Roaming around Hyderabad with Ola Rental

My Ola Rental Cab!
My Ola Rental Cab!

Recently I made a trip to Hyderabad again and this time I took a couple of days to roam around the city solo. While I believe the best way to explore a place is by foot, when it comes to huge cities like Hyderabad that is not really possible. Destinations are far off and when I don’t really know a city that well, I prefer cabs. The thing with cabs though, is whenever I have booked all day cabs with local vendors, I have found them to be very expensive, in any city.

I had noticed #OlaRental on my Ola app before as I use the app daily to commute to work, but never really used it. Decided to use it during my trip to Hyderabad. The best part is that I was able to book the cab on an hourly basis and had a car at my disposal throughout my day.

Ola Rental is a great option for those days when you are out for hours and hours whether it is for meetings or shopping or sightseeing, like I did. My driver Shekar picked me up sharp on time and I headed to my first stop, Shilparamam.

Shilparamam is an arts and crafts village (something like Delhi haat) created with the objective of preserving traditional crafts. There are rural themed museums, sculptures, gardens, sketch artists, an amphitheatre and of course shopping.

Artisans from all over the country are here selling their artifacts in haat like stalls. You will find everything from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, literally! I spent about three hours walking around Shilparamam!

Shilparamam is situated in the buzzing IT area and the traffic gets crazy. Fortunately, I had my Ola Rental waiting for me! After exiting Shilparamam, I headed to my brother’s apartment to pick him up as we had plans for coffee and dinner. I had heard great things about The Roastery Coffee House in Banjara Hills and that is where we headed. I have a thing for cafes that are pretty, serve great coffee and have books, and that is exactly what Roastery is!

I was delighted! While the coffee is amazing, the desserts were incredible! Definitely going back there during the next visit.

After the lovely coffee and dessert, it was time for dinner. Bro and I had been craving sushi for a couple of days. We looked up a few places, and zeroed in on Hashi. Our Ola Rental guy Shekar quickly took us there as he swiftly yet safely navigated the crazy Hyderabad traffic. We ordered Salmon Nigiri and Tuna Maki. Both were oh so good!

And then after a fabulous day we headed home! The ability to keep changing destinations on your Ola app during the journey is such a time saver. No need to book cabs again and again throughout the day.

All in all, had a great day because I got the best car to travel thanks to OLA Rentals.   

Entertainment, Uncategorized

The rise of VOD – and the top 3 shows I want to watch on OZEE

The far-reaching impact of the internet and innovations in computers paved the way for many cool things and one of the best ones is online VOD streaming. VOD entertainment is one of my favorite things about the internet, and also why I don’t own a television anymore. We live in an era of instant gratification. You know what I’m talking about. We like our relationships to begin with a right swipe, we like our noodles instant and we like our content available immediately on demand. One of the newest entrants in the ever growing VOD market is Ozee, Zee Network’s  OTT platform. Zindagi went digital since July 1, 2017 on OZEE and this has come as a fabulous news for content consumers like me who like to watch their favorite shows anytime, anywhere.

Here are some of the shows I am looking forward to watching on Ozee:

Kuzey Guney: The story of two brothers who are as different as chalk and cheese fall for the same girl. And then their lives take an unexpected turn. Looks really interesting! Looks like this one has romance, mystery and drama. Season 2 is currently running and season 1 is available on VOD. Time to binge watch!

Kuzey Guney

Total Dreamer: This show from Brazil is the story of a young girl who lives on the streets and suddenly finds the opportunity to follow her dreams. She runs into someone who offers her a dream career.  I love a good rags to riches story. Also, this one is also available  uncensored, which is always a plus.

Total Dreamer

Boys Over Flowers: I have always wanted to watch South Korean shows and this love story seems so intriguing! Jan Di, the female lead is someone who enters a new high school. How she responds to the other characters is what will make this so fun to watch. There’s also this notorious group of teenagers who kind of “rule” the high school. What fun!

Boys Over Flowers

Zee network has always brought us the best of international entertainment to us. And oh, who didn’t like looking at them beautiful faces on their channel Zindagi!


Media consumption is more and more happening in digital formats. The swift boost in the number of devices capable of supporting digital media along with the increasing internet speed has offered consumers an alternative to access the media content of choice.

Because of popular demand, Video on Demand services are all set to surpass TV viewership. The term “demand” is key, here. It illustrates a sense of urgency and want – an aversion to wait around for one’s favorite show to get on air. If we want to watch our show, we want to watch it now. And that is why online media consumption has witnessed extraordinary expansion over the last few years. Each year, an increasing number of viewers are letting go of expensive TV subscriptions and choosing subscription based VOD services instead.

And why not? Here are a few reasons why I prefer consuming my entertainment online on VOD rather than a television set.

