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Milan ! The fashion Capital

guys ,just a glimpse of the amazing Duomo & “the scintillating Cemetery” ,ever seen for the first time..

Cemetery is gonna make you highly uncomfortable ,u’ll hum the goodness & have mercy but at the same time ,u’ll bring along the accolades for the artists who were brave enough to capture such emotions!

First DUOMO :

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The Grand Duomo ! Tower it up to see the beautiful world down!

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The close watch of the intricacy ! Its gorgeous ! 

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Square from the top! Some amazing belly dancer performance was going on!

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Replica of GOLDEN image atop DUOMO – Captured @Catedral

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Duomo & the GOLDEN IMAGE(topmost at the duomo) @Starry Rainy Night!

& Here comes the CEMETERY :

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The vastness! Can you guess(2.5lac Sqm) ..That’s the entrance?

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@Cimitero Monumentale di Milano! just capture the emotions

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No words to express!Grief struck emotions!

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Love of relations!

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The collection is huge! The area is vast ! & the emotions last! It was really one of the most amazing places I’ve seen!

More Images & Posts to come soon..Keep watching!

All of XENDER! App review!

Crash!!! That’s 2nd handset in past 4 months..Oops, again that data transfer headache! What a hell L

That was my reaction some time back before my better half introduced me to an amazing “app XENDER” ,so let me share complete unbiased view of this user  friendly ,interactive app!

Quick overview of XENDER:

  • Name anything..Contacts, Files, audios, videos, apps & you can all transfer this via XENDER, a comprehensive app for all file sharing needs, with the best part “No Data usage”.
  • Just the sender & receiver both need to have XENDER installed in their smartphones & create a transfer group (by Bluetooth)! App downloads in one phone & just transfer to another! That’s pretty much Data saving isn’t it?
  • It supports Android, IOS, Windows, PC/ Mac cross-platform transferring with over 200 times Bluetooth transfer speed
  • XENDER basically works in few seconds to minutes, basis the file size by “Bluetooth” so ensure nearness of the sender & receiver phones.
  • No language barrier: It supports over 22 languages including English, Hindi( with new version encapsulating 12 Indian dialects) & others as Arabic, Chinese Italian, Japanese, Korean & many more.
  • It’s Free!! No penny, I’d just love it! NO more fears when Data’s gone /handset crashed/ apps have been downloaded by my men & I just need to share, XENDER is there to help me quickly transfer!xender-img
image : My handset!

Some Facts:

  • XENDER was launched in 2013, as File sharing application
  • It has global cumulative user base of 330 million, India has more than 110 million users, and it aspires in next three years, their global cumulative users reached 800 million, Kudos!
  • Recently on 14th Sep’2016 ,XENDER has launched its new Version with amazing UI

Interesting features in newly launched Version:

Friendly design: XENDER satisfies all operating needs with functions related to transfer of files: opening, installing, uninstalling, deleting, viewing etc.

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image: official press release

Sliding Mass Map: Connects two mobile phones and browse photos at the same time. It shares photos with just a slide! Simple enough!

Search: Use the search function and search for any file you wish to see/transfer.

Hidden Files: Protects the privacy easily!

Forget Replacement hassles:

Easily transfer mobile data like contacts, SMS, pictures, music, videos, games and any other files from old phone to the new one in one simple step, just select multiple items at a go & Import & it’s done!

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image : official press release

Reduced Installation size:

Sharing of XENDER has become all the speedier & more convenient! The new version of XENDER has been reduced to 4.5M (further compressed in the absence of Wifi)

Interactive Management:

NO USB connection/NO software installation/NO size limitations ,yes as mentioned above it can be used to transfer anything & everything anytime without Data connection. It also allows receiver to view, move, delete the files received & also creates a backup copy for an exigency.

So guys, leave the worries, life’s become simpler & trouble free! Stop scorching your heads & transfer all you need in a go! Enjoy downloading XENDER: Download XENDER from Google Play!

 

 

 

Pink :: Captivating Dark TRUTH -Movie Review

“NO” is not just a word but a complete sentence in itself ,No means NO , if a girl says to her friend or to an unknown or even if a wife says to a husband!! This dark story leaves you suspicious & cynical with the so called “Friends”,one have to have faith for the first time to convert the “Jaan pehchaan” into friendship & this is when these cold –blooded “not so holy cows” take their seat!

Wearing shorts or skimpy dresses ,a friendly talk or a drink doesn’t define a girl’s character to be called as “Promiscuous” or hanging out with boys doesn’t define they are into some “pesha” ,yes this story claims upon the “Moral rule book for girls ”out rightly as a sarcasm. If our boys are safe with no tinge of feudalism, we the girls will be safe everywhere!

The actual incident gets so brilliantly hidden in the “thanking names” ,you just hear some conversations in the back drop & it’s only in the end (during end credits) that you get to see the actual incident which happened in a resort at Surajkund (so called “Surajkund Kand”) between three young girls & three brats ,one from an influential society. One need to scratch up the heads & hear out the conversations & the dark plot to understand what could have happed that night.. Why did the girls hang with the unknown guys? What was the trigger that drew Meenal to hit Rajveer with the drink bottle which could have taken his life..Its not very soon that the “plot” would have got framed in your mind!

Compromise, but only till your heart allows!! But what if even then the monsters wish to teach you a lesson (for not getting sexually engaged with them & hitting out for self defence) ,what would an independent modern day woman do if she gets kidnapped & falls into the nasty inhuman acts of molestation? Reverse way ,its she who gets jail term ,an un-bailable warrant ; irony even the woman SHO ignoring the factual of the case against a woman & just working around the political power!

