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Recently Indiblogger invited me to visit Univercell Sync store in Bangalore to experience the new place and share my views on the same. I was pleasantly surprised to walk into the Univercell Sync store in Indiranagar as it was very spic, span and spacious. It is just next to KFC junction on CMH road in Indiranagar so you can’t really miss it! It was also wonderful to see that customers were being able to experience the phones and tablets in a very casual manner rather than being restricted to see only dummy phones.

I loved the following quote on the wall at Univercell Sync which was “The future isn’t what it used to be and neither are you. Why just see, if you can do. Tomorrow is here, Tomorrow is you.” This was a wonderful line which encompasses the entire logic of Univercell Sync store which is to experience future hands-on as it is created by us the consumers, not companies!

We were fortunate to meet Soumya Menon who is the VP Brand Strategy of Univercell and who was very excited to meet the indibloggers and showcase their store’s USP to us. She started with the music section of the store where you get to experience the best speakers and headphones for your phones. Soumya was of the opinion that present headphones given with mobiles and tablets are not good enough to experience the real audio power of your devices. So it’s important to experience music in the way it is meant to be with Sony speakers and Beats headphones which ensures you a wonderful listening experience. She was mentioning that customers experience this zone and return to buy the speakers and other musical devices.

Located amidst the forest area, Coorg District in Karnataka, is my favorite destination to be in touch with the nature. It is a common tourist attraction, famous for coffee and ethnic warrior people. There’s a lovely temple near the river bank dedicated to Lord Brahma, which is worth a visit for it’s spiritual attraction.

For me this holiday was a special one as I finally took time off from my busy schedule to be with my family. My wife and I were always fond of exploring the forests. With Coorg Resort as an ideal destination, you can enjoy being in the forest as well as relax in a luxurious resort and get the free time to play with your kid and teach him about the wonders of the nature.

Interestingly, this vacation taught me a lot about being a responsible parent. Coorg district has plenty of resorts and we chose to stay at the Orange Country Coorg resort where you can isolate yourself from the society and indulge in the romantic getaway. My son wanted to go out and see the wildlife in the jungle. However, I was fearful for him getting affected by the diseases caused by the harmful mosquito bites. You can never say anything about the health and hygiene of a particular place, especially when the environment is new and open. Everday, the newspaper reports stories of people dying due to Malaria, Dengue, Chikungnya . My kid was insisting me to go and explore the natural vegetation in the forest, but I was unsure about the plan, but nevertheless, I also didn’t want to spoil his enthusiastic spirit. My wife suggested that I should go and ask the resort guy about the safety measures to undertake while exploring out in the open forest.

The resort guide was very polite and helpful. Looked like a well qualified individual from some Hotel Management course, he instructed us to spray an insect repellent before venturing out in the forest. Honestly, I had not used an insect repellent before, so I was unsure about its performance. I read the details on the repellent and the insect repellent factor indicated that the product gives the protection for up to 8 hours from mosquitos and it can be used by adults and children below the age of 3 years.

I became a little confident upon using the repellent which was named as Jungle Formula. After that my son and I went out to see what was stored in the jungle, whereas my wife wanted some time alone, as she was engrossed in reading a book on Human Psychology. I felt really proud as a father to take him out in the jungle. He was mesmerized to see dense wooden forest and we also spotted a deer from a distance. I was lucky enough to take a photograph of the deer.

When returning back to the resort, I inquired about the insect repellent which the resort guys were using. It was a Deet based mosquito repellent, meant for the purpose of lowering the risk of getting exposed to the harmful insect bite. I had immediately bought two bottles for the future.

We had sprayed the repellent to be protected in the outside area. The next day was spent in exploring the wonderful temple of the Coorg District. It gave me such positivity to be around with nature, family and among the old temples of India. But as they say all good things must come to an end. Our two-three days vacation also ended, on a simple and subtle note. My kid learnt so many things about the nature, wildlife and the history of India, which could be interesting to a kid only when he/she explores the beautiful world outside. He has also learnt to take care of himself. Now he understands the importance of carrying a first aid box and insect repellent on a vacation. It is simply the small and subtle things of life which can help us grow and realize that the ultimate wealth of life is – Good Health.

#FightAgainstMosquitoes and do your bit in saving yourself from the harmful diseases. Don’t take life for granted because prevention is always better than the cure. Enough said. Now I am back to work with a new energy and love for life.

The United Sports Bar and Grill which has newly opened in the premium mall of Bangalore, Phoenix Market City, Whitefield is a great place for friends and family to unite, have fun and to enjoy the best of sports. It’s a full service, casual all-day dining bar that predominantly features multi cuisine to suit the taste buds of diners across the region. It is a place for like-minded individuals to gather and cheer for their favorite teams, share a smile and swear over winning or losing!

The United Sports Bar and Grill, a 136 seater is a treat for all Sport fanatics. The place comes alive during a match where the fans scream their lungs out in support of their favorite teams. Key design features of the outlet includes Community Table, Stick of Fame, Pool Table and Giant projector screen.

