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Gone are the days when good mileage was all one needed before deciding which car to buy. Today it is also about the style, the endurance, the design, and obviously, the mileage. Everybody has his own wishes when it comes to buy his dream car and the effort that goes behind which car to buy can only be imagined. Undoubtedly, this is one decision that requires a lot of resources and cannot be taken in a jiffy and personally, I would go for a car that gives me the comfort that I need along with the required style and not to mention, it goes easy on my pocket.

So what is a solution to all of that? Well, one answer to that would be the all new Datsun Go! A car that is a full package. Don’t believe me? Take a look yourself.

https://www.datsun.co.in/vehicles/new-vehicles/go-2014/features.html

While reading this link, if it felt like you’re reading about a car from a parallel universe or the future, don’t worry, that’s normal. With a fully loaded feature pack, this car is one of the topmost choice for people like me. My top 3 favorite features were:

  1. The intelligent wiper system. With simply no need of manually adjusting the wipers, this feature saves crucial efforts and time and keeps you focused on the driving without having to worry about the view or those last few drops of water on the windscreen.

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  1. The mobile docking station. I mean, what else you need when all the technology and all the latest apps are travelling with you and your car is actually making sure that you don’t have to worry about losing your gadgets.

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  1. The low fatigue seat design. This is by far the smartest and my favorite feature of this car, which is elegant yet so simple that it makes me think why others not thought about it sooner! The low fatigue design on the front seats provides better support to the pelvis and chest areas so that you can sit conveniently and stay refreshed during long drives. And what is a car without a long drive!

 

There is a lot more in the Datsun Go. Like the 360 degree Air Conditioning vents, the follow me home light system and the noise reduction technology for the cabin, making sure that the ride is as smooth as it gets. Add that to a 1.2 L engine and a 20.6 kmpl mileage, and you have yourself a winner. And this is all coming to you at prices as cheap as 3,25,000+ (Delhi ex-showroom price for Datsun Go. Prices may vary depending on the city and the model).

They’ve put it just the right way: Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross – Datsun redi-GO – the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.

If you still have any doubts left about your new car, trust me on this and go for the Datson Go before it runs out of stock. And to remove that last iota of doubt from your mind, here’s a sweet pic to get you going 😀

The peppy in everything.


This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can  apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

And the word for this post is, Peppy! As I have already given you a guide to being peppy in one of my previous posts, let’s talk about the people who have already achieved it. And just to refresh your memory, being peppy is all about being lively and cheerful.

Here’s my list of the peppiest people I have seen in different fields.

Sports:

Apart from the strength and sporting spirit, liveliness is one more essential requirement of the game. And once you look at these guys, you’ll understand why.

My first pick for this is Chris Gayle.

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Not only does he know how to hit every ball out of the park, his signature dance moves are an attraction for everybody.

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This badminton champ from India sure knows how to keep the field alive with her style!

Movies and TV:

One of the foremost requirements of the glam industry is peppiness, and there’s no doubt that everyone has a bit of it.

But my favorite in this category is Neil Pattrick Harris.

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The man is a magician, writer, singer and actor and what not! It’s his wits and craziness that keeps the sets lively.

Another favorite of mine for this is Matthew Perry, or as we know him, Chandler Bing!

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Courtesy: Friends Wiki.

Perry was not only famous for playing the funniest character on the show FRIENDS, he was also quite known for his activities off the camera, which included not letting the costars complete the shoot without a laugh!

Modelling:

Unlike other fields, this one has no competition in my opinion. Candice Swanepoel takes the edge by a margin here.

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She’s the kind of woman who makes the photoshoots fun and amazing. And looking at her, you tell me, who wouldn’t want to be a part of that photoshoot!

Business:

Although being a successful businessman requires you to show the kind of composure that is uncanny, but still there are people who manage to steal the show. One such man is Elon Musk. Unlike his counterparts, Elon is quite a cheerful guy who can take a joke. And his appearance in the Big Bang theory and his ice bucket challenge is kind of a proof to that. Look at it yourself.

