MYFIT – an ode to Power Dressing by Van Heusen

Everyone is unique; a fingerprint cannot be duplicated in another person. A DNA is unique. The one and only kind of things that makes us real.

That’s so important when you think about how you dress. Ideally clothes maketh a man! Shakespearean or otherwise it’s true to a great extent. Now when we want to dress up what do we do. Go shopping. There is a thrill attached to it. Ask the ever gentle ladies that would be the best thing to happen for them.  Shopping.  Period.

As for us men, we have a chance to be the best, we need to work a bit hard. One size doesn’t fit all and when was that you could have the best dressing in terms of body type, either you have a broad shoulder or an athletic figure, you don’t get a shirt to fit.

Just check for your stores or you could go to a Van Heusen store and pick your choicest stuff. You know that’s an investment into personal branding if you ask me picking up things at Van Heusen. Who wouldn’t want Power Dressing?

Imagine the same Power Dressing taken to a next level. Thats MYFIT for you from Van Heusen.

I was thrilled beyond limits when I got to know I am a part of the MYFIT campaign by Indiblogger. So the very next day I made a visit and check out my sizes with the help of the Store Assistant. I tried a near couple set of dress and made a note and then went on to purchase the perfect one from Trendin.com 

Stepping into MY FIT at Van Heusen Exclusive store, when they say Gauranteed to fit they mean it to the last word. If you have doubts you can see some of the pictures later in the blog.

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The Way for you to choose the MY FIT trousers… pick the one which makes you look best. You have a smug fit, custom fit, slim fit, ultra slim and healthy fit all designed to give you the right shape and fit for your body. I chose a Custom fit.

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Add the shirts to the list, choose from the different sizes, for your body type and shape, you could choose from Custom, Slim, Healthy, Plus, Athletic or Tall.

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I did try some to get the best combination of slim or custom shirt. I chose a slim 40 for my shirt which fit in well. After being fully convinced and being your own self trying out the sizes and looking at he mirror where a power packed you is reflected, I was done with step one of my adventure. In fact the best part is I could get the combination of a slim fit and a custom fit only with MY FIT!

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I should add the store assistant was very helpful in getting the right fit / set which will look best on me.   I also had a look at the catalogue of the fabrics available for both shirts and trousers, some of the designs Now to the online part of choosing the right fit. Now that I have my numbers handy including the height it was time to log in MYFIT on Trendin!

Logged into Trendin.com and checked into the MYFIT store!

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You choose Shirts / Trouser and start customising to the effect.

Choosing the shirt was nice, since I had the numbers handy I chose the slim fit for the body type: Options in the bracket below.

1. Body Type: Slim Fit  ( Custom/Tall/Athletic/Plus/Healthy )
2. Size: 40 (You choose yours)
3. Fabric: Fabric 3 ( a choice based availability / price )
4. Sleeve: Full ( Half )
5. Sleeve length: Standard (+1 / -1 inch)
6.Collar: Half Cut away ( Mandarin )
7.Cuff: Double ( Chisel )

Now on to the Trousers,

1. Body Type: Custom ( Snug/Slim/Ultra Slim/Healthy )
2. Style: Pleated ( Flat front )
3. Size: 34 ( Choose yours )
4. Fabric: Formal ( You can choose from Cotton / Formals / Premium Formals )
5. Trouser Length: 31 ( add yours or if you don’t know leave it blank )

All done and paid up by the voucher and signed out now waiting for the real thing to arrive.

In all this, I was very pleasantly surprised at the way they have used customer intelligence and made it a fine art even while shopping online. The way it got me through the navigation was perfect. Kudos to the design team.

And then it arrived one day, very nicely packed must I say power packed.

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I could feel a sense of elation, the way its has been packed and delivered. It was time to get dressed and feel the power.

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There was a sense of exuberance and a sense of elation when you wear it and feel the power and also the right fit. With this I am sure they have taken the MY FIT to the level that they had envisaged. This I am sure will change the way Power Dressing is done from now onwards. Bringing you closest to the perfect fit that you have always wanted from Van Heusen.

I am not adding more screenshots here, please visit the site for yourself and I am sure you will amazed and end up buying for sure. Let me also add you can order the same at the store too with all the specification for the fabrics that you want. A way of touch and feel with respect to the clothing that you are looking for.

MYFIT is surely a comfort and a custom fit par excellence.

My sincere thanks to folks at Indiblogger, for this awesome activity and being a part of this Van Heusen power dressing campaign – MYFIT.

