Not A Word About Love by Hana Goldberg #bookreview

The flight of imagination is the start of a journey and especially in a book if served with the touch of sense and sensuality, it  is a great achievement.

Gripping. Makes you move pages. Takes you on a ride. With thoughts. Wild and free. Sometimes practical. Looking back. Review yourself. Introspect. Blast from the past. Reminiscence.

Well some of the sentences I put to use to imitate the language that the author engages in making the reader read through the emotions. It has a sincere approach to a carefree woman’s revelry in her thoughts and an uninhibited display of her sensibilities.

You will go on a trip to Thailand and live alongside with her moments, thoughts and actions and  be a witness to all that is happening to her, and sometimes share her thoughts and mindless rants. The water would touch your toes on the sea shore and the winds would caress your face as you ride along the bike.

Meet Maya who is almost at the tipping point in her life, and she is bored of the routine that stalks her life. Wants a change and take a ticket to Thailand and the story goes right from the time she checks in at the airport and then goes till she gets to see the co-passenger at his office.

Sensual to the character, with the background of Thailand, the story of Joe, the man in this story and Maya’s own fight for sensibility and sometimes for her wild imaginations, Not a word about love captures the essence of the longings and sensuality in a very subtle manner and that it happens outside of marriage doesn’t deter Maya in her quest to release her identity from what she has built around her.

At some places, we get to see the human side which transcends with the emotions of the characters beyond morality and sometimes gets into the practical outlook on life. This is a definite page turner making you think whats up next. Has a humorous take on life and makes for a wonderful gripping read.

Hana takes us through a gritty journey of emotions and frank expressions of self in Maya and traverses us through a mixed road of family, attachments, relationships both success and failures, and of course through the mind of a scriptwriter, who just wanted to be unleashed off her own inhibitions and live carefree in the moment.

Pick this title up and revel in a different world with Maya, that much I can vouch for. Fast paced and fluid the narration makes for an easy read and am sure you will finish this in one session for sure. The best part is the author has the reader under her control at all times never wavering in its style and going till the last page.

The title is a great one given the story and the misgivings that we attribute to the word Love.

Happy to be introduced to Hana Goldberg through this work and Tomoson for making it happen.

You can get your copy / kindle version just here: Not a Word about Love

Senthilkumar

Dikideal moments – Parents silver jubilee anniversary…

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I remember the day, it was my parents anniversary, not just another one, it was the 25th year. Making it memorable was in the air. I didn’t know then what should I do, to be frank.

Making a choice for one person is always tough, now its two, not ordinary people. Your parents who have sacrificed so much for you and then who have made sure that you have earned your stripes in education so that it helps you build your future.

After a long thought and the ad man in me going in a tizzy I zeroed in on Titan, it was one of my favourite brands, and the Bandhan collection has always appealed to me in more ways than one, it was the charm of the name perhaps thats quite the way Indians would love it and it stays the same in any language you say – Bandhan, testing the timelessness of the relationship that was a given and taken for granted those days unlike today.

So after office, I took my bike and the first pitstop was the Titan showroom. I have started earning now and had some savings on me, I go in and check out the items, beautifully strapped and presented in those red and golden boxes and they had a collection to see, I must admit, it’s not easy to la hands on some of the precious machines they have there.

After some window shopping and checking out the prices, I chose a nice set and asked for a gift wrapping the watch (s).

The chosen piece had a nice black dial and in golden  chain and look pretty gorgeous if you ask me. It was a #Dilkideal for sure. You would not doubt a bit less.

I was home in another 20 minutes. Both my parents and my sister was there. Then I presented them the gift celebrating the anniversary. Perhaps it was not the way we had taken us for granted, probably there was no opportunity to celebrate, we had been running in our life.

They were so happy and overwhelmed, it was an occasion to remember. I was thinking why do parents think only of their loved ones, I am saying this because, they have never bothered to buy a nice watch though I remember having my first watch at 6th standard and it went boom the second week when I washed my hand in the school tap. It was a digital watch and it was pretty costly too those days.

