Its time to say #DefinitelyPTE to get that University abroad!

I still remember when I was pursuing 12th standard and preparing for my Medical’s, there was an innate feel to move abroad and pursue higher studies in the some universities known for their amazing work in Human Biotechnology. My dad was always supportive for my decisions and hence I was prompted for 2-3 university examinations as well. Though, I was a bright convent educated, a topper student , with no hiccups when it came to “English” language. But then my mom and other family members didn’t want me, a girl, to study in a foreign country all alone.

So, my dreams had to be cut there and then. But along with me, there were 2 more friends aspiring and they had planned some English tests to get admission in foreign recognized universities. Definitely for them too, the challenges were huge as in, Visa applications and passport validities, getting the right university, detailing of the requisites that foreign universities ask for and more so. But, one of the biggest challenges I could see was “English”. They could barely pass the English language tests and this came out as their weakest point. Some 16-17years back, the English tests were not prevalent much, which could help aspiring students raise above these basic “hiccups” and chase their dreams. And even few were there, they entailed more challenges.

And now when I see my Nephew budding and planning for his future, while in Class X, we researched a lot for his bright future. Since English has to be the main focus, we landed up on PTE Academic, as  an English Test option. It intrigued us all the more, since it is widely accepted by a number of universities and countries (for studies and work both purposes)

Travelling abroad without confidence in English, prompts me for a quote aptly narrated by Nelson Mandela :

“Without English language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; One cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry or savour their songs”

Let’s get to know as to Why PTE Academics is the shining light for aspiring students :

It is the world’s leading , Online computer based, English test for students aspiring to study abroad or for even those who are planning immigration. It seems to be a must for students wherein English, as a language skill, holds a great importance. PTE academics rather helps one achieve the goals in a structured and efficient way.

Benefits of PTE Academics :

  •  Quick : One can schedule it 24 hours in advance and can be completed in 3 hour session.
  • With over 200 Test centres ( few shared For reference below) all across the world, one can appear any day (360 days option available) basis your convenience.

  • Results are usually out in close to 5 Business days, Isn’t that quick to know of your performance levels?
  • Forget any biasness, as its all computerized and doesn’t judges you as a person. You’re judged basis your answered on the English test you appeared for!
  • A test usually gains more significance basis its acceptance.  And as they say PTE academics is –

“Accepted for study applications by thousands of institutions worldwide, as in 100% of Australian, New Zealand, and Irish universities.  96% of UK universities.  A growing number of universities in the USA and Canada. Universities in Europe and Asia delivering courses in English. It is also approved by the Australian and New Zealand Governments for all student visa and migration applications!

Doesn’t that sounds like a “viral academics” by Pearson, accepted almost everywhere we target for? I definitely feel so #DefinitelyPTE.

  • Their questions are based on 3 parts : Speaking & Writing , Reading , Listening (like summarizing the spoken test, MCQ’s and so on, refer the table below)

  • PTE academics have Free Preparation Material as free test taker handbook, which is available in 7 languages, online tutorial with FAQ’s about the test.
  • They also have preparation Books and practise tests, to help students know if they are ready for PTE Academic. You can choose your PTE preparation course here basis your requisites or refer the table below:

PTE academics scoring :

PTE Academic is scored against the Global Scale of English, a granular scale from 10-90. And this includes the overall score, communicative skills scores and enabling skills scores of the student opting for the test.

  • Overall Score : It shows the student’s overall English language ability and this is ascertained basis the performance throughout the test.
  • Communicative skills : These are based on parameters as listening, reading, speaking and writing. All these are assessed from the test questions.
  • Enabling skills : Like grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and eve these are based on test questions.

So you can now feel, that the test is build in such a manner, that it acclaims your efficiency levels in all the different levels of English and helps you to know your true stance.

I’m sure, that was a pretty comprehensive read to enable you to get a gist of how PTE academic is really an important tool, if you wish to land yourself in foreign land for studies or incase you are immigrating. Incase you have more queries do visit “PTE academic” or bombard with questions in the comment box. Watch this video to know more :

I would say Yes to #DefinitelyPTE, to help my nephew fulfil his dreams, what about you?

Happy Reading!

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All of Capri & Blue Grotto!

