Within a few weeks, India’s first Internet Car, MG Hector, specifically manufactured for the Indian Roads and Climatic conditions will be launched. A first of its kind, the brainy Car manufactured by MG Motors, a century-old Britsh Sports Car manufacturer, understands, commands and responds when you say something. In this age of Smart gadgets, the cars are becoming iSmart with this innovative connectivity technology.
The iSmart Next Gen Car provides an integrated solution in partnership with leading technological giants, Cisco, Microsoft, Adobe, Cognizant, Panasonic, Unlimit, Nuance, TomTom, Gaana, Accuweather, SAP and iTeligence. The iSmart consist of embedded connectivity solution, maps and navigation services, voice assistant, pre-loaded infotainment content, emergency and concierge services and built-in apps. It also supports OTA (Over the Air) updates.
The Head Unit
The 10.4″ Head Unit, is the largest in its category in any cars, and bigger than any tablets available in the market. The brain of the system is installed in this head unit. The unit is preloaded with an entertainment content which will be updated OTA (Over The Air).
iSmart Mobile App
Every MG Hector owner would get a downloaded iSmart App for their mobile phone. A number of actions can be carried out by the App: Fuel level and vehicle range. Lock and unlock status. Remotely switchonthe Climate control on the hot day when the car has been standing in the sun. Speed Alert Security Alert And many more features……………….
Hello MG: Voice Assist
MG Hector iSmart system comes with a cloud-enabled; AI-based Voice Assistance enabling over 100 voice commands to control the vehicle. These includes commands like “open sunroof”, “Climate Control”, “Open Window”, “Radio Control”, “search embedded songs” and “navigate to places”. Apart from accents, the system also recognised differences in semantics in speech.
E-Call: Safety and Security feature
MG cars come with an instant emergency response system. In case of an accident, if the airbags are deployed, E-call is automatically triggered. The information of the exact location of the occurrence is transmitted to the pulse hub team. They try to connect with the Head Unit, if there is no response they call the owners phone and in case there is no response they call the emergency contact number.
Music by Gaana
MG Hector is preloaded with Gaana App and premium account with ad-free music and download capability. The owner would get the largest collection of latest music, smart playlist and presonalised recommendations.
OTA (Over The Air) Updates
MG India is introducing OTA feature for the first time in India. This will make sure MG cars gets updated as and when new updates are available. Hence the system would get new look and themes periodically.
Developers and partners over time would be able to bring in many more features and services, unimaginable today. All available to MG car owners via a simple update.
Privacy and Cyber Security
Data related to driver and vehicle analytics will be stored locally in the Microsoft Azure Cloud DC in India. MG is working with Microsoft around the world to ensure the utmost standards of cybersecurity are available. #MGDriveIn
UnBox 2019 was a weekend
of discovery and learning, and allowed for unanswered questions as well as
explorations. It brought together emerging and disruptive ideas from those who
are pushing boundaries of their own practice. The three day festival had 100
Indian Collaborators and 32 International Collaborators.
With 328 Total Participants, the festival outcomes are both
tangible and intangible. Some projects were co-created at the festival and will
continue into longer projects. Here are some quick highlights from UnBox Festival 2019:
Stories, conversations, and dialogues took centre stage at UnBox
Festival this year touching upon relevant topics shaping contemporary thought.
Day one was loaded with talks on water resource management at the grassroots,
cultures and values of learning in the present age, the importance of consent
in the digital space, exploring technology for conservation, the impact of
social media on India’s upcoming general elections, as well as exploring the
messy futures space from a personal and human perspective. Conversations on the
burgeoning city limits and its impact on infrastructure and resources,
storytelling traditions that share genealogies and ecological patterns, ethics
that may govern the use of AI systems, the impact of technology in the social
sector, making a truly inclusive Internet, design-led innovation strategies,
the need for intersectionality in design and the use of digital processes in
preserving heritage, unfolded and expanded through the three days of the
UnBox 2019 curated a set of workshops conducted by experts from
varied practices, for festival attendees to participate and immerse into. While
some created intimate spaces to brainstorm and ideate, others got participants
down to their hands and knees exploring and making. Taking on multiple tracks
and formats, they led participants to experience disability to understand its
needs and choices, explored emerging technologies, create a wishlist of a
feminist Internet, build unique conspiracies, imagine a world of AR/VR without
using it, and discussed the role of technology in craft practices. UnBox also
curated workshops that used three-dimensional tensile structures to evaluate
the relationships of the human body, and featured the unheard stories of the
brave women of Karnataka, explored the future of consent, examined data driven
investigation, and making zines.
