Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Story of My Shirt - A Custom Made Experience

My style of fashion has always been confined to readymades, picking up that jeans (predominantly a shade of blue) and a casual T-Shirt (most probably a plain colour) . The occasion would ideally be for a birthday, Pongal or for  Diwali. Occasionally I pick up a dress that's available during a sale in Amazon/Flipkart. Thanks to a "Everyday casual wear" policy at work, I have never really bothered to get a good collection of Formal shirts and pants.


My style, lately has however been shifting towards a more formal attire, thanks to some solid advice by my good friend.  I even managed to get a nice pair of formal shirts for my birthday and I haven't ever been more convinced. Power dressing indeed. So that basically took off as a tipping point to start leaning towards wearing a formal or atleast a semi-formal attire more often.

This was when I discovered a Customized premium Shirt Store called The Bombay Shirt Company through a friend. Since it was situated close to work in Adyar, I thought of giving them a try and see how a fully customized shirt might look like. The results were pretty fantastic.

 

What can you customize in a shirt?

Well if your guesses are just size and design, you might be pretty shocked at what Bombay Shirt Company can offer. The no of customizations is 20+ including Fabric, Weave, Pattern, Collar (Style , Contrast,Stiffness) , Buttons among others. Listed below is the step by step process of the shirt customization at the store.


The Customization Process 

As soon as I began , I was handed a iPad that asked me to choose an option for each customization offered. An executive beside me the different options and how I could go about choosing the ideal shirt for myself.



The customization are as follows :
  • Fabric

It all begins with a Fabric Selection . This includes Single Ply, Double Ply, Premium, Italian Fabrics, Japanese Fabrics among others. The single ply shirts are the cheaper options and starts from 1990 INR.



The composition of this fabric includes Cotton, Linen, Tencel, Egyptian Cotton and Denims.


  • Colour

Next you choose a colour. You can be spoilt for choices here, as they pretty much have multiple shades of every colour. So if you have a specific colour in mind, high chances are that you can spot the exact one here. 
  • Pattern

Colour is followed by Pattern selection. You can choose from a checked pattern, striped pattern, Desginer prints and of course finally the standard solids.
  • The Collar

Once you are done choosing the fabric, colour and pattern of the shirt you head on to the collar portion.  If you think this is a relatively easier option was , you are once again mistaken. Turns out there are 5 types of customizations to be done in the collar portion alone.


This includes
  1. Collar Style
Collar Style has the most options including Spread Eagle, Madmen, Prince Charlie, Club, Wing and many more. Spread Eagle is the standard collar that's available in most shirts, while the Evil Pandit Collar is the one Pandit Nehru wore and been quite a style statement among many.
You also get to choose among a few options for each of these collar parts below.

      2.Collar Contrast
      3.Collar Buttons
      4.Collar Stiffness
      5.Collar Piping
  • Cuff Style

Though not immediately noticeable at first glance, the cuff style also plays an important role in the overall look. The options include the standard Single Convertible,, Double Bond ( Just like a James Bond Suit).
  • Monogram 

My most favourite part of the customization was the monogram. You can get to have your initials (upto 3 letters) stitched on the cuff or the back collar.
  • Placket 

Placket is the portion that covers the portion of the buttons. You can either choose to make it as a no background or a regular double lining or even a slim pencil version.

Here's some other customizations that you can do :

My Experience & Review of Bombay Shirt Company

The overall customization roughly takes 30 mins - 1 hour depending on the time you take to choose a colour and design. The shirt I customized was a creamish yellow colour, single ply, a regular placket one, a monogram with HKM as initials, blue buttons, a slim fit on the arms and a few other customization.




With a tailor to assist on the sizing options, the actual fit was almost perfect, exactly to my preferences. The chosen colour was spot on(exactly as shown) and I loved the fabric thickness as well. The overall price was 2200 including taxes. The delivery time of the shirt was less than 7 days, and this is great,given its manufactured as a single piece entirely on the mentioned specifications.

