Part 2 – A Must Carry Travel Items For Traveling Parents/Elders

The Travel Items – Part 2

This is a continuation of my previous blog post “A Must Carry travel Items For Traveling Parents/Elders“. In this blog post, I had covered some more travel items to be carried by the senior travelers in the family. The travel items list that is more inclined to an air travel.

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Before moving on further, I welcome you all to use the comments section to share your thoughts about the items mentioned in my earlier as well as this post. I would be happy to include any travel items in case if I had missed anything that is a great companion for seniors who travel.

The Travel Items List

Comfortable Shoes/Sandals

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It is a must wear travel items for all the seniors who travel. It is very much recommended to choose the shoes or similar footwear by hitting the store instead of buying online. This way, the user can choose the right footwear based on their foot arch type. A footwear purchased online might bring more trouble and it is not a mighty thing to do most of the times.

Safety Whistle

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This simple toy can be a great companion for the parents and the elders in our family. When it comes to a long distance travel that too to a country or a place which is of different origin, to speak or to understand a different language is not easy for everyone.

When situations arise that are out of hands, the seniors can blow the whistle with no effort and ask for help. In fact, with this travel items, they can get more helping hands than the traditional way on time. A tiny whistle with a rope placed around the neck can do wonders at the critical moments.

Foot Rest Sling

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An adjustable footrest sling is another travel items that are worth carrying. Irrespective of whether our seniors travel by bus or by flight, a footrest sling can be of a great help. Especially for elders who have got a history of leg and knee problems. A travel needs shop or Amazon can provide you with great options. Any sling that can do the job is good than a flash expensive sling. Remember, this can be a great gift not only for our parents but also for anyone who spends hours in a sitting posture.

Hand Sanitizer

Aging parents are more prone to infections just like smaller kids. At the time of travel, elders in our family had to use the handrails while walking. That could be at a bus stop, railway station, airport or in similar public places. This travel items can help the elders from getting sick due to the germs that spread.

Travel Wallet & A Pen

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A travel wallet or a money belt also fall under the must carry travel items. Do you think our aging parents can run behind some pickpocket? Anything can happen at the least expected time. A slim money belt can also be worn under the clothing to make it not so visible.

A pen is something that needs to be kept inside the hand luggage at all times. The crew members might issue a slip to be filled before landing. Help our parents so that they do not wait for someone to handover them a pen.

Hard Candies

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Suckling/Chewing hard candies at the time of air travel. Especially, when the flight descends some travelers experience an ear pain due to the pressure difference. Chewing or suckling a hard candy can help clear the ear canal.

Not to forget, a ginger candy can help to handle motion sickness. With these benefits, candies become a part of a must carry travel items list for elders.

Caution: Candies are not meant for elders with Diabetes. Hence, an alternative medicine is highly recommended for the parents with sugar complaints.

Saline Nasal Spray

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Do you remember that Nasoclear spray?

Yes, the one which you had bought for your kids to help them from nose blocks during sleep.

That is the same thing we need to buy for our parents and elders who are preparing themselves for an flight travel.

Due to the chillness and lesser humidity inside an airplane, the mucous membrane inside our nose gets dried out. This leads to nose blocks leading to difficulties in breathing. This travel items kept on the hand baggage will work like a charm.

Travel Blanket & Eye Mask

A small lighter blanket and an eye mask can help our parents to have a comfortable sleep during travel. Though, they provide blankets in a long distance flight some elderly travelers would prefer to use their own blankets. Google as smart blankets for more options.

Ergonomic Luggage Handle / Travel Tow & A Luggage Spotter

Must-Have travel items for the elders who are looking forward to an air travel. An ergonomic luggage handle can be of great help when they need to pull their luggage at the airport. Based on the price, the type of these handles vary. There are luggage handles that rotate 360 degrees as well which some people prefer. This travel items will help a senior traveler get rid of a strain on wrist, elbows, and shoulders. This is the reason why this travel items fall under the must carry items list.

I leave it open for you to google search as that would throw great options on different price ranges.

A Luggage Spotter

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If you do not feel like buying a luggage spotter like the one above, then a simple bright colored ribbon tied on all the trolleys should save time for the elders at the destination airport. These smaller things can be of great help to the elders after a tiresome journey, hence do not forget to do it for your parents.

