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We all love holidays, yes? But when it comes to long journeys with children, we need to have a few extra tips and tactics to hand. After all, there’s nothing worse than a car full of miserable, bored, unhappy, irritable and thoroughly fed-up kids! Unsettled children mean impatient and crotchety parents.

Pack toys and snacks for the kids

First and foremost you need to make sure that your child has a comfortable car seat. The more comfortable your little one is, the more relaxed they will be. Who knows, they may even fall asleep and give you an hour or so of peace.

Most mums know about the ‘Magic Bag’ trick. What’s a magic bag, you ask? Well, when you go on long car journeys or even flights or ferries, always carry a bag with distractions for your child. Now this could contain colouring books and crayons or felt pens, depending on the age of your little ones. Perhaps pop a few activity books in the bag, too. Those little magnetic car games are brilliant as there’s no way the children can lose the pieces. Obviously there are exceptions, but you’re pretty safe with magnetic game pieces.

It’s always a good idea to put some tried and tested little toys in the bag – toys that you know your child loves playing with. And then, of course, you must never forget your children’s favourite cuddly toys or comforters too.

In addition, it’s worthwhile packing a few snacks – preferably non-sticky, dry ones and plenty of drinks.

Be prepared for unexpected accidents and sickness

Mum and dad should also have a separate bag to hand with wet wipes, tissues and spare nappies or pull-ups for babies and toddlers. Anti-bacterial hand gel for nappy changes and little ‘accidents’ on the go are a real essential.

And then of course you have to be prepared for the inevitable ‘I feel sick’ moment too. Let’s be fair, most of us parents have heard that one a few times, haven’t we?! Pack a few carrier bags, even more wet wipes and a damp flannel in a sandwich bag or similar as well. A few extra clean tops wouldn’t go amiss either. Keeping a change of clothes to hand is always well worth it when travelling with children. Motion sickness can happen to anyone at anytime, so it’s better to be prepared.

Have some fun game ideas to hand

There are many fun travel games such as ‘I Spy’ and the ‘license plate game’ that children will enjoy playing on those long, boring journeys. Most of us have our own favourite version of them. ‘Spot the yellow cars’ (substitute any colour you want!) and noting down how many you see is another good car game to while away a few more minutes, too.

So whether you are heading on a family holiday to Spain or further afield, just remember that the more prepared you are for the journey, the happier everyone will be.

As we are the top family travel bloggers in India, Dhempe’s Travel Blog was recently invited for a staycation at one of India’s best hotels, Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre, which was recently refurbished entirely. This is a dual property in Hitech City which is spread over 15 acres.

We had a comfortable ride from the airport to the hotel which took around 45 minutes on a Friday afternoon. Best part is that due to the outer ring road, you can reach the hotel within 45 minutes to 1 hour anytime of the day.

Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre was one of the original pioneers of five-star hospitality in Hyderabad having opened more than 15 years back. The hotel now has new and contemporary designed rooms, vibrant restaurant upgrades, an elegant lobby and a spirited bar. We were welcomed very sweetly by the hotel tea with a wet towel, traditional teekha and some cool refreshing drink. 

We checked into our suite room which had a lot of wonderful surprises waiting for us. They were done in a contemporary fashion with lot of modern elements. The rooms are spacious and give out good vibes to relax and recoup.

The bed was really comfortable and had the best of the linen which was perfect for a good night of sleep!

I personally loved the eatable Instagram frame made for our welcome – a delicious almond sponge layered chocolate and coffee flavored french pastry!

I met the executive chef Gaurav Malhotra who treated us to some of the best savories of Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh along with Irani Chai! It was a really much required break after traveling from Bangalore.

Gaurav Malhotra, Executive Chef, said that the new restaurant Food Exchange will act as a hub for the coming together of conversations, specializations, food innovations and the celebration of multi cuisines. The venue offers a casually elegant dining experience with a progressive approach to food creation and beverage innovations. The outlet will also feature artisanal desserts, familiar comfort food and other treats, all curated for the modern diner’s palate.

We were part of the Seafood wave weekends which happens at Novotel Hyderabad Convention Center from Friday to Sunday, only for dinners, by the poolside. 

I was pleasantly surprised to see the variety of seafood which was there considering that Hyderabad is not close to the sea. I was told by the chefs that the fresh catch is flown in daily from Godavari belt and coastal Andhra.

Some of the seafood on display was king prawn, pink perch, tuna fish, red snapper, white pomfret, lady fish, mackerel, squid, baby octopus, mud crab, sea crab and Indian salmon. The ambiance created was like that of a seafood market, where you could choose the seafood you like and then it would be grilled according to the type of spices you like.

Some of the best dishes were sea crab, pomfret and prawns. Such world class sea food in Hyderabad was really a dream come true and kudos to Novotel chefs for the same!

We then went to The Bar for some cocktails while watching IPL matches. The bar has been given a more chic and contemporary feel, making for a cheerful ambiance. It has been transformed to target and attract the young crowd over weekends. Guests can look forward to innovative concepts and more interactive offerings.

Best part is that the bar has got license to officially be open till 3am every night! That’s much better than the night life of entire Bangalore! So it’s a great place to let you hair down after a long day and enjoy with friends and colleagues!

We had a great swim the next day and basically relaxed by the pool while enjoying some sumptuous breakfast from The Food Exchange. The outlet is characterized by a social and interactive atmosphere with flexible seating options offering indoor casual and poolside outdoor seating. Live kitchens and conversations with the chef make this venue interactive and flamboyant, with an emphasis on freshness, local ingredients and organic produce.

