Spotlight – Zephop Internship Experience Series 3

Sadia Mahmood, NMIMS MBA Candidate 2017 – 19 talks about her experience of working with Zephop as a Business Development Associate, summer 2018

Summer Internship is one of the most important aspects of a management program. It teaches us the practical application of our classroom learning in a real world scenario. A good summer internship provides an opportunity to develop knowledge, competencies, and experience related directly to your career goals. It becomes even more important for MBA students like me who have had no prior exposure to the corporate world. With these thoughts in mind, I started applying for my summer internship after ten months into the MBA program. This is when I came across Zephop’s Full time Business Development Associate profile and applied for it. After a gruelling interview with one of the co-founders himself, I was selected for the internship.

In these two months at Zephop, I had a wholesome learning experience. As a Business Development Associate, I was responsible for the end-to-end onboarding of businesses on the Zephop platform. After an orientation session with one of the co founders, I was given the autonomy to plan my own visits and schedule with the sole aim of expanding the business. This internship helped me interact with different people and increased my confidence. Apart from that, I gained a lot of insights about the industry I worked in and made some crucial decisions based on my judgement. With the co founders always available to help at all points in time, the experience couldn’t have been more fulfilling.

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Zephop gave me an opportunity to be mentored directly by the leadership of the organisation. This could not have been provided anywhere but a budding startup. My journey at Zephop was full of new challenges but the guidance and support provided at every turn made it an enriching experience. I had a great time working with Zephop and am grateful to their team for offering this opportunity to me.

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Kena Kothari, NMIMS MBA Candidate 2016 – 18 talks about her experience of working with Zephop as a Business Development Associate, summer 2017

In any Management programme, an Internship is one of the most important aspects of the learning process. It helps students prepare for the real world, and it was especially important for someone like me, as I had never been exposed to the corporate world before. With that in mind I applied for the Zephop Business Development full-time Summer Internship late last year. I was selected after clearing two rounds of interviews.

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This summer, I have gained a lot of real-world experience. I would never have gotten that while sitting in the closed doors of a classroom. The first day was a training and induction session and it was fantastic being trained directly by the innovators themselves. Working as a Business Development Associate helped me meet people from different walks of life in different situations and taught me how to work in harmony with them.

I was primarily responsible for the end-to-end process of onboarding businesses. The entire internship process was extremely seamless due to an efficient network system and with all the co-founders being just a call away. This helped me get over any hurdles without getting stuck for a long time. It taught me not to take things personally, and that facing rejection and learning from it is an important part of my professional development. Finally, I learnt the importance of generating loyalty amongst people by building a connection with the customers.

During my internship period of two months, I also learnt the value of team dynamics and goals. It helped me understand how businesses work and how to cope with real problems and situations. In a startup environment, there was an opportunity to learn about multiple areas of the business.

I had a great time working for Zephop and highly recommend working with a tech startup. This is the best way to learn about how the world is being revolutionised by technology and how businesses can harness it to become more customer-centric.

We are hiring! If you would like to apply for an internship at Zephop, email careers@zephop.com with your CV

Splitsvilla Café and Sheesha Lounge – Featured Review

With the rains pouring down in rivers, sheesha is a favourite amongst many of us. Looking for an absolute killer sheesha lounge, with cozy and comfortable interiors and to top it off, lip-smacking food? Well, Zephop has got the right answer. Welcome to Splitsvilla! A place where you can let loose, sit, relax and enjoy!

Is your stomach growling? Well, kick-start your tummy for some A-mazing food! Try their loaded Nachos, and you’ll be transported to a different world! With cheese oozing from every corner, it’s hard not to fall in love with such a delicious dish. If you’re a fan of chicken, try their chicken lollipop and even their Chicken Koliwada which offers you with soft, crispy and delicious chicken chunks served with a yummy schezwan chutney! To add to your meal, and to avail the best points from Zephop, order a delicious Green delight or the Blue sea mocktail to stir your taste buds into a different universe! I bet your stomach is growling even more now, make your way to Splitsvilla, and have a yummy-in-my-tummy time!

For all the sheesha lovers out there, this will definitely be you all-time favourite place, keeping in mind their absolutely pocket-friendly rates. They have a range of hookah flavors that will tempt you a bit too much! With a soothing sheesha bar, top –notch ambience, and not to forget their super-duper food – you just cannot leave this place unhappy!

