The Unsold Love of Andy and Candy

#CleanUpCashOut, The Mystery of Andy and Candy!

Hey chaps, that’s Me, Andy, a 3 year old kid with the sizzling IQ of 150, whopping, isn’t it?
And you know who is my love? Candy, the one who named me, who got me to nurture in this world after a week of my birth at a factory. But ahh, I feel so pained sometimes on the right, sometimes on the left, my memory is stinking with the old garbage filled in it. I feel like a 60 year old man, who has started limping, beginning to lose his eyesight and might go back in the hands of Yamraj soon!

Well, the credit for turning a 3 year old to 60 year old again goes to my love, Candy! Oh candy, with an IQ of 50, why did you do this to me?

I feel, you peeps have started scratching your heads and getting curious, what all is this “Andy” speaking? So let me introduce myself in a humanly manner. I am, a metallic coloured, Intel Core i3 Book with an “elite book ” tattoo carved in the front of my body, in short, I am a virtual Super Human. A laptop who was born in 2010, and was never left as an orphan, since Candy picked me up just within a week of my birth. And that is why I owe to her, despite the staggering IQ difference between us.

Here goes my Emotional Story for you!

I’am her best friend, as she has hidden immense secrets in me. Do you know, I even tasted the Smirnoff when I was just 9months old? Well, yes. I’ve had ample cookies, Paneer Tikka’s and hot coffee’s as they drip off from Candy, to give me a sense of deliciousness.

I’am her business partner, every morning, I travel with her in a white car listening to some really “scratchy” songs, which she calls as her amazing playlist. I sit on the desk and then daily, I get filled and filled and filled. I’m never emptied, never ever cleaned, not even once in those 3 years.

I’m so sleepy, I want to shut off my memory for some time, but it goes without saying that I have to stay awake for 2-3 months also. Working day in and night and not getting time to shut off for even 4-5 hours a day. Now, that’s a serious atrocity on me.

I give up once in 3 months, due to my fatigue, but Candy! Oh Candy, she thinks, I’m an idiot Box and I’m meant never to sleep. With pride, she says to her colleagues that if “Andy” worked in as a super computer, she would have completed her tasks in just 30 minutes instead of 3hours. Oh, am I that bad Andy? I wanna say, that give me some space, some sleep, some cleaning and I shall ensure to get your work completed in 15 minutes, I promise.

Though its just 3 years of my adoption with Andy, she has decided to opt for fostering me out to other people, but I am sad. My EQ is getting drained and my IQ is not generating any more Ideas. Sometimes I feel that my memory will just crash with, but Candy! Your apathy is burning my heart [battery] out. She has finally put me “ON SALE” at one of those sites on the Internet. And from past 3 days I have been hearing conversations, real enriching and praising ones for me. Wow!

Cashify ,

I got to hear, that I’m still sleek, super performing machine, getting exchanged as Candy is getting a MAC book from her sister in US. Uhhh!!! No she doesn’t have anyone in US, she will replace me with another newly made “brand baby” and not MAC. Well she is not even capable of me, how can my progressive seniors [MAC] work with her, lol.

But you know, I got to hear that I am still dazzling fast, just need a factory reset once, wow, true, she knows it, but never did to try that. She says, I still supply the power for 4 hours consistently, and my keypad is just as smooth as my surface. Though my sides have some bruises, she says I’m still beautiful. Oh Candy, you really made me emotional.

Deal Struck!

Today, a new human came to see me, and the deal was finalized for 15k. I don’t know how my worth got calculated. I was to be handed over to a new person the next day. Candy came to me and happily hugged me saying yay, I did it! Wow, she was really happy sending me off. I guess for the last time she spilled some coffee on me and pondering over, she told me something.

“Andy, you are the one, who has kept my secrets a secret. You are the one wherein I first conversed with my Mom after moving away from her for Job. You are the one, wherein I wrote so many untold stories, sometimes on a happy note and sometimes as a broken heart. You are the one, who got a dazzling presentation to be made to help me clear my 1st interview. You are the one, whom I hug daily after getting up, you are close, so close to me”.

Andy, I love you…

Pause, my heart started throbbing faster in anticipation of her feelings. She slept saying these words and I could never sleep until I died out at 0%. She hugged me the next day and cancelled the deal. I was in a shut down mode. When I woke up, I found Candy’s fingers yet on me, caressing with love! Yes, I loved her too and she got to know me finally. The deal was cancelled and I am with her, for now and always till my life!

