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Live a little: Ring in pleasures in 2018

Author: Rajyashree Guha/Sunday, January 7, 2018/Categories: Cover Feature

Live a little: Ring in pleasures in 2018

While watching the 1971 Bollywood classic ‘Anand’, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, a dialogue caught my attention. The eponymous hero of the film played by Rajesh Khanna tells his friend and doctor Bhaskar Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan), “Babu moshai, zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahi”. 

These words made me think how the millennial had stopped valuing experiences and were increasingly spending time in saving for the future that they may not even live to see. The dying desire to own things and enjoy life had long been suppressed in preparing and planning for retirement. 

The start of a new year is the best time to re-evaluate your goals and aims and 2018 should be about striking a balance between the living the present and saving for the future. A bevy of mouth-watering launches are lined up for the year too from various sectors. Here’s a list of the things that you can splurge on in the new year. 

Automotive

While 2017 has seen a number of car launches, the best are yet to come. Expectation is that 2018 will see top automakers not just bring out new cars, but also give facelift to popular versions. Ford will update Figo and Aspire, while Hyundai will introduce some changes in the i20. Mahindra is also set to give its XUV500 a facelift. 
But if you are really looking to spend on a car and if you are in that elite bracket, bet on the Lamborghini Urus, a super SUV with a 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 engine. Urus, recently unveiled in Italy, is competing to be the fastest SUV in the world. The car sports an elegant look and is an Italian marvel. Priced around Rs 3 crore approximately, Urus is set to grab attention of all car lovers in 2018. 

But if you are neither the low-end nor top-end buyer, consider cars like BMW X1, Audi Q3, Merc GLA 200d. They all come in the high-end category, yet not overpriced. 
If you are earning at least Rs 2 lakh a month or more, sure these are the kind of a coupes you should be looking at. 

Smartphones

Apple iPhones will continue the buzz in the smartphone segment in 2018 too. Reportedly, Apple suffered weak demand for the iphone X and is therefore preparing to bring out four new versions in 2018. Lookout for the Apple iPhone SE 2, iPhone 9, iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus. Apart from these, Apple is likely to top its iconic iPhone X with the next version in 2018, which will better the features of its predecessor. 

If Apple follows its naming tradition, then the 2018 launch is likely to be called the iPhone X S. Meanwhile, Samsung and Google are both rumoured to bring out a series of its Galaxy and Pixel phones, all priced above Rs 60,000. 

It’s ok to spend on a smart gadget once in two years. What makes you feel special is a thing of your liking and choice. So, just don’t hesitate. Go and swipe your card and emerge with that glitzy glam toy in hand.

Homing devices

For those looking to refurbish their home, the stylish Google Home Max and Mini is a must-have. Dual woofers, tweeters, far-field microphones and the smart Google Assistant is all packed in the sleek-looking Home Max, priced at around Rs 26,000. 

Another important home accessory is the ecobee4 thermostat, which has been integrated with Amazon’s intelligent personal assistant Alexa. Ecobee4 is a smart thermostat that can sense the hot and cold spots in the room and balance the temperature. It has embedded microphones with voice control which lets you adjust the levels of the thermostat without using the smatphone app or touching it. 

Phone case cameras

The wait may be a little longer than a year, but a flying phone case camera drone is worth the wait. These phone cases are a step ahead of the DJI Phantom 4 drones which have a 20 megapixel camera attached to it and are easy to fly. The Selfly autonomous flying phone case doubles up as a camera and phone cover, allowing you to click on the go without using hands. 

While it is important to save for the future, it is equally important to live while you are young. Blending the two aspects will allow you to enjoy the moment in the present and in the days to come. So, don’t hesitate. It’s your moment of glory. Live life King size.

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