Killa Movie Review: Its time to revisit childhood again

Killa Movie Review

Have you ever felt that urge to travel back to your childhood days? Ever thought how it will be if we were given a chance to revisit our childhood days? And when the reality hits us hard by making us realize that it wont be possible to relive those days, it makes us feel terrible. But thanks to the medium called cinema. And very few movies do the justice by letting us relive those memories.

Earlier I had seen Shwaas, Shala (which took us on a childhood ride), Duniyadaari (which took us on a ride of college life). Now once again its time to revisit the innocent phase called childhood. This time its with “Killa” (Click here to view the trailer) movie. Killa (The Fort) is a 2015 Indian Marathi drama film directed by Avinash Arun. The film was selected for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Crystal Bear by the Children’s Jury in the Generation KPlus Selection. At the 62nd National Film Awards, it was awarded the Best Feature Film in Marathi Award.

The plot revolves around the boy who along with his Mom comes to Guhaghar after his father’s death. Its all about his journey on how he manages to get acquainted with the new place, new school, new school friends & the people from that place. The plot might be looking simple & straightforward but the backdrop of the scenic beauty of Guhaghar, the treatment given to the story is what makes this movie a unique watching experience. The village roads, old houses, people with that typical local accent adds up to the plot. The bond between the boy & his mother, the bond of friendship is perfectly portrayed.

We all have played pranks in the school, written not-so-good words in the school toilet/benches, tried to help our school friends in every possible way we can. We have felt the anger when our own friends neglected us. We have felt jealousy when our school friends got something new in the school & they kept flaunting it. But we have always trusted our friends, come what may. How about re-living these memories? The movie has its own moments which makes us smile, laugh our lungs out, cry & by the time we are out of the movie hall, it makes us weep within because we start craving to go back to our childhood days at that very moment.

The cinematography is absolute masterpiece where in every frame is well crafted to perfection & yet it feels natural. The background score travels along the screenplay which is well placed with no forceful interference. All the cast including Amruta Subhash, Archit Deodhar, Parth Bhalerao have given their best performance. So are you ready to relive your childhood memories? Don’t miss this movie.

Director: Avinash Arun

Cast: Amruta Subhash, Archit Deodhar, Parth Bhalerao

Rating: 4/5

New found love in Love & Latte

Coffee shops are one of the places I am always fascinated about. After having visited few outlets of Starbucks, Cafe Coffee Day, Barista, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Love & Latte was on my list. So on a Saturday morning, finally I got to visit Love & Latte’s outlet in Mulund West.

Love & Latte Mulund

Coffee shops are meant to be quiet place where in people can chill, chat and have a good time. Be it with friends, colleagues or just alone, trying to do some work. Trust me, the positive vibes of this coffee shop was felt as soon as I entered because the aroma of coffee hits your soul immediately.

Love & Latte Mulund

The outlet is well planned, is spacious in terms of seating arrangements & the interiors adds up in giving the ambiance a whole new cosy approach. Whereas lots of coffee shops I have seen tend to become noisy & are not spacious in terms of seating arrangements where people tend to accidentally get bumped into each other while walking between the seats & then too many sorry’s take place.

Love & Latte Mulund

I tried their Caramel Frappe loaded with cream, chocolate sauce & ice cream & Blueberry Cheesecake which was divine & got finished within no time (Yeah, that was the only sad part). They have various coffee preparations in Hot Coffee, Specialty Latte, Special Brews, Filter Coffee, Cold Brew, Chocolate Drinks, Teas, Milkshakes, Slush, Smoothies along with variety of snacks & desserts (Vegetarian). And yes they have WiFi & also follow the points system.

During weekdays this place is relatively empty but on weekends it tends to get somewhat occupied but if you want to have some me time alone, best time to visit is in the mornings. Now that this place is just few mins away from my place, it will be frequently visited.

Burp-O-Meter: 4/5

Everything you want to know about Twitter limits (Updates, and following)

Know about Twitter limits

Twitter always have been serious when it came to their limit policies & best practices. Gone are the days when the limits were actually very limited. Nowadays, the Twitter limits enforced by Twitter are as follows:

  • Direct messages (daily): The limit is 1,000 messages sent per day.
  • Tweets: 2,400 per day. The daily update limit is further broken down into smaller limits for semi-hourly intervals. Retweets are counted as Tweets.
  • Changes to account email: Four per hour.
  • Following (daily): The technical follow limit is 1,000 per day.
    This is a technical account limit only, and there are additional rules prohibiting aggressive following behavior.
  • Following (account-based): Once an account is following 2,000 other users, additional follow attempts are limited by account-specific ratios.

These limits include actions from all devices, including web, mobile, phone, API, etc. API requests from all third-party applications are tracked against the hourly API limit. People who use multiple third-party applications with their account will therefore reach the API limit more quickly.