The 2nd half narrating trail scenes (court) seems to surely make one uncomfortable of the attacks against the women but alongside I sensed that the courtroom swayed away with the emotions (along with the judge). There could have been more of intellectual evidence reports ,rather than just fake aggression of prosecution to “admit money making business by the girls” ! Nowhere was the case discussed upon the kidnapping & molestation but just the crime was imposed upon by the judge on the boys. Well ,the presence of “AB” was a big impact on the movie ,his fight to help girls get justice even under his own “constant medication condition” ,his wife’s critical illness” ,his dialogues of creating rule book for women (if she laughs ,smiles & behave friendly with gang of boys) really amused us to the most ,but that is actually the characteristic mark on our society ! His terming of SHO as “Superwoman” & proving her report as false & back dated triggered applause. Prosecutions & Rajveer’s arguments of Girls drinking & partying do not belong to “Good family” ,hanging out with boys mean “they are into some business”.. made me yell! But, yes really it is a heart wrenching truth even in 21st century!

Presence of Andrea from north east & her being treated in a biased manner in Delhi did not actually mean anything in the movie context ,as the issue of North east students treatment was altogether a different issue in reality.

Summarising, “This movie stands as a big support to the women to stand out against this vicious circle of feudalism, masculine & political power ,to be determined to raise the voice & get the justice ! It also portrays relations beautifully be it faith of a landlord in the 3 girls even when he is attacked to drag out the girls from his flat; the love & togetherness of room-mates (Falak & Meenal) ; sheer coward of the “elder man” in relation with Falak ,who broke with her in the light of this incidence & above all the “Fight of Renowned Lawyer –Deepak Sehgal ,against the black power & for the respect of “She” power!

Scripting, performance is brilliant by all the actors, narrations by AB are actually laudable, background song “Kaari kaari raina saari…scorches your soul”

Pink , makes you scratch your heart & soul

Pink asks woman not to endure & lead the battle,

Pink asks the society & men to evolve now

It will sadden you ,it will make your soul cry ,it will make you more conscious!

Go watch it to acknowledge the truth of this society!! 4-Star for PINK!

What’s this “JIO-JIO” surge?

SO the BIG Brother has retuned back ! The plans to shake the telecom industry has banged millions of doors!! Digital India , 4G LTE ,Data revolution ,PM endorsing JIO, FREE VOICE Calls ,”BIG CAT -DOG” fights amongst the industry ..

What the hell is going on from past 10 days, what’s the rampage all about? Chill on!! Here comes a detail beginning of a “form of CASE STUDY” (but in continuation wrt the future of JIO) .

Sneak from the past:

Reliance has always been into most of the money making business, believing in horizontal expansion! It was in Dec 2002 when Reliance Infocomm (by Mukesh Ambani) launched their Pan India CDMA service (22 Circles) in India under the deemed leadership of Late. Dhirubhai Ambani(whose dream of digitization was nurtured but he couldn’t acknowledge the launch due to his demise in July 2002).

Within 6 months of their launch ,a tremor occurred in the name of “Monsoon Hungama”, on July1 ,wherein Instant multimedia mobile phone and connection was being offered for just Rs 501.

This actually created a hungama & it set a record of acquiring over one million customers in just 10 days! (A report from Pune quoted “this scheme continued to draw crowds, even when half –a million people had signed for this scheme in a week .From collegians to riksha wallah’s to carpenters ,all could be seen outside their stores to “Go mobile” , “The 501 HYPE” …See the Frame ,today is the same “THE FREE VOICE & DATA HYPE”:)

Well , post this there was no turning back for Reliance Infocomm ,but the family feud led to the division of Reliance umpire & exit of Mukesh Ambani from telecom , a venture which he had started & revolutionized the industry with cheap tariff & handsets ! But he was forced by the non-compete clause in their agreement (between the brothers) ,which refrained him for this long to re-enter & jolt up the industry & throw a wind of digitization in India. This clause ended in 2010 & then Mukesh Ambani surged back in highly planned manner.

He bought 95% stake in “Infotel broadband” for Rs 4800Cr which won major 4G Broadband spectrum in all 22 circles in 2010 Spectrum auctions , thereby marking his BIG entry back into Telecom!

And ,why not ,with a massive PAT on RIL ,he had enough to invest in a leading technology which had already begun around the world from 2009 (LTE services first launched publicly in Oslo in 2009 & then in 2010/2011 LTE had spread across the world’s leading countries ,along with LTE handsets (Samsung Galaxy Induge 1st LTE Smart Phone in 2011)

Now what this LTE is all about?

Not planning to pen down a “technology purview”, but trying to enable the layman understanding!

There are many types of cellular services, Cellular network/telephony is a radio-based technology wherein radio waves are the electromagnetic waves that antennas propagate.

 Cellular Network/telephony has been described in terms of generations:

0G:Briefcase-size mobile radio telephones

1G: Analog cellular telephony, introduced in 1980’s, with speed upto 2.4Kbps

      • Poor Voice quality ,poor Battery Life ,large phone sizes ,No security

2G: Digital cellular telephony: 2G was coined as GSM ,a European standard deployed in the early 1990’s , avg. data download rate :65kbps

2G GSM can provide services as

      • Voice calls
      • SMS ,MMS ,Picture messages
      • 2G was unable to handle complex Data ,hence evolved 2.5G

2.5G: Technology between 2G & 3G (2G with GPRS) , avg. data download rate : 65-144kbps

      • GPRS – IP-based packet data transmission
      • Users can “simultaneously” make calls and send data (browsing ,audio, video messages)
      • Send Receive E-Mail
      • All text messages are digitally encrypted But again it set a limitation wrt good quality Video’s ,games which resulted in further advancement.

