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Monday, 25 May 2020

#TheLifesWayReviews - BETAAL @NetflixIndia #WebSeries #Horror #Thriller

Hi Friends, 

Netflix launched another original web series in the Hindi language on 24th May 2020 and I binge-watched the 4 episodes released yesterday for around 3 hours in total. Betaal is a horror-drama from the house of Red Chillies Entertainment in collaboration with Blumhouse Production and SK Global Entertainment. The web series is directed by Patrick Graham and Nikhil Mahajan. The web series stars Vineet Kumar Singh, Aahana Kumra, Suchitra Pillai, Ankur Vikal, Manjiri Pupala, and Jitendra Joshi in prominent roles.

Betaal is about an old curse on a tunnel where the villagers protect the tunnel and government wants to connect the tunnel to the main highway. A fictional police force by the name of CIPD (Counter Insurgency Police Division) is called to stand against the assumed Naxalites protestors and the villagers are removed by force and their homes burnt. A tribal woman Puniya played by Manjiri Pupala lives to tell the story of the curse on the Betaal mountains. All other characters play some of the ranks in the CIPD namely Vineet (Vikram Sirohi), Aahana (DC Ahluwalia), and others all reporting to Suchitra (Commandant Tyagi). The actors and their body languages look totally fictional to make you convince as they belong to some kinds of force or uniform. That thing becomes visible by the look Vikram has on his face when he says bye to his boss Commandant Tyagi. It's basically a force without any brains whatsoever till the end of episode 4.
#TheLifesWayReviews - Betaal @NetflixSA #WebSeries #Horror #Thriller
The story continues as they dug the tunnel and when some of the workers go inside without their JCBs or any kind of big lights, the already fully built tunnel, they don't come back and then the force goes and some come back infected. Again the main lead of the show Vikram goes inside to see that these are British Raj Military soldiers turned into zombies which he doesn't agree to while Commandant Tyagi is now fully controlled by the head of Zombies Colonel Lynedoch played by Richard Dillane. A lot of superstitions are showcased as Zombies won't be able to run past the Haldi-ash-salt lines but they can fire with their guns, play drums and even fly. Their bullets can also infect the people whom it hits. That's zombies on the next level but they all look kind of IT movie eyes but in red color and look really clown-like. In one sequence they say that all zombies have one eye, one instruction, one mind, and one order but they completely miss the chase when Aahana turns into a zombie and sees the 5 remaining characters running towards the village without getting any support from the other thousand zombies.

The dialogues are totally crap too where one soldier whole firing at British zombies says that this is for Jallianwala Bagh and this is for Bhagat Singh if only revenge and crime such as those will give some peace to the hearts of Indians by killing already dead British soldiers. More logic comes, when they get surrounded by a lot of British zombies so a guy said that he used to be a brilliant student before turning personal assistant and can repair anything and there was a canon by which they then kill the whole range of zombies in the room. Despite killing so many zombies, the dead forces keep on coming as if the mountain holds an unlimited supply of headcounts. The CIPD tries to save themselves and enter the British barracks where Jitendra Joshi (Ajay Mudhalvan) finds the diary of Colonel Lynedoch where he finds that he wants the sacrifice of his daughter Sanvi (Syna Anand) and tries to trade her in.

Overall, the horror audio is nice but not that spicy which will bring you to tremble in fear, and the overall performance of all the artists is just average. None other than Suchitra Pillay and Aahana looked somewhat convincing as the CIPD force. The only shrill that brings you is the mysterious character of village girl Puniya (Manjiri Pupala) as the story slowly unfolds. Vineet has acted just like he acted in Saandh ki Aankh with so much of heart in a force that is totally in the hands of politicians and whosoever pays them as they start to crack and break hierarchy just in the first few minutes of under pressure inside the barracks. In the end, web series making is not the game for everyone and you should not watch all of them until and unless they become super hit by word of mouth. Red Chillies has not been able to convince us with this one also after the Bard of Blood extravaganza. The story did have potential with all the right kinds of mysterious zombies and a storyline of the British Raj but the execution, acting, and production really beat the whole context. RATING 1.5/5

Sawubona!
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Horse Riding Video @Walkersons Hotel and Spa #Dullstroom #SouthAfrica

Hi Friends,

Horse Riding comes at a charge of R40 for 2 rounds and kids loved the same. Day entry is free at Walkersons Hotel and Spa and you can take a round trip of the picturesque resort and take some great photographs amongst the Dullstroom Mountain range. 
You can also book the hotel and spa but being a 5 Star establishment the rates start at around R3600 per night for 2 persons. I have personally never stayed inside the hotel and the best I came across the same is during this horse ride for kids.
Horse Riding Video @Walkersons Hotel and Spa #Dullstroom #SouthAfrica
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Contact Aashish Rai Jain at thelifesway@gmail.com or editor@thelifesway.com to send your products, launch event invites, and services to be consumed. #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra #7YearsofTheLifesWay. Follow me on www.instagram.com/thelifesway for all travel-related photo posts. Namaste!

