Tata Hexa Experience

Heya! I got to take the new Tata Hexa on a 170km drive in Hyderabad last weekend, along with 60 other bloggers from India, shortlisted for this mega event by Indiblogger. We took the Automatic Tata Hexa on a drive from our place of stay, the Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel, till the Hills and Valley Resort and switched to a Manual Hexa and drove back to Novotel. It was 85km one way and comprised of different terrains like the beautiful airport roads, five-lane Outer Ring Road, city outskirts and hill-side terrain in Vikarabad. Read on to know about my Hexa experience from a  general customer’s standpoint.😉



The Hexa is a bold new statement by Tata targeting the SUV segment. It has a mighty road-presence with large mesh front-grille, projector headlamps with DRLs and Tata’s new Impact-design! On first glance, it is not uncommon to think of it as a facelifted Aria, but the Hexa is definitely much more than that. The fog lamp and day-time running lights even have their own grille and present a much more dominating look adding to the impact theme going on.



One common feature which everyone was going crazy about, was the 19-inch alloy wheels! The five-spoke wheels sport MRF Wanderer tyres specifically made for Hexa with a polished and black dual-tone.  It definitely grabs your attention while standing and even more when the car is in motion.

The Hexa interior is all-black with generous leather accents running through the dash. The central touch infotainment system can be synced with your smartphone and is inbuilt with navigation and an array of apps including service apps, digital manual and settings to change the ambient lighting in the car (that offers eight colours choices). Did I mention about the cooled glove-box? Yes. The steering wheel gets cruise control with audio and telephone controls, and of course the height is adjustable. One of my most loved feature would be the sound system – the Tata Hexa packs 10 JBL speakers and the sound quality is impressive. We decided to specifically play around with the bass and treble and it was top notch!


Both the passengers in the middle row get designated air-vents. The Hexa comes in six and seven seater variants; the leg-room in the last row might be cramped for adults, but it is ample space for children. And now, watch me as I go over some stuff that usually just goes over my head, but I paid real attention this time. Hexa houses a Varicor400 engine with a 400 Nm torque! I had a buddy Vikranth compare the torques of different cars in this segment and I’m sure the number is impressive. I haven’t had a hands-on on other SUVs to compare, so I’ll let the numbers speak for themselves. I pushed a 130 without any effort at all (which is my all-tme highest yet *tap tap*), in the Hyderabad Outer Ring Road and also saw it handle a 160-170kmph with grace.

And yes, coming to the different transmissions, I got to try both the Automatic and Manual variant. I’ve been a manual-girl last three years and tried an i10 Grand AT just once. And take it from me, the Automatic Hexa drive was a cake-walk. I was a little apprehensive at first because of the sheer size of this vehicle, having driven an Innova once (that was a task, but yeah doable). But I covered about 60 km in Hexa AT and didn’t even realize! It has a Sport mode, when you want the vehicle to rev higher. There is also an option to shift manually with the tiptronic feature, which you will rarely use in a vehicle like Hexa Auto. The Manual variant has four driving modes – Comfort, Rough, Sport and Auto to tackle the different driving experiences in various terrains with different ESPs (Electronic Stability Programme) for driving stability and traction. I tried the manual for about 25km and I find it comfortable too! But with a car this size, I’d personally go for automatic for ease of maneuvering around the city!

We even had a chance to experience off-roading in Hexa 4×4 Manual and was massively awed. The power-packed features like Hill Hold Control (HHC) automatically activates when we take the car up on slopes; because with an SUV in the family, we are bound to go for hill-stations often! And the Hill Descent Control (HDC) is a gem while descending on slopes! The Electronic Brake-force Distribution scores really well even whilst braking in panic situations. The automatic variant is currently only offered in 4×2, but that is alright considering the features already packed, as long as the prices are considerable.


With Hexa, Tata has sure packed a punch!! Official launch is in January 2017, bookings start November 2016!!

Remo Sivakarthikeyen

Remo – Love struck!

