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All these days, I was wondering why Auroville folks are keeping a complicated process for going inside Matrimandir- why not let the regular day visitors take a quick look inside. But after my visit to the inner chamber, I appreciate the separate process defined for this purpose.  Read this earlier post to find out about theprocess involved to get entry pass for Auroville’s Matrimandir inner chamber. After collecting our passes, on the designated day, we reached Visitor Information centre in Auroville at about 8.35 AM, 10 minutes to spare for the designated start time.We were guided to a video room-approximately 150-200 people had gathered there for that day’s visit. Doors were close...
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  May 28, 2018, 8:14 pm
Almost every website that lists “top places to visit in Pondicherry” mentions Auroville. Auroville is popular for its Matrimandir- a gold coloured spherical dome meant for meditation. Viewing Matrimandir from outside (from viewing point) is fine but not getting to go any closer spoils the experience. But what these websites don’t explain is how to go inside Matrimandir. An unplanned visitor/tourist visiting Auroville only gets to see the Matrimandir from outside,from a distance of few hundred meters. Getting to go closer and inside is a bit more complicated process that takes some time and effort. During my first visit to Pondicherry several years ago I went to Auroville and saw the Ma...
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  May 28, 2018, 8:11 pm
One of the most discussed topic in blogger community this month is the GDPR Compliance. Unless you’re totally inactive, you would have come across this term and wondered what exactly you need to do as a blogger in order to be GDPR compliance.Like many concerned bloggers I also spent some time checking around what is this, what I need to do and so on. In this post, I am making an attempt to explain the GDPR Mandate and its implications on bloggers. I was greatly assisted by Travel & Fashion blogger Bhushavali Natarajan, who is currently based in Europe and has seen these from close quarters. Swati Naik also provided some inputs.What is GDPR?GDPR is General Data Protection Regulations, m...
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  May 25, 2018, 8:21 pm
Everyone who visits Dubai prefers to experience a desert safari. There’re hundreds of operators and booking options with prices ranging between 55 AED and 300+ AED. It may be tempting to book the cheapest available Safari but before booking your desert safari it is important to know what exactly is included in your safari. Based on my research and find hand experience, this post aims to equip you with right information, so that you can make an informed decision and book with right operators.Quick Overview of Dubai Desert Safari price options and what they include#CategoryApprox price per personSample Operators/ SellersWhat’s includedWhat’s not included1Super cheap55 AED(INR 1000)Cleart...
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Tag :Automobiles
  May 23, 2018, 7:43 am
All of us drink juices and drink tender coconut. Though the juices and tender coconut is natural, most of us use a straw to drink. Even without asking vendors by default insert a straw and serve. Some of us find it more hygiene and convenient to drink through the straw than drink directly from the juice glass.Of late many activists are launching campaigns to save the straw- rather to encourage people NOT to use the straw. Though it is a small n simple object, millions of them are used every day in cities, all of them are non bio-degradable and end up becoming a plastic waste. If most of us can avoid the straw and drink direct, it will be that much less burden for mother earth.Photo by Kudpi ...
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  May 22, 2018, 9:07 pm
On this day, May 22nd, way back in 2006 the first blog post of this blog was written. It was a simple intro post but since then, there's been no looking back. I kept writing regularly and my blog gave me lots of opportunities, experiences and an identity that I can cherish for long time to come.I was wondering what to write on this occasion-Previously I've  written about SWOT Analysis, Man Ki Baath etc. Today, I will share my perspective of how the world of blogging and influencer marketing is evolving. I may have an old blog, but my presence in other social media channels is not significant. But I've seen enough action in the social media marketing world to be able to share a few thoug...
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Tag :Business and Marketing
  May 22, 2018, 8:54 am
After tolerating their useless SMS and emails for years, I am publishing my list of top brands that have wasted lots of my time using their useless spam SMS and emails. Purpose of this post is to alert you and warn you not to share your contact details with these establishments, unless you would like to get spammed non stop too…1 Kotak Mahindra BankThis bank is trying to promote its zero balance account and sends me a dozen SMS every day, sometime back to back, as if they’ve determined to offload their monthly quota of SPAM SMS in a single day, overtaking all other brands in recent times. I even clicked on the link once- the text “we’ll never spam you” immediately turned me off. Th...
