Everything You Need To Know About Movember and No-Shave November

November, the month where all your male friends and co-workers show up clean-shaven and baby-faced on Nov. 1 and look like western-movie villains or grizzly bears by Thanksgiving.
Growing out one’s facial hair for 30 days is called “Movember” or “No-Shave November,” and it’s meant to raise awareness for cancer. It’s also a chance for dudes to show off their ‘staches, goatees, Fu Manchus, mutton chops and other furry face-warmers.

 

What is Movember?

Movember began in Australia in 2003 to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancers, according to the Movember Foundation, a nonprofit that raised nearly $21 million in 2013.
“We are all about the mustache and only the mustache,” said Movember’s U.S. Director Mark Hedstrom. “What we’re asking them to do is participate by changing their appearance. What that fosters is a conversation.”
From there, Hedstrom said men can explain why they’re growing a mustache and start talking about men’s health.
Now, it has campaigns in 21 countries, according to the organization. This year, the U.S. Movember campaign will also include men’s mental health and men’s fitness, Hedstrom said.

 

What is No-Shave November?

No-Shave November is a different organization that encourages people to donate what they would otherwise spend on hair grooming to the American Cancer Society.
Instead of being “all about the mustache” this group is a little more anything goes. Participants can grow mustaches and beards, but it also encourages women to maybe skip shaving their legs.
No-Shave November was founded on Facebook in 2009, but last year began a partnership with the American Cancer Society.

 

How can I participate?

To participate in Movember, start with a fresh face at the beginning of the month and “donate your face” until Nov. 30 by not shaving. You are like a fuzzy billboard for mean’s health issues. You can raise funds, too. The Movember Project has donated more than 800 programs to date.
To participate in No-Shave November, give up one of your hair grooming practices and donate what you would normally spend on it toward cancer research.
“Nearly everyone spends some amount of his or her hard-earned money on grooming, whether that’s shaving, waxing, trimming or threading,” according to No-Shave November’s website. “If just for November, those individuals gave that cost (ranging from a few dollars for razors to a $100 salon visit) to a cancer charity instead, friends and family alone could pool together a sizable chunk of change to help cancer patients and their families.”

 

Unable to grow a Beard?

No problem. Not every man can grow a mustache, and that’s OK.
“There’s no such thing as a perfect mustache. Every mustache is perfect in its own unique way,” said Adam Paul Cousgrove, the chief executive of the American Mustache Institute, which chooses an official Mustached Man of the Year annually. “They’re the snowflakes of the face.”
Women can participate in Movember by pushing the men in their lives to grow out mustaches and getting them to be active as part of Movember’s new “Move” initiative.
“We’re trying to practice what we preach,” Hedstrom said. “Diet and exercise are key to a healthy lifestyle.”
Or women can skip the salon visit (or leg shave or whatever) and participate in No-Shave November by donating that money to the American Cancer Society.

What do I need to know about prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancers in the United States with an estimated 233,000 new cases in 2014, according to the National Cancer Institute. That means it accounts for 14 percent of all new cancer cases.
An estimated 29,000 people will die of prostate cancer this year, according to the NIH, meaning it accounts for about 5 percent of all cancer deaths.

What do I need to know about testicular cancer?

The NIH estimates that 8,820 people will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2014, and 380 people will die from it.

What do I need to know about cancer in general?

An estimated 1,665,540 people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014, according to the NIH. And an estimated 585,720 people will die of cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease.

 

So I hope all the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas are ready to make Movember a success and do our small part as humans to create awareness. All the Best!

 

Source:http://abcnews.go.com image:https://www.ivumed.org

Everything you need to know about Bitcoins.

What Are Bitcoins?

Bitcoins are electronic currency, otherwise known as ‘cryptocurrency’. Bitcoins are a form of digital public money that is created by painstaking mathematical computations and policed by millions of computer users called ‘miners’.

Bitcoins are, in essence, electricity converted into long strings of code that have money value.