3G: High-speed digital cellular telephony (including video telephony) , avg.data download rate :20Mbps (highly ideal situation)

      • Enables use of Video calls ,GPS ,Mobile television with better bandwidth & increased speed
      • Drawbacks were :
      • Complex infrastructure for 3G ,enhancing the costs
      • High bandwidth requirements

4G: IP-based “anytime, anywhere” voice, data, and multimedia telephony at faster data rates than 3G , data download rate :100Mbps -1Gbps (highly ideal situation)

The basic difference between 3G &4G is just the Data transmission speed, Signal quality.

So now where does this LTE lies ? Commonly marketed as 4G LTE , actually none of the operators across the world have met the set speed of 1Gbps by ITU-R ,since those speeds were unheard off in a practical world with so many parameters into account for irrespective of the money tech cos. had put into.

A rapid increase of mobile data usage and emergence of new applications such as MMOG (Multimedia Online Gaming), mobile TV, Web 2.0, streaming contents had motivated the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) to work on the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) on the way towards fourth-generation mobile (True 4G).

Hence the regulator coded the term LTE, a technology that could be labeled as 4G if it provided significant improvement over 3G & as of now LTE is the fastest wireless network available across the world (with data Rate as 100Mbps download & 50Mbps Upload)

LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and it was started as a project in 2004 by telecommunication body known as the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP),in short it is next generation of Mobile Broadband technology.

Advantages:

  • It brings up to 50 times performance improvement and much better spectral efficiency to cellular networks ,simple architecture (hence Cost effective)
  • Ideal technology to support high data rates in both downlink & Uplink for the services such as voice over IP (VOIP), streaming multimedia, videoconferencing.
  • Very low Latency : Time required to connect to a network is just 10 milliseconds (don’t fall in for call drops in JIO ,that’s a separate issue)
  • LTE is designed with a scalable carrier bandwidth from 1.4 MHz up to 20 MHz ,which bandwidth is used depends on the frequency band and the amount of spectrum available with a network operator

Packet switching or Circuit switching:

2G /3G technologies used circuit switching in which the connection (call/file transfer) is established directly to the target via the network, which makes it a faster connection.

LTE uses Packet switching with its all IP network, in which the information is broken into small packets which travel through the most efficient path & get transmitted.

Eg. Quoting the difference for understanding:

Circuit switching: Word “Technology” is to be transmitted ,complete word will flow ,in case a node is lost /drops off the connection ,one needs to reconnect .

Packet switching : “Technology” word will be transmitted as say – Tech – No-Lo –Gy ,so if the node drops off here (at Tech end suppose) ,second packet –“No” will search different path & the user may at the end hear : Nology ,but one will not need to re-connect.

Another important point is voice calls in GSM, UMTS and CDMA2000 are circuit switched, so with the adoption of LTE, carriers will have to re-engineer their voice call network, so the approaches are :

  1. VoLTE : Voice over LTE as in Skype or Whats app calls ,but it takes away the Data & prone to less battery life ,RJIO uses VoLTE which perfectly works well with other mobile operators networks.
  2. Circuit-switched fallback (CSFB) : LTE just provides data services, and when a voice call is to be initiated or received, it will fall back to the circuit-switched domain. When using this solution, operators just need to upgrade the MSC .
  3. Simultaneous voice and LTE (SVLTE) : In this approach, the handset works simultaneously in the LTE –Packet switching mode and circuit switched modes, with the LTE mode providing data services and the circuit switched mode providing the voice service. This is a solution solely based on the handset, which does not have special requirements on the network and does not require the deployment of IMS either. The disadvantage of this solution is that the phone can become expensive with high power consumption.

Read more at   https://jhilmilbhansali.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/established-biggies-vs-jio/      for Indian Biggies vs Jio ,Plan & Pricing comparison

Established Biggies vs JIO!

Coming to Indian Telecom :

Bands comparison : Airtel now has 4G-spectrum (i.e. 1800MHz or 2300MHz) in all 22 circles, and both 1800/2300 frequencies in 13 circles while Jio has 2300Mhz across 22 circles ,additionally it has 1800Mhz+800Mhz combination in 20 circles . Reliance Jio also commented that it plans to provide seamless 4G services using LTE in 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2300 MHz bands through an integrated ecosystem. This combined spectrum footprint across frequency bands provides significant network capacity and deep coverage.

Fact1 : 1800 Mhz is a more popular one ,with existing device ecosystem ,as 44% global 4G networks run on 1800Mhz.

Fact2 : 1800 Mhz requires 30% fewer towers than 2300Mhz ,hence cost effective as well.

