#review #SodaBottleOpenerWala #Bangalore

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The name SodaBottleOpenerWala was the first factor that attracted me to visit this place.

Though I went there with a thought of it being a “yo” pub/bar it turned out to be totally different yet delightful. This place, more than its food or drinks sells “experience”. They have recreated the decor of the old Bombay style irani/parsi restaurants where the retro dudes and chicks used to hangout in the afternoons of the glorious 60’s-70’s-80’s.

I somewhere read, while reading about the life of everyone’s (and mine) favorite cartoonist Mario Miranda that he used to hang out in some famous irani restaurant for a chai and bunmaska and how he made friends with fellow artists and grew with those conversations.

Good that we went for a hi-tea here at around 4:00 PM as its the best time to enjoy a place of this kind. The place is like an art installation where they have payed attention to every detail and have made it like a detailed crowded cartoon where you can enjoy each and every expression of the characters.

The options on the menu were very limited, but written in a very entertaining way.

I ordered the famous bun maska and irani chai, because the place compels you to order it ( its an Parsi restaurant  for God’s sake !)

My wife ordered a “fetleli coffee”: frothy, stong, whisked to perfection.

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We also found a very interestingly named dish “Eggs Kejariwal”

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Well, it didnt look like what I have drawn, but it made me think of this 🙂

All in all the place was fun, colorful, creative and relaxing.

Here are some pictures clicked by my wife-

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#CartoonBlogger #Swiggy #Review #Foodtech

Swiggy

Being born in the 80’s I have seen the first ever “telephone”, no one had ever imagined the phone would someday also “feed” us.

Cut to 2015, I was travelling back from my office and my cook sends me an sms that he will not be coming to work for dinner. Super hungry, I decided to order from Swiggy, downloaded the app and it looked good.

The best thing that I liked about this app is that it directly started showing me restaurant options, menu selections etc without asking me to register. Its only after I made a selection from the menu was I asked for any personal details. Applause, applause applause! for the good user experience.

The splash screen looks classy, and the inner screens are clean and easy to navigate

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I ordered for a total of INR 405, was about to checkout and suddenly enlightenment struck me.

Navigated to the chrome app and googled for coupons available for Swiggy in Bangalore. Thats one wise thing I did as there were many coupons available on various websites. I got a coupon code that offered Rs 100 off ! and it really worked. ( Thanks to the investors who back Swiggy, God bless them )

Payment options include net banking, credit /debit cards and the good old cash on delivery.

I opted for card payment thinking that I will save the card for future use. Here the app gave me some sour experience. Sorry to say but whatever this “Juspay” is, it sucks.

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Finally resorted to the cash on delivery option, and it was a success. Latest way to order and a stone-age way to pay. What an irony !

Nevertheless, the order came quite fast, in fact even before I could finish writing this blog !

#CartoonBlogger #Tech Review- #Google #CardBoard

VR Google CardBoard

Okay…So everyone is talking about Virtual Reality (VR) being the next big thing since facebook had its Million dollar deal with Oculus, the company that is doing substantial work in this area.

The controversy’s child of Indian corporate world AKA Rahul Yadav has also recently mentioned venturing into VR in a very “Big Way” Probably this time they would say ” look in ”

One thing is for sure, VR surely is something everyone is looking at. As I am into the business of creating imagery and videos its something that I should be aware of. A little research on google showed a lot of options from the Samsung’s to the Sony’s and of course Oculus all priced between INR10K – 15K or higher. But then you have “Google Cardboard” at INR 350 ! too good to believe, but when you see its picture and simplicity for the first time you realize its one of those ” why the hell didnt I think of it ” moments. Without a second wasted I ordered one from Flipkart. There are plenty of options that look sturdy some even made of plastic priced at INR 1000 and above, but hey, Google gave it the name cardboard, its suppose to be cheap and thats where its beauty lies. Obviously I ordered the cheapest one at INR 350.

Model Reads-

Alian 3D cardboard | Google Cardboard 2015 | V-2.0

Looks like a cardboard box, golden in color

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The product is simple, It uses a format called “side by side” 3D. So essentially, in real life both our eyes see the same thing with a slight difference in the angle, about 45 degrees, our brain merges these two images together and we get the 3D depth. The same concept is used in the 3D movies where two images are projected simultaneously and your 3D glasses merge them together using various techniques and you get the 3D effect.

In cardboard, the display is actually your smart phone. Download an app, run it, plug the phone in, wear the unit on your eyes. When you look at the content without cardboard you see two screens side by side, slightly at an angle, when you watch it through the cardboard, there are two lenses that converge these two screens into one and  Voila ! you are inside the scene. Some apps also allow you to move around in the scene as you turn your head. Now that some good use of the accelerometer.

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I immediately downloaded a lot of VR apps and content onto my android phone like Elle preview, VR Safari, VR RollerCoaster and many more. They are still in nascent stages but yeah, at least there is something to try.

The most interesting app that I liked is Paris VR. Since I have already done a Euro Trip, and have covered Paris in that trip I could very well relive the feeling of being there in the exact same places, I was going crazy with the views of Paris looking like Cyclops from X men  wearing my super glasses, totally transported into this Virtual Reality Matrix kind of world in short living all my Hollywood science fiction fantasies and my wife walked into the room and asked me why was I playing with this toy and behaving like a kid, I strapped the cardboard on her eyes and sent her to favorite destination Paris where she had been a year back and this time only for 350 Rupees.

Here is her reaction-

Verdict: The cardboard is super awesome! but with VR we havent even scratched the surface properly. Cant wait to see what all it will offer. Also looking forward to some Indian destinations to be available in VR tourism.