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Courtesy: Imgur.

 

There are so many people who can be amazing at what they do and one of the secrets to their success is their chirpy attitude. While being Peppy is not a necessity, it does add as flavor to your personality. Like the Tata Zica, which is like the peppiest car right now! Check it out yourself if you don’t believe me. http://madeofgreat.tatamotors.com/tata-zica-social-center

This list has many more amazing people, as the world is filled with peppiness. I’ll probably continue this list in one more blogpost, stay tuned!


When I saw the word ‘Impact’ for the TataZicaMarathon, I knew exactly what I had to write about. It’s the impact of the one thing none of us can probably live without, the Internet. We live in a nation that accommodates over 1.2 billion people… and that is… a lot! So we are bound to have multiple languages, multiple cultures, multiple cuisines and most of all, multiple opinions. No matter if it’s politics or sports or any other random topic, you can always find a million different opinions and viewpoints that differ enough with each other to start a civil war.

And one such hot debate was recently sparked over net neutrality. And it reached, or should I say is currently at, its pinnacle after Facebook announcing the Freebasics. Now I’m not going to tell you my views on this matter, and neither am I going to put forward more stats for you to wonder, but one thing this whole controversy told us was how our whole internet community can come together if it’s for something that affects all of us.

The same people who had been calling each other names over petty political matters, the same people who didn’t agree with each other over matters like which Football club is better, were all standing together against the internet giant because they didn’t want partiality when it comes to the internet. Millions of emails were sent, thousands of petitions launched, and all this was done in a matter of weeks to make sure that they listen to us.

Again, I’d not say who was write in this matter, the public, or Facebook or the government, but one thing is for sure, the public used the internet, to save the internet. It was social media that brought us all together to make sure that something which a majority of us doesn’t want or isn’t okay with, shouldn’t happen.

I’m sure this matter is multilayered and will have a lot of twists and turns before it comes to a conclusion, but the lesson it taught us was the impact of the internet and how important a tool it has become for us. There is a lot of technology we’re yet to uncover, yet to explore, there’s so much that we’ll see in the coming ages… but this gift in the form of internet is like the gift our mankind got when we discovered Fire, or invented the wheel. It is needless to say that the internet is the most widely used mode of communication today, and it beats the rest by a wide margin.

But as they say, with great power comes great responsibility. So let’s all use the internet as a strength, but not exploit it, shall we? 🙂

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can  apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.


I heard the word music, and now I’m here!

Let me tell you what happens when we listen to music. When that first beat reaches our eardrums, they vibrate, telling our brain about yet another thing that they heard, just that this time there was a rhythm, something our brain would comprehend more easily than a normal sentence. And then once our mind gets the hang of it, its frequency matches with that of the music and it starts resonating.

So you may like this kind of music or that kind of music, but you simply cannot dislike music. Music makes us complete, music makes us human, and if I may say it out loud, a person’s taste in music is more or less enough to define his personality. And why not, after all we encounter music in all spheres of life. Our life starts with the music that we fondly call crying, although it does bring a smile on our parents’ face, then we move on to the nursery rhyme, covering the pop songs as we grow up in our teens and before we know it, we have adults fighting over Iron maiden and Metallica.

For me, music has always been surprising. I never imagined that I would develop a liking for so many kinds of music. May it be Pop or Rock, country or classical, I never had an extreme point of view for it. For me, music always had something to teach. From classical I learned the patience, which is one asset that most men don’t have. From rock I learned how to express myself, how to control (or not control) my emotions. Pop taught me the importance of love and friendship, and it was rap from which I… well… learned to speak English very fast.

Music is with you all the time, like when you take a bath and play your favorite playlist, or when you’re cooking while listening to Pink Floyd, or while driving your Tata Zica and playing Eric Clapton’s best!