Its always like this with parents everywhere, they would give it all for their kids. Btw the watch is still working, obviously they dont have a operating system like men!

Senthilkumar

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Exide Life – My Money Book – My Financial planner

We used to have a diary, well I do keep receiving one from my not so digitally inclined clients who think yes the new year is heralded with one diary and I have had the habit of having diaries over the years, I have one from 1998, well that was the year I passed out of my college. Time flies, and things have taken a giant steps.

So it was a bit of delight coupled with amusement when I saw the Exide LIfe My Money Book. Hmm a clean neat utility stuff.

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I should admit its been a long time writing these information on paper. It was  revealing on how the money-wise thing looked for me. Now that made me do a bit of homework and some more papers are ready to be signed.

I loved the way it has been designed with the customer in mind and the details that matter, well we used to have all these kinda stuffed in one page. Yes all these.

So here goes the 5 best things about it.

#1 Life Insured : All your insurance policies right from yours to your dependents everyone’s details in fact detailed. So you wont miss the dates and the time in case you need to send in your annual subscription.

#Fact: I got to know you had so many types of Insurance policies well the Home wala though I have heard, it was new for me in the sense that we would love to keep track of it and be reminded every year.

#2 Lockers : You have a page dedicated for Lockers, this is new and is good to add to the information.

#3 Loans: There is a section for loan details, and it is again divided into Home,  Auto and Personal loans.

#4 Savings Section: You have detailed page for Mutual Funds, those not so cool Public Provident Funds, National Pension Scheme etc.

#5 One book: Well this is one book that will help you write your will if you may! You know where you are and how much is your asset and your liabilities in a nutshell that actually is telling you your worth.

#My expectation: Get a page to set financial goals for the next year – esp from the pages that will reduce the loans and add more to savings or buying a property or a new vehicle.  I think that will add the charm of looking at the dates and also get the priorities right.

Or get a page to set personal goals like No credit cards or less credit cards!

It was a great way to analyse the financials personally if you ask me and made me think twice on how I should be plan, quite my Financial planner!

One last thing the designer in me was all praise for the visual layout and the usage for font and clear demarcation of subtle colours in red and blue. Loved the cover design too.

Thanks Exide for the My Money Book!

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Microsoft Launches the Lumia 640 XL and Lumia 640 in India #achievemore

Bangalore, April 7, 2015: Microsoft today rolled out two new smartphones, Microsoft Lumia 640 XLDual SIM and Microsoft Lumia 640Dual SIM in India, giving consumers greater flexibility and freedom to choose when and where they get things done. Both devices offer the seamless integration of Lumia essentials with a choice of screen sizes and camera capabilities and Microsoft services, to offer incredible productivity, keeping you prepared for anything — for work, at home and on the go.

Lumia 640 XL and Lumia 640, both upgradable to Windows 10 when it becomes available later this year, come armed with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1with the Lumia Denim update. With the 12 month Office 365 Personal subscription offer, these devices will redefine productivity and with free OneDrive storage, those important documents are always within reach too.

Speaking at the launch, T.S. Sridhar, Director – Marketing, South – Nokia India Sales said,Consumers today are constantly looking for a device to bring them more flexibility to switch easily between work and play. The Lumia 640 XL and Lumia 640are the perfect devices that are enablers of productivity, busting the 9 to 5 myth by letting you achieve more, on your own terms. Packed with Microsoft services and experiences along with the exclusive Office 365 personal subscription offer, the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are well positioned to help us get back some of our scarcest commodity, time!”

Lumia 640 XL and Lumia 640 feature the very best of Microsoft’s services to help people accomplish more on the go – right out of the box.

