Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5 BEST FEATURES OF THE GAANA APP

When you think of Gaana App you automatically start singing - Bas Bajna Chahiye Gaana! It's India's favourite music streaming app for sure, did you know there are some cool new features too? Here are the ones I love -

1. LYRICS!!

Need not say anymore, the word is self-explanatory. But I love to sing along and unleash the bathroom singer inside me, but I don’t always know the lyrics, specially for English songs and other languages. Despacito being one of my current favourites, is a difficult song when it comes to singing it.

All you need to do is select the song and click on the lyrics icon – and the lyrics will pop up for you to sing along! If it even detected which word is being sung, we would have our own karaoke too. :P

2. MUSIC VIDEOS

I usually know all the new and trending songs thanks to my Zumba class and friends at work and husband, but when I see the music video later on TV – I am like hey! I know that song, and had absolutely no idea who’s starring in the video!

My toddler loves music and dancing – and he takes my phone to listen to music and see the steps! Because YouTube is banned for him (thanks to tons of inappropriate content), he sees the songs right here on the Gaana App.

Similar to the lyrics option, you have to click on the PLAY VIDEO text to play the video for the song you’ve chosen.



3. USE THE APP IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

Access to songs in different languages is different, everyone does that. But being able to use the app interface in 9 Indian languages i.e. Hindi,
English, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Kannada, Malayalam is so cool! India being rich and diverse, there is so much of great music everywhere, and I am sure people like my mom, mother-in-law, grandmother etc would be delighted to know they can use the app in Hindi and search for their favourite songs faster. Go tell your peeps today!

4. INTUITIVE – UNDERSTANDS ME!

The Gaana App understands your choices and preferences, taste in music by your recent searches and songs that you’ve played and accordingly suggests more songs, albums and playlists! I wish my husband understood me that well, hahahaha. Jokes apart, the app is easy to use and navigate – and the UI is quite friendly.


5. KNOW WHAT FRIENDS ARE LISTENING TO!

If you opt to, your friends can see what you’re listening to and you can see what your friends are listening to! It’s a cool way to know your friends’ choice and maybe you can surprise someone special by playing their favourite songs on a long drive!
I confess, the free version has quite a few ads, but if you’re loving the Gaana App experience, it’s a great idea to upgrade to Gaana + for a ad-free experience. What are you still waiting for? Download Gaana App now!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

10 Takeaways from the Hiranandani Communities Channel-Partner Meet


I spent a recent Saturday amidst lush green mountains and some 'SMART ' professionals at a site tour organised  by Hiranandani Communities.

Hiranandani Communities, in a one-of-its-kind event, invited SMART (South Mumbai Association of Realtors) to  experience the green grandeur of its projects - at  Hiranandani Fortune City - Panvel and their upcoming Khandala project, Mount Alterra.

Hiranandani Communities firmly believes that Happiness lies when business and pleasure roll into one.

Here are my 10 takeaways from the event:

#HForHospitality
The channel partners were welcomed warmly at the Panvel – Fortune City property.  the transport was only the most comfortable – Mercedes Benz buses, really awesome food throughout the day starting from the boxes from Meluha – The Fern, to the buffet at Panvel,   a flash mob that took all our guests by surprise, to the baked vada pav and chai at Khandala, garam garam buttas fresh off the coals, and ending with fantastic lunch and laughter! They even gave native plants as souvenirs to everyone. The Hiranandani team was most hospitable, they even had an ambulance tagging along everywhere just in case. I was totally impressed with the management.


#HForHumble
It was a great opportunity for me to talk to and listen to Mr.Niranjan Hiranandani. His enigmatic persona took over the place and he was soon talking about his passion for building communities. He told us that this year has seen 3 Tsunamis - That of Demonitization, RERA (Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority) and finally GST. But like always, we have embraced the challenges and always overcome them, and just as people might see the location as a challenge today, their minds will change just like it did for Powai & Thane. He went on to say that he loves challenges - there is no fun without them. And to the channel partners he said that life is a rollercoaster where there are ups and downs - but it's the lows that make the ups even more cherished. He spent a good ten minutes speaking to me and I thought he was the most humble person I had met in a really long time.


#HForHome
Hiranandani Fortune City would make a perfect home! Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani envisions a merger of Pune and Mumbai about 10-15 years down the line, and then Panvel will become the central hub! And his vision to transform locations in the past have always been bang on.  Fortune City will be second to none, quoted Mr. Hiranandani - with the Panvel airport coming, a railway station sanctioned opposite the location and nearby hospital, school etc - it's only going to be a Powai+ of sorts. You can read more about the project on Hiranandani Communities’ website.

Mrs. Sneha Pathak - President of SMART was elated by the welcome and when I asked her if she would suggest customers to buy property here she said ofcourse, why not - there certainly are aspirational values. Rather live in a massive palace like home here than in a bathroom sized apartment in SOBO.