The festival also hosted a 4-day lab, in
partnership with UK-based artists collective – Invisible Flock, that focused on
building meaningful, cross-disciplinary collaborations within environmental and
socially engaged practices. It brought together artists, designers and writers
from India, Uk & Uganda to think about technology beyond its traditional
understanding, and instead as a creative medium. Outcomes from the Lab were
shared in multiple formats ranging from exhibits to talks and performances.
UnBox Food Lab
UnBox Food Lab explores connections and meaningful interactions
between food, its preparation, the act of enjoying it, and the people who
consume it. This year the lab manifested in the form of talks, workshops,
and communal meals at the festival, with conversations on cultural
appropriation in food and the future of urban farming; workshops that
investigated the fascinating world of coffee through games, experience
traditional fermentation processes, and explore our interconnected food
ecosystems. A selection of films explored the challenges of rising food
demands, while thematic culinary experiences translated into community meals
that served traditional regional recipes and helped reconnect with those that
grow our food.
The evenings brought together an eclectic mix of sound and visual artists. A transmedia narrative using improvised electronica and live visual programming, featured Seasonal Affected Beats, Aural Eye and Cursorama came together in Dreamswitch at the UnBox Open House on day one of the festival. UnBox After Dark was a collaborative audio-visual showcase by UnBox residents and guests at Foxtrot, Koramangala. The night combined sounds from Bombay based electronic musicians SPRYK and Echofloat, with visual interpretations from Thiruda and Cursorama from the VJing collective Alt-Q, supported by Romanian collective Aural Eye Visions Studio. The last evening of the festival brought together an indie folk trio with Abhijeet Tambe accompanied by Michael Dias and Kaushik Kumar in The Unwind Collection, at The Humming Tree in Indira Nagar. This was followed by a modern, electronic set that brought together the sound experiments of Nikhil Narendra and Shreyas Dipali.
Installations & Exhibitions
The exhibits at UnBox transformed the space of the festival into a
transient gallery with projects and ideas across multiple formats. More than 18
installations and exhibitions were presented that ranged from immersive
entertainment with VR film pods to a participatory installation on creating a
collective scent. Others included the outcomes of mixing environmental data
collection with technology, a curated set of albums that created an archive of
stories from India’s countryside, an interactive installation that made visual
and acoustic connections between outer space and physical spaces that surround
us, and the making of both real and virtual Narkasur effigies. Music came alive
through the stories of a curious crow that lit up each time a musical note
played, and a transient space within an auto rickshaw that urged all to make
their own music.
As reported in the Press Release of the Unbox Festival. Image Courtesy: Unbox Festival Team
Like the past editions of UnBox festival, this year the line up for day one was stacked with some great talks, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, installations and meals.
Festival attendees got a chance to explore talks and panels on water-related issues, the future of urban farming, the digital content landscape in India, language and learning, the impact of social media on the upcoming general elections, building resilience from distress and tech ecologies.
Produced by UnBox Food Labs, lunch at the festival was catered by Bengaluru Oota Company which was a tribute to the Gowda and Mangalorean cuisines of Karnataka, a culinary experience based on heirloom family recipes that are passed down through the generations.
Post lunch, we dived right into workshops – Experiential Immersion in Disability, The future of History, Smellscape, Emergent Tech, What is your feminist wishlist?, Narkasur, Conspiracy creation and Seeing Invisibility.
UnBox X Open house – a free for all event kicked off at 6PM with Now: A Kinetic Life – an interactive installation and performance, and a three-part film addressing the challenges of rising food demands. A collection of art exhibits, installations, screenings and immersive experiences were on display and open for all those who walked through the fest. We closed day one with a trans-media narrative of hypnagogic dreamscapes (titled Dreamswitch) through improvised electronica and live visual programming, featuring Seasonal Affected Beats, Aural Eye and Cursorama.