Are you excited already?  To win your hearts even more, Splitsvilla has an amazing live DJ to cater to all your music tastes, and you can definitely groove away! Loving it yet? We sure do! Rush to Splitsvilla now for an amazing experience!

However, amidst all the yummy food and sexy sheesha bar, don’t forget to upload your bill to Zephop.com to get a crazy number of points. Also, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to know about the best ways to avail points and of course, to join the food community!

Till next time, Zephop it!

Flip Bar & Kitchen – Featured Review

Smile Eat Laugh Talk Drink Shout – do these sound like you? You’ve officially found your favourite place! Quit searching, and meet us at Flip! Finger Licking Indulgent Pleasure, or also called Flip, is definitely our new place to chill at.

With absolutely smashing interiors, welcome to your new home! If you think the ambience is brilliant, the upper deck will be a pleasant surprise. With amazing music blasting through the speakers, it puts you on a groove like never before!

Are you sheesha lover? Get ready to have an experience like never before! Amazing décor, food, ambience, and all at an absolutely reasonable price – it’s impossible to not like Flip! Now, coming to the food, if you’re the type who love to try new and interesting things, here’s your next challenge – Cilantro Pineapple Jalapeno Kick. As crazy as it sounds, try it out and let us know what you think! If you feel fruity and fresh – Watermelon Caprioska is your deal !

Are you the type who tries to bring in healthy with every dish? Does Spinachy Mini Samosas sound inviting? Or even try their Tiny Chipotle Spinach Cheese Balls, for a burst of cheese inside your mouth! Trust me, you cannot go wrong with these options, tasty but also healthy.

For you non-veg lovers, try the Papas a la Saif, a renowned dish from the Chef. For yumminess and love combined together, try their Buffalo Chicken Nachos, beautifully made beetroot tortillas with tender and flavourful chicken!

For desserts, why not try the Red Velvet Shake! A combination and a delightful surprise all in one glass, with Hershey’s Kisses, M&Ms and a smashing chocolate Ganache. If you’re not in your car, on the way to Flip – well what are you even waiting for? This is a dream come true! So, head to the newest favourite in town!

If you have an awesome experience, share your thoughts with us on the comments section below! Don’t forget to upload your bill to Zephop.com and win amazing offers! Till then, Flip, Flip, and FLIP away!

What’s New on Zephop – July 2017

With monsoon tapping on our rooftops and window panes, who doesn’t like a cozy corner, some delicious food, and warm soothing music. We surely do! With rains around the corner, get in touch with us, to not only find the best restaurants in town, but also feel like a king or a queen in the process. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Well you’re about to love it! Upload your bills to Zephop.com and win exciting gifts and offers! Everyone’s a winner at Zephop!

Genuine Broaster Chicken

Are you craving Crunchy Fried Chicken? You’ve found your winner! If you dig Chicken, don’t forget to try their Legendary Genuine Broaster Chicken with three amazing types of side dips – Mango, Thai sweet curry and Jalapeño Cheese Dip! Also try their Authentic American Style Grilled Chicken with smoked BBQ and mushroom sauce. Not only is their food absolutely smack on, but the interiors are also very attractive with a simple, yet decorative and cozy feel!

Tipsy Monkey

Are you looking for a get-a-way vacation? An escape plan to a beautiful destination, maybe Goa? Well, we have the perfect solution for you! The one place that gives you the feeling of Goa in Mumbai! With the ambience decorated like a beach resort in Goa, it’s time for you to step back from the busy world and say hello to relaxation! With a fun DJ playing the perfect mix of Bollywood and English music – you’re in for a treat! The food is also super-duper delicious. With flavour oozing out of every dish, welcome to the land of satisfaction and enjoyment!

The Flip Bar & Kitchen

This is the perfect chiller place with family and friends. With simple décor, beating and pumped music, and great, delicious food – this place speaks out loud! Don’t forget to try our personal favourite – Papa Ala Saif. A delicious dish, with potato slices in a cheesy, succulent magic sauce that blends extremely well with the dish. Not only are you in for tummy filling yummy food, but also a round of the best mocktails in town! Coming to the desserts, try their Red Velvet Shake with a surprise for you at the top of the shake! Order and enjoy away finding out!

Don’t forget to upload your bills to Zephop.com. If you love these places, let us know in the comments section below. With much love and exciting news coming for you, Zephop!