Sunday, 24 May 2020

#TheLifesWayReviews - #HuaweiFreeBuds3 Earphones @HuaweiZA #ProductReview

Hi Friends,

I received these Huawei FreeBuds 3 just on the last day of the lockdown when I went and picked them up from the PR agency of Huawei and grateful to them for giving me a red one to review and use them as my day to day Bluetooth enabled earphones. The first thing I fell in love with these earphones was the packaging Huawei always makes as it felt premium and totally loved the design of the overall structure. As soon as the box was opened I really loved the circular case which really was something unique and easily slips into your pockets without any edges causing any kind of irritation etc. The third thing was the ease with which these earphones gets connected to your smartphones or any Bluetooth enabled device even laptop and tablets. Just plug and play as it connects with the device immediately and if you take them out and put them back the music stops immediately. The fourth one which will definitely bring you to think about these is they have an active noise cancellation feature built into the same and you can adjust the cancellation as per your size of the ears and fitting of the earbuds. 
#TheLifesWayReviews - #HuaweiFreeBuds3 Earphones @HuaweiZA #ProductReview
Last month in April 2020, I used them for almost 100 km of the walk which took me around 20 hours of music and audiobooks play. Along with that, I must have heard the live TV news channels for almost more than 30 hours or so using these earphones and lately I have watched several web series on the sleepless nights and the reviews of all of those are in the pipeline on my blog if not published till date. I really am in love with these earbuds from the stable of Huawei Electronics and various other electronic items I have received over the years in the goodies bags if you attend any of their launch events. I am going to post about all of them sooner than later and more focus is now on execution rather than thinking a lot. 
#TheLifesWayReviews - #HuaweiFreeBuds3 Earphones @HuaweiZA #ProductReview
There is an app called AI Life by Huawei that you can install them to keep you and your earbuds updated and personalize the various touch buttons along with the noise cancellation adjustments. The QR code is supplied when you open the package along with various instruction manuals and warranty cards. I was not able to understand the circular button interface inside the app but as you rotate the same, it adjusts the noise isolation inside the earbuds to create a more controlled environment as per your ear size. Also, the app helps you to update the Huawei FreeBuds3 to the latest firmware and no need of Huawei smartphone like the Huawei FreeLace earphones which only gets updated when you are connected to a Huawei smartphone. The noise cancellation helps you to reduce up to 15dB ambient noise and though the generator volumes will go on as there is no silicon casing kind of setup which can completely isolate the external sound. My first opinion was to go back to the Huawei FreeLace earphones but the convenience to use 
#TheLifesWayReviews - #HuaweiFreeBuds3 Earphones @HuaweiZA #ProductReview
Huawei FreeBuds3 offers audio performance using it's highly sensitive 14.2mm dynamic driver, with is able to produce natural sound and brings clarity during the calls too. It also has a Bass-tube which produces the audio effects similar to listening to the music inside the studio. This feature really helps me go through a lot of audiobooks as the voice clarity holds the punch on each word and sentence spoken by the reader. Moreover the FreeBuds 3 picks up voice from your bone vibrations to enhance your voice quality during the phone calls. Each earbud has a 30mAh battery and the case is equipped with 410mAh battery. This gives the earbuds to go for around 4 hours in a single charge and case then can charge the whole unit at least 5 times to make them work for around 20 hours. But then the performance all depends on the volume levels and noise-cancellation being used. I was able to get more than 3.5 hours in a single charge. The overall case and earbuds can be fully charged quickly in about 90 minutes or so. I don't have any wireless charging (Qi Standard 2W) set up or any smartphone with reverse charging at the moment so I could not check how easily these can be charged using the power of wireless during these social distancing times.
#TheLifesWayReviews - #HuaweiFreeBuds3 Earphones @HuaweiZA #ProductReview
The pebble-shaped earbuds are made of glossy plastic without any silicon casing which sometimes irritates your ears and you have to take them out for your ears to rest. The Huawei FreeBuds 3 comes in three colors - Carbon Black, Ceramic White, and Red. But the overall casing fits easily in your ears as the weight is very low around 4.5g each and the case is around 48 grams. The company calls the design of the earbud as Dolphin Bionic design. The earbuds have a touch-sensitive option by which you can pause/play the audio from the right earbud and the left one enables the Noise-Cancellation. These options you can change in the Huawei AI Life app as per your convenience and most used feature in your life. What I have observed that the touch also works when I was wearing Buff over my ears as it was extremely cold some days back in Johannesburg. This was something that really made me a fan of these earbuds. The design of earbuds and casing is such that you won't be able to put right earbuds into the left ear or vice versa and also inside the charging case it will go in its own slot.
#TheLifesWayReviews - #HuaweiFreeBuds3 Earphones @HuaweiZA #ProductReview
Moreover these Huawei FreeBuds 3 are really intelligent in terms of automatic wearing detection and Pop-up and pair to your smartphone. Huawei Kirin A1 chipset really enables all these kinds of advanced features in these earbuds. Kirin A1 is an ultra-low-power consuming processor that enables 5.1 Bluetooth connection and using Huawei Isochronous Dual Channel transmission technology and a class-leading 356MHz audio processor the FreeBuds3 brings music clarity like no other earbuds. I was afraid as I dropped each of the earbuds from my height of six feet to the ground in my walks but other than a small dent on the casing nothing has changed so the quality of these earbuds is great.
#TheLifesWayReviews - #HuaweiFreeBuds3 Earphones @HuaweiZA #ProductReview
The retail price is around R3000 but you can get the same for around R2500 or so during the online sales on Huawei Store and comes with a free wireless charger that I didn't receive from the company. There is nothing else I wanted in these earbuds which is not there and these really look great in their design and performance. If you getting them when you are ordering any new Huawei Smartphone do go for the bundled deal as you won't regret your decision later. These are one of the best in the price range for sure. There is always a scope to improve the active noise cancellation as Huawei FreeBuds 3 needs to fight with the Sony's and Apple's of the world in this category of earbuds. RATING 4.5/5

Sawubona!
Contact Aashish Rai Jain at thelifesway@gmail.com or editor@thelifesway.com to send your products, launch event invites, and services to be consumed. #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra #7YearsofTheLifesWay. Follow me on www.instagram.com/thelifesway for all travel-related photo posts. Namaste!

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