As reported by Vibhuti Jaswal from the festival venue.
Information about the Evening Performances On February 16th and 17th.
February 16 | 8:00PM onwards UnBox After Dark Aural Eye X Cursorama X Echofloat X SPRYKPresented at Foxtrot – House of Subculture in Koramangala.
Unbox After Dark presents a collaborative Audio Visual showcase by the Unbox residents and guests. The night combines sounds from Bombay based electronic musicians SPRYK and Echofloat, with visual interpretations from Thiruda and Cursorama from the VJing collective, Alt-Q supported by Romanian collective- Aural Eye Visions Studio. Spryk is the brainchild of Tejas Nair, an independent electronic musician pushing boundaries of technology-driven art. EchoFloat is a music project conceived by Jeff Nelson, exploring productions and DJ sets ranging from lush thoughtful soundscapes to intricate granular textures, to invoke a sense of space, form, interconnectivity and movement. February 17 | 6:00PM-10:00PM The Unwind Collection Nikhil Narendra X Shreyas Dipali X Tambe and Friends Presented at The Humming Tree in Indira Nagar. Tambe & Friends is an indie folk trio based out of Bangalore, India. The project revolves around an intimate collection of songs written and sung by Abhi Tambe with ample support from Michael Dias and Kaushik Kumar on guitars and vocal harmonies. Abhi Tambe, currently performing as a solo singer-songwriter, is remembered in the city as one of the founding members of the cult band Lounge Piranha, which disbanded back in 2010. Michael Dias is founder and frontman for current city favourites Mad Orange Fireworks and Kaushik Kumar plays bass in the same band.
They will be followed by a modern, electronic set that brings together the sound experiments of Nikhil Narendra and Shreyas Dipali. They used to perform with alternative band The Bicycle Days, but have found their true calling in electronic music that condenses their many influences into one sound.
The countdown has begun for a festival that connects people and helps one to learn from the experience of people from various fields. The Unbox Festival is being put together, for the fifth time, by Quicksand Design Studio, a research and design practice with studios in New Delhi, Bangalore and Goa.
UnBox Festival will take place at the
Bangalore International Centre, in Domlur, between February 15-17, 2019. Here
is an interview with Babitha George, Co-Founder – UnBox Festival &
Director – Quicksand Design Studio. She talks about the events at the festival
this year, how the festival began, and the outcomes from the festival so far.
Tell us something about UnBox Festival?
The multi-disciplinary festival brings
together people from various fields of design, technology, culture, art and
Incepted by Quicksand Design Studio in 2011 as an annual festival in
India, and a fellowship program since 2012, UnBox has promoted new thoughts and
partnerships at the intersection of design, art, culture and social innovation.
UnBox is a growing community of creative, academic and developmental
professionals seeking to collaborate beyond their immediate practice and
looking to infuse future world experiences with imagination, sustainability and
In 2014 we took a pause on the UnBox festival format to reflect and renew. While we were away, we spent time quietly tinkering. UnBox was evolving and we tried on many hats. We packed it small and took it to Ahmedabad, Bombay, Bangalore, Goa, Berlin, London, Leeds, Sheffield, Anstruther, and Tokyo. It became a lab, a caravan, a pop-up, an immersive media arts platform, and an in-house experiment for the folks at the studio. It’s now back in India as a festival platform after a 4-year hiatus and with the upcoming edition we hope to rediscover lost paths, forge new trails, and have a good time while we are at it!
This year, UnBox will take place at the Bangalore International Centre
in Domlur between February 15-17, 2019 and will bring together a unique
programme that features diverse tracks for participants to explore
intersections across design, art, culture, technology and policy. The festival
will invite diverse participation and bring together technologists, activists,
policy makers and a mix of the creative community to ideate and collaborate on
the most pressing challenges facing India today.
What are the main events at the festival?