Senthilkumar R

The Cricket World Cup the style extravaganza par excellence…

There was once a time when the players played in whites, you had to be really attentive to keep track of them. The style quotient however flamboyant wasn’t really  the way it ought to have looked with the jaded whites not making any impact on the photograph too.

There were days even earlier when the likes of Sir Richards, and Shastri modelling for Only Vimal suitings, well all these off the cricketing action in fact. They had a charm but well all you could watch was that shot and the leg work or sometimes the run up and the action of the bowler.

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Then the colours came in, one day internationals was not jaded in whites, the gentleman’s game was getting some colour on the field literally. then on the colour have ruled the roost in yellow, blues, greens not to mention the maroon.

One of the biggest and closest moments someone came to be associated with style and cricket officially was when the Pakistani President Musharaf requested Dhoni not to cut his long mane – hair during his T20 trophy presentation. Did we hear it right, well fashion and dressing had changed by then. India was in blues, and till day continues to #bleedblue ofcourse of varying shades of blue that is.

Ofcourse the foreign players on a Mohawk haircut or a shaved one would not have been a great sight but Indians team and its players have also started to don some significant changes in their attitude wearing the fashion on their sleeve, er on the head and sometimes the moustache. And when Dhoni did it was news flashy across…

As I write this there are enough reports on the style quotient especially with respect to Shikar Dhawan’s moustache so much that the Gillette is reporting slow down in sales. Just kidding. This is also the target audience’s involvement in fashion that gets reflected in the dressing room.

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I heard Harsha during the commentary during the recent world cup matches on how the Indian boys would have done their haircut in Australia, may be they were helping themselves in the dressing room. Now apart from the way they wield a bat or bowl a fine length its their looks and the hair that have now become the talk of the town ofcourse all these with the performance that they match on ground.

You cannot dismiss the coloring of the hair either. The best of the lot Malinga can look menacing with his colour and add fire power to his pace if you ask me.

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Colours colours everywhere and to top it all a trimmed hair head in a moments notice and a worldcup trophy – that was Dhoni for you.

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The tatoo play: These days we have seen the tatoos with Virat and other players sporting them in a style to match the aggressiveness they sport on the field. It adds to the style quotient without any doubt.

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Its now a game with so much at stake and well if you ask me there is a lot of it with style adding to it.

I am sure we have come a long way. Just take a look at this pic when Kapil Dev and his men won the 1984 worldcup with the then Indian Prime Minister. That almost look like the men are from a corporate club working :)

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Cheers

Senthilkumar

Photo credit: Wikipedia

The Mahabharata Quest – the Alexander Secret by Christopher C Doyle #bookreview

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Publisher Westland
ISBN-10 9384030597
Edition 1st Edition
Book Type Fiction Book
Number of Pages 308 Pages
Publication Year 2014
Language English
ISBN-13 9789384030599
Binding Paperback

I have been lucky to be reading the Mahabharata or its connections in a way or other. Looks like I will take to mythology as much as the debut authors in a sense for revieweing books.

This is a great effort from the author Christopher C Doyle connecting the ancient Mahabharata and the Alexander’s search for immortality and the present day Order. I am sure a lot of things go unnoticed when you read between the lines. The never so obvious language and the interpretation of the Sanskrit Shlokas in the Mahabharata and how they have a bearing in the medical science is a intriguing aspect of this story.

The author churns out a nice moving tale across times zones and also has a nice flash back for the Alexanders’ days to keep the rationale intact. A fast paced and has woven on a lot of research and presented in a very lucid style to keep the reader’s interest till the last page.

The characterizations are very well done and has all the ingredients of making of a movie, I believe this could well be a possible script which can be well executed in a way. Why I am saying this is the visual narration of the scenes is absolutely great and that makes it a great read.

The characters, Vijay, Imran, Radha, Alice, Collin and Shukla apart from the Coopers on the other side make for nice well knit team.

The books makes for a nice reading with Mahabharata and Alexander’s quest and modern day Order in a very complex web of secrets dating back to the Mahabharata’s churning of the milky ocean. The link being well the nectar and immortality associated with it. And do you know Alexander wanted to be God. Read this book as it takes you on a trip to his hey days and how he lost the plot.

In the present day scenario, the best part is the way the both sides try to outwit each other. Though we have to wait and see how it ends up. Six months to know and probably the doctor would also know if the trial is working out.

Well the author has handled it pretty fast paced and you know in the end this is a book with sequel.

Now have to wait to know what happened.

