Travel Lite, Stay Easy : Stayzilla – Making Room for New


       Easier said than done right ?

“Experience is far more valuable than money could ever be”.

This saying has stayed true for ages now. For a culture, which has its ancient texts quoting “Athithi Devo Bhavo” how could they not value all what travel adds to the depth of a person. But this modern day life struggles, doesn’t let it happen. People have forgotten what it is like to have Visitors. How to open their houses up for all those who matter and not think about the cost. As people from smaller cities have moved in metros, this concept of having guests has gone awry.

This led to the evolution of a completely new concept : Travel with your buddies, have days of your lives but find your own place to crash at the end of the day. While you remain busy making forever lasting memories, what you shouldn’t worry about is searching a place for the good night sleep. To the rescue rises from the plethora of android applications, an app with exquisiteness blended with some great UI design and a database of all the comfy spots of the city: StayZilla !!!stayzilla2

StayZilla was introduced to me through the IndiBlogger’s initiative: BNLF, and I haven’t been able to get over with this unique one of its kind service. Stayzilla is essentially a one stop solution for all your stay needs. Be it the interactive design of application’s interface or be it the chat option of speaking to the customer care with no need to dial any numbers or waiting for raised incidents for resolution, the application stays class apart from all its Competitors. Apart from that, stayzilla also provides the option to list out your property for rent to visitors. Here are some screenshots :

chat        Go StayZilla Go                guest

As and when you download the Stayzilla app, you have to register on it. Registering with Facebook is the easiest possible way. With a niche strategy of focusing only on ‘stays, Stayzilla offers over 35,000 ‘Stays’ across 4000+ cities in India. This is a database that surpasses anything else what other similar startups are trying to achieve. Here is a video to conclude:


#Together : A story of optimism and collaborative journey

There is no such power as the power of a good friend’s support on your side. To feel loved, to feel reciprocated is probably the highest of all motivation to get even the most difficult job done. Housing knows the difficulty of sustaining motivation for everyday of the week, some days in our life we do need a pat on the back, a little bit of support from a friend or family to keep the spirit up and to keep marching forward.

Any company founded on the basis of such an ideology is bound to reach great horizons.It is these relations that we develop and the bonding we foster which remains as an accumulated sum of our being of existence. No matter how tough are the circumstances, how critical the situation turns out to be there are always some people we can fall back upon. These stories of #togetherness and collaboration goes a long way forward and helps us achieve the invincible goal.

To be together at times requires you to make the decision which is not best for the individual but for the team. A team after all goes far ahead and far longer than the individual. cover

I still remember the time I was left with no choice but to move to Pune for my first job. It was never a choice possible for me as an individual but when I found a few of my friends also left at the same threshold of choice, that was our moment of #togetherness. It was as if the moment has seized us, we were all together in the journey of start of our careers in a city 2500 miles from home. We were just like a family away from home. None of us knew about the challenges that lied ahead of us but we were ready for all that was in front of us, as a group, as a team. It was that spirit of #togetherness and the company of friends that reignited the hope of a better life in our situation of crisis.

We had to search for a flat/pg so that all us friends could be together, a cook for our meals and other basic survival needs. Courtesy, at least the search for accommodation was never a worry, un-matching food tastes definitely was a matter of concern for quite some time till we learned to respect each other’s food preferences. The few outings we had came as a rescue to our monotonous routines and further strengthened the bond. The skills, projects, offices changed but what remained constant was the bond we developed over those cups of coffee, the stories that we shared at dinner remain refreshed in our hearts. Those days at beaches or after office parties at restro-bars take away all our sadness and problems.

Being #together comes with a sense of attachment with the feelings of others. A sense of pride in their victory and a pinch of sour in detachment. In all, it is a journey to cherish while it lasts.


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Look Up: A Tale of Optimism where everything seems falling apart


There are some days we feel shaken, broken and lost in a world where everyone’s running from one goal to another, changing cities and earning fatter pay checks. Days when we don’t want to run any more, rather just sit down and look up at all what we have accomplished while running the rat race, to take a breath and enjoy the piece of pie we have been so busy chasing.

