Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Intel-lectually #DigitalIndia : Cocoon To Butterfly

A Digital India in my opinion is a dream initiative that will need streams of efforts from multiple directions. It is not something like a light bulb that you go to a small dark house in a remote village, pull the electrical wire, connect a holder at its end, put the bulb in the holder and the house will be showered with light. Here the darkness is inside, the bulb that is to be lighted is not possible without the will power of the person in whose life this 'Digital' light is to be sparked. The whole process has to be neat and clean with noble intentions and there has to be a strong governance at each and every step. Else it will be just another money laundering mechanism where a lot will be shown as done and in actual the things will stay at square one, no progress in any direction.

It is not possible to achieve just with a great initiative from a global corporate. It has to be a joint initiative where each citizen of India will have to play a role. There is a big gap in the living standards, lifestyles and resource availability. The real challenge is to provide an equal opportunity to each and every person. For this bringing all to a level of synchronized thought process is quite important. A positive competition is another factor that needs to be inculcated in each mind. Youth can play a major role in this in bridging the gap between poor and rich, learned and people with less knowledge, educated and uneducated. On one hand we are talking about Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and Enterprise Mobility; and on the other hand majority of youth living in remote cities and villages are less privileged to see the technology advancements in metro cities of India.

There are plenty of colleges but still we lack to produce skilled manpower. An engineering degree holder is not fit for an engineer’s job, a doctor fails to handle real life situations after coming out of college despite having excellent grades in the college subjects. Most of the private colleges are yet to be evaluated towards their vested interests – whether their whole gamut is to mint money and befool people or there is some element of seriousness towards their duties and responsibilities of delivering the best possible education along with ample hands-on experience so that right from the day one when the student is out of college, is able to produce the deliverables if given a substantial role in an organization.

During my childhood, I read a story about a blind man carrying a lamp while walking through a zigzag path full of bushes and stones. Someone passing by stopped the blind man and asked him – “What is the purpose of carrying this lamp when you are a blind? It is a useless entity for you”. The blind man smiled and said that the light of the lamp was for others to save them from bushes and stones – for those with light in their eyes. There is a straight lesson from this meaningful story. If I have the capability to see, but if I use it just for my own sake, it is useless. If a blind man can think of delivering something to others despite being less privileged than them, why can’t a privileged person think of delivering to others – in a selfless manner? The day each one of us is able to acquire this mindset, each house will have light and there will be no uneducated left.

There have been some excellent and remarkable initiatives by Indians for Indians. Hole in the Wall, Airtel’s deep penetration to remote villages, a known medical firm’s initiatives to build data of each and every villager in some part of South India are some exemplary ones that are good enough to motivate others to move ahead and generate a spark in every mind of India – whosoever, wherever and whatsoever. If will be a real achievement the day a person who has not even spent a single day in a school is able to call himself DIGITAL citizen of #DigitalIndia

What To Order At Salad Bars In Delhi

Salads bars are becoming popular at the same pace as people are getting diet conscious, figure freaks and health savvy. Controlled diet, rich diet, regular exercise while having a good figure is the task of the day among the young generation. With the increased amount of the busy life and tight schedules, corporate job holders are getting conscious about their health. The changing lifestyles is making it hard to have food in time along with proper quality and quantity.

Healthy food in Delhi is not hard to get, but it is not available at all places. That is the reason, to have healthy food, people do not mind going out of the way. It is said that to avoid any kind of health risks, you must try your best to eat healthy food. Finding salad bars in Delhi is not that difficult these days, thanks to online food guides and google maps to assist you to find right directions to reach the restaurant of your choice. Few years back it would have looked funny to ask someone to accompany you to a salad bar, but now people are aware of diet, calories, and health. There is a misconception that if you are going to a salad bar, you will have to compromise with taste or you will remain hungry. In reality that is not the case. You can have a variety of salads like jalapenos, garlic, mayonnaise, Ceaser, Bacons, Cole Slaw and so on.

Light food in Delhi has become a trend these days. Whatever generation you belong to, but your prime goal always remain to stay healthy and sound. For women maintaining a perfect figure is prime whereas for youth and men a macho look is important to sustain. To get the right picture of what all is available in a salad bar, it is important to have a visit there and to find out the huge variety of permutations and combinations you can have that not only with satisfy your craving taste buds but will also take care of your health and calories. Initially, I too had a misconception that in a salad bar I would be getting only cucumber, tomato, and carrot only. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

How To Suit Your Need And Price While Buying Headphones with Mic

With the increased sale of smartphones, the demand of headphones with mic has shot up tremendously in the market. It meets both the purposes actually. It enables you to listen to the music (and at times people do watch a movie too on their smartphone) and the moment you have an incoming call in between you can take it without any hitch. Not only that, the moment you are through with your incoming call, you are instantly back to your music or movie, without any further break. That also applies to a call you want to make while listening to the music on your smartphone.

