Sunday, January 26, 2014

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Attached is the ad in TOI dated 10 Jan 2014, for auction of corner sites in KHB suryanagar phase-1. These range from very big sites to smaller ones whose measurements in square feet are there as part of last column in the ad. the suggested price by KHB is 2,500 per square feet from where it would be bidding higher up.

Other details:


  • auction is on 28th Jan 2014 at 11:00AM at phase-1 KHB office in suryanagar.

  • 3 HIG sites, 8 MIG, and 4 LIG sites.

  • 50000 for registration at the location itself

  • first come first serve, based on token numbers

  • DD in the name of Griha Ayuktaru, Karnataka Griha Mandali

  • Tokens will be given at 10am

  • 25% of amount to be paid within next day if you win, in the bank

  • 2 passport color photos, and address proof to be provided

  • whoever has token issued in their name only they can participate and only they have to pay from their account if they win

  • KHB reserves right to change properties for auction or even cancel the auction without assiging any resons whatsover.

  • you can contact 27804400 or 9740335386/9980869439

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

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(source: Rambo circus facebook page)


 


I had a rather low week at office and with time to spare was wondering what could be done over the weekend. During the week and before that my wife was toying around with the idea that we must go to a circus instead of the usual other places people visit. She was looking at the Rambo Circus, which had pitched its tent at Gollarahatti, Magadi Road. After missing the deadline two times in two weeks, I felt this is a sure shot venture for this weekend. 


Before you proceed further reading on, please note that a circus event is best seen live, and not on youtube or TV. The experience is something to be felt.

Both me and my wife had never been to a circus in our lives so far, and our two kids I was sure would also enjoy this. So we booked the tickets for Rambo Circus on BookMyShow.com. The pricing was between choices of Rs.200 and Rs.300 per ticket with kids less than 3 yrs going free. Once the online booking was done, the next thing was the journey itself. Since I had to do a great deal of distance from HSR Layout, the one single reason I was still confident about this ordeal was due to the route - Nice Road. While it took me about 25 minutes to reach Nice road, it took me about 20 minutes after that to reach Magadi Road itself. Thankfully unlike other major roads, Magadi road is smaller by width and the exit from Nice Road takes you right into the parking lot of the Circus on the other side of the road. The placement of the Circus event cannot get better than this for people who have access to the Nice Road.


 


Once in, parking was a breeze barring a few beggars who were hell bent on taking money from you. The parking fee is collected upfront at Rs.30 and after that online booked tickets need to be collected at a separate counter. That wasn’t much of a problem since we had booked the 4PM show and there was not much crowd on a Saturday. After that things were pretty normal inside irrespective of the amount you paid. The higher the ticket amount the closer you are to the stage. Otherwise its the same set of plastic chairs tied together to form rows. The people who let you in at the entrance looked like goons but I guess its the way they had dressed that made me feel that way. Also there is a metal detector check as well. The Circus itself boasts of a fire proof and an airconditioned tent though the latter was very questionable on the hot afternoon that we landed up there.


At 4PM it was straight to business for the next two hours. I must say here that I had a very concocted notion of what a circus could be after what I had been exposed to on TV. But the reality was starkly different. Of course the polished environment of a 4D cinema theater was missing no doubt. But when the events started the whole thing here acquired a different dimension. The whole place turned lively and each of the artist enthralled the crowds with their acts some beng outright dangerous. An element of awe was visible on everyones faces as the programme progressed. The whole event was organized and conceptualized nicely to bring in a good enjoyable ambience.




The one thing that I was not too happy about from a circus-goers persepective was that of constant marketing of food items that was overshadowing that of the main event itself. Tens of people carrying lots of food packets, juices, ice creams, samosas, sugar candies and what not scurrying in front of you and inbetween you and the stage was quite annoying to say the least. This was in stark contrast to the way in which a posh theatre would market its food. Agreed that food always forms part of the experience but then making a sale by diverting the attention that parents and kids had on the circus itself is a bit on the pesky side. The food is thrust in front of your kid’s face and there is a situation created where the food is in the kid’s hand and the parent has no choice but to purchase it since its by that time already half eaten.


Personally I hate this kind of marketing as not only is the kid exposed to all wrong types of food by the time parents react, its also financially draining within minutes if not hours. But then in the circus company’s perspective they have no better way to show their marketing skills than this. This is a sure shot success route and it always works by the time the show comes to an end.


Coming to animal usage in circus, Rambo has a few dogs, one elephant and few horses. Of course no tigers or cheetahs or camels or giraffes like the past anymore. No bears or monkeys either. Perhaps due to the erstwhile debate on harassing animals this way, it has now been banned or something like that. But this has given Rambo an opportunity to focus more on human talent than animal exploitation. And they have used this opportunity to showcase what they do best. Last but not the least the trapeze act was outright dangerous but executed extremely well and is the focal point of the whole show no doubt.


