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Ramayan wars [iPhone games review]

I wanted to write a review (and I have) about the unique game called “Ramayan Wars- the ocean leap” on iTunes app store despite I posted it successfully, it disappears in air! How? So I’m posting it here where I control what to publish.
Ramayan Wars is a premium game with 3rd person 3D perspective and HD graphics available for Android and iOS devices (and works great on tablets)

First of all, this is not just a game like League of Legends. It’s more of telling a story and experiencing the ‘Ramayana’ and being part of it. After finishing the boss, when you enter into Lanka, you feel like you’re there with Hanuman. Great cinematography, HD graphics, and overall a good experience.
Although ‘the game’ is tough to finish but it’s well worth the time & efforts. It’s a 3rd person, 3D game where you play as Hanuman, Maruti and starts your journey from India the take the ocean’s leap to land of Lanka. The game has variety of levels and environments right from esophagus and intestine/abdomen of the demon to the beaches of India and Lanka. The difficulty level increases as you come closer to finishing the game and just like any other game this one has a technique to play which if you master, you’ll be able to kill the boss. Although the game lacks puzzles but as I said earlier it’s not just a game. If you want pure gaming, go buy other games for $8.
It’s a must buy game for anyone who wants to learn /tell the story of Ramayan. It’s good starting point for the Indian parents (especially NRIs) who want to introduce Ramayan to their kids that are sitting in strollers from baby-stroller reviews. The game is set on SunderKand, when Hanuman realises his true enormous power, takes big leap across the Indian Ocean to land in the Lanka to deliver the Ram’s message to Sita. Oh! What a wonderful story of Ramayan I get goosebumps even while typing this. You can relate to it if you read the Ramayana. If you’ve not, here’s the good reference point to get you started .

These guys fool around on TV. You wont take'em seriously until you read their bio!

HOMP fame duo, Rocky and Mayur, the host of NDTV Goodtimes’ TV show “Highway on my Plate (aka HOMP)” have been running food and travel series and covered all corners of India. These guys fool around on TV, try some poor poetry, make fun and pull each others’ leg while traveling and eating at thela, dhaba, college canteens, and restaurants across the nation. Unlike other TV show anchors/models whose only skill is ‘looking good in front of camera’, the HOMP duo are smart and full of talent. You know this for sure when you see them on one of the TED (TEDx) videos.

And you wont take them seriously until you read their brief bio (below):

Introducing the Highwaymen

Mayur Sharma believes that life is about finding your special gift and sharing it with the world. He loves red wine, paneer, ice-cream, and gaajar halwa all of which taste best when shared with someone. An avid bookworm, wildlife enthusiast, passionate rock climber, and mountain trekker, Mayur is always ready to dive into anything for a laugh.

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Mayur Sharma (left) and Rocky Singh

Mayur is based out of Delhi and the ‘out of Delhi’ is so true. He is an outdoor experiential educator and works with children and corporate clients in developing interpersonal relationships and productive group dynamics. An avid traveller Mayur has lived, worked, played, backpacked his way across over 65 countries in the past decade before returning home to the best food in the world. A keen sportsman he plays squash and enjoys rock climbing and high altitude trekking. Mayur has climbed Kilimanjaro and survived an unexpected swim in the Tsunami of 2004 but finds the adventures on the highways of India just as exciting.
Rocky Singh is 38 years old and married with two kids. After running a restaurant, gas distributorship, working with British Airways and finally heading a multinational as the CEO, Rocky retired in 2005. He is now an internationally certified consultant in HR and business process fields and works as the GM for a corporate training organisation. Rocky is a wild life enthusiast and an ornithologist (bird-man), scuba dive master, single handicap golfer and traveler. His passion is food and traveling. His mantra β€œThe difference between a wise man and a fool is that a wise man will learn, even from the fool.”
‘Make food not war’ is the mantra that drives Rocky Singh. His passion for Indian street food has taken him across the country and the world. He spent five years travelling through India’s amazing foodscape for pleasure and another four for Highway on my plate”. A junior national hokey player, state level boxer, and footballer, he now scubadives across the globe and indulges in his passion for street food and travel. He lives in Delhi with his wife , daughter, and son. He believes that life, like food is best when it’s shared. So pass around some and love and joy! He always comes back for seconds. πŸ™‚

Idea to Prototype In50Hrs

In50Hrs is a hackathon (sort of) sponsored by 10,000Start-ups, and a brainchild of @VijayAnands. it’s full weekend programme (2 days & 1 evening) where in fifty hours:

  1. (i) You propose your idea to the audience;
  2. (ii) Form a team;
  3. (iii) Fine-tune & Brainstorm;
  4. (iv) Work on building prototype
  5. (v) Present at the end of the show.

