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21 Fashion Essentials EVERY Girl Should Own Before She’s 21

June 15th 2017 2 months ago

If you’re a type of girl who always has this problem, “neither I have anything to wear nor I have a place to keep new clothes because my wardrobe is filled with useless clothes! “, then you are at the right place today! This article will help you find your perfect fashion essentials.

Let’s not waste more time and get to know some fashion essentials that you should definitely have in your wardrobe before you turn 21. These wardrobe essentials can give you amazing combinations for different occasions and you will probably never ever run out of clothes for day to day dressing.

  1. Black Jeggings

A pair of black Jegging is one of those fashion essentials which blends with every outfit. Black Jeggings are so comfortable, you can wear them just like another skin on your body.


2. Denim jackets

Denim jackets are all time favourite of every girl. Aren’t they? The way they will enhance your every outfit, whether you wear it on a chilling winter morning or cool summer nights, they will never disappoint you!

Myntra Denim Jackets

3. White Tee

There’s no reason to not having a white tee in your closet essentials. You can wear them under your Denim shirts or with a mini skirt or with a pair of jeans.

Myntra white tee

4. Sweatpants

If you aren’t in a mood to wear makeup or being perfectly dressed up, be a sporty or messy girl, with no makeup on and hair tied in a bun or ponytail and start chilling on a Sunday morning!

Abof Sweatpants

5. Dark – colored jeans

You should definitely have at least two to three pairs of dark colored jeans. They are just easy to blend with every outfit and they are perfect for every occasion.

Amazon Dark Colored jeans

6. Shrugs

Shrugs can instantly give you a perfect outfit. Just wearing a shrug over a plain tee or normal dress can give you a perfect classy look. So just buy one today from Amazon or Myntra if you haven’t yet!

Jabong Shrugs

7. Black moto jacket

For winters usually, a black moto jacket is one of the essential fashion items. Just wear it with a pair of jeans and your perfect winter look is ready for any occasion.

Myntra Black Moto Jacket

8. Denim button down shirt

You can use Denim shirts in so many ways! They look ravishing and are so easy to carry. You can buy amazing Denim shirts from Myntra or Jabong at a very satisfying price.

Myntra Denim Button Down Shirt

9. Kurti

If you love wearing Indian outfits than you must have Kurtis in your closet. They are easy to carry and give you an adorable look with a pair of leggings or jeans. Wearing dark color eyeliner and some trendy earrings will add more to your look.

Zivame Kurti

10. Pajamas

Pajamas are always your partner in crime when you’re in a lazy mood. While you’re on your periods they are your best friends and provide you with utter most comfort.

Biba Pajams

11. That Little black dress

A little black dress should always be a part of your wardrobe. Whether you go out for a meeting or an interview, it will give you best formal look and if you go out for a party you will be the hottest girl in your group.

Ajio Little Black Dress

12. Single sole heels

Sometimes just wearing a short and sexy dress doesn’t work alone, a pair of high single sole heels is needed. They always will add an enhancing flavor to your outfit and will definitely grace your look.

13. Ballet flats

Ballet flats are important because sometimes you need something more elegant than sneakers and feels that heels will be too much! This is the time when ballet flats are required.


14. Ankle boots

Always a pair of ankle boots provides you with grace and elegance. Blending them with a pair of jeans or short dresses will look amazing!

15. Wrist watch

Accessories are a must, if you want a perfect look. Wrist watches and bracelets provide you with this perfectness.


16. Sunglass

A girl should always have sunglasses as they will enhance your look as well as keep your eyes safe from dust and pollution.

17. Necklace

A statement necklace is a kind of accessory that can give you a classy and perfect look with a simple outfit. For example, just wearing a white tee and a skirt with a statement necklace.

18. A silk scarf

Silk scarfs are easy to carry and always add seven stars to your look. They can be easily blended with Western as well as Indian outfits.

20. Studs

Last but not the least studs add grace to your look. They are simple and sober but will definitely add up to your sophisticated look.


June 5th 2017 2 months ago


Like every other season summer has got its own awesomeness where we love to sail in the style. But with the variety of trends and styles on the platter, we get confused over what to wear to stand out of the crowd but without looking too OOT. To make it easy, we have got something for you..! Here are fabulous #OOTD ideas that will help you stay stylish.

Playful -  Jumpsuit

Navy Pinstripe Jumpsuit

Dorothy Jumpsuit

This jumpsuit from Dorothy Perkins is best epitome of classy and sophisticated style. Team it with a pair of black sandals and a black cape for a classy look.

Buy it from Jabong at a special Price of Rs. 2,095.

Crop the Top

Koovs Cold Shoulder Lace Crop Top

White Crop top from koovs

The exquisite crop top Made from lace with Cold shoulder detailing and All over intricate lacework is leading must have in your wardrobe. Pair it up with a  black distressed denim and black stilettos for a hot chick look.

Buy it from  Koovs at a Price of Rs. 1,695.

Cover Story Blouses

Cover Story One Shoulder Ruffle Top

Ruffle one shoulder top

One shoulder ruffle top from koovs is a celebrity wanted style of the year.  Team it with a light white shorts and a black sling to make a story.