One thing I must say after attending this event is that my respect for circus artists has gone up many fold. Their whole life is perhaps just this - multiple shows per day of doing the same act again and again - risking their lives to provide entertainment. Each person has such a fit and fine body which flexes like elastic - making us gasp in envy. Their true skill, their glittering costumes, the excellent lighting arrangement taking into account the modern technology available - everything ensures that there is a full paisa vasool for show goers. This is definitive entertainment for the whole family and is a sure must watch as long as the circus is in town.


In the case of Bangalore, they are here only for a week more until the 26th of January or so, and I highly recommend that you make it a point to either visit today or in any of the next one week. I will more than assure you that you will not regret taking up this opportunity presented to you. Circus art is something that I believe will never die and has a bright future. It just needs the right amount of support and encouragement from people like us who prefer cinemas compared to such events, and within no time it will catapult into something that always enjoys a much higher fan base as it demonstrates a highly skilled experience.


If you would like to know more about Rambo Circus, and its owners and their achievements, click here to read more.


So what are you waiting for, go ahead and book your tickets today!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Have you ever got so confused with the amount of restaurants in your locality and do not know where to head or what people are serving for today? Ever wanted something very easy and something that helps you get your food at the privacy of your home? I had a chance to look at FoodPanda and would like to share with you a few interesting aspects of this website with you today. FoodPanda is a german based company which has branches at many other places of the world. The Indian Arm is called foodpanda.in. The first thing you notice is the speed of the website load when you hit the URL and press enter. One of the main things about online ordering according to my opinion is how fast I can see the home page of the website. Most people who order online would already be hungry and a slow loading website is the last thing they want during this time to add to their frustration.





Foodpanda loads blazingly fast and helps you reach their home page easily. They have exactly four simple steps to get your food home, your location, your restaurant of choice, payment online or offline (Cash on delivery) and the actual delivery itself. All you need to do is simply type your city and location and that too is aided by the website itself, they give you enough hints to make it fast. Click “find my food” button and bingo - a list of all restuarants in that locality is already shown to you. If that was fast, then you can further directly “go to the menu” of any restaurant to see what’s on offer. You can filter by varities, or deals or types of food which makes you reach what you are looking for so much faster. Upon going to the menu, you are shown what really exists and is being served as of today and  this hour. The page also has tabs for reviews and information about the store such as timings. What I also liked about the restaurant list page is the summary it shows about what type of restaurant and food is being served, delivery fee, and the minimum order value for delivery - the three most important things anyone would be really wishing to care about. The fourth and most crucial point is also the timelines for delivery - that is - how much time would the food take roughly to reach your home. This is something that I personally also look for while ordering online.




Coming to the menu itself, the items are neatly listed and a “+” button is placed next to each item to add that to your cart. Each time you add something to your order, the sidebar on the right automatically refreshes to show you what you are placing in the list. Without disturbing you from the page. Pretty neat !! I did see whether I could place differnt order items from different stores into one order list, but that was not possible. So I guess each order is store specific. Since many stores charge very nominal fees or even offer free delivery, this is hardly a matter to feel concerned about. I also found one more interesting thing, it saves your order list store wise, so if you did change your mind on the second store and went back to the first, your earlier choices are still present - saving you loads of time! Click the checkout option and either you can login to get your previously delivered address details or you can register as a new customer. Both were a snap to be done with. You can opt to punch in a voucher code if you have one for more discounts, or even opt for delivery or store pickup the latter saving you some time. If your minimum order value is not met, there is a gentle popup reminder for you to order more.





The payment itself is via credit or debit cards online or cash on delivery. FoodPanda uses PayU India as a transaction partner. I did find many banks listed under netbanking based payment option, but still there were few important banks missing - Citibank / HSBC / Standard Chartered. This is not the first website that I am noticing this lack of tie ups, this is just one of the many. I am really not sure why these banks are not listed here considering the flexibility and deal participation they offer which are on equal terms with other banks. Maybe its something specific to the payment partner, or something specific to the banks within that banking network where these banks are not part of. Whatever the reasons be, it is pretty annoying that the major banks are sometimes not listed.





What I assume would happen post my order is that after the stated 30 or 40 minutes, you must receive the order at your home as promised. At the time of this writing I have not had much to say on the actual packaging and delivery itself. I would be updating that information once I have some concrete information. Going by what other online shoppers offer, I would not be wrong if I assume standard food packaging and as expected delivery from FoodPanda. Foodpanda also offers a chat option where you can chat about your order with a live real time support executive. This is more of a commodity nowadays but a site cannot ignore or discount to include this option as some people prefer this route.



