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A Day Out with Indiblogger and Flipkart

The day started a bit early than the previous few Saturdays. An early morning ride took me to Manfo Mist resort near Bannerugatta where I was one of the 100+ bloggers to be there to experience #FlipkartOutdoors. When I got to know about the #FlipkartOutdoors IndiBlogger Meet by Shrinidhi, I was grinning like a kid who got hold of a bowl of candies. If you ever have a glance at my wishlist, the top of the list goes like this – a GPS watch for my running & cycling, an action camera to capture all my antiques during cycling & trekking and a wireless bluetooth headphone to keep me company during my long distance running. The list goes on with more and more items that are linked to outdoor activities. After ogling for ages at these products on online portals many times, it was a perfect chance to try them out and experience these products.

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Polaroid Cube posing as a monkey

Post breakfast arranged at the resort, all the bloggers were divided into 7 groups, so that it will be easy for us to visit each of the stalls to have a glimpse of the products that were on display & experience them. The brands present that day were Garmin, Sony Action Cam, Samsung, Altec Lansing, Polaroid Cube, Coleman and Red Chief shoes. As a team we moved from one stall to another, experiencing the products. Our first stop was at Coleman camping and outdoor gears. A wide range of products were on display – tents, coolers, folding chairs, compass, hydration bottles and many more. I made a mental note to place an order for a set of stretch cords or the bungee cords – that come in handy to pack my bag during my cycling adventures. And guess what? I won the same product as part of one of the team activity.

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Sony Action Camera
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Garmin’s Vivofit

Next stop was at Altec Lansing – while everyone was busy with checking the waterproof speakers, I found one of those in my wish list – the Bluetooth Active Earbuds Headphones. I tried them on, they fit in very nicely and didn’t come out even after jumping up & down & swaying my head wildly. Unfortunately I couldn’t test the sound quality as the earbuds were not charged. From the speakers we moved to Red Chief shoes. We had a wide range of all-purpose shoes in front of us. A quick demo of the shoes, we moved to Sony stall. Since one product per team was handed over to try out for the next half day – I volunteered to try the Sony Action Cam with a head-mount. I did manage to perform a crash test of the Sony Action Cam during the artificial wall climbing. It fell down from a height of about 15 feet & successfully cleared the crash test with flying colours.

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Our next pit stop was at Polaroid Cube – a small & cute action camera. This one is a mini cube sized camera with very limited controls. Checkout Shrinidhi’s comparison & review of the Action Cameras. I spent a relatively short time at the Samsung Gear stall as I’m not that fan of smart watches. But to compensate that I spent quite a lot of time with the Garmin GPS watches. Most of those time was again spent with a Forerunner 920XT and a Fenix 3 in each hand – kind of making up my mind on which one to buy. After the demos, we explored the resort to complete the assigned activities – Water Zorbing, Artificial wall climb (I did win Flipkart gift voucher for successfully climbing the wall, Yay!), Zip line, Land Zorbing, Rope ladder climb and more. Post lunch, we were regrouped into smaller teams for a game of Paint Ball. It was a day well spent with wonderful people & bloggers around.

Tata Sky+ launches ‘Transfer’

When I saw the TV commercial of the new ‘Tata Sky+ Transfer’, I couldn’t help but check more features of the latest offer. Being a Tata Sky subscriber for more than four years (I’ve the Tata Sky HD+ connection), I wanted to check what more they have on offer. To say it in one line – Tata Sky+ Transfer is a Personal Video Recorder along with additional features of streaming and transferring the recorded content to your smart phones/tablets for offline watching.