  • Access, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and OneNote notebooks wherever you are, with the pre-installed Office suite
  • Connect with work and personal e-mail while on the go, with Microsoft Outlook built-in
  • Switch seamlessly between voice and video calls with built-in Skype integration and the front-facing wide angle cameras on Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL
  • Smoothly and quickly access important documents or run all of your favorite websites, apps and games, thanks to the onboard 1GB of memory and powerful quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • Enjoy photos and videos on a crisp HD display – either 5” on Lumia 640 or 5.7” on Lumia 640 XL.
  • Power through the work day, thanks to a long-lasting battery – 2500 mAh for Lumia 640 and 3000 mAh for Lumia 640 XL.
  • Capture detail rich photos, thanks to the 8 MP camera on Lumia 640 or 13 MP camera with ZEISS optics on Lumia 640 XL. Both feature LED flash and Lumia Camera software right out of the box.
  • Keep up-to-date on the most important information with Glance Screen, which comes out of the box on both Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL.
  • Comes with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Center, Word Flow and Live Folders.
  • Both Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will be available in dual SIM 3G variants.

The India offer for Lumia 640XL and Lumia 640

On every purchase of the new Lumia 640 XL and Lumia 640, consumers will get a12 monthOffice 365 Personal subscription worth INR 3,299/- as a limited time offer redeemable between April to June, 2015 which also includes a massive 1 Terabyte of OneDrive storage. This offer will give you access to Office365 across 1 PC or Mac, and 1 tablet like a Windows tablet, iPad® or Android tablet, plus easy access on 1 smartphone.

Adding another exciting offer for consumers on the Lumia 640 XL, Mobikwik,the online wallet will offer a recharge cashback worth INR 1000, redeemable with a minimum recharge of INR 200 per month for five months. Olacabs, the popular and smart cab service, will offer a cashback worth INR 800 on Ola money recharges where consumers will get INR 200 cashback per recharge for the first four recharges of INR 500 or higher.

On Lumia 640 being made available to consumersexclusively on Flipkart, Amitesh Jha, VP, Retail – Flipkart said, “We are excited to announce the exclusive launch of Microsoft Lumia 640 on Flipkart. Known for introducing innovative technology products in the Indian market, this new-age phone from Microsoft will offer a whole new proposition for our tech savvy customers. An extension of our smartphone category, we are positive that this product will sync well with the current customer needs.”

The Lumia 640 XL will be available across channels at a best buy price of INR 15,799/-and Lumia 640 will be available exclusively on Flipkart at the best buy price of INR 11,999/-, both starting 7th April, 2015.

Tech specs summary:

  Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM Lumia 640 Dual SIM
Operating system Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
HERE location services Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+ Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+
Display 5.7” HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS, 259 PPI, Glance Screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sunlight readability enhancements
5” HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 294 PPI, Glance screen Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sunlight readability enhancements
Battery 3000 mAhbattery 2500 mAhbattery
Processor 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
Main camera 13 MP AF, ZEISS optics, Lumia Camera 8 MP AF, LED Flash, Lumia Camera
Front facing camera 5 MP wide angle HD 0.9 MP Wide angle
Memory 8GB + 30 GB free on OneDrive[1], micro SD up to 128GB 8GB + 30 GB free on OneDrive[2], micro SD up to 128GB
Dimensions 144 g

 

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Microsoft Devices

The Microsoft Devices Group includes award-winning hardware used by over a billion people around the world, including Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories.

[1]15 GB of OneDrive access comes standard. Additional 15 GB of OneDrive access with activation of camera roll backup.

[2]15 GB of OneDrive access comes standard. Additional 15 GB of OneDrive access with activation of camera roll backup.

Share The Load with Ariel’s #WashBucketChallenge

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Tidbit 1: The washer man has been an integral part of India’s history if you know. He was one of the reasons who sent Sita to the forest after their return to the invincible Kingdom of Ayodhya.

Tidbit 2: In the early days of the introduction of Washing Machines in India, market survey report had said Indian women would not take a liking to washing machines but the company thought otherwise and rest as they is history.

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It was nice to get a pack of Ariel for this #WashBucketChallenge. That was a reminder of the pledge to #sharetheload.

Dad has been a helping hand to mom. Going back in time, since their marriage perhaps it was he who helped even learn the ropes at the kitchen. and it continues even today if mom makes a trip to native, dad manages the kitchen with little to no help sometimes from me.