As you wait please check out the trailer…

About the author: Christopher C. Doyle is an author who transports the reader into a fascinating world where ancient secrets buried in legends blend with science and history to create a gripping story. Along the way to publishing his debut novel, The Mahabharata Secret, Christopher pursued a career in the corporate world after graduating from St. Stephens College, Delhi with a degree in Economics and studying business management at IIM Calcutta. Over the course of his corporate career, Christopher has written articles on management and business for Indian and international publications and is also a regular invited speaker for international conventions and conferences. He is a certified Executive Coach and now works with senior executives to help them achieve success and better results in their organizations.

PS: Thanks to folks at Clea Public Relations for sending in a e-book to read and review…

Blog for compassion #1000speaks

I have been seeing a lot of my friends on this Blog for compassion mission. I thought I should chip in with just a simple video… though this a Coca Cola commercial it fits in well with what we are talking about…

and one more like that of Dr. Roshan’s pictures in a video…

The world is a beautiful place by default… lets not give in to those negative tendencies and make them larger than life…

If the sun rises and the river flows its just because of people who are there doing what is human, compassionate and true…

Senthilkumar

Microsoft Launches Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 at affordable prices…

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Bangalore, 20, February 2015 — Microsoft today launched its two most affordable Lumia devices till date, the Microsoft Lumia 532and Microsoft Lumia 435. With a great 5MP camera, premium layered design, Glance screen, front facing camera, 1GB Ram and more memory, Lumia 532 enables people to achieve their goals and accomplish more with the best of Microsoft’s experiences. The Lumia 435 is the first 400 series Lumia and the most affordable Lumia yet. Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 deliver competitive hardware alongside innovative software that will continue to receive the very latest updates and enhancements, keeping users up-to-date with the best new features.

Offering the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system and Lumia Denim, the Lumia 435 opens up the Lumia Windows Phone experience to even more people. Lumia 435 is available at a best buy price of INR 5999/- and Lumia 532 will be available at a best buy price of INR 6499/- starting 19th February, 2015.

The Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 bring the latest Windows Phone experiences to newer price points, without compromising on innovation and overall experiences

  • Comes with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Centre, Word Flow and Live Folders
  • Capture photos quickly and easily with Lumia Camera right out of the box, and take, edit and share great selfies with the front-facing camera and Lumia Selfie app
  • Smoothly enjoy all of your favourite websites, leading apps and games thanks to the on-board 1GB of memory, 8GB of on-board storage and a dual core processor on the Lumia 435. For those who want more power, the Lumia 532 comes with a quad core processor
  • Stay up-to-date with the best features through regular updates to Windows

More on the Go with the new Lumia 532 and Lumia 435

  • Make memorable Skype video calls and seamlessly switch between voice and video with built-in Skype integration and the front facing camera
  • Access, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and OneNote notebooks wherever you are, with the pre-installed Office suite
  • Save and sync photos, videos and Office documents securely with up to 30GB of free OneDrive cloud storage
  • Connect with work and personal e-mail while on the go, with Microsoft Outlook built-in

The India offer for Lumia 532 and Lumia 435

  • All Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 owners on Airtel subscriptions will get to enjoy 500 MB data internet pack per month, free of cost for 2 months.
  • Travellers can use the Windows Phone RedBus app on their Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 and get Rs. 1500/- worth of discounts on bus tickets over 6 single trips through the app (Rs. 250 off on every trip for 6 journeys – Valid for 6 months from the date of app activation)
  • Paytm, India’s largest mobile payments service will offer Rs. 750/- cashback of recharges through the Paytm app (Rs. 150 off every month for 5 months)
  • Consumers can now make your phonebook smarter with Truecaller, get 6 months of Truecaller Premium subscription worth Rs. 360/- free

Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 will begin rolling out in India in February. Both devices will be available in bright green, bright orange, white and black, and will be available in single and dual SIM variants.

Tech specs summary:

  Lumia 435 Lumia 532
Operating system Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
Display 4” WVGA 800×480 screen 4” WVGA 800×480 screen
Battery 1560 mAhbattery 1560 mAhbattery
Processor Dual Core Snapdragon 200 processor Quad Core Snapdragon 200 processor
Main camera 2 MP, Lumia Camera 5 MP, Lumia Camera, LED flash
Front facing camera VGA 0.3 MP VGA 0.3 MP
Memory 8GB + up to 30 GB free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB + 1GB RAM 8GB + up to 30 GB free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB + 1GB RAM

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.

Look at my valentine! I,Me Myself! #unconditionallove

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Being lost in love to yourself is the best part. And when you have a phone that can just let you be yourself, why do you need a Valentine? eh? Here goes the reasons why Asus Zenphone is the first and the last Valentine!