Hi!! I’m just back after a long day of driving, movie with parents, shopping, more shopping, even more shopping and driving back home. So just a quick update on Remo! 

Boy is not the flirty types. He meets girl for the first type. And yes, the girl is playing with kids. Perfect-heroine-entry.  And cupid strikes him then and there. Like, literally. You’ll see. At this point I was like, oh god:/ after all those expectations…  

*le me stops mid sentence.

*insert Shiva’s swag dance for Senjitaaley *…wow. 

And it has been a ride from then on. Shiva is so bloody handsome in this movie. *heart-eyed-emoji* They know what works for him and have used it well. These is this new confidence in his acting, maybe to show the character differentiation better. Remo character is carried so well; Shiva has nailed the role. It is not a serious role,  and they’ve just chilled-out and had ample fun with this characterization. I didn’t feel let down one bit. Most movies these days with exemplary trailer fail to impress us when the movie comes out. Cuz all the cool scenes are already out in the trailer. Remo gives you more.

This is the first Keerthi Suresh movie I’m watching, and yeah, she’s pretty cool! Tries to be Nazriya-ish here and there, but overall nice scope for performance and she did justification to the role.

Anirudh has killed it again with BGM and songs. Love him to bits, that’s a different story😀

P.C. Sreeram cinematography speaks volumes for themselves in each frame and the songs are a color riot!❤

Just a fun-filled happy entertainer for a Saturday evening with friends or family from Director Bakkiyaraj Kannan🙂



MS Dhoni – The Untold Story

Such a bloody brilliant movie!! Go watch, what are you even doing here? GOOO.


Mahendra Sigh Dhoni, Captain of Indian Cricket Team. Till date the most love and hate I’ve ever observed for an Indian Cricketer online, is for this gem and God knows why!! So when  his biopic was announced, there were celebrations and hate all over the internet. I was over the moon with excitement, obviously. I adore him and get into ugly twitter battles defending him. I block people when they post shit about his captaincy on Facebook. I started watching every match India played in the Dhoni-era. His humility and cool is something I just cant understand. How? How could someone with so much of responsibility not lose his cool, when everything he does was criticized and questioned? My blood boils every time people are so ungrateful and mock him when he loses his wicket in one match after all his contribution, sacrifices, struggles and strategies.And I’m not even speaking figuratively anymore! And when Dhoni was signed for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the city where I have lived all my life and love ever-so-passionately, hell broke loose. It was the best of two worlds for me, seeing Dhoni smashing it in the yellow CSK jersey.❤

SO. When I go in to watch this movie, my expectations sky-rocketed despite my best efforts to watch with a blank mind. And then comes in Sushant Sigh Rajput. He owned every frame and the amount of effort and background homework that he has done to walk like MSD, smile like him, tiny mannerisms, they way he even flexes before going in for a strike, uncanny to the say the least.

Early days:

As Dhoni said during the trailer launch of this film, he didn’t want to be glamourized or portrayed as an hero in this biopic. He just wants the world to know how he became who he is today, and how the path is relatable to so many of us. Nothing is too big if you aim for it with all your heart and give in your hunderd percent. The journey of his football practise, how and why he got into Cricket, his friends and family, support system, job-security, working as a Ticket Collector in Indian Railways – it is a whirlwind of emotions that is the life of an average Indian guy who decided to make it big.


I honestly didn’t know about this part, but his first-love is Priyanka Jha and is beauatifully portrayed by Disha Patani. But tragic meets this love-story too, and how it impacted him and how he recovered and moved-ahead with one goal in mind is brilliantly conveyed. Life has to move on and he eventually meets Sakshi (portrayed on-screen by Kiara Advani) and we all know how that ended🙂❤ (if not.. google Ziva Dhoni😀 )

All other characters have played their part so well, espically Anupam Kher as his father and his friends back at Ranchi. The music complimented the film so beautifully and was perfect. I loved so many tiny shots in the movie , no mention a few..

♥ MSD asks his well-wisher, “What would be the cost of the MRF bats that Sachin uses?” and gets told that it is advertising sticker😀

♥  What do you want for valentines day? “A watch. Affordable and durable”.