Note:

Always ask for a wheelchair help while booking an air ticket. Your senior will say a Thank You for sure.

This is a must if the traveler cannot stand/walk for a longer duration and if they are traveling without any family member beside and not a very frequent air traveler.

travel itemsDo Not Forget To Covey These…

Please ensure that you convey the below things to your elderly family member before they travel.

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– Ask for help when needed. If required, blow the whistle.

– Do not worry about the language. The crew members in the flight are known to speak and understand multiple regional languages most of the times.

– Take help from the airplane crew. Especially, when the parents wanted to place the luggage in the overhead cabin. Lifting the bags all by themselves is not the best thing to do.

– Stand up and stretch often during the flight.

– Take help from the porters at the destination airport.

Happy reading, Take Care.

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A Must Carry Travel Items For Traveling Parents/Elders

A Short Eye Opener Story Ahead Before You Find About The Travel Items List

This time I dedicate this post on the travel items to the Parents, In-laws, Elders in every one of our families. Again, I had never got a hint to write the content which I had penned down below until I saw my Mom experienced health issues after one of the short trips.

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With a great excitement, my mom with her four friends planned for an interstate trip. For nothing, she had looked for my help as a part of their plan. My mom and her friends had very well planned the trip and they were on top of everything. Be it booking a sleeper bus to and fro, sightseeing, the guide, and everything. Believe me, the elderly women in our families are so powerful by heart and mind except that they don’t display it most of the times.

Everything went on well and the trip was great. A few weeks later, my mom had complained of a pain in her left hand. The pain that radiated from the armpit to hands making her hand very difficult to lift/move. Consulted the doctor and found it to be a disc slip on the neck. The complaint was not wholly due to the short travel, but for sure the travel had also played a role.

Digging further, I came to know that my Mom had fallen down in a subway few months before the travel. Besides, the posture that my mom adapted while returning back from the trip is undoubtedly a culprit. My mom had traveled in a somewhat sitting posture in the sleeper bus while returning back as she had felt uncomfortable sleeping on the sleeper bus during the onward trip. Looks like the posture had given more stress to the muscles and the disc in the neck portion.

A simple air pillow could have a helped my Mom stay away from the disc slip complaint. Though, I am aware that it falls under a must carry travel items I had still failed to convey it to my Mom.

It Is Not What We Think Always

The above incident is one main reason for me writing this post. We all wish that certain things work out well as we wanted, though we know that things do not go always in the way we expect. Not many of us are gifted to stay with our elderly parents in the same house after a certain age. Even if we live in the same city, we reside in a different area due to kids school, commuting distance to the workplace etc. When we have a compelling fact to stay away from our own elders in the family, there are few things through which we can help them stay away from the pain. The pain that arises because of not considering certain things like the travel items.

The Must-Carry Travel Items

Here I provide the list of the top must carry travel items which we sons and daughters should never forget to consider when our Parents / Elders travel. With age, it is very common for our mom, dad, and other elders at home to overlook things. Hope, the below points help everyone when there is a need.

An Air Pillow / Neck Pillow

This travel item is a must, not only for the traveling Parents but also for anyone who is on travel. This small travel item that inflates with air can be a great support for the head as a headrest. Not just that as it also helps as a back cushion for the lumbar part during bus travel.

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A Neck Pillow – A quality cushion that most of us overlook during flight travel. The percentage of traveling parents every month to the USA, UK, and other countries is very high nowadays. In the busy schedule, they spend their time on what to carry for us especially the food items and others things which they knew their kids’ love. If not us, then there won’t be anyone else who can help them with the travel items which are a must during travel.

Remember, nothing can replace a Lumbar Support belt and a Cervical Collar belt. Especially for elders who travel with a history of back pain and neck pain complaint.

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Emergency Medicines & Prescription Drugs

First thing, try to get a medical insurance for your parents. This is irrespective of whether they travel or not. It is our duty.