I liked the concept of the Community Table as can be seen in the above picture. It is a seating area which has a direct view to the giant projector screens. It’s a perfect setting to enjoy a great game with friends. The live telecast of some of the biggest sporting events happens on the giant projector screen which is the biggest and widest projector screen in Bangalore!

4Seasons multi cuisine restaurant

Launched in the year 1998, became very popular and desired destination for many to enjoy multi cuisine delicacies. Thanks to their customers who are their brand ambassadors rewarding them with growing popularity. Not only their customers grew in Hyderabad but it was surprise and pleasure to see the increase in customers from neighboring states like Karnataka. Lot of business travelers going out of city plan to get back to their destination with their takeaways, the only reason, customers enjoy the food they serve and want to carry the same to their families and friends. This is moment of pride for all at 4Seasons to see their reach widening. Bangalore outlet was started in July 2011 and Whitefield outlet started with the starting of Inorbit Mall.

Some of the best non-vegetarian starters there were Lassoni Kebab, Goan Fish Kebab and Arabic Saute Prawns . In mutton dishes, Mutton Rogan Josh was the best. There is also Mediterranean food like Hummus, Fattoush and Tabbouleh. In desserts I liked Mango Souffle and Umm Ali which is Arabic dessert with dry fruits.

Mr.Hong, an Oriental all-day dining restaurant and bar in Bangalore is now fully operational and serving up a great selection of inspiring dishes. Mr.Hong strives to offer the most authentic Asian fare in town together with comprehensive collection of teas from the Asia Pacific region.

Set against a contemporary décor with subtle art deco undertones featuring Chinese artifacts such as clay pots and jars reminiscent of the age-old Tea trade, Mr. Hong’s dining room is both theatrical and welcoming. In mocktails, we started with Apple Ginger Mint.

As a food and beverage concept, Mr.Hong revolves around tea as the underlying theme infused in every aspect of the brand, from food and beverage recipes to interior design. Serving an eclectic range of tapas-like steamed or fried dishes such as the proverbial Chinese Dim Sums, Mr.Hong aims to epitomize Chinese and South Asian hospitality at its best. In non-vegetarian starters, tried out the Steamed Chicken Dumpling which was perfectly made and reminded me of the streets of Bangkok!

Recently we were invited to the new, airy and fresh terrace lounge in Bangalore which is the Troika lounge on 100 feet road in Indiranagar just next to Starbucks. It promised a perfect blend of spirits, food, and an open sky. There was protection from too much wind and rain though due to a canopy so we were not worried about the same. It was time for us to indulge our senses in an extensive array of beverages and an exquisite spread of global cuisines ranging from Coastal to Oriental to Mediterranean, along with a live interactive kitchen.

One interesting activity was lined up for us. It was a cocktail making workshop with one of the best bartenders in India – Rohan Caravalho of Bar Square. Having known Rohan for more than 2 years now, we knew it was an amazing session which lay ahead of us as he mixes anecdotes with tips on how to make the best cocktails and drinks for parties. My friend Nivedith and I were one of the first to start making the cocktails which was the Azure Twist.

Grand Mercure Bangalore is a luxury hotel tucked away in the residential area of Koramangala in Bangalore. I was surprised to know this hotel has been there for more than 3 years now. When I heard of Lebanese Food Festival at the 12th Main restaurant at Grand Mercure Bangalore, I decided to check it out. When I usually read about Lebanese food, all I think of is hummus and Babaganoush. But it was wonderful to know that there was a lot more to cuisine as I could see when I went for the buffet there. The entire restaurant was decorated in Arabian and Lebanese style. The beauty of the place was charming and inviting people to take part in the gastronomical journey of Lebanon there.

As many of you know, Lebanon is an exotic country located on the Eastern Coast of the Mediterranean. Like India, the culture of Lebanon is infused with cultures from various empires. From the Ottoman Empire to the French Empire, the taste of Lebanon has been widely influenced. From the Ottoman Empire, the Lebanese menu changed to include olive oil, fresh bread and Baklava, a famous dessert. From the French empire, they included many of their famous patisseries. And of course how could one forget the evergreen and the most popular Shawarma! It is from Lebanon too and was on the live grill so that we could enjoy it’s taste! Executive Chef David and his team were on hand to ensure that we had a wonderful experience of tasting the best Lebanese food this side of the Mediterranean!

In starters for vegetarians, there was Arnabit Makhali( Fried Cauliflower) and Mucver (Zucchini fritters). For non-vegetarians, there was Lamb Kibbeh (Mutton Kebabs) and Sheesh Touk (Tender chicken pieces with tri peppers marinated in Lebanese spices). Personally I loved the Lamb Kibbeh and Chicken Shawerma which was from the live counters. The highlight of main course for me was the Batenjen ablama which is stuffed eggplant with minced lamb meat. Executive Chef David explained to me that this recipe is very rarely seen in Lebanese restaurants but is one of the most sought after recipes in the homes of Lebanon! I must say it tasted brilliantly well.

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