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Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Berger Express Indi Blogger Meet, Delhi, Fun with paints and a whole lot of learning

All roads led to the Taj By Vivanta, last Saturday, the 25th of February as the eagerly anticipated Berger Express Indi Blogger meet was scheduled to be held at the venue and I was one of participants.

At the very outset, let me say that it was a day filled with fun, paints and a whole lot of learning for me. The icing on my cake- being a part of the winning team when our painting on the theme of Blogging/ Vlogging won the much coveted first prize. 

Applying a fresh coat of paint to your walls  your walls  often means that you first need to get rid of the old coat of paint that you have on the walls. Paint removal can be a tedious and time consuming process and its also essential and ensuring that your new paint job looks flawless.

So thats exactly where Berger Express Painting.comes to your rescue. As we learnt from Mr Das, the Chief Manager of the company,Berger Express

 is a new age end-to-end painting solution provided by trained painters using automatic tools. It gives the consumer a faster, cleaner, better and hassle-free painting experience. The Express Service is provided by Berger Paints India and is executed by trained painters.

At  the venue- Taj By Vivanta, Dwarka
The driving forces of Berger Paints - reflect the very spirit of its founder Lewis Berger - who laid the foundations of brand Berger way back in 1760 in the UK. With modest beginnings in India in 1923, today, Berger Paints India Limited is the second largest paint company in the country with a consistent track record of being one of the fastest growing paint companies, quarter on quarter, for the past few years.

Some major benefits of Express Painting

40 percent faster than traditional painting and also ensures quality.

Set up training centers and trained painters for efficient and better painting

Get sparkling results with  no-mess tools.

Cutting-edge vacuum suction-enabled sanding machines to keep the  house dust-free

Better coverage and smoothness guaranteed each time.

Certified tools ensure a better finish with high efficiency.

All these benefits and more offered at no additional cost.

Our team is ready- The process of sand papering begins shortly

Pic Courtesy -Vikram Kamboj

Making the presentation  on Blogging/Vlogging 

Pic Courtesy -Vikram Kamboj

Action Stations- The team hard at work

Bold, Bright and Beautiful -A palette of colours

Team work always pays and how!

Fun with paints- a demo by the Berger Express team

Mix, Match and make it work
This was followed by a demonstration of painting tools by Berger Paints team. Some key tools

Airless Paint Sprayer
 A method of painting that uses high pressure to spray paint, or other materials. Airless sprayers work by forcing paint through a small tip opening at very high pressure; airless spray does not use compressed air. They are primarily used for production work because of their ability to cover large areas in minimal time and because of the reduced over spray there is a considerable saving on material consumption.
 Auto Roller
The auto roller makes painting walls and ceilings easier and faster than ever before. The auto technology offers consistent, virtually drip-free paint application and constant paint feed directly from the paint bucket – ideal for large surfaces.

And so we closed for the day with an interesting and informative media kit, Indi Blogger T Shirts and a Berger Express mug. Topping that, reconnecting with some old blogger friends in addition to making a lot of new ones.

Many thanks Berger Express and Indiblogger. Thoroughly enjoyed my day with you!

Monday, January 30, 2017

What if? Some random thoughts

1.What if Thomas Alva Edison hadn't invented the electric bulb? Would I be sitting at my computer today, and writing this? Or would there have been some other way, some other person perhaps, who would have invented something similar, and I would be doing this anyway?

( Image source-Google)

2. What if there was no chocolate?(!?)

3. What if I could close my eyes, visualise exactly where I want to be, at any point in the day, and get there - Simply by thinking it through?

4. What if children didn't have to 'beg'?

 Anywhere in the world?

And got enough food, education and a loving home to grow up in?

5. What if there was a 'secret place' where we could all retreat to? Where no one could even think of looking?Simply to be alone, think things through, and re-surface rejuvenated.

And go back again, as soon as or whenever we wanted to?

6.What if  everyone could live to be a hundred years old?

7.What if everyone loved animals and took care of them the way they ought to ?

8.What if the roads didn't develop huge bumps during, and well after the monsoons were over?

9.What if babies never woke up parents, or cried at night?

10.What if people stopped using plastic bags -forever?

11. Finally, what if wishes were horses?

Then we all know that beggars would ride.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Magic of Photo Apps

Let's say that I ordered a cup of coffee at my favourite coffee shop last week. If I know one thing about the coffee at that place, is that it's always spot on and made exactly the way that I like it - hot, very strong and with a nice design drawn on its surface. But this time it was even better, for it had a ‘smiley face’ on it. 

So of course the lure of clicking it instantaneously was irresistible, and I succumbed. A few great photographs later, I sat back satisfied, finished the coffee and went on with the rest of the day.

Sometime later that evening, when I looked at it, I remembered that I’d been presented with an iTunes Gift card by my daughter Neha and quickly downloaded a few free photo apps, in addition to purchasing a few. And that was how my journey into the magic world of photo apps commenced. A month lat-er, I must have spent a few hundred hours experimenting with photographs that I’d clicked earlier, with some truly amazing results!

Image courtesy- Apps Blog

For instance, if I take you back to that original smiley faced cup of coffee, it's now travelled through exotic places such as the Niagara falls, Paris and Australia. Going one step further, I then managed to take that same photograph and put it up on the wall of a conference room where US President Obama and his aides had just settled down to a meeting.

Sounds unreal? Well, let me assure you that all of the above and much, much more is now possible via the magic world of Photo Apps. Try it and once you get a taste of it, I strongly suspect that like me, many of you might get hooked onto it for life! So to help you get started, here are a few of my best ones - iPhoto, Pixlromatic, Pic Collage, Dyptic frames and Adobe PS Express. 

Of course, there is a whole wide world out there and once you really start with it, you will fine-tune many of your personal favourites. But do remember to write in as I’d love to know more about them too.

NB- This piece is an excerpt from an article originally written for my column 'My Take' in the Muscat Daily