What’s New on Zephop – June 2017 (Dine Edition)

We presented to you a great list of cafés and lounges to chill at, now let’s get a little formal! What about dinner? We all need to escape to a nice and relaxed evening every once in a while. Hence, we at Zephop went on a hunt to present you with the best package of places to dine-in at!

1) G4 Namas – With interesting interiors and the friendliest staff, G4 Namas gives you not only delicious dishes, but also has a really great rooftop Sheesha bar. They have a wide variety of yummy dishes; don’t forget to try the Paneer Chilly! It’s one of our favorites!

2) Rustico – The deal with Rustico is that, foodgasm starts from the very first sip of soup, bites of their yummy starters, and the mouth-watering desserts! With a live sheesha bar, and good music to tap your feet to, Rustico has it all!

3) Varandah 11 – Looking for a scintillating experience? We present you with a classic restaurant with a promising variety of delicious dishes. North Indian, Italian, or Mexican – name it and they’ve got it! Don’t forget to try their lovely desserts as well. Cookie Monster is definitely one of our favorites.

4) Ticca Tikka – Fantastic and quirky interiors will steal your eyes away from all else. However, the food is even more stunning. With a great variety of drinks, and and the most yummy-est list of starters and main dishes – it’s hard not to love this place!

5) Time and Again – Amazing atmosphere, delicious meals, and unbelievable hospitality – will take your breath away! With a bar as well, it is a perfect destination for a lovely family dinner.

We loved all the restaurants that we visited and partnered with the past month! Share your experiences and thoughts on the comments below! Loved their food and drinks? Send your pictures to our Instagram account to get featured! Until next time, keep hogging!

What’s New on Zephop – June 2017 (Lounge Edition)

With the weekend around the corner, partying and clubbing will be the only thing in your minds! Hence, we at Zephop have got more and more options where you can go have fun, and win exciting offers at the same time! Sounds exciting enough, you’ll be too happy when you hear of these new places! Get ready to party!

  1. Door No. 1 – A small space, decorated in attempt to create a very relaxed feel, Door no 1 is a favourite amongst many individuals. With a lovely ambience, the best music, and amaze-licious food – what is there not to be happy about?
  2. Almond Flower – Situated in Oshiwara, this is a place known for its rooftop setting and of course the mouth-watering food. With quirky interiors, Almond Flower knows how to steal your heart with its lip-smacking appetizers and of course a great spread of alcohol!
  3. Acqua Caelum – As interesting as the name sounds, their rooftop ambience is even more beautiful! A summer night is the perfect addition to the rooftop, of course. With friendly staff and yummy food – you’re destined to have a great time!
  4. Fingers Cross – With an outdoor and an indoor seating, the place is known for its delicious and excellent sizzler preparation. With friendly staff, yummy food, and a nice ambience – what more are you looking for?
  5. Backstage Café – With such a catchy name, it’s hard not to like the place already! With amazing interiors and a great dance floor in the night – your night life is basically summed up right here! Don’t miss out on great food and great ways to let loose, of course!
  6. Hymus – Comfortable ambience, amazing drinks, delicious food and a live bar! If you are not jumping of your seats now, then PLEASE DO! Check out some yummy food, and catch up with the live band performance!

Already excited and can’t wait to dress up and head out? Now is your chance! Have a great evening and tell us all about your experience in the comments below!

Until then, party away!

What’s New on Zephop – June 2017 (Café Edition)

Summer has officially begun and vacations have started too! School and college students – are you looking for fabulous restaurants to chill at?

We at Zephop are coming to your rescue. May has been an amazing month for us. With a long list of new restaurants on-board, we have segregated them according to your mood and purpose! Our first stop – chilled out cafés!

1) Birdsong Café – Planning to take your better half on a nice quite, special date? You’ve found your special spot. Aesthetically done up, it’s healthy options are super yummy!

2) Ambrosia Café and Deli – An inviting aura attached to it, Ambrosia offers phenomenal food. Do you have eternal love for sandwiches and milkshakes? Well, you’ve reached your destination.

3) WOW Bake and Grill – Looking for a late night snack? Visit WOW Bake and Grill for delicious food ranging from pizzas to burgers. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.

4) Healthy Treats – Looking for a healthy way to cheat your daily diet? With healthy dessert options, there is no way you would feel guilty. Try their Gooey Chocolate muffins; you’ll fall in love I promise!

