Toyota Yaris: What the first reviews are saying about the Honda City challenger

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is merely days away from launching its first-ever C2-segmenter in India. Dubbed as the Yaris, the upcoming Toyota sedan is basically a Honda City-Hyundai Verna-Maruti Ciaz adversary that will aim to attract everyone with its long list of features, mini-Corolla Altis looks, and of course, the high brand recognition that Toyota enjoys. So, will it be really easy for the Yaris to outclass its rather formidable rivals? Here’s what some of India’s motoring publications have said about the Yaris in their test drive review reports. Autocar…

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The Cube in Australia is a trippy food and wine destination. Here are 5 reasons to visit

In a world exploding with culinary trails and extraordinary food experiences, it is hard to imagine what can captivate discerning travellers and foodies. And yet, as the calendar flipped over to 2018, d’Arenberg vineyard in Mclaren Vale, South Australia unveiled the Cube. An idea, which was born in the mind of the eccentric chief winemaker Chester Osborn 14 years ago, finally found form in the shape and is touted to be the ultimate food and wine destination. The Cube is for travellers who have a thing for exquisite food and…

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Maruti Ciaz modified! Here are some of the latest head-turners

Maruti Ciaz has become one of the best-selling cars in the market and gives tough time to the well-established players like Honda City and Hyundai Verna in India. While the Ciaz is available in many different countries, the Thailand market has a few extreme body kits of the Ciaz. Indians are also not far behind when it comes to modifying the Ciaz. Here are top five new modified Ciaz from India. Type X This is one of the most radical-looking Maruti Ciaz cars in the Indian market. The modification job gives the…

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How Cello Pens, Mirinda and Bournvita are helping students beat exam stress

Mondelez International-owned malt drink brand Bournvita is running ‘Look beyond marks’ campaign under which it has executed an on-ground activation called ‘Clearance Sale’. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint New Delhi: Brands across categories have launched advertising campaigns to connect with young students and sensitise parents about exam related stress. While several brands in categories like malt based drinks, stationery and beverages have rolled out television and digital campaigns highlighting the mounting examination pressure on students, only a few are taking baby steps in providing solutions to beat the stress. Cello Pens, for instance,…

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Pooja Bhatt Is Having A Better January Than We Are. Because, Goa

What every January needs – a peaceful vacay Pooja Bhatt and her friend are having a blast in Goa (Image Credit: Poojab1972) For the lot of us, January means shaking off the holiday merriment, getting started on our resolutions and getting back to the grind. But that isn’t the case for Pooja Bhatt. The popular Bollywood actress and film-maker brought 2018 in with a new look – hot pink hair – and then, set off to spend the next few days of the new year in none other than scenic Goa. It’s safe…

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Visiting Costa Rica this winter holiday? Here are 10 helpful tips to keep in mind

Waiting to explore the lush and wild world of Costa Rica? Here are a few things to keep in mind. One of the most ecologically rich destinations in the world, Costa Rica is a relatively small Central American country with an abundance of environmental attractions. The country’s imposing volcanoes, tropical forests, wildlife, botanical gardens, stunning river valleys, and hundreds of beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts make for an enchanting journey. The rich sights and sounds of this dream vacation spot are sure to amaze you and help you…

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Are the Amish right about new technology?

The basic stereotype about the Amish – drivers of horse-drawn buggies, wearers of huge beards – is that they’re stuck in the 18th century: if a technology wasn’t invented by then, you won’t find them using it today. (What goes clip clop, clip clop, bang bang, clip clop? An Amish drive-by shooting.) So it’s alarming to learn, as the New York Times reported recently, that smartphones, PCs and computer-controlled machinery are increasingly part of the community’s daily life. There are Amish bakeries that take credit cards. So much for your fantasy –…

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Eco-heaven: This resort on Marlon Brando’s island runs on seawater & coconut oil

The tiny, palm-fringed atoll of Tetiaroa was once a favourite holiday spot for Tahitian royalty before the late American movie star fell in love with it while filming Mutiny on the Bounty in 1961 on islands close by. Brando married co-star Tarita Teriipaia and the couple raised a family on Tetiaroa, now home to a luxury eco-resort that bears the reclusive actor’s name and regularly pampers A-list clientele such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Barack Obama. Guests at The Brando help fund research projects by paying up to $10,000…

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Flash mobs, treasure hunts: College inductions are getting quirky

When Virjaa Gada started college this year, she was anxious and nervous. Would she be ragged? Would she say something silly? Her first day at KJ Somaiya College of Engineering (KJSCE) was, instead, a pleasant surprise. “Our seniors had planned games and fun ways of introduction. I settled in much sooner than I expected,” she says. Students across colleges say that the days when seniors bullied juniors into calling them ‘Sir’ and ‘Ma’am’ are long gone. Instead, newbies are welcomed with sports events, outdoor trips, socials, online gaming and music…

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Planning your next holiday? Here are top 5 travel stories of the week to inspire you

Many of us are perpetually day dreaming about our next vacation. The research and planning that goes into it before actually taking off also lends itself a certain thrill. Whether you’re a nature lover, a culture vulture or looking for a digital detox, we’ve got you covered. Check out our best travel features from this week: 1) Find solitude in Kasar Devi and Binsar Valley in Uttarakhand If you’re looking to experience peace and silence, head to the lap of Uttrakhand. In Kasar Devi and Binsar Valley, explore old temples,…

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