Get to know about the health history of your Parents. It is better to get to know about the health history of your In-laws and other close elders in your family as well. Ensure that they carry their emergency medicines with them all the time. This applies to everyone and a very critical thing for the Elders with certain medication routines. For example, Diabetes, Thyroid, Heart Issues etc. The best would be to have a picture of the medical prescription as well on the phone.

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Address Information

A small booklet with the important mobile phone numbers and a card with ID information are the third must carry travel items. The one that has at least an address, emergency contact information, blood group etc.

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As most of the elders who travel own a smartphone nowadays, it is better to take a picture of the filled ID card. This will come as a help if they had lost their handbags. A photo in the smartphone is just a backup but not a reliable one.

The reliable tip here is to ensure that our Parents remember our cell phone numbers.

There are some of the GPS based mobile applications that can be used to track our elders who travel. This can be done by configuring the mobile app in both your phone and on the phone of the elders who travel. Google play store/app store can help here.

Emergency Contact Information

A card with the details of People – Back Home and People – At the Destination. This is in addition to the ID card mentioned in the above point.
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Spare Pairs Of Contacts / Glasses With Cases

To handle things without eyeglasses/contacts for elders is very difficult. Especially the elders and parents with high power glasses without which they cannot see things properly.

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There are possibilities for one of their contact lenses or their eyeglasses to fall down leading to a loss. An extra pair of eyeglasses would surely be of help. Do not forget the eye drops and the contact lens solution as well under the travel items category.

Spare Batteries For Hearing Aids

Either you get it checked before your Parents travel or you help them keep an extra pair of batteries at home always. Best to have one in the bags of the elders who travel.

travel itemsFirst Aid Kit

One of the travel items which is highly overlooked.

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A small pouch or a zip lock cover with Pills for Antacid, Gas Relief, Fever, Pain, Anti-diarrhea etc besides band-aids.

Mobile Phone Charger

A Mobile Phone Charger also falls under the Must carry travel items for the elders who travel. If both your Parents are traveling and if they both use the phone with the same kind of charging port, it is best to buy adapters with two charging ports. That would not only save their time but help them keep both their mobile phones with enough charge. A small search on Amazon can help you with options.

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A Pair Of Compression Socks

If your parents do not have one already, please ensure that you buy it for them. Compression Socks falls under the list of a must carry travel items as they help to maintain blood flow and reduce discomfort and swelling by applying pressure to the lower legs.

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This is mandatory during long-distance travel either by Air or by Land. Though the risk of developing blood clots during air travel is low, it spikes up when the travel time increases.

A Handy Flash Light

Either you buy a small flashlight for the elders who travel or teach them how to use the flashlight in their phones. The former is better as it does not depend on the cell phone battery.

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There are a lot more things that fall under the must carry travel items which I am yet to share. Specifically, the ones that are more inclined to air travel.

Stay tuned for the Part – 2 blog post with an information about some more travel items that are good to carry.

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Top 5 Hidden Restaurants At OMR Chennai

Top 5 Hidden Restaurants At OMR Chennai

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Yummy, this time the post is about the restaurants at omr (Rajiv Gandhi Salai). Especially, the restaurants that are not so much familiar among the commuters of this corporate hub of Chennai. Before I move on, please note that I am not writing this post under an influence of anyone close to the restaurants’ management. The content below is clearly an outcome of my own views and experience.

Tease Your Tastebuds

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Are you a food lover?

If your answer is Yes, then stay with me throughout the end of this post to unpack the details about the top five Restaurants At OMR. These restaurants are not the ones that strictly stick to a vegetarian food. So, if you are pure vegetarian and do not prefer to go to restaurants at omr that serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian then you might not have an opportunity to tease your taste buds at these places. But, for sure your friend who does not have a veg/non-veg restrictions would say a big thank you to you for notifying him or her about these restaurants at omr.

The Stretch They Reside On

The restaurants at omr covered here are located between the Sholinganallur to Perungudi stretch. These are not run by any big players and they all do not possess a posh ambiance and interiors. They are neat and a decent place to enjoy your meal. The main things one would notice on these restaurants at omr are simple medium-sized setup with reasonable items on the menu. They are for sure an affordable spot for many as they do not burn our pockets. They serve good food with a great taste when compared to many other big players who run chain restaurants at omr.