Hey Friends,

I’m so happy to announce the launch of our new Family Travel Blogsite ” Familyonthewheels” , coz that’s what we are.. Travel addicts:)

The major focus of this website is to inspire buddies to travel & help family and solo travelers to travel the world basis our experiences. We will be more than happy if you can come over, follow us and let’s begin discussing in and all around the beauty of Travelling.

Capri islands

I had last posted a very small highlight of Capri on this blog, so the detailed post is out. Read here :

  1. Capri island : An amazing Italian island, waiting for you to leave you awe struck
  2. Blue Grotto : All you wish to know of the magical charm of Blue Grotto at Capri.

As the days will pass, the blog book will become heavy but interesting to help you unravel the travel goals with amazing destinations we will bring out for you!

Follow us on our new venture – familyonthewheels.com

Blog URL – https://familyonthewheels.com/

Social media :

Instagram : Witness some amazing Nature photographs directly from FOTW lens

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Twitter : @TalesofFOTW and @Jbhansali 

Let’s catch up soon there! Connect with us & travel the world!

See you all till then!

Return of the Underwood’s – HOUSE OF CARDS Season 5

The Homecoming of Terror is RIGHT HERE!

  • Shake with your right hand, but hold a rock with your left .
  • Power is lot like Real estate . It’s All about Location , Location , Location . The closer you are to the source , the higher your property value .
  • If you don’t like how the table is set, turn over the table .

If you have heard these epic dialogues or used them to impress your colleagues or you just love them, then you must be a fan of HOC.  If not, then start googling about Frank Underwood RIGHT NOW!!!

House of cards - Frank Underwood

About the series :

Based on 90’s BBC Mini TV series with similar title, HOUSE OF CARDS #HOConZCafe, one of the top rated and highly successful TV show is back on ZEE CAFE to celebrate in style. Its 5th Season with all new 13 episodes promise to give a thrilling yet sensitive ride throughout. Deeply written manipulative and persuasive characters, with political thrills involving extreme back door deals, machinations and games of power will leave you spellbound and shocked.

This TV series is all about ruthless and cunning Congressman, “Frank Underwood”  who along with his wife Claire are on a revenge spree with the people who betrayed them. This wicked political journey unfolds the grey world of lust, desires and wickedness in lobbies of  White house.

Character’s : Actor

    • Frank Underwood : Kevin Spacey
    • Clarie Underwood : Robin Wright
    • Doug Stamper : Micheal Kelly
    • Producer & Writer : Beau Willimon (Known for “The ides of March”, Jack Johnson)
    • Based on Novel By : Michael Hobbs, Andrew Davies

Major Awards : 33 Emmy Award Nominations, 8 Golden Globe Award Nominations till date 

Wish to get little thrill out here? Well not to play SPOILER, get the wave ride on…Season 5, Chapter 53 / Episode1:

“This season picks up exactly where Chapter/Episode 52 of Season 4 was left off. Frank seems to be fighting a close battle to retain his presidency from Will Conway. Along with it, he is trying to divert attention of Senate from focusing on Washington Herald Story on the scam happened during Frank’s Vice Presidency regime. To counter all, Frank plans a Master stroke to divert the country’s attention to support him in waging a war against terrorism, leveraging on the killing of James Miller. In between, Clarie continues her full support to Frank despite having doubts over his intentions and policies.

Meanwhile Tom Yates continues to work on his assignment of drafting support material for  “America Works” or “AMWorks”.”

Season after Season Frank’s character ‘s  intensity is turning  towards a more emotionless, cold blooded, menacing and ruthless character.

Surprisingly these episodes were written and recorded months before Donald trump came into power in November 2016, still it looks like the writers have seen through the future. Right from the First episode of this season, many of the policies and style of work resembles with Donald trump as in announcements made in recent past including travel ban policies and war on ISIS.

The Verdict :

To sum it up, Beau Willimon has developed  a magnificent  TV show with one of the best-in-class cast  that television history has seen in recent decades.

MUST WATCH, strongly recommended with overall rating of 9/ 10. As the trailer promises and the first Episode hints, its going to be making of ONE NATION : UNDERWOOD Now and forever .

Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House Of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café . Don’t miss the game, its about to take you for an amazing ride!

House of Cards

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!

All of Reliance 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