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Why Take a Selfie when U can Take a Groupfie with Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro

Tuesday 31 October 2017 /

I would like to say that I am a technology freak. Blame it on the things I do , my profession and blogging keeps me glued to my phone if not 24hrs, 16 hrs  would be a reasonable call ! With a plethora of options, it's easy to get flown by the advertisements and phone launches of the past few weeks, I know confusion prevails on to what phone to hold on  and what phone to let go .In such splurging times, it's easy to get indulged in impulse purchases influenced by the barrage of TV commercials.
That's where I step in with a review of the latest phone I am using and try to ease out the confusion and help you make a decision .
I know you would have seen me breaking a selfie stick on my Instagram and most of you wondered what the hell is wrong with her, ( who breaks a selfie stick,especially in this age where you can afford to forget your husband behind on a leisure trip but not your selfie stick ) but what if I tell you that I have caught hold of a phone which really lets me use all the amazing selfie features ( plus a lot more ) without actually having to carry a stick around ?????
Well Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro is here . Before you go on google this phone, let me simplify the logic side of the selfie stick which adds distance between you and the camera phone so that a bigger cone area like that of a clown's cap is formed for more people/matter/surroundings to squeeze in. As most camera phones work like horses attached to a cart with blinkers on the sides of their eyes so that they view the road in a straight line of sight. Unlike this revolutionary Asus Zenfone 4 selfie pro which captures much much wider area around you without having to stretch your arm like spiderman. It feels as if there are three or four camera lenses placed side by side within close quarters. Now I can confidently say with Zenfone 4 selfie Pro , that I can carry my world around as it always captures my world around me -with me . So no more cheek to cheek jostling, no more sucking in of the stomachs, no more tolerating the acidic sweat smell around the armpits ( off course ! we do that with much poise for the sake of a squeeze selfie) .Now with all selfies you can carry your couch with you and there will be still room for your dog ,your pizza,the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Qutub Minar and your unpretentious casual natural self (or should we say of the entire Group)?

Design / Operating System/ Ram -Rom - Asus Zenfone Selfie Pro has a premium metal design which looks sleek and a statement in itself to carry and flaunt around. With 6.85mm thickness and 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass, it looks and feel genuinely sturdy too.
The phone is packed with Android 7.1.1 Nougat Operating System which is the latest.
 ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is also powered by a 64-bit, 2GHz, octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 processor with 4GB RAM/ 64GB ROM (expandable to 2TB)

Camera and its multitude modes : Zenfone 4 selfie pro is packed with a 24MP Duo pixel front camera with with f1.8 and EIS  + 5MP, f/2.2,120 wide view angle,  While most of us are aware that 24MP is better than 20MP (offered by most competition)  ,we need to understand that lesser the 'f ' value becomes (sorry to disappoint you :) as in this case 'f ' value means the Focal value ), wider becomes the aperture of the camera to allow more light to reach the image sensor ,hence the picture is better in low light conditions .

Zenfone 4 selfie Pro is supported with soft light LED flash ( which allows a more gradual gradation from bright to dark with its soft light ), which I feel is better than most competition where you just get one quick shot of flash light when the click happens which often causes us to shut our eyes as reflex action.
Finally how does dual Front Camera help in taking great selfies ?
Here's how -  It works more like a pair of human eyes which enable us to see things in 3D . While one primary camera capture sharp photos as cut by a samurai sword apple slice while the secondary camera takes the depth of field making the picture more realistic near 3D ,vivid ,clear with a Bokeh effect (This explains why we need a 120 wide view angle ). Hence the result is a wide view containing greater details and realistic colours at very fast speeds and Oh ! with EIS - Electronic Image stabilization,which in simpler terms means - the shakes,the giggles,the tickles and the last jiffy fickles ,can not shake the quality of a great photo

The present Raw file support and portrait mode which means more bokeh effect ( blurred effect of objects behind the main subject so that the focus is always on You) the image is easily comparable to a dslr quality.
PRO 32 sec long exposure lets you capture more details in the dark.Hence the picture captured will be full of light trails against a black background. As a young child, I always wondered how they could draw such fine lines of light on a dark road and capture the image.
The 16 MP rear camera feature explains the high res pictures which delivers me some killer flatlays Trust me the best ever I have ever posted .
As compared to other competitive smart phones , Zenfone 4 selfie Pro, Rear camera has a  f/2.2  16MP Sony® image sensor camera along with ASUS SuperPixel™ Engine - exclusive image processor and  LED real tone flash, Which provides extremely enhanced results.