But this has had its effect making us very self reliant in the way when we are alone and when we need to help.

I think this is more or so the common thread in many families. may be they would not talk about it. And this exactly is the reason why I like this topic, and this activity has brought to light so many of the adorable men in our midst who are doing things without making the noise.

So when this activity came up I was delighted to be a part of it and sharetheworkload. And after long I did this and intend to continue whenever opportunity arises especially after an outstation trip or weekends.

Now to the interesting part of Ariel and the effort to #sharetheload. So on the Dday which was a Saturday, I took up all the clothes which were supposed to be washed. Added water to the machine and watched it fill to the level needed and then added a spoonful of the Ariel washing powder.

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I had a shirts which was going to be a challenge to Ariel, and that one had a bit of tea spill on it. I put them together in the washing machine. I watched as the machine spun and set the process of washing…

After 20 minutes I pulled the clothes out to check how it was and found that they were looking clean and soft. I then put them in soft water which actually is the Siruvani water here for better effect and made them look like new.

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The best part was the clean shirt which had the tea spill now had no trace of it. I enjoyed a break infact getting back to washing clothes should be a normal chore instead of it being on and off. The Ariel detergent has a nice effect on the fabric and that shows very clearly when you wear it.

Also you could calculate the amount of calories spent doing this. You will be surprised on this. Check for yourself.

Senthilkumar

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Now to the tidbit that I had posted before, men always had been washing probably. Now they are getting back to doing that!

Digital India in your hands! #DigitalIndia

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Satish has just got into his 9th class and he knows he needs the most important certificate at this point in life. He went to the District information Center, he took the help of the clerk uncle as he called him to fill the form and gave it to him. He was told to come in the evening and pick up the certificate.

Late evening he shows the community certificate to his dad who is surprised that it was so easy and wondering how tough it was for his elder son some 5 years ago. Earlier in the day he had accessed the online registration of his land documents and they were in the pipeline and he was happy he needn’t go around post and pillar to get his details about the property he was considering to purchase.

Come to think of such things, the passport application has become seamless and it was a breeze last week for his nephew who came from the nearby town to appear at the Passport Information office. Surprise the Passport had arrived before he left to his hometown after 4 days  and he picked it up the next day.

The AADHAR card has come to be the center of all this citizen centred initiatives. The neighbourhood colonies are now availing their PDS from the ration shop with such rationing only to be used by genuine users. The GPS and MIS systems in place has now made it easy to track the movement of goods for public distribution and also gets the realtime data so that there is logistics in full control.

Elsewhere the roll out of the GST and computerisation and digitisation of the toll booths and commercial check posts has now made the transport of goods seamlessly possible across the country.

Now even the issuing of license and other RTO works have become online and it’s just very simple with the online systems in place and no touts to work with.

The best part is the IRCTC becoming fast and agile and the booking of tickets becoming a breeze. The ticket booking status has become commonplace with the social added to the ticketing procedure.

The citizens today can keep tab /track of their ward / constituency development activities on their mobile phones. The citizen connect initiative has the financials very clearly marked and the work in progress being very clearly laid out for the citizens to take action if there is a delay.

The police connect data has the details on the policemen responsible for areas and there has been dramatic decrease in law and order issues and also the centralised police database which was long pending has changed the way the police work at the state level and the national level not to mention the way they work at the local level.

The Information highway right from the panchayat level to the prime minister’s office is today very transparent and when it started with the open attendance system it has become all the more accountable for whatever the citizen is paying in taxes.

The centralised Road transport digital initiative has made the e-checkpost work efficiently and also book road offenders without an opportunity  to briber police and the offences are tagged on the social media too making them little conscious of what they are upto.

Now there are no long queues outside  govt offices and the govt is becoming effective digital governance platform with the help of a lot of companies and individuals like Intel and making it happen for the citizens and the govt is now making it easier for the citizens to see the result of their hard work and also see for themselves how their hard earned money as taxes is being spent.