“OK done, what will you get me?”

“I don’t believe in Valentine’s Day”😀

♥ “We didn’t lose to him in the field, we lost to him in the basket-ball court the previous day.” , he looks so star-struck there! :’)

Director Neeraj Pandey clearly knows the pulse of not-only his audience, but of the entire nation, who holds their breath every time the man with jersey number 7 comes out to play. We could not have asked for a better biopic. Million thanks Neeraj and Sushant!

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a phenomenon.  Just one of those things❤



September Favourites

Aloha! September has been a beautiful month for me personally. I just decided to breathe and not let things get to me and wow it’s been refreshing!  So let’s hop on to what I’ve been loving this month😉


Decor : Iris Apple Cinnamon Reed Diffuser

I’m the person who has fairy-lights and burns a candle in their room. Yes, being the decor-addict, pinterest is my holy book of sorts. So I have always been a candle person and I’m currently burning Ocean from Lifestyle. It’s disappointing because none of these candles are strong enough for me. Unlike in other countries where fan is not an issue, we have the ceiling fan running and hence the problem of candles-blowing-out automatically (it’s like magic!). So I use the fancy glass cover-thingy for my candle and that shuts out any little fragrance it gives out!  So I implemented the reed diffuser concept much to the pleasure of my mum who HATES candles. And damn, this Apple Cinnamon is such a calming fragrance with a mild note of spice. Love how the room smells <3 

Book : The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

I’ve been reading this book along with A Court of Mist and Fury this month. The main concept that sold me was, this story takes place in 2118 Manhattan, where everything is so futuristic and New York is a 1000 story tower.

Ooooh… I know ! 😀 It’s a pretty cool teen drama where sci-fi meets Gossip Girl.  

Beauty: Miss Claire’s Soft Matte Lip Cream

I always keep beauty, skincare and fashion away from my blog. I don’t know why, I’ve never been very comfortable telling the world (and by world here, I mean the people who are going to read this and then meet me later tomorrow  😛what I wear and what I like. But since there is no apparent reason to avoid it, here is the grand beauty debut with Miss Claire Lip Creams! I got this from an instagram store as we can’t really purchase this in stores. Sad, if only I could swatch these!  They’re matte and the shades are gorgeous xx

Food : Chilly Panneer Pockets from McDonalds.

I’m a seasonal-eater. I like things only for a specific time span. And it’s always junk. And I eat that for breakfast lunch and dinner, until I eventually get sick of it and never wanna go near it again. This time, it’s the Chilly Panneer Pockets from McDonalds! OMG. Thank God it is so close to where I live; I drive-thru atleast 4 days a week and get this particular thing alone and come back. Ofcourse the counter lady became my friend. Until suddenly they went out-of-stock (not entirely because I got them all *eyeroll*) because of lorry strikes between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Now they don’t give us Chilly Panneer Pockets too???! :( 

App: Musical.ly

It’s no surprise I’m on every social media app known to man.I’m just extremely social on social-media. Only. And musically has been so much fun, just upping the dubsmash-game.  If you’re on it, do comment your id below :) 


I’m not much of a music person because I can’t focus with music ON.And I really don’t have time to spend ONLY on music, with so many books to read and YouTubers to catch-up on. Life is such a paradox, innit? lol. But I’ve been listening a fair bit lately and my on-loop ones had been..

Closer – Chainsmokers (ft. Halsey) 

Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes #nowplaying

Perfect Strangers – Jonas Blue (ft. JP Cooper)

Heathens – twenty one pilots

In The Name of Love – Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha

iPad Pro joins the family! (and that too in Rose Gold, I’m dying❤ ) Definitely crushing over this BIG time this month. 