Audio /VideoZenfone 4 Selfie Pro records the video in 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) at 30fps which is by far one of the best . Not only that the phone is has an inbuilt Hi-Res Audio 192kHz/24-bit standard and DTS® for headphone support, It also has dual internal microphone with ASUS Noise Reduction Technology.

Beauty mode - Well its time Cameras change the mode to "Enhanced Beauty Mode" as all Selfie takers are convinced that they are born beautiful .

Wide angle mode -Taken with a relaxed bent elbow and not with a straight plaster cast arm.

Low light mode - Rear Camera

Low light mode Front selfie : You can actually differentiate the pantone code of the colour green in the back screen,the shirt,the chair and my hair.

Portrait Mode :Immortalizing the Great Bollywood Legend, Dev Anand sahib

Panaroma selfie - Before Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro ,never knew such a thing was possible.

Camera comparison with Vivo V5 Plus and Oppo F3 Pls 
  • Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro- Front camera : 24 MP Duo Pixel Camera technology as against 20MP of Vivo V5 Plus or 16 MP of Oppo F3 plus 
  • Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro F stop - F/1.8 as against F2.0 of Vivo V5 Plus and same for Oppo F3 Plus 
  • Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro has a Secondary Camera for depth of Field effect . 5MP, f/2.2, 120 wide view angle with EIS with super pixel technology  . No wide view angle  and EIS in Vivo V5 Plus and Oppo F3 Plus.
  • Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro extra features Raw file support , 4k video recording ( front camera ) which is missing in Vivo and Oppo both .
  • Zenfone 4  Selfie Pro- Rear camera : 16 MP Duo Pixel PDAF, EIS Camera technology while in Vivo V5 Plus and  Oppo F3 plus is also 16 MP but minus EIS.
  • Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Rear Camera features - While this phone has various modes like - auto, super resolution, panorama, slow-mo, time lapse, but the best part is the Pro feature which has 32 sec long exposure which is missing in Vivo V5 Plus and is only for 16 sec in Oppo F3 Plus
  • Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro Rear Camera extra features Raw file support , 4k video recording ( rear camera ) which is missing in Vivo and Oppo both .
Price for Zenfone Selfie Pro - 23,999
Oppo F3 Plus - Rs.27,990
Vivo V5 Plus - Rs 22,990

Final Verdict - As a Lifestyle Blogger,most of the times my handicap was of a qualified photographer with me at evening parties. But I found Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro to replace my extra baggage of a photographer.The feel of ease ,the confidence of great night time selfies and the quick response time with great pictures has made me great fan of this product. BTW, did I mention that you get the advanced smartphone features free with this great camera.Maybe after falling in love with the camera qualities don't forget to dial or receive  calls too.

You Can Buy the Phone on Flipkart 

5 Reasons it is important to hire a guide when trekking in Bhutan

Friday 8 September 2017 /

Are you looking for a new place to hike while exploring unfamiliar cultures and enjoying wonderful sceneries? If you are, then Bhutan should be the perfect travel destination for your kind of adventure! Bhutan is a small country perched on the southern flank of the Lower Himalayas and is landlocked by the autonomous region of Tibet, in China, to the north and by India to the south. Bhutan is the last remaining Buddhist kingdom in the world and it was only during the 1970s when the hermit nation opened itself up to the rest of the world. Driven by their value of happiness as an important part of nation building, Bhutan continually ranks as one of the happiest places in all of Asia while boasting one of the fastest growing GDP growth rates in the world.