What I want to convey here is that no music is bad music, unless it’s a very bad copy of some original harmony, or forcing loud words just to make it sound like a party song, which is basically a general definition of bad. Music isn’t a means to divide people, it unites people! Music brings people together (Have you ever been to an Iron maiden concert?), music brings nations together (Coke studio!), music brings the worlds together (Koi mil gaya… well, maybe not.)

So the next time you meet someone and he tells you that he likes Raps while you don’t, appreciate the fact that he does. You can’t force music on someone, let the beats do it naturally.

Oh, and also, stop pirating music, that’s the least you can do for something that’s with you whole your life!

 

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can  apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.


I’ve kind of a sweet tooth, or as my mother puts it, “I’d rather spend my life packed in a box of sweets than live without one”. And in my defense, this is only because of the amazing sweets that she makes at home. I’d any day prefer a homemade dessert over the ones we buy from the sweet shops. And for a long time I’ve seen my mom trying to explain her recipe to so many people who later mostly unsuccessfully attempt it. So when Indiblogger and Sugarfree Natura came up with the Sugar Free Dessert Challenge, I just had to share my mother’s amazing Five Star recipe with all of you.

 

So, what’s so special about this sweet? Well, it contains the essential nutrients and is pretty easy on the stomach, not to mention the added goodness of Sugarfree Natura will give it an edge over any other dessert. So without further ado, let me tell you the recipe of the “5 star barfi” directly from my mom’s kitchen.

Ingredients:

Gram Flour (Besan) 1 Cup.
Milk 1 Cup.
Coconut Powder (Nariyal Boora) 1 Cup.
Ghee (Desi) 1 Cup.
Sugar Free Natura Diet Sugar ¾ Cup
Almonds, Raisins, Cashew. 1 Tablespoon each.


Method:

Before I begin, let me tell you that this is probably one of the easiest Dessert recipes that you’ll come across, given that even I can make it. This is also one of the tastiest things you’ll eat once it is ready.

  1. First of all, take a big frying pan, and pour half of the Ghee in it and heat it on a medium flame.
  2. Once the Ghee has melted and become hot enough, put the Gram flour and coconut powder and milk in it and start stirring it.
  3. Make sure that you don’t let any lumps form, once the mixture become homogenous, pour the remaining Ghee in it.
  4. Keep stirring. And now put the Sugarfree Natura Diet Sugar and half of the dry fruits, mix it thoroughly.
  5. Remember, do not let the lumps form, which is an important part of making any sweet. Heat the mixture till it starts getting a very light shade of brown, keep stirring the whole time to make sure the heating is uniform.
  6. Once the mixture starts solidifying, that’s your cue to lower the flame, give it 5 minutes and then take it out on a large dish.
  7. Now garnish it with the remaining dry fruits and Kesar leaves, or anything else, use your imagination. Let it settle for around an hour.
  8. Once the mixture has settles and become solid, touch it with your finger to see if there’s still any softness remaining. If it doesn’t stick to your finger, it’s time to give the ‘Barfi’ the shape you want. Cut it with a kitchen knife and you have the world’s best homemade mithai with you!

For Sugar Free Natura powder concentrate users please use 37½ measures of the special spoon provided in the pack.

And yes, this dessert contains Ghee, making it pretty digestive and nutritious, and it can be stored in a cool and dry place for up to a week and will stay fit for consumption.

Did I not tell you how it looks once it’s done? Well, you’ve got to see this!

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The authentic “5 star” barfi.

 

So, wasn’t it amazing? There’s so much more that you could do with SugarFree Natura. Do check out http://sugarfree-india.com/ for more.