#HForHumongous
We took a look around and the show villa was simply wow. It had a bathroom and wardrobe bigger than the rooms we have and I got a quick feel of how it feels like to live like the kings - I would love that for myself! Apartments to fit everyone's needs and requirements, plots of land in Khandala to build and live in the hills, with a a 9-hole family golf course a walk away.

#HForHonest
I love how Mr.Prakash Shah  from the Hiranandani Team gave everyone all the facts right then and there. The Khandala property will live in the lush greenery and peace. He also out front mentioned all the permissions that have been sanctioned and that are pending – told us how he was the first person to purchase a plot here. The team was more than happy to answer any questions asked by the SMARTians.



#HForHills
I was in love with the pure air and lush greenery wherever you see at Hiranandani’s Khandala site – the mountain is called Mount Altera. Who wouldn’t love to have a holiday home in the hills, and at such close proximity to Mumbai, we were there at the property within 40 minutes from Panvel. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the natural beauty!

#HForHeritage
HIranandani Communities since the last couple of decades and more has a heritage – a reputation of changing lives. They create townships that have everything right there – homes, markets, schools, workplaces, hospitals etc. Hiranandani Powai was recognized as the most beautiful township in India and quite a few movies were shot there too. And soon Hiranandani Meadows and Estate followed league and now, one can only wait for Hiranandani Fortune City Panvel to show the same magic that comes with the heritage of Hiranandani.


#HForHeart
It all boils down to what your heart says and wants. Today my heart tells me that I want a comfortable home with gardens and amenities that my kiddo would enjoy. A school just nearby and everything else at a stone’s throw. When someone puts their heart and soul into something – something amazing comes out. I could see it in Mr.Niranjan Hiranandani’s eyes that he puts his heart into every thing he takes up.

#HForHiranandani
Anyone from the Hiranandani team you spoke to, just had their chest swollen in pride when speaking of the projects. People have been working here since 30 years and there are others who would love to be here for the next 30. Such was the loyalty seen and it was one of a kind. Hats of to the entire Hiranandani Communities team for putting together such a great show!



#HForHappiness
The final outcome anyone and everyone wants is Happiness. Whether you achieve it after a good picnic, without any cellphone reception meaning a phone-free relaxed day, or whether it is the happiness you get from having good food or talking to amazing people. I love how Hiranandani Communities is all about Happiness, they find happiness in developing projects that will make thousands happy. When I asked Mr. Niranjan what is that one thing that makes him happy, he said – “I find happiness in every moment. Right now I am talking with you, that makes me happy! I visited one of my schools yesterday and spoke to the kids there, it made me happy. If we cherish every moment every thing we do, there is happiness everywhere.”

Even the SMARTians were very happy at the end of the day. Mrs. Sneha Pathak quoted that this was the “best off-site ever, anyone who didn’t attend missed something out of the world.”. Mr. Mehul Ved, one of the members went on to say that “both these projects are both class apart, totally international standards but with an Indian heart.”


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Jumble Tumble - Kids Indoor Play Space & Cafe - Mulund - Review

Since parks are a no-go during the monsoon season, the best thing for kids are soft-play areas and I was thrilled to visit the newly opened 'Jumble Tumble' in Rmall (2nd Floor), Mulund.


I love the whole concept of soft play areas - colourful, a variety of offerings like trampolines, plastic ball pits, slides etc with proper care taken like foam edges, etc so that kids don't get hurt plus a crew to look after the crazy excited kids. Icing on the cake is when these places also have a cafe for parents to chill and have a cuppa tea while their kids are joyfully playing.

I was very impressed by the size of Jumble Tumble, it has a complete trampoline section along with foam cubes - usually you will see one normal round trampoline that accommodates 2-3 kids but this is a huge space that can easily have 15 kids at a time! The normal ball pit with slide is there but there also is a kid's magnetic zipline from which the kids can jump into the ball pit - it was really cool and my kiddo totally loved it.

There also is a toddlers zone with lots of toys and activities for infants and 2-3 year old toddlers - mine loved the miniature animals they had. There are these really beautiful looking hanging tents in which the kids loved going and setting camp. mine was a little scared of it, but older kids were enjoying it.


This is a great place for play-dates and birthday parties you can check the options and pricing on the Jumble Tumble website. The normal rates are Rs.350 on weekdays and Rs.400 on weekends for one child with one adult. There is a lower price of Rs.200 for infants, which is great, haven't seen other play centres do this.

Do not forget to carry your socks, or else you have to purchase them here. If you stay in Mulund, don't forget to check out their membership programs and if you're a Jammie, there are some exclusive discounts going on currently! I am definitely going to consider this place for kiddo's birthday.