Be cautious as these five restaurants at omr serve good tasty food that can get a person’s taste buds addicted to their great taste.

The sequence mentioned here on the restaurants at omr do not follow any order. So, please do not consider the sequence below for rankings or spots.

A Non-Home Food

Before I take you all forward, let me tell you. There is nothing that can beat the taste of a homemade healthy food. The food that your mom or spouse or you had prepared at home from the scratch. But, when your taste buds trigger you to experiment a different great taste then below are the restaurants at omr that will not just fill your belly but your heart too with a good feel.

“To Feed Someone Is A Blessing”

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I came across this quote “To Feed Someone Is A Blessing” from the movie Chef – 2017. I am not sure how many would agree with the above saying but according to me, it is true.

Many of you might find this saying suit more to someone who feeds the needy. But, I think there are people out there who earn good but still not so lucky to eat a homemade food for so many reasons. For those who fit themselves in such a scenario, these restaurants at omr really help a lot.

For The Love Of Good And Tasty Food

  • MAQS barbecue n biryani – Thoraipakkam

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I don’t think one can get such an Authentic Hyderabadi Biriyani in any of the restaurants at omr. If you are a dum biriyani lover – specifically the Hyderabadi style then this mid-sized restaurant at omr is a place that one must visit.

A visitor can expect a warm greeting from Mr. Shaik Imtiyaz – who is a part of this family-owned restaurant. Followed by a good service from rest of the staffs until you move out. Located on the left-hand side while traveling towards Perungudi, this restaurants at omr would for sure make you lick your finger before you head for a hand wash.

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If you find yourself at this place anytime shortly then ensure that you do not miss the Dum Biriyani with medium to double masala and a lemon chicken. It is an A la carte menu at this branch and I hope we can expect the Buffet menu soon in their new branch that is expected to come near Navalur.

So, people who work around Navalur, stay geared to enjoy the taste of Dum Biriyani and a Hot Gulab Jamun soon.

If you ask me Paradise vs Rasavid vs MAQS barbecue n biryani?

My vote would be for MAQS barbecue n biryani followed by Paradise for an Authentic Hyderabadi Dum Biriyani. Try it, you will fall in love.

  • Sri Balaji Andhra Mess – Kandanchavady

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Located at Kandanchavady – the left-hand side while traveling towards Thoraipakkam, this place serves both veg as well as non-veg food. This Andhra mess can be spotted inside a narrow passage right beneath the foot overbridge opposite to Saravana Bhavan.

Though smaller in size this restaurants at omr is normally flooded with its regular customers from the nearby corporate companies during the weekdays. This mess is not only the “go to” place for many software professionals but also for people with a diversified work nature.

Run by Mr. Pacha Venkateswarlu Naidu, this place gives a homely feel for many students and professionals who are away from their hometown. Rice served hot in a banana leaf, the taste of Gongura chutney and the fragrance blended with the tasty sambhar would ensure that you go for another serving. If you are non-veg, then don’t forget to taste chicken curry at Sri Balaji Mess.

Is your stomach full? Wanted to close the banana leaf?

Wait. There comes the grandma and Mr. Pacha Venkateswarlu Naidu asking you to go for another serving with curd. The place is not so big but the courtesy and the good service you are going to experience here will not fade from your memory. If you are concerned about the taste and healthy meal and not the ambiance and interiors then you will return to this place for many more times too.

  • Kottaram – Perungudi

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Located at Tharamani Perungudi Link Road, this is the place where you need to go for an Authentic Kerala dishes. Managed by Mr.Pradeep, this restaurant at omr is a home for many Kerala Parotta & Beef, Kappa & Meen Curry, and Appam & Stew lovers.

Oh yes, they do have several other items on their menu but my favorites are the ones I had mentioned above. Looking forward to enjoying the Onam Sadhiya this year, then make a note of this place in the Any.do app of your cell phone now.

  • Hot Pot China – Perungudi

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Located beside Apollo Hospital, this restaurant at omr serves great food that resembles the taste of Chinese. Though placed near a busy junction, one can hardly hear the sounds of honking vehicles from outside once you are in.

With pipes & bulbs design, photos of Chinese people and posters of old Chinese movies on the side wall, this restaurants at omr greets its customers with old mandarin melodies.