Some of the blends and designs available is very unique and I could see some beautiful intricate designs that I haven't really observed in the usual fashion stores like Lifestyle/WestSide/Shoppers Stop etc.

On the whole, with a fair pricing range of 2000-5000 INR (given its a premium blend with 20+ options custom tailored shirt), this definitely would be my primary choice to pick up a shirt for any planned special occasion. In case the fit is not per your liking or slightly different, you get a free replacement or you can also get the shirt altered directly in the store, if its a minor issue.
The only downside is that the general promised time for a delivery is generally 14 days for the second time order and this may not work for you if you are in a big hurry.

You can do the whole shirt selection process online in the BombayShirts Website

(The above link also helps you to get 250rs off on your first purchase when you sign up)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Entrepreneurs & Startups - The Secret Economy Boosters

A recent conversation with my best friend, who's starting her new business, made me realize a very important thing. The message she conveyed, totally changed my thought process and made me realize some of the things I may have been  probably doing wrong all along. I'm quite sure, that you might be equally guilty of this action at some point in your life. What could possibly be such an incorrect action that you haven't realized so far? Read on...



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Before we get to the actual problem, let's get a sense of the ground situation here. In any given market, the attraction, trust & eagerness to buy newly a launched Branded product and Celebrity owned/endorsed products is always pretty high. We proudly share the purchase immediately in social media and even list outs its advantages,. Despite a steep retail price (compared to a domestic/in-house brand) we do not think twice before buying it either because i) we can afford it or ii) we want to look cool iii) you just love the brand so much or iv) you may actually "need" the specific product. Absolutely nothing wrong about any of the four points though, because who doesn't love to indulge in a bit of luxury.

But in addition to it, you can also do one small thing.

Encourage and Support a friend's Business !

This could be a relative, friend or even a FB acquaintance who has started their own business .  The first thing you can do to encourage them is by buying their product. This could be anything from a book, a handmade artifact, handmade soap / homemade skin solution or even visiting their cafe/restaurant. A purchase from the friends circle alone can make a significant difference in their confidence, morality and pushes them to work harder . This allows them an opportunity to bring down costs and get more quality products at the same price, while also enabling them to grow their business.


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Having been given free samples and products during initial launch phases by top brands, we expect the same from our friend's startups too. Even if its a small product worth say 100Rs, we expect them to give us for free. The bigger brands with deeper pockets can splurge on such activities to expand their market base, but on the contrary it can incur significant losses to small businesses.

Criticism Helps, but don't Bargain ! 

In the rare event that you dislike the product or if it causes any adverse effects, do let them know in private about it (than raising a hue & cry in FB directly about why something didn't work). Any serious entrepreneur would take that negative comment / criticism only as a feedback to make his products better than taking it in a wrong way. It actually helps him more to understand where he might be going wrong and places to improve.

However having said that, the amount of doubts, hesitation and questioning the price point is pretty undesirable. Despite knowing its being sold for very small margins, a lot of us end up bargaining/hassle with these startups and literally force them to sell at zero profit situation. An extra few bucks may not really affect us a lot. But that little extra multiplied by a higher volume can make a real difference to that business.


The Cost of Labour

When we enquire a product's price, all we calculate is its worth of ingredients along with a small margin. We then magically come to a conclusion that its "costly" or "average price". However what we don't take into account is the time taken to make the product, cost of labelling, packaging, expensive instruments needed to manufacture the same, electricity among other things.. More importantly, we forget that there's a "labour" component to this costing. It's very wrong to ignore labour cost or rather assume labour as 0 just because the person who made it herself sells it. The technical skill needed to make any product or even write a book should be rewarded and quite handsomely as well!

Why do we need to do it & why is this important?