The High definition Display screen

Watch the images come alive on the screen with IPS technology rendering wide viewing angle to the display enhancing the video viewing experience.  And don’t forget you can navigate through multiple applications on this large touchscreen with ease. with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels it provides clearer images with brilliant contrast quality.

The power to be worry free is a great feeling!

Only when you have an Asus Zenphone do you think more of yourself than worry for so many things. You know when you are powered by Intel Atom Processor which is energy efficient and lets you do what you like talk or play without worrying for you battery

An third eye you would love!

A camera so great makes for your third eye, so you get pictures that others cant. Yeah when you have a 5 element optical high quality lens to click pictures and which has sensor with larger aperture allowing more light and delivering great and finer details to your picture. Click pictures like never before so those moments can be lived again.

As much as you would love yourself, you will end up clicking the most self loving selfies as you have a wonderful camera on the front. Click click click all the way everytime you enjoy being yourself.

Play like no one else..

You are a gaming freak and yes play like never before. With Intel inside and graphics supported you are in for a great time play and never a dull moment again. Your Valentine knows you better than ever.

Multitasking like you

There are so many things you want to accomplish and then ofcourse you get that done your way. Asus Zenfone is your companion helping you work getting it over multitask with the power of the Intel inside – browse the web, stream videos and play games all at a go..

The colour full panels 

Trust Asus to make it more colorful for all your occasions or your ward robe. The panels will make you flaunt your phone like a new one every occasion you go to. With s many colors to choose from this is going to give you the right match when you need.

There is enough and more reasons for you to choose Asus Zenfone as your valentine. I am sure this will be great match for those young at heart . S0 you meet your match with a Asus Zenfone. Check out the options that you have to get your most admired Valentine here: http://www.flipkart.com/asus.

Need more reason to see why Asus Zenfone will be your Valentine, watch this video…. making you feel good that you do have a valentine!

This is a part of Indiblogger #HappyHours…

Senthilkumar

The sound of love! #Feb14

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These are crazy times when I would write a post about Valentine’s day. Not that I could do it the way I am gonna explain but I thought I will let my imagination fly and propose to her.

Those three words, well those three words are the toughest to say and you need to be sure that you are saying that to the right person.  I am sure you got to have a clear throat before you venture to say that to your loved one. Might be useful to pop in a Vicks goli, and may be have a mouth freshener and be fully agile after a nice drink of Glucon D or munching down a Perk – take your pick. Mind you this is going to be your make or break day! Never take chances.

So on that day, the first thing is taking up the role of the newspaper boy and get the paper delivered with a bunch of red roses. Try playing a song may be without inviting the attention of the neighborhood uncle. Only thing that should be done is to take care she picks up the paper!

Wait at the corner to find that. Get off from there. Surprise to be maintained.

Next stop. Bus Stop! Send a bunch of flowers through may be the nearest florist with a tag. Follow up to the work place. Already a special bouquet is placed at her table.

Chances are she might get to know.  I send a video message at 12.00 pm on her mobile…. and the same time there is a delivery of a beautiful Bluestone #SOUNDOFLOVE pendant.

If you thought we were crazy about love imagine the people at Bluestone, they got the wave of the words I Love You and made a design! You ask me are they for real? Well thats a kinda Physics marries emotion and gold eh??? That’s crazy psychology if you ask me. And mind you they have same day shipping that’s really a great way to surprise your beloved.

The best part of the unboxing is when she opens up the box, there’s this back ground music all around and then this is the highlight.  Enter the hero, yours truly and kneel before with a Red rose and propose!

Same time will have a cake – white forest to be cut for the day… no points for guessing the design is the new wave design of Bluestone Sound of love collection.

Now that Valentine’s Day is already planned I am now going to see the design in action especially the way they came out with the wave.

Senthilkumar

“I am participating in the #SoundOfLove activity atBlogAdda in association with Bluestone

Lunchboxed on a valentines day #lunchboxANDyou

Well, let me tell you my friends, I never thought I would be writing this post. Seriously!

Until I was browsing the Indiblogger mail, may be that happened for a reason and possibly it was destined

Valentine’s day has never been my cup of tea. For someone who believes that every moment could be a valentine’s moment, all you need was to be in that realm of mental happiness be in touch and you know they are there for you. Someone who thinks telepathy happens for a reason.

But then times changed. I was introduced to her by my parents. On that day I didn’t even speak to her.  You know the way it works in the arranged marriage types. Every one talked. except may be us.