Food Exchange is bringing together food, culture and traditions from across the world and making your breakfast, lunch and dinner exciting! The bright colors on the walls are really welcoming and the seating space are also very well done. With regards to the food, you of course have all the best cuisines in the world like Italian, Oriental, etc but also local flavors from South India, specially Andhra Pradesh. The cold cuts section is really exhaustive and so is the desserts section. There are a lot of live stations which are present to create your customized food in buffets.

Food Exchange is an all-day dining and social hub for discerning palates. Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre seeks to further deepen its impact in Hyderabad with the newly curated gastronomy offerings at Food Exchange, strengthening its decade long positioning in the market. With both western and Pan Asian cuisine on the menu, Food Exchange is a modern interpretation of food markets found across the globe and is reminiscent of places where local people in-the-know go to dine.

Travelling with kids can be hard work, but the rewards of seeing their little faces light up and knowing they have made memories that will stay with them the rest of their lives makes it all worthwhile.

1. Paris, France

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We often think of Paris as a romantic getaway location, and not suitable for families and children. This couldn’t be further from the truth. France has something to offer everyone, food, fashion, history, and sports.

Take your kids for a walk along the river or take them to see the Eiffel Tower. If you’re looking for something a little more out of the ordinary, try the Catacombs of Paris – an exciting adventure for children of all ages, but do book ahead as some bloggers describe waiting for up to two hours. Not ideal with small children.

2. Toronto, Canada

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Toronto is an amazing city full of activities that your kids will love and so will you. Visit the Royal Ontario Museum to learn all about Canada’s history, while your kids marvel at Dinosaur skeletons and colourful Native Canadian Headdresses.

You can journey south of the city to see Niagara Falls, a breath-taking site that your kids will surely remember. If you do take your kids to Canada, make sure they are reasonably well behaved as Ben Groundwater says that the one thing not to do in Canada is to be rude.

3. Kerala, India

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Visiting India is on many people’s bucket list, but it can seem like an impossible destination if you have a young family. The major cities are probably far too manic to take your kids to, but Kerala moves at a slower pace and is ideal for families. The national parks are recommended for families, as it’s incredible to see the looks on your kids’ faces when they first spot an elephant will provide a special moment.

4. London, England

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Visiting London will allow you and your family to explore hundreds of years of history and culture. The museums and monuments aren’t all stuffy and boring they are often fully immersive and tailored towards kids.

The Science Museum has a special section for children that contains interactive games and puzzles relating to its current exhibitions. Actors playing various historical characters bring to life The London Dungeon and immerse your kids in its history. Might be too scary for young kids.

5. Florida, USA

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Orlando, Florida may just be the place your kids want to visit the most. It is home to the world’s greatest theme parks, including Universal Studios, and Legoworld.

If theme parks aren’t for you, then Florida still has plenty to offer. Take them on an educational trip to the Kennedy Space Centre where they can experience the shuttle simulator. You could also take them to see the alligators at Everglades National Park.

6. Melbourne, Australia

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Australia is a fantastic place to visit and once your kids are old enough to handle the long flight it’s well worth taking them. If your kids love animals then Melbourne is the perfect location.

There are over 300 different animal species at Melbourne Zoo, particular highlights include the gorillas and the butterfly house. Head down to the Phillip Island Nature Park and witness the March of the Penguins, it will delight your kids.

Did you know that India’s best South Indian restaurant Dakshin was actually started in Chennai in Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park 30 years back on 14th of April 1989? Dakshin brings together the rich culinary traditions from six South Indian states – Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Puducherry. When were invited for 30 years celebrations of Dakshin, we didn’t think twice and along with top 10 travel and lifestyle bloggers from Bangalore, started in Dakshin Blogger Bus from Bangalore to Chennai!

The Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park and GV Media tech ensured that we had a very comfortable journey in a AC bus from Bangalore to Chennai with sufficient stops on the way for breakfast and snacks. Also Dakshin team gave us a welcome box which had lot of wonderful amenities to remind us of the great food at Dakshin!

The Dakshin goodie bag had famous Tamil Nadu specialities like Mullu Murukku and Adirasam along with some sweets too!

Some of the other snacks were ribbon pakoda, mami’s snacks, nellikai mitai. One of the cutest gifts was that of a small coffee filter ! GV Media tech team also gave us very nice goodie bag with stuff we need for the travel and also a filter coffee tumbler and mug!

We reached after 7 hours of journey. Though we were bit tired, the enthusiasm with which the Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park team welcomed us was amazing! The entire team including Mr. Jit Bose, Area Director Sales & Marketing, South India, personally welcomed us and took care of us for our entire stay!

Located 12 km away from Chennai International Airport and close to business and financial hubs, Hotel Crowne Plaza Adyar Park is situated along numerous cultural attractions, such as Mylapore Temple, Mahabalipuram and Dakshina Chitra.

The hotel boasts of 287 guest rooms, with classic accommodations in the Park Wing or modern aesthetics in the newly refurbished Towers Wing, like where we were staying.

I loved the room amenities kept in our suite room which were customized to spread the message of ‘Dakshin Turns 30’! Lot of wonderful attention to detail!

Executive Chef Deva and his team of experienced chefs at Dakshin had created two exclusive dishes – nattu kozhi ammi masala (Chicken) and Chettinad aadu (Lamb) which are made up of 30 flavour packed ingredients.

Executive Chef Deva also cooked the legendary Banana Dosa for us which is one of Dakshin’s most popular dishes and also some fritters.