UnBox 2019 will run across three full days with workshops, labs,
conference sessions and conversations over meals, along with evenings of
performances and excursions into the city curated to inspire, provoke and
imagine. With a detailed programming in place this year we deep dive into
conversations around art, design, culture, technology, policy, environment and
social innovation. Right from conversations and discussions around emerging
technologies such as AI to conservation and human ecologies, design led
innovation to digital heritage and food ecosystems to creating a smell map of
the city, UnBox 2019 brings together a diverse mix of projects which are shared
either as evolved project ideas, or other projects that either culminate or are
initiated at the festival. In this way the UnBox experience lives not just for
the three days of the festival, but moves into a space of continued learning
Who are the participants at the festival?
UnBox 2019 is where people from seemingly disparate backgrounds, but
with similar interests and values around collaboration come together to explore
diverse themes and apply their unique skills and talents in co-creating new
products and ideas. The festival line up in terms of participants and
practitioners is carefully curated for a rich balance of the intellectual and
How did the UnBox festival begin in the first place?
We started UnBox with the intent to create a larger community who value
multidisciplinary approaches and are open to questioning their own practice and
learn from others. 8 years in, we have built a vibrant network of artists,
designers, thinkers, young professionals and stakeholders in the creative
economy space in India and abroad. We’ve always put innovative experiments at
the center of our programming and this year UnBox festival will be no
different. With UnBox 2019 we hope to bring people from disparate backgrounds
together to explore diverse themes and co-create new products and share fresh
ideas. It’s important to have a safe space that allows for discussions about
failure as well as about work that is in progress, which might be messy and
Through UnBox, we want to allow for new encounters and conversations,
and to draw inspiration from unlikely spaces. This festival edition will
collectively engage with new futures in a way that acknowledges and builds on
the multilayered complexity of our lives, from culture, memories and the past
to the spaces and communities we inhabit and shape.
Tell us something about the outcome of the festival in previous years?
The outcomes of the festival are both tangible and intangible. Some
projects have started at the festival and continued into longer projects. For
eg; UnBox has been working with the University of Dundee for a while around
decentralised narratives for technology that attempt to co-create solutions
with communities that are appropriate for the context. We are partnering with
Black Baza Coffee and Buffalo Back Collective on this project and all of these
explorations will make its way to the festival this year via conversations,
workshops and exhibits.
There are several other examples like this, also of projects that start
at the festival and continue to be explored beyond the festival through active
collaborations. Some other outcomes are intangible, through connections that
are made. The intimate format of the festival allows for informal and
meaningful networking, some of which are facilitated by the UnBox team, while
some others happen organically.
What is most exciting is when practices that would traditionally not
work with each other find points of connections and new ways of collaborating
and exploring challenges. For eg; what does it mean for a technologist to work
with a social scientist to think of what it means to develop more sensitive and
thoughtful technology services for communities, that take into account the
unique aspects of various contexts.
Tell us something about the installations, exhibition and performances
at the festival?
Attendees can expect to see a diverse mix of installations, exhibitions and performances at the festival. For instance, Invisible Flock and Quicksand bring to UnBox 2019 Kāṇada kathegaḷu which aims to mix environmental data collection with technology to find new ways of representing hidden elements of nature and our fragile relationship to it.
Stories from Down Under: VR Cinema Pods with Crossover Labs (UK) is a showcase of cutting-edge immersive entertainment from Australia featuring award-winning virtual reality films in association with Australian High Commission. The films export you to different worlds including the life of a street artist, a magical autumn forest and the land of an Australian indigenous elder.
Anatomy of an AI – In this talk, Prof. Vladan Joler from Novi Sad University uncovers the invisible matrix of human labour, energy consumption and resource extraction that is hidden behind digital networks and Artificial Intelligence. Specifically, it takes the home assistant Amazon Echo as a case study of black box technology and, step by step, reconstructs its design and the relations of each component with planetary ecology and economy.
In a participatory performance installation titled Un Parfum En Commun (supported by Pro Helvetia) with Swiss artist Maeva Rosset the intent is to create a common scent that identifies with all those who become part of its creation.
Aurora with Invisible Flock and Quicksand aims to open up a dialogue on the value of water at a local and global level, to understand it as an element, a life force, a resource, a commodity and a danger.