Important facts for RJIO:

  1. Smart Phone supporting 4G : Yes that’s the mandate ,but since 4G runs on multiple frequencies ,hence for a full 4G experience one needs to buy a future ready 4G handset capable of working great on major frequencies & even on VoLTE (very few phones are VoLTE Enabled as of now ,hence JIO brought LYF into existence)
  2. Consumers can easily make Voice calls with VoLTE :
    1. Only VoLTE to VoLTE enabled handsets support VoLTE calls , calls made to Non VoLTE smartphones or to Circuit switch mode ,will not be VoLTE & will be Non HD.
    2. Free Voice calling is via VoLTE & non VoLTE Voice calls will be via JioJoin app(required only if the handset is Non-VoLTE Enabled) .If Call is made by whats app/Skype ,normal Data balance will be deducted.
    3. It is not at all mandate that to run the voice calls , mobile data have to be kept ON! Switch off the data & still you will be able to generate normal calls.
    4. Anyone can call JIO no., even a Non VoLTE enabled consumer can call, it’s just they won’t be HD calls but normal calls.
    5. It has been read that IR (International Roaming) is not feasible right now on JIO network ,it yet needs to have Roaming Tie-ups in place
  3. Jio has the largest optic fibre network in India , they have laid more than 250,000 kms of Optical Fiber Cable across India, also they have installed more than 90,000 4G LTE towers (few are ‘ Eco-Friendly’ towers)
  4. Jio is also planning to offer Ultra High speed broadband connections having speed as high as 1Gbps (But that’s yet awaited)
  5. Digitization : Yes ushering the dream of Late Dhirubhai Ambani , it has laid focus on “Digital verification & activation as well” ,although current issue lies with SIM issuance & activation which is getting prolonged to as high as 15-20 days , but actually they have e-KYC (Adhaar)based process with biometric scanners which can help in getting activated SIM cards in 5-10 minutes.

We all would have been cursing right now to stand in queues for SIM & might have had worst experience to see the activation delayed ,but ,this seems to “improper understanding of the demand of Indian consumers ,Indians are still swayed by “FREE –FREE OFFERS” .All their stores should have had 6months SIM stock supply ,so that none could run dry!

Although JIO has PAN India 4G network, but it yet needs to improve lot on the connectivity, since it does not have fallback option of 2G/3G, customers could have a bad experience in zones of no 4G coverage.

I believe JIO SIM yet has to be “Secondary” until great connectivity is established in next few months.

Plans & Pricing: What was said & what actually is on the plate : Rs50 -1GB astonished !!

Prepaid Plans comparison – Delhi circle

Delhi RJIO Airtel Vodafone Idea(3G) Tata –CDMA(3X)
300MB Rs149, 28Days Rs136, 28Days(extra 300MB Data at night)
500MB NA Rs148,28days Rs147,28days Rs169,28days Rs95 ,30days
750MB Rs 129 ,7 days NA
1GB NA Rs259,28days Rs255,28days Rs126,30days
2GB Rs299 ,21 days Rs575,60days Rs359,28days Rs352,28days Rs256,30days
4GB Rs499 ,28 days Rs559,28days Rs559,28days
10GB Rs999 ,28 days Rs999 ,28 days Rs999 ,28 days Rs992 ,28 days
20GB Rs1499 ,28 days Rs1999 ,28 days Rs1999 ,28 days Rs1999 ,90 days
35GB Rs2499 ,28 days NA NA NA
60GB Rs3999 ,28 days NA NA NA
75GB Rs4999 ,28 days NA NA NA

Source :Ireff & Individual websites

  • All JIO packs have Unlimited Data usage from 2am -5am (Guess who would get up for those 3 hours just to use Free Data? Nearly zero audiences for this time frame,  hence benefit~0 )
  • Above JIO packs valid only on LTE Compatible handset

So nowhere does RJIO offer Data as cheap as Rs50 for 1GB for a layman with complete night sleep & no JIO hotspot nearby😉.

Also beware: In case you use Data post exhausting free Data, you will end up paying a 5p/Kb ,which is yet lower than other operators Data rates for “Pay as you go” surfing (which means for an avg.100MB ,you end up paying Rs50)

Yes you can reap complete benefit & have just Rs50 for a GB, if you utilize the extra Night Data as well as JIO wifi Hot spot data benefit! So run ,find a hot spot, grab a table & bang on !

What you refer:

  • If you Data consumption is low with just 300MB , opt for JIO 149 pack with FREE Voice , if around 1GB Pack ,go for Airtel/Voda .
  • Close to 2GB for a month , Vodafone has the best option ,JIO has only 21 days benefit ,you will end up paying 47Rs for 28 extra for JIO
  • 10GB(all Airtel ,voda & JIo has same MRP) any operator
  • Thumbs up for high Data users with JIO plans of 4GB, & >=20GB ,JIO plans are competitive enough & oust competition easily.

Personally ,I use Tata Indicom service in Delhi (CDMA) ,needs to be said their Mobile internet 3X speed is fine ,close to 2mbps at my place (obviously not at par with 4G ,but have a look at their plans & rates for a medium data user it’s great enough!)

Handsets: A bouquet to choose from, close to 20-25 handsets ranging from as low as Rs2999 to as high as Rs20k, was it a great business plan to launch such a range? Yes, it stood as one more business opportunity for them , but why LTE at that dirt cheap price ? They had procured refurbished handsets, lots of unsold 4G handsets from China in small lots & bundled it up with their brilliant “FREE Preview Offer”.

Simply brilliant, one’s which doesn’t sells in China , people are dying to opt them for Free Voice & Data !! This is a big money spell for Ambani !

Jio Apps : That’s the big Cat !! Free usage = Addiction = Paid subscriptions in 2018

Although the subscription is free for now, but pls be aware that any data used during these apps will be deducted from your regular data pack applicable at the time. This also includes video calls from Skype/any other app. Also, these Jio apps won’t work on non-Jio Networks, and one has to be on Reliance Jio 4G to access them.Check out few of the compelling content:

General public is not much glued to the apps as Money, TV , Newspaper, Cinema, Beats, Play ,On demand …No worries! They have complete range for you & that to FREE subscriptions!