We went to the 30 years celebration too which was a grand affair and had the best of the cuisine from states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

Dakshin was launched to cater to the demand in the market for authentic South Indian cuisine. Groups of chefs from various regions of Southern India were summoned and they were asked to prepare and present food from their region.

Jit Bose talked during the event about the origin of Dakshin and praised the entire team, few of them who are there since last 28 years or so!

The celebratory menu included traditional thirst quenchers like Neer Moru, Para Saaru, starters like Nandu Puttu, Meen Moilee, main courses like Theeyal, Appam, Kal dosai, Veechu Parotta, vegetarian and non-vegetarian thali meals and desserts like elaneer payasam, Basundi etc. There were also be special cocktails and mocktails which drew inspiration from the flavours of South India.

The thalis which are being curated in honor of the 30th anniversary are attractively priced at INR 1999 plus taxes for a vegetarian thali and INR 2499 plus taxes for a non-vegetarian thali available for both lunch and dinner.

Dakshin serves vegetarian and non – vegetarian South Indian cuisine which is served only with the best alcoholic beverages. Dakshin is also known for its succulent and delicious sea food. The food at Dakshin is served on a traditional banana leaf to give their guests a wholesome traditional experience.

The USP of Dakshin is the Iyer’s  Trolley, a selection of South Indian Tiffin or snack time food items  which have been adapted for fine dining, as is the Filter Kapi which is served in silver tumblers and hand tossed for you by the staff. The ambience, authentic cuisine, personalized service and traditional instrumental music make up for a complete gastronomic experience appealing all your six senses.

ACT Fibernet (Atria Convergence Technologies Ltd.) India’s largest fiber-focused broadband provider, launched its first consumer product ‘ACT Stream TV 4K’ device powered by Android in India. As part of the new brand strategy towards offering innovative customer centric solutions to enhance user experience, the streaming device will provide a 360 spin to all entertainment needs of a consumer.

Key Features and Offerings

ACT Stream TV 4K is a one stop entertainment solution for customers where they can enjoy their favourite movies, TV shows, sports, music videos from existing on-demand streaming providers and TV channels. Powered with ACT Fibernet’s high speed fibernet connectivity ACT Stream TV 4K has the capacity to transform a living space into a full-fledged entertainment zone.

Some key features of the box include,

4K device with Dolby Passthrough – Future ready to enable users experience their favourite content in its fullest.
ACT Stream TV 4K will allow streaming content from popular apps such as Netflix, Hotstar, Sony Liv, Hooq, Zee5, YouTube, Sun NxT and from 3000+ apps available on Google Play Store. Customers can also watch over 100 of their favourite Free to air TV channels.

Single click subscription: Customers can subscribe to premium content from existing OTT streaming partners and channels that have tied up with ACT Fibernet and pay for their subscription directly as part of their monthly bill.

Catch up TV: Customers can catch up on their favourite TV shows, matches and highlights for upto 24 hours.
Powered by Android 9 Pie: Brings the power of the latest Android Pie operating system with access to over 3000 TV apps in the Google Play Store.

Voice search powered by the Google Assistant: Easy to search desired content and control device with voice commands powered by the Google Assistant.

External devices: Allows to connect hard disk, USB, joysticks, camera to view family pictures, video chat with friends or play games and more.

Compact and Sleek Design

Combined with latest technology and design, the box has been customized to make it intuitive and user friendly. The device is supported with a remote-control unit which can be used to operate the box. The remote has an ergonomic design with minimalistic keys making it extremely easy to use and helps users launch their favourite apps from any screen they are in.

Price, Availability and Offers

The ACT Stream TV 4K box is priced at INR 4499. It will be available with select plans and for purchase post commercial launch in May 2019. Customers can visit www.actcorp.in/streamtv4k for purchase.

As an introductory offer, ACT Fibernet will provide the ACT StreamTV 4K complimentary to select 5000 customers. Additionally, customers will get a bundle of other exclusive offers including, discounted rates on the VOD apps, extended trial periods on content apps, free access to pay-per-view content, download apps from Google Play store and more.

About ACT Fibernet

ACT Fibernet is India’s largest fiber-focused wired broadband ISP as on September 30, 2017 (in terms of number of fiber broadband internet subscribers from residential homes) (Source: India Broadband Market Overview – 2017 dated February 19, 2018, prepared by Media Partners Asia). Headquartered in Bangalore, ACT Fibernet has operations in 15 Indian cities as on December 31, 2017 with approximately 1.4 million customers.

Continuing its work with the feedback from Indian consumers, Asus has become aggressive with the price and specifications with Zenfone Max Pro M2 that feels bigger with thinner bezels, a notch and a chin at the bottom.

First Impressions

Design & Display

The 15.9 cm (6.26) FHD+ Full View display of this smartphone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Its rear panel is 3D glass-like with a wave design giving it a premium feel. The compact Notch panel makes the most of the space by accommodating an LED Proximity Sensor, an Ambient Light Sensor, a surprise Soft LED Flash, an Earpiece, a Notification LED and a front camera.

Asus is offering Zenfone Max Pro M2 with a shiny exterior with distinguishing colors of blue and Titanium that is easy to hold thanks to its curved sides. A laminated back and glossy finish quickly picks up smudges during daily use.

I had to stretch a bit to access the power and volume buttons located on the right side. , Adding an extra bit to the convenience, Max Pro M2 can accommodate 2 SIM cards and a microSD card. Each of the SIM slots support 4G VoLTE for fast connectivity.

Security

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 offers Facial Recognition and a Fingerprint Sensor for unlocking the phone. Both these options turn on the phone is seconds which is very convenient.