Most people are confined to a desk job working from 9-6 for the rest of their lives. They never aspire to do something new or take up their favourite hobby as a profession. There are very few people around you, who actually have the guts and courage to take a risk, leave a stable/high paying job and start their own business. It could be a reseller business, it could be a soap making business or even a person who wants to take up blogging full time ( be it in Travel or fashion). Nevertheless, the motive is the same. Build something wonderful from scratch, become an entrepreneur and be a successful one at it.

Impact of startups/SME's on Economy

 The top brands may contribute a large to the economy & GDP by employing several thousand workers in each firm. But these startups and SME's also play a vital part to the economy. They create a healthy market environment, find unexplored niches and in some cases produce both nature and people friendly products. Every big company in the world including HP, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook etc started out from a garage or a dorm room. They now result in controlling 70-80% of the market share in their respective industries. Just Imagine contributing to a startup's success and watch it grow multifold in a few years time . This results in three things : More contribution to the economy, growth of new market spaces and of course creation of jobs.

Spread the Love

Supporting a new business is not just about buying their stuff. It could also be in the form of subscribing to one's social media page, sharing/liking their posts , leaving valuable comments and of course spread a word about their products to your network.

So next time , along with your usual list of products, additionally pick up that beautiful handmade soap your friend made, a book your friend wrote or a jewellery / saree /clothes your friend is reselling. It will make a whole lot of difference to them.

Featured : Products made/written by my friends 

From my end, any of my friends & readers who would like their product / book / service to be featured, let me know the same in your comments.. The post here will be updated with the relevant links below.

This post is a small dedication/tribute to my best friend, Deepika who's taking up her passion of making organic, handmade skincare solutions as a full fledged successful business. This includes beautiful handmade soaps, face & body pack/powder , herbal oils among other things. (Social media links to be updated soon).

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Experience Amsterdam in Chennai - A Restaurant that serves Cheese in so many forms & also world's most spiciest Paneer


Have you have had a craving for cheese sometimes, but never got the chance to really fulfill those desires . Except for the occasional cheese-burst pizzas or a small layer of cheese in the pasta, you might have not encountered cheese in different forms in restaurants.

So it's time to rejoice if you are a cheese lover  This restaurant in Chennai has decided to make things go a notch above and has a cheese variant in many (if not all) of their dishes . The restaurant is incidentally called Fromage, another colloquial name for Cheese in French.

To be honest , never before have I seen so many forms of cheese dishes in a single meal and the Fromage dinner totally floored me. Hence a mini food review of the place :



The Vegetarian menu consisted of the following:

Soup

Brocolli & Cheese Soup-  Served in a bowl made out of bread with cheese melt on the inside.


Mocktails

  • Mango Screw Driver

A mango based spicy drink garnished with a chilli inside.
This tasted super awesome and perfect blend to have along with the starters.


  • Mango Strawberry Daiquiri

A mango and strawberry infused drink . Had the perfect blend of sweetness of mango and the taste of strawberry slightly overpowering the mango flavour, overall creating a kickass combination for a mocktaill


Starters

  • Assorted Bruchetta : Came with different toppings of Mushroom & Onion,  Tomato & Cottage Cheese among others
  • Mac & Cheese Tarts with fillings
  • Assorted Fried Cheese Crumbles (Mozarella)





Main Course


  • Are you Crazy 

The highlight of the entire meal was this. A special one of a kind dish that made your eyes literally pop out. A freshly marinated paneer soaked with the world's most spiciest chilly, "Bhut jolokia".(There's actually a contest where the person gets to go home with a lot of prizes if he manages to finish it all by himself). The spice level is pretty high in this chilly and shouldn't be eaten with hands ( even if you end up touching it, dont take your hand anywhere near your face). Have a small bite of this paneer & chilly . You might feel the initial spice hitting you. But once the coating is done, the next few pieces will not make much of an impact and you can actually get to feel the Paneer. Easily, a definite experience you should try in Fromage.