What happens if the limit is hit?
On reaching the limit, Twitter gives an error message telling about which limit is hit. For limits that are time-based (like the direct messages, tweets, changes to account email, and API request limits), one will be able to try again after the time limit has elapsed. The tweet limit of 2,400 updates per day is further broken down into semi-hourly intervals. If someone reaches to their account update/tweet limit, one will have to try again in a few hours after the limit period has elapsed.

How often should one blog?

How often should one blog?

When it comes to blogging, “How often should I blog?” is the most frequently asked question. There is no as such answer to this question because most of the bloggers prefer to maintain their own blogging schedule depending upon their busy routines. It varies person to person.

Its all about content & when it comes to right, useful content, there will be audience to read it. Some of the blogging schedules which can be implemented are as follows:

  • Multiple posts per day 
  • Daily posts 
  • 2-3 posts per week (Most preferred frequency)
  • 1 post per week (Most preferred frequency)
  • 1-2 posts per month

Is it necessary to blog frequently?
Well, yes! Search engines, especially Google loves fresh, unique content. So those blogs which are updated frequently with new content/ posts are likely to be crawled by Google seamlessly & quickly. Most importantly the blog will stay listed for longer period of time.

Updating at least once a week is sufficient to begin with. If you go less than that, it would be hard to maintain your reader’s interest. Frequent blogging eventually will build your position/goodwill among the readers & you will see an increase in the volume of social sharing & the traffic as time progresses.

In today’s world where everyone is busy with their own routines, it becomes tough to update the blog regularly. But if one is serious about blogging, not updating the blog at all will be a wrong move. If you post anything good, you will get traffic/social shares even if you don’t update very often because quality matters than the quantity.

A thrilling “Mission A7000″ movie experience

Mission A7000

I am a movie buff & love to watch movies a lot. That day I received a call from “Mission A7000″ team & invited me for the special private screening of the movie “Mission A7000″ in Mumbai which includes Johnny Deep & Scarlet Handsfree as main lead & directed by George Clooless. I was been told that its one of those movies which thrilling plot is interesting.

Mission A7000

To my surprise, the story begins with a white hacker & silicon valley millionaire, Louis Santiago who has kept his double life as a secret…during a mission in Istanbul he meets a French lady who invites him to the hotel. While on the way, he realizes that it was a trap & ends up in a warehouse where he is locked down. How he tries to manage to escape from the trap with the help of his electronic gadget is the plot of the movie.

Mission A7000

To know what happens next, click here to watch the trailer & receive your preview screening invite. They are giving a few lucky people from selected cities a chance to be part of a special screening.

GOQii fitness band review: Beginning of the fitness trend

Today there are various fitness bands available in the market and the quantity is increasing and why not, but very few of them actually contribute to the community by giving something more. It was February 28, 2015 where in I got introduced to “GOQii” fitness band by Vishal Gondal, the Founder & CEO of GOQii himself at the #BeSummerReady meetup.#BeSummerReady is a initiative by GOQii to spread the awareness of staying fit during the summers.

GOQii Fitness Band 1

Celebrity trainer, Satyajit Chaurasiya, Head Nutrionist & Master Coach, Luke Coutinho & Vishal Gondal at GOQii Blogger’s Meet

It was a pleasure to meet him in person at the bloggers event along with the celebrity trainer, Satyajit Chaurasiya & Head Nutrionist and Master Coach, Luke Coutinho. It was really a delightful experience where in these three gentlemen took us through the whole concept behind the GOQii band and the initiative.

GOQii Fitness Band 2

My GOQii Fitness Band

From that day my journey with GOQii actually started. Within few mins my GOQii band was all set to track my daily data. During the registration its best to fill in the extensive form which collects the vital information about goals, daily routine, daily activities, age, weight, height and so on. The good thing about it is that its so easy to setup. The band is synced with their official app which stores the whole data under one ecosystem. Now many people will say that all the fitness bands provide the same feature. All they do is track. Well, the advantage of GOQii is that it comes with a assigned virtual coach which keeps a track of the data & guides accordingly based on your goals. The band shows the information about current day’s activity, steps taken, calories burnt, distance travelled, karma points (This is an interesting initiative where in every 390 steps taken, the user earns 1 karma point which later on can be used to donate to the charity via GOQii) and active time. It also acts as a watch. A daily summary of the activity will be stored for upto 30 days on the GOQii platform. The battery standby is max 3 days.

GOQii Fitness Band

My GOQii fitness band is ready to track my daily data

The GOQii band comes in various subscription plans: Rs. 3,999/- (3 months), Rs. 6,999/- (6 months) & Rs. 11,999/- (12 months) in various color options such as Red & Black, Red, Black, Blue, Pink & Transparent. GOQii is not just a fitness band, its a community which gathers together frequently to workout together and motivate each other.

Its now almost 3 weeks since I have started to use it and I must say the journey towards being fit is progressing. In this 3 weeks, I had my first introduction call with my virtual coach to share my routine along with the goals I am looking to achieve. The coach has been timely sending valuable & helpful information in the app and also keeping me motivated via phone. Since this is the very first initial review, will keep you all updated with a detailed feedback in the next post soon.