Camera

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 houses two cameras in the back, a 12-megapixel primary lens and a 5-megapixel depth-sensor. The aperture of the primary lens is f/1.8 providing a pixel size of 1.25 microns. The Depth, set through the 5-megapixel secondary lens allows enough light for great daylight shoots. However, it suffers under low light as photos are grainy with enough noise levels. Quick settings provide a dedicated night mode but with no improvement to the overall quality of the images or videos.

A manual intervention is required to adjust the quality and not meant for Insta Shutterbugs like me. I prefer the automatic settings to adjust depth blur. The selfie flashlight is a welcome addition for capturing some great photos. Camera is perhaps the achilles heel for the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2.

Performance

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip (SoC) and Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box, the mobile phone is free from bloatware. With the Android Pie update expected any day, the phone’s performance will receive an additional boost.I love the UI, smooth with no lag or slowdowns. I could open multiple apps in the background without a need to close any one of them thanks to its RAM optimisation at software levels. All of my day-to-day activities like browsing the internet, video binge watching, Social media updates, messaging and calling were seamless. The phone is kind to Google Maps, gaming apps, video editing tools, video recording and playback. 5,000 mAh battery lasted for two days and Charging time is two hours.

Dhempe’s recommendation 

Priced between 9,999 to 13,999 Asus Zenphone Max M2 is powerful and competitive. The 5-magnet NXP speaker and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection makes the mobile experience seamless and secure.

Announcing the arrival of Rishi, the pioneering Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) based Enterprise Project / Business Intelligence (EPI) solution. Rishi helps managers predict business outcomes, prepare for the next course of action, and help their organizations perform to their potential.

At the RISHI-XAI launch in Bengaluru, on 6th March 2019, A.V.Sridhar (CEO & Co-founder of Digité Inc) said – “one of the fundamental problems of adopting AI/ML at scale is that the current generation of black box AI products do a very poor job of explaining results to the end user. Keeping that in mind, we have built RISHI with eXplainable AI (XAI) capabilities to effectively drive AI adoption within the enterprise. RISHI XAI will help enterprises not only to dig into the data, but also to predict the way the project could do in the future”.

Mr. Sridhar added “All along the data was actually really giving you information about what is already happened. AI helps in term of talking about the future. XAI not only talks about the future, but it also able to give different scenarios which you can actually tweak and control as to how the project will perform and what all action you can take to really get the project back on track in the future.”

Mr. Sridhar was accompanied by his leadership team – Mahesh Singh (Sr. Vice President, Head of Marketing and Parameshwaran.C.R. (Sr.Director).

RISHI’s unique features include:

  • Handcrafted knowledge system
  • Domain specific ML models
  • Role based What-if analysis
  • Chat Bots

RISHI transforms your organization by providing a smart way to manage programs, introducing granular program management and driving project decision making with the XAI engine.

Rishi is brought to you by Digité Inc, the global leader that has been the trusted partner for the world’s top IT services companies. Rishi is a combination of Digité’s 18+ years of domain experience combined with bleeding edge Data Science Technology in one package. This product will bring a massive change in the Enterprise Project/Business Intelligence world.

For further details, visit www.digite.com / contact [email protected]

ACT Fibernet, India’s largest fiber broadband ISP (Internet Service Provider) recently launched its new brand identity with the unveiling of the logo and tagline ‘Feel the Advantage.’ The rebranding initiative is a strategic component of ACT Fibernet to becoming the most admired in-home entertainment and interactive internet services provider in India.

The new logo represents the brands’ ethos – Sharp, futuristic, innovative, exciting, creative and modern. The tagline, ‘Feel the Advantage,’ is simple, but a powerful expression of the brand’s mission, values, and commitment.

In 2019, ACT Fibernet will expand its products, service offerings and partnerships across various categories, namely – ACT Advantage Entertainment, ACT Advantage Gaming, ACT Advantage Speed, ACT Advantage Service, ACT Advantage Smart Cities, and ACT Advantage community.
As part of the activity, ACT Fibernet will partner with content partners like ZEE5 and SonyLIV, among others, to strengthen its content offerings. Increasing its focus on the gaming industry, the ISP is working with popular gaming cafes, gaming OEMs and gaming publishers to provide the highest quality gaming experience to users.

Within the next six months, ACT Fibernet plans to launch its broadband services in multiple cities across North and West India, thereby expanding its footprint in the country. ACT Fibernet will also be launching a 24×7 call center and a unified call center number to address customers’ queries in real time.

In support to the Government’s mission towards building a digital India and smart cities mission, ACT Fibernet aims to complete 5,000+ wi-fi hotspots across Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, and others. Further, ACT Fibernet is jointly working with the Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka governments to enable free wi-fi connectivity in public libraries and schools.

Speaking on the occasion, Bala Malladi, CEO, Atria Convergence Technologies Ltd, the parent company of ACT Fibernet, said, “We have always believed in providing our customers the best solutions through our products and services. Today, consumer needs and usage behaviour is continuously evolving. Newer technologies are constantly being adopted and becoming mass-scale by the day, be it streaming or gaming or smart homes. It is, therefore, our responsibility to work in conjunction with the rapidly evolving customer’s expectations and find feasible ways to serve them. We strongly believe that our new brand identity reflects this value and commitment we have towards our customers.”

“Moving forward, we will be launching new products and services that our consumers desire. We are confident that with our pioneering fibernet connection, hyper-fast speeds, new offerings and industry’s best customer service in place, we will successfully transform our customers’ experience enabling them to do and accomplish more. With ACT, you can feel the Advantage,” he added.