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Looking forward to experiencing the food taste at HPC soon?

Make your taste buds cry for more by ordering Dimsums, Garlic Burnt Chicken Fried Rice and Drums Of Chicken. Not to forget is the Black Pepper Sauce that accompanies the fried rice.

Ah, there is one more thing to make a note here. At HPC, it is a candlelight dinner on every Fridays. If you have someone special or like to give your family a candlelight experience, then block your calendar for a great Friday dinner at HPC.

  • Kalpana Andhra Mess – Sholinganallur

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A very common place for an Andhra meal among the software professionals who work near Sholinganallur. With podi and other regular food items that come with an Andhra meal, one can find professionals waiting in a queue for a table and chair to sit on Fridays.

Planning for a Friday lunch?

Start by 12 PM else you might end up staying in queue for a good meal.

Disclaimer

It is all my experiences about these restaurants at omr. Finding it fishy as I had mentioned the names of people who run some of the above-mentioned restaurants at omr. Not really. I wanted to mention their names in the post hence asked them in person and there is nothing beyond that.

If I had missed any other hidden restaurants at omr, then that means I haven’t visited that place. Do drop by the comments section to let me know and others about a place if you feel worth trying.

How To Make Your Partner Love Cooking?

Chef Movie – How To Make Your Partner Love Cooking?

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Ha Ha Ha…

Maybe the title had already made your eyes wide open and given you a feeling that you want to read further. Thank You for your interest.

Let me break the silence right in the next few paragraphs itself before you read the full blog down here.

The 3 Things/Tricks:

There are just three things that you would need to do to turn your partner a great chef. Who knows they might become like the ones who are in the Chef movie.
 
  • Gift your partner a very good quality kitchen knife.
– I am referring to the knife which is meant to chop vegetables. If you are non-vegetarian buy another one too that is meant for meat and fish. Remember, there are many types of knives each meant for specific food items.
 
– I am not sure whether every man feels it. But, I do feel it hence sharing it here. I love chopping vegetables and meat with the knife I have got at home. For your kind information, I do not cook a lot but sometimes. A sharper or a good knife motivates and trigger interest in chopping vegetables and meat. Maybe you are thinking how could a good knife can turn your husband a great cook. Please do not forget chopping vegetables is the first step.
 
– The first few dishes prepared by your partner might be horrible. Stay beside and help them correct that too much salt from the prepared dish. They do not just learn to cook but they also learn the trick. Maybe it is as simple as chopping a potato and placing inside the curry to reduce the salty taste. Teach them and motivate them, they will love to wear that apron again.
 
  • Give Them Time
– Most men are not super fast like women “the kitchen killadigals”/ “wonder chefs”. Most of us are really lazy. Maybe they are listening to the recipe from “Ware-Wah” chef movie on YouTube and trying to replicate. In scenarios like these, any kind of pressure on time might back fire and collapse your aim.
 

If you have got any other similar tricks please do use the comments section at the bottom and share it with us.

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Chef Movie (2014) Vs Chef Movie (2017)

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One amongst the few food-based movies which had triggered an interest in me towards cooking. The great movie which I had found while browsing through the channels using the DTH remote. I am referring to the Chef Movie here which had got released in the year 2014.

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Often we come across good movies but fail to recollect their names when we really want to watch them again. But, good that this movie does not get into my list of forgotten movies. This is the second time I am jotting down something about the movies on my blog. So, the content is not hundred percent going to be a review kind but will also hold some essence/information about business too.
 

Are You A Food Lover?

If the answer is yes. Here are some of the movies which I had watched so far in the line of food. These movies are not just a virtual treat to our taste buds but for sure for our eyes too. The color and textures, the expressions of the chef and the person consuming the food in these movies will ensure that we get tempted to eat as well. Below are some of my favorites and my rankings.

Food-Based Movies & My Rankings To Them:

  1. The first spot goes to the Malayalam movie Ustad Hotel.
  2. Followed by the Chef movie (2014) holding the second spot.
  3. The third spot is for the movie Burnt.
  4. The fourth spot is owned by the movie Kung Fu Chefs (2009).
  5. The Chef movie (2017) holds the fifth spot.