Buy it from Koovs at a Price of Rs. 1,490.

Hot enough maxi

Redemption Slip Maxi Dress

Maxi blue

This dress will never cease to please you. This irresistible navy blue maxi is perfect for a party and a casual outings. With a beige high heels this look is enough to amaze everyone around you.

Buy it from Stalk Buy Love at a price of Rs. 999.

Easy dizzy go

Alliance Dress

Shirt Dress

A comfy shirt dress to play along with your all day routine. Lazy girls..! Yes its must have for the girls like us.Just carry a cute white sneaker shoes and make a cool statement in this casual look.

Buy it from Stalk Buy Love at a Price of 1,999.

Main ootd

Top 5 Laptops under 40,000 June 2017

June 3rd 2017 2 months ago

Top 5 Laptops under 40,000

Hey friends, we know the charm of  college life and beginning of freshman time is around and we know you people are looking for latest and stylish gadgets to make your first move.Among all gadgets Laptop being first priority, Here we provide you the list of laptops ideal for students as well as professionals under the budget to get your hands on best performance , under budget yet stylish laptops.

1. Lenovo Ideapad 100

Lenovo Laptops

  • Intel Core i3 Processor (5th Gen)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • DOS Operating System
  • 1 TB HDD
  • 15.6 inch Display
  • Model Number                                      100
  • Series                                                   Idea-pad 100
  • Type                                                      Notebook
  • Battery Backup                                     5 hours
  • Dedicated Graphic Memory                 DDR3
  • Graphic Memory Capacity                   2 GB
  • Processor                                            Intel Core i3 5th Gen                               
  • Graphic Processor                               AMD N16V-GM
  • RAM                                                     4 GB
  • HDD Capacity                                      1 TB
  • Speed                                                  2 GHz
  • Operating System                                DOS
  • Screen Size                                         15.6 inch
  • Screen Resolution                               366 x 768 pixel
  • Screen Type                                        Blacklit  Display,  HD LED
  • Weight                                                 2.3 kg
           Buy it from: Flipkart
2. HP 15-ac119tu
HP Laptops best price
  • Intel Core i3 Processor (5th Gen)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 64 bit Windows 10 Operating System
  • 1 TB HDD
  • 15.6 inch Display
  • Model Number                                   15-ac101TU
  • Type                                                   Notebook
  • Battery Backup                                   5 hours
  • Dedicated Graphic Memory                DDR3
  • Graphic Memory Capacity                  2 GB
  • Processor                                           intel Core i3 5th Gen                               
  • Graphic Processor                             intel HD Graphics 5500
  • RAM                                                   4 GB
  • HDD Capacity                                    1 TB
  • Speed                                                2 GHz
  • Operating System                             Windows 10 Home
  • Screen Size                                       15.6 inch
  • Screen Type                                      Blacklit Widescreen Bright Display,  HD LED
  • Weight                                               2.14 kg
           Buy it from:    Amazon       Flipkart
3. Lenovo IdeaPad 110
Lenovo laptops under 30,000
  • HD LED Backlit Display
  • 15.6 inch Display
  • 64 bit Windows 10 Operating System
  • Intel Core i3 Processor (6th Gen)
  • 4 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Specifications
  • 1 TB HDD
  • 15.6 inch Display 
  • Model Number                                  15-ac101TU
  • Type                                                  Notebook
  • Battery Backup                                  5 hours
  • Dedicated Graphic Memory              DDR3
  • Graphic Memory Capacity                2 GB
  • Processor                                          intel Core i3 5th Gen                               
  • Graphic Processor                            intel HD Graphics 5500
  • RAM                                                  4 GB
  • HDD Capacity                                   1 TB
  • Speed                                               2 GHz
  • Operating System                            Windows 10 Home
  • Screen Size                                     15.6 inch
  • Screen Type                                    Blacklit Widescreen Bright Display,  HD LED
  • Weight                                             2.14 kg
           Buy it from: Flipkart
4.  Lenovo IdeaPad 110-15ISK 80UD013KIH 1
Lenovo laptops
  • Intel Core i5 Processor 6th Generation
  • 64 bit DOS Operating System
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 15.6 inch Display
  • 1 TB HDD
  • Model Number                                   80Q700DWIN
  • Type                                                   Notebook
  • Battery Backup                                   4 hours
  • Dedicated Graphic Memory               DDR3
  • Graphic Memory Capacity                 2 GB
  • Processor                                          Intel Core i3 6th Generation                               
  • Graphic Processor                            ATI EXO PRO R5 M330
  • RAM                                                  4 GB
  • HDD Capacity                                   1 TB
  • Speed                                               2.3 GHz with a Turbo Speed of Upto 2.80 GHz
  • Operating System                             DOS
  • Screen Size                                      15.6 inch
  • Screen Type                                     FHD
  • Weight                                              2.3 kg
           Buy it from   Flipkart                           Amazon
5. Dell Inspiron Core i3 6th Gen 3467 Notebook
Dell Laptops
  • Lighter &  portable as compared to 15.6 inch laptop
  • Intel Core i3 Processor 6th Gen.
  • 4 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Linux/Ubuntu/Windows Operating System
  • 1 TB HDD
  • 14 inch Display
  • Model Number                                     3467
  • Type                                                    Notebook
  • Battery Backup                                    5 hours
  • Dedicated Graphic Memory                DDR4
  • Graphic Memory Capacity                  2 GB
  • Processor                                           Intel Core i3 6th Generation                               
  • Graphic Processor                             Intel HD Graphics 520
  • RAM                                                   4 GB
  • HDD Capacity                                    1 TB
  • Speed                                                2.3 GHz with a Turbo Speed of Upto 2.80 GHz
  • Operating System                             Linux/Ubuntu Windows supporting
  • Screen Size                                      14 inch
  • Screen Type                                     HD LED Backlit Anti-glare Display
  • Weight                                             1.956 kg
           Buy it from:    Flipkart