Event Name: Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018

When: 28 November – 16 December 2018

Where: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Competing teams: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Spain

Event & Ticketing partners : DNA Networks, Ticketgenie Solutions Pvt Ltd

The 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup was the 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men’s national field hockey teams organized by the FIH. It was held from 28 November to 16 December 2018, at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India. The inauguration ceremony which was held on 27 November 2018, witnessed the biggest ever drone flying show in India. I was privileged to be a part of it!

Belgium won the tournament for the first time after defeating the Netherlands 3–2 in the final on a penalty shoot-out after a 0–0 draw. Defending champions Australia won the third place match by defeating England 8–1.

Ticketing services for the games was managed by Ticketgenie. Ticketgenie has earlier managed Hero Honda Hockey World Cup New Delhi 2010, Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men Lucknow 2016 which India won, and Hero Champions Trophy Bhubaneswar 2014.

One of the main partners of the event was DNA Entertainment Networks Private Limited, which is a pioneering & prestigious international event management company based in Bangalore, India. DNA combines the excitement and rush of a live event with impressive business and logistical efficiency to produce stronger and better results for all its corporate partners.

DNA Entertainment Networks has been the League Partner for Hockey India and the Hockey India League since its inception in 2013. Apart from conceptualizing Match Entertainment activities, branding and hospitality for various international tournaments for Hockey India such as the 2010 Hockey World Cup in Delhi, various World Series tournaments and the Champions Trophy in 2014, DNA overlooked Sportainment and logistics for all editions of the Hockey India League. This included organizing the Opening & Closing Ceremonies and the Players’ Auction, providing accreditation services, League management for all 6 venues and sponsorship management from the third edition on wards. DNA has also managed the stadium for the Ranchi Rhinos and the Kalinga Lancers and currently undertakes Venue Management for the Delhi Wave Riders and the Jaypee Punjab Warriors.

Head-quartered in Bangalore, DNA Entertainment Networks has a pan-India presence with branches in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata & New Delhi.

Tickets for the semifinal, finals, and bronze-medal matches were made available online from September 14th on www.ticketgenie.in, and, due to very high demand, had been restricted to two tickets per head. Ticketgenie which is owned by DNA Networks, is the no.1 sports ticketing website in India.

Ticketgenie as you know provides seamless ticketing solutions for Organisers and Customers through a vibrant e-commerce and retail network. They have managed ticket sales and redemption for marquee music events featuring artists such as: Rolling Stones, Sting, Mark Knopfler, Roger Waters, Sir Elton John, Yanni at the Taj Mahal,Bryan Adams, Ricky Martin, Sting, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Aerosmith, Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Metallica, Slayer and Santana, among others!

In a complex logistic environment in which cricket is played in India, Ticketgenie has provided Online Sales, Validation and Retail Sales of tickets at multiple stadiums across the country for over 10 Million customers till date. This covers the Indian Premier League, Champions League T20, Cricket One Day Internationals, Cricket T20 Internationals and Cricket Test matches for various State Cricket Associations on an annual basis.

Diversifying within Sports arena, Ticket Genie provided services for Hockey International matches as well as Hero Hockey India League, Extreme Sports, India Badminton League, Tennis and Basketball. They ensures that all their customers have a safe and secure system for purchasing tickets. All transactions are processed on their Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certified Payment Gateway.

India Cloud Summit is the one place to explore new ideas & learn from industry experts. Join us for the event that brings together technologists, executives, customers, partners & key decision makers from all industries.

Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced user, India Cloud Summit will be an inspiration to you & will provide technical knowledge for your cloud journey. They have put together a mix of thought leaders & industry experts to cover topics like Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML), Alexa, IoT, Migration, Big Data and Cloud Architecture best practices.

The purpose of the summit is to network, share ideas and have meaningful conversations about how others are implementing Cloud in their organizations, Cloud migration, Devops and more.

Key Speakers: Julien Simon, Global Technical Evangelist AI/ML, Amazon Web Services; Sudhir Rawat, Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft; Santosh Shanbhag, Enterprise Solutions Architect, Fidelity Investments and more

Registrations are open for the ‘India Cloud Summit 2019’, an event that intends to bring together executives, technologists, partners, customers, and key decision makers from all industries on the 15th February 2019 in Bangalore. This event has been organised by KnowledgeHut, a leader in the learning industry.

The India Cloud Summit intends to inspire and add more to the technical knowledge of new cloud professionals as well as experienced users through a series of power-packed sessions. The purpose of this summit is to exchange ideas, network, and have a meaningful conversation about how others are implementing Cloud in their organisations, Cloud migration, DevOps, and more.

If you register with our code DHEMPE, you get a whopping 45% discount on the India Cloud Summit ticket! Go ahead and register soon and don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

I’m sure all of you love partying and enjoying your favorite tipple after a long hard day of work. Along with this tipple, it is very common for us to try some snacks which generally tend towards the junk food or fried stuff. This is a very bad practice. Wondering why? Cause the drinks don’t add to our weight, but these fattening foods do! Then what is the alternative? Are we reduced to not enjoying our favorite snacks? Kari Kari is the answer to this!

Kari Kari snacks are premium healthy snacks, whose market is growing at exponential rate! These rice based baked snacks have an international flavor which is customized for the Indian palate. The products will be available in 4 flavors including Spice Mania, Salt Pepper, Wasabi and Chili Garlic. Kari Kari snacks will be available in packs of 70 and 150 grams with a pricing of Rs. 50 and Rs. 99 respectively.

