Saturday, 24 January 2015

Go Sleek with Asus

I am not the type to believe in love at first sight and I never thought that I would be caught in this predicament ever. However ever since I have laid my eyes on ASUS EeeBook X205TA my heart has flipped for it. 

I am smitten by its sleek design.This curvaceous trendy Eeebook from Asus is a sure shot head turner.However with an Intel ATOM processor this diva promises to be a beauty with brains. It has  an optimized battery life for all day computing. So even without a recharge one can use it for 12 hours of web browsing or 13 hrs of music play and if you are a movie buff like me than this device offers 11 hrs of video play.This feature makes it a perfect device for those on the go.It is also the device of choice for people living in remote areas where frequent load shedding is experienced.

A per-installed Microsoft office 365 comes with this device.This makes it a serious business machine as well.One can connect to the office and collaborate with team members.This is a boon for touring professionals,onsite workers and stay at home workers.


 The presence of this software bundle on a device that is strategically priced to beat competition and makes it a serious contender for the best device in this price segment.This power packed ASUS EeeBook X205TA is priced at Rs 14,999 at the time of writing this post.

This compact and light device weighs less than 1 kg.This comes preinstalled with windows 8.1The ASUS EeeBook X205TA is powered by the Intel Atom processor Z3735F which has upto 1.8GHz, 2M with Quad core.The display is a 29.4cm that is 11.6 inches HD Glare display. It provides crisp images and video play powered by Intel Gen 7 graphics.This mean machine has 2 GB DDR 3 1600 RAM and 32 GB EMMC storage.This beauty comes in dark blue, red, gold,white.Its designed to be ultra thin with only 1.75 cm thickness.

Its 29.4cm display with a narrow bezel width of 1.45 cm design makes it a classic beauty that offers a great viewing experience.Its Quad – Core processor ensures smooth multitasking performance. It has a 36% larger touch pad.

It comes with a 500 GB cloud storage which is free for two years, this is offered by Asus web storage.It also has 1 TB Microsoft 1 space drive free for one year.

All these features make it a must have device. A perfect technology companion to go with this device is the Asus all-in-one PC ET 2040. 

It is simple, versatile and very powerful.It has a built in UPS with one hour of power backup.It's ergonomic space saving design has an innovative gesture control feature.The power backup built in to the device would ensure that there are no data losses due to sudden power breakdown.

All images have been taken from ASUS EeeBook X205TA and ASUS All In One PC ET2040

My bold romatic move this valentine

If I were to propose to my valentine how would I do it ? Hey this is not a hypothetical question for me. All those who are in love would agree that we look for subtle ways for declaring our love for our beloved . However when it comes to the valentine day its time to pull all stops and declare the love for your beloved in style.
 However for me it won’t be about going and giving a bouquet of flowers and expressing my feelings. For my beloved it has to be something special .Do my bold move and show my feelings for my special one. However being bold is relative I want to portray my feelings for my special one without embarrassing her or making her uncomfortable This is really important as I do not wish to bring any discomfort to her. Also knowing her for long I know that behind her tomboyish exterior lies a soft romantic to the core and  this inner beautiful person is whom I want to woo and bring out. With this intention I have thought of a series of events to surprise her. Build up the excitement and then bring forth my proposal in style.
I know how much she likes to eat a Pizza so I would get her favourite piping hot pizza delivered to her for breakfast. (Yes she actually loves to start her day with a pizza.)  However the twist would be that this would be a pizza with a half heart made on it. This would get her curious as there would be no note  to tell her who has sent her the pizza.

Next a person would deliver her favourite coffee that too will have a half heart made up of cream and chocolate. Again there would be no note or message as to who has ordered and sent her the hot brew so this will enhance her curiosity further. Now it would be time for her to go out for her morning gym and as she reverses her car an audio recording  normally plays a pre recorded  message which says watch out this car is reversing and I would have changed the message to dear Anjali (name of my valentine) someone feels you are really special and this person would be waiting for you at  sunset point at 5 P.M. Now I know two things about Anjali , one that she is a die hard romantic and  secondly she is very curious . Both these qualities would ensure that she would go to my desired destination . When she reaches the destination a series of arrows would guide her to me ,Where I would be waiting for her  with her favourite flower that is a red tulip and a cake with two separate half hearts, and I would tell her that without her my life is incomplete like the half heart and request her to be my valentine.and make my life complete.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Quikr in Bangalore

