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Bangalore, a delightful combination of Business and Leisure

Bangalore, a quaint town has emerged as a leading IT hub inviting national and multinational firms and professionals from all over India. Calling Bangalore aka Bengaluru as a city with heterogeneous population from across various tradition and culture will not be a far fetched statement. Bangalore airport which was earlier associated with the Indian Air Force predominantly has now turned out to be an active hub known as Kempegowda International Airport inviting international airlines to make a halt over here. It is now possible to travel to Middle East, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and many more popular international destinations from here.

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Book Best Flight Deals with Skyscanner, Global Travel Search Engine

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Travel has now become a part of our regular routine. More often if you are a traveler of air-conditioned coaches in trains, it makes it easy to travel by flights instead. It saves time and efforts. This can be possible only when we know when to book our flights unlike the train system where the tickets price remains stable and the earliest booking gets a confirmed seat though we cannot commit on the seating comfort. Flights have a different algorithm and so prices vary and the rules of railways just do not apply here. How do we get the best deal in air tickets? Travel search engines such as Skyscanner are a great help in helping us in this effort.  A recent survey of Indian travelers revealed 72% do not know when is the best time to book flights. A survey by Skyscanner unveiled 69% of travellers incorrectly estimate that the best air fares can be found less than 12 weeks before departure, when in fact the best deals are snapped up by travellers who plan in advance.

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Travel Diary – Travel to Madhya Pradesh Jyotir Lingams – Ujjain

We had a long pending visit to Ujjain and Omkareshwar and since young when I studied history, Ujjain has always enamored me.  So finally, we decided to make it and our travel began with train tickets to Bhopal and travel in car from there on a round trip to Ujjain and Omkareshwar. One hard lesson we learnt is never trust cab services of Ola or Uber on a weekend. It took 45 minutes for us to get a vehicle to Madras Central and thankfully for clear roads and green signals, we would not have made it to our train on time.

We have been hearing so much about better services in long distance trains and to utter disappointment, Tamilnadu Express food remained the same as we have seen few years back. The only solace was cleaner toilets. We reached Bhopal at 8.30 PM the next day and stayed overnight at our friend’s place who won us over with their hospitality.  Our friend suggested that we visit Kharjana Ganesh Temple in Indore on the way to Ujjain. The temple is maintained by volunteers and is a very famous temple in the area.

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Trekking and the Common Lingo- Be Unconventional

56bb3ced9411b26f848f67a1-img716743748296_main__800x533Ever heard someone who has been to Northern India, specifically the Himalayan range, and has returned saying “Well, it wasn’t much”? We dare you to find someone who would be so out of snap to have said that. The Indian subcontinent is home to the breathtaking Himalayan Range that spans across ten of the Northern-North-eastern states. What is more intriguing about the Himalayas is the opportunity it accords everyone to test their will against odds. It is a dream comes true for many of us to set afoot in the Himalayas. There is a specific notion towards the trekking experience many an Indian and people from the word over have so many fond and not-so-fond memories of. We have seen numerous fictional and non-fictional encounters in the current day that has its root at the trekking experiences of many world-renowned climbing teams, and people, per se.

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Latest Google Maps Introduces Better Features and Navigation

Google today showcased the latest features in Google Maps at an event in Chennai. The session highlighted a range of tips and tricks to help people get around more easily including Multi-stop directions, Offline Maps, Search along route, Real-time traffic (including traffic alerts), Timeline and Local Guides among others.  Make sure to update your Google Maps to see the latest features.

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Sanket Gupta, Product Manager, Google Maps during the demo of the Google Map features

Addressing the media in Chennai, Sanket Gupta, Product Manager, Google Maps, said

Google Maps is not just about navigating from point A to B. Whether traveling for business or on holiday, with friends or family, Google Maps can help you plan your travel, explore your destination and keep you safe. Features like multi-stop directions, offline, search along route etc. can make your travel more exciting and hassle free.

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Zurich, the heart of Swiss Alps is where my heart lies

One of the trips we endeavor to take and prominent in our bucket list is Zurich. We do not belong to the category with a long itinerary moving from one place to another packaging a tight schedule. We are the casual travelers interested in exploring the local environment and little known places from a traveler perspective.  So it is Zurich having read, heard about it a lot from friends, magazines and websites.  One of the key influence for this interest is Yatra website we connect often for our travel needs.  They have such wonderful packages for Swiss and for a mountain lover with keen interest in enjoying nature at its best; it is not surprising Zurich made it to the top of the list. We have the itinerary made and should make it sometime very soon.