Top 5 Laptops under 40,000

Top 5 Best Trimmers for Men in India 2017

June 1st 2017 2 months ago

All Trending Trimmer

When you first start keeping a beard even you are not sure enough about the look, if you are going to like it or not and it doesn’t make any sense spending a lot of money on the grooming tools and kits at the very beginning

Once you decide to keep a beard as your permanent fixture, now you really want to keep it tidy and classy,and trying to do this with your regular razor or its low-quality trimmers is not going to help.That is a time to get a good beard trimmer. Though it may not be enough to give you a look of Chris Evan’s, but we are sure you are not going to end up like Tom Hanks in Castaway.

To do it in a right way, let’s take a look at the best beard trimmers to help you get a look of a modern and well groomed man.

Philips QT4011/15 Trimmer

Philips QT4011/15 Trimmer

  • Titanium coated blades
  • Superior cutting performance
  • Detachable head for easy cleaning
  • Cordless Trimmer
  • Rechargeable
  • Model Number           QT4011/15
  • Model Name              Pro Skin Advanced
  • Ideal For                    Men
  • Trimming Range        0.5 - 10 mm
  • Blade Type                Stainless Steel Blade
  • Blade Material           Stainless Steel Blades, Titanium Coated Blades
  • Suitable For               Beard
  • Attachment Types     Stubble Comb
  • Power Source           Battery
  • Power Required       100 - 240 V
  • Battery Size              AAA
  • Universal Voltage     Yes
  • Charging Indicator    On Plug Charge Indication
  • Use Time                  90 min
  • Recharge Time         60 min
       Buy from     Amazon at Rs. 1985.          Flipkart at Rs. 2165.
Philips AquaTouch AT620/14 Shaver For Men
Philips AquaTouch AT620/14 Shaver For Men
  • Consistent blade performance for up to 2 years
  • Refreshing wet shave with foam or an easy dry shave
  • Unique ergonomic grip for extra precision
  • Cordless Shaver
  • Model Number            AT620/14
  • Model Name               Aquatouch
  • Ideal For                     Men
  • Color                           Black
  • Trimmer Type             Pop-up Trimmer (Sideburns and Moustache)
  • Shaving Head Type    Round Shape
  • Power Source             Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Type               NiMH
  • Use Time                    30+ min, Up to 10 Shaves
  • Recharge Time          10 hours
      Buy from:  Flipkart at Rs. 1,899            Amazon at Rs.2,022
Philips QT4005/15 Pro Skin Advanced Trimmer
Philips QT4005/15 Pro Skin Advanced Trimmer
  • Skin friendly rounded tips for smooth trimming
  • 10h charge/45mins cordless use
  • Detachable head for easy cleaning
  • Cordless Trimmer
  • Rechargeable
  • Model Number                    QT4005/15
  • Model Name                       Pro Skin Advanced
  • Ideal For                             Men
  • Color                                  Black
  • Trimmer Type                    Full Size Trimmer: 32 mm,
  • Length Settings                 20 settings (0.5 mm steps),
  • Trimming Range                0.5 - 10 mm
  • Blade Material                   Stainless Steel Blades
  • Suitable For                       Beard
  • Attachment Types             Stubble Comb
  • Power Source                   Battery
  • Power Required               100 - 240 V
  • Battery Size                     AAA
  • Universal Voltage            Yes
  • Charging Indicator           LED
  • Use Time                         45 min
  • Recharge Time                60 min
  • Length Adjustments         Yes
  • Number of Adjustments   20
  • Cutter Width                    32 mm
  • Maintenance                   No Oil Needed
     Buy From:  Flipkart for Rs. 1695         Amazon for Rs. 1413
Philips BT5200/15 Pro Trimmer
Philips BT5200/15 Pro Trimmer
  • Corded & Cordless Trimmer
  • Rechargeable
  • Model number:                 BT 5200/15
  • Model Name                    Pro Skin Advanced
  • Ideal For                           Men
  • Color                                 Black
  • Trimming Range               From 0.2 mm
  • Blade Type                        Self-sharpening
  • Blade Material                   Stainless Steel Blades, Metal
  • Suitable For                       Beard
  • Shaving Head Type           Rounded Tips
  • Attachment Types             Stubble Comb
  • Power Source                    Battery
  • Power Required                 100 - 240 V
  • Universal Voltage              Yes
  • Use Time                           60 min
  • Recharge Time                  60 min
  • Maintenance                      Washable, Cleaning Brush
      Buy from   Amazon at Rs.3,100.00       Flipkart at Rs. 3,395
Panasonic ER-207-WK-44B
Panasonic ER-207-WK-44B
  • Japanese blade technology
  • Washable trimmer with length setting of 0.5 to 18 mm
  • Stainless steel blades
  • Corded & Cordless Trimmer
  • Rechargeable
  • Model Number                  ER207WK44B
  • Model Name                     Beard and Hair
  • Ideal For                           Men
  • Color                                 Black
  • Features                           Cord/Cordless, Wet & Dry, Washable Blade,
  • Trimming Range               0.5 mm without comb & 2 to 18 mm with comb mm
  • Blade Type                       Wide
  • Blade Material                  Stainless Steel
  • Suitable For                     Beard and Hair
  • Shaving Head Type         Floating Cutter
  • Power Required              220 - 240 Volts
  • Battery Type                    Advanced Nickel Metal Hydride
  • Charging Indicator           Yes
  • Use Time                         40 min
  • Recharge Time                720 min
  • Length Adjustments        Yes
  • Maintenance                    Washable Blade, whole body is not washable
     Buy from  Amazon at Rs.1,337              Flipkart at Rs. 1,399
Panasonic ER 307
Panasonic ER 307
Features :
  • Japanese blade technology
  • Washable trimmer with length setting of 0.2 to 1.8cm
  • Stainless Steel Blades
  • Corded & Cordless Trimmer
  • Rechargeable
  • Model Number         ER307WS44B
  • Ideal For                  Men
  • Color                        Black
  • Trimming Range      2 to 18 mm
  • Power Source          Battery
  • Charging Indicator   LED
  • Use Time                 40 min
  • Recharge Time        40 min
  • Maintenance            Washable Blade
     Buy from  Amazon at Rs.1,517                     Flipkart at Rs. 1,549