This post is about optimism, this post is about hope. This post is about a world filled with positivity. As elusive as it may seem, optimism can be found all around – in the laughter of children, in the excitement on your pet’s face when you get back after a long day, and in the smile of your loved ones when you go back home after months of being away.

 I’ll tell you one such story of optimism and sheer positivity amidst crisis. A story of happiness found in an endless spark of possibilities. The story of a north-Indian friend who straight from college was one day told to join a multinational firm with joining in Chennai.The small town boy unaware of worldly logics and troubles of moving to a city 3000 miles away from home just packed a bag of daily wears, took the Chennai express. Little did he knew, that a lot of adventure was written for his future journey.

It was when he got down at the Chennai Station, he realized that Tamil was the local tongue in the city of Rajnikant and not Hindi. Welcome to Chennai read the autos, but no one cared to took him to the destination, all thanks to the language gap. But it was just the beginning of troubles for him till the time he realized that he has lost his mobile ( with all the necessary contacts) on his device. 

To move to the city from the station premises and to get a shelter for the night was his only concern at the moment. Unable to reach out to any one who could have helped him in such a situation he was tensed, rather more worried as sunlight began to fade. He decided to take a walk dragging the 10 kg bag without letting the hope of a comfortable stay fade away and what took his spirit up was the billboard across the road. 

He quickly searched for a cyber cafe and logged into his life saviour website. Sun had almost went down, drenched in sweat some from the humidity and rest from fear, he searched for any pg worth staying in. Courtesy the endless possibilities that housing offers, he ended up finding a decent stay location nearby and that too in quite a reasonable amount. He called up the contact number provided from a local PCO and explained his situation to the guy on other side. 

As they say all good things come in small packages, so was his help. A little boy of about 12 ( son of the owner) came near the cyber cafe,  and took him to the pg where he took the shelter and offered him some food – Rassam and Chawal, which was definitely his most delightful meal till today.

Where there’s a hope, there are endless possibilities.

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Book Review: God is a Gamer

Welcome to the world of Internet. Bitcoins, shady websites, illegit trading,  Phishing attacks all packed together in a single book by Ravi Subramanian :  “God is a Gamer”. The book takes you from Washington’s Congress to Delhi’s finance ministry, from the beaches of Goa to boardrooms of Mumbai. Ravi has done quite a bit of research while writing this book – explaining the technicalities of bitcoins (a digital currency) and online gaming with its increased exposure courtesy social networking sites like “Facebook”.

All the characters of the book Aditya, Varun, Tanya, Swami, Malvika, Sundeep are deeply woven and very well developed as the book progresses. This is the first time in Indian fiction industry that someone has exploited a subject like Bitcoin and has given it the outlook of a thriller. The author has chosen simple language in the similar pattern as other Indian Fiction Novelists, and the reader at times feel the need for better choice of words for a clear imagery.

The story starts with two big shots Vijay Banga, President of Mastercard International and Joseph Saunders, the CEO of Visa International discussing business and the amendments , profits and the losses, followed by the mysterious murder of Gillian Tan with a series of events happening all accross New York, Mumbai and Goa. Story roams around an international bank NYIB (New York International Bank) and its operations in India. It is when Swami comes to know of a phishing scam that’s compromising multiple accounts, her boss, Malvika offers him no help at all, and instead pushes the blame on Swami in front of the Singapore chief, he decides to move out of the bank and start his own organization eTIOS to handle banking operations as an outsourced agency. NYIB is the first bank to outsource them for their operations. Aditya and Sundeep are also engaged in running their gaming industry launching online games from time to time.

In the first read of the book itself, any person could easily make out the extent of research done by Ravi on Bitcoins, Gaming Industry, impact of phishing sites  and on banking domain.  Just like previous works of Ravi, several stories run across various geographies accentuating the thrill and intensity of the plot. The author has also been successful in pointing out the importance of  social media and smart phones in the modern world for networking and professional growth.