These days you have a wide variety of headphones with mic available in the market ranging from a very nominal price going as high as to the price of a notebook. Some elegant and highly technically sophisticated ones are sold at a very high price. But then it is the quality and technology that goes into building the high price. It does not mean that the low-end headphones with mic are not at all good in quality. Probably it should be looked into another perspective. For a routine kind of listening and voice delivering process, you might not need a very high-end headphone with mic. But if it comes to such a high quality based voice delivery where there should be complete noise suppression and zero disturbances then probably those sophisticated high-end headphones with mic come into the picture.

You need to be careful while making your purchase of a headphone with mic. It must be purchased from a reputed online/ offline store. It should be from a good brand. It must carry a warranty and there should be a balanced value for money in the deal. Although when you buy a smartphone these days, a headphone with mic is bundled with it, mostly. You have no choice to exchange it to a better one, if it is not of a good quality, but you can always opt to buy a headphone with mic of a good quality from market to make the sound delivery of your devices rich in quality and highly effective. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

#WashBucketChallenge Is All About A Pledge To #SHARETHELOAD - Are You Ready?

Finally, the day had come when I realized how much she does for me and in lieu I do nothing as substantial as I should. I always believe in the saying that it is never too late to realize your mistake. Actually there are various stages in the lifecycle of a mistake. At times, you are committing a mistake but do not realize that it is a mistake. Then a stage comes when you know that you have been committing a mistake but you do not dare to admit it just out of a fear of exposure. And then a final stage comes when you know what you are doing is a mistake, you take yourself out of that fear of exposure and turn out to be a real patriot to declare yourself a culprit and admit that you were wrong, first unknowingly and then knowingly till you reached this stage of nirvana.

The same happened with me. First I never realized that all the time when every weekend I was sipping tea, reading newspaper, watching television or listening to music and my better half on the other hand was busy with her weekend chores of which washing clothes was one of the main ones. And look at me, I never thought that it is so simple to help provided you have reached your nirvana state. So finally one fine Sunday morning I told her to do what I had been doing and let me take charge of washing clothes that day.

It was a win-win actually for both of us. I had experienced a task in practical and realized that it was not that tough as I used to think it to be. And on the other hand she got a chance to relax for some moments. After that day, it was no go back for me.

Friends tagged: rahulprabhakar, roma.guptasinha, sadhukhan.p, vibzy.b, jasmeet.kukreja

This post is a part of the #WashBucketChallenge activity at in association with Ariel India' in your blog post

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

@27coupons : A Great Place To Get Heap Of Offers And Discounts From Over A Thousand Online Stores

My family is a big fan of Foodpanda Online for ordering food. Mostly, twice a month, we connect to Foodpanda to order for either a lunch or dinner takeaway from one of the restaurants in our locality. Sometimes it is twice of thrice a week that we order online food depending on the schedule and if some other activities come up. A number of times we had to connect to their online chat executive for various reasons. For instance, once, it was the order that was placed and some alteration was proposed on their side as one of the items for which the order placed was not available. Mostly it has been a good experience.

This good experience was changed to excellent when we got to know about a wonderful website where you could find all such online stores collaborated in a quite interesting and amazing manner. All the main categories you can think of, are available here. Be it food, travel, movies, flowers, gifts. A lot more is also on offer, here. An interesting factor is that for all the stores which you mark as a favorite, you can set an alert for any new offer or scheme offered by that particular store. As and when the store of your choice introduces a new offer, some coupons or a scheme, you instantly get an alert via this excellent portal known as 27coupons. This was what we did for our favorite online food ordering website, Foodpanda.

That is not all. Another significant factor to place our order solely via Foodpanda from here is the benefit of bonus. This bonus comes in the shape of additional discounts or offers that are exclusively given here. Logically it is a double benefit that we receive here. The first benefit comes from Foodpanda in terms of their general offers or discounts. While placing an order for our favorite food online on this site, we get added benefits. The philosophy is very simple and lucrative here. You get a good amount of points in your kitty the moment you register here. Then you start getting reward points when you share coupons. These coupons can be used to pay your bills online for the purchases you make here.

There are more than one thousand stores available here in different categories. I would like to call it a super mall where a large number of variety of stores are available online. Gradually it is not only food that attracted us to this portal, but also various other categories of stores. For instance, buying anything from here ranging from a book worth Rs 100 from eBay to a holiday trip from MakeMyTrip worth thousands of rupees, will be rewarding you with an additional benefit.

