cheerful decor done up in shades of red, green and hot pink. The music is an interesting mix of retro and lounge. When here, one can choose from,Heading out of the city? Try these places.DelhiMacacaThe mood of this recently opened restaurant is peppy and energetic-in keeping with the cheerful decor done up in shades of red, green and hot pink. The music is an interesting mix of retro and lounge. When here, one can choose from American classics, Mediterranean and European preparations, as well as Indian dishes with a modern twist.Take your pick from their sumptuous selection of grilled fish, parmesan chicken steak, fillet mignon and mushroom steaks. Save some room for dessert-there are walnut brownies and Mexican chocolate sizzlers to choose from.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes.At: J 4-5, First Floor, Sector 18, Noida.Tel: 0120 49422222.Coffee WorldAn ideal joint for a great cuppa, Coffee World, a high-quality coffee outlet has opened its fourth outlet in the city. Unlike other coffee joints, Coffee World does not only serve the traditional variations of coffee-based drinks but also has delightful bites like Belgian waffles on offer. The waffles are always prepared fresh for every customer and are served with honey and strawberry syrup.The decor here is a mixture of grey and black walls with contemporary furniture, making the place cosy and private-ideal for a cup of coffee and a quick snack. Other picks from their menu would include the smoked chicken and pepper sandwich as well as the Mexican fajita wrap (a great option for vegetarians).Average meal for two: Rs 600 plus taxes.At: K 79, Lajpat Nagar II.Tel: 011 41048800.PregoNamed after the Italian word for the phrase ‘you’re welcome’, Prego is a chic and vibrant restaurant that really does make its guests feel at home. While you could try their surprisingly light pizzas, don’t miss their risotto al porco rosso, which is a melt-in-the-mouth combination of red wine, gorgonzola, and pork sausage. All the dishes are flavourful, while being superbly light on the stomach.Average meal for two: Rs 3,500 excluding taxes.At: The Westin hotel, Number 1, MG Road, Sector 29, Iffco Chowk.Tel: 09560796143.KolkataadvertisementBaan ThaiFor an authentic taste of Thailand in a plush setting, Baan Thai at Oberoi Grand is one of the best options to dine at in Kolkata. Right from the waiters in traditional Thai attire who greet all guests with folded palms and a sawasdee kaa to the select khung tok (low seating) tables to the ample Thai figurines positioned across this 54 cover restaurant inside the Grand Dame of Chowringhee, it all comes together to recreate a truly Thai experience.Satay Kai, grilled chicken skewers served with peanut sauce, spicy lemongrass flavoured tom yum soup and som tam salad rustled with raw papaya and peanuts are some of the recommended starters here.For main course, pick from the strongly spiced green and red curries or the Phae Massaman, a lamb curry with peanuts. Known for their innovations, the latest in line has been the vegetarian menu, in which even the Thai curry paste that includes shrimp paste had to be done away with.Average meal for two: Rs 2,500 plus taxes.At: Oberoi Grand, 15 JL Nehru Road.Tel: 033 22492323.MachchanMachaan is the city’s only jungle-themed restaurant and behind its glass doors is a replica of a wildlife park replete with life-size figures of a baby elephant that trumpets intermittently, a giraffe, a monkey, a snake and a flock of birds chirping from various corners.The dimly lit interiors are laid out with artificial greenery and the wooden tables with uneven edges and the leaf-shaped backrests for the chairs only add to the experience. The menu is North Indian all the way.Try the soft lentils of dal Machaan, the baby potatoes of bhatti ka aloo, the succulent fish of ajwaini tandoori bekti and the pickle-spiced jumbo prawns of ambi ka jhinga with an olive chili naan.Fine touches in keeping with the theme of the restaurant are the leopard-print shirts that the waiters sport and the cutlery items with their handles resembling forked branches of trees.Average meal for two: Rs 1,200 plus taxes.At: Mani Square Mall, 4th Floor, 164/1 Maniktala Main Road, EM Bypass.Tel: 033 65364680.last_img read more