5 Tips to traveling around the world

Monday 24 July 2017 /

5 Tips to traveling around the world

Traveling around the world can be quite an exhilarating experience. If you have never done so before, you are in for quite a treat. While there is a lot to take in and learn about various aspects of the world, you will likely also learn a great deal about yourself in the process. If you are a Travel Freak, then you are well aware of how traveling can change your life and open up your eyes to different cultures and ways of living. This article will provide some tips on how to travel around the world.

  1. Journal. It is a fact that you will learn a great deal about yourself while you are traveling. While traveling the world, you will likely see people and places that you have only seen in the movies or on television. It is likely that you will talk to people in local pubs and eateries and hear about their life experiences. Every situation that you are in while you are traveling is a gift. Every evening after your adventures for the day have ceased, take a few moments to jot down some thoughts in a journal. What did you see? What did you do? How did you feel? What did you think? Who did you meet? While the overall feeling of traveling will not go away with time, sometimes the intricate details that make a trip so amazing can fade. Having a journal can help to relive these memories as time passes on.

  1. Budget. Traveling around the world can be quite expensive. If you have created a budget for yourself, be sure to stay within your means. It would be a catastrophe to have to cut your trip short because you spent your budget too fast and then do not have a way to earn more funds to complete your trip.

  1. Safety. While traveling can open your eyes to new aspects of the world and you will likely enjoy some conversations with locals and others that you meet on your journey, be sure to use your head and think with your gut. While spending an evening at the bar, enjoying the local fare and beer is a fun idea, it is not such a good idea to invite a person back to your sleeping quarters for the evening. It is also not a good idea to go to the person’s place. While it may seem like you have known this person for years after speaking to them for a few hours, it is best to plan to meet up again during the daylight to avoid any unwanted situations.

  1. Communication. It is important to keep in touch with family and friends that are back at home. It could be worrisome for friends and family to go days or weeks without hearing of your whereabouts and safety. Be kind and check in from time to time. Your family will want to hear of your adventures as well as know that you are safe.

  1. Travel in pairs or groups. While traveling alone sounds like a liberating experience and one that is quite empowering, it can also be very dangerous. Sadly, if you are a woman, it is certainly even more dangerous to travel alone than if you are of the male gender. It is important that when at all possible, you travel with a friend or in a group. This is for safety reasons as well as being able to share the experience with someone else.

More shells and Embroidery - Tales from Bhujodi

Tuesday 4 July 2017 / , , , ,

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There were more shells and patchwork panels on display as there are stars in the sky . After having leisurely strolls and being so enthusiastic about a town which I googled before leaving for my travel to Kutch and Bhuj, I was looking forward to be blown away.  Not only did I confirm my seat on the plane, I mentally rather booked my fashion seat at a village which is known for handicrafts . 
Bhujodi is the major textile center of Kutch with more than 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. 
Our trip was planned in a way that our first stop was Kutch , and Bhujodi was on the itinerary merely as a pit stop on our way to Mandvi Beach . I had a chance of meeting local artisans during my stay at Rann of Kutch and small weavers and local designers who travelled all the way from the village of textiles( Bhujodi) had set up their small shops at the desert camp. I wanted to get each and every piece I saw there, but held onto my horses as much as my hubby held onto his wallet.
It was a very hot day in Bhujodi town. The sun was too strong but the gush of excitement for a shopping spree I was about to experience didn't let me feel a thing.
There I was in for a surprise. I met weavers, tie- dye experts, jewellery designers ,small time artists , block printers and who not . Most of them welcomed me to their homes and even let me watch them as they worked around. 
I saw a lady sewing these shells to this blouse in one of the houses. I randomly walked in . Intrigued by the colour I started walking towards her to inspect closely on this piece of clothing she was working on. "Abhi Poora Nahin Hua hai " - Its half finished  she said. 
A close inspection and my heart was set on this blouse and I told her that I had one hour in the village and I really wanted this piece . Her eyes beamed with flurry of excitement and we set a price for this beauty . 
The sleeves needed to be stitched , the shells were half strung and her elder daughter announced a lunch break as she carelessly slipped the plate in front of her . We started chatting and with a quick nod , the daughter was instructed to take the food away and bring it later.
 I explained her about my role as an influencer . I told her that I use fashion as a means to express ideas , and how my style of dressing imbued meaning and I use clothes and dressing up as a tool and commitment to the idea of supporting Indian weaving industry. But if they are not used where everyone can see them, can they really have an impact ? Throwing this question at her, I left the conversation there and left the rest to her imagination. She got a fair idea when I showed her my instagram page . 
I told her that I loved being there and how seeing the whole family work into making some unique garments I concluded that there are more to clothes than just clothes. After looking at the way every weaver functions in a small village like Bhujodi, I framed clothing as a collection of values, diversity, creativity and entrepreneurship .
It was then I realised living in a city like Delhi where fashion is fast and consuming, I reflected my distance with the industry. Tipping them with the amount which was double the price she asked for was the least I could do. 
This whole experience taught me one thing  -there is so much beauty and local talent available in our country too, and sometimes that whole feeling of gratification comes when you have a close encounter with the maker of something you instantly have a connection with.
I drafted this post because a lot of you were keen to find out the details of this outfit. I wanted to share the sentiment behind this look and this is my only medium, so here you guys , a few pictures of the same. 
If you have had a similar experience, you know what I am talking about ;)