  • Parmesan Wheel - Ratatouille

Spaghetti or Penne Pasta cooked in the pasta wheel and served with Ratatouille : This is the first time I got to see a Parmesan wheel that was used to cook delicious pasta by melting the cheese layers inside it.  The Penne pasta was indeed excellent and very authentic , compared to the other average pastas served elsewhere.



You can check out my making video here :


  • Veg Lasagne

A vegetable , multi layered lasagne served with a bit of cream on top and topped with fried basil and cheese.



Dessert

Death by Chocolate : Yes, it's finally available in Chennai at Fromage and you don't need to visit Corner House in Bangalore for this anymore. A 24 layered chocolate cake that can make this fantastic dinner even more better . Order one for an entire table and that'll be more than sufficient.




Oh , I also was lucky to meet the wonderful music director, Yuvan Shankar Raja who also happened to dine at the restaurant at the same time



Thursday, July 05, 2018

Battle of Premium Smartphones

Premium smartphones in the Indian market, until 4-5 years back, was only confined to two brands only. Apple iPhone(iOS) and only Samsung in the Android zone. Premium smartphones constituted any phone above the 30-40,000 price band.  Though there were more than 100 brands fighting for the market share, no one dared to venture into the higher priced segment and played it safe in the < 20,000 price segment.

premium smartphone battle

Some of the top brands were Micromax, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung , Karbon, Asus , Motorola and LG.  But except Samsung , noone had a premium phone in the higher bands. This was because of expensive raw materials, lesser margins and relatively lower purchasing power.

The first two brands to actually break the barrier, offer expensive features at a relatively mid-premium segment was OnePlus and Xiaomi.  At just 20K, the OnePlus One and the 14K Xiaomi Mi3 became a major viral hit. Even some of the brands didn't take these two brands seriously , only to be hurt badly years down the line. The success of these these phones with premium features made the users aware of the need of top quality phones.

It didn't take many years for the launch of premium smartphones by almost every other phone manufacturer, including Huawei, Honor , Vivo and Google.

Here's a look at the best selling smartphones of 2018 that comes loaded with all the best premium features

OnePlus 6

I have written a detailed review of the OnePlus 6 in my previous post. This premium smartphone, priced at 35,000 comes with a Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM and 64GB capacity. It sports a 6.28″ Optic AMOLED display along with a Dual camera with 16 MP resolution. 


oneplus 6 premium smartphone


Honor 10 

Almost days after the release of OnePlus 6, Honor followed suit and launched their version of premium smartphone, called the Honor 10. This "AI" enabled smartphone was priced at 33,000 and  came with the following features
  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM
  • 5.84 inch Full HD+ Display
  • 24MP + 16MP Dual Rear Camera | 24MP Front Camera
  • 3400 mAh Battery
honor 10 premium smartphone


Google Pixel 2

Though it was released last year, the Pixel 2 is still a popular phone (after a massive price drop of nearly 21,000 rs barely two weeks after it's release). The Pixel 2, offering a pure stock android experience, AR features  came in two versions : 2 and 2XL. The phone had 4GB RAM, 64GB capacity, unlimited online photo storage and a 6' Quad HD display. With a discounted price tag of 40K+ for the Pixel 2 and 52K+ for the Pixel 2 XL it certainly gave a good fight to Samsung's S8. The phone also ranked 98 in DXO mark.

pixel 2 premium smartphone




Asus Zenfone 5Z 


This is a "To be" launched phone from Asus . Asus had a fair share of success when their brand of Zenfone series had a good run , esp the Zenfone 5 around 2014 and disappeared post that. After a brief hiatus, Asus is launching a high-end premium smartphone called the Asus Zenfone 5Z.
The phone launches on 9th of July. The initial launch price is 30,000 for the 6GB, 64GB variant.
The phone comes with a Snapdragon 845 processor,  6.2'  FHD Display  and an Artificial intelligence system(that actually distinguishes between different objects).

asus zenfone 5z  premium smartphone

The Zenfone 5Z has a powerful Adreno 630 Graphics chipset and an Octacore CPU.
Coming to the camera, the Zenfone 5Z comes with a  12MP SonyIMX 363 Sensor camera with a 1.8 Aperture and 4K recording capabilities and promises good low light photography.