Let’s have a detailed look of what’s on offer:

  • Buy a new box – existing customers have to buy a new box for the transfer feature – existing HD box do not support Transfer
  • Comes with 500GB disk space to record TV shows
  • No hassles of cables – Wireless data transfer via Wifi
  • Tata Sky Mobile app has to be installed on the smartphones/tablets to transfer/stream content
  • Supports both Android and iOS based devices
  • A maximum of 2 devices can be setup to transfer data from the box
  • Either stream the recorded content or transfer the content to devices for offline watching
  • No hassles of your phone running out of memory as transferred content gets deleted automatically after 48 hours
  • You can pause, forward & rewind the videos like you are watching any video on your device
  • No limit on the number of times the video can be viewed
  • 1080i high definition picture quality
  • 16:9 Wide aspect ratio
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports – one on the rear and the other on ride side
  • Ethernet port
  • Option to record TV program series
  • Video on demand

Few observations that are not on the positive side:

  • There is no support for Windowos devices yet
  • Though the picture quality is 1080i on the TV, when transferred onto the devices it’ll only be 444 x 224
  • The Transfer box has to process the video before it can be transferred. This preparation is a real time process – that means if you want to copy a one hour program, you need to wait for one hour. But the transfer time is fairly quick – a 30 minutes video should be copied in 5-6 minutes time based on availability the Wifi bandwidth
  • The app on your device has to be running during the duration of transfer – minimizing or closing the app will cancel the transfer
  • Though auto delete feature is good to maintain device memory, in case if you forget watching a video you’ve to transfer the data again

Overall the new Tata Sky+ Transfer feature is an interesting one. You don’t have to be in the house in front of your TV to catch your favourite TV show. I would use my daily commute time to work to catch up all my TV shows or movies instead. If you are someone who is shift from a regular cable connection to a Direct to Home connection, check the Tata Sky+ Transfer box once.

To answer your questions check the FAQ page on Tata Sky website

Kill the odour with ‘AmbiPur Air Effects’

Monsoon, one of the most loved seasons, evokes a wide variety of emotions and memories. As I sip a hot cup of coffee, the mind runs in reverse going into a journey full of memories. The very recent cycling trip in Western ghats, those motorbike rides in the rain to Goa and Coorg few years ago, getting drenched & coming back home from school to listen to wonderful sahsranama from mom. Just when I float with memories, I am abruptly brought back to present. It is almost like a war cry – someone runs upstairs to get back all the washed clothes and any rice/grains spread out in the Sun, another one rushes to close the windows. Within no time the entire house is decorated with half-dried clothes. With all the doors and windows shut (thanks to the rain and cold), the wet clothes start their magic. The pungent smell which keep revolving within the four walls is good enough to make every one run out of the house. This is one of the less enjoyable magic of monsoon that repeats every year. As an added bonus we have an inclusion of my baby daughter this year which increases the laundry size many-fold. Thanks to Blogadda, I am better prepared this year to wage a war with the help of Ambi Pur Air Effects (Blossom & Breeze)’. That means no more embarrassments when the guests arrive.

Ambi Pur Air Effects - Blossom and Breeze
Ambi Pur Air Effects – Blossom and Breeze

Right below the fragrance label, there is this bold black words which says ‘Eliminates Odours and Freshens the Air’. The ‘Blossoms and Breeze’ does exactly the same. The air freshener very mild and pleasant. Spray it few times around the room, wait for few seconds for the freshener to spread around. Within seconds the entire room will be filled with pleasant smell and the few sprays is enough for the fragrance to linger around for two to three hours. We have had used other room fresheners earlier, but almost all of them were either too artificial or too strong. But the Ambi Pur air effects comes with natural smell and feels as if the room is spread out with natural flowers all around. I had gone out when this air freshener was used first time at my home. When I got back in I thought there was a fresh bouquet only to be proved wrong that it was the Blossoms & Breeze. Overall it is a very good air freshener at an affordable price. Most likely this Blossom and Breeze can is going to be a permanent air freshener at my home (unless I get hooked up with other fragrances by Ambi Pur Air effects).