NOW – A Kinetic Life (supported by Goethe India) with Thomas Heidtmann (Lacuna Lab) and Bidisha Das is an interactive installation that spans a visual and acoustic connections between outer space and physical spaces that surround us. It is an orchestra of movement using elements from outer space, nature and human bodies as instrumentations.
Reminiscent of the warmth of a hardbound book and the scent of its pages, TheUnlimited Book with Thejesh GN expands the ecosystem of a library as the keeper of infinite knowledge. Taking the form of a secret book safe which consists of a custom server that runs on battery it serves readings that are stored locally on the server without the use of the internet. Project Infinity with Thejesh GN and PARI, an edition of the Unlimited Book includes a curated selection of stories from the People’s Archive of Rural India.
Mix the City Auto with Indian Music Experience is a transient space created within an Indian Auto Rickshaw to showcase and experience the diversity of sound, music and cultural influences from various cities in the country. It features original content by Indian composers and musicians in the form of short audio and video samples, compiled by UK music producers (Boxed In, Django Django and Anna Meredith, along with Israeli producer Kutiman). Supported by the British Council.
UK-India Lab with Invisible Flock and Quicksand who are facilitating a new network of artists and creatives from UK and India through a lab that focuses on building meaningful, cross-disciplinary collaborations within environmental and socially engaged practices. Supported by the British Council.
Swarpeti with Pratyush Gupta explores Indian classical music is intertwined with nature, seasons, colours and emotions. It transcends time and cultures to create a blend of music full of depth and wonder.
Talking Albums with PARI present a curated set of albums that speak from The People’s Archive of Rural India, a living journal and an archive of stories from India’s countryside.
Boundary Conditions with Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy, Abhijeet Tambe is an installation which looks to ignite an experience that is created by placing moving bodies in and against an architectural space that speaks of itself.
UnBox Open House: Friday @ Bangalore International Centre
With: SPRYK (Tejas), Thiruda, Alt-Q and Echofloat (Jeff Nelson)
UnBox Unwind: Sunday @ HummingTree
With: Abhijeet Tambe & Friends, Nikhil and Shreyas
How can someone participate in the festival?
Apart from an extended team of co-creators, mentors and practitioners who make up the festival programme, there is also a ticketed, open call for participants. Attendees will have access to talks, discussions, workshops, exhibitions, installations, meals, performances and excursions into the city curated to inspire, provoke and imagine.
Google has come up with Blog Compass, an app for the bloggers. The App which can be downloaded on the iPhone and the Android has much more than analytics to offer.
One thing common with all bloggers is that they want to measure the reach of their activity on the blog. They want to know how many views their blogs have received. And a sincere feedback of the content.
Blog Compass is a must-have App for the bloggers. The app has a number of features that range from providing the analytics of the published posts to giving suggestions on topics to write about.
Here are the 7 main features of the Blog Compass
Every feature of Blog Compass is equally essential for the bloggers. While planning the day ahead, the Blog Compass provides lots of inputs on improving the content of the blog.
The Home Page of the App contains the highlights of the rest of the 6 pages on the App.
There is a graph illustrating the number of views on the website.
Mention of trending topics.
The number of latest comments.
Overviews of Google Analytics.
A suggestion of what to learn at the Learning Centre.
And the number of badges earned for the posts.
The Activity page includes the Visitors Overviews, Traffic Source, Search queries and Details of the top posts. You can check the above-mentioned information for a week, month, 3 months or a year.
An outstanding feature of Blog Compass is the topic suggestions to write about. Following are the categories of the topic:
Your Picks: Possibly these topics are based on the google search made by you.
Trending: These are the topics that are trending on the internet.
For you: Based on the topics that you have posted on your blog.
The highlights of Blog Compass is the Badges provided for reaching a certain milestone. There are badges like bronze and silver. You can view the badges collected so far.
You can share the badges on the Social Media. I shared one time and the response from the readers was as if received an Oscar.
The badges are given for Page View, Unique Visitors and number of posts written each month.
The posts can be viewed in different ways: post by date, post by last modified, post by the number of views and posts by title. Under each post, you can view the number of views so far and the number of comments.
You can view the number of pending and approved comments separately. You can also directly approve or remove the comment through the app.