 

What makes it different from normal currencies?

Bitcoin can be used to buy things electronically. In that sense, it’s like conventional dollars, euros, or yen, which are also traded digitally.

However, bitcoin’s most important characteristic, and the thing that makes it different to conventional money, is that it is decentralized. No single institution controls the bitcoin network. This puts some people at ease, because it means that a large bank can’t control their money.

 

Who created it?

A software developer called Satoshi Nakamoto proposed bitcoin, which was an electronic payment system based on mathematical proof. The idea was to produce a currency independent of any central authority, transferable electronically, more or less instantly, with very low transaction fees.

 

Why Bitcoins Are So Controversial

Various reasons have converged to make Bitcoin currency a real media sensation.

From 2011-2013, criminal traders made bitcoins famous by buying them in batches of millions of dollars so they could move money outside of the eyes of law enforcement. Subsequently, the value of bitcoins skyrocketed.

Ultimately, though, bitcoins are highly controversial because they take the power of making money away from central federal banks, and give it to the general public. Bitcoin accounts cannot be frozen or examined by tax men, and middleman banks are completely unnecessary for bitcoins to move. Law enforcement and bankers see bitcoins as ‘gold nuggets in the wild wild west’, beyond the control of traditional police and financial institutions.

 

What are its characteristics?

Bitcoin has several important features that set it apart from government-backed currencies.

1. It’s Decentralized

The bitcoin network isn’t controlled by one central authority. Every machine that mines bitcoin and processes transactions makes up a part of the network, and the machines work together. That means that, in theory, one central authority can’t tinker with monetary policy and cause a meltdown – or simply decide to take people’s bitcoins away from them, as the Central European Bank decided to do in Cyprus in early 2013. And if some part of the network goes offline for some reason, the money keeps on flowing.

2. It’s Easy To Set Up

Conventional banks make you jump through hoops simply to open a bank account. Setting up merchant accounts for payment is another Kafkaesque task, beset by bureaucracy. However, you can set up a bitcoin address in seconds, no questions asked, and with no fees payable.

3. It’s Anonymous

Well, kind of. Users can hold multiple bitcoin addresses, and they aren’t linked to names, addresses, or other personally identifying information. However…

4. It’s Completely Transparent

Bitcoin stores details of every single transaction that ever happened in the network in a huge version of a general ledger, called the blockchain. The blockchain tells all.

If you have a publicly used bitcoin address, anyone can tell how many bitcoins are stored at that address. They just don’t know that it’s yours.

There are measures that people can take to make their activities more opaque on the bitcoin network, though, such as not using the same bitcoin addresses consistently, and not transferring lots of bitcoin to a single address.

5. Transaction Fees Are Miniscule

Your bank may charge you a £10 fee for international transfers. Bitcoin doesn’t.

6. It’s Fast

You can send money anywhere and it will arrive minutes later, as soon as the bitcoin network processes the payment.

7. It’s Non-Repudiable

When your bitcoins are sent, there’s no getting them back, unless the recipient returns them to you. They’re gone forever.

 

Source:https://www.lifewire.com/ https://www.coindesk.comImage source: https://qzprod.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/bitcoin.jpg?quality=80&strip=all&w=3500

Why are Microbes being sent to Mars along with Humans?

As I was reading the livescience article I came across this amazing article by Samantha Mathewson

So apparently for the Mars 500 mission they are not only sending humans on board the spacecraft; millions upon millions of microbes that live on and in these pioneering astronauts’ bodies will also be along for the ride. WOW.

The purpose of this is to understand how these microbes will grow spread and adapt in the spacecrafts environment and conditions, which also impacts the overall health of the astronaut and will give a deeper insight for the future missions as well.

“In addition to potential health risks for the crew, some of these microorganisms could have a negative impact on spacecraft, as they grow on and might damage spacecraft material,” co-researcher Petra Schwendner, from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, said in a statement.

