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#BeTheForce: The GOQii Fitness Band reviewed

The GOQii activity and fitness band pushes you to take that extra step thanks to unique features like one-on-one coaching, the ability to contribute to social causes, on-ground fitness events, and web chats with nutrition and health experts.

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I hopped on to the fitness bandwagon (pun intended 😉 ) sometime in December 2015 when I was gifted a FitBit. Prior to that, I had been tracking using apps like Armour, MyFitnessPal and, of course, Apple Health. I have since become that much more obsessed about tracking my steps, heart rate, sleep and what not after I started wearing the band. But I recently put my FitBit away to check out another piece of wearable tech — the GOQii. I imagined that I would get back to the FitBit within a few weeks of testing the GOQii. But here I am, three months down the line, still wearing and enjoying the features of the GOQii. Read on to know more about this fitness band that offers a host of interesting and motivational features.

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GOQii in the Power Black variation

A fitness band like no other

I’m not going to get into a review that compares the GOQii to other fitness trackers. That’s because the GOQii is so much more than just a fitness-tracking device. If you browse through the 2016 list of best fitness trackers, you’ll notice that most of the new devices offer a heart rate monitor, while a select few come with GPS functionality. The GOQii offers neither of these features, and it’s safe to say that you won’t even miss them. After all, it’s easy to get caught up with all that data crunching when you start tracking. But the thing about the GOQii is that it lets you immerse yourself in the world of numbers while gently pushing you to change your lifestyle with exciting initiatives.

But first, a little background on the company and the passionate people behind the GOQii band.

GOQii is headquartered in California and has offices in Mumbai and Shenzhen. The company was formed as a collaboration between some of the world’s leading experts who believe that a healthy, sustainable lifestyle is not too difficult to attain. Indian entrepreneur Vishal Gondal (ex-founder of gaming company Indiagames) is the founder and CEO of GOQii. Vishal, who has for a very long time been obsessed about tracking his health and fitness data, says that he experienced the lack of a ‘human’ touch when it came to other wearable tech products. And, that’s how GOQii was born.

Even the company investors are incredibly passionate about fitness. Madhuri Dixit-Nene is one among the list of investors who remain passionate about utilising technology to achieve a healthy and fit lifestyle. The teams who run the company — from nutrition and fitness experts right up to the tech guys — are just as ardently passionate. But more on this later. Continue reading “#BeTheForce: The GOQii Fitness Band reviewed”

Back to the blog

Yes, I know. We’re a good few months past Valentine’s Day. But I thought I’d share with you some of the stories I’ve been working on since the start of this year. This article, published in the Feb 2016 issue of Spice Route—the inflight travel magazine of Spice Jet airlines—covered some fab restaurants across India to help readers enjoy the world’s ‘most romantic’ day of the year. You’ll find an interesting mix of restaurants in this piece — some that are perfect for dinners in a serene setting far removed from urban environs, and another that’s known for its dishes that trace the migratory routes of Indians to faraway lands.

That said, it’s time to address the elephant in the room. I’ve been a bit inactive on the blogging front and a tad too caught up with deadlines. But it’s safe to say that this year began on a busy note, filled with days and nights of penning down lifestyle features for magazines. Four months into 2016 and I’m still enjoying writing at this frenetic pace and, thankfully, there are no signs in the offing of things slowing down. I am trying to get a bit more active on the blog. So you’ll be seeing a lot more interesting reads in the near future.

*You can click on the image below for better clarity, or to download the story in a higher resolution. Hope you enjoy this piece.

 

 

 

Review: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2015)

The All-New Kindle Paperwhite
The All-New Kindle Paperwhite

It reads just like a book and is lighter to carry than most books. Here’s why you might want to consider the latest Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.