    • My JIO account : Necessary to retrieve one hand info on Stores ,Hotspots, usage details ,raise service requests & get resolutions :Cool for JIO User
    • JioCinema: For Bollywood , Hollywood,regional movie buffs ,it’s all here ! With more than 1lac+hours of HD content, nearly zero buffering just watch your favorite movies with some (homemade pop –corns & coffee): Ready to beat Spuul /Netflix/Voot?
    • JioTV : Pause & Play Live TV channels ,watch your favorite past 7 days programs (perfect for mommies who miss out on their saas –bahu’s during dinner events;) ,Best part it is available in 10 languages – Ready to beat YuppTV/myplex Live TV/Hotstar ?
    • JioMags : “Book” in your hand, Offline read ,with huge library of e-books available ,Ready to beat Kindle /Kobo?
    • JioDrive: For storage of photos, movies, music , documents securely over cloud.
    • JioNewspaper: With more than 500 newspaper editions, (uncles no longer need to block the loos now)..Find the articles you are looking for ,go for a break & resume back! Gotcha ready to beat many Newspapers sites (The Hindu/Firstpost/NDTV/many more)
    • Well there seems to be “Magic Masala” for all ,with these apps in its bucket ,Jio can easily become the largest OTT player in India !

So the conclusion drives me is that :

It has already created turbulence in the so “stagnant Telecom industry”, consumers are gonna enjoy all, be it raining offers from Airtel or Voda to counter JIO (try a port out & you’ll see the interesting offers from Airtel & Voda ,much better than what Jio has in its kitty) or have a wonderful Data experience in towns with good connectivity from JIO.

Lot needs to be worked upon by JIO wrt their network which is highly fluctuating from 5 bars to just no bar at all , lot more on speed optimizations as the traffic becomes more & more congested ,more cheap plans in the offerings & yes a fallback option for voice calls!

SO win – win situation for Indian consumers ,Happy LTE!!

DO inbox me this article’s feedback’s /any points readers wish to share/improve upon!

 

Problem Solver for Kids!

The journey to Motherhood is awesome ,simply an incredible experience to have the little live in the womb ,bring him/her in this world & ensure that the little life turns out to be a Gem for all!

Well it’s not just a simple journey but a challenge on every part of parents /mother to mould the raw life into gem. From ensuring the proper development, physical, mental & emotional, there comes across a huge sense of responsibility into the parents lap.

It’s been close to 2 years of entering into this amazing part of life ,when I see more experienced mothers during evening walk or even family dinners , hover around the discussions of “What & how to make the kid eat/drink” . While most complain for kids not getting lured to drinking milk, many complain of their love for Pastas & Maggie & their loss of interest towards things providing nutritional values. Nearly 8 out of 10 mothers remain concerned always, trying to garner tricks & tips from other experienced mothers to help them enable their kids attain proper growth by having decent proportions of nutritional & wholesome meals.

This has been even true with me, from past 6 months wherein my kid completely stopped the intake of Milk, the major source of calcium for our body, so very important for growing kids, for the strength of their bones & much more. It’s always a cat & mouse game being played upon to even put some 5-6 spoons in his mouth.

For me, growth once lost can never be re-gained. Child attains maximum mental & physical strength during the initial formative 2-8 years in natural manner. These growth parameters have impact on every facet from the activities to studies. Hence for me the growth once lost is difficult to regain back, so there has to be a continuous focus from the beginning.

Looking at such desperate mothers, market is being bombarded every now & then with the supplements ensuring proper vitamin/calcium/protein supply into kids. But my question to all is, Should we introduce our kids to such supplements from so young? To all these, there comes an alternate “Horlicks Growth+, which has been specially designed by experts & yes loved by kids in milk. Although it is recommended for kids lagging in their height & weight, I would recommend it to all mums since it enables a sustained growth .It has superior quality “Whey protein”, an important nutrient which promotes muscle development & boosts immune system. Growing children need this protein according to their body weight (half a gram whey protein per pound of body weight).

It caters well to kids who:

  • Have nutritional deficiencies
  • Don’t eat well & balanced diet
  • Belong to vegetarian families ,as minerals & proteins are less in vegan dishes to be supplemented daily
  • Are highly active ,to help their active muscles

Apart from this Horlicks growth+ also contains nutrients as Calcium, Iron (for proper blood formation), various vitamins as Vitamin A ,D,C,Zinc which all are very important for growth & immunity.

Do check out the details at https://growthplus.horlicks.in/ & try out your kid with some nutritional taste .This will surely reduce the parents burden related to child growth & help parents of kids with low growth compared to their age.

Those 72 hours…

It was the first thought that came to her as she woke up. He was gone. And, soon, this bedroom, the house in whose eastern corner it sat, and the tiny garden outside with its gnarled old red hibiscus and the half grown mango tree they had planted together ,all those would be gone as well. It was the strangest feeling ever.

She saw her father scolding a 10 year old Amreen as she wanted to mark her name in golden. She saw him leave her all alone; she couldn’t stop believing the plantations she sowed were going far away from her. She was all alone, with none around.