What Do These Movies Teach Us:

Though all these movies are of Food Genre, if we watch them closely they teach a lot more than food to us. On top of reiterating the fact that cooking tasty food is an art, they also carry loads of other flavors too. Some of them to point out are as follows.

  • Self-Discipline
  • Doing what you love
  • Leadership skills
  • Patience & Confidence
  • Pride about what they are and what they do
  • Constant Evaluation of their skills
  • Accepting the feedbacks
  • Not afraid of failure
  • Motivate others and become better
Not just the above but some of the above-mentioned movies have also tried to reach the taste buds of our brain with a pinch of business ideas in it. For example, the Hollywood version chef movie has a chef who had lost temper and later reached his goal by starting a food truck business. As you guessed it right, the Bollywood version of the chef movie is an outcome of the inspiration from the chef movie which came in the year 2014. So, the latter has got the similar truck business related part of it. Both these movies will for sure give us the glimpses of how to start a food truck business, at least the basics.
 
If you have got a tinge of the mobile truck food business in your mind. I will strongly suggest you watch the program Eat Street on the television channels like Food, Fox, and similar. You can find them on YouTube too.
 
It is not just about the food and taste. It is also about how interesting you present your dish which starts with how your mobile food truck looks. You can find glimpses of such mobile food trucks in the movie too.
 
Ah.. the way the food trucks are painted or the graphics on them, especially in the countries like the USA, are just mind-blowing. I swear that I had never seen such an eye-catching colors on a mobile food truck anywhere in India until now. But, I am sure they do exist and I will get a glimpse of such vehicles curtly.
 

Thinking about a food truck business?

It’s gonna need a lot of work though. What doesn’t? – from the movie chef

The Review:

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Though the crew of the Chef Movie 2017 had tried to bring the essence of the original version Chef movie 2014. There is something which is still missing in the movie starring Saif and Padmapriya. I do not think it is something to do with the actors but maybe because of the way how the story has been taken throughout the movie. It would have been good if the director had not tried to just replicate everything in the original version into an Indian version.
 
I did not find much difference except in few parts of the chef movie (2014). For instance, it was a food truck there in the Hollywood chef movie whereas it is a Double Decker bus in the Bollywood chef movie. Similarly, there is a track related to Saif Ali Khan’s childhood (non-real) in the movie which we do not have in the Hollywood version.
 

In my opinion, the director could have used the plot of the original version and come up with something fresh and more inspiring for the Indian crowd.

So, to me, the Hollywood version had something which inspired me which is missing in the Bollywood version.

Maybe this is my last post for the year 2017. Thank You so much for the great support.

Wish You All A Happy New Year 2018.

Stay Informed: A Top End Car Do Not Protect Its Occupants Always – Cars Of 2018

The Best Cars Of 2018

We will step into the next year in three days. Some of you will have plans to buy a new car or upgrade your current car. I am sure that many of you would have searched for the term “Cars Of 2018” already. And, I am quite confident that some of you would have shortlisted some of the most anticipated and the best cars of 2018.

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At this moment, I wanted to share some information which I had come across recently via a WhatsApp video. Thanks to my sister-in-law who had shared it. The video is not hundred percent in line with the topic cars of 2018. But, the content of the video is relevant for everyone who uses a car. After listening to the content in that video, I find myself standing in a spot with a clear understanding. I had understood that the car which we have got now or one or few among the cars of 2018 which we want to buy do not matter if not used properly.

What Is In The Video?

The video has a narration by a well-known radio jockey Sooraj of the state Kerala. In the short video, he had shared a powerful message by referring to an incident/accident which his friend had come across. I have placed the link to the same video below. But, I will break it down a bit in a simple way for those friends who do not understand Malayalam.

The Story:

The story is about the 50 Lacs worth Lexus car which had failed to protect its owner.

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One of his good friend, who loves exotic car used his hard earned money to buy a car. After a thorough research, he had brought home his favorite and that was Toyota “Lexus”. The gigantic car was fully loaded with all safety features and with every accessory that a car lover would look for. No regrets on the big buy.