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  May 18, 2018, 7:21 pm
When I planned my Dubai trip, one thing I wanted to try for sure was flyboarding. The videos floating on the net were super exciting and with a price tag of around 300 AED, I felt I can give it a try. However the attempt didn’t go very well. This post shares my complete experience on trying flyboarding- Booking process and actual experience.Dubai Flyboarding operators, price, booking process, personal experienceWhen I did some preliminary search, below were the options and rate I foundBooking onTypeList PriceFinal PriceWhat it includesRemarksSea-ride.comOfficial website of operator315 AED315 AED20 mins flyboarding, VAT included (weekday/weekend)Photos (My original understanding, was 3...
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  May 18, 2018, 2:34 am
I have a feeling most Indians aren’t aware of St Denis. This small island, very close to Mauritius, doesn’t appear on the list of destinations Indians want to go. I believe lack of awareness is the main reason.I noticed a direct flight between Indian city of Chennai and St Denis, capital of Reunion Island (Airport code RUN) by Air Austral. Round trip costs around 330 Euros (INR 27000), if booked a 4-5 months in advance, which is reasonable fare-More details on Airlineblog. If booked 2-3 months advance fare will be around INR 45000. Air Austral website has an English option but click a button and it seem to reset to French. Found it bit hard to navigate and understand their website due to...
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Tag :Travel and Living
  May 14, 2018, 7:11 pm
Sudha Car museum is one place I wanted to visit since long. Had seen a post on Swati & Sam's blog earlier but it took me a few years for the Hyderabad visit to materialize. Last weekend, made time to visit Sudha Cars Museum.Sudha Cars Museum is started by K Sudhakar Yadav, who has mastered the art of building cars that are quite unusual or wacky. Everyday objects like camera, cricket bat, sofa, brinjal, pencil eraser, sharpener etc are converted into cars. In the museum visitors can only see them from a distance, but I understand once a while they also conduct car shows, during which visitors can see these cars in action- Mr Sudhakar himself or a trained staff driving these cars aro...
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  May 12, 2018, 10:27 am
I spent 3 nights, 2 days at FabHotel M hotel in Hyderabad’s Hi-tech city area last weekend. This post is a quick review of the particular hotel and the concept/brand FabHotels.FabHotel M hotelFabHotel M hotel is a good budget hotel in Hyderabad’s HiTech City area. HiTech City to Hyderabad is what Electronic city is to Bengaluru or Siruseri is to Chennai- home to lots of IT companies. Oracle, Dell, Google, Tech Mahindra and a dozen other IT giants have their office in Hi Tech city, within walking distance from FabHotel M Hotel. Besides IT companies, Hi Tech city also houses Hyderabad’s international exhibition and convention (Hitex) and few other attractions like Shilparamam. Those comi...
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Tag :Travel and Living
  May 9, 2018, 1:09 am
I accompanied a colleague who wanted to test drive Honda WR-V. This post shares some of our findings about the car, its onroad price, missing features and so on.What’s great about Honda WR-V?Honda WR-V is a compact SUV, priced between 9 to 11.4 lakhs (On-road, Chennai). In this price bracket, Honda WRV competes with Ford Ecosport, Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza. Let us first look at the positives of Honda WR-V over its competition1 Sunroof: Sunroof is standard in Honda WRV top end variant (VX). None of the competition compact SUVs have it as of now. Ford Ecosport is expected to get one soon, i20 has it and for many other cars it can be fitted as an aftermarket add-on. So if Sunroof ex...
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  May 8, 2018, 7:51 pm
Miracle Garden is a garden in Dubai full of objects made of flowers. How Garden Glow had objects illuminated with lights, miracle garden is full of objects made of plants and flowers.Take a look at the photos:Emirates A380- the lifesize aeroplane- the flowers had begun to fade, so the aircraft was showing a sign of falling apart- but if you don’t have a keen eye to find faults, the life size A380 looks great. We could click it from different angles.Big bearBirds & beesCastleBeing a tourist attraction, food and drink are expensive inside Miracle garden- a cup of juice costs around 20-25 AED, which is 3 times the supermarket price. I was tempted to try fresh sugarcane juice in glasses th...