For 520 days (the approximate time it would take to reach Mars), a crew of six male Marsonauts lived and worked in a mock spacecraft in Moscow, which was designed to simulate conditions that astronauts would experience during missions to Mars. Specifically, the crew studied how microorganisms such as bacteria adapted to the confined conditions and spread throughout the spacecraft.

“Until now, little was known about the influence of long-term confinement on the microorganisms that live inside habitats that may one day be used to travel to other planets, and whether the structure of the microbiota changes with time,” Schwendner said in the statement.

Over the course of the study — which lasted from June 3, 2010, to Nov. 5, 2011 — the Marsonauts followed a strict diet and schedule, all while remaining completely isolated in the mock habitat, called Mars500. Using air filters and swabs, the crew collected 360 microbial samples from the air and different surfaces inside the spacecraft.

The researchers found that, in addition to human habitation — each person has his or her own microbiota, or population of microbes — confinement largely contributed to the type of bacteria present.

The study found that microbes associated with humans, including Bacillusand Staphylococcus, were the most prevalent throughout the habitat, suggesting that the crew was the main source of the microbial dispersal. For example, Staphylococcus — a type of bacteria commonly found in the nose and respiratory tract and on the skin, and some strains of which are known to cause skin infections — was likely dispersed via skin flakes shed by the crew, according to the statement.

In addition, the crew also detected unique bacterial signatures in different areas of the spacecraft. Communal areas, sleep areas, the gym and the bathroom, for example, had the highest numbers and greatest diversity of bacteria; the lowest levels of bacteria were found inside the medical module (where medical and psychological experiments took place and sanitary conditions were required), according to the study.

The researchers also saw the effect of cleaning agents on the bacteria. “Although we located some microbial hotspots, where the number of bacteria was much higher than in other areas, we were quite relieved to find that the overall bacterial counts were within the acceptable limits,” Schwendner said. “Due to appropriate cleaning measures, the microbial community inside the habitat was under control at all times with no or little risk for the crew.

Source: https://www.livescience.com/Photo:Business Insider

Bengaluru Most Affordable Tech City

A couple of surveys on super cities done by international property consultants Knight Frank,led them to name Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru as earners of maximum yields across 34 cities globally .Check out their report here – Knight Frank

Topping the list was Namma Bengaluru that earned the highest prime office yield with 10% yield, followed by Delhi with 9.20% and then Mumbai with 8.50%.The Indian cities left prime markets like Bangkok (7%) and Kuala Lumpur (6.5%) behind.Considering how the market is and recent demonetisation looks like we are fairly doing well in some aspects.

In another segment called ‘What USD 100 million could buy?’, Delhi was named as the most expensive market in India. For this whopping amount, one could buy 1,56,304 ft in the capital city, while the same amount would fetch 1,63,032 sq ft in Mumbai. In both cities, one could buy far less than what they would be able to purchase in Bengaluru – that is 5,12,385 sq ft. And most would agree Bengaluru is much preferable as we can see from the rapid urbanisation and the spurge of growth in the last decade and based on stastics we will still grow.

These estimates are a far cry from what one would be able to possess with the same amount in cities like Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur, but nonetheless we have potential as a country to emerge as developed nation and put these cities to shame as well.

Bengaluru was also named as the most affordable tech district amongst 29 tech hubs from around the world. One would be able to acquire one sq ft for 9.65 USD.
Gurugram’s Cyber Hub was listed a few slots above Bengaluru at 25. One sq ft would cost a customer 20.40 USD. The most expensive was Shoreditch in London that would cost a whopping 90.75 USD per sq ft.

Another survey showed that Mumbai is likely to see a growth of 1.8% in prime office office rents in the upper floors of skyscrapers in the city. While Mumbai is likely to see this hike, London, Tokyo, Dubai would not see any growth at all and Kuala Lumpur would see a negative growth.

Bengaluru was also featured in the list of the most valued destination on the Employment and Property Cost index. The total cost of employing 100 people, calculated over workspace and average salaries, in Bengaluru was 1,264,000 USD or over Rs 8 crore.The list also includes Cape Town, London, Hong Kong and is topped by Zurich with 7,947,260 USD or more than 50 crore.