All Trending Trimmer

If You Care About Your Looks, You Can’t Ignore These Grooming Trends

April 27th 2017 2 months ago

Who doesn’t want to look like a suave celebrity? Well, some bit of makeup can help you get closer to them in terms of looks even though you’re not among them. Then does it harm to give it a try? Remember, cosmetics isn’t just about dabbing your cheeks with the pink stuff anymore. These days, like everything else, trends in cosmetics change in a jiffy. What might be popular will be forgotten two weeks later.

Here are some top make-up trends for 2017 that will help you stay in vogue.

Lip Gloss

If the year before this had seen the matte lip dominate fashion in the cosmetics world, could gloss make a comeback this year? Liquid matte lips have held a position of ascendancy for the last few years. Some great lip gloss brands are Maybelline, Colorbar, Lakme and L’Oreal.

You can readily get these cosmetics brands on smart discounts Explore Nykaa Coupons, NewU Coupons, Aplava coupons and Thebodyshop Coupons. Maybelline has offers on numerous lip glosses in many colours—a girl’s dream! L’Oreal gives your lips more style. Also, your lips have a nice glow to them. More importantly, they are non-sticky. So go for it!

Being Environmentally Conscious

Well, you can have a hand in changing or rather helping the world when you buy skin-care products. Consumers all over the world, more so in Europe, have greater awareness about the effect their skin-care purchases have on the environment. A trend that’s been noticeable is that buyers are increasingly opting for products after they’ve come to know something about the raw materials that goes into the making of that product.

Check out some brands like AaranyaaJust HerbsNature’s EssenceKama Ayurveda and Khadi. Their products are excellent for any complexion. Very soon the world will see a younger you. They also terrific if you have acne all over your face. Nature's Essence is also a brand worth trying, which gives instant results as a face wash. If you’re wondering about where you can buy these at an affordable price, look no further than online retailers such as Nykaa,, Flipkart, and Snapdeal. There are discounts galore too.

Innovations in Skin-Care Technology

When it comes to the department of beauty, the watchwords are technology and innovation. In today’s pollution-inflicted world, consumers are also concerned about the effect this has on their body. As a result, innovative skin-care treatments and ingredients have come into fashion. Also, more and more and companies are using natural resources to boost their products.

People are switching over to internationally acclaimed dermo-cosmetics brands such as ADerma, Avene, Bioderma, Cetaphil, Ducray, and Vichy. If one has acne, Cetaphil is a recommended brand. In addition to this, their moisturizing creams are good as well. Sebamed has lately become a rage among Indian buyers. Their alkali-free liquid face wash is a craze. A major plus is that the pores get cleaned easily. Many of the natural moisturizers such as Allantoin and Pentavitin also see to it that your skin remains soft and smooth. Now if these products look expensive in your local store, switch over to online deals on skin-care products offered on Flipkart, and Snapdeal. You’d be thrilled to save some money on your grooming budget.

Makeup Artists Gaining Traction on Social Media

Like everything else, even a make-up artist can become popular on social media. Make-up artists, experts and professionals are increasingly becoming well-known. They are also getting aware of what the consumer wants.

Beauty companies are trying out something new with regard to old products as they pay attention to foundations, blushers and highlighters. These days, a lot of people opt for the natural look, but a look that is manufactured. Hashtags such as #iwokeuplikethis or #nomakeup have inspired companies to create looks such as these.