  • Anytime, anywhere: The best thing about Video On Demand, is exactly what the name says. I can watch my favorite shows and programs, on demand, on my terms, at any time and at any place.
  • Binge watching: I am a binge watcher and love to watch tv shows episode after episode, instead of waiting for a day or sometimes even a week for the next episode. No need to break the storyline in your head!
  • No breaks between shows: Often, television shows have a commercial break every 5 minutes. While the internet has ads as well, the commercial breaks are either absent or not that many. And of course, one can get an ad free subscription.

For these reasons and more, it is not surprising that Zindagi has now gone completely digital and the shows are now available on their OTT platform Ozee. This move was made with the intent to develop digital engagement with audiences who love time-shifted viewing.

PS: This is a sponsored post.


Events, Food and Beverage, Uncategorized

The New Quaker Oats + Milk. Launch Update, First Impressions And Review

If you have been following me for a while on my instagram and snapchat, you would be aware that I am a big fan of finding alternatives for a fit lifestyle, and especially alternatives that fit perfectly in a fast, busy life. I recently posted an oatmeal pancake recipe (which I LOVE) on my instagram so I am clearly a fan of oats.

Serving up something for the busy bee who still wants nutritious alternatives, Pepsico India recently launched the Quaker Oats + Milk, co-created with the God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar. Sachiiiin Sachin!

Sachin Tendulkar at the Quaker Oats + Milk Launch
Sachin Tendulkar at the Quaker Oats + Milk Launch
Sachin Tendulkar at the Quaker Oats + Milk Launch
Sachin Tendulkar at the Quaker Oats + Milk Launch

The Quaker Oats + Milk is a beverage that has been currently unveiled in two flavors: Mango and Almond. The beverage is priced at Rs 30 and will be rolled out in 17 cities. I was happy to have attended the launch.

Now what did I think about the beverage?

You can actually taste the oats and the goodness of milk. The almond one is delicious and the mango is good too. Just make sure they are cold when you drink them. Did not like the taste when it wasn’t chilled.

This is a good thing to either carry with yourself to work and have on the go, or as a quick breakfast on a lazy morning. It does contain sugar so be mindful of that.

Overall, this is tasty and quick. Good on brands like Quaker that are thinking of such innovative products.

Sachin Tendulkar at the Quaker Oats + Milk Launch
Sachin Tendulkar at the Quaker Oats + Milk Launch
This is a sponsored post. However, as always, the opinion is my own.
Beauty, Reviews, Uncategorized

The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine Lipstick – First Impression, Review and Swatch (shade no 18)

While I’m an eternal lover of red lipstick and also darker shades of red like burgundy, I keep coming back to pink lips. Nothing like a bright pink lip to brighten up your day and liven up your face. I go through phases where I wear pink lips every day and then I have a phase when I divert my attention to  oranges and nudes; red is always a staple. These days I’m in my pink lips phase, and I possibly came back to it thanks to Tina, the protagonist of Love, Whatever That Means, the book I just finished, and loved.


Tina loves pink lipstick, and expresses so quite often in this fun book! Having rediscovered my love for pink lips, I decided to try this beautiful pinky coral shade by The Body Shop from their Colour Crush range.


Product Description by the brand: This irresistible lipstick gives a sheer wash of color with a sorbet-fresh shine. Each moisture-rich lipstick is infused with a delicate rose fragrance. – Finely-crushed pigments for fresh, bright color – Conditions and moisturizes lips – 10 shades – Delicate rose fragrance.


Here are my thoughts.

The color is absolutely gorgeous and would suit most people. It is a subtle wash of pink. As far as the formula goes, it is buttery smooth and soft. It kinda reminds me of the Revlon lip butters but this is sheerer. The lipstick glides on the lips like a lip balm. I did notice that it tends to settle in the creases, so I would urge you to make sure your lips are in great condition before you wear this.

Most of the time, I do prefer lipsticks that are highly pigmented and give great color payoff. But there are days when I just want a hint of color and for such days The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine is perfect.
What I liked:

  • The texture is super smooth and soft.
  • The color is pretty!
  • Devoid of any parabens and nasty things.

What I didn’t like:

  • The color payoff might be disappointing for some.
  • Doesn’t last long; also transfers.

All in all, this is a good range for days when you want a hint of color and lots of shine.

The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipsticks are priced at Rs. 895 and you get 3.5 g of product.


Beauty, Uncategorized

Want Great Skin? Here are 3 Things You Must Do


Everyone wants great skin but hardly anyone wants to put effort into it. That’s not how things work, folks! Most of us have skin that needs a little push to look awesome. Depending on your age and skin type, there are many different things that help but here are 5 things you absolutely SHOULD be doing – Continue reading “Want Great Skin? Here are 3 Things You Must Do”