I’m not sure I did this tag right, it’s a bit longer and more chatty than how people do it right? Okay, hitting publish before I change my mind :D 

Let me know if you love these too and music recommendations are always welcome  x 



iPad Pro :)


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iPad Pro joins the family! (and that too in Rose Gold, I’m dying❤ ) I’m a person who is always online; I rarely disconnect. So this has almost my replaced laptop for me. And my mobile is out-of-sight when I come home to this beaut. All the amazing stuff they say about the impeccable display, four stereo-speakers, 12MP iSight camera, 4K videos and all that jazz is truer than it’s true tone display. (see what I did there ? lmao) SO happy.

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I honestly thought it’s a bit too late for a review (and I still feel the same way) because, although I got my hands on it just now, it’s been around for quite a bit some time. But it’s a HUGE part of my life, and deserves a spot on the life adventures and shenanigans of Sharu AKA, this blog. Also the media is still not over it apparently.. so I might as well add an update!

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We got the 9.7 inch WiFi 128GB model in Rose Gold. I’m not reviewing this, although you could find the spec and details anywhere on the internet.

Some shots for your viewing pleasure (and also a little nudge if you were plaaaaaning to get one! ..)

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I’m only the photographer. I’m so proud of my mum for having such a beautiful balcony garden and being so bloody brilliant at it! 💖

That’s it then.. Ciao! 😉



My Netflix TV Show Recommendations

This post has been in my drafts for far-too-long. I’ve become so sluggish lately and finally, it has found it’s moment of dawn! So without further ado.. *insert drumroll..umm, or tap on the octapad if you fancy* 

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Stranger Things:

Even before the whole world started going crazy over this one, Netflix uploaded a teaser for this series just saying “coming soon”. I immediately added it to my Netflix watch list and binge-watched it the day it came out.  Everything was intriguing in this show – the 80’s vibe, kids are the leads, paranormal meets science meets retro theme, and fabulous acting by every single member of the cast!

Gist: Takes place in 1983, when Joyce Byers lives in a small Indiana town When her 12-year-old son, Will, goes missing, she launches a terrifying investigation into his disappearance with local authorities. As they search for answers, they unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces, and a very unusual little girl.



This show, OMG. If you’ve not seen a single episode of this one and now you decide to, you have NO idea what you’re signing up for.

Elliot is an IT-security engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night. He uses his intelligent hacking skills to do good in the most subtle ways; like exposing a cheating husband, turning a child pornographer over to the police etc. But things take a bigger turn when he is approached by a leader of hacker-group, identifying himself as “Mr.Robot”.  Elliot always wants to save the world. How much is he willing to do, now that he actually can, is the mind-flippin story.  It’s bloody well scripted and really messes with your head on what the society deals, expects, wants and does. Pure gold this one.

F**k society.

Update: I remembered it’s not a Netflix show, I just added it on impulse because.. if I publish a recommendations post without Mr.Robot in it.. I’ll be damned. 

Gist: Elliot, a cyber-security engineer suffering from anxiety, works for a corporation and hacks felons by night. Panic strikes him after a cryptic anarchist recruits him to destroy the same corporation.



Daredevil is a superhero series but just so much more agreeable with Charlie Cox being a blindly adorable (pun intended) lawyer in the day and vigilante at night. He uses his Daredevil alter-ego and fights off villains who always seems to escape the law.

Gist: As a child Matt Murdock was blinded by a chemical spill in a freak accident. Instead of limiting him it gave him superhuman senses that enabled him to see the world in a unique and powerful way. Now he uses these powers to deliver justice, not only as a lawyer in his own law firm, but also as vigilante at night, stalking the streets of Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil, the man without fear.



Who wouldn’t love a character who could manage a good sarcasm-laced comeback every single time? And when he is New York’s most sought-after attorney, it’s that much more cooler when he seals the deal😉

Gist: Mike Ross, a talented young college dropout, is hired as an associate by Harvey Specter, one of New York’s best lawyers. They must handle cases while keeping Mike’s qualifications a secret.


The fact that this show takes place in London – the land of British accents, high collar coats, and Bennedict’s high cheekbones are enough reason to fall head over heels with this show. And we are floored furthermore with this awestruck script, screenplay and performances that takes Sherlock and his adventures to a whole new level. Jim Moriarty is the most classic super-villain; you can’t do anything, but admire!