Wondering where does Kari Kari come from? Kari Kari snack is a Premium Japanese Snack from Daawat-Kameda team. For those who are unaware, Kameda Seika is the leader in Japanese rice cracker market with around 30% share. Daawat-Kameda Joint Venture is an initiative to sell rice based snacks in India.

Kari Kari snacks were created after an extensive consumer research was done with 12 flavors across market segments. They finally decided on 4 flavors after the consumer feedback. So you can be rest assured that you would love the final product!

It is but obvious that the big launch of Kari Kari in Bangalore should happen at the biggest brewery in Asia – Byg Brewski in Hennur!

Byg Brewski Brewing Company has a sprawling property – Asia’s Byggest brewpub – on Hennur Road. Set in the backdrop of the mighty Nordic past, the venue boasts 65000 square feet of the finest entertainment to be had, reminiscent of the majesty that is the Vikings.

Staying true to its theme, Byg Brewski offers 16 different types of home brews. Their Master Brewer Martin Benrad, who accepted the award as Byg Brewski Sarjapur was named the ‘Best Microbrewery Award in Bangalore’ in 2017, will carry forward the legacy at the new venue as well.

A gourmand’s paradise: Bringing to life, the bygone era, will be Chef Sabyasachi Gorai, who will be dishing out more than 200 recipes through live kitchens from cultures across the globe one of the byggest kitchens ever commissioned. Byg Brewski also boasts of a 6,500 sq feet state-of-the-art ss kitchen with best fire power. Being an open kitchen, standards of hygiene remain unquestionable. It also accommodates one of the largest wood fire pizza oven. And, owing to demands of scale and quality, Byg Brewski makes its own bread at its in-house patisserie. The silent kitchen can serve up to 5,000 guests per day.

Befitting the theme, alongside a dedicated team to craft cocktails, led by Principal Mixologist Karthik Kumar. Their cocktails are the epitome of panache, with no synthetics used. Their syrups are all made in house, and all the ingredients used comprise of fresh shrubs and herbs. The aim is to ensure that they revive the classics, giving them a modern taste. They are at par with global standards.

So come down this weekend, 26th January and 27th January to Byg Brewski Hennur and enjoy FREE packet of Kari Kari snacks with your 1st order of your favorite drinks! It will surely be an unforgettable evening! 

Recently I read in the news that India’s longest Rail and Road bridge is coming up in Assam. This is the Bogibeel Bridge which is going to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25, 2018 as a Christmas and New Year gift to the entire North East. But what is the real story of the making of the Bogibeel bridge? Read on to know more!

Bogibeel Bridge Assam

By Vikramjit KakatiOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Bridging River Brahmaputra has always been a daunting task. The river has been traditionally considered extremely difficult for bridging due to various reasons including it’s ferocious and unpredictable behaviour, high currents and turbulent waters, widespread erosion of the banks, very short working period and high seismicity and remoteness of the area. On top of that, the construction is only possible 4 months in a year due to the heavy monsoon and melting of glaciers in summer.

With the width ranging from 1.2 km to 18 km, Brahmaputra river has been bridged 4 times in past. Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) holds the distinction of being the only company which has built two of these bridges and has now built the 5th bridge too at Bogibeel, near Dibrugarh.

HCC has always been at the forefront of building bridges in Assam as they built the Saraighat bridge way back in 1962 near Guwahati. This bridge was opened to traffic in April 1962 by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

HCC was pivotal in also constructing the Kolia Bhomora Setu at Tezpur which is a pre-stressed concrete road bridge that connects Sonitpuron on the north bank with Nagaon district on the south bank. The length of this bridge is 3015 m, and its construction went on from 1981 to 1987. This was very important bridge in the history of Assam.

HCC in joint venture with DSD Brouckenbau GmbH, Germany and VNR Infrastructures Ltd received order from Northeast Frontier Railway to construct the superstructure of Bogibeel Rail-cum-road Bridge in November 2011.

It was not an easy task to build the Bogibeel bridge. HCC aced it by doing a lot of things very innovatively. HCC team came-up with a solution of pulling the steel trusses with a set of jacks and winches on the pillars. This eliminated the need to enter the river, which was often turbulent during monsoons. Besides, it also ensured safer working conditions, precluded the mobilisation of giant setup on either side of the river having a width of 4.8 km and accelerated the pace of the project.

Source: Ranjan Kalita (http://www.iitg.ac.in/stud/ranjan.kalita/gallery.html)

RVR Kishore, project director of the Hindustan Construction Company Ltd., recently mentioned that the location of the Bogibeel Bridge falls in Seismic Zone-V. In Indian history, Zone V has been most vulnerable to earthquakes with magnitudes in excess of 7.0. In order to offer good stability to the heavy spans (1700 MT), they are provided with seismic restrainers. This ensures that the Bogibeel bridge can withstand earthquake up to magnitude of 7 on the Richter scale and beyond. This is really good planning by HCC team!

Normally in a steel bridge construction, bolts & rivets are used, which needs periodic replacement due to shear failure over traffic loads. Construction of trusses using welding makes the connection between the components a permanent one, thereby eliminating the above failures. Welded bridge not only reduced the maintenance cost but also adds to the longevity of the superstructure. It is estimated that Bogibeel Bridge is durable and serviceable for next 120 years!

Railways have traditionally used steel rocker-roller bearings for bridges with larger spans. For the Bogibeel Bridge, the initial plan was to use Pot-PTFE bearing with metallic pins and guide bearings. However, it was found out that the size of bearing required for taking the anticipated load cannot be accommodated in the pier cap, hence Spherical Bearings have been used.