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Tag :Travel and Living
  May 3, 2018, 10:34 pm
Early April, when I told a friend about my Dubai visit, Rutavi Mehta informed me about Arabian Travel Market event happening during the days of my visit. Since travel is my subject of interest, I decided to spare a day or two from my Dubai plan for visiting Arabian Travel Market, ATM for short. This post shares my experience attending this event- will be useful to bloggers considering attending ATM in future.As I began registering as a generic visitor (buyer's club) the website suggested I may qualify for media registration (as I mentioned blogger). Thus I registered as media. I was told to expect a confirmation in 3 business days. But 5 business days passed but I didn't get any confirmation...
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Tag :Travel and Living
  May 1, 2018, 8:14 am
If you've not been regular at my Airlineblog, this post provides you with a quick summary of various posts published in the airlineblog during April 20181. FlyDubai New 737 Max 8 Economy and Business SeatsRead this post to know more about what's unique in Dubai based budget airline FlyDubai's new economy and business class seats, as experienced during ATM2018.2. Etihad "The Residence" closer lookCheck the blogpost for photos n video of the most luxurious cabin in the sky- The Residence by Etihad Airways3. Jet Airways Bid for upgrade scheme- reviewJet Airways has introduced a Bid for Upgrade scheme in which economy passengers can bid for premiere (Jet Airway's business class) seats- but I fou...
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  April 30, 2018, 9:03 pm
I have a new idea for Dubai tourism- to facilitate self drive dune bashing/desert safari for guest who prefer to drive than sit as a passenger. I've done all the ground work in this post- Dubai Tourism only has to implement the same, if they find the proposal viable.Current scenario:At present tourists visiting Dubai can only sit as a passenger during desert safari. Both due to law related to driving and for fear of safety, guests aren't allowed to drive. (Tourists can drive super-cars like Ferrari/Lamborghini in the city at designated areas)Eligible guests (those with IDP etc) can rent cars from various agencies like Avis, Hertz etc but when I checked with them during ATM2018, I was told th...
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  April 30, 2018, 6:24 pm
The glow garden in Dubai was a treat to our eyes. It contains hundreds of illuminated objects providing a visual treat.Reaching the glow garden- we walked out of AL Jafiliya metro station and the glow garden was visible at a distance. But Google map didn’t show any walking path. The car path shown was about 3.5 kms due to long detour required. We decided to walk in the direction of the destination- with a bit of trial and error we could find a way to the entrance- we would have walked about 1.5 kms from the Metro station (my rough guess)At the ticket counter we were encouraged to buy a ticket for ice park as well- I wasn’t very sure but purchased anyway, which I regretted later. We went ...
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Tag :Travel and Living
  April 29, 2018, 8:17 am
With its majestic views, serene mountains, and picturesque meadows; Kashmir has been living up to the hype of being called as a heaven on earth. Be it the silver radiating clouds, the snow-clad mountain ranges, visually acute landscapes, amusing trails, valleys full of flowers or the alpine peaks, Kashmir has everything to charm you. In the concrete jungle we are living, every sight of Kashmir is worth a million dollars to pay for.Bruised and yet ornamented by history, culture, and politics; people here have an absolute sense of humor and treat the tourists with generosity. If you want a perfect holiday with your family, Kashmir is the best place to head. To make sure that your trip turns ou...
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  April 29, 2018, 7:51 am
Green Planet Dubai is a 4 story building under which rain-forest ambiance is created . Lots of birds, animals, insects are housed inside the green planet. Green forest is Dubai's largest indoor man-made tropical rain-forest.The green planet is about 3.5 kms from Burj Khalifa, 2.4 kms from Financial Centre metro station. Visit to this place can be clubbed with visit to various other attractions along the Sheik Zyed road- such as Burj Khalifa, Dubai Marina, World Trade centre etc. While going to Green Planet we got down at Financial Centre metro and walked. While returning we took a taxi to Dubai Mall.External view of the green planet- from a distance and closeupReasons to visit Green Planet D...
