Get the scoop on all the gear, gadgets and activities you need to make this the most Fantastico summer ever!
Go on the perfect road trip with the Tiago
Summer’s here and you know what looks good right now? Heading out for a vacation, away from the hectic city.
Pick a destination in the hills, grab your pals, jump in your new Tiago and just head out! And just why is the Tiago the best car for long road trips? Here’s why...
From the luxurious seating to soft-touch surfaces, the Tata Tiago’s premium interiors make every journey an occasion to remember. And of course, as you chill out in comfort, there’s plenty of next-gen tech - like the Connectnext music system by Harman™, the first-in-class Navigation (for Android) and the Juke app - which makes your trips a lot more fun.
You’re also bound to enjoy road-trippin’ in the Tiago thanks to its powerful and smooth engines, which will keep you entertained with their innovative Multi-Drive modes. And of course, with all that power comes great responsibility, which is why the Tiago doesn’t just give you plenty of space to fit all your pals in, but also has advanced safety features (Twin airbags, 9th Gen ABS by Bosch™ with Electronic Brake Distribution and Corner Stability Control) for complete peace of mind. And with 22 smart storage spaces, you don’t have to leave your favourite gadgets at home.
And finally, with the hexagon-theme running throughout the Tiago, the colour-coded personalisation options, the bold design and confident stance, it’s a stylish and modern car that’s perfect for you. Go on, make it yours!
Gear you gotta take along
All set for your vacation? Make sure you’ve packed the right gear. For starters, you’ll need music when you’re camping by a pristine Himalayan lake. The waterproof JBL Xtreme might be a good choice as it’ll also charge your phone when you’re away from your car. And if you really want to make this a trip to remember, pick up the Hohner Blues harp and get ready to jam around the campfire.
Now, you all know half the point of a camping vacation in the Himalayas is about getting some great food - perhaps fresh trout from a mountain stream? So don’t forget to take along the Weber Smokey Joe Grill. And what goes best with an outdoor BBQ at your campsite? Cold brewskis - that’s where the Parco Autofreeze 15 fridge (₹41,900) will come in handy.
Okay, we understand that some of you are the active type and don’t just want to loll about on some quiet meadow. Did you just raise your hand? Then you might want to take along the Kompac-AL folding bike, which is perfect for exploring quaint villages and gorgeous cantonment towns.
Camped by a lake? Perfect, isn’t it? Make it even better with the Wild River electric raft. Head out, catch some fish and just tune out!
Get these games
The scorching sun forcing you to stay indoors? Then the best thing to do is to load up a few games and spend the hot weekend afternoons slaying dragons and zombies. We’ve got some recommendations for you - Doom, the First- Person Shooter that started it all, is coming back, and we just can’t wait to play it.
And then there’s Warhammer: Arcane Magic, a turn-based digital board game that might keep you occupied all summer. And finally, Street Fighter V is out! 16 characters, including 4 all-new ones? Yes, you can’t miss this!!
There’s no reason not to catch up on your reading list, especially when it’s too hot to be outdoors. Wanna know what we’re devouring? First up is Coffee Gives Me Superpowers. Get all the cool facts about your favourite beverage in this illustrated book. Just don’t forget to make yourself a nice espresso. Up next is 42 Lessons I Learnt From Bollywood. The Vigil Idiot is back and we bet you won’t find a funnier, more interesting book to read than this skewering of Bollywood’s less-than-hatke silliness. And since we’re suckers for spy thrillers, we’re also looking forward to Spy Games.
And finally, we’ve all seen enough Game of Thrones and even read the A Song Of Ice And Fire series to know that the graphic novel is just what we need next.
You know what season this is? Yes, we know it’s summer, or rather, summer blockbuster season. With a slew of big releases lined up, it’s the best time to head to the cinema.
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice sees our two superheroes team up to beat Lex Luthor. Meanwhile, the Avengers are split as Captain America: Civil War sees the world face a new and dangerous enemy, and gamers are bound to be drooling over the prospect of watching the world’s first ‘First-Person action flick’ - Hardcore Henry.
Bored of your old telly? Level up with the Google Chromecast - Turn any TV into a Smart TV. Easy streaming from your tablet or phone makes it the perfect lil’ gadget for the movie buff. What next? You need to turn the volume all the way to 11, that’s what. So get the Definitive Technology W Studio Micro.
Amp up your weekend movie marathons with this powerful wireless soundbar. It sounds good, it looks good - what else could you possibly want?
It’s not always about the coolest tech. Sometimes you just want to call your best mates over with no particular plan of action. Then pick up La Granja, leave your phones aside and spare a few hours as you become a successful farmer in this acclaimed board game. But what if you’re stuck in office on a light day but can’t leave as your grouchy boss is still around?
That’s when you’ll be glad you bought the Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage. A 75ft range and a 25 dart drum make this Nerf gun the perfect thing for office high-jinks!
Fantastico fitness gear
Summer’s also a great time to get fit as the mornings are usually cool, and with the sun out till late, you can go for a jog once the temperature comes down to something bearable. Pick up a fitness tracker, perhaps the Jawbone UP3. It’s stylish and discreet. Even better, it offers personalised guidance, tracks your sleep and heartbeat, and lets you compete against your friends. Too busy at work and never have time to go to the gym or even for an evening stroll? Can’t be that bad, can it? Still, get the 7-Minute Workout app if it really is that bad!
Football fans, we’ve also got something for you. Fancy yourself the next Messi but lack a good coach? Then try the Adidas Mi Coach smart football which records your footwork and helps you work on your skills. And finally, the ultimate gadget for the truly insane fitness nut has to be the Hexoskin Biometric T-shirt. Lightweight fabric and plenty of advanced sensors (built into the fabric) make this a piece of the future!
Gather your pals
Quit blaming the heat! You don’t have to be stuck at home every weekend. Mumbaikars, gather your pals and head over to Snow World. This has to be the best way to beat the summer heat - spending the day at a snow adventure zone with plenty of activities and games! Dilliwallahs, put on your thinking cap and head over to Mystery Rooms to play some fun escape adventure games. Meanwhile, Bengaluru folk can find heaps of fun activities - from indoor team sports and adventure activities to laser tag contests and R/C car racing - at Play Arena. And if you’re in Chennai, a spell of paintball at Headshot might be a great way to unwind after the hectic week.
No matter what city or town you’re in, there’s bound to be something fun you can do. Look up the local paper, check out events websites... go on, make the best of summer.
Learn something new
Level yourself up (and not just your gadgets) this summer by picking up a new skill. Want to learn something really cool? How about taking a robotics course in a city near you? Who knows, you might even get hired by Google! Go check out Roboversity to see what’s happening around you. What’s that, you pride yourself on being a Renaissance Man? Then woodworking is one skill that’ll really boost your arty cred! Even better, you can make some nifty gifts for your family and friends. Check out the WooDooz blog for some nifty tutorials.
Or make your celluloid dreams come true with a weekend film-making course at the Barry John Acting Studio. And finally, you’ll never be at a loss for words at fancy-schmancy Page 3 parties once you take a wine appreciation course from the expert sommeliers at the Tulleeho Wine Academy.
Maker, creator, artist, hobbyist… Which one are you? Let out your inner craftsman this summer with some cool projects. Why not paint your own room in some bright colours? You’ll find all the info you need in Asian Paints D-I-Y guides. And once the paint’s dry, print out your vacation snaps at Photojaanic and hang ‘em up.
And for all those people wondering whether to splurge on a smart TV, there’s a smarter way out - build your own Raspberry Pi media player.