Note: I am blogging for #SmellyToSmiley activity at BlogAdda.com in association with Ambi Pur

Book: Ramayana, The Game of Life – Shattered Dreams

Ramayana, The Game of Life – Shattered Dreams by Shubh Vilas
Ramayana, The Game of Life – Shattered Dreams by Shubh Vilas

Recently I got hold of the book ‘Ramayana, The Game of Life – Shattered Dreams’ by Shubh Vilas. ‘Shattered Dreams’ is the second book in the ‘Ramayana The Game of Life’ series, after ‘Rise of the Sun Prince’. The epic Ramayana never seizes to amaze me every time I read, listen to the stories or watch it in a video format. Different styles of narrating the stories, from different point of views, the sub-plots and sub stories – I can reread, listen again or watch it again any number of times. So with that curiosity of finding something new, I decided to read ‘Shattered Dreams’ even though I had not read the first part.

‘Shattered Dreams’, the title of the book gives a bit of hint of the part of Ramayana covered in this book. Shattering everyone’s dreams except two (Manthara and Kaikeyi) in Ayodhya, the book is an emotional journey. The book starts with Dasharatha deciding to crown his eldest son Rama as the next king as he feels unfit to rule the kingdom because of his old-age. The first chapter describes about Dasharatha’s announcement of coronation of Rama and eventual celebrations and preparations. The second chapter deviates from the happening place of Ayodhya to Ravana, talking about his growth in terms of power and defeating the kings wide & far. The next subsequent chapters come back to Ayodhya where the world turns upside down. With Manthara’s evil plan succeeding, emotions change from happy & fun to dark & sad. This second book concludes with Rama going deep into Dandakaranya along with Seeta and Lakshmana, after turning away Bharata and rest of the family to reconsider his decision of exile.

Shattered Dreams is not like a regular novel which can be finished in one go. As the story progresses, there are many sub-stories with hidden messages in them. Plus the footnotes gives a detailed explanation on different life lessons which we can incorporate on our daily life. Shubha Vilas has done a commendable job in terms of this gem of an information.

Do I recommend this book to others? It depends on who the reader is. If you are someone who is reading Ramayana for the first time or would like to read it as regular novel in one go, then I don’t recommend this book for you. You will feel the narration a bit slow and stretched, with lots of details in each and every scene. But if you have read or know Ramayana and would like to take away something new and/or want to practice it, this book is for you. Treat this book as a daily dose of medication, take in bit by bit and enjoy the tidbits.

As per the Indian mythology, do you know how the peacock got those colourful feathers? From whom & why? Read the book to get to know about it. :)

Note: This review is a part of the Book Review Program by BlogAdda.

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Review: Puma El Ray Future

I had a wonderful opportunity to own and try out the brand new Puma El Rey shoes. But as fate would have it, I received a pair of shoes size 9 instead of size 8.5 (claiming that 8.5 is not a standard size, but special shoes!!). I had no option but to give the shoes to a friend and here are my friend Viral’s words after wearing and using the shoes for few days –

New Puma Shoes are just in! And have to say they are amazing. Stylish, trendy and great to go with casual wear. These Puma shoes have a good style and great color combination, giving it a nice jazzy look. Black And Red combination, love it. Also they are a good fit for your feet. Wherever you go, people cant help but notice them, cause they have a different look which make them wanna look over and over again.

They are really comfortable to work with no matter what you use them for, be it walking, dancing, running and any other activity that comes to your mind. The inner soles in them have a cushion type feel which give your feet better support and comfort. Having a proper soles for steady support is a sure and given benefit for the ankle-rollers, and do believe me because I roll my ankles frequently. But not in these shoes.

What I like about these shoes?
They are smooth and comfortable, easy to wear, easy to handle, have amazing style and looks and also they look great on almost every kind of clothing.

What I don’t like about the shoes?
The outer soles could use some work both in ways of color and structure. The color of the soles seems to hinder with the presentation of the rest of the part. Structurally, They feel a little too high.

So overall, I think the Puma shoes are a good value for money kind of shoes satisfying every possible need you may demand from it, be it being funky, be it being comfy or be it being sturdy. You name it. Good work Puma, love the shoes.

Own a El Rey Future and win a trip to Spain. This review is a part of the product review program at BlogAdda.com