A plethora of subjects is provided in the learning centre. Ranging fro SEO starter guideline to how to advertise on your blog. You can click on the subject you wish to get educated about. The learning centre is a help not just for the beginner but also for seasoned bloggers.
Overall Blog Compass is a must-have App for the blogger. Until now the bloggers could only get to know the number of views based on country and demography. Blog Compass provides an in-depth insight into the performance of the posts. And the badges provide lots of encouragement.
Blog Compass is just a few months old and currently available only in India. It is more compatible with Android.
Google is still improving on the App and in future blogger can expect more useful features.
During 1924 deluge, Mahatma Gandhi, collected Rs 6000 for Kerala. Through his publication, ‘Young India’ and ‘Navjivan’ he urged people to contribute to the “unimaginable” misery. People donated gold and their small saving for the relief work of “Mahapralayam of 99” (Malayalam year 1099).
How similar are the two deluges
The flood in 1924 was in Travancore, Idukki, Thrissur and Kottayam. The same places were flooded this time too. The similarity ends there.
The great deluge of Kerala, 2018, is greater than the great flood of 1924. There was massive destruction of infrastructure and property. While thousands of lives were lost in the flood 100 years ago, thanks to the rescue operation in 2018, the heavy casualty was avoided.
If the water reached 6 ft then, now it was more than 8 ft.
Unlike in 1924, now Kerala was on the path of rapid development. Kerala has the highest development index. There are IT parks and Startup hubs generating jobs which in turn improved the quality of life of the people. There are hi-tech buildings and roads that lead to every nook and cranny of Kerala.
As the infrastructural development was at a rapid pace, the loss was also massive. 221 bridges were destroyed, 10000 km of road damaged and 3 lakh farmers were affected. The Government of Kerala has estimated a loss of more than $3 billion (Rs 20000 Crore).
Dream homes shattered
A house of one’s own is everyone’s dream. Kerala is famous for the huge mansions built along the length and breadth of the state. Even the poorest of the poor own a piece of land and a house in it. They make their houses as cosy as they can afford.
The flood completely destroyed 7000 houses, mostly of the poor. 50000 houses were partially damaged. Because the water gushed into the houses and engulfed the house for two-three days, some houses have become weak. They are not safe to stay.
Since furniture was not waterproof, most of the things were destroyed in the water. The water entered the cupboards, shelves and kitchen. Soiling the clothes, kitchen gadgets, cars, grocery and documents. They have nothing left other than the clothes they were wearing when they were rescued.
The earning of a lifetime was gone with the waters. Some of the houses were on loan. Now they need extra money to restore their homes. The houses are to be cleaned and sanitized. The electrical and plumbing lines are to be repaired. Books and uniforms are to be brought for children. Medicines were washed away.
In schools (especially government schools) the entire furniture, documents, books (including library books) and computers were spoiled. Restoring the schools is a mammoth task which includes labour and finance.
Some hospitals were also flooded causing damage to the medical equipment and medicines.
Some still in camps
The people of Kuttanadu are still in camps. The water has not receded properly. They are basically hardworking farmers. With a little support, they will back to life very soon.
Tragedy strikes twice
A lady tailor’s husband died suddenly of a heart attack ten years back. Her youngest child was 6 months old at that time. She supported her family of three children and in-laws by stitching. After the flood, only the house is left. Everything inside the house was destroyed.
Her story represents the story of more than one million who were displaced or remained on the rooftop until the water receded.
A heart-warming story
One man who lost a few of his household items in the flood gave a cot and a mattress to his neighbour. Because when he had lost only something his neighbour lost everything.
Funds Kerala received so far
The Central Government has promised Rs 600 crore. The donations in the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund has crossed Rs 700 crore so far. In total Kerala has received around Rs 1300. And if the UAE Government provides Rs 700 crore, the aid will reach 2000. Still, the State needs ten times more funding for rehabilitation.
How the fund helps in rehabilitation
The fund will not only take care of the reconstruction of the roads and bridges but also help in rebuilding houses and rehabilitating the victims of the flood. The funds will also provide relief to the farmers. They had taken heavy loan hoping to reap a profitable harvest during Onam. Unfortunately, a few days before Onam, the crops were destroyed.