Grooming for Men

Grooming for men is very popular these days. Right from clothing to accessories, men are increasingly becoming conscious of the fashion trends. This has made a huge impact on the market. Some of the widely used men’s grooming brands are Colgate, Garnier, Remington, Nivea and Gilette. Nautica, a cologne, sees a lot of usage amongst the youth. Before heading for a meeting spray this on yourself. The aroma will make everyone sit up and take notice.

Trends are emerging in leaps and bounds and as long as creativity exists, there will be no dearth of ideas in fashion. What we covered in this section is not an exhaustive list, but some of the most remarkable cosmetics trends of 2017 that will help you style yourself to your heart’s content.

Top 6 DSLR Cameras in India to Die For

April 1st 2017 2 months ago

For the shutter happy folks, life would not come a full circle without the much needed DSLR camera. In an age where over-hyped selfies are a sensation, we still have a large fan-following for high-quality photographs among an audience ranging from amateur to professional camera warriors. Again, for the novice and for many a seasoned camera enthusiast, it is difficult to sort the best DSLR cameras from the plethora of options. That’s why we have curated this list of the most popular DSLR cameras in the Indian market, which also gives you good value for money.

Top 6 DSLR Cameras in India to Die For

Nikon D5

The Nikon D5 was by far the best DSLR camera in the year 2016. Thanks to the excellent shutter speed and the flawlessly precise autofocus, this is an excellent choice. The Nikon D5 DSLR comes with a 20.8 MP full-frame sensor. A huge advantage is the 153-point autofocus system. The body which is as hardy as can be is also very comfortable to use. If you’re looking to own this beauty, check out the Nikon D5 at The offers might just perfectly fit your bill.

Nikon D4

The Nikon D4 is among the finest DSLR cameras available in the Indian market. Often touted as one of the most powerful cameras in the world, if you’re shooting outdoors then the Nikon D4 is the camera you should use. It is sturdy with a capital S and another great attribute is its ergonomic look. It is specifically built for outdoor use. The camera comes equipped with a 16 MP full frame sensor which goes with NIKON’s latest EXPEED 3 image processor. Users will be instantly attracted to its 51-point Auto Focus system that provides lots of flexibility in capturing a moving object. Browse through Flipkart and for some great offers on the Nikon D4 DSLR camera.

Canon EOS 1D X

If you’re a perfectionist and do not want to compromise on the quality of your shots, go for the Canon EOS 1D X. It is extremely sturdy with a rubberised outer surface to ensure the best grip possible when you’re shooting. You’ll be overjoyed to learn that the camera comes with an 18 MP full-frame sensor and offers a 61-point Auto Focus system. With a shutter speed of 12 frames per second, the Canon EOS 1 DX is certainly one of the top 5 DSLR cameras in India in 2017. And the best thing is already has a couple of great offers on the Canon EOS 1 DX.

Canon EOS 80D

The Canon EOS 80D is one for you if you’re looking for a camera with loads of effects. It has numerous filters such as grainy B/W, soft focus, and fish-eye effect, just to name a few. A feature here is that the ISO speed is enhanced up to a normal ISO of 16000. The ISO can further go up to 25600. This means you can take a clear photograph even in the absence of adequate light. Also, it offers a terrific Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows photographs to be transferred to your smartphone. The Autofocus sensor enhances a huge part of the viewfinder and comprises of 45 cross-type selectable points. There are numerous Canon EOS 80D online offers on, Snapdeal, Flipkart and Paytm. Check these out and take your pick.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a great camera with loads of high-end features, including a 30 MP full-frame CMOS imaging sensor and Canon’s latest Auto Focus system. Buyers will be pleased to know that it is available for a lower price than Canon’s current 1-Series model. The in-camera multiple exposure and HDR modes are also great traits here. What’s more, the flicker mode sees to it the shutter release is alright. As a result, you’re royally saved from light-flickering problems. Check out Canon EOS 5D Mark IV exclusive online offers on the Paytm electronics store section as well as

Nikon D 500

If you’re a photojournalist, the Nikon D500 is the camera for you. Imagine yourself at a major event shooting up to 10 frames per second. Well, that’s what this camera can do for you. Regular camera users may notice that the body of the camera serves as a memory to the high-end DX format once considered extinct with D300s. This is pretty good for sports photographers too. The shooting speed has improved quite a lot. Browse Flipkart and Snapdeal for some great Nikon D500 body-only offers. If you’re looking for lens + body offers on Nikon D500, look no further than

A picture is like a thousand words and an excellent camera makes a picture worth much more than that. Happy shooting!



Best 5 Smart Phones Under Rs 25,000

February 2nd 2017 2 months ago

For most people, instead of lugging a computer or a laptop, all that is required is a smart phone. It does everything that a computer does and also fits in your pocket. Smartphones are very useful when it comes to work. Smartphones make a perfect gift idea as well. But high-end smartphones are not quite affordable for the average Indian. The good news is that of late, there has been a surge in smartphones available under a budget of Rs 20,000. Online retailers such as Snapdeal, Jabong, Amazon and Paytm offer discounts on a slew of brands and models, which draw a beeline of customers. But the long list of options can easily leave one confused and makes it difficult for one to choose the right smartphone. So, here’s a compilation of the 5 best smartphones any customer can buy for less than Rs. 25,000.