Vivo X21

 Though Vivo was always a stronger contender in the 10-20K segment, they made their entry in the premium smartphone segment with the Vivo X21. The phone comes with a 6GB, 128GB ROM, a 6.28' FHD AMOLED Display . However it comes with just a Snapdragon  660 processor (usually available in 15K phones itself) than going for a 800 series. The phone's pricing is quite steep at 36,000 though it has a few premium smartphone features such as in-screen fingerprint scanner, dual pixel sensor camera and face unlock system.



vivo x21 premium smartphone

Which is your favourite pick among these phones and what phone do you currently own?

Friday, June 29, 2018

OnePlus 6 - Detailed Review

It's been a month since I got the OnePlus 6 and having it used quite extensively, exploring all features I have written a quick review of the phone , listing its advantages and disadvantages.

oneplus 6 detailed review


RAM : With 6GB /8GB of RAM (mine is the 6GB variant), the phone functions smoothly even when many applications are running in parallel.

OnePlus Gallery App : Thankfully many stock android phone manufacturers offer only the Google Photos as an inbuilt photo editing/viewing app. But the OnePlus 6 comes with a nice gallery app with easy editing options. Yes, you always have Google Snapseed to edit your photos in an advanced level, but I feel a simple gallery/edit photo app should be provided by manufacturers.

oneplus 6 gallery app


Face Unlock : The face unlock is pretty fast and unlocks in a split second. Even in a dark environment or a low light setting, the face unlock works without an issue .

Gaming : I tried PUBG, Asphalt and a very other less memory intensive games. The phone doesn't lag even for a bit, even in a high graphic mode setting. Yes, the phone slightly tends to heat a bit in gaming (but that's normal for any phone) and nothing of a concern in the least.

Camera : I wasn't initially too convinced about the camera ( given the Pixel 2/S8/Iphone X) are way ahead in camera quality. But I seem to have changed my opinion on the same and totally vouch for the OnePlus 6 camera quality. The lowlight photography is probably one of the best in the industry, portrait pictures are coming out quite beautifully and the 6.2' AMOLED screen just makes it a whole better while viewing the photos.

oneplus 6 photography review

Yet to try the "Manual" mode in detail which involves changing the ISO, White Balance, Shutter Speed modes among other things.

oneplus 6 photography review
Shot at 8.45PM in Besant Nagar Beach with no Flash in Auto Mode

oneplus 6 photography review


Slider Button : Sourced from the iPhone, OnePlus has a mini slider in the top right corner to change from Vibrate - Silent - Ring modes . This comes in super handy when you want to change to a silent mode in a flash without unlocking the phone and navigating to the menu bar and changing it.

Display (Size and Clarity):  I was skeptical about the 6.2' size and if it would be too big for my hands. But it turned out to be good and I am able to hand the phone with ease . The phone is however slippery without a cover and you could go in for a good shockproof case which can protect the phone.
The no notch display is pretty amazing . Do try out IGTV in Instagram to see its full potential.

igtv app review


Battery : The battery though only 3200+ mah , lasts easily a day with a lot of usage
(Whatsapp/Instagram/Facebook/Payment apps etc). The fast charger ensures a full charge in roughly 30-40 mins. Esp when you are heading out somewhere, all you need is 5-10 mins of charge to push it upto 40% in a jiffy.

Things that could have been better in the OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6 ,though retaining the 3.5mm headphone jack unlike other brands has fumbled on the placement of the port. The socket is right next to the USB-C charging port and at the exact position where you hold the phone. So while listening to music, it's almost impossible to message quickly and you need to hold the phone in both hands.

oneplus 6 headphone jack review


The call answering options have been reversed. Almost all phones have a "swipe up" to accept and "swipe down" to reject. But the options have been reversed in the OnePlus. So basically you need to swipe down to accept a call.