Mumbai and Bengaluru also featured in the top 10 cities in terms of projected eating-out expenses between 2017 and 2027. Bengaluru tops the list with 176.9%, while Mumbai came in second with 136%. Sydney came in last with 19.6%.

Considering the bigger picture I would say that we are doing well as a nation, and even though we still have a long way to go small growths like these would eventually put us on top of the global market and potential investors would come rushing in therby also creating a huge job market and oppertunity for prospective job seekers.We still need to work a lot on our infrastructure and city development including drainage ,sewers and roads, I hope our government will make of this oppertunity to improve the cities.Only time will tell.

Source :http://www.businesstoday.in

Pic Courtsey: Manyata Tech Park

Dussehra in Bangalore

Its common for most folks residing in Bangalore to either head to Mysore or go to their hometowns to celebrate this grand festival that is Dussehra, but in case if you do not have any plans and want to find something right here in the city then read on.

One of the lesser known places where Dussehra is celebrated regularly fo the past 50 Years happens at JC Nagar Munnireddypalya .The 10-day Bangalore Dussehra kicked off at Munireddypalya. Organized by the J.C. Nagar (Munireddypalya) Dussehra Festivities Committee, the Bangalore Dussehra this year promises to be bigger and better than last year’s.

Steeped in history, both events are popular for staging Dussehra in all pomp and glory. While the JC Nagar festivities are being organized since 1914, the Balehonnur Mutt has been carrying forward the tradition by hosting Dussehra on a grand scale in all parts of the State since 1925.
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Varied cultural programmes will be organized during the evenings. On the day of Vijayadashami, the Balehonnur Mutt will take a procession from the Banashankari temple on Magadi Road via Rajkumar Road in Rajajinagar and Bhashyam Circle, to Ram Mandir. The JC Nagar event, are usually inaugurated by well-known politicians and ministers from across Bangalore.

It’s a real spectacle to watch the chariots all lining up for the competition and each one of the them are decorated in their own style and varying to the deity that is represented or seated on the chariot, it takes a lot of effort and dedication to prepare which would leave anybody in admiration.

150+ idols on ‘Rathas’/Chariots

The event is especially known for its unique procession, where 78 idols, including that from different parts of the City, are placed on ‘rathas’ and procession will be led by the idols of Goddess Chamundeshwari and Krishnaraja Wadiyar of Mysore. Last year we saw 120 chariots take part in the procession.

Over 1.5 lakh people are expected to take part. The procession will start at 6 pm and usually passes through Shivajinagar, Vasanthanagar, Yeshwanthpur, Hebbal, Sultanpalya, Ganganagar and other places and will return to JC Nagar at 10 am, the following morning. This has been the trend for past few years .Close to 2,000 or more police personnel are deployed to man the ten-day event.

So if you are in Bangalore and would like to see something spectacular other than the usual stuff head over to JC Nagar (Munnireddypalya) and check it out, there is a huge fair which takes places that attracts kids and adults alike.

Fun rides, souvenirs and a wide variety of food are often the main attractions and like any other fair many games and fun events. I would urge you to use public transportation as the parking spaces would be scarce and roads are narrow. Please do pay special attention to your Kids and Valuables.

Happy and safe Dussehra to all.

Source: www.thehindu.com, www.deccanherald.com

Part time testing Jobs for passive income

OK, so who does not like to earn a little extra, I certainly do not either so I was scavenging the world wide web and came across some pretty useful information which I think might help others as well. If you are reading the article then congratulations, I think then you can do these jobs too.

Most of us have some kind of bad experience while using a website or an app, and we wish if we could suggest someone to correct those mistakes, and well if you enjoy pointing out mistakes then these jobs are perfect for you. The job I am talking about is User Testing

What is User Testing?