The operating mechanism is quite simple and right at the first go, you get accustomed to it, to managing your dashboard in a hassle-free manner. For a new registration, you get 250 bonus points in your kitty that you can use in exchange for your money while making transactions here. For each category, you can subscribe to the specific offers. There is a separate tab for 'Coupons' here which offers a wide variety of coupons and you can instantly select the coupons of your choice. Similarly, there is another tab for 'Deals' where you will find exclusive offers. The deals can be filtered on the basis of stores which you prefer too.

Overall it is beyond what is explained above and is worth registering here. Gradually the more you visit your favorite stores and shop from there, the more benefits you receive. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dos And Don’ts With Your Memory Card

Memory card has many benefits. It is a quite handy solution available for storing a digital file from any storage media provided the storage media has appropriate relevant slot in it to accommodate and access your memory card. Memory cards usually come in two sizes – SD and micro SD. SD means Secure Digital and micro SD is the smaller variant of SD. A memory card is supported in many of the computing and/or smart devices like laptop, netbook, tablet, smartphone, PDAs, digital cameras etc. Any device that will support usage of SD or micro SD card will have relevant slot connected with its corresponding adaptor. Once you slide in your memory card in the slot, it is ready to read or write data in it.

Some important Dos with your Memory Card:
  1. Always use your memory card in a system that is clean from virus. An infected system might use your memory card as a virus spreading media when it is used.
  2. While ejecting your memory card from any device, ensure that it is ejected in a safe mode. Otherwise, it has a higher tendency of going bad to an extent that it becomes non-usable at all. In that case, all the important data it is carrying will be lost.
  3. Like you scan your laptop and smartphone regularly against virus and malware, the same way it is very important to do the same for memory card to ensure that it remains virus free.
  4. It is important to keep a password on your memory card to keep it safe from any misuse and thereby encountering any mishap of getting your secure date going in insecure hands.

Some important Don’ts with your Memory Card:
  1. Never carry it in your pocket without its jacket else there are chances of it going corrupt due to sweat, dust, and accidental crash.
  2. Never get your memory card exposed to direct heat or high temperatures.
  3. Don’t let your memory card fall in the water or exposed to rain directly.
  4. Keep your memory card away from magnetic material.

These are some basic Dos and Don’ts with your memory card to keep it safe and deliver a longer life along with good performance.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Author Interview: Susanna K Green: I Am Inspired Daily By The GOD In Me @saslaila

Author Bio: 

Susanna K. Green was born in Chicago, IL. Her mother passed away shortly after her first birthday so she, her father and grandmother headed to New Orleans and lived there until the year 2005. Susanna and her family evacuated New Orleans along with tons of other New Orleanians due to Hurricane Katrina. 

Throughout the years, Susanna has had a plethora of interests and a variety of careers; Cosmetologist, Cosmetology Instructor, Relaxation Massage Therapist, Author, Publisher/Editor, Reiki Practitioner. 

She's been a Licensed Cosmetologist for over 25 years. Within that time, she became a Celebrity Stylist with her own Mobile Spa Company for eight of those years. She called it, Sassy's Satin Hands. (A few of her celebrity clients include, Queen Latifah, 50 Cent, Bernie Mac, Debbie Allen, Rose McGowan, Mia Hamm, Ted Turner, Christina Aguilera, Kathy Baker, Liz Phair, etc). 

She was lead down a different path In 2010 and published her debut fiction novel, entitled, Remembering the Sweet Nectar. She decided to pursue her new-found career, so she founded her Publishing Company, Sweet Nectar Publishing. She helps authors get published by offering publishing packages as well as a la carte services, such as editing, formatting, custom book cover design, book trailers, etc. 

She also has a few more books under her belt; Poetic Gumbo, which is a poetry anthology and Hurricane Katrina Couldn't Break Us, which is also a poetry anthology that pays homage to New Orleans. She's currently applying the finishing touches to Devoured in a Diva’s Web, the sequel to Remembering the Sweet Nectar. 

In 2011, she became certified with the Usui Reiki system and began practicing. Along with her interest in Reiki came other related interests, such as Colour Therapy, Aromatherapy and other holistic therapies. 

Susanna's interests are all things natural. She's an advocate for the holistic lifestyle. 

Susanna is presently in the process of writing a Health and Wellness book. She currently lives in the Miami area with her husband Michael and Toy Poodle Laila. 

Welcome! Susanna.

Your real name and pen name?...
Susanna K Green

About your education; what career did you plan during your education days...
I knew I wanted to be a hair designer from an early age. It was in my blood; a gift from my mother who was also a cosmetologist.

What languages you can speak and write?...
Unfortunately, I only speak and write English but I have an interest in learning Spanish.