The OS though running a close stock android version still has a few buggy issues which needs a bit of fine tuning (Can always be easily fixed by future updates).

Lack of IR : I am not sure how many times I actually used the IR option in my previous phone, but it certainly comes in handy when you want to change the channel (while searching for the remote).

On a whole, would I recommend it : Definitely yes. Great value for money , good camera, excellent display and hopefully longer lasting than other brands.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Indian Fantasy Cricket League

If you are a huge fan of cricket , know each and every player very well and might be able to reasonably guess which player can perform on any given day, this is exactly for you. A fantasy cricket league that rewards you with a huge sum of money, if you form a dream team that performs better than other set of teams. Sounds unbelievable? Read on...


Dream11 Fantasy Cricket League

Almost a decade back , during the Cricket world cup of 2007, I was introduced to the concept of Cricket fantasy leagues. Each player was given a specific score based on his role , team , form , experience and popularity. With a fixed budget spend, you had to pick around 11 players as your dream team each day for every match. You couldn't pick all the top sportsmen because then you'll run out of budget and won't have money to spend on other players. Similarly if you end up spending on low priced cricketers, they may not end up performing well and hence you might miss out on rankings. At the end of the match, each players performance was tabulated and the dream team that picked the right set of players, won a small prize money.


I used to remember how I secretly wished how only my players should perform well , while the other players get out for a low score or give away a lot of runs if they are a bowler. Mind you, this was not a game, based out of luck or lottery. It was played with a lot of skill, talent and knowledge on how a player might perform in any given condition.  If the player happened to be dropped on that day’s match, you could lose heavily than someone who was actually picked. Though there were a huge participation and interest in fantasy leagues , it  didn’t gain any traction back then
Several years later, I now discovered a Fantasy sports platform called Dream11, after seeing an ad on television during the recently concluded IPL event. I had a chance to experiment with the fantasy cricket league and it turned out to be a challenging exercise.

How to Play?

Once you signup in Dream11.com, you’ll be shown a list of upcoming matches in a variety of team sports including Cricket, Football among others.  Pick any one game that is of maximum interest to you and you have a decent knowledge of the game and the players.


You are now given 100 credits. A player might range from 0-10 credits and you need to pick 11 of them based on the game.

Once you form a dream team in this Fantasy cricket league , with a fine mix of players (say 1 wicketkeeper, four batsmen, four bowlers, 2 all rounders) , you need to join any contest. The contest can be either a practice one or a real cash contest.

You can choose one among the 10-20 cash contests based on your budget. Suppose you want to spend only 50 Rs, you can join 1-2 contests which has lower entry fee of 20-30 Rs each.  The lower the entry fees, more no of teams can participate in that particular cash contest. So naturally the higher the entry fee, your chances of ranking higher for that game will be much higher.


Points System

Here’s how the points systems are scored for a cricket match



The short trick here is not only picking the right team who can deliver a lot of points for that day, but also picking the right contest. Pick a contest with a decent entry fee and a high winning fee with very few teams participating in it. This brightens your prospects immediately and you may end up on the winning side.

Note : The contest entry ends one hour before the games begin. So be quick , be informed and pick the right team



Friday, May 25, 2018

GDPR Compliant in 5 Easy Steps


What is GDPR?

GDPR has been the buzzword for all companies, online firms, digital marketing agencies and last but not the least bloggers as well. GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. With a lot of data thefts, illegal usage of data tracking and other privacy related issues in the past few months, European Union has enforced strict rules for all websites/blogs/sites. This includes open disclaimers on storing cookies, storing email id/name information and the general privacy policy rules.
You might have already got 20+ emails from every single website that you have signed up to.