 


The ease of using FoodPanda is something that I am truly impressed with and they have really nailed the online ordering experience as compared to other providers. In future I would be reviewing other websites such as justeat.in and the likes to know the subtle differences, but I would for now safely say FoodPanda is a two-click easy-to-find-and-order-food portal which puts you at ease in knowing what type of food you would get in how many minutes and what is the minimum order you must make and what the delivery charges would be for that order. By putting info that you are looking for right before your eyes, what you would see is exactly what you would be getting with FoodPanda. And oh yes, if you are the mobile savvy types who want to order food from your pocket FoodPanda supports Apple and Android phones with relevant apps as well.




  So what are you waiting for? Aren’t you hungry, Order something in a jiffy !   Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

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After the introduction of the macbook air, many laptop makers tried hard at emulating apple’s flagship portable laptop. While some succeeded to some extent, some just could not meet the thickness levels (or shall we say thinness levels) of the Air. Hard at work were lenovo and with the subsidizing of solid state drives (SSD) it was only a matter of time before they also tried the same experiment. The result of Lenovo’s efforts culminated in what we now know in the market as the X1-Carbon. With up to an 8GB of RAM, and a 256 GB of SSD its only about 0.7 inches thin. That is about 0.02 inches more than the macook Air and with the X1 carbon, Lenovo finally has managed to be part of th elite crowd of thin laptop makers. Made with a carbon body which they claim is virtually indestructible, a matt finish display and business security included this laptop also comes in two screen versions a 10 point multitouch screen for windows 8 and a normal screen for window 7 business users. The laptop charges in less than 1 hour to 80% and roughly gives anywhere between 3.5 to 5 hours on a single charge. Though lenovo claims the laptop stays cool at all times, it was noticed that there is a mild warming up on the left side which is expected for heat dissipation. There was a time when the laptop did not go to sleep properly when the lid was closed and it had reached an alarming level of heating by the time I could reach office from home. Usually such occurrences are mostly due to devices not allowing the system to shut down properly and is more to do with windows OS rather than the hardware itself. This is perhaps where Apple scores better owing to both hardware and software design in house. One of the things I liked most is the back lighting which is split into two levels of brightness which makes it very useful to work in a really dark room with typical household adults doing the work at home when kids sleep in the same room. The small orange dotted LED displays for audio mic and speakers mute with a neat volume increase/decrease button at the center makes it looks extremely business like. The wireless and bluetooth are always on by default. The green lit circular power button is also cool to look at in terms of design. A comparison with the Lenovo T410 business laptop from the year 2010 clearly shows Lenovo's progress in laptop design.




  The keyboard is the Lenovo’s famous chiclet keyboard design which is ergonomic to use, though I personally am a fan of the Mac keyboard which is highly accurate. The X1 carbon also boasts of a very accurate track pad unlike its poorer cousin the G680 series which was known for its horrible track pad. This clearly shows you get more for the money paid. The laptop also features a fingerprint scanner which is more of a commodity nowadays. The power cable is unique to this model and those with older power cables cannot use those here. Also the laptop has done away with full sized ethernet and display ports. To add to the features missing there are only two usb ports which one needs to make do with for using external mouse and ethernet connections. The expectation is that one uses Wifi more than ethernet on this model as this is more suited for lightweight users and travelers. There is a SD slot for card reading and an audio output socket which also adapts to mic/headphone combined models of hardware. The laptop also features a micro sim slot which is useful to make calls from the machine itself and makes its true business purpose more prominent. Instead of a full fledged display port we have to make do with the mini display port / hdmi port instead. Frankly for casual users this is not the most needed anyways.




  The processors being offered go all the way up to the fourth generation core-i7 which makes this hardware a compelling proposition to go for. The boot up times and shutdown times are very quick making it for a pack and go travel companion. At about 1300 dollars in the usa, this works out to close to 1,00,000 indian rupees including taxes and shipping. This is slightly on the higher side but the money paid is well worth it in terms of usage satisfaction. The laptop also comes with optional dock which provides more usb ports for connecting other devices. I did not find an option where the laptop could be powered through the dock itself.



  Overall if Lenovo can make these models more mainstream and introduce the cheaper processors in the same form factor, they have a winner in their hands and their sales could see the much needed upswing. Just like how the MacBook Air defines Apple’s design prowess for portable laptops, the X1 brings in its bouquets for Lenovo.   Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Srikanth is a blogger, reader, photographer, butter dosa eater, an urban car racer & an apple fanboy. He loves music, playing table tennis and traveling. Most times he would like to be solitary to introspect on what life has thrown to him and the bigger purpose of life.