Oscar 2015 winners and nominees

Here’s the list of the winners & the nominees of the 87th Academy Awards.

Oscar 2015 winners and nominees

  • Best Picture
    American Sniper
    Birdman – Winner
    Boyhood
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    The Imitation Game
    Selma
    The Theory of Everything
    Whiplash
  • Best Director
    Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
    Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) – Winner
    Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
    Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
    Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
  • Best Actress
    Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
    Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
    Julianne Moore (Still Alice) – Winner
    Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
    Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
  • Best Actor
    Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
    Bradley Cooper( American Sniper)
    Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
    Michael Keaton (Birdman)
    Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) – Winner
  • Best Supporting Actress
    Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) – Winner 
    Laura Dern (Wild)
    Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
    Emma Stone (Birdman)
    Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
  • Best Supporting Actor
    Robert Duvall (The Judge)
    Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
    Edward Norton (Birdman)
    Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
    J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) – Winner
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
    Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
    Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
    Jason Hall (American Sniper)
    Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything)
    Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) – Winner
  • Best Original Screenplay
    Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
    Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye (Foxcatcher)
    Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)
    Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo (Birdman) – Winner
    Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Best Foreign Language Film
    Leviathan
    Ida – Winner
    Tangerines
    Timbuktu
    Wild Tales
  • Best Documentary Feature
    CitizenFour – Winner
    Finding Vivian Maier
    Last Days in Vietnam
    The Salt in the Earth
    Virunga
  • Best Animated Feature
    Big Hero 6 – Winner
    The Boxtrolls
    How to Train Your Dragon 2
    Song of the Sea
    The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
  • Film Editing
    Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach (American Sniper)
    Sandra Adair (Boyhood)
    Barney Pilling (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
    William Goldenberg (The Imitation Game)
    Tom Cross (Whiplash) – Winner
  • Best Song
    Everything Is Awesome (The Lego Movie)
    Glory (Selma) – Winner
    Grateful (Beyond the Lights)
    I’m Not Gonna Miss You (Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me)
    Lost Stars (Begin Again)
  • Best Original Score
    Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – Winner
    Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
    Johann Johannsson (The Theory of Everything)
    Gary Yershon (Mr. Turner)
    Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
  • Best Cinematography
    Roger Deakins (Unbroken)
    Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman) – Winner
    Dick Pope (Mr. Turner)
    Robert Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
    Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski (Ida)
  • Best Costume Design
    Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – Winner
    Mark Bridges (Inherent Vice)
    Colleen Atwood (Into the Woods)
    Anna B. Sheppard (Maleficent)
    Jacqueline Durran (Mr. Turner)
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling
    Bill Corso & Dennis Liddiard (Foxcatcher)
    Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – Winner
    Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Best Production Design
    Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – Winner
    Maria Djurkovic & Tatiana Macdonald (The Imitation Game)
    Nathan Crowley & Gary Fettis (Interstellar)
    Dennis Gassner & Anna Pinnock (Into the Woods)
    Suzie Davies & Charlotte Watts (Mr. Turner)
  • Best Sound Editing
    Alan Robert Murray & Bub Asman (American Sniper) – Winner
    Martin Hernández & Aaron Glascock (Birdman)
    Brent Burge & Jason Canovas (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)
    Richard King (Interstellar)
    Becky Sullivan & Andrew DeCristofaro (Unbroken)
  • Best Sound Mixing
    John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff & Walt Martin (American Sniper)
    Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño & Thomas Varga (Birdman)
    Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker & Mark Weingarten (Interstellar)
    Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño & David Lee (Unbroken)
    Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins & Thomas Curley (Whiplash) – Winner
  • Best Visual Effects
    Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill & Dan Sudick (Captain America)
    Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett & Erik Winquist (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
    Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner & Paul Corbould (Guardians of the Galaxy)
    Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter & Scott Fisher (Interstellar) – Winner
    Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie & Cameron Waldbauer (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
  • Best Short Film, Live Action
    Oded Binnun & Mihal Brezis (Aya)
    Michael Lennox & Ronan Blaney (Boogaloo and Graham)
    Hu Wei & Julien Féret (Butter Lamp)
    Talkhon Hamzavi & Stefan Eichenberger (Parvaneh)
    Mat Kirkby & James Lucas (The Phone Call) – Winner
  • Best Short Film, Animated
    Daisy Jacobs & Christopher Hees (The Bigger Picture)
    Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi (The Dam Keeper)
    Patrick Osborne & Kristina Reed (Feast) – Winner
    Torill Kove (Me and My Moulton)
    Joris Oprins (A Single Life)
  • Best Documentary, Short Subject
    Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry (Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1) – Winner
    Aneta Kopacz (Joanna)
    Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki (Our Curse)
    Gabriel Serra Arguello (The Reaper)
    J. Christian Jensen (White Earth)