Gist: In this modernized version of the Conan Doyle characters, using his detective plots, Sherlock Holmes lives in early 21st century London and acts more cocky towards Scotland Yard’s detective inspector Lestrade because he’s actually less confident. Doctor Watson is now a fairly young veteran of the Afghan war, less adoring and more active.

Brooklyn Nine Nine:

This might not be one of the widely popular shows unlike others in the list. But if you want a good laugh from a bunch of detectives who are not stupid, but still manage to make everything funny – you have arrived at your destination. They’re real cool actually ; it’s just that the dialogues are so well-written and extremely hilarious with everyone just oozing sarcasm word-after-word! You really need to have a quick wit, to catch em all.

Gist: Jake Peralta, a talented detective, along with his diverse but carefree team, struggles when a new commanding officer, Ray Holt, is appointed to their precinct.

I watch about a ten more shows, but if I have to recommend the best, these top the list!🙂 And ofcourse Game of Thrones is there on top of my fave list, but this is to Netflix and chill  :D Literally folks!

Do you watch any of these too? We’ll discuss the plots and spoil each other *squeaks* x 




sensitive people

Of sensitivity

  1. Do you feel everything. A bit too much?
  2. You observe everything. I repeat, everything.
  3. Your degree of reaction to a matter is more than others.
  4. You just cant not control tears. Ugh.
  5. You overthink, if you’re overthinking too much. You get the point.

Welcome to Fight Club.

I mean yeah, there have been terms like over-sensitive, short-tempered and introvert thrown around a lot. While I happily accept that I’m introverted, the first two terms battle for dominance all the time. When you are a little more sensitive to people and situations, you should know how to cope. Trust me, I suck at this. That’s why I know what not to do.

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When something bothers you, talk it out. Communicate. It might just be something normal to others and give an impression like you’re over-reacting to a situation. But keep in mind, not everyone feels about it as deeply as you do. No one is wrong here. Stop beating yourself up that they don’t give the same attention to it as you do. Everyone is different. Acceptance is key. You are over-sensitive and that is okay. But just learn to handle it correctly. Sometimes we tend to lash out all the pent-up emotions that are brimming up to the surface and face such hard remorse that will swallow us whole.

The one worst thing for Highly Sensitive Personality is, everything is HUGE. You’re very angry, very sad or feel extremely sorry. Nothing is mediocre. You invest hundred percent of your emotions into one feeling alone and it will knock you out. Just try to balance out your emotions. Accept that you are going to feel it all in a totally different dynamics than some people and handle the situations more appropriately.

Keep one thing in mind, you are not different and don’t expect special care from people. You’re not a beautiful or unique snowflake (who got the reference)!  Everyone has their own battles. Overthinking makes you over-analyze and takes the fun out of everything. Use this sensitive-trait to your advantage and do everything with passion and treat everyone with love. Take risks, feel deeply, love unconditionally, laugh uncontrollably and live freely. You’ll be fab😉 !

Side Note: I just realized that almost every article I could find on this topic in the interweb has a picture of a girl looking very sad and melancholic in a field or wrapped up in comfy blankets. Duh. Since when did having emotions become gender-specific? We have a long way to go apparently.

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Mini Vacation / Yelagiri

At the beginning of this month, I went on a quick trip with cousins and family to Yelagiri. We wanted to go someplace cool and this had the shortest climb up the hill. Grandparents were coming along and we didn’t wanna put them under a long hill travel.

We left around 10AM from Chennai and reached a little after 1PM. Our place of stay was Sterling Resorts and my roomie was my cousin! We got the only room with the view and had so much fun with boombox, so many mugs of hot-chocolates and watching late night final destination! (this movie never fails to feed my paranoia!) We visited this lake there, went boating and came across this adventure sports arena right next to the lake. There are three such places in Yelagiri and this one was super fun, that much I’m sure. I thought I’d never do this, but when the tiny tots were signing-up (with the trainer supervision ofcourse) I jus had to go! It was so much fun. I also decided ATV is just not for me. I’m power-steering kinda gal apparently:/  But looooved zip-lining!