The superstructure of Bogibeel Bridge has been constructed using a special grade copper-bearing steel plates in order to reduce corrosion. The average annual relative humidity in Bogibeel is 90% which goes up to 96% to 97%. To further reduce corrosion due to the excessive humidity, a complex Corrosion Protection System specific to different components of the bridge has been implemented during the construction of the bridge.

Overall, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) has created history by creating a modern marvel of engineering – India’s longest Rail and Road bridge – Bogibeel Bridge in Assam!

Imaginarium is a made in India concept for kids and families, where they are invited to discover, explore and expand their imagination through a host of live on-stage experiences, conducted by India’s premiere and only real-life Kids Influencer – Rob (of Mad Stuff with Rob/ POGO fame).

As India’s First Interactive Show for Kids and Families, Imaginarium – It’s a Wonderful World blended Rob’s real-life experiences with his unique, magical and larger-than-life artistic interpretations, to create a concept that mesmerized and engaged audiences of all ages.

Conceptualized and curated by Sony Music and Rob, and produced by BookMyShow, the limited shows of ‘Imaginarium – It’s a Wonderful Worldwill’ are in being performed in Bengaluru from 14th to 16th December, before moving to other cities.

Spanning across 90 minutes and bound together with attractive elements like humour, magic, foot-stomping music and spectacular visuals, kid’s icon Rob and his two delightful sidekicks, The Helping Hands, engaged with the audience and created science and art experiments as well as fascinating illusions.

This action-packed roller coaster of creativity empowered the audiences like us to participate in the show and not just witness it, a first in the Live Art show space.

Captivating audiences with concepts that will broaden their imagination and also allow them to learn and master DIY concepts, stays with them forever. Manifested through a series of incredible live art performances, Rob’s magical creations used daily mundane household items to create wonderful perspective art, and teach the audience simple yet innovative ways to make party treats.

The audience also learnt art forms used in places like Japan and Turkey, bringing characters to life using the ink splat technique, and creating much more along with Rob throughout the show, with their DIY kits which were provided at the venue.

A perfect outing for kids between the ages 4-14, and their families, Rob’s ‘Imaginarium – It’s a Wonderful World’ is happening in Bangalore’s Good Shepherd Auditorium from December 14-16, 2018. Book your tickets on BookMyShow here.

Recently I was invited to cover the 4th season of Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship’s Bangalore leg at the Prestige Golfshire Course, Bengaluru. The IT hub is the first of the four venues slated for this year’s series. This has been my 3rd year of association with Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship since I covered it in 2016 in Bangalore and in Pune.

Legendary cricketers, Mr. Kapil Dev and Brian Lara were the key highlights of the game as they enjoyed a tee off jointly on the lush green course. The tournament witnessed participation from avid golfers across India. It was a great opportunity for us to meet them too and discuss about how they feel Golf is more prominent in their lives now that they have retired from active cricket.

We also got to interact with 12 time Women’s Golf Champion Ms. Sharmila Nicollet along with other international golfers Ashlyn Ramsey and Nick Taylor. They were all present on the occasion to back the tournament and interact with the other participating players. Popular actor Madhavan was also a part of the tournament and teed off with Mr.C. Sasidhar, MD Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited

Mr. Brian Lara on the occasion said, “I am very delighted to associate with Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship. Golf is a very rejuvenating game and a great stress buster besides I have been playing it since a while now. It’s a great platform as it enables me to indulge while promote a sport that I truly love besides cricket. The competitiveness and spirit of the players at the championship was truly inspiring. Such tournaments should keep happening as it encourages more young golfers to be a part of this sport which is still picking up in India.”

Mr. Kapil Dev on the occasion said, “Golf is emerging in a big way in India and it’s indeed the right time that we endorse and support young, talented golfers to pursue their passion for golfing. It takes huge money, time and effort to promote a sport in our country and I really admire Krishnapatnam Port for their unwavering passion for the game that has enabled this tournament to gain such farfetched popularity in such a short period of time.

Commenting on the occasion Mr. C Sasidhar – MD Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited said “Golf is a beautiful game to indulge and relax even while pursuing your passion for perfection. The appreciation we have been receiving all through these seasons of the tournament has been indeed overwhelming. We have always believed in doing things with a desired differentiation and our golf championship is one among those. Krishnapatnam Port is also extremely proud to be developing the country’s first ocean linked golf course and look forward to more and more players coming forward to making this emerging sport a grand success in our country.”

The consequent games of the four city event will be staged across Boulder hills – Hyderabad on 10th November 2018, Oxford Golf Resort & Country Club – Pune on 17th November 2018 and DLF Golf and Country club – Delhi on 23rd November ‘18.

About Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship

The Krishnapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship TM is part of the port’s ‘Golfing for Greater Good Initiative’. The exclusive tournament seeks to raise awareness and support for various causes of education, healthcare, wellness, employment among others through the CSR arm of the company through various golf-related activities. The current tournament will be raising financial support for a retired Sea- men’s Trust. The tournament houses the top industry golfers from across sectors inclusive of partners, customers and business associates of the port.

Krishnapatnam Port is a firm believer in investing in society, and also has several massive projects under its CSR arm – The CVR Foundation – covers healthcare, education, livelihood generation, training and community building programmes.

For the most recent updates you can also visit us at www.facebook.com/KPCL09 and Twitter at www.twitter.com/KPCL9

My 5 year old son Reyansh was asking me to take him to a nice amusement park as he wanted to enjoy the rides. But I couldn’t go much far from Bangalore due to work commitments. So we zeroed in on the best amusement park in Bangalore, Wonderla Bangalore! Also did you know that they also offer accommodation in terms of Wonderla resort which is really good for a relaxing time after enjoying the rides all day long!