The font size that the author has used along with his way of presenting the story in forms of short chapters add to the crisp. The twists and turns of the plot make the climax a bit predictable and somewhat elaborate, with scenes often repeating themselves. This strategy of narrating the crime before the suspects make the book uninteresting towards the end. The climax, if had been more precise would have given it the feel that the reader expects from a thriller.

Thanks to BlogAdda and my association with its review program that I am able to read this modern thriller delivered at my home free of cost and would like to extend this opportunity to fellow bloggers to be a part of this unique initiative.

Title: God is a Gamer
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Publishers: Penguin
Pages: 309
Genre: Fiction
Price: 299/ –
Rating: 3/5 Stars


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Univercell Sync : Syncing Life to Evolving Technology

In this rapidly changing technology world, be it smartphones or tablets; requirements and demands of tech enthusiasts evolves faster than the brands can deliver. That’s the reason competition between brands has evolved to such a great extent.

In these changing times, the need of consumers  is a store that provides them with hands on experience and technical insight about the competitive products within their price range so as to understand what features is their hard earned money delivering them.

This need of delivering enhanced user experience is very well understood and tapped by Univercell Sync. Univercell Sync is a chain of 14 experience stores where a prospective customer can gets hands on  all latest models of mobiles, cameras and tablets, take pictures, get them printed, choose appropriate accessories for the device and avail a plethora of after sales services. This experience is enhanced by a wide range of smartphones properly arranged in following categories: Camera, Music and Work. Now comes the part what makes Univercell better than its online counterparts:


Sync Squad : This is one of its kind customer relationship service that never before existed in the technology sector. It not just provides after sales support but provides proper expertise such as applications according to the user’s need, car-smartphone pairing service and the team from Sync Squad visits the phone buyers to help the customers in personalizing their gadgets. This kind of after sales service can any day beat sales records that these online stores boast about. Thanks a lot Indiblogger for making me visit such a modern day store that offered me an insight that how much has the concept of Customer Relationship in India has evolved.

Beside the smartphones and tablets section there was a separate Music Counter, Bazar Section, Photo Section, Latest Arrival Section, which respectively offered headphones and Speakers, Low Range Phones, camera and latest in technology market stuff.


To stay in touch with what all new stuff Univercell Sync is coming up with download their Android Application  from Google play store : “UniverCell Mobile” or visit .

Book Review: The Other Side By Faraaz Kazi

A collection of thirteen tales about unseen and unexpected events that happen around us all the time, but takes a shock to come to fore. The book talks about a world that our eyes refuse to see, our ears deny hearing and our senses ignore the feel of. It takes you to a journey where it is impossible to tell what lies ahead of you as you turn to the next page. It clearly seems that the authors were inspired by some strange experiences to collect these 13 tales of varying paranormal incidences blurring the lines of reality and imagination.

The book is a must read for all those bibliophiles who want to overcome their fears by reading out their own life experiences and confrontations with the unknown. Engrossing in ways more than the book not just only surprises but also shocks and holds you in a grip firm to finish the 13 tales in a single sitting. All the stories leave you with a feeling of déjà vu, giving the feel that these incidences might have happened with you as well.

Faraaz has done a fascinating job writing the epilogue and prelude. The way he has told his own story is what keeps the reader hooked to each and every word of this modern fiction.Simple language and exceptionally well-woven plots are necessary for any book of horror genre to do well and “The Other Side” matches international standards for that fact. Visual elements give the stories the spooky and graveyard like atmosphere appearing in front of readers’ eyes.

Not every story was exactly horrifying, some had some twists and turns where the reality is brought to the fore at the end and a few stories had comical endings as well, but still all of them managed to give readers the goosebumps at one point or the other.Mostly I felt that the stories were actually similar to supernatural incidents previously heard from elders but were given a modern day context.

Overall Rating: 3/5

Idea Caravan: Innovative Ideas Towards a Brighter Tomorrow

At the bottom of every human thought, deep down the volumes of reflection communicated and beneath the contemplation of any genius, there lies an idea still waiting to emerge, a unique viewpoint, which is nothing else but a union of beliefs that was not perceived to have any existing relation till that point in time.