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Tag :photos and videos
  April 28, 2018, 11:51 am
Dubai frame is the last attraction I visited in Dubai and it is Dubai’s latest attraction as well. Dubai Frame opened to public on 1stJan 2018. In this post, I am sharing my experience visiting Dubai frame along with related information that you can use.What is Dubai Frame?Dubai Frame is a giant structure designed to look like a photo frame. It is strategically built in a location devoid of high rise buildings, hence it easily stands out and can be seen from far away. The location is also significant as it seem to separate old and new Dubai. Dubai Frame is of about 150 meters in height (Burj Khalifa is 830 meters in total, 148th floor Observation deck is at 555 meters). Thus in terms ...
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  April 26, 2018, 10:01 pm
Dubai Police is probably the only police force in the world with a large fleet of ultra luxury cars, used primarily to impress visitors. During my short visit, I could see many of their ultra luxury cars. This post shares a few photos and related information about the luxury cars used by Dubai police.1. McLaren MP4 12CMcLaren 12c comes with a 3.8 litre, twin turbo V8 engine, capable of reaching 100 kmph in mere 3.3 seconds. Its top speed is 329 kmph, thanks to its 625 PS engine and massive 600 NM torque. Don't ask about fuel economy- Dubai police don't care!2. Mercedes Benz SLS AMGSLS gets scissor doors- doors that open towards.SLS AMG is popular for its scissor doors that open upwards. But ...
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Tag :Travel and Living
  April 26, 2018, 7:16 am
During one of the evenings, we visited the Last Exit in Dubai. Last Exit is a food truck/street food eating joint in Dubai.There're 4 different spots where Last Exit operates- Al Qudra is where we visited. Others are Jabel Ali South and North, Al Khawaneej. Their official website is http://www.lastexit.ae/Last Exit houses a dozen + food trucks, each selling different unique stuffs at reasonable prices. There's an Indian food outlet, called Jaldi JaldiSeveral other burger, hot dog and such food items are sold from the trucks We had some tea at My Karak (AED 5 per tea)There're some play areas and creative artefacts placed around for fun.A small pond exists in a corner This cow s...
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Tag :UAE
  April 25, 2018, 8:01 pm
I am in Dubai right now, for a short visit. This is my first visit to Dubai. Having heard of their stringent law enforcement, got to observe it first hand. In this post, I am sharing my observation about the fines imposed in Dubai for various violations. Many of you are already aware of it and other countries (like Singapore) have a similarly stringent laws. Before we talk further, let us take a quick look how much various violations cost in DubaiDubai fines and penalties at a glance#OffenceFine (AED)Value in USDValue in INRRemarks1Jumping Red light signal and causing accidents 30000 81605.4 lakhs + Driving License impounded2Walking across the road when there’s foot over bri...
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Tag :International
  April 23, 2018, 7:53 am
India has hundreds of temple towns that attract huge crowds of devotees each year and visiting temples is often a major part of various family trips and vacations. Some of us may not be fans of temple visits but each family will have a few who believe in god and will be eager to visit famous temples and seek blessings of the lord.In this post, I am compiling a list of top 10 temple towns in India. Do tell me in comments about your favourite one.1. Tirupathi: The richest temple in India (based on devotee donations), located on the hills of Tirumala, attracts an average of 1 lakh visitors every single day (on special occasions the count exceeds 5 times the average). The waiting time for devote...
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  April 19, 2018, 7:41 pm
Almost every city around the world is getting its own 3D art museum-creative artwork with which visitors can pose and get their photographs clicked, with various interesting themes and perspectives.I have visited such art museums earlier- Venezia Mall, Hua Hin, Thailand * I AM BALI interactive art museum * Alive Museum, Suntech city Mall, Singapore to name a few. Phuket also had a Trick Eye Museum in old town but I couldn't visit due to time constraints.Recently Chennai got its on 3D art museum, named Click Art Museum, housed above Snow Kingdom near VGP Beach resort in ECR. This post shares some of my clicks at this Click Art Museum.1. SurfingThis was the first painting as we enter- usi...
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Tag :Travel and Living
  April 15, 2018, 10:52 am
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