So many businesses use user testing to get a user’s perspective answers and feed backs of their websites or apps. Their ultimate goal is to make the website or app as user-friendly as possible and they need somebody LIKE U! To do it

Still Interested? Well then this part you will enjoy, you can make roughly INR 400-600 (5-10$) for every user testing project that you do.

Here are the list of few of such websites where you can apply and make some buck these are free user testing companies and after a small test they will start sending you projects, I am pretty sure you will clear the test its pretty easy.

But the projects may be slow so do not be disheartened if you don’t get any projects right away, but when you do get it make sure you make the most out the opportunity have tried all of these websites and tested a few of the websites as well.

Coming to the technical part of the job you will need a laptop or tablet, a good microphone and a good internet connection. In addition, you should be able to speak English fluently and speak your thoughts aloud while you are testing a website or app.I do these tests from Bangalore.

Testers are from all over the world so if you are a Digital nomad or working from an office you should find this convenient. You can find more about it here.

Enroll

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Each site has their own terms and conditions so I would suggest go through them and explore, they vary sometimes in terms of what application or websites they want you to test, also the pay varies.

You can read about my personal blog here on digital nomad movement.

If you have experience in user testing or something similar, I would love to hear about it, please comment below.

Top 7 must visit parks in BANGALORE!

My colleague and I were having a casual conversation of how crowded the parks in Bangalore are these days, and I had to agree with her every time I visit any park in Bangalore it is filled with people. Therefore, I suggested she should visit a different park, which is less crowded, she had no clue there were other famous lesser-known parks in Bangalore, which are too good to miss.

So, without any further due these are the parks I feel you should definitely visit at least once if you are in Bangalore and want to escape the daily stress and have a nice stroll. The list is not in any order;

LAL BAGH

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Lal Bagh botanical gardens literally mean The Red Garden in English, how cool is that. It is located in southern Bangalore and has a glass house. Lal Bagh has two flower shows annually one in January and other in August there are lot migratory birds that Visit this park, they have a huge lake in the middle of the park. There are many other cool stuff in Lal bagh like a fossilised tree, Japanese decorative monument etc. You can easily spend 1.5 Hours strolling this park. Location.

CUBBON PARK

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Cubbon Park is a very famous landmark apart from being beautiful park. The park was originally called Meade’s park after Sir John Meade who was the acting commissioner in Mysore , but was subsequently renamed after Sir Mark Cubbon who was the longest serving commissioner of that time.

Cubbon Park has very famous statues of Sir K Sheshadri Iyer and Queen Victoria, the park is populate with different species of tree. They have a cluster of bamboo trees, which are most often a stage of theatrical play enthusiasts, who stage their acts free. You can easily spend 2 hours strolling this park.Location.

BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK

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This is also a biological reserve filled with 10-20 different types of flora and fauna. The park offers Safari excursions to visitors who are interested in the wide tour. The park also has a zoo, an Elephant Sanctuary and a Butterfly park.Location.

J.P. PARK

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This is one of the lesser-known parks in Bangalore; J.P Park is abbreviation of Jaya Prakash Narayan Park, it is located in Mathikere. The design of the park is quiet unique, there are different figures depicting the village life. There is a small lake in the middle of the park; they also have a musical fountain, a swimming pool. The park is quiet huge covering close to 82 acres, and you can easily spend around 1 hour strolling here.Location.

FREEDOM PARK

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This one is a little different from all your conventional parks, located in the central business district of Bangalore; this was a former Central jail and is now open to public for visit. Freedom Park sees many protests a famous one hosted was the India against Corruption supported by Anna Hazare. There are sculptures of freedom fighters in the park. You could easily spend 1.5 hours strolling this park.Location.

 

LUMBINI GARDENS

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The name Lumbini is dedicated after lumbini of Nepal dedicated to Lord Buddha; it is located on the banks of Nagawara Lake. It contains an eco-friendly boating park and a floating restaurant. There is also an artificial beach and a children’s pool where you can relax. You can easily spend and 1 hour strolling here.Location.