The only people who can ever make this sudden marriage of ideas happen are those who care about them like a mother does for her child. When you meet such a person, who values his idea above everything else, question him why is that something supposedly so important to him, just ask him to explain. He will tell you about his experiences, moments of revelation and facts about reality that doesn’t matter to anyone who isn’t him. He will describe in infinite details deep personal stories, and it will all be autobiographical; he will simply let you know that who he truly is,  by discussing something completely unrelated to his life. Something that happened to him and changed his whole life. This is what a True Idea, whose time has come does to a mortal soul.

If Newton never told anybody about the law of gravity, if Edison would have only lit his own house, the world would have remained untouched by their brilliant ideas and minds. Powerful ideas of today are the true investments for a better tomorrow. Franklin Templeton Investments had partnered with the TEDxGateway in Mumbai December 2012, with this very belief.


These ideas of today evolve, get refined and modify with the passage of time to become the reality in future. After watching videos of 18 such path breaking ideas from a variety of domains, it was real hard for me to single out which one to elaborate on.  So, I ended up choosing the one, which relates in some way or the another to the life of every student. The Concern of Exams.

The fear and anxiety of being judged is inevitable in life and the burden of scoring high marks that our current examination system has build upon students has added to this. It takes away from them the privilege of choosing their own direction in life since the amount of time a Class 10th or 12th student spends towards his school, coaching etc bereft him from the pleasure of pursuing his dream.

All what I can recollect from my Class X days is constant babbling of my peers, parents and teachers that how important is the Board Examination and my hectic schedule from school to “so-called” tution classes to ace in the rat-race. 6 Years hence, I realize how much over-rated it all was. Being somewhat smarter than peers, I performed academically well, but that year was really burdensome for a few of my close friends. With CBSE changing course books, complex marking schemes and a mammoth syllabus for each subject, children are unsure what to study, how to study and from where to study. Adding to trouble is the constant pressure from aunt’s neighbor’ son who scored 94 percentage last year 😛


With the integration of technology in almost all aspects of our daily lives, pedagogic education is an area which is merely coping up. Though advent of Smart Schools and making Life-Science subjects more pragmatic is widely praised as a leap for the crippled Education system, yet the ground level reality has hardly changed. Concern of performing exceptional during those 3 hours is still intact.

To tackle this problem, the need is to focus on productivity. Study the topics which are more important and practice the problems which appear more often  than others. This need of the hour was well identified by Angad Nadkarni, a 4th year student at BITS Pilani who used Supervised Machine learning ( an emerging field in Computer Science) to analyse large volume of question papers to identify patterns in them, cutting out the noise.  Check him out, presenting the idea at TEDxGateway in the video below :

To me, this video comes as no surprise. As a computer engineer, I am aware of the expanse of data mining algorithms and its array of implementation in the industry for several purposes. These Machine Learning techniques are practiced even by Stock brokers, for analyzing trends of fluctuating stock prices. The idea is not new but the implementation definitely is. Almost every one leaves out the part which is tougher to grasp; when in graduation the number of exam skyrockets. Going through previous year papers and then narrowing down to conclusions manually is a tedious task in itself, digitizing this labor is a praiseworthy effort. The statistics that show which questions are relatively complex by integrating the viewpoint of other users, can help save a lot of time as the students now know what all topics are not to be devoted attention to.

Angad is currently working on an idea focused on removing the information imbalance in the current education system, and creating a tool and platform for every student in India to get access to the best intelligence and resources in one click of a button.In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm while in the real world all rests on perseverance. Angad has come a long way making his idea realistic. In Jan 2013, along with Samudra Bhuyan ,a 28-year-old GMAT instructor as co-founder, he started his exciting entrepreneurial journey, calling it “Examify“. Balancing his duties as the CTO of a web company while juggling with academics in one of the finest Engineering College of India, is a live example of how immensely has the idea affected his own life.


Current Examify team

It is easy to walk the ordinary road but it does take something to walk the road less traveled. These 5 Bravehearts of Examify have chosen to spend their valuable time in developing a product that will soon be an innovative reality to assist weak students who don’t have terabytes of memory in their brains and lightning fast processors to assimilate and understand generally esoteric theories and conventions.

