#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!

LET’S SAY ‘YES’ TO THE ALL NEW DATSUN REDI-GO!

IT Job, decent salary, happily married (oxymoron), own house, what do I miss? I ask myself what is that single line item I miss now? Is the answer a bike…? A Bike, for a family? Or a car, preferably a SUV? But it should not cost a bomb. I say to myself.

Of course, it will not. These days, the designers of car are smart enough to target the right set of people.

Am I a target, I ask myself?

No… no, what I meant is… okay, no more arguments my dear. Watch this video…

The all new DATSUN REDI-GO from Nissan with pride. Looks good! But… will it be cost effective? Will it have all the latest features?

There is more than a dozen feature. Let me brief about my favourite three!

Okay, go on…

It’s a unique fusion of compact crossover and urban hatchback, offering the best of both worlds. It’s compact and sleek, yet robust and aggressive. The exterior is more of a premium appeal, just like you.

Okay, agreed. The look is great! What about the features?

It’s spacious. It can be overloaded! (Tongue out)

I’ll kick your ass. Go ahead and explain the dashboard, music system and any new features that is possess.

Let me start with the adaptive power steering that has unbelievable stability at high speeds. The next for the techie inside you, the drive computer that is loaded with features like shift indicator, average mileage, distance to refill the tank, (of course, your mind will think about the credit card EMIs. Do not worry, it has a fuel economy of 25.17 km/l) and what not? Feel it, techie dude.

Impressive… but is it on highways or on normal roads?

It’s combined. Let me tell you that this sleek car can help you swim in the traffic, with amazing five speed manual transmission and superior air-conditioning system.

I am convinced… but give me one more strong reason to buy it.

Hmm… You can make a full turn around with just a 4.7 metre turning radius. You do not have to worry about driving on small roads or trying hard to work on back gear. I know you suck at it (Tongue out)

I am going to behead you. Before that tell me can I test drive?

People who can drive can test drive, so I guess you cannot. By the way which city do you prefer?

I love to test drive in Bangalore. If I love the experience, and if it is not going to hurt my EMIs, then I may book it.)

How should I make him book the car? Let me think… 1, 3, 5…

What are you thinking?

Give me your mobile, I quickly open Google play store and install DATSUN INDIA. I launch the app and show him the phone.

OMG! LET’S SAY ‘YES’ TO THE ALL NEW DATSUN REDI-GO!

A techie is always a techie!

The conversation between me and myself is impressive enough to book the car. Because all we need is Fun. Freedom. Confidence. And the ultimate Urban Cross – Datsun redi-GO – the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback promises it!

Ideal Yatra!

Life itself is a yatra from birth to peace. We knowingly or unknowingly travel to new destinations with or without our own will and explore the hidden beauty of nature created by the supreme power, God. Out of these yatras we like (at least forced to like) almost all the yatras, but only a very few are our favourites. It’s our Ideal Yatra!

In these 28 years on earth I had been to several places, explored the beauty of nature and have my own favourites. My visit to Poovar Island, Trivandrum, is one of the ideal domestic yatras I had been to, along with my wife. It took five emails to book a floating cottage in Poovar Island and a visit to yatra.com to book the flights. The experience of booking the flight was good: searched for domestic flights, typed source and destination location, date, no. of passengers and hit on ENTER. In almost five minutes I had my confirmed returned tickets in my inbox. I was the happiest man!

On the day of the journey, my brother took us to the airport in the car… we found Chennai Airport so beautiful. Luckily we checked in online (Air India Web check-in). Though we reached at the last minute, still we quickly passed through the security checks and boarded the flight right in time… all thanks to Chennai traffic and surprise diversions.

The flight journey to Trivandrum was smooth and good. Luckily, there was no turbulence. In my previous International flights, I had the worst experiences with seatbelt on all the time. As soon as we reached Trivandrum we got into the cab arranged by the Poovar Islands Team; a kind gesture by the team for the honeymoon couple. Followed by the cab journey, we took a boat to the Island viewing the seas I had previously seen in the maps.

Living in a cottage floating on water was an amazing experience for us. My wife was scared at the start, but within a few hours, she got used to it. In fact, on the second day we sat on the backyard of the cottage keeping our legs inside the water. The days flew faster than we imagined. Be it the candlelight dinner, the specially decorated honeymoon cake, or the backwater ride on a small boat, it was an incredible experience! Not to forget the dining experience, the mouth-watering cuisines, the photogenic surroundings and the amazing seashore that gave us a lifetime memorable frozen moment in my camera lens.

Though we made our itinerary to cover the entire city, the serenity of the Island did not allow us to go outside. On the last day the team arranged a cab for dropping us back to the airport. On the way the cab driver, Sriram Anna, a kind-hearted human being, took us to a famous Vinayagar temple, the chocolate shops and dropped us in the airport. The return flight journey was bit emotional, as we missed the cottage a lot. We decided to visit again and maybe in a few months’ time, we may visit again.

Thanks to Yatra.com for being a part of our ideal yatra. Explore more about Domestic Airlines. Happy Journey! Keep Smiling!