5) Pair A Dice Café – As the name suggests, this café offers many fun board games to enjoy your food with. It’s the best place to take your friends and have a brilliant time. In terms of food, it’s absolutely mouth-watering. Their Nutella Shake and sandwiches are a must!

6) Cake Pop Rush – Cake pop’s are every child’s best friend. With the most innovative and creative cakes, they are your solution for every occasion!

7) Central Perk – Living up to its name, it is themed around the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Entering into the café, takes you back to all the 10 seasons of this show. With amazing pizzas and delicious pita bread and hummus, it’s a perfect place to have some fun.

Get to these places to now to avail amazing Zephop points! We hope you love these restaurants as much as we do! Are you more of a lounge person? Wait for the next blog for some exciting and fun places that you would totally dig!

Lots of love and food, cheers!

Top 5 Biryani Places on Zephop

South Indians love their curd rice, and North Indians love their fried rice. However, all of us Indians love Biryani, a brilliantly balanced amalgamation of spices and tangy twists of flavour. Aromatic and well-spiced Biryanis are always a favourite whether you ask a 5-year-old child, or an 80-year-old man. We at Zephop sure love it – so tour of our favourite restaurants which serve the best Biryani in town! Here’s a round-up, why not use your Zephop points here to redeem these dishes for free?

Arabian Chillies – Mumbai

With flavour, spice and love oozing out, they offer all sorts of Biryani, ranging from Egg to Chicken Dum and Paneer to Veg Biryanis. Each pot is delicately spiced and slow cooked with lots and lots of love!

121 Kitchen: BarBQ – Pune

Great ambience, a live band, amazing service and of course great food including tasty Biryani! Looking for a perfect and fancy evening with some delicious Biryani? You’ve definitely found your place!

Oceanic – Mumbai

If you are looking for a fine dining experience with delicious food – this is your pick. Try their Murg Mussallam Biryani, or even their Hara Masala Biryani. Worth every bite – and you’ll be licking the bowl at the end of this experience.

Red Dot – Pune

A small, cozy restaurant located in Pune, it not only offers amazing Chinese dishes, but also the yummiest Biryani in town! With 4 different versions of Dum Biryani, Red Dot surely knows how to put a smile on its customers face!

Singh Saab – Mumbai

As the name suggests, this is the place where Punjab and Love come together. Many say their Chicken Dum Biryani is a must. With fragrance and aroma in the air, you’ll get hungry just by the smell of their mouth-watering Biryanis.

If you’re a food lover then you would surely know what a piping hot plate of Biryani could do to you. If you haven’t been to any of these places, then go! Let us know what you think, in the comments sections below, and don’t forget to upload your bill to earn Zephop points!

If you know any other place that serves amazing Biryani, then let us know! We’re all ears for great food.

Stay tuned for  our list of Top 5 Dessert Restaurants in Mumbai. Till then, Biryani away!

What’s New on Zephop – May 2017

With the sun shining above and summer officially here , it’s the best time to beat the heat with some delicious food and some quality time with friends and family! Desperately looking for some amazing restaurants/salons to explore? Don’t worry; we at Zephop have got you covered.

The Lab – Step into the world of Science and Food! An experience on it’s own, The Lab offers you with the most delicious food. Head over here, to have a bit of fun with food!

Ustadi – Are you in the mood to try something new? You’ve come to the best Mughlai restaurant in town! Known for its ambience, Ustadi gives you an experience like none other. Great ambience, fantastic food, and the friendliest staff – what’s not to love, all in one?!

Grills & Woks – Is your mouth drooling for some beautiful Chinese or Asian food? You’ve come to the right place. Visit Grills & Wok for authentic Asian dishes like the Spring Roll or even the Thai Fried Rice.

Desserts “R” Us – Sweet, Sweet, Sweet all the way! You name it and they have it – Cakes, Cupcakes, Muffins, Pies, Tarts and I could keep going on and on. With such a huge variety of desserts, it’s the epitome of yumminess!

Micasa Salon & Spa – With the temperature soaring outside, how about a relaxing body massage, a refreshing facial and maybe even a summer haircut! It’s always good to treat yourself, especially during summer.  Go to Micasa for a lovely evening of pampering yourself. Be the queen/king of your world!

Have you been to any of theses places, or tried our recommendations? Please comment in the section below and let us know what you thought.

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Until next time, happy travels!