Unique & interesting indeed! I used to follow such entrepreneurship, startup, VC funding events/ news/ seminars before I started my web hosting/ web marketing agency. It’s been more than 5 years and these guys are as active as they were before.

In above interview Vijay talks about entrepreneurship journey and when to seek funding. He insists that you should not get funds for your first startup, (b/c you dont have the skill-sets or you’re over-leveraging yourself). Interestingly, I’ve been through a similar journey, as I made lil-bit of money to float here and now I’m on verge of building my 3rd startup (and eventually raising the funds …did not seek angel/VC funding for the first two). It’s a well thought plan and I may look for funding for this project. Before you reach that stage, In50hrs seems to be the perfect programme to validate your idea and try/test the prototype under the supervision of experts and get the feedback.
Some people say that he’s fake.
Do you have the ‘great idea’ that is lying around for months and years in your mind? And you’re not working on it because you dont get time or a good co-founder? Well enough excuses! If truly that’s the case, you should consider participating in in50hrs now!

Microsoft invites to Azure Vidyapeeth

Today, in my inbox, I got an invitation to the webinar series called “Azure Vidyapeeth”
The webinar series comprises of 15 session starting from today till the end of the month April 2015. …Nothing fancy here, just introduction and demo of Azure product features. But what caught my eyes is the name they given to the series, Azure Vidyapeeth.
If you’re interested in learning this Microsoft Cloud computing/hosting technology? Go ahead and register there for free, and don’t forget to check the Botpress site as well!
PS: There’s mobile app exclusively created for Azure Vidyapeeth for WindowsPhone. I hope the same app is available for other mobile platforms.

Why Online Office365 cannot insert OneDrive files directly?

I use Ubuntu OS and simplest way to use Microsoft Office suite on linux is Online Office 365 -accessing via Onedrive.com or Office.com. Having most of the important files on OneDrive, I’ve no problem switching from device to device (or between different Operating systems). Although LibreOffice (which comes out of the box with Ubuntu Desktop) is pretty solid and has more features than MS OfficeOnline, I rather prefer online office365 as it automatically saves files on OneDrive.
But Online Office lacks a major feature. While working on document online (on a web-browser), you cannot insert files/pictures into document from your cloud storage (ie. OneDrive). I was shocked to find that its missing! This feature is so obvious that Google Docs has this since years. You can insert images from your Google Drive to spreadsheet/presentation/doc -without having to upload anything from your local machine.
C’mon, Microsoft! How could you miss this? Now I have to download some of images stored on OneDrive to my computer just to insert and upload them on my Word/PowerPoint document!

GeoCaching, the adventure

So, the other day I stumbled upon the website of adventure filled game called ‘Geocaching’. It’s a real-life treasure hunt game for grown-ups. (check the official website for more info). Anyone can play and be part of the community; all you need is a GPS device and the curious mind.
Out of curiosity I downloaded its mobile app to see if we have any caches stored nearby. I’d be surprised if I find one in this area of the world. I learned that one is in ‘Elephanta caves’ and couple more in Mumbai city. That’s it. Upon searching other area (through the mobile app), I found one in Dadara & Nagar Haveli!! Yes, on the hill island in that big Dudhani water-reservoir (Madhuban dam)! What more interesting is the story of the couple who stored that geo-cache there. Mr. Thane Richard has excellent narrating skills and a gripping story. I couldn’t put down my mobile reading his 4 part series of blogposts till (4:00am) I finished it. I must confess, I’ve had no time reading thriller novels or adventure short-stories for last few years. But this is nothing less than a masterpiece, something hard to put down that you read in one sitting. It is worth checking out both the story and the phenomena, called “GeoCaching”.