Instant Relief!

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The not so ODD Initiative by Delhi

 

Odd even CharchaThis was a damn trending topic, in optimistic as well as in a pessimistic manner. It got some furious, some felt high inconvenience, but I witnessed it closely. And this is the reason why I appreciate the effort taken, the effort of Odd-even scheme in 2016 to curb the high pollution levels.

Well, this is quite a debatable topic, hence I would definitely want readers to share their views over it .

What was the requisite, let’s actually understand some Facts :

  • A 2014 World Health Organisation study listed the world’s 20 most polluted cities, with as many as 13 of these in India. Delhi attained Rank 1 amongst all , not to be proud of it for sure.
  • Delhi has been termed as the most polluted city in India many times before also, but there was an Air quality survey in Q2. Greenpeace released the study which stated that the PM Level (Particulate matter) in Delhi is 10 times higher than the limit prescribed by WHO. Oh whopping isn’t it?
  • Delhi has close to 17Mn registered vehicles & close to 12Mn in NCR (highest in the world among all cities)
  • A study by SCE says that around 85k-86k commercial vehicles enter & exit Delhi every day from all the 9 entry points (around 5 times higher than MCD’s claim of heavy commercial vehicles).
  • Trucks entering Delhi contribute close to 30% of PM2.5 & sudden spike in PM & Nitrogen Oxides level has been seen during the trucks entry timings in Delhi.

I believe now a layman can very well understand the reason of pollution & Traffic jams besieging India’s heart.

What does studies say about the PM concentration?

Well, as a matter of fact, these studies measure concentrations of most harmful PM10 & PM2.5(i.e. particles smaller than 10 or 2.5Microns). These Particulate matters reduce the air visibility, are the cause of Smog, enter into the lungs & are responsible for many respiratory problems. While the PM 2.5limit prescribed by WHO is 10 µg/m³, Indian Limit (as such relaxed) is 40 µg/m³ & the 2014 WHO Study stated Delhi with average of 152 µg/m³. But a very recent data in Oct 2015, reflected it to be on a peak of 428 µg/m³, somewhat 16 times higher than WHO limit. What have you got to say Delhiites?

These particulates are not just present in the air because of the poor fuel, but even ammonia from farms & fertilizers (on rampant use) combine with car exhausts & form these deadly particles.

Fate of such policies :

Hence, there has been a sudden effort to clean up Delhi’s air & with various other initiatives, Delhi government had come across “Odd – even policy” from Jan 1st -15th’ 2016. Not a new one, similar policies were introduced in :

  • Beijing in 2008 Olympic games, which tasted the success in controlling pollution level. Although this was experimented again in 2013 in Beijing but it did not go successful.
  • In 2014 Paris also experimented with this idea & the banned cars with even numbers, which again got little success.
  • Mexico city had similar but a better scheme of running the cars with particular last number on specific day on the road. As numbers ending with 5/6 will run on Monday and so on, which was a better scheme. Even frauds /new cars registrations done by the people to run their cars on prohibited days got curtailed.

Yes, Delhi came up with many exceptions to try give comfort to some emergency vehicles, women only cars, such policies need more of public co-operation & stringent implementation. But what I was happy was that the :

  • AQI in those 15 days turned out to be improved.
  • I had a better feel of breathing while my morning walk. I could see less of vehicles on the road, which made me see Delhi from a new aspect. 
  • People opted for Public Transport, there were even first timers in the Metro’s, who praised the services we have.
  • People made new friends during this course and it all got our knowledge enhanced.
  • The beauty of Delhi was not hidden in the Smog, it came out beautifully.

Definitely, this was experimental policy, but we need many such policies and other provisions as mentioned below to have better life and celebrate the pure environment.

  • Clean & better fuel from the commercial heavy vehicles
  • Implementation of Euro 5/6 with immediate effect from 2016
  • Promoting CNG Vehicles (subsidizing / fining diesel vehicles)
  • Banning of Old vehicles & ensuring every registered vehicle with PUC Check (Heavy fines with no such check)
  • Changing the time of commercial vehicles entering Delhi
  • Promoting “Car Free days” more heavily making Metro connectivity & capacity more robust.
  • Aggressively promoting “Car Pooling ”, as launching Car Pooling weeks or so

But yes, I’m definitely happy that all these measures & discussions have led people to come in terms with the facts, understand the criticality, get aware & contribute towards healthy breathing. We needed these initiatives to help us not become walking skeletons. These small initiatives & working hand in hand to make such schemes thriving will surely make Delhi a great place to live in.