The rural folk are the happiest since now every one has a bank account and that started off the credit revolution to needy individuals and agriculturalists, since they can be given the cash transfer effectively and there is no spill in the value chain especially when it comes to relief and subsidies. This has made the subsidy bill go down drastically since its only the deserving set of people being paid and cutting a whole chain of intermediaries.

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(Unveiling of Digital Skills India in Dec last year. Pic courtesy: http://www.techvorm.com/ )

All these at the village level were achieved through the Intel’s Digital Skills for India’ programme where in the villagers were made ready for the oncoming digital world. Now everyone is getting impacted to the digital India that the Govt wants. The village has become more healthy and more clean with the digital literacy catching up with the villagers and the kids participating in full enthusiasm.

Satish had thought this was all a dream come true since he has always been hearing that in India the corruption will rule forever and for once he was proved wrong and how.

A #DigitalIndia is now a reality and its happening under the aegis of Intel, powering the entire generation… and changing it for the better.

I am sure our people had the foresight when they said ‘Vasudeva Kutumbakam’ so very early and probably digital  is making it happen more so than ever before making the world one family.

Whoever would have thought if we could do all these in a click of a button or a talking in their language with a Micromax tab.

Senthilkumar

Ozone launches India’s first Auto-Connect Application in the Public Wi-Fi space

New Delhi, March 26th 2015: Ozone Networks Private Ltd., India’s largest public Wi-Fi company has launched the 1st ever Auto-Connect Mobile Application, called the ‘Ozone Connect’. This will allow customers to login the moment they enter an Ozone Wi-Fi hotspot. This is a unique application that registers the customer the 1st time at the time of login, post that the authentication happens via a proper SMS authentication as regulated by the Telecom Regulator. The biggest benefit for the consumer is that it eradicates any type of manual intervention as the entire process takes place at the backend without the customer going through a cumbersome process of registering each time they enter a location. For the customer, the Ozone Connect Mobile App extends a “Home Wi-Fi” experience.

Sanjeev Bobby Sarin, Founder & CEO, Ozone Networks said “We are delighted to launch the Ozone Connects App for our consumers. This is not just a 1st of its kind, but a unique consumer centric proposition that will allow people to get easy access to Wi-Fi while they are at a location and simplify the overall experience. We have seen a surge in traffic 700% in the last 8-9 months at our locations. The Ozone Connect app will definitely take the consumer experience to an all new level.”

Ozone today has deployed 6500 access points and 1500 are public hot spots across 26 different cities, top 23 major metros covering the entire gamut from Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets. The company aims to reach 1 million hotspots by 2020. Ozone today is providing Wi-Fi to the Mumbai Airport (T1 & T2 terminals) & leading retail chains such as McDonalds, Haldiram’s, bluO and are in the process of signing with large coffee and food chains.

“Ozone Connect will make Public Wi-Fi ubiquitous for customers and manual interventions by the customer would not be required anymore to enjoy high speed Wi-Fi at all our locations. This will provide users a Home-like Wi-Fi experience and will seamlessly connect users across our network.” says Pallab Mitra, Chief Operating Officer of Ozone Networks Pvt Ltd

The Delhi Government, other state governments and the Railways would hugely benefit from Ozone’s unique neutral model which allows ubiquitous Wi-Fi usage across devices, users from different operators and for over-the-top companies like Google, Facebook etc.  Ozone is also strongly bidding for the Delhi Wifi project and is in a consortium with Ericsson and SpeedFetch.

Sanjeev Bobby Sarin, Founder and CEO, Ozone Networks further added “With the Ozone Connect application and SpeedFetch as an add-on for the fastest download across all Ozone locations, Ozone would be providing the best neutral Wi-Fi user experience in the country and is on a journey to provide the best Public Wi-Fi experience India has ever seen.”

How the Ozone App works?

Step 1: Connect with Ozone SSID when you enter a location

Step 2: You will get the customized landing page to login via Ozone Connect App

Step 3: You will automatically get redirected to Google Play Store App Page

Step 4: The Ozone #Connect App will open up automatically

Step 5: You will be required to do a one-time authentication process

Step 6: Connect with Ozone and start browsing

The next time the consumer enters an Ozone location; Ozone Connects App will automatically detect and connect the consumer to Ozone Wi-Fi.

