#BergerXP it is!

IndiBlogger.in is so close to my heart. Be it the competitions they host, the meets they organize or they innovative thoughts of the organizers, I love being a part of it. When I got a special invite for #BergerXP meet, I registered instantly expecting the meet would be fun.

On Saturday, my wife Vidhya and I, reached the venue The Lalit Ashok Bangalore at around 12 PM. Leo and Vidya were there in the venue. I was happy to meet them almost six months. Soon many bloggers joined us – a few known faces and many unknown faces. Since I was wearing Mala for Sabarimala, I restricted myself from interacting with people. However, as more people walked in, I started interacting with them.

The meet started with a heavy lunch – I had only vegetarian – followed by the registration process. Anoop greeted me with a huge smile. We hugged. Renie was searching for ‘Someone is Special’ a.k.a Sarav, and on seeing me in the new avatar, he was surprised. I felt like back to home. Of course, for a blogger, IndiBlogger.in is home.

My wife was bit nervous as she was unable to register due to technical problems. Once Aaruhsi and Anoop, helped us complete the registration process, she was happy.

Anoop, the man behind the mike, invited Karthik to help us exercise. It was fun, I captured a video of the same. The balloon game. Karthik, you are just awesome man with your moves.

When Chandra took over, he spoke about BergerXP, its tools and innovations. Unlike other presentations where presenters concentrate only on AIDA model, this was a breather. He spoke about innovation, next gen tools and Express Painting. Faster. Cleaner. Better. It was fascinating that kept me engrossed till the very end. Some memorable one-liners, I tweeted during the meet and created a story using moments…

#BergerXP Meet by @FewMileshttps://t.co/acyyE9kyCg

— Someone is Special (@FewMiles) December 13, 2016

If I miss to talk about the tools then it would be a crime. Let me first tell you the names and its features, followed by a TVC made by #BergerXP.

SANDING MACHINE: It is Faster and Cleaner with Dust-Free Vacuum Function.

MULTIPURPOSE MIXER: Quick & Hassle-free Mixing that can help you mix putty and texture of your choice.

AUTO ROLLER: Have you ever seen an adjustable roller with automatic paint pumping, giving a superior sexy finish? Watch it below…

HIGH PRESSURE WASHER: The difference between a worst experience and the best experience is when someone start cleaning the walls. And that’s what Berger has done. A Hi-speed Pressure wash with regulators addition to the nozzle adjustment. It’s just amazing!

AIRLESS PAINT SPRAYER: A sprayer that supports water-based paints and primer giving a classic touch. Experience Berger XP now… Check out latest TVC…

If you are planning to give your favourite home a makeover, use #BergerXP Express Painting. I am saying this only after experiencing it. Actually we were asked to team up to perform a couple of acitivites. Given a choice to select five on my team as a lead, I spoke with Debolina and Nalini and they agreed to be a part of my team, and Leo & Vidhya was there by default. Initially we were given a challenge to smoothen a rough wall with putty. We did well. It is more of to test the patience level and to convey the hard work the painters put. Remember, how many times we would have said what work these painters do. They are not even doing their work properly. Trust me, it is hard and people do it with real passion to get your wall the look you are looking for.

The second set of activities is to paint on a theme and then present it. Guess what, we found our new lead from whom we got our team name Aakriti. Her enthusiasm in sketching is unmatchable and I see a future IndiBlogger in her. I always love sketching and painting. Somehow I am not giving myself enough time to sketch or paint or do both. This meet, gave me an opportunity to paint, and along with my team it got fulfilled. If I recall it right, last time I sketched was in 2013 and it was for a IndiBlogger Character Contest. And this time, too, IB, helped me paint one more time. I wish to paint more, but then reading and writing, gives me a good work -life balance.

We then took the Mannqinn challenge and trust me, it was real fun. Once it was over, we took a groupie and then we retired for the day after collecting the most precious t-shirt (thanks to the sponsors, who let IB print without the sponsors name) and a gift hamper from BergerXP. Since I forgot to take my bag, I went inside again only to be video interviewed. Thank you IB Team for the opportunity.

It was fun-filled day. Thanks to BergerXP and IndiBlogger for organizing such a wonderful meet rather than mere boring talks. I really look forward to meet you again. In case if I win a chance to get a wall painted by BergerXP, I shall write a detailed review on the same. For more info visit www.bergerpaints.com and also watch Express Painting Success Journey – https://youtu.be/skouMQXEu6U

Thank you all!

Day 50 ♥ Happiness is listening to Ayyappan songs

Happiness is listening to Ayyappan songs!

Happiness is listening to Ayyappan songs. At any point of time, I love listening devotional songs. I have a big list of favourite songs and Ayyappan songs top the list: Anthanae Prabhuvae, Pallikattu Sabarimalaikku, Harivarasanam and so on…

Love listening devotional songs, share the list please! Spread Love!

And here is a small poem dedicated to Vidhya…

Love is truly devotional,
It’s the supreme power;
The original meaning of life.

Love is purely colourful,
It’s in every colour;
The unique emotions of life.

Love is everywhere,
It’s what makes the world,
A beautiful place to live!

This post is published as a part of 100 Days of Happiness, inspired by Vinay Leo’s idea and encouragement. Thank you so much, Leo! Much Love!

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Day 49 ♥ Happiness is holding the new currency… the first 2000 INR note.

Happiness is holding the new currency!

Happiness is holding the new currency… the first 2000 INR note. The long queue, out of cash bank, the non-working AC, and what not… those two hours of wait just to grab or hold the new currency? Is it worth the wait? Seriously, I do not have an answer. I am happy and my wife is happy! What else do I need?