I hope this list helps and you get a chance to Visit these parks soon, let me know if I have missed out any great parks, which you have visited in Bangalore

Digital Nomad Journey :- The Learning 01

In my previous post I gave your guys a very high level description of what Digital Nomad actually was so it has been 2 weeks since I started on this journey and I would like to share and document my experiences so far.

So I did a lot of research and wanted to get into something which was high in demand in the online/remote community, I know that web development is one such topics and there are a lot of companies trying to hire people who are good at web development. During my research I also learnt that HTML and CSS are languages that are particularly handy if you are trying to go the DM (Digital Nomad) way. There are a lot of languages out there like PHP,.NET, Ruby on rails etc that one can learn.

However I chose Java! It’s intimidating to think that I can learn Java after so many years of non development experience, but I don’t give up easy. Let me give you’re a little background on what technologies I am really comfortable with, I am really good at Oracle Databases , I have designed websites before , I am rusty with my C and C++ skills.

I think anybody can learn anything they want if they are persistent enough, I do not agree with folks who say you need to have a technical education to learn something technical, if you are willing to learn it, put in the hard work anything is achievable!

I plan on first learning the basics of Java then proceed to learn a framework. I am absolutely way beyond my depth, to be honest I am very anxious and excited, I would like to pursue the digital nomad lifestyle and these are just the baby steps towards that dream.

So for learning basics I have enrolled into a website caveofprograming.com and there are pre recorded videos which I watch to learn. So far I have completed about 30% , so I would say a little bit of basics is covered. And before I precede any further. In any skill if your basics are good your command over the rest of skills would be much easier.

But so far I have had problems installing the JRE ,JDK and Eclipse on my machine, so I am currently working to get that fixed.

Java so far seems simple enough, it’s a lot simpler than I expected, I am doing some research on what the job opportunities are like for Java developers and what are the skills they would be expecting from a newbie like me.

This has been the past 2 week’s journey so far with trying to become a digital nomad it may not seem like much but believe me I have putting in at least 2-3 hours a day in learning and I have come a few steps closer, I wish to record often about the journey so that I can keep you guys posted.

Until next time Dream Big!!

What to do when you can’t find your niche?

There are many articles on the internet, which try to help you understand how to find or identify your niche and some of them are very effective and I guess it works for many people. I unfortunately am not one of them I don’t know what my niche is I have read several posts about people repetitively advising stick to one niche else you won’t be able to blog successfully.

In addition, by success, I think people mean make money, the gurus of blog state that you need to attract one kind of readers only then people would revisit you blog and make it unique. I started this blog  a month back and I still have not found a niche that I am good at to be honest, but I love to write communicate. Then I started thinking or rather analysing and realised most of the bloggers might have had or at least  been in a similar situation and still decided to make that as their niche and go along with it of course many won’t make it because that’s not what their passionate about.

The usual ways to find your Niche are as follows which I have gathered from the net:

  • Something that you are passionate about
  • Something that you are confident about
  • Something that you can spend an eternity talking about
  • Something that drives and motivates you

But what happens when there is more than one thing of this something that checks on the all of the above points?? I was confused so what do I do? I am passionate about a lot of things, I know I can spend and eternity talking about how I feel parallel universes exist but I would sound stupid to anybody who reads it and would not agree with it.

I had done my homework on how I can set up my first blog site and the domain name I needed but I still had no niche, many of you may say well Nitin in that case how you narrowed down on your domain name. Well  trust me if you google how to find a good domain name you will be slapped with something similar as to how to find your niche and you would be stuck again.

ROVERTECHIE is a domain name that I had in the back of my mind for over 2 years now, I first started my YouTube channel with the same Vision, and I posted a few amateur videos with some decent editing. However, I learnt a lot during that process. Rover=somebody who loves travels and Techie=somebody who is into any kind of technology hence RoverTechie so it rather made sense to me and I stuck with it.

Why was I not able to find my niche even after so much of analysis and thinking and help? Was I not good enough?