What happens if you don't comply?

If you don't ensure your blog/website is not compliant, the EU might send out a warning letter to quickly fix the issues. This will be followed by a heavy penalty/fine on your site if you are still non-compliant (4% of a company’s annual global revenue OR €20 million (whichever is greater))

You'd probably be asking : I'm just a blogger with probably a few people visiting from the European countries. Should I still go ahead and do these steps . The answer is a resounding YES !

Who are these rules applicable to ?

If you are a blogger with a Wordpress site or have a company website or even an online service site or rather do business online storing customers information, you have to make your site GDPR Compliant at the earliest. Though you may have a US / India / any country site , you still have the possibility of an European visitor coming to your site through some means. Hence it's safer to be compliant than getting caught later

Thankfully Google's Blogspot hosted sites can sigh a relief as Google has internally done all the steps to make sure the privacy policies are updated and relevant disclaimers are present in the website. But there are a few things you may still want to do as a blog owner in Blogspot. This is explained by Shrinidhi in his blog.

Steps to become GDPR Compliant

1. Update WordPress

Update WordPress (after logging to your WP-Admin page) and ensure you have the latest version.
It's the second option, right below Home button in the left hand side



2. a. Install "WP GDPR COMPLIANCE" Plugin in your Plugins option in the dashboard

Or manually download it from here : https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-gdpr-compliance/

In Settings of WP GDPR COMPLIANCE Plugin, Under Integration Enable WordPress Comments and Save Changes.





Under Checklist Tab and Settings, enable the checkboxes if you feel some of the other options are relevant for you as well.

2. b. "WP Comment Policy Checkbox" Plugin

Just like second point, download the WP Comment Policy Checkbox plugin.



2.c.  Cookie Banner

You can also use a  Jetpack's Cookies & Consents widget to add a cookie storage banner on top of your site

3. Discussion Settings

In your WP dashboard, go to Settings -> Discussion.  Go to Comments Policy Basic Discussion box and paste the below lines.
All the data shown above will be stored by [Site Name] on [Site URL]. At any point of time, you can contact us and select the data you wish to anonymise or delete so it cannot be linked to your email address any longer. When your data is anonymised or deleted, you will receive an email confirmation. We also use cookies and/or similar technologies to analyse customer behaviour, administer the website, track users' movements, and to collect information about users. This is done in order to personalise and enhance your experience with us.

In the above lines, please remember to replce the "Site Name" box and "Site URL" with your website name and website address.  



4. Newsletter Subscription

If you have a newsletter subscription / popups etc, you should again copy the text in point 3 and paste it in that too at the bottom of your newsletter as a disclaimer


5. Privacy Policy Page

You need to have a separate "Privacy Policy" Page for your blog and ensure that page link is present in your homepage (in the footer or in the sidebar or as a menu link)

Go to Pages - > New Page.

Download this document and paste it ( Or you can use any other privacy policy document from any other sources)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZrnLONGtWTMaQpRsjP56Qo_vu2A0IgFm-ir2us5ZM4c/edit?usp=sharing

Replace the  [Site Name] at 2 places mentioned with your own website name and your email address mentioned as [Your Email Address here].

You can see how I have done the same in my travel blog, An Asian Traveller and see the Privacy Policy page menu option.

Well , that's it. .These steps are for blogs and websites with just a comment box/ subscribe page and a newsletter and not intended for professional companies who stores financial transaction information of customers and other business related info. 
Do let me know in comments, if you found it useful or have any further questions on the same.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Race, Drift & Drag with the Mercedes AMG C63 S

Speed now has a new definition with the launch of the  AMG C63 S model by Mercedes in India. The car was displayed and test driven in a specially conducted AMG Performance Tour in Chennai earlier this year. Though many cars were available to be test driven, the highlight of the event was none other than the AMG C63. Though meant to be built as a race car, the car also functions as a Sports Sedan with some amazing features and can be defined as a German Engineering marvel.