If you were relocating to Bangalore, how would you use bangalore.quikr.com to your advantage?
Here is a what I experienced
Today when I reached office I got a good news . The news of my promotion in fact it was two good news rolled into one. The second good news was that I was being transferred to the beautiful garden city of Bangalore or Bangaluru as some like to call it.I was super excited to receive this news and I decided to share it with everyone i.e all my friends and family. When I called my best friend Raj he congratulated me and at the same time expressed his concern as to how would I adjust in the new city of Bangalore and moreover where would I be staying? A valid point indeed . However I am a firm believer that whenever we have a problem or a situation the solution is also somewhere nearby and we only need to look for it. So as I was talking to him I simultaneously browsed the site http://bangalore.quikr.com/ Voila on visiting the section http://bangalore.quikr.com/Houses-Apartments-for-Rent/w257





I found a vast list of apartments that are currently on offer for rent. This issue was sorted out . I was now thinking that maybe I should settle down in Bangalore for good and in that case I would need to buy a flat there and just then I happened to browse through the section Houses –Apartments for Sale http://bangalore.quikr.com/Houses-Apartments-for-Sale/w256


Looks like this site has been designed to meet all my needs. However once I have a house the next thing that I would need is the furniture. As I browsed through the section http://bangalore.quikr.com/Home-Office-Furniture/w218 I saw a long list of home furniture on sale in Bangalore. I thought with a new home and furniture in sight I must inform my friends in Bangalore about my transfer to that beautiful city. When I called up my friends and gave them the good news they asked me if I needed any help in settling in what would be a new city for me. I told them that I had shortlisted a few houses and furniture on http://bangalore.quikr.com .My friends were greatly impressed with my foresight and asked for a House warming party. Indeed I said however that would require kitchen appliances so again I took the help of http://bangalore.quikr.com/ and browsing through the section of Kitchen Appliances http://bangalore.quikr.com/Home-Kitchen-Appliances/w221 I found a wide list of choices in terms of kitchen appliances and electronics. The next thing that remained was that I buy a TV and a laptop there because if I were to take away the TV then what would my parents watch here as they were not moving with me. If I were to take the laptop with me then how would my brother do his college projects? To resolve this issue I again took the help of the quickr Bangalore site and found an exhaustive list of TV’s and laptop’s here http://bangalore.quikr.com/Electronics-Appliances/cId-18222212657 I was surprised to find that within my budget there was so much choice. Now it was time to go back home and break the news to my parents. Upon hearing the news my Dad was concerned as to how will I commute without a bike. When I showed him the wide ranges of bikes that I could buy here http://bangalore.quikr.com/Cars-Bikes/cId-262 he was so impressed that he straight away decided to finance my purchase. However my mom was still concerned as to how and where would I live in Bangalore. Her concerned were laid to rest only when I showed her the pictures of the houses and apartments that I could rent. .Now I had to break the news to one final member of the family without whose consent I could not possibly embark upon my journey. This person happened to be my younger sister. When she got the news all hell broke loose. She insisted either she would not let me go or accompany me to Bangalore. My father asked her that what would she do in Bangalore ? He even jokingly said maybe you are planning to start a career as a heroine in movies down south. To which she quickly retorted why not ? and opened the site http://bangalore.quikr.com/Acting-Modeling-Roles/w18222212534 and showed us all the opportunities for acting and modelling listed there. We all started laughing and this eased the tension and I moved to my room making a list of all the things that I would need to buy from http://bangalore.quikr.com/ to make my home away from home in Bangalore.

All images have been taken from http://bangalore.quikr.com

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Micromax Canvas Tab P666 will make my new year resolution come true