And then I realised where I made the mistake, I was actually proud of myself that I was able to understand this before I quit, the answer was always there but I had been looking at it from a different perspective all together. Have you figured it out by now???

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No?? Let me explain then! For those of you have figured it out by now congratulations!

While blogging is definitely about writing something that you are passionate about, but it is also about learning, many of us are new here and our focus right now should be learning different things out there. For example what is a back-link, how to customise your site, how to seo your blog etc. and this is a long journey you cannot expect to become a success and get answers to your questions overnight. To those who have found the answers good for you but to those who are struggling like me always remember you are learning something new.

And while you are in this learning process write whatever makes you feel happy , write whatever you want ;forget about niche and forget about success for the time being if you are passionate enough then you will eventually find it. Moreover, it is during this process that you will learn, stumble, fall, and eventually get up! There is lot to learn about blogging, most bloggers do not get success over night it is through continuous persistence and creativity they have achieved where they are. In addition, do not let this stop you from learning and writing and sharing.

The moment I realised this fact about my struggle with finding a niche I thought I would share it across and hopefully it helps at least a few people who are struggling like me I hope this would be an inspiration and you will not quit or give up. Good Luck hope you find your niche soon but meanwhile keep learning!!

Café Medley

It had been a few months since I had gone out for dinner with my friend , and when she announced that we could go out today it came in as a surprise and my mind immediately started to race as I am a big time foodie I was kind of excited he he. We went through the zomato app to see what was around and since we were in Koramangala already we preferred something nearby. We read through the reviews and ratings of couple of places in and around our location.

My friend said we should probably walk around and see if any new interesting places are open rather than use the app, at first I was kind of sceptical because It usually would take a lot of time and since it was a Saturday evening most places would get crowded soon but later on seemed like good idea as we could judge the places based on our opinion.

As we walked by sure enough most places were crowded and there was a long line of people waiting outside. We came across Café Medley, neatly tucked away in a corner of the street it looked inviting and the ambience of the place was very welcoming to be honest and with a big red board which said COME IN WE ARE OPEN!

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However we decided to walk on and check out if any anything else was more appealing than this, we probably walked around for another 10 more minutes and decided to give this place a try. I always love to try out something new and exciting.

We walked in and were told that there was place upstairs, I don’t know for some reason I always preferred places which are on top do you guys prefer that too? Or is something wrong with me ??? lol ! Anyways as we climbed upstairs the ambience was straight out welcoming and it was colourful, we were immediately greeted a gentleman with a warm smile later I found out that he was the owner of the place Vineeth. I noticed there were few seats that are swings I bet it would be fun to sit on those but unfortunately somebody had reserved those before us.

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As we got seated we went through the menu and what caught my attention was the menu was mostly Italian and very detail oriented. The menu tried to do justice for those picky eaters, everything was neatly explained and I found it quiet appealing.

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I quickly settled for a plate of Spaghetti with Chicken meat balls and my friend ordered a chicken barbecue burger, Peach iced tea and lemon iced tea to go along with it. We were served approximately 20 min later, the Spaghetti was extremely well made and chicken meatballs were delicious as well, they were well seasoned and I liked the texture  of the spaghetti was nice and consistent, the garlic bread was a nice add on and made the entire meal very pleasant. The drink however I could not enjoy much as I had a mild cold.

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My friends Barbecue burger was quiet nice too , however we both agreed that it needed a little bit more of the barbecue sauce, it was served along with fries and coleslaw and overall the dish was quiet interesting.

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I think everything was well except for the fact the washrooms were not that well maintained, but over all I was quiet happy and satisfied with my meal. I would definitely revisit this place and this time probably try out the lasagna I think there a quality and finesse required to make Italian Cuisine and this place definitely on that list. Oh and did I mention that it’s cheap on the wallet too.

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There are definitely much better places out there no doubt but considering the factors of price, quality of food, taste, ambiance and crowd I would definitely recommend this if you are in Bangalore.