Ozone has also started deploying market Wifi with a deployment in Aurobindo Market (a prestigious market in South Delhi) and now has a right of way to deploy Wifi in Huaz Khas Village.

Customer Speak

“We are very happy with the services that Ozone Wifi is providing in our market. I am very proud to say that the Ozone Wifi service in our market boasts of download speeds of close to 10Mbps and upload speeds of 9.48Mbps. Customers who use the service once have got hooked on and we have seen close to 10,000 unique users in 2months” says Sanjeev Madan, General Secretary of the Market Association in Aurobindo Market.”

The first Mobile journey with Moto E

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I have always wondered about the naming – smart phone. Some one was smart enough to coin that word and what has the world come to after that. In the process it also meant the pricing for smart phone has also made it more elitist until ofcourse the android phones became the buzz word.

I remember the style quotient with the Motorola RAZR v3i the flip phone. a proud owner of that phone especially when the stars in the movies actually flaunted it. For the matter of fact my first phone was a Motorola, the one with a monochrome, yellow display and large digital display. So you can be sure about Motorola anytime and everytime.

Now they have upped the game with the new Moto E and what an imaginative smart phone they have brought to the table. Absolutely matching the best features and in their own word that wont cost you the bank.

Something like bringing the redefined luxury of a premium cars to the sedans on road! An ideal way to choose to start your mobile journey with Moto E. StartwithMotoE

For the first timer this phone is loaded with features which was already getting rave review with the earlier version and yet for the first timer you could be in for a lot of surprises. The latest of OS, Android Lollipop. Tastes better for sure! Just kidding you deserve the latest and therefore it comes with the latest OS the mobile world is running on.

4G – yes you heard it right, it comes with 4G and makes you view the latest of all videos at crazy speeds, why should you be let down by speed. How about this for #choosetostart literally at the latest 4G LTE speeds. Play games, stream videos, listen to music and browse the web all at speeds that you will be envied for.

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Multitasking is in your genes and then ofcourse why not your smart phone. Moto E comes with  powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and advanced graphics. Lets you switch back and forth with business and personal work at ease or play games and check mails at the same time. Now its time to be faster more than ever.

Taking pictures with your smartphone is now much faster with two cameras –  a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a second camera in front. A world of selfies await you so does shots that you want to cherish for posterity. The best of all the Quick capture makes it easy with just the wrist action to change from primary to secondary camera to take selfies at just a twist, yes all without touching the screen ever.

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This is what the team has to say!

Quick Capture has been one of the most popular features we have on Moto X. So we decided to bring it to Moto E, too. It’s just one more way we are able to bring our premium innovation into a smartphone that doesn’t break the bank.

- MICHELLE GATTUSO / Product Management  Director

Moto E just added a dash of color to your life with colorful interchangeable bands and grip shells. For once you don’t have to spend a fortune on a phone and then also on the panels. Be colorful with your

And whats the fun if you dont have a battery to support all that you read just now! Yes the Moto E comes with a 2390 mAh battery, keeping you live and kicking all day!

And just in case you wanted to have a taste of all that watch this video! (features in a nutshell)


I know all the ‘first’ times are really memorable one as much as your going smart phone for the first time with Moto E will be. A definitely a great way to #choosetostart. An unforgettable first smartphone experience awaits you.

Senthilkumar

Ramayana – The Game of Life : Shattered Dreams – a book review

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I think we are a nation built on mythology going by what you see today on twitter and slang matching happening online. But before these internet rage took centerstage, Doordarshan in early days of 80s had the nation in charms with the two worlds greatest epic on screen, the Ramayana and Mahabharath! Those days it meant Sundays were meant for Ramayana and Mahabharath. The charm wore on with the whole generation so much so, some of the character actors made their presence to the parliament.

As regards retelling of the epics, its been happening for long and this century is not an exception.