Coolpad Cool 1

Entering the market as recently as December 2016, the Coolpad Cool 1 has already made a mark in the smartphone industry. An important feature of this model is the Android v6.0 Marshmallow OS. A big plus is that the internal functions are as hardy as the Le2, one of the noted smartphones seen today. How many times have you seen your phone conk because the battery is gone for a toss? Not a worry here. Prospective customers would be delighted to know that Coolpad Cool 1 comes with extra power. The camera in this phone, featuring a 13MP primary dual-camera with dual 6P lens, F2.0 and 8MP front facing camera, is quite a stealer. Users can make full of the Bokeh mode present in the dual camera. The 32 GB internal memory along with 4GB RAM is a big deal as well. The display is no less than 5.5 inches. Interested customers can shop for Coolpad Cool 1 from Amazon at a price of Rs.16,999 at the time this blog was written.

LeEco Le2

A friend has bought this out of the world smart phone. He becomes the toast of his social circle. Now, you’d like to have it too, wouldn’t you? But... you don’t have the kind of money he does. Not to worry. You can buy the LeEco Le2 smartphone. It garnered quite a reputation in the under Rs. 15,000 price bracket. Buy this and you’ll have upstaged your friend. Here’s why. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652-enhanced processor. The build quality has been praised, as has the display. With an internal memory of 32 GB along with a 3 GB RAM, this is one of the smartest choice when it comes to a smartphone under Rs 25,000. The enticing factor is a year-long subscription to Supertainment on behalf of Le Eco. Video streaming apps such as Eros Now and Yupp TV are a part of this. Customers can order LeEco Le2 online at Amazon for Rs.14,999. The same is available on Snapdeal for Rs.13,999.

Xiaomi Mi Max

The unique aspect about the Xiaomi Mi Max is that it combines a phone and a tablet. That should cost a bomb, shouldn’t it? Nope, it doesn’t. Big in size, the Xiaomi Mi Max features a 6.44 inch display. Watching videos on this would be a dream. Performance-wise it’s right up there as the same SoC as the Redmi Note 3 is functional here. The 3850mAh battery ensures longer performance. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor is also very impressive. If you’re looking for entertainment, try out the Supertainment package enhanced by Eros Now and Yupp TV.

Nubia ZTE Z11 Mini

Selfie fans would just adore the Nubia ZTE Z11 Mini. With a 5-inches display, a 16 MP primary camera and an 8 MP secondary camera, you can pose to the Nubia ZTE Z11 Mini in any way you want. The display is come in for a lot of praise. At 2800mAh, the batter life is also very good. The phone features an internal memory of 64 GB and a RAM of 3 GB. The phone is powered by Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 processor, which makes it a great choice for everyday tasks. Interested buyers can grab the Nubia ZTE Z11 Mini from Amazon at a meagre Rs.12,999.

Huawei Honor 5C

If you regularly use Huawei products, then their newest smartphone has a surprise in store for you. The Huawei Honor 5C comes with a new chipset in the form of HiSilicon Kirin, put together by Huawei itself. Featuring the Android Marshmallow v6.0 OS, the phone is packed with 16 GB internal memory and 2 GB RAM. The Huawei Honor 5C is also impressively equipped with 13 MP primary and 8 MP secondary camera. The 3000mAh battery ensures longer performance. Price at Rs.10,999 on Amazon, the Huawei Honor 5C is surely a great value for money.

Note: Prices are subject to change without prior notice. Always check with the retail merchants either online or at the physical stores for the current price list.

Top 5 Weekend Getaways for Republic Day

January 22nd 2017 2 months ago

Does the thought of a long weekend mesmerize you? If yes, then brace for one as Republic Day, Thursday 26 January is approaching, perfectly setting the stage for a long lazy weekend if you could be off from work on Friday 27 January. For some, a long weekend means that long sought after drive. India has a multitude of weekend destinations that make you forget about the stress of the week. Here, we have outlined 5 top destinations for a thrilling drive or ride this weekend, which would have you thinking about that weekend trip right away. Right from the impressive Chandigarh in the north to the serene Hogenakkal in the South you’re spoilt for choice. What are you waiting for? Ignite and you go…zoom!

Delhi to Chandigarh

Chandigarh a.k.a The City Beautiful, is clothed in boulevards, lakes, gardens and impressive buildings. It is a majestic city with an air of tranquillity about it. A prominent tourist attraction is Nek Chand Rock Garden with 2000 sculptures made up of stones, debris and junk. The Garden of Fragrance and Sukhna Lake also draw visitors in hordes. For shopaholics and foodies, Sector 17 with its variety is perfect. So, unwind and embrace Chandigarh’s variety.

Drive: Delhi to Chandigarh by car is roughly a four hour journey. The roads are in terrific condition. The first destination would be Ambala. From here, Chandigarh is an hour away.