My resolution for 2015 is to see all the movies in my list that I have created over the years.I am a movie buff who is passionate about movies .  I have always wanted to watch all the classics from Guru Dutts Pyasa to Raj kapoors Mera Naam joker, the list is endless  that includes Gone with the wind and Sound of Music.However lack of time always acts like a spanner in the wheel.Watching movies requires being in front of your TV for a few hours.However with a busy work schedule I am unable to take out this time as even weekends are spent completing the backlog of household chores.As a result the list of movies that I wish to see keeps getting longer and longer.It looks like that this year all that is going to change and my new year resolution of watching all my favourite Hollywood and Bollywood movies specially the classics is going to see the day of light.Thanks to the Micromx Canvas Tab P666 with a Intel atom processor  inside. Actually the mark of Intel  gives it a power to open all the apps in a jiffy.The Micromax designed exterior gives it a sleek look and makes it the most sought after gadget of the year 2015. It has a 20.32 cm i.e. 8 inch WXGA IPS Display that will bring the movies alive on screen. The Intel’s graphic media accelerator inside this tab comes with a promise of fast rendering and bringing a smooth display. And the 800X1280 screen resolution that will make watching movies on this tab a memorable experience. The best part is that I can watch the movies on the go. Its long lasting battery is designed to give an uninterrupted usage thanks to the  4400 mAh battery capacity with a 15 hour talk time and 325 hours standby time. The Intel Atom 1.2 GHZ processor would ensure that this Micromax Canvas Tab P666  would remain a powerful device not just to watch movies but also to play games.  Luckily it has the Android KitKat 4.4.2 as the operating system  will make all my apps run smoothly on this new tab of mine.  It has a rear 5 mega pixel camera and a 2 megapixel  front camera . This will enable me to indulge in video chatting .Wow now I will be able to discuss the movies that I watch with my friends or better still invite my friends over to watch the movies with me.  This tablet has a 3.99 GB of internal storage for the apps and the phone and expandable memory can be extended to 32 GB. This would enable me  to store a large number of movies on the expandable  memory . Even better is the fact that me and my friends can maintain a library of movies on our respective memory card of the TAB and when we have watched all the movies we can just Swap the memory cards and see the new set of movies. With my new Micromax Canvas Tab P666  its time to make my resolution come true.

You can get more info about the device here http://www.micromaxinfo.com/tablet/Canvas-Tab-P666.




Monday, 29 December 2014

Romancing Melbourne

Why do I love Melbourne? Because it is Alive ,vibrant and just like a person it has many layers to its personality. It is a foodies delight, a Wine lovers must visit place. It has an active art and cultural scene. 
Melbourne is a must visit city by all those bitten by the travel bug. It is a kaleidoscope of cultures and traditions. It is cosmopolitan to the core and offers a multitude of options that would interest and attract every traveler.
 Here are some of the reasons for me to fall in love with the beautiful city of Melbourne again and again and again.

Cricket is like a religion in India,so going to Melbourne and visiting the MCG or the Melbourne Cricket Ground is like a dream for every true cricket fan. The charm would be even more if we get to witness India playing a match there. 2015 could be the dream for all cricket lovers to visit Melbourne as the 2015 Cricket world Cup is being hosted jointly by New Zealand  and Australia and the final would be played here. So if you want to watch a cricket match live here then start planning.More info can be found here.



However if Tennis  is your sport then The Australian Open offers some of the best clay court tennis activity that tests the best of the best in tennis.

Puffing Billy: Here I come. I would love to go and meet Puffing Billy That happens to be a narrow gauge 2ft 6 inches locomotive plying since 1900 .The train ride takes you through the beautiful Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne. It also offers a fine dining experience



Penguin Parade at Phillip island: As Night falls the magic of the Penguin Pararade begins. Watching young penguins coming out of the sea and going towards their burrows at the Summerlands Beach is a sight to behold that every traveler to Australia must experience.



See Victoria by Car: The best way to know and see a place is by driving though it . That’s just the opportunity that Melbourne and the state of Victoria offer. Great ocean road offers beautiful scenery and the opportunity of being one with nature.
The beauty about these road trips is that in a short span of time you can cover a large distance and see some breathtaking scenery. Enjoy mouth watering  gastronomical extravaganza’s and visit vineyards and taste some of Australia’s best wines as you drive through the picturesque terrain,




Hot air balloon ride over Victoria: Victoria has been blessed with some of the most spectacular landscapes. A hot air balloon ride is the best way to experience it.
It is a must ride for all nature lovers






How About Some Panning for gold at Sovereign Hill: This is a place preserved in time. You can walk the streets and get a feel of how this part of Australia used to be in times gone by. The biggest attraction for me would be the panning for gold .







Twelve Apostles : They are stacks of rocks arising from the the southern ocean on Victorias coastline. They offer a spectacular view both by air and by road.




