TinyOwl – excellent food ordering app

I have been seeing TinyOwl on my Facebook timeline and a few friends mentioned it on Twitter but I didn’t think I’d need another food ordering app. I had the Dominos app for pizza, McDonalds app for burgers, FoodPanda app for the rest. I had also installed Zomato Order app.       
I installed TinyOwl because it was a lazy Sunday afternoon, I was hungry and saw that some of my colleagues were raving about TinyOwl in our Telegram group chat.

It took me less than five minutes from installing the app to ordering this. 

  

The order status Page of the app is excellent. The best thing about it is that It shows my order progress and also the time in which I’ll be able to get my hands on it. 

  

Smart notifications- at the end of the 30 minute I got a notification asking if my order was delivered and as soon as I answered – No the status changed to – Not Good. Setting it right. Three minutes later I get another notification informing me that the order will be 10 minutes late. 

 

I get the order in 12 minutes and 3 minutes later I get another notification asking if the order was delivered, I clicked on Yes. 

1 hour after that I get another notification – Rate your previous order which takes me back to the app and I also get to rate the food I ordered and provide feedback. 

  
App & service done right! 

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro [book review]

Are you sick of sparkling vampires and sappy romantic vampires. Then The Strain is the book for you.

The vampires in this do not sparkle, turn into bat or fear garlic and holy water. The are at the very basic form – virus. One which needs blood for survival.

Once in the host, the replicate at an exponential rate and change the human biology and these things spread like zombie bite and they are let loose in New York city.

Now, add in a bunch of unlikely hero – Eph and Nora from Centre for Disease Control, professor Abraham who has a first hand experience of the epidemic and Fet – the rat exterminator. These guys group up to the contain the spread of virus and exterminate it.

The stakes are high as the virus is spreading at an alarming rate and there are powerful forces working against our unlikely bunch of heroes.

I got to know about this book from the show – The Strain on FX. The Strain is the first book of the The Strain trilogy. Till now the story is of humans working to contain the vampire epidemic, the next book in the trilogy – The Fall is going to introduce other ancient vampires into the mix, which I hope doesn’t muddle things up.

The strain is one of the best, grounded story which adds a new twist to the vampire lore.

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Life Begins at the End of your Comfort Zone

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This is one of my favourite quote.

We all are bound by our mental habits. Habits which put us in a comfort zone. Comfort zone which we rarely step out of.

The only problem with comfort zone is that we are stimulated by the same kind of things day in and day out. Get up, go to office, work, hangout with friends and go to sleep. Our brains map it out, we get used to the routine, their is nothing new, nothing exciting.

Example – listening to a new song – it is exciting for the first few times but afterwards the excitement just wears out.

This is a phenomenon known as Hedonic Adaptation. You get so used to the routine that you don’t really have to be engaged by it.

How do we hack this? How do we really experience life?

We do that by stepping out of comfort zone.

Start with little things –

Try new food.
Take a different route to work.
Take measured risks.
get your heart broken

help people, smile, take that one extra step, at the end of the day it will be worth it.