Got the new currency? Share your experience! Spread Love!

And here is a small poem dedicated to Vidhya…

Life is really beautiful,
View it from the angle;
That suits you the most,
Because love is life!

This post is published as a part of 100 Days of Happiness, inspired by Vinay Leo’s idea and encouragement. Thank you so much, Leo! Much Love!

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#600 ♥ Day 48 ♥ Happiness is spending thirty minutes for the self.

Happiness is spending thirty minutes for the self!

Happiness is spending thirty minutes for the self. Nowadays, spending time for my own, is once in a blue moon. Spending time reflecting on my thoughts, thinking of solutions for the list of problems, and so on. I am happy to do it and I will be happy to do it often.

This being my 600th post I have requested my wife to write a small poem for me. Once she writes, I shall post it.

Are you one of those who love to spend time for your own? Join the gang. Spread Love!

And here is a small poem dedicated to Vidhya…

You read my mood,
Just like a book;
‘Dear, I need to reflect…’?
Life is simple!

This post is published as a part of 100 Days of Happiness, inspired by Vinay Leo’s idea and encouragement. Thank you so much, Leo! Much Love!

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Day 47 ♥ Happiness is drinking tea

Happiness is drinking tea!

Happiness is drinking tea. When you have headache at peak and a constantly talking people around, what’s better than having a strong tea prepared by my wife. Not only it reduced the stress, but also helped me write this post.

At any time of the day, what do you prefer the most? Tea or Coffee? Spread Love!

And here is a small poem dedicated to Vidhya…

Why do I write daily?
Is it to show my love?
Do you think I’ve to do this?
‘No’ will be your answer.

Still I write to express,
My love for you,
And words I write;
Especially for you!!

This post is published as a part of 100 Days of Happiness, inspired by Vinay Leo’s idea and encouragement. Thank you so much, Leo! Much Love!

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An open letter to the Prime Minister of India!

Dear The Hon. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India,

The following is an open letter written by me appreciating the bold moves by you and the government:

There’s only one India… Mother India. There’s hardly anyone who would say, I hate my mother. When it is impossible to hate mother, I cannot believe the fact that we, the citizens of India, hate our Mother India. Though, we do not say it in words, we show it in our actions: starting from black money to corrupted officials, polluted environment to deforestation, and in everything else we do, we reveal the true story. There has been a lot said about this by many people either highlighting the cons or hiding the pros and I am not going to add one more blog post to the list. I will keep it short and simple.

First of all, a very big congratulation on the bold move. Making INR 500 and INR 1000 invalid will kick the balls of those who owns black money. Be it one lakh or one crore or whatever the amount, for sure, it is going to give them a heart attack. The black money they own – years of planned acquisition – are nothing but papers. They are worth for nothing. It is highly impossible to account it or get it exchanged by any means. This, welcome move of yours, is highly commendable! Adding the denomination 2000 INR – though not a welcome move – still adds to the glory. The NGC chip inside and its features are truly remarkable. Once again, good job!

What else can we do to make India better? There’re lots… here’s my list worth a penny or two.

  1. Exchanging old 500 and 1000 INR notes to new 500 or 2000 INR notes should be prohibited. Instead, get it credited to their account, if they do not have an account, link it to their Aadhar card. If they do not have an account or Aadhar card, get them created immediately. By doing so, people who own black money, cannot use their sources to swap to new notes in small amounts (thousands or multiple of the same).
  2. Any online or offline transaction more than 10,000 INR should be authenticated by Aadhar card.
  3. Any payment of more than 1,00,000 INR should be digital. Cash should not be accepted at any cost.
  4. It is not possible to get rid of gold ornaments or bring it out to the market. Instead, make gold bars, gold coins or other forms of gold invalid. Get it replaced with digital gold coins and bars. This move, will bring out all illegal gold accumulations.
  5. Stamp papers and documents are other major source of black money. Make it invalid. Make a digital stamp mandatory for anything and everything. Do I have to mention the outcome?
  6. The next major problem we face in India is air pollution and traffic jam. To get rid of this problem we have to improve our infrastructure and public transport. It cannot be done overnight. Instead, we can collect fees on single driver cars… If a person drives a car alone for more than 5 KM at a stretch, then he or she has to pay a small fee to the Government. This, will surely kick the balls of all idiotic car owners, who occupies the road just because he or she can own a car paying EMIs. Or the ones who use the car even for going out to the destination that is within the 2KM radius.
  7. Create a Government portal for car or bike share. People who use it more than ten times a month should get tax benefits.
  8. Encourage tax payers… People who file tax year after year should get more exemption. Tax slabs should be based on the amount and no. of years. Award people who pay taxes continuously ten years… twenty years and so on. Indian honours system should be updated with more categories.
  9. Apart from Old age benefits, please introduce child benefits. Pay them till they turn thirteen and restrict it to only two and higher amount for the lower ratio and numbers.
  10. Create citizen forums for the concerns and highlights of their city. Designate a special team to resolve reported issues. A Happy Home is Happy Country!

Media control, removal of TRP ratings, standardise advertisement or having a cap for money spent on advertisements and much more should come into life. There are many more pain points in our society and we have a lot of people highlighting the same, but what happens is the time for any resolution to get implemented is what put us in the back seat. Rapid action like what we experience today is the only solution. Keep it coming!

Once again, Hats off to my dear The Hon. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, for being the first person to act boldly! You are the Change, the Sun, the Leader, we Indians needs badly. Let’s make Mother India Proud!

Jai Hind!

Yours sincerely,

Proud Indian Citizen!