Furious over the thought, she couldn’t stop tears flowing .Unable to lift her feet buried deep within the snow boundaries, her throat became dry. She managed to drink & eat less but all the bottles in the back pack were nearly finished; Hardly one or two sip. Frantically she moved her hands all through, her mind frozen with the lack of thoughts. She seemed to be insane. A snow ball fell on her hands, but she felt nothing. She lost sensations on her hands & legs. Situation worsened as she was not able to sleep in the wet conditions, she just lay nearly numb in a small snow hole & tried counting days on her finger.

Yes the ailment was baffling, her heart thumped louder than ever, she had bouts of hallucinations, went full of fatigue. Yes, she had an attack of HACE, a cerebral edema on high altitude, as her brain vessels severely lacked oxygen & her brain attained a swollen state.

To worsen the situation, her toes & leg muscles went close to numb ,it all felt waxy ,as if these parts would break away from the body soon..Blood filled purplish blisters were turning scary. She shivered of the chemical changes..It all took a toll on her! The Great Himalayan Avalanche!

It had been more than 60 hours; Amreen was buried in the snow at a height of 26,600ft mountain range – Nanga Parbat II.

It was a happy day, when Amreen 20 year old teenager, a mountaineer by passion, obsessive thrill lover decided to conquer Nanga Parbat II, along with 2 other women mountaineers. Nanga Parbat is highly isolated range surrounded by River Indus, a peak in the Himalayan range, which was never conquered by any Indian due to its rough terrain & highly treacherous weather & rather even being termed as a “Killer Range”. Having dominated close to 22 peaks, she was amongst top mountaineers & held a special position amidst the lady troops. Full of zeal, her mind was made to make her dad feel proud, by being the first Indian to battle on this peak.

With ample advice, sufficient acclimatization & backups, they began their 6 days journey .Amazing were first 3 days when they almost reached the peak & communicated to the base stations of their well being.

Climbing is no kids play, it involves high mental & physical strength, a great self management, it involves dealing with a continuous anxiety to sustain the confidence to reach the goal, despite of the un-predictive dangers with every step ahead. It’s a quest of high adrenaline rush & great patience.”

She had indeed triumphed over the odds of the harsh weather & made her flag deeply buried on the summit. It was such a spectacular view, she wished to cherish every moment of her victory .Down in the city, every channel and every paper quoted the overpowering saga of this brave Indian girl & her team.                                                                               

But he was different, an ex-army man, her dad had no emotions, no smile for the deed Amreen had done. She conquered the summit but failed to make her dad love her once again.

But destiny had something else in his plate. Next few hours, weather all of a sudden became turbulent, avalanche broke down, and it started snowing heavily which triggered rock slides. Amreen did sense it but before she could gauge & open up her shelter while climbing down, a boulder close to 1000 pounds fell on her right hand & slashed down, which threw her close to 2000 ft down & made it impossible for her to go up or down. Not just her, she saw one of her team mates fall deep down in the adjacent valley & death was certain. She panicked & frantically looked for 2nd member Anaya, who was some 5-10 feet down her but with the boulder on top of her. Amreen could meagrely see her legs, mountain shoes & right palm. Scared & shocked, she shouted for Anaya to speak & try to move, but all vain.

Heavily sweating with her heart thumping loudly, for next 15-20 minutes she was swinging all alone via rope & ice screws. She had to find a solution for herself & check on Anaya. Even though she had broken her arm, she was strong enough to prepare herself a cover dug, a snow hole with her gadgets. She had lost communication with base station due to the terrible winds & heavy snow. Once dug, she managed to move closer to Anaya crawling, she tried breaking the boulder out with Ice axe, but she realized the life was lost! A sad end in her life had struck her hard.

She yelled, shouted, deep in pain. She freaked, every moment she saw parts of Anaya down & projected if such painful death awaited her?

Somehow she managed on her food & water supply for next 10-12 hours but she had broken her arms of 2 places & had torn ligaments. Instead of resting, avalanche continued to get harsh for next 48 hours & there began her terror story.

Slowly she nearly lost self control & her memory was weakening, she hallucinated every hour. She shivered, narrowed herself down more as she illusioned of her mom shouting to save her life amidst the killer ocean, Amreen cried for help but she just saw her mother fading slowly & slowly & there were clear waves & nothing else..She was gone! She panicked losing her dad, her home, her little teddy, small beautiful sapling which was growing into a big strong tree just like her. She saw herself a loser. False impressions were torturing her all the more!! Amreen picked up the snowballs & ate them one after another; she was losing herself to the “Deceitful Himalayas”.

By then, down the border her dad along with teams had begun the rescue mission. He was inconsolable, with clock ticking, every second seemed to be imperative, as helicopter rescue had so far been out of sight due to the bad weather conditions. Teams below & Sherpa guides knew that if alive, Amreen & team would be on the verge of depleting oxygen & food supplies. Every moment they tried to contact them but failed with no signals.

Amreen had lost her consciousness. Her heart rate slowed down to dangerous levels. Mountain rescue teams had begun climbing but twice the hunt was suspended. Now the wait was just for the weather to improve to commence helicopter & rescue team search.

He had lost his wife while surfing due to sheer negligence. Inspite of her being close to a professional surfer, she entered in the water without life jacket (due to little 4 year old Amreen not allowing it to go ,as it pleased her, as she wore on top of her frock) . Winds were high that day but she was all smiles & full of positiveness. She moved away from the shore & slowly was amidst the ocean, closer to the tides. Amreen’s dad did try a word of caution but she was just enjoying & never thought that her love for water could deceit her. It was hardly 2 minutes, when a huge tide splashed her off the surfing board. Amreen & her dad shouted for the help but they could just see her fading away.”