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Gionee A1 - The best selfie camera phone for instagrammers

Tuesday 13 June 2017 / , , ,

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New phone in the market ?? It always attract my attention. Before you upgrade to your new smart phone, here is a low down on the New Gionee A1, which if you follow me on instagram, you would know that I couldn't stop flaunting it , the minute I laid my hands on .
I got myself a Black colour, and I realised the sleek metal casing (also found on the pricier phones ) has a look and feel of extreme luxury.

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Juice Diet

Friday 9 June 2017 /

To be honest, juice detoxing and cleansing have become too mainstream. They have become such a rage that you may feel left behind if you have not tried it yet. Also, you may assume that you can quickly get started with the diet following the same pattern as your friends.However, the truth is, the diet is unique for everyone and calls for some planning and preparation. Yeah, you read it right! So, if you are under preparation to take the much-hyped juice diet, you must find well in advance what would work for you and what wouldn’t, to reap maximum benefits out of it. So, before you start, you need to own a juicer and put it to beneficial use and adopt healthy habits.

I am Overdressed all the time

Thursday 6 April 2017 / , , , , ,

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This post displays a haze of affectionate nostalgia , the calm of summers, the unstudied effortlessness, carefree mood, unencumbered and in sync with some patterns which have survived time's decay.
Today I am going to Introduce you all to my new favourite brands - Obeetee Rugs and Cotton Rack.
I was sent one of the finest pieces of  Obeetee rugs rendering Weaves and designs relating to ancient motifs and fine arts and intricate detailing . Indian Veteran designer Tarun Tahiliani recently designed a few majestic carpets as a part of Proud to Be Indian collection for Obeetee, which has his signature quintessential Indian design and a great initiative put together as a whole to bring forth country's artistic rug heritage in a more grand and upscale form.
This Rug has already taken a centre stage in my living room and clearly reflects the hopes and desires on display in the detailed motifs, design and the colour which renders wealth and prestige or a social identity in its old world charm kind of a weave. 
My idea of wearing this dress and sitting on the carpet was conceptualized even before I saw this rug and much before it was even sent out. 
Cotton Rack is a premium and; ethical Khadi lifestyle brand with attention to details and minimal designs. Its a pure amalgamation of the traditional and the most grounded, zero carbon footprint Khadi with contemporary cuts and silhouettes that suits the modern & mature palate.
Brainchild of Vinayak and Rameshwari,this Smart Khadi white dress has a pure blend of Cashmere wool and Coolness of cotton alike. Two years into the research and then finally coming up with Khadi minus the coarseness is what keeps the balance of the outfit. Kudos to you both for bringing out great value to the garment . 
Our successive generation has a total less of an idea what was life back then when people lived out a pure Khadi moment. Many years later still gearing towards sustainability, brands like these should definitely be supported and promoted.
Our Prime Minister's Drive -  Make In India is well echoed through these two brands. 
I felt the aesthetics of both the brands was an equal marriage and invoke a visible yet irresistible tale of an imagined era and its recreation in the best way I could put forth through a picture story.
Clearly these photos are my sole interpretation of a character ( in my head) . Initially I wanted to portray / Evoke Hallowed ideals of virtuous women, but things took a different shape when I spoke to Sahil about the kind of mood I wanted my pictures to have.  Turns out he wanted me to have a Halo instead and suggested we bring some flowers to add to the mood. I opened my closet to him and we settled on this flower crown to create a Pseudo Halo something something ..... . 