We hit the pool that evening although it was freeeeeezing (19-ish degrees) and we were a crazy enough bunch to dive right in. Then after a bit of chess, monopoly-war, absolute nonsense karoke with the kids..we were off. It was a fairly short vacay, but much needed break!🙂❤

Tip: Take more pictures of the place!
I just realized while scrounging for pictures to upload that 96% of pictures taken during the trip are selfies (either solo or with the cuz). So I’m left with very few shots of Yelagiri here.:/


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Kabali | Movie Experience 

Kabali is a movie that has to be experienced. A review doesn’t do justice to Superstar and his fandom !

I repeat, just like a million other people on the inter-web, this is a very old wine in a fairly new bottle. Director Ranjith of Madras fame has delivered a movie that’s very simple, direct and point blank. He is honestly stuck between showing the reality of Tamilians in Malaysia and the pressure to make everything that Rajinikanth does massy.

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“Script is the hero” goes out of the window.  As we all pretty much figured it out from the trailer, Gangster is hunted down, arrested and comes back and becomes a even more badass gangster. I mean, really now? Well, that is the story line. Atleast the baddies could have been… well, bad? They are the 43 Gang *that’s supposed to make you scared oooooohhh* who just couldn’t give out any bad vibes with all the purple blazers and blue bow-ties going on!

Songs by Santhosh Narayanan fails to impress other than Neruppuda BGM and Maya Nadhi <3 (and the scene in which it comes up! *cries a little*) . 

Supporting characters like John Vijay and Attaakthi Dinesh were too good! Dinesh’s over-enthusiasm was a breath of fresh air in the movie😀 Dhanshika was killer and Radhika Apte was portrayed like someone who is a very integral part of the movie, but at the end of the day, she didn’t do much either. The script that Ranjith had created with a star like Rajinikanth on board is honestly a little confusing. Is the point of the movie is to depict the struggles of Malaysian Tamils or show how true love waits for you (although not enough back story was given to support this theory), or gang-wars or just what?! We’ll never know.

Rajinikanth has given it his all. Exudes charisma and signature charm wherever possible to satisfy the audience, but the man can only do so much with a script as weak as this one.

The movie is, wait for it, bad – but it’s not Rajinikanth who let us down.

Not hot enough. #NeruppuDa

Paradise Biriyani OMR /Review

Well well, here we go. Paradise opened up its first branch in Chennai earlier this week and ofcourse I went right-in on day-2😀 A quick summary for y’all below🙂

📌 Place: In Kandhanchavadi.. After Max showroom, just before seashell.

🚘 Parking: Nightmare at peak hours. Vallet should be introduced as service lane is always choked here.

⏰ Waiting: 20mins waiting. We went just a day after the launch. So maybe that’s even more a reason. But waiting lounge available.

✨ Ambience: just like any Buhari or Zaitoon.

🍗 Food : Ordered a Full Chicken Briyani (serves two) , Full chicken kebab for starter (8-10 pieces) , Paradise spl chicken curry (with bones) . And coke to go. The kebabs were TOP CLASS. We wanted it extra spicy and damn, cooked so soft, so flavourful and spicy. The Biriyani was just like the Hyderabad branch. No difference in taste. It’s white rice, masala rice, meat layering. With lots of spices dominating in your tastebuds! Had lots of chicken pieces in it.. Yet again, boiled very well and so soft. Loved it. We probably should have done with chicken tikka as usual.. This gravy was OK types and we didn’t even eat a single piece. It was humongous !

💰Price : Total damage was 970 including tax and two glasses of coke.

I promptly posted this on Zomato the same day, but took me multiple reroutes before I realized, “Wow, I have a neglected food review category on my blog!”😀 All said and done, you’d love it only if you are open to try new flavors. Hyderabadi style is very unique and you;ll have to relish the flavors🙂

Happy eating! :’)

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