She lost the love of both mother & father. Post this trauma, he remained indifferent to her. Her chirpy nature frustrated her dad. She loved him & wanted him to respond but in vain. Since then she desired to make a mark in this world, to make her dad proud of her ever day, every moment. Her step towards Naga Parbat II was one more towards looking her dad smile & hug her. Today Amreen didn’t knew if her mission would be successful but, silently, tears of joy did dance on her dad’s face. For him the world fell apart, his only daughter was missing, he didn’t even knew if she was alive or he had already lost her. For the very first time in past 16 years, did he long for Amreen, he wanted to hug her, he wanted to play with her, he wanted to take her back to swings & hear the chirpy words .He promised to love her more than anyone in this world.

By then announcements were loud enough, Sherpa guides rushed to prepare their team. Police officers &rescue teams strategized with the acknowledgement that avalanche had slowed & in next 6-8 hours would completely end. With improvement in the weather conditions, the base station got connected back to Amreen & team, but they could not hear responses for next 5-10 minutes. This made all to guess that the so called “killer range” had once again proved itself. By then helicopter had begun its rescue operation with consistent try to hear response from the team.

“Hello, I’m here…Papa I don’t want to lose you. A vanishing shriek was heard suddenly! Mountain rescue team bounced back with energy.

Amreen, which side are you, how much down…try to send some signal…Pull your hand or flag out. For next 2-3 hours teams kept on shouting. But they could just hear faint voices time & again…Papa I’m here, dying..Papa, I love you…”

With the understanding of signal being received the team moderated the distance & direction where they could find her. Every minute turned crucial, but they were near, very near to her. God signalled, with a snow ball dropping from her hole, indicating rescue teams of the presence of the trapped girl. Yes she was there, they saw her. Their mission turned successful, they took along a lifeless & a girl close to getting back in life!

                Hope of 72 hours & beyond!!

It has been close to 5 months Amreen is recovering , having lost tips of 5 fingers to frostbite ,a broken arm ,It was not the same girl ,but a thankful soul who made her dad lover her again! For her it was not “Killer Range” but a range which ushered her life with parent love once again, the emotion she lost 16 years ago.

ZOOOOOOM to Delhi!!

Well Mumbai to Delhi ,from one metro to another mostly seems like a biz task ,but let’s take a break & freak out in lovely Delhi (AAP ki Delhi) enjoying some of the best cuisines & wandering like a Delhite:) So let me be the virtual guide & help you guys plan a perfect trip .

  1. Spoilt for choices ,rewards embarks the beginning of journey ,book flight on Cleartrip.com according your convenience ,with close to 248 weekly flights from Mumbai to Delhi ,it has options for all ,morning goers as early as 6:25AM & for late night owls at even 9:30PM. Not just normal bookings ,I’m their regular user & have generated good discounts /cash backs on most of the trips (I believe this adds a bonus & marks the happy beginning )
  2. Spice up your Taste buds: Delhi is heaven for Foodies, the inherent fragrance of Spices make them desirable more than anything else. From amazing BIryani’s to chaat’s to some more than 20-30 variety of Parantha’s ,Kulcha’s ,Jalebi ,Kulfi’s & what not ,I can’t even mention the names. Every Old Delhi lane has something delicious to offer you .With numerous restraunts, one can get taste of all cuisines available in this world, name it & you get it somewhere in Delhi..Chinese, Mediterranean, Italian, Lebanese, Thai, Mexican & of course India J. Guess the planning has started!!
  3. Love ART & Architecture : The high “Qutub Minar”(dated as old as AD1192) ,some amazing artwork’s from Mughal Era – Jama Masjid ,Humayun’s Tomb ,Red Fort ,India Gate ,Lotus Temple ,Akshardhaam ,they all instil a sense of Indian History. Many ruins of monuments can be seen scattered across .Old Delhi itself seems to be a Must visit area” ,full of hustle bustle ,congested bazaars ,road side vendors selling some amazing gol gappas & Chaat ,along with highly bargained utilities. New Delhi, with parts of South Delhi seems to be in sync with modernization with sprawling hyped markets. “Delhi Haat” is a lovely place to go to ,with numerous art & crafts ,emporium stalls ,many days of the month bear some amazing festivals there which compliment to the wide variety of food from all states of India.
  4. Shopping & Women..Inseparable: Girls you got-a catchy deal!! Well, lot many options, from road side cheap shops of Lajpat, Sarojini ,Karol Bazaar to mediocre “GK M block” market to numerous Malls & brands. From clothing to jewellery …just name anything & you get there, all trendy & yes traditional too.
  5. Cafes & Coffee: Planning in “Dilli ki sardi” Just sip amazing coffees & get that winter out..Planning in summers/Rains ,Cold coffee makes you sizzle:)
  6. Events & fests: Every weekend usually there are events organized in Delhi, from Cultural to Handicrafts to Decors, to Kids fests to yummilicious food fests. There is always something on the plate ready to be served with varied choice.

I guess by now, the bags would’ve gone into “Packing mode” ,just visit Mumbai to Delhi flights right now ,get onto your deal & fly off!

Warm Delhi will welcome you & ensure you have a splendid exploration!

REady to go

When first it was showcased conceptually in 2014 Auto expo ,it felt something crazy is soon to hit Indian roads & yes it going to be true soon in just few days more. Yes guys it’s about All new “Datsun Redi –Go,(associated with Nissan).