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?...
I am inspired daily by the GOD in me. I most often make decisions solely based on my own feelings, intuition and inner guidance.

What hurts you most in this world?...
Seeing people hungry and sick.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?...
I am a Hurricane Katrina survivor. I lost my home, business and other belongings but I've always been a resilient person. I just pulled from my inner resources to get me through.

What is your favorite genre and why?...
Non-fiction. I love informative reading; especially relating to spirituality, holistic living and alternative therapies.

When did you start writing?...
I started writing poems since I was in my early twenties. In 2004, I sat down to write my debut novel, Remembering the Sweet Nectar.

Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?...
"Remembering the Sweet Nectar" is a contemporary African American fiction tale of a woman who takes her marriage for granted. She thinks she can find better than her husband, so she secretly goes on a series of dates only to discover a newfound appreciation for her husband and her marriage. She thought the grass was greener on the other side, but as usual, It's not.

"Poetic Gumbo" and "Hurricane Katrina Couldn't Break Us" are both poetry anthologies, published by my company (Sweet Nectar Publishing).

What services does Sweet Nectar Publishing offer?...
Editing, formatting, book cover design, book trailers, social media marketing, online publishing, etc.

What are your forthcoming writings?...
The sequel to "Remembering the Sweet Nectar," is entitled, "Devoured in a Diva's Web," released Dec 30th.

What genres you write in and why?...
My works have been that of fiction in the past, but I am now ready to move into another dimension; nonfiction. I'm truly excited about my next project.

What keeps you motivating towards writing?...
Knowing it is part of my life's assignment, leading me into my purpose. When something is a part of your purpose, it always tugs at you.

What are your future plans?...
To write a health and wellness book.

What is generally your preference in reading – a paperback or ebook? And why?...
I guess I'm old fashioned. I love to hold a physical book in my hand while reading.

How much real life goes into a fiction writing?...
That varies by author. For me, my books are strictly imaginary. However, character personalities are pulled from either myself or people I know.

Is high level of imagination important to have for an Author?...
As a fiction writer, yes.

Your dream destination on Earth?...
I have too many to name:)

Your zodiac/ sunsign?...

Your favorite color and why?...
I've always had thing for black, silver and grey but now I'm into purple/pink.

What is the last book you finished reading? What is the current book you are reading?...
Last book I finished was entitled, 27 Hours" by Gerald C Anderson. I am currently reading, "Natural cures 'they' don't want you to know about," by Kevin Trudeau.

Your favorite book and why?...
Fiction, "Where the heart is," by Billie Letts.
Non-fiction, Deepak Chopra and Kevin Trudeau books.
Both books touch my soul.

Your favorite movie?...
I loved The Titanic, The Notebook and The rise of The Planet of the Apes.

Your favorite celebrity and why?...
My favorite actor is Angela Bassett. She's multi-faceted, like me.
My favorite singer is Beyonce. Her music makes me bob my head and snap my fingers every single time I hear it.

Your favorite food?...
That's easy; pizza.

Your favorite sports?...
I don't have a favorite because I'm really not into sports at all, other than walking my poodle everyday:)

What is the force that drives you?...
I am ambitious and passionate by nature. Those things keep me naturally motivated.

What comes to your mind when you think of India?...
Healthy lifestyles.

Some quickies: Sun or Moon...(Sun)
Laughter or Smile...(Laughter)
Morning or Evening...(Evening)
Coffee or Tea...(Coffee)
Mountain or Sea... (Sea)
Long or Short Drive...(Long)
Silence or Conversation...(both)
Water or Fire...(Water)
Air or Earth...(Earth)
Mars or Jupiter...( Jupiter)
Tulip or Rose...(Rose)
Red or Blue...(Red)
Left or Right...(Right)
Glance or Stare...(Glance)
Fame or Money...(both)
Boy or Girl...(Girl)
Day or Night...(Night)
Tree or Plant...(Tree)
Love or Passion...(both)

First thing you do in the morning after waking up?...

Last thing to do before sleep?...

If one fine morning you wake up and find your sex changed to opposite, what will be your first reaction?...

State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote...
In any time of indecision, the best thing to do is, THE RIGHT THING.

The last line of your autobiography would be…
Always in our hearts and minds.

The title of your autobiography would be…
Susanna K Green-Mind, Body & Soul of a woman

Remembering the Sweet Nectar
ISBN: 978-0-615-64890-3
Publisher: Sweet Nectar Publishing

Poetic Gumbo
ISBN: 978-0-615-74792-7
Publisher: Sweet Nectar Publishing

Hurricane Katrina Couldn't Break Us
ISBN: 978-0-615-94075-5
Publisher: Sweet Nectar Publishing