So I just got my hands on the updated Amazon Kindle Paperwhite that was launched in India earlier this year. Before I get to the review, I’d like to point out two things. Although I own a Kindle 4 and have read a few books on my friend’s Kindle Voyage, I’ve always preferred reading out of a real, solid book. The smell of ink on paper, the unintentionally dog-eared pages, the act of turning actual pages and the beauty of the book cover are just some of the tangible pleasures that I value. The second thing is that I have not read a single book in the last three months. A lot has been happening, and reading books has sadly not found a place in this unexpectedly busy period in my life. So, here I am devouring a book after a good while. I’ve chosen to re-read an old favourite and all-time classic, Pride and Prejudice. And, I’ve got to say that the reading experience was remarkably enjoyable and completely uninterrupted. The Amazon Kindle was designed for reading books, unlike tablets or smartphones, which can so easily distract you from the immersive world of the novel.

Kindle Paper getting started

Amazon’s Kindle has continually led the e-reader market, and this year the Kindle Voyage and the 3rd generation Paperwhite have inarguably stolen the show. Launched in 2014, the Kindle Voyage comes with a higher price tag that’s justified by additional features. The Kindle Paperwhite 2015, however, is affordably priced and provides good enough value for your money if you want a comfortable experience that’s closest to reading an actual book. That said, here’s all you need to know about the Kindle Paperwhite and what makes it one of the top e-book readers to own at the moment. You might also find this blog post helpful if you are confused about whether you should opt for the Voyage or the Paperwhite 2015. Continue reading “Review: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2015)”

Snapshot Saturdays: A rainy day at Sapi Island

Sapi Island is quite a visual treat

When you think of an island, rarely does a rainy day come to mind. But, as you can see from this series of images, a rainy day on an island can be fun too. I’ve just returned to Mumbai from a short visit to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, one of the two Malaysian states on the incredibly lush island of Borneo.

Sapi Island, a 15-minute speedboat ride away from Kota Kinabalu, is the nearest place to get away from the city if you want to enjoy a bit of adventure. Essentially the home of the popular 250-metre island-to-island Coral Flyer Zipline, this island receives visitors by the dozen everyday. The beach is small and perfect to lounge around before or after you go zip lining, snorkelling and scuba diving. So, you can pack in a good bit of fun before you head back on a speedboat to the Jesselton Jetty on the mainland.

The quieter end of Sapi Island, Sabah

The waters around the islands are crystal clear and the panoramic views delight the senses. We took a bit of a walk to reach the quieter end of the beach (above). Continue reading “Snapshot Saturdays: A rainy day at Sapi Island”

Fresh and luminous — Makeup trends for the season

Sorbet-hued lips and sun-kissed skin are trending big right now. Brush up on these beauty trends and more, gleaned from the freshest looks of the season

M.A.C Eyes x 15 Eye Shadow Palette in Cool Neutral (Image courtesy M.A.C)
M.A.C Eyes x 15 Eye Shadow Palette in Cool Neutral (Image courtesy M.A.C)

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A feature on makeup trends for the monsoons, published in Promenade (for DLF Promenade, New Delhi)
A feature on makeup trends for the monsoons, published in Promenade (for DLF Promenade, New Delhi)

Continue reading “Fresh and luminous — Makeup trends for the season”

Looking back

Moving forward

As I reflect on the year that was and look forward to 2015, I’d like to say a special thanks to each and every one of you, dear readers. Thank you for supporting A Delightful Space with your interactions and encouragement. It only makes me want to write more, do more and give it my best for the next 365 days to come!

Never a dull moment in 2014
Never a dull moment in 2014

For me, 2014 represented a special year filled with plenty of good times, adventures, travel and fantastic people. It was also a special one because I took a bit of a detour from the conventional, quit my full-time job at a magazine, and started busying myself with freelance writing stints. Yes, 2014 has been quite the year! I can only say that I enjoyed every single moment of it, learning and often unlearning.

I’d like to point out that because of all this, I also came across some really interesting blogs from across the world. How truly special it is to be able to get insights into different bloggers’ lives from different corners of this world!

Stay blessed and hope you continue to enjoy my blog! See you all in 2015 ❤

WordPress has done a fabulous job in putting together my year in blogging! Below is a summary of just that.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.