Thursday, 22 January 2015

WhatsApp is now available on the web

Yes, yes...its finally here. WhatsApp is now available on the web. I was waiting for this since long. WhatsApp, which is the most popular messaging service was founded in 2009. Since then it started to gain popularity and as of October 2014, Whatsapp has crossed 70 million monthly active users in India, which is 10% of its total user base (700 MM).

WhatsApp web version is an extension of the phone app which mirrors the conversations from the mobile phone app. It is compatible with Google Chrome in combination with the Android, Windows Phone, or Blackberry version of the mobile app. As per WhatsApp, they will not be able to provide web client to iOS users due to Apple’s platform limitations. 

Syncing the mobile app with the web version is not a rocket science. To sync, one will need to update the app to the latest version. Then logon to on Google Chrome browser from the desktop or laptop to scan the QR code & WhatsApp web will be synced to the mobile app. QR code can be scanned through the WhatsApp Web tab under the menu option of WhatsApp app on the phone. In order to use WhatsApp web, the user’s phone must be connected to the Internet (Be it on WiFi or the mobile data) for the client to work.

Have you started to use WhatsApp web version?

Sunday, 18 January 2015

American Sniper Movie Review: A powerful narration of Chris Kyle's life and his service

American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical war drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is based on Chris Kyle's autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. Christopher Scott "Chris" Kyle (April 8, 1974 – February 2, 2013) was a United States Navy SEAL, and proclaimed most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, having accumulated 160 confirmed kills out of 255 probable kills. 

The film stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller with Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardrict in supporting roles. Its one of the finest directed movie by Clint Eastwood. Bradley Cooper portrays Kyle's character in the movie. Again a fantastic performance delivered by him. It is said that Bradley Cooper had to bulk upto 40+ pounds for this role. Using his own trainer, he worked out four hours a day for several months. Along with the massive intake of food and intense workouts, Cooper's preparation also included twice-daily lessons with a vocal coach, as well as several hours spent studying footage of Chris Kyle. When it came to actually pointing a rifle, the actor trained with Navy SEAL sniper Kevin Lacz, who served with Kyle and was a consultant on the movie (Source: IMDB).

The movie puts a light on the Kyle's life as a sniper, his personal life, how he was unable to adjust to the civilian life on his return. After watching the trailer it made me feel that this movie might be like "The Hurt Locker" which was the movie based on war. But no, this is not a out-and-out war flick. Some of the scenes are brutal, intense. The cinematography, screenplay along with the sound design is upto the mark. In terms of casting, Bradley Cooper seems to be the perfect pick for this role.

Watch this movie for Bradley Cooper's performance. He truly captures the major portion of the movie. All said, the hard work of getting into the character is seen. At times, the movie feels kinda slow paced, but I guess for the genre of such movies, its necessary.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardrict

Rating: 4.5/5

Friday, 16 January 2015

Brazil's street food experience at Long & Short - The Gastrobar

It wasn't my first time to visit Long & Short - The Gastrobar at Intercontinental Marine Drive. Earlier also I had been to this place which is cosy & serene. The location (at the Marine Drive) makes it more pleasant. They always have been unique & creative when it comes to getting country specific cuisines. Last time I was here to experience their Oktoberfest menu. This time they have brought Brazil itself to Mumbai. Yes, Brazil is famous for its street food specialities. The Brazilian Street Food Festival began on Jan 14, 2015 & is open until Jan 25, 2015. 

They always have believed in handpicking the menu and this time also their uniqueness has proved. The Chef recommended me some of the delights.

  • Pao de Queijo (Cheese Bread in Portugese)

Its a small, baked, cheese-flavored balls, a popular snack and breakfast food in Brazil. It is very commonly found in groceries, supermarkets and bakeries. Its sort of chewy cheese puff made with Tapioca flour. This was served with Chimichurri sauce made with finely chopped parsley, coriander, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano and vinegar. Its also served with cheesy dip. The uniqueness of this dish was that it was not soggy at all. Its best to have when its served fresh and hot.