Where to Stay: Chandigarh, which is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, has on offer hotels all over town. One can find hotels of numerous price ranges. Two five-star options are Taj Chandigarh and JW Marriot Chandigarh, located in sectors 17 and 35 respectively. The tourist hub though is Sector 22. There are hotels dime a dozen there. For a price range of less than Rs.1500, one can put up at Hotel Diamond Plaza. Another option would be Hotel Aricent which comes at Rs.1,800 per night.

What to Eat: While visiting Chandigarh, one’s taste buds gravitate toward sumptuous Punjabi food. Both vegetarians and non-vegetarians could tuck in heartily. The aroma that hits the nose when one passes a dhaba (a local Punjabi restaurant) is an invite. Try out Amritsari Zaika, located in Sector 37. The Kulcha Parathas, Dal Makhni and Butter Chicken are too good to pass up. Pal Dhaba in Sector 28 also offers the best Punjabi food. So, eat away.

Chennai to Puducherry

If you’re a Frenchman staying in India and missing home, head to Puducherry better known as Pondicherry. The French Colony in Pondicherry would make you think you’re back home. The signposts have French names and there are quite a few French people. Auroville, an internationally acclaimed mediation center, also houses a lot of people from various countries. The locals also add their own flavour to this place. And not to forget the serene beaches and the entire stretch along the Rocky Beach that comes alive with tourists and hawkers in the evenings. Pondicherry is a place you should definitely visit once in your life.

Drive: Pondicherry is a 3 hour drive from Chennai. The East Coast Road is the best way to go. Chennaites driving down up to Pondicherry almost every weekend is a regular affair.

Where to Stay: There are a plethora of hotels in Pondicherry. If you want luxury hotels, try out the Palais de Mahe, in Busy Street. A three-star hotel, it has every comfort on offer from a spa to a rooftop restaurant. A stay here will cost you Rs. 12, 731. Another similarly priced hotel is the Le Dupleix, in Caserne Street. If these exhaust your finances, cheaper options are available as well such as Ginger Hotel. A room here is Rs.3,300. There are rooms facing the promenade available here. Ajantha Sea View and The Promenade, both located along the Beach Road are irresistible. The former is a 3-star property while the latter falls in the 4-star mark.

What to Eat: Right from breakfast to dinner, Puducherry has a great variety of continental food. You can start your day with a filling Spanish Omlette, bread and a glass of juice. French eating joints are all over town. If you want a steak, then Puducherry is the place to go. One famous eating joint is Rendevouz. They serve excellent continental food here. The Auroville Bakery is famous too.

Mumbai to Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Irresistible—the word that describes Dadra and Nagar Havel perfectly. Visitors are invigorated by the forests, rivers, waterfalls and hills. The weather stays pleasant throughout the year. It attracts tourists by the dozen, especially honeymooners. Silvassa, only 29 minutes away, is a tourist attraction. Visit the Vanganga Lake and Island Garden as well. Two parks – Vandhara Udhyan and Bal Udyan –should be on your itinerary. All in all, Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a perfect getaway.

Drive: Dadra and Nagar Haveli is around three hours from Mumbai by bike or car. The Western Express Highway is the best route from Mumbai to Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Where to Stay: The main source of livelihood for Dadra and Nagar Haveli is tourism, therefore there’s no dearth of hotels. They have several resorts on a variety of price ranges. A luxury resort would be the Keys Ras Resort in Silvassa. A room here would cost around Rs. 8,500. If this beyond your budget, do not worry. The Wonderland Resort in Silvassa at Rs.4,500 is another great option. Both these resorts provide every amenity to make you comfortable. If you still feel this is expensive, there’s the Krishna Resort where rooms are available for as low as Rs.1,500. So, relax and take that well-deserved holiday.

What to eat: Although Dadra and Nagar Haveli is located between Maharashtra and Gujarat, it is closer to the latter, therefore there are a plenty of vegetarian option. Non-vegetarian food is in abundance too. The food here is influenced by the culinary styles of the numerous tribes living near this town. On the whole, there is an assortment of Gujarati, Continental and Chinese food. Some well-known eating joints are Bistro, Khichdi Khatiyamwadi Restuarant and Valentino Restaurant.

Ahmedabad to Daman and Diu

Want to hit the beach? Want to soak in some sun? Head to Daman and Diu. The many beaches here make them a popular holiday spot. For quiet time, the beaches are perfect. For water sports aficionados, Daman and Diu is heaven. The climate is also pleasant and the serenity only adds to the places. History buffs are drawn to this union territory because of its massive forts and stupendous cathedrals. So, buckle up and go!

Drive: A drive from Ahmedabad to Daman and Diu lasts for roughly 6 hours. The route via Bhavnagar is a nice drive and a very popular one too.

Where to Stay: The best time to visit Daman and Diu is between October and May. Daman and Diu thrives on tourism. As a result, one finds hotels in almost at every nook and cranny. There are resorts aplenty here. A high-end resort is the Azarro Resort and Spa located in Diu. A room here for one night will cost you Rs.7,500. If this is out your price range, try out Hotel Apaar, offering rooms at Rs.3,899. Hotel Maheshwari is even more affordable at Rs.1,500.

What to Eat: Papri, boiled sweet and salty peas, is a delicacy in this part of the world. One can relish authentic Goan cuisine and also try some delicious Chinese food here. Being very close to Gujarat, vegetarian food especially a Gujararti Thali is popular among the people. The O’ Coqueiro Music Garden restaurant, which serves Italian and Portuguese food, is frequented by tourists. The Resort Hoka restaurant is also well-attended most of the times.