Mercedes really makes a powerful impact when it comes to delivering a car like this. Make no assumptions, given it belongs to the C-Class. Because the similarity ends there. The car outperforms every other car in this segment and by a large difference, be it performance, safety or style.


Be it a flat out racing event, a drift event or even a drag race, you can comfortably take the C63 for a spin and it does the job in style. As the throttle goes down, the  blissful sound of V8 engine breaks the deafening silence and the car zooms past several metres ahead at the blink of an eye.




The car is fitted with a 10' COMMAND display at the centre of the dashboard, displaying key information like RPM, temperature, maps and other driver related info.


Technical Specs

 

With a power of 503hp and 700nm Torque, the AMG C63 S carries almost 70% of a F1 car's engine (which ranges at 750).  To say this in a comparative note,  even a premium sedan or a  top end SUV carries an average of 160hp. Only the AMG GT-S powers more than the C63 at 563 hp (though costs 50% more).  So imagine driving a car that is more than thrice as powerful . Quite literally carrying the power of 500 horses in front.   Incidentally Mercedes claims a 0-100 in just 4.0 seconds. The car's top speed is a whopping 250 km/hr (electronically limited) but actually can go upto 290km/hr (with the optional AMG driver's package).



The Mercedes AMG C63 comes with a powerful "Hand made" 4.0 litre V8 Turbo Petrol engine and boasts of a 7 or 9 speed Automatic transmission (the 2019 model carries the upgrade).

Check out a hot lap at the Sriperumbudur race track by a professional race driver in the AMG C63S.


Drive Mode

AMG C63 S Drive Mode Options

AMG has given a Dynamic "Drive" mode option that allows you to switch between driving style and efficiency. This includes Individual, Comfort ,Sport , Sport + and followed by the Race mode (A mode that's not usually available in most cars). The race mode comes with a launch control as well. A full manual mode is also available for racing enthusiasts. The gear changes are fast and sharp in all drive modes and you can climb up to higher speeds in no time.

One of the key highlights of the C63 is also the AMG Ride Control Suspension that can have a perfect wheelspin for the perfect launch start. The enhanced suspension also allows perfect sharp corners and quick turns even at relatively higher speeds.

V8 Sound 

One of the primary reason, a sporting enthusiast might go for a V8 engine is for its sound. The growl of the engine can be a true delight for any driver as he steps on the gas. Unlike most other cars which offers "tuned up" noise or exhaust noise being back channeled into the cabin,  the AMG C63 S offers a pure sound experience . As the car's rubber burns on the tarmac, you can literally hear the pistons blasting with power and energy and gives the perfect adrenaline rush. In fact there are 3 electronically operated valves in the exhaust that's contributing to the C63 noise. This is definitely something you should experience in person.

You can hear a sample audio of Interior & Exterior acceleration of V8

https://www.mercedes-amg.com/en/vehicles/c-class/sedan/c63.html

Safety : 

The AMG C63 S, true to its Mercedes brand name, has given safety a serious consideration.  With 7 air bags, ESP (Electronic Stability Control) , ABS (Anti-lock braking system) , EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and TCS (Traction control) , the car provides maximum protection for its passengers.

The AMG high-performance brake systems has red brake calipers (which is internally ventilated & perforated) and specifically designed for high performance and enhanced braking force.

AMG Red Brake Calipers


When we took the C63 for a flat-out drive (keeping the windows open) and tested the emergency braking system, the car came to an almost immediate halt with the ABS & EBD kicking in. Not only this, we also noticed the car windows rolled up automatically upto 80% to protect from any outside objects (Seriously a super cool feature).

Pricing

With a starting price of 1.4 crores INR (ex-showroom)+ taxes,  the car certainly doesn't come cheap. But if you consider the technical specifications, the lavish luxury quotient and the design elements, you'll definitely feel it warrants the price.

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