Fitted with tiled flooring, modern air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels, tea/coffee making facilities, and a wardrobe. The private bathroom comes with hot/cold shower facilities. Just check out how beautifully it is maintained and immaculately clean too! Decors are very fashionable! We had come here 6 years back when we were pregnant with Reyansh, and still the resort is maintained very well!

Wonderla mascot Chikku welcomes us at the resort with this wonderful installation where it looks like he is flying a plane through the resort! For every occasion, big or small, they have a banquet hall ready. Their banquet halls, each named after a magnificent tree are spacious, equipped with modern amenities and are perfect for the event that you have in mind.

Wonderla Resort also features a heated outdoor swimming pool, 2 dining options and complimentary Wi-Fi access. On-site parking is free. It is great to wind up in the pool after enjoying the rides whole day. Or you can have an early morning swim the next day before check-out too as check-out is after 11am!

Woods restaurant serves Indian delights, alongside Chinese and Continental cuisines for breakast, lunch and dinner. The lounge ‘Red Ice’ offers beverages and snacks, including alcoholic drinks and mocktails. In-room dining is also possible!

You can take a package for the Wonderla resort rooms which also offers Wonderla park entry. Best part about that is you will be taken in Wonderla car from resort to amusement park and also can come back for lunch at the resort. You will be given multiple entry bands. Reyansh loved the ride in Wonderla branded car to and fro!

Coming to the amusement park itself, there are 60+ exhilarating rides which you can go on. The safety levels are world class and they are impeccably maintained! Inside what appears to be a gigantic termite mound with a witch’s mouth for entry, are two popular rides – the Termite Train and the Termite Coaster. The Termite Train winds along a crazy track with sharp curves, steep climbs and dizzying drops. If that sounds tame to you, try the Coaster. It will take you screaming, up and down hair-raising loops at break-neck speeds.

There are a lot of kiddie rides for children under 7-8 years too! One of them is Mini Venice ride. Mini Venice can accommodate 24 kids. The ride recreates the feeling of gondola ride through the canals of Venice.

One of the best rides which is also new is the Recoil ride – India’s First Reverse Looping Rollercoaster. This high tech roller coaster is imported from the Netherlands, and has two track ramps that go up to 40 meters. The train climbs one ramp and accelerates to 80 kmph in 1 second, before encountering a ‘cobra roll’ and a ‘loop’ in the tracks, climbing the second ramp, again to a 40 m height, and then doing it all over all again, only this time, it is Backwards! You can actually sign up for Recoil Challenge on Wonderla website, you not only get priority access to the ride (which saves up to 1 hour of your time) plus you get a free GoPro video of your ride! Don’t miss this!

Wonder Splash ride is an absolute must for every guest visiting Wonderla. A bogie that resembles a raft made of logs is hauled up a hill using a conveyor and taken through a tunnel. On emerging from the tunnel, it hurtles down a steep incline at a dizzying speed and splashes into a shallow pool, sending a glorious spray of water your way and drenching you in the process. This fun ride is suitable for all riders in all the age groups.

If you are tired of all the outdoor fun, you can head indoors for some wonderful 3D shows! Cinemagic 3D is an absolute family thriller that brings you the essence of virtual reality cinema. Experience HD-3D video, multi-channel surround sound, high power blowers and hydraulics-assisted seats that move in perfect synchronization with the visual content.

Experience the Adventures of Chikku, a state-of-the-art ride that combines a 3D film with physical and environmental effects, in an air-conditioned theatre with 180 seats. Visitors will experience movement under their feet, splashes of water, gusts of wind and movie magic like never before. The 3D goggles will introduce the spectators to a new, larger-than-life world.

If you thought Wonderla fun ended with regular rides, you can’t be more mistaken! Wonderla brings you the biggest variety of water rides. From watery coasters to fun pools to beach like wave pools to a rain disco. Only Reverse Osmosis treated water is used in the pools, which is solar heated during winters. What are you waiting for? Take a splash and just chill!

Jungle Lagoon is a Water play attraction measuring over 10,000 sqft, with special soft flooring, very shallow water levels and 5 uniquely themed water slides and a large water play tree-house and It can accommodate over 400 people comfortably.

If all you want is to wallow in the waters and relax, get yourself a float and drift along the meandering lazy river. It will gently waft you along taking you through a lion’s mouth, under a fallen tree, past an alligator with its mouth agape, and past a gargoyle skull that keeps spewing water through its mouth.

Reyansh loved meeting the Wonderla Mascot Chikku! There’s no better place to experience something new together. Make sure you check out the most thrilling attractions, water rides and land rides. Keep a keen eye out for timings of various other fun programs across the park – be it the next wave at the Wave Pool, or the next dance at the Rain Disco, or the next show at the Adventures of Chikku. Your visit should be a non-stop fun ride!

Always wear apparel made of Nylon or 100% synthetic material (t-shirts, shorts, bermudas, three-fourths, or swim suits). Sarees, churidars/salwars, dupatta, formal pants, shirts, burkhas/ purdahs, school uniforms, denims (jeans and three-fourth jeans), cargos etc. are not permitted in the water rides. Almost all rides involve motion/moving parts. That’s why they request guests to refrain from wearing long or loose garments like Saree/Dupatta/Shawls/Scarves/ Hijab/Mafta/Habit etc. in any of the rides, as it could lead to potential harm to themselves or others.

Check out the fun video of all the fun we had in Wonderla Bangalore!

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