Eureka Skydeck 88
This is the highest vantage point in the southern hemisphere. Two dedicated lifts take the visitors to level 88 . Then “The Edge”  a glass cube which slides out of the building gives you a breathtaking view . Specially the glass bottom gives you the feeling that there is nothing under your feet.  




http://www.visitmelbourne.com/SiteSearch.aspx?q=eureka+skydeck

The City Circle Tram: How many city’s around the world are so tourist friendly that they offer its visitors a free mode of transport. Melbourne is the only city that I can think of. They offer a free Tram service that is free and convenient. The best part is that it meanders through the city covering its major tourist attractions. It is a great way to see the city and absorb some local influences





http://www.visitmelbourne.com/SiteSearch.aspx?q=The+city+circle+Tram

Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory : Indulging in chocolate in any form is something I am ready to indulge in even if it were a crime. For any chocolate lover like me this Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is nothing short of a paradise. Getting to witness how chocolade is made and with so much chocolate all around you to taste and drool over…. Yummy ! Here I come





Melbourne for the Food & Wine lovers in Me: With extensive vineyards the state of Victoria offers some of Australia’s best wines . Food from around the world can be found and enjoyed here. The best part is that one can visit vineyards,  indulge in some wine tasting and of course bring back some world class wine for oneself and for gifting.



  
I love art so I love Melbourne: I love art and I love interacting with people as well . When I visit a city I have limited time and one of the predicaments that faces me is do I visit a a art gallery or instead do I visit the streets and get a pulse of the place. Melbourne resolves that dilemma for me in the form of  Hosier lane . This place offers eye popping range and types of street art being done by local and international street artists. The best part is that one can witness their creativity unfold as they paint the various parts of the streets on the canvas of their creations.





Shop till you Drop at Queen Victoria market
No visit to Melbourne can be complete without a shopping spree to the Queen Victoria Market .This is the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere.





These are some of my reasons for falling in love with Melbourne and visiting it .I must confess that this is not an exhaustive list there are many more. Now my question to you is Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?". .

Answer This question Between 31st Dec 2014 to 5th Jan 2015 and you stand to win a shopping voucher worth Rs 500/-  Contest open to Indian Nationals only
 More information can be found here  Tourism Victoria website
All images have been taken from Tourism Victoria website

The Contest has now ended. I received some beautiful comments . For me each one of you is a winner However since I can give only one prize so it goes to Tina Rai

Friday, 26 December 2014

sachchai mein chain



I was just into college and the new found freedom was like a breath of fresh air to me and my gang of friends. After the boring routine of school life we got a taste of college life where there is no school uniform and no school bag. This freedom gives a new high and can be very intoxicating after twelve years of  regular school life. I wanted to make the most of this new found freedom. It was in college that I bunked a class for the first time.  Me and my friends planned a trip . The trip was to be a celebration of our newly found freedom. In fact we told our parents that we are going to a botanical and Zoological study tour to Goa to study the flora and fauna of the place. As the tour was supposed to be organized by the college there was no opposition from the parents side. The tour was supposed to take place during the winter break .We deliberately planned it for the month of December as it is the best time to go to Goa. We were super excited and on cloud nine. We made train reservations and booked rooms in an economy class hotel. All this was done with top secrecy. This added to our excitement as doing something which my parents did not know about was something new for me. Our excitement mounted further and further as the time came for us to travel to our desired destination. Soon it was the day of the departure and I left home with my backpack and suitcase. My mom had packed quite a lot of goodies for me to eat on the way. Soon I was at the railway station where I was soon joined by my college friends. We boarded the train which was already at the platform and took our seats.. We were an excited lot chattering nineteen to the dozen and enjoying this new found freedom. It was a dream coming true of  going to Goa, the land of beaches and fun. We had made big plans of what all we would do there and the places we would visit. Soon the journey came to an end and we were in Goa. We took a taxi and reached our hotel. After we were assigned the rooms we settled down and planned to rest awhile before venturing out and exploring the city. After resting for a while I unpacked my bags and began to open the goodies my mom had so lovingly packed for me. As their fragrance wafted to my nostrils I could see my mother baking them and then packing them in her characteristic style.
Suddenly I felt depressed at having lied to her about the trip. I  knew that I  had to speak to her and tell her the truth. Going to the nearest phone booth I phoned home. Hearing her voice ,with a sob in my voice I told her that it was not a college trip and asked her to forgive me for the lie I had spoken. She was calm and cool and then laughed asking me to make the best of the trip. I  was relieved and felt as if a burden had been removed now knowing that speaking the truth at the right moment matters.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Yes No Definitely No