Are you a Selfie enthusiast? Then definitely the newly launched Selfie-centric mobiles of Mobiistar are for you. Two weeks back one of the top Vietnamese mobile brands launched two selfie-centric mobiles in India.
The selfie feature of the camera was the main highlight at the launch. When Mr Carl Ngo, Co-founder and CEO of Mobiistar, was asked why the ‘Selfie feature’ was mainly being highlighted, he said that he wants people to remember the mobile for the selfie features.
How to buy a Mobiistar ‘Selfie’ Mobile
Mobiistar XQ Dual is priced at Rs 7, 999 and CQ at Rs 4999. Both the mobiles are available for sale on Flipkartfrom 30 May, 12 Noon. There are some interesting purchase offers for the mobiles on Flipkart:
You can exchange any old smartphone and in exchange, you can get at least Rs 1,000.
Protection for the hardware and software of the mobile is available for Rs 99. Broken screens and liquid damages are also taken care of.
If you buy a prepaid Jio pack before June 30 of Rs 198 or Rs 299 for the Mobiistar mobile, then you can enjoy a cashback of Rs 2200. You will be given vouchers. You can redeem Rs 50 voucher at a time for the next 44 mobiles recharges.
The Indiblog Mobiistar, Selfie event
The event was a selfie-event. With Selfies every. Selifes like never before. The bloggers were divided into ten groups and each team was given a Mobiistar camera and asked to make a story only with selfies. And at least 15 selfies within 20 minutes.
Advantage Mobiistar Selfie
Taking selfies with the Mobiistar mobiles was much fun because of the three distinct features:
The wideangle: Usually when you take a selfie you are forced to leave some element. For instance, when you want to take the selfie with a large crowd, you capture the whole crowd. The Mobiistar cameras have a wide angle feature. The selfie can be upto120 Degree wide.
The light exposure: For a perfect selfie, the right amount of light is essential. You can adjust the amount of light in the camera while taking a selfie.
The face beautifying feature: The tone of the skin can be brightened or softened.
Tips for those who fail miserably in taking selfies
Angles are very important while capturing selfies on a mobile. Like the two Cupcakes above. The cupcakes are placed at a specific angle so they look attractive. While taking selfies hold the mobile at a specific angle.
Follow the tip and fulfil you selfie dreams with Mobiistar selfie mobiles.
Nowadays Washing Machine is the most fundamental and vital household product. In India, one tends to get attracted towards flashy advertisements and select the overpriced Washing Machines rather than the good for value feature loaded one. So, we have comprised a list of top Washing machines based on Capacity, Maximum spin speed, predefined wash programs, and consumer reviews.
Bosch WAK24268IN Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine
Price Rs 28,999
Capacity 7 kg
Maximum Spin Speed 1200 rpm
Special wash programs
Active Water, Allergy Plus, Pre-activated Speed Perfect, Reload wash
The Washing Machine is embedded with German Technology and is arguably the best Washing machine available. The Anti-vibration Design of Machine can hold up to 7kg and have some notable advance features. The Active Water Technology adjusts the Water Level according to the load and also prevents the bacterial growth. The Tumble Washing Method along with Special Wash programs like Sari, Hygiene, Kids wear etc. make it a hassle-free, effective and user-friendly.
IFB Diva Aqua SX Fully Automatic Front-load Washing Machine
Capacity 8 kg
Maximum Spin Speed 1000 rpm
Special Wash Programs
Air bubble Wash System, Aqua Energy Feature, Foam Control, Auto Imbalance Sensing and Control.
This Front loading Washing machine is an Upgrade on the prominent IFB Senorita SX. The model is loaded with remarkable features and has a seven segment LED display. The predefined Wash care systems for Baby Wear, stains, wool, hand wash and much more had made it an instant hit among the consumers.
LG FH0B8NDL22 Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine
Price Rs 24,999
Capacity 6 kg
Maximum Spin Speed 1000 rpm
Smart Problem diagnosis, Tub Clean Function, and Optimized Cleaning
This model may is at present the best budget Washing Machine available in India. It has a six motion Direct Drive Technology that enables optimized washing for every cloth type. The Smart Diagnosis system can recognize the problem itself. The optimum price range and aforementioned features are the reason that this particular model has been one of the best-selling washing machines in India.
