Friday, 29 January 2016

How to live stream on Facebook?

Are you ready to live stream on Facebook?
After rolling out first to celebrities and then to a relative handful of regular users, Facebook's live video streaming feature is now a part of everyone's Facebook experience.
It's easy to use and will be familiar to anyone who has tried Twitter's Periscope, but don't expect hoards of viewers the first time you fire up your Facebook live stream.
Here's a real-world look at how to use it and what it's like.

Finding It

You won't find a large "Broadcast Now!" button on Facebook. In fact, there's no indication anywhere that you can do anything beyond your traditional posts. Live stream video is sort of hidden under the Status icon.
Once you select that you'll notice a new icon next to the Check In icon. If you haven't posted a status update recently, you'll see this message floating above the icon: "New! Record and share live video."

If you're ready to broadcast (and who isn't?), you select the icon and then give Facebook permission to access your camera and microphone. You only have to do this once.
Once you hit the big blue "Continue" button, you'll be asked to describe your broadcast. It's on this same screen that you choose your privacy setting: Are you sharing this with the public or just your friends? You can even choose to share it with just yourself, but where's the fun in that?
You can shoot the video through your FaceTime or rear-facing camera and while holding your phone in portrait or landscape mode, but the video will always be square. If you shoot in portrait, live Facebook comments will appear below your video. In landscape mode, they appear on the right side.
As soon as you go live, the video feed appears in your timeline.


On the broadcast screen, you'll see your video as your audience sees it, along with a tally of how many viewers you have, how long you're on air and live comments.
The comments remind me of both Periscope and the original Twitter live video tool, Meerkat. They're easy to read and seem to stick around for a while. Granted, I had around 18 viewers on my first stream, so new comments were not exactly flying in.
There's no limit to how long you can stream, though a good network connection is a must. I would suggest saving your streams for when you're in WiFi range.
You may be somewhat disappointed by the limited number of viewers you get on a broadcast. When a celebrity launches a Facebook Live Video stream, their Facebook Page (something celebrities and brands have) pushes out a notification to all their Page Likers and followers.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Indian Culinary Week at Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon.


8 Cities, 8 Chefs, 8 Cuisines – All under one roof

Courtyard by Marriott Gurgaon, presents the ‘Indian Culinary Week’ bringing flavours from across the country to celebrate the spirit of Secular India, One India this month. The festival brings together 8 Chefs from across India each representing a specialty cuisine and a Marriott hotel situated across the country from 20th to 26th January 2016.

To celebrate individuality, unity and the spirit of culinary excellence, the chefs will showcase an elaborate range of dishes from across cultures and cuisines. The festival will serve popular and rustic cuisines ranging from Konkani, Garwali, Andhra, Rajasthani, Tamil, Kerala, Bengali and Punjabi Cuisine. The Culinary stage would see the presence of Chef Thirumal from Bengaluru Marriott Whitefield, Chef Deepak Rana from JW Marriott Mussorie, Chef Ranjit from Jaipur Marriott Hotel, Chef Uday Karmalkar from Courtyard By Marriott Mumbai, Chef Amrutha Valli from Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre, Chef Mithun Mohanan from Courtyard By Marriott Kochi, Chef Chiranjeet Mandal from Courtyard by Marriott Raipur and Chef Amarjeet Singh from Courtyard by Marriott Gurgaon presenting the best of their local cuisines.
For 7 days starting from 20th January 2016, these Master Chefs will be putting their favourite dishes on a platter to pamper your taste buds. The fest concluding on 26th January 2016 with a special Republic day brunch will celebrate India’s strength of Unity and Diversity.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Kanika Hasrat, General Manger, Courtyard by Marriott Gurgaon said, “As we plan various promotions throughout the year, it is our constant endeavor to cater to different needs of our patrons. This Republic Day, we wanted to celebrate India and bring flavours from across the nation together .We are delighted to host 8 Master Chefs at Courtyard by Marriott Gurgaon for a week . While each Chef has their expertise, it would be amazing to watch all these Chefs come together for the cook-off.”
The specially crafted menu will have an extensive variety of delectable dishes from different regions. One cannot afford to miss out on these authentic dishes at MoMo Café to celebrate

Aalo Pyaaz ki Sabzi


Saturday, 2 January 2016

How 2015 changed my life!

As we move into a new year, I remember how 2015 completely changed my life. 
Recovering from my nana's death, I moved into 2015 with tears in my eyes. When 2015 started I had no clue where my life is going, I was doubting myself, How would be my future, I used to keep talking to myself. 

Then on one day, A Twitter friend of mine thought of creating a WhatsApp group of all Delhi/NCR influencer. Where I met a person who goes by the name of Yogesh Parashar, Everyone were asking to follow them on Twitter, So I opened Yogesh's profile and found out He's from Haryana as well, I came back to WhatsApp and asked him that where does he belong from Haryana and he belonged to the same place where I live, In fact, 2kms away. 
Then we met at an event of Star movies in Connaught Place for #StarMoviesSecretScreening. We were travelling back home in metro together. 
Where do you work? I asked
He proudly replied in a Social Media Agency. 
I asked what all brands do he manage? Names like OLX, Dominos & Kurkure were top of his list! I asked him for a favor if he could get me into this agency as well. He said I am moving out very soon, You can replace me. *I smiled in joy*

1st May 2015 
I joined my first ever proper job, I started working for GO VIVEK GO. (Thanks to Yogesh)
I joined them as Twitter contest specialist for famous brands like Domino's, OLX, Kurkure, Tirun Travels, Dunkin Donuts & Woo. 
I started enjoying my life, there was no pressure of family for work, I happily spent my 6 months at GO VIVEK GO with beautiful people and friends Chaman, Sachin, Shalini, Ragini and Vivek sir who gave me this priceless opportunity to set up my career in Digital Marketing. 

Then I decided to join an MNC Digital agency based out of Paris in October 2015.
Where I managing brands like Audi Gurgaon, Audi Delhi Central, JK Tyer, Logitech, Novotel & Ballentine's.

During the period, My long term dream of meeting my idol Yuvraj Singh at the house came true as well. 
I went to his house to meet his newly manager (Aneesh Gautam) but Yuvi's wasn't at home. The second time I went was in November'15 and Yuvi was at home luckily. 
He woke up at 11am and was coming downstairs to go the gym and he saw me sitting in his office.
He looked at me,
I looked at him,
He looked confused or trying to remember me.
Aneesh reminded him of me and smiled and came to meet me.
While going into the gym Yuvi shouted to Aneesh saying 
"I want this guy to work on my social media" 

This was just a few days after his engagement with Hazel Keech and she was at home as well, Aneesh introduced me to her and she asked If I have a strong hand on Wikipedia? Yes, I replied. She shared the problems she was facing on her Wikipedia page and we had a long chat. 

A year which started with no clue where my life was going has ended up in the office of a Multi-National Corporation! Hope 2016 have a lot more in store for me and everyone. 

Happy new year!