The book in review is an excellent series if you ask me and what a debut it was by the author Shubha Vilas. Rooted in the treatment of the epic for what it matters most, the interpretation of the same to add values to the life around us is perhaps the significant take away from this book or series.

Continuing from the last epic of the childhood days of the Rama, this one is the retelling of the Dasaratha’s shattered dreams. You might also take a literal working of getting your boon claimed, unlike the words and gift vouchers which come in with a expiry. The boon that was given by Dasaratha in a war time long long years ago is revived by Kaikeyi, aided by his maid to make Bharatha the King just hours before the coronation of the Prince Rama. Not that Rama is not the apple of all the three mothers, but this is the way it got to be.

If you thought there was any way modern day classic writers could come close to the twist in the tale, well sorry this was greatly done right from the Valmiki days and Shubha Vilas captures the moments especially the way anxious Dasaratha is portrayed is unparalleled. The teaching impact of those moments are a treat to read as always.

So if you love to really watch the Ramayana happen in front of you especially going through the minds of the characters and then stop over to think and digest what those tales and moments in the tales means for you in life, then this is the book you need to read. I was transported to Dasaratha’s kingdom with pomp and the cries of the whole kingdom when King makes an announcement and also walk alongside Rama if you want.

The nuggets of side stories make for an excellent read and keeps you gripped to the happenings and is almost like the  mind reading of the characters that you are reading about.

If you thought that your life’s problems are big, imagine a prince who would be king tomorrow morning and then you see a email saying you are fired and then not just that you got to go into exile. How do you maintain your poise that you are known for. Rama is that character who will tell you how to react or sometimes how not to react.

I am sure you will experience the words crafted beautifully and the retelling has the impact of Valmiki and the rendering of Kambar making it a delight to read.

I am waiting for the next in the series and see how the story unfolds especially with some of the nuggets that we don’t know or not exposed to and ofcourse how we should apply these to our everyday lives.

A word of gratitude to both the author – a revered friend now and folks at blogadda.com for the book.

Senthilkumar

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Coca Cola International Day of Happiness

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There is a very simple way to happiness, the easiest way is to not depend on anything to be happy but is that really practically possible. Yes in a way making ourselves happy because these will be steps that will take me through the day and week together.

So here goes some of the things that bring happiness:

On a crowded day after work, getting into the bus and finding a seat vacant is happiness, and being able to vacate that for much deserved elder person is then the happiness doubles.

My bike ride is one of happiness, never has given me a problem and more so I can rely on and the kick to start is a sign of happiness. Been on long rides and short ones, but its a nirvana riding the bike.

Rain makes me happy. When heavens open up its a big smile for me. Love to watch the rain. Love to ride my bike on the road happy and unfettered, and sometimes take a walk. Like the feeling of the rain drops on me that’s absolute happiness

Chai – the tea is another one of my happiness moments, It has the ability to make you just get up and make it happen, something like Coca Cola, which is the cold equivalent of tea for me. Never a time to turn down, I driven long and walks distances to get some chai.

Books make me  happy, the smell of the new print is a happiness moment. Time to read and time to sleep are things that go together. They say books are friends who don’t speak back but yeah they do all the speaking in a way.

Getting on the road to a green corridor in my city is a happiness moment, in one of the arterial roads, you get to drive clearly across the traffic lights if you clear the first one on green and you could go all the way some 7 km straight at an average speed of 60kmph.

Well there are things online which make me happy some likes on the FB post not really behind the likes for all the posts, some RTs from the followers. Sometimes a mention from a celebrity or a RT will be a happy moment.

Some times the messages from friends and loved ones on the text  messengers or the whatapp sometimes. the most valued ones are those when they deposit money into your account. Well that’s always there.  There are more occasions when I see someone make great strides makes me happy. Things that way are an inspiration in more ways than one.

Sometimes when you are congratulated for your role which you deserve are some of the other moments when I am happy and this is most of the times in my career!

 

Now tell me what makes you happy?

Senthilkumar