  • Moqueca de Camarao (Prawns Stew with Rice)

Its simple yet flavorsome dish in which steamed rice is served along with Prawns stew cooked in coconut gravy. If you love coconut, prawns and rice, then this is the dish worth to taste. It indeed gave me a thought of having a Goan curry. Well cooked prawns (Its very essential to cook the prawns right) and the prawns stew complimented each other.

  • Quindim

Its a popular Brazilian dessert (Coconut custard cake) which is made from sugar, egg yolks and coconut. A perfect dish for those having a sweet tooth. It was the perfect dish to complete the dinner.

Their serving portions are always generous. The staff is well mannered & they indeed sound well trained. If you have not yet visited Long & Short - The Gastrobar, you are missing out the action of the dining experience in a cosy ambiance.

Burp-O-Meter: 4/5

Sunday, 11 January 2015

How to make the most out of Twitter lists?

Heard of Twitter lists? Am sure those active on Twitter must be aware of it. Twitter lists was launched in 2009. Since then it only allowed up to 20 lists to be created per user account and each one was limited to 500 accounts. But on May 30, 2013 as per their tweet, now users can create upto 1,000 lists & it can include upto 5,000 accounts per list.

If you follow too many people or you are looking forward to cope with the interactions with the people you know and don't wish to miss any updates from them, then Twitter lists can be very useful. There are many ways to tweak your Twitter experience with the help of Twitter lists. I personally rely on it. How? Here I share some of the ideas on how you can use Twitter lists.
  1. If you own a business, create a list where in you can include all the employees under that list.

  2. You meet a lot of people offline? Make a dedicated list for it and include all those people you have met from Twitter in that list (I do follow this religiously).

  3. Those follow way too many people on Twitter, creating a dedicated list of those people who interact with you is the best option (I do follow this religiously).

  4. You attend many events, conferences? Create a special list for the people who attend such events.

  5. On Twitter there are many hashtags related to weekly chat, where in people within the community come together & interact. A list dedicated to such communities can be very useful.

  6. You are a service provider? Why not create a list just for your those who use your services.

  7. You are generous enough to recommend other people to your followers to follow them? Having a dedicated list for this category can do wonders.

  8. Have a unique list of influencers so you can interact with them frequently to get yourself noticed.

  9. Why to avoid competitors? Include your competitors in a list and you can keep a track of their updates.

  10. Industry-wise list can be a great option.

  11. Need to keep a track of your favorite celebrities? Have a dedicated list for it.

  12. You follow international people on Twitter too? Location dedicated list can be also created.

  13. There are lots of rotation curation handles these days. Have a dedicated list for rotation curation accounts so as you will get the updates from new curators every week and it will be a great option to connect with them (I do follow this religiously).

  14. Keep a dedicated list for your friends & family. 
These are just the options for Twitter lists topics. You can create your own Twitter list as per your preferable topics. Twitter is all about interactions (At-least I think so) & Twitter lists is helping me to stay connected with the people around. So have you started to manage your Twitter lists yet?

Saturday, 27 December 2014

The Biryani takeaway joint in Mulund serves decent Biryani

Recently few days back I heard that there is a Biryani takeaway joint named as "Gareeb Nawaz Caterers" which serves decent Biryani (Veg, Chicken & Mutton) at a pretty economical price. Such places are not to be missed. Hence I gave a visit to this takeaway joint. Its a small shady looking shop where in they cook Biryani there itself. I had visited this joint on a Friday evening & there were customers already in the queue to take their parcel. These people also take Biryani orders for parties and events. 

So where is this place located? Its located near Neelam Nagar, Mulund East in Mumbai. Biryani lovers are always eager to try out Biryani's at various places. So have you tried this Biryani yet?

Burp-O-Meter: 3/5