Let’s pledge to initiate little efforts possible at our end (like car pooling, opting Public Transport, getting CNG vehicles, switch off the engines while at red light), to ensure our kids breathe freshness & no deadly particles.

Lets all put our hands together in #CelebratingSuper to make many such initiatives for our Dear Delhi with Vodafone !

Goa –Part II :: Way to Sinq ,Candolim ,Calangute !!

Morning sunshine hidden in the clouds, Massive dark clouds sprawling over the skies, partially hidden with huge swaying palm trees …Sitting besides the calm waters ,I felt blessed with such a serene morning..So calm, so placid..Amazed at the tranquillity which filled me with an energetic auraJ

Yes ,trip with 2 infants had to somewhat different & this day made us travel all through from our Hotel to Mapusa (To visit Child Care) ,but that ride of approx. An hour was itself a kick ,to see dramatic change in the lifestyle from the outskirts of the very awe-inspiring ,calm Goa to somewhat hustle bustle of city life (@Mapusa) ,a similar story –Kids boarding buses from schools ,people shopping / running for their daily chores ,but still it was far away from the crowd ,noisy ,polluted cities i had encountered & was living in .People were so friendly ,so warm at every step ,which made us fall in love with GOA once again not just for its beauty but then for housing charming GoansJ

So ,post quick visit ,we turned from Mapusa to the most scintillating ,Sinquerim ,Candolim & Calangute Beaches ,all in one side.

The path leading to those beaches were incredible & weather playing a “big cupid” 😉 ,Lush green grasslands ,it felt so on one side & huge palms ,swaying with all windy forces on the other …Riding at a speed of close to 80kmph ,both hands swaying along & I couldn’t resist to sing “Khamoshiyaan..Ehsaas hai…” & my kid really enjoying (I think he too was amazed) ,giggling & excited enough for these terrific trails J

Singing & dancing & shouting we first hit @Sinquerim, to have an initial look from Fort Aguada (& feeling jealous from residents of Taj Village just overlooking beach & gigantic massive sea). Exclaiming, WOW!!! Simply amazed..Cool breeze blowing off my hair, hitting my face hard to have a look at the stunning mighty waves hitting across the rocks & splashing water all around. Indeed, it can be certainly claimed that SInq is one of the magnificent beaches in Goa (It does have International level facilities for Para sailing, Scuba Diving, Wind surfing …but none in our plate due to off seasonL,Don’t pity on us ,next “ON-Season” trip would be soon coming up;))

Walking along the beach following into Candolim was a “Showery affair” ,sudden rain hit us hard & made us run a Km to the only shelter(a Restraunt) available close by…Restraunt owner rejoicing looking at the boost of his Fish Curry sale;) ,But “short of words” to express the strong thunderstorm & the striking look of the sea in front… Gazing at the droplets running down on one side & brawny downpour hitting the sea..Simply amazed, this day made worth of all “Off season tag”. God’s grace, in next 30 minutes, weather had normalized & we re-instated our beach & sea walk, hand in hand.. Those shells, numerous star fishes, fluorescent crabs amidst the waves & a gracious sunset to explore..It was the best ever moment & memoir to remain for in our lives..We continued our walk even when the night fell in, but by 8pm, we then decided to leave for the hotel .But yes, a wish remained in my heart, to explore the starry night, counting on stars, locating Mars, constellations & explore the galaxy along the beachJ .

On the way we did drop in @Calangute, yes it gives a feel of a royal beach looking at the crowd ,ample of eateries (even in the way along),count of hotels few big ones & few small but with great artifacts, many showrooms..But the beach is not the best of all. Although it was an off season ,yet it had maximum crowd ,ample shacks close to one another .Beach was not clean, even absence of swaying palm trees made me feel that it actually isn’t “Queen of all beaches” . Truly speaking, we felt that Baga & Calangute have been more exaggerated, due to shacks & many other facilities around them, but the crowd, cleanliness do make these beaches on a downside in my list. But a plus point, many Dolphin trips & water activities are conducted here in the season times..so head towards them ,get your adrenaline rush high with these activities & spend a pleasant & cool time @Sinq J & other beaches.