Do tell me if you liked it, and I’ll tell you the delicious homemade cake recipe next! 🙂


Do you remember the childhood days, when we used to wake up, read the newspaper, go to school, play, study and come back and sleep like a baby? Now-a-days too we do almost similar stuff, just that we wake up because of our smartphones’ alarm, read news on our phone, work on our computers, play games on the laptop, do all kinds of readings on Kindle and tabs, and not to mention, feel difficulty in falling asleep because of all the headache this screen gave us. No wonder the world wants to go back to the old days, but simply can’t afford to.

And in my opinion, one other thing this invasion of smartphones in our lives has done is to make us forget the people we used to be close to, we used to love. Not that we don’t love them anymore, just that this entire social media concept gives us a vague feeling of being connected, and ends up taking us apart from those we need to stay close to!

So what does one do to get rid of that? What is ‘Togetherness’ after all? I believe the answer to this lies in the core values we’ve received right from our childhood.

For me, real togetherness is being able to have the morning tea with my family and have a laugh together on our horoscopes!

Real togetherness is going on a family trip with no phones to disturb us and no computers to distract us.

Real togetherness is remembering each other’s birthdays, without Facebook or a calendar.

Real togetherness is sharing that pizza with 8 pieces among 7 friends… And fighting for the last piece!

Real togetherness is attending a rock concert together with your buddies, and actually enjoying the performance without recording it on our phones!

Real togetherness is feeling that grass beneath your feet and rain drops on your face, and that feeling of bliss no number of megapixels on your camera could ever capture.

For me it’s all about being able to see and appreciate what nature has to offer us, being able to love the people that deserve it the most and being able to realize that technology is to make our lives easier and not to enslave us. We’re so lost in these advancements that we seem to be forgetting the basic things that make us happy. And while Kissanpur has used this approach to remind you of what you’re missing in this world, I used my approach through this blog. It kind of seems ironic that you’ll be reading this on your PC/Phones! So let me make this small request, once you’re done with this article, please check out this website http://www.kissanpur.com/ and then this awesome video. And once you realize what you’re missing, shut down the screen and wake up to life. Happy living 🙂


So there’s an advertising firm visiting my office, and they’re giving away some amazing gifts. All you need to do is to install their android app and make a transaction as fast as possible. And thanks to the 3G connection that I have, it is practically impossible. But 3G is supposed to be fast, right? Well not if you have my special 3G that becomes 2G whenever there’s something important needed from it. And it’s not just me, I’ve seen so many friends of mine cursing their data connection and the company that provides it for stealing from them. Sometimes the speed is too low, sometimes the price is too high, and sometimes the network isn’t there! So when I say that we need something promising and something efficient urgently, I won’t be exaggerating. And thankfully, it seems like it’s here.

Introducing Airtel 4G (http://www.airtel.in/4g/), ladies and gentlemen; A revolution in the world of mobile internet that will solve most of your problems with the internet, if not all. Airtel 4G is supposed to be the connection for the next gen. It will not only be fast, but cheap too. Yes, it is available at the same price as 3G, so no harm in trying, right?

Here are some of the highlights of this amazing feature.

  • Airtel 4G is the first telecom operator to roll out 4G services
  • Nationwide rollout across 296 cities
  • 4G available at 3G prices
  • Getting a 4G SIM is just a tweet away – #GetAirtel4G
  • Free home delivery of 4G SIM

Take a look at this video and find out for yourself what all you can do with a connection like this.

Personally, I am the kind of person who needs to stay connected all the time. May it be the numerous news and online shopping apps that I have, or the movie and sports streaming, or the social media, I simply can’t stand waiting because of a slow internet. So when I have a connection that’s faster and available at the same rates as my current 3G, I’m going to use it for everything.

  • All my YouTube videos will be buffering at 720/1080p now.
  • I’ll now install large apps that have been in my wishlist for long.
  • I’ll not have to wait till I get home and use the wifi for important updates.
  • I’ll stay connected all the time and stay updated with the latest news.
  • And at last, I won’t miss any more goodies when such a thing happens again in my office! 😀

In a man’s basic necessities today, food, shelter and clothing aren’t the only things, there’s also a need of a good Internet connection and given that, I think Airtel 4G should prove to be a boon for all the Internet junkies out there. So don’t wait, go check out http://www.airtel.in/4g/ now and get your own connection to start browsing faster than ever.