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MyTra – Final Episode of Shanmatam series

It’s Friday again. We are back with final episode of Director Naga’s  Shanmatam series. It is going to be the continuation of the previous episodes where he talked about the abstract mind relating to various forms of Gods. Last week he has covered Vishnu, Shiva and Sakthi. If you have missed out on this episode, you can check it in  MyTra – Director Naga Delves Deeper in Shanmatam

Human understanding always is based on the faith we have on the subject. In the shanmatam series, we have been seeing the origin of Hinduism which turned out to be more geographical than religion. We have also seen the different deities and their possible origins from the human perspective. Interestingly, we could even see the deities attached to regions of India.  Possibly the relation of the deity to the regions will be another research subject that we have on hand.

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MyTra – Director Naga Delves Deeper in Shanmatam

It is Friday again. A quick recap on what has been happening with Mystic Traditions MyTra. We ran a contest in Facebook #AskNaga campaign for people interested in asking any question to the Director with such expertise and knowledge.  People who have watched his Marmadesam, Rudra Veenai and Chidambara Rahasyam will vouch for it. The contest ran till April 30th 2016. The deal was questions selected  by Director Naga will be answered by him personally. We had some interesting questions from the members of the Interaction forum and we are awaiting the final result from the Director. We will announce it soon.

We started the theatre section to showcase  stage plays shot live for the benefit of stage play lovers all over the world. We inaugurated it with the Tamil stage play “Thodarum” by K.Vivekshankar. The subject being plagiarism, it is a nice play to watch uploaded in 6 parts. Do check out the Full Thodarum Play in MyTra.

Now to the video of the week from Director Naga exploring Ancient India and our practices. For the ones interested in getting to the exploration mode, this series on Shanmatam is a food for thought. We saw the origin of Shanmatam last week with a brief introduction to the six forms and in this video, he delves into the abstract and the human mind in his own style.

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Travel – Short Stay in Hours at Hotels Now Possible

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Transit stay is one of the reasons we avoid taking a break during our travel.  Specifically when we travel by car, what we would need is a refresh point and a mild rest which would be just few hours.  As we normally travel as a family, we look for a decent accommodation and we end up paying a good sum for the whole day though we use up hardly few hours. Now it is good news for transit passengers, roadies, and day travelers.   If microblogging has taken the world by storm, here is an addition, welcome to the new concept of Microstays. We can book hourly stay for a minimum of 3 hours, 6 hours and 12 hours. The best part of it is the places available for stay are not some obscure lodges or inns but leading budget, boutique and star hotels.

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MyTra Special – Director Naga Explores Hinduism – What is in a Name?

Mystic Traditions Team has moved into the realm of History and its travels as in the case of Hinduism.   Once when we visited Poompuhar looking for idols, we were enamored with the sculpted beauties and appreciating the intricate works of the artisan in a fierce looking Durga idol, a lady next to me could not contain her curiosity. She asked me about my interest in picking up such an idol when many other pleasant looking idols were around.  True to her statement, the showroom was filled with Dancing Nataraja, beautifully etched Narayana idols, six faced Subramania swamy and innumerable forms of Ganesha . We could even spot school going Ganesha, swinging one and also many forms that we could relate to our daily life.  She picked up one of the Ganesha idols and said she is a collector of his different forms and could not even think of any other form of god.

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Chennaifocus Associates with Director Naga to Launch YouTube Channel “Mystic Traditions”

Chennaifocus Associates with Director Naga to Launch YouTube Channel “Mystic Traditions”

Mystic Traditions (MyTra) is the new initiative of Chennai Focus into the domain of video logging in other words Vlogging.   This product has come into being to satisfy our constant pursuit in bringing the power of professional videos to communicate and also use it effectively to explore the nuances and mysticism behind our culture and traditions, practices, and intentions behind it. It is a culmination of Experiment, Experience and Beliefs traversing the length and breadth of Science, Architecture, Ancient Wisdom, Archaeology and the list is endless. Such an attempt needs expertise and knowledge in the subject and also in scripting and film making and who else can it be than Director Naga to spearhead this initiative and take it to places we never had been with the right understanding.  Every initiative needs a catalyst to make it happen and we are happy to announce that Playwright  and Scriptwriter K.Vivekshankar has also joined us in providing multidimensional facet to our channel to explore more areas of application as we move forward. We thank him for his efforts in being instrumental in making our tiny thought into reality by doing all the ground work and taking over the administration and operations of our New YouTube channel MyTra.

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Intelligent App to Facilitate Train Ticket Booking

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Come vacation, long weekends or festivals, the first thing that comes to mind for the people planning travel is train tickets.  Booking a ticket during these days is a mental, emotional and physical challenge for many but unlike private operators for buses, we are dependent on government operated trains. Tickets booking open as early as 120 days and reservations for available seats gets completed so fast that short term planners find it almost next to impossible to travel by train. Though buses are an option, travelling with elderly people and women on a longer journey is not preferred by many.  Tatkal is another option but here too, it is for the jiffy expert users to find tickets using this process.  This has led to a development of a fantastico  high utility travel app called ConfirmTkt which predicts chances of confirmation for wait listed tickets using historical data. It also suggests alternates like break journeys to help book confirmed railway tickets.

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