During the commute, one day, his friend who was driving the Lexus had met with an accident. As the hit was directly on to the median, the car had enough damages on the outside as well as the inside. Yes, you got it right. The situation was very bad that the friend had opened his eyes after spending several weeks in an Intensive Care Unit.

He was a bit far from danger but could not resist himself from calling the car maker as he could not believe what had happened. The main reason for him to go for such an expensive vehicle was its safety features. But, the expensive automobile could not safeguard him at the time of crisis instead let him down. Though devastated, he managed to be polite to the car maker and explained them the incident assuming that car maker can do something about the incident.

The Start Of Conversation:

The Friend: With tears getting ready to roll down his cheeks, he narrated the whole scenario.

The Car Maker: Sir, we understand how you feel and we are sorry that you had experienced and experiencing a harrowing time.

Question: Could you please help us understand whether you were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident?

The Friend: The friend responded honestly. No, I was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of driving that day.

The Car Maker: Okay. On page XX of the manual, it was clearly mentioned that the airbag safety feature inside the car will not get enabled unless the person wears the seat belt. That being the case, it is not possible to go ahead with your claim. We are Sorry and we wish you a speedy recovery.

The End Of Conversation…

So, it is not the Lexus which had failed to save the owner but the ignorance.

What Do You & Me Drive?

Not everyone can afford to buy a top end vehicle. Some own or drive a basic variant and some own a mid variant car. But there is one basic but powerful feature that is available in all the cars irrespective of their variants. Yeah, I am referring to the seat belts. The grey/black colored belts that are lying on the sides of our car seats due to very minimal usage.

So, it is a must we get to know certain things before we hit the road in our car. The cars which are currently in the market and the cars of 2018 might be with great features in it. But, remember, no safety feature in the car can be compared to the safety that a cautious driving and driving with road sense provides.

Hope I made it clear already that this post is not fully about the cars of 2018 but it is about the safety features in the cars of recently gone years and the forthcoming years.

Safety Features That We Ignore & Fail To Understand:

Seat Belts:

The car we are driving now or the one among the cars of 2018 we are planning to own might be top end exotic vehicle with all safety features in it. But, without wearing a seatbelt at the time of driving it is of no use. Please do wear it. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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Air Bags:

Air bags are designed to work efficiently in combination with seat belts. Your car might have dual or six airbags in it. Normally, the airbags deploy based on the severity of the crash, the angle at which the car is hit etc.
 
Some of the common situations when the airbag does not deploy are as follows.
 
  1. Severity of the crash
  2. Defective Sensors
  3. Air Bags that are not working
  4. Defective wiring and electrical components
  5. No Seat Belts

If no seat belts are worn, the airbags are most likely to stay undeployed. So, for the airbags to work, seat belts should be worn.

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Seatbelt pre-tensioners:

The pre-tensioners are the ones that pull the bodies of the driver and passenger in the front-seat firmly into their seats at the time of the crash. This is something which can be found in our current cars and in the cars of 2018 right beneath the static seat buckle.

It is a must to check and replace the seat belt pre-tensioners after every accident. A deployed pre-tensioner will not be of any use for the next time.

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Nitrogen Air Inflated Vs Regular Air Inflated Tire:

It is a must to ensure that we do not mix nitrogen air in the regular air inflated car tires. Planning to go for nitrogen air? Please do not forget to deflate the regular air from the car tires. This is the same case if you are switching from nitrogen air to regular air.

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The 3-Second Rule:

Some of the above-mentioned safety feature for example airbags does not come in all the variants of a motor car. But, the 3-second rule “The Father Of All Safety Measures” can override any feature that already exists or expected to come in the cars of 2018. It is nothing but maintaining a distance that would take us at least 3 seconds to reach the spot that the car in front is crossing.
 

The number of seconds varies based on the type of vehicles.

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Please do read the user’s manual which comes with the car.

Cars Of 2018:

I can close the topic without mentioning about the expected cars of 2018 at least some of them applicable to India. Below is the list of cars which we can welcome next year and their expected prices. I had covered only the cars of 2018 considering middle class families in India. So, if you are looking for an exotic or luxury machine, then please do check sites like Car Dekho, Team-BHP etc.

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Below are the videos related to Lexus and 3-second rule for better understanding.

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