I haven’t been lucky to take it out for a ride, but I’ve been following it up with respect to its expected prices, features, comparison with similar segment cars as Kwid & Alto.

Look for the city beginners is bound to drive you crazy ,it is a perfect combination of “Compact Crossover & Urban hatchback” ,as quoted by Datsun ,and why not ,this car from the Japanese brand maker is actually a “Ready -to-go car for the first timers or budget people .

Many reviews are already quote at various sites but I would love to feature down few points why it is a CAR of My interest:

  1. Ambitious styling : Crossover like body , Lovely character lines running on the sides ,stylish day time running lights ,”D-cut grille” with perfect honeycomb pattern framing the Datsun badge gives an extra edge .

Scintillating fresh Lime green colour with perfect hues gives a sense of freshness. Although it is believed that it will be available in other colours as Ruby Red ,White ,Silver & Grey but this lime colour does gives a sense of freshness.

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  1. Spacious Interior: It gives a comfortable 5 seater space with luggage space (much better than Alto) .The dashboard is actually something to boast about! An unconventional dashboard, digital tachometer gives a fresh sense again.

Light shades of grey in the interiors give a calm feel.

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  1. High Fuel Efficiency: With a claimed 25.17kmpl, the 799CC engine gives a great fuel economy. It’s so simple just pull out the car & enjoy the long ride without any worries

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Not just these 3 distinguishing features, it also has a very small turning radius, very apt for city people & even for crowded metros like Delhi. With a full turn of just 4.7m turning radius, it’s certain to emerge us out of the narrow lanes in Delhi. It will certainly drive us out of city blues!

It does have driver seat Air bag for safety as well and the best of all, it is expected to be priced between 2.5lacs -4lacs bracket.

Isn’t it a game for “Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross – Datsun redi-GO – the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback “

For me with these great efficacies, I would definitely love to test in on Delhi roads for Mileage & for never letting me in a fix on the narrow lanes.

Do check the detailed feature study @https://www.datsun.co.in/redi-GO.html ,for Datsun Redi-GO to be launched probably on 7th June’2016.

Odd takes all of Laundry!!

Well that’s a heart –rending 20th century, when everybody is trying out their hands on some amazing gadgets from a 2 year kid to 80 year old, with some incredible innovation going across, it still answers as “yes” to the question if Laundry /household chores are the tasks of women? Well that’s the ugliness of mind-set in lovely Indians even today. I do acknowledge the fact that I was born in a typical family with a “gender equality” outlook ,where I did see my dad & uncle working in kitchen to clean the dishes ,leave Laundry ,which seemed to be their favourite time pass twice a week;) ,but the surroundings differed drastically from our family . I could always see aunties in neighbourhood brushing thoroughly kids dresses, ironing them, polishing their shoes, cleaning the house.

What we wish to achieve is Gender Equality; Men can do the laundry, they can even cook, they can stay at home & nurture the babies, who say’s they can’t? Women can pay for their bills, they can propose a boy, they can be CEO of a company, they can go all in Olympics & be what a man can be…It’s just a matter & game of mind-set & willingness to opt for feminine role & excel in it :) .Women are not born working their house hold chores but they are trained, so can men get trained, if their parents wish to make them master of all instead of feeding them till throat & asking them to relax & gain kilos ;)!

Well for me, my man has been a boon in life. Looking at my tight schedule ,juggling between house sold chores to managing 1.5year kid to working out everything on my job ,I’ve always found him besides me. Yes ,he has shared an “Odd-Even calendar” when it comes to laundry ,not regularly but whenever we feel it is comfortable or on weekends. All thanks to Ariel Matic in this direction who are not only promoting Men to do the laundry & share the load but even a scoop of this detergent makes you happy & boast of good deed . It’s been so rare of me doing the laundry now a days, just close to once a month. Men are great managers, when left completely to them, they manage things beautifully & same has been my case. Instead of sorting by “n” categories (formal /casuals/bed-sheets/white clothes/Kids clothes) & making laundry a painful task, my better half made his own segregation definition. I see machine running twice a week & there remains no pile of dirty clothes, all come out shining with their original colours. No harshness & all freshness! Yes that’s the new Laundry regime in our house! Guys believe on me, that gives a women ample support to develop the skills she had lost due to house hold chores burdened heavily on her. It gives her ample space to nurturing her thoughts ,to re-live the moments she wish to & the most important ,some time when she can relax & be just herself! Family support ensures equal division of work, more of quality time amongst all which will always strengthen the bond of the family ,double up the love in life time relationships! That’s the importance of #SharingTheLoad.

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So guys, isn’t it a perfect time to break upon all the deeply rooted stereotypes in our minds? If women can multitask & excel in all fields why can’t these gentlemen prove & have a sense of sharing the load? Leave the older generation who won’t agree & arrest all our thoughts of seeing their boys work, but don’t leave them in blind fold with these “labels”. It’s our moral responsibility to inculcate these values in our kids minds right from the beginning.

Kids learn & do what they see, so be a role model to them, give them the right values of “Gender Equality” ,make them hands on to do laundry when you are occupied, let your boys clean their dishes only , let them tidy their rooms ,make them a responsible citizen of a growing nation. Let them not take the bun , sit & relax but ask them to share the pie.

I’m damn sure we all have watched the below mentioned Ariel video on TV as well as on you tube multiple times ,a lovely video which makes us realize of our responsibility!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xogBz71IHAo

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I am taking part in the #LaundryGoesOddEven Challenge by Ariel India at BlogAdda.’