Busy lives, busy people, too much work, lack of sleep… There are a thousand things that keep us away from a ‘Healthy lifestyle’. Not to mention that our definition of a healthy lifestyle keeps changing with time. While a good night’s sleep and an early morning Yoga was a necessity for most, times brought us to think that a normal workout at any point of day is enough, which has now changed to a question “Do you at least take a small walk in your whole day?”. We’re all becoming couch potatoes, some by chance and some by choice. But the good part is, many of us realize it sooner or later and involve exercise in their daily routine, which is one of the most important things. But at the same time, we forget another most important thing to take care of, the diet.

It isn’t a matter of worry for lean people like me, but trust me on this, I’ve seen my share of fat people and how they plan to manage that weight. The worst part about all this is how people cope up with their weight and the corresponding diet plans. The lean ones plan on eating a lot and the fat ones, nothing. There’s crash diets too, and I don’t even have to go in details for that… just read the basic dictionary meaning of this thing. “A weight-loss diet undertaken on an urgent, short-term basis with the aim of achieving very rapid results”. Now how can someone expect a lot of good out of something that gives ‘rapid results’, of course there’s going to be some bad effects of that. And what are they? Well, fatigue, restlessness, lack of energy, mineral deficiencies to begin with, which later leads to problems like high blood pressure, heart issues, Diabetes and many more. So much for losing weight huh!

So what is it that you should do? Is there something one could take, a schedule one could follow to have nothing but positive results? Well, regardless of your body shape, weight, gender or age, there are so many things that have been recommended by many generations. A good schedule that includes 8 hours of sleep, light exercise, a balanced diet and yoga, this is something everybody should do. And when I say balanced, I’m not saying eat anything, but eat the stuff that’s good for your body. Trust the experts; Dabur, for example, is one of the leading brands that provide you the best of products for a good health. And Dabur honey, is one of the best products that I have come across that you should have regularly for a body in shape. And not just the 1 teaspoon in the morning style that most people recommend, but you can’t imagine how good a Honey Diet can be for you.

Honey is a natural source that acts as a substitute to sugar, helps you in weight management and provides you enough vitamins and minerals for a beautiful skin and voice. Not to mention that it is very light on the stomach and helps in a better digestion. Now imagine replacing your regular fruit salad with the awesome Honey fruit salad. Or having the wholesome Honey chilli cauliflower for snacks. A honey diet will help you enjoy the smoothies and shakes you deserve in a summer season but not let you gain those extra pounds you were afraid of. And as a bonus, it will help you in maintaining a great health!!

Then why those crash diets when you can have the real goodness of honey and eat what you want? Feel like it? Check out http://www.daburhoney.com/ and go ahead with your honey diet today!


A friend of mine once told me that no matter which part of India you’re in, it is very easy to strike a conversation with anyone. Simply ask them if they like Sachin Tendulkar or not, no matter what their answer is, it is a guarantee that they’ll know who you’re talking about. And this is a fact. Cricket is more than a sport in India, it is like a religion, one that does not distinguish between people of any color or caste or sex. May it be the exciting world cup semi final between India and Australia or the amazing T20 Finale between India and Pakistan, I’ve seen people literally on the edge of their seats, cheering on every dot ball and getting tensed if the opponents scores even a single.

It is easy to imagine a scenario when a very important cricket match clashes with an important work. Hell, I’ve experienced it myself. I still can’t believe I had to miss 80% of the T20 World cup final because of my IITJEE Coaching. Not to mention I couldn’t catch live the historic moment when Yuvraj Singh hit six sixes back to back in an over to make a new record! But that was way back, a time when people like didn’t have high-end phones or laptops. Today, it’s different. Unlike those times, you have an option to take the game with you. And it actually happened recently, when Sachin Tendulkar played his last test match and we were all curious to see his last speech as a cricketer. It was a working day, we were all in office. So we used the live streaming option to quench our cricketing thirst. But still we faced many problems, like a slow connection and the stream breaking at times. Many times we wished we had better options. And guess what, we do!