Jacky (name changed to protect privacy) who lives two blocks away from my house has done it. Maya (name changed to protect privacy) indulges in it all the time.Then why should I wait till marriage to experience Sex? This question bothers so many youngsters  so what is the answer?
Before I can arrive at an answer I have to explore the reason of my existence, my being. However before the  question arises as to who am I, am I the body or am I the soul. If I am the soul then what is the relevance of this question and If I am the body alone then how does it matter as  conscience resides in the soul that guides us with the sense of right & wrong, Yes & No
I am of the opinion that we human beings are embodiment of the soul in the body. That is we are here on this earth for a purpose but what is it remains a mystery for a lot of us .However an emotion that we have all experienced is the emotion of Love. Right from childhood we all want to be loved this is an emotion embedded in the psyche of every human being. The reason could be that finding true love is one of the goals of every human being.
Coming back to the question of  a Yes or No to Pre-Marital Sex there does not seem to be a definitive answer so let me take the help of the scriptures where human life is divided  into four parts or ashrams. It is believed that living according to these guidelines a human being can live up to hundred years or more .
Based on this the first part is Brahmcharya . It is the first part of the life up to the age of 25 when a person grows up devoting his or /her life to gaining knowledge and preparing for the life ahead. It is during this part that a person is advised to maintain celibacy .
The term BrahmCharya consists of Brahm i.e god and Charya means deeds or way of living. However both Love and Sex are important parts of  human life. The role of a person is not to be fearful nor give in to the urge of sex but to channelize the energy and focus to develop intellect and skill set required for the next stage of life. The next part is the  or Grahasth Ashram or the married life . This is the part of human life when a person gets married . As part of the married life person enjoys sex and has children.

The basis of every action is thought and so the act of sex also begins with a thought. Sigmund Freud the father of psychoanalysis is also known for his study of human sexuality. He was of the view that all mental energy is derived from the body and human beings have limited energy. There is a cause for all human behavior and the goal of human behavior is to reduce stress. Human behavior is a result of impulses. These impulses are of two types Sexual impulses or life affirming impulses as he described them . Here Libido or libidinal energy becomes the source of the energy . As an impulse increases it forces a person to act accordingly which will reduce the need. On the utilization of mental energy he was of the view that the life affirming impulses or Libido is invested by a person towards various tasks and activities to achieve objectives and goals.
This view seems to be in accordance to the theory of Brahmcharya that has been an integral part of Shaivite Hinduism.
The institution of marriages in its originality and uncorrupted form seemed to believe that for every soul their was and is a soul mate and its our job to find that special person.
Moreover since the act of marriage seems to be designed for a long span of life or beyond. As in Hinduism the marriage vows seems to be an agreement  of togetherness  for “Saat Janmas” or seven lives .
Even marriages vows in Christianity suggest that the man and woman would be husband and wife till death does them apart.
Whatever the religion marriages seems to be designed for a long inning. Marriages seems to be a very old institution of Human civilized society. They have stood the test of time, well more or less. The institution of marriage seems to be designed to find that perfect partner or soul mate for one self. Delving into Hindu astrology ,the idea of match making takes into account matching of 36 points or parameters between the bride and the groom. The more points that match  better is the compatibility between the would be bride and the groom. Perhaps this again is a mathematical tool of elimination or selection that could help us  in finding the soul mate. However  there is a huge population and finding true love of the soul is a difficult task . It would require all our energy and focus to reach our true love, our soul mate.Taking a note from Dr. Sigmund Freud who said human bodies have limited energy and if we waste it by indulging in pre-marital sex then true love may just pass us by while we are experimenting with premarital sex. The biggest reason for it is that just as we crave for true love and search for our soul mate, our soul mate too is pursuing this search.

Pre-Marital sex can cause us to end up in a relation that may not last a lifetime or it may be just a passing fling. The other side of the coin is that if we accept pre-marital sex as the accepted norm then our soul mate could also get into meaningless relationships and this would prolong the wait time of our union or we may not meet at all.To those who do not believe in rebirth my argument is that considering the fact that human life form is precious and you have only one life then why be trapped in a meaningless relationship and why not spend it with your soul mate, a life full of love and fulfillment. To those who believe in rebirth and great Indian mythology and the Vedas I must remind them that Human body is acquired by the soul after it has traversed 84 Lacs Birth in various species. Incidentally Jacky and Maya whom I mentioned in the beginning are the names of a pet dog and a cat who live in my neighborhood and ours is perhaps the only species that has the institution of marriage, a species that has the intellect and reasoning power ,one that can put the mind over the body and let logic and reasoning prevail over desire.If we let go of  this search of our true love and soul mate then   perhaps we may not even unite in our entire life. So Like Arjuna who with his perfect concentration and focus could channelise his energy and  could see only the eye of the fish and nothing else , we should focus finding that special someone who would help us complete our live and fulfill the purpose of our life filling it with true love.