There I was sitting on the Rug ,flashing in my mind was the fairy tale of Aladdin and his magic carpet, picturing the movie, step by step ( in 3D) with my eyes closed, feeling the clouds, when suddenly with a loud thud I came back on mother Earth and split into a rapturous laughter . Sahil while trying to create that magical angle had fallen down from the chair. Lucky for him , only his back was hurt while his camera wasn't. 
Sometimes creativity does bite back and you may or may not notice from the sequence of my photographs , but post this short take off and landing, we later  settled for only playing with front shots minus the chair.
I hope you like the pictures, and I can't wait to hear what you feel :)
Until Next time !!

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The New Whisper Ultra Soft is 2x times softer

Monday 20 March 2017 / ,

Today's post is about a little period talk and how choosing the right sanitary pad is tricky. With all the sanitary care products on the drugstore shelf, how do we know which is the right one for me ?

When it comes to choosing the right pad, the first and the primary most thing I look for is comfort. 

Plaid That Is

Monday 27 February 2017 / , , , , , , , , ,

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With the return of the  checkered culture, I am more than happy to announce that I got my laptop back, which has some of the long forgotten pictures that I always wanted to post, but couldn't because of some or the other major technical mishap. It was an unanticipated recovery , but who doesn't love some extra content ? In today's post you would see ,whirling through the time when traditional met modern and delivered a chic look of a different stripe. The photos may date a few months old, but I like to get absorbed in this new era of Plaid- ness - rather than Plain-ness .

A classic shirt dress is one of the signature downtown piece of clothing and it's even crept into the runway by no crook, also known for the old grown love of all things comfy and can be literally mined for its familiarity . Juxtapose several trends together and this piece of clothing gets a new lift rendering high fashion in  the most legible and consumable forms. The trends I am talking about here are in the little extra details delivered via sleeves ,in the form of a creative bow knot which can be moved back and forth or played around for a more cutting edge show. Todays outfit is dramatic, I know I know, the sunnies kinda steal away the show , but not outrageous ? I don't know- But you have the liberty to Judge away  ...
Though rules are not hard, the trick for mixing plaids is quite obvious . I love mixing things in all my glory, but here is a rule - You don't want to mix plaids of  same sizes or colour, but feel free to experiment with other prints. In my case my floral larger than life sunnies are a fashion extra , more on the stylish front than on a rakish one.When you see something thats been put together in patterns you have to take a moment and look and see where it works ?
I like it when high fashion aesthetics are fused into accessible and relatively affordable clothes that has at least a little kinship with high-end streetwear which kinda serve as bridge and lets you cross that line where nothing becomes not (buyable ).
With New York Fashion week 2017 (NYFW2017 ) and Milan Fashion Week 2017 (MFW2017) just ending up and India fashion week 2017 around the corner, I see plaids trend has been tossed out and street style witnessed some most amazing styles and mixes which were better than the runway and grabbed my eyeballs. While I may find my realm in a school girl inspired plaids at the moment, and still adding more to the shopping cart with another window open on my device,  you don't forget to bounce off in the comments and tell me what kind of a plaidster you are ?

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