Let me tell you about the UC Browser, one of the very few browsers that I’ve genuinely liked. Not because of the common features that it offers better, which it does, but there is a lot more to it. And the sweetest one is the UC Cricket. As the people at UC put it, “You can Surf it All, Surf it Fast with UC Browser, it’s faster, easier to use with seamless transitions. It features UC Cricket which is a space dedicated for every cricket fan, connecting them to the match wherever they are.”

Amazing , isn’t it? There’s so much to it that you can’t imagine. You can simply stay connected to your favorite game all the time. You don’t have to wait for the thing to browse anymore; it will load before you know it. You get to watch the game no matter where you are, maybe on a date, or on a hiking trip. Just take a break and catch up with your game, or maybe not, simply watch it as you go. I’m sure your date will understand, perhaps watch it with you! After all, it’s THE game everybody wants to watch. So don’t wait, check out http://www.ucweb.com/ now and get your favorite browser and stay connected via UC Cricket. It’s simple: Just Open UC Browser – HomeScreen – Find “UC Cricket” with blue icon. And get your amazing feed of Live Scores, Results, Latest news and Videos.

Courtesy: UC cricket

Courtesy: UC cricket

And don’t forget to watch this video:


This has always been the rule of the world; the most important things are almost always the most overlooked! May that be the air we breathe, the food we eat or our own body that enables us to do that all, we take it all for granted. Same goes for one of the most important and the largest organ of our body, our Skin. For most people, especially the working professionals, the daily bath is probably the only care taking action when it comes to the skin. And mostly we don’t even bother about the small pimples or marks that become a problem all of a sudden when we get an invitation to a party! So what if I were to tell you by giving a mere 5 minutes to your skin each day, you could keep it glowing and radiant? Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? After all, it deserves that much.

Being a guy, I’m not much familiar to the techniques to keep the skin healthy apart from using a good quality Face cream and Facewash. But if my sister has taught me the one thing, it is how to take the best care of your skin without too many efforts. And let me tell you, none of it is artificial. Most of the methods she taught me were natural and recommended in the Ayurvedic Sciences itself.

The first one that I remember was Aloevera. It is a desert plant that can easily be grown at home and is also available in different forms in the markets. The paste of aloevera leaf pulp is something that can get rid of all your pimples and blackheads for you! And the best part, it is as natural as it gets. No mixtures required, just take a leaf, peel it and apply the pulp on your skin.

One more was Neem. We all know about the cleansing qualities of Neem. Now a simple application of Neem powder mixed with a little water can get your skin glowing and fresh.

Of course all that is not pretty useful if you don’t do that very basic things like Washing your face the first thing when you wake up, cleaning it properly once you’re back from somewhere outside and washing it at least four times in a day. And you know what, apart from Neem and Aloe Vera, there is one more amazing natural ingredient that can help your skin glow; turmeric. I’m sure you know about it, after all this is the thing every bride applies to her face before her marriage, and we all know that’s the time any woman looks the most beautiful in her life.

So how about I tell you about a solution to all your skin problems in form of turmeric? Sounds awesome, right? And it’s true. The well-known VICCO Turmeric is now available to solve all your skin related problems so that you can come closer to a bright and glowing, radiant skin without pimples or blackheads. And since we’ve all known VICCO since we were kids, why do I need to tell you more about it, I’d rather have you check it yourself! Take a look: VICCO Turmeric Cream (http://www.viccolabs.com/product-turmeric-cream-with-foam-base.php)

And take a look at this video they made for you 🙂

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