On the other hand, It proposes a rather interesting and challenging task for the teachers/exam setters to end this trend of cramming books for securing the passing marks. This belief, of a reform being necessary now among the education authorities might lead to a revolutionary change in our education system.The intellectuals would begin to design more innovative and out of the league exams to surprise students that would rather invoke their thought process, hence again rendering the exams unpredictable. 

Irrespective of how this idea affects the people, the implementation of this concept will only make our society a better place.


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An Impromptu Weekend Party

Toughest decision for a blogger to make on a weekend is a bottle or draft. I chose draft, after all who doesn’t wishes to spend some time scribbling a post that could land him up a luxurious stay in ITC, soon enough.

Courtesy the motivation provided by  ITC and Indiblogger, I, along with my flatmates have just completed making arrangements for a party, planned for this weekend. After all it is Friday, everyone’s second best F word. (Facebook is on the top of the list, not what your dirty mind were thinking :P).

Quoting Bill Watterson “Weekends don’t count, until you spend them doing something stupid.”   hence we all decided to throw a party for our friends who would be visiting us tomorrow (You know, it is the most insane that low wage IT professionals could ever get,  A party without any reason).It’s still pretty unsure that how our well laid plans and preparations are going to turn up, still all us,self proclaimed “Party Managing Brainiacs” came up with a lot wacky ideas in a last couple of hours, which I decided to compile here:



There were several suggestions in this segment ranging from a open rooftop party to a camp-fire based party down in the lawn of our society. (Since in our society, we have 11 floor-ed buildings, location choices were diverse). After hell of  a heated discussion and a  few empty coke bottles thrown on each other, we finally agreed to take the party under the starry sky on the roof of the building, with tents laid out around the corner, for the after party sleep. 


Adding to the celestial experience would be classical music (read jazz,rock, instrumental and other music genres, which came up during our World War-3, are still being debated and I can’t recollect now). Some swinging chairs have also been arranged, courtesy innumerable contacts of one of our “stud”  friends, which will be complementing the shining city lights.


Since the view from the 11th floor would be serene and stupendous, so a decent ambiance is also must. Décor needs to done beautifully, and as per the suggestions made: blue-green neon lights would be greeting us; and with ample seating all around, it would be like replicating the goan atmosphere.


It’s drizzling here since past two days, so with the hopes for same and cool breeze: which is characteristic of  height, the experience would surely be refreshing. A great part of any event is how well the ambiance holds people together, with retro style music and such delectable aura our party will definitely be hard to resist. The best idea that came out of an hour long mind churning was to use a combination of candle light and glass to pump up the adornment.


Food :

Ask not what you can do for the party, ask what’s for dinner. This is what exactly happened during most our discussion. Food , Food and Food…. Menu deciding was the hardest aspect of this party, and what was even harder was figuring out that who would eventually cook it in such a short span. Besides that, choosing from Veg/No-Veg/Fat/Low-Fat constraints were exhausting. I made the suggestion of having the grill and  open air barbecue, but thought of god’s own shower added to our food troubles.


 In this time of crisis, when mismanaged food arrangements would have created a mess, came ITC’s “Heat and Eat” dishes as relief. These heat and eat dishes are developed with an intent to make healthy eating both flavorful and convenient. We decided to order the dishes from Kitchens of India Website online and cook them according to the need of  hour.  

For the drinks, the choices made were: Mango Mastani, Chocolate Shake and Kokam Sharbat, while for main course meal Paneer Darbari, Vegetable Biryani and Dal tadka were decided, with Mango Garlic chutney and Apple Cinnamon Conserve as sidekicks. Desserts form an indispensable part of any treat, so we people agreed upon Jodhpuri Moong Dal Halwa and Hazoori Petha Halwa as our sweets for the night. Luckily, we also found desserts as a part of our online shopping venture. All Credits to : Kitchens of India. Hope that, these dishes end up being a feast for our senses.

 Chacha Chhole Bhature 3 (1)


This post is a part of My Weekend party contest written in association with Indiblogger. Do visit for a wide range of ready to eat dishes : Kitchens of India.