LG has somehow deciphered the code of Indian consumers in terms of pricing and Specifications. This particular model has been the most successful in the Semi-Automatic Segment. The Higher Spin speed ensures lower drying time. The additional Lint collector, Wind Jet Dry, and Soak Option Technology are icing on the cake.
Samsung WA62M4100HY\TL Fully Automatic Top Load Washing Machine
Samsung is one of the leading brands in India, largely due to the durability of their products. This particular model ensures the same along with imposing characteristics such as powerful performance and beautiful looks. The machine is equipped with Eco Tub Clean technology, Powerful Filtration, and Stain removal technology.
Washing Machines are an essential part of every Household. A lot of factors such as capacity, Spin Cycle, Wash programs decide the perfect option for you. With The Cutthroat competition and a large number of options, one has to be very careful while selecting the best possible model as per your desires.
During the Christmas season, there is one more day, other than 25th December, which is very anxiously awaited. That is the day of baking cakes.
Since the baking has to be done on a large scale we get the cakes baked in a bakery.
There will be a long queue waiting for their turn to bake their cakes. So we have to book the date and token number in advance. This year our token number was 3, on last Saturday.
When we wait our turn inside the bakery we can learn a lot of tips on how others mix ingredients for their cake.
First, the workers mix the eggs, butter and sugar with a huge whipper. Then the mix is poured into a large wok. And the flour is mixed.
Now it is the turn of the customer to add his or her ingredients that give the customized, specialized or homemade flavour, taste and texture to the cakes.
Some add orange juice. Others add sugar syrup. Others add lemon rinds and so on.
When you see the ingredients, you feel like “oh my God! why didn’t I think of these ingredients. This would have given a special taste to my cakes. No problem, I will add next time”.
When we reached, the bakery, this time, the mixing process of token no. 1 was going on. The customer was coolly monitoring the mixing of the ingredients. When the Baker asked him to finally add his secret flavours the entire scenario changed.
He politely ordered them to divide the batter into three parts. And each part was put a different wok. Now he added pineapple essence in one part. In another, he added cocoa flavour and cocoa chips. The way he administered the measurement of ingredients, I was sure he was not an amateur. Someone whispered that he is a Chef at Hotel Siddharth.
When I talked to him, his name is Hansi Gomes, he said that the third flavour he prepared today was Meetha Paan Cake.
I was on the lookout for a Christmas special article. I knew Meetha Paan Cake would be the best Christmas gift for the readers of lifestyletodaynews.com.
I requested him to share the recipe for the website. He not only agreed to share the recipe but also gifted me one Meetha Paan Cake.
The cake was yummy and refreshing.
For those who were born and brought up in north India, meetha paan brings childhood memories. Meetha Paan, which was the served at the weddings in the past, has a nostalgic feeling.
If you had enjoyed chewing meetha pan, in your childhood, at wedding functions, you are surely going to like this cake.
Meetha Paan Cake
Butter -1 Kg
Maida – 1 Kg
Sugar Powder – 700g
Vegetable Oil – 50g
Eggs – 21 No.s
Baking Powder – 1 tbsp
Gulkand (Rose petal) – 1/2 Kg
Food Colour Yellow
Paan Petta (fine Julienne Cut)- 5
Dry Fruit (Tutti Frutti, Badam, Kajun) -150g each
Peppermint – One pinch
Take the butter in a bowl and add sugar powder.
Mix it well until the butter is foamy. Now add the eggs one by one.
Whip well for a while. Let the mixture become soft.
Now add vanilla essence, food colour and baking powder. Mix well.
Add the flour little by little and make a lump-free batter.
Add gulkand, peppermint and paan petta and mix well.
Bake it is a tin mould with a butter paper placed at the bottom.
The baking takes at least 45 minutes. In order to know if the cake is properly cooked poke a toothpick at the centre of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, then the cake has been perfectly baked.
Happy Baking for Christmas!
Hansi Gomes is a Chef at Jaypee Siddharth Hotel, New Delhi.
He was kind enough to share his recipe for Meetha Paan Cake. A novel recipe for aspiring cooks and passionate bakers.