Bengaluru to Hogenakkal

Hogenakkal, called the Niagara Falls of India, is one of the country’s most scenic destinations. First-hand accounts from visitors say it brings a comforting effect, so much so that some liken it to a spa. The spot is surrounded by mountains, making it suitable for a trek. A must-see attraction here is the crocodile park near the Hogenakkal bus stand. All in all, it’s one of Southern India’s most popular tourist attractions.

Drive: It takes one nearly 4 hours for one to reach Hogenakkal from Bengaluru by car. It’s a nice getaway in more ways than one. Usually people leave in the morning and come back in the night. The scenic drive is simply irresistible.

Where to Stay: The best time for a visit to Hogenakkal is in February. Although a popular destination, Hogenakkal has few staying options. The most famous amongst these is Hotel Tamil Nadu. It comes for a relatively cheap price at Rs.950. It’s a decent hotel, but one cannot expect the facilities seen in a resort. Apart from this you can also stay at the KSDTC Tourist Bungalow owned by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation. One can try out the Hotel CM Boarding and Lodging or Hotel Priya Lodge.

What to Eat: The fresh fish flowing from the Cauvery is a much-desired food. The fresh fish curry and the fish fry draw huge crowds. Some of the varieties of fish sold are katla, robu, kendai, keluthi, valai, mirgal, aranjan and jilaby. A lot of people usually bring their own food.


Eating Out in Urban India: Random Choices

January 17th 2017 2 months ago

In India, food preferences scream out variety; it reflects the country’s incredible diversity. While the majority of Indian households still thrive on the traditional delicacies, the younger generations have come to fall in love with a myriad global cuisines right from Chinese and Thai to French and Italian. However, one delicacy that a large number of western outlets have easily capitalized on all over the country is Pizza. Yes, the most famous export of Italy, the Pizza, with all its dollops of cheese and tenderloin delights is a guilty pleasure that younger Indians often indulge in during their evening outings or to celebrate special occasions with friends and colleagues.

While most of India would still wake up to a cup of steaming tea or coffee with the traditional chapattis, idlis and dosas, we have a large crowd that would prefer to dine like a king at their breakfast table. So comes an egg, a piece of toast, marmalade and cornflakes served with a glass of juice for a wholesome meal. Breakfast preferences are different all over and Indian restaurants have an impressive list of continental options as well.

Of all the seven sins gluttony is the one that is least likely to get you into trouble and at the same it makes you happy to the hilt. The very sight and smell of Biryani would surely make one ecstatic. And one would be surprised with the sheer variety one can experience in the Biryani styles from Mumbai to Kolkata and Delhi to Hyderabad.

For many people residing around the coasts and where rivers are in plenty, fish and rice is an integral part of the culture. Fish has evolved into a culinary specialty, which draws a lot of attention. The delectable Pomfret with one big bone in the middle makes it easier to navigate through to the meaty part of the fish. If you aren’t that much a bone lover then this fish perfect for you. Prawns and crabmeat are also right up in the book for many. No wonder, one would find these in almost every buffet spread throughout the country. It is no surprise people flock to seafood restaurants to devour both these. Prawn curry with the coconut-lace gravy is a personal favourite for many. Other preparations such as the Grilled Prawns are also super delicious. A seafood joint in Mumbai by the name of Fresh Catch in Mahim is famous for their Grilled Ankita Prawns.

There are seafood restaurants dime a dozen in many parts of India, especially in Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. Mahesh Lunch Home is one of Mumbai’s foremost eating joints which has an array of fish delicacies. In Kolkata, the aptly titled Fish Fish can serve you well if you’re a fish fan. They have a nice blend of continental and Bengali cuisine. Also, if you’re in the mood for experimentation the Fish Fry with mustard sauce in Kolkata is a delicacy. They are found in different sorts of eating joints, be it the roadside one or the established three star or five star ones. Southern India is also well-stocked when it comes to the Piscean variety. In many of Chennai’s beaches, one can easily stumble upon the world of seafood. There’s a wide variety and they come fresh. Be it the Pomfret or even Squid – it’s all there. The Manhattan Fish Market in Chennai is also a big draw.

Trying out different sorts of cuisines is one of life’s pleasures, therefore from seafood we move to Italian cuisine. Italian food in Delhi in India is said to be top notch. There are pizza parlours all over the town, but Italian food it isn’t only about pizza. Spago in Greater Kailash, New Delhi, is a famed Italian joint. Their menu is studded with everything Italian. If you’re a chicken lover, savour the Valdostana which is a grilled chicken breast with ham. Vegetarians need not be disappointed either as they have a plenty of veggie options too. The Risotto is highly recommended. A couple of other highly recommended Italian joints in New Delhi are Sbarro in Connaught Place and Fresc Co in Janpath, where you will never run out of options.

Good food makes some contented, some delirious. Food also provides insight into loads of cultures the world over; therefore, if you want to know more about the world you got to explore all sorts of eateries and give a whirl to your taste buds. Bon Appétit!