The beauty of relationship is in understanding things without having to say sometimes. I think that happened, and soon we started talking and today we are engaged.

So when everyone asks me how often do you call, I say sometimes, and those times are when there is a connect to say things and get to know us better. And that sometimes could be everyday or alternate days.

There is this acceptance of the dual nature that we are in our work, the way I have been with many companies in my career and she with just one all 14 years! A very digital and socially affable me against a minimal presence online from her side.

I now know there need not be common grounds in a relationship, possibly that would actually open up new points to understand the better of the other person. The beauty of a relationship is in understanding the other person, accommodating them in your world without reservations.

And talking of food, she loves chicken – always has a big taste for anything chicken, so I thought she could have some butter chicken and some biriyani for the lunchbox.  So this Valentine’s Day would be remembered for sure. The Lunchbox will be a memory of the bonding between us.

And a note, a very small one at that…

Chitra Dear,
Happy Valentines Day!
A special Lunchbox to celebrate the special day!
Thanks for being the special person in my life…
Have a memorable day!
Yours Senthil

At home for us eating together is a habit that has grown over the years, and there is a call to confirm if we are making it on time.
For all those who are celebrating your day don’t forget to make it special for the special person in your life whoever is your valentine.

This Valentine’s day make it special with a 8.00 pm premiere of  LunchBox the critically acclaimed movie only at ANDPictures.in check out the link here.

The Valentines Day Premiere!

 

Thanks #Indiblogger and &pictures for making this possible to celebrate this wonderful day in a special way.

Senthilkumar

You got a ping! – there’s a message on your mobile!

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There was a time when we could go on with our work without any hindrance. There was a time you had to be at the desk to be on FaceBook well orkut some days ago.

1994_phonesI remember the first  mobile some time in early 2000, I had was the Motorola almost the size of the Cordless phone that we had, the closest resemblance is the second one in the pic, the yellow monochrome screen would flash the number of the person calling in digital font if you can understand what I mean.

The cost was also not that cheap some 16 rupees for incoming and outgoing at double the cost. As days passed by, our regional brand Aircel made the first move making the incoming free and everyone followed suit.

The internet story was happening alongside with dial-up and other ISDN and things like that and the early social was orkut and some hi5 and some myspace et al. There were some other Indian sites with forgettable names. So we would wait for the evening to check what is happening to the orkut scraps as they we called and wait for some testimonials sometimes.

The times went fast literally in case of internet adoption it had overtaken all the media, the tv, the land phone etc… The mobile phones especially the smart fancy & most advanced with internet connections were sought after and did cost a bomb; not to forget the Apple series iPhone making it a way of life.

But all this changed when the Indian smart phone manufacturers like Micromax and Karbonn started it with a price that could be afforded by the large set of population and that’s when the Facebook and twitter came inbuilt and well the life has not been same again for the Indian population.

I am also lucky to be a part of that population who had access to a decent feature phone and upgraded to a smart Blackberry out of corporate style and then ofcourse to the Android next. All those times I have been connected 24/7 to internet and FB and twitter.

There was this innate urge to check them out, literally every now and then when there is a beep saying there is a message somewhere on one of those apps. On a personal  level it has closed the time gap in being in touch. I know what my friends are upto, the twitter timelines and what to expect that day at the news night.

You will have the best of the updated news and the most important things being discussed. You will feel as if you would have lost a part of yourself if you don’t carry the phone with you. There were times when you missed the phone at home and then felt as if you have lost yourself and get back. Its become a part of you, whether you are working or even when you go for a walk. You need it along with you.

Especially the social going mobile is the biggest thing that happened in this  century and the fact is that the next generation would be introduced to the social on mobile and to think we were all a part of the web based Facebook generation. I personally am a big fan of the same. The acquisition of Instagram and later Whatsapp by Facebook is a pointer to mobile first thinking by everyone. (you can read my blog on the same clicking on the names)

That being connected and being engaged got a new paradigm shift with the advent of social on mobile. There is a new generation of millennial  who are hooked to the mobile phone and everything is happening out there.

I would be missing out if the video and the messengers are not mentioned apart from the usual social. The songs then the videos from YouTube or any other player has come to be a part of the content consumption so much so that we don’t know how much of video content we are viewing.

As I am keying I have been served ads on an app named “Hotstar” promising to give all the tv content across the mobile screens. The mobile has for once and all changed the way we are, and the way we think perhaps the way we live.

Just take a look at this report and the future is going to be mobile all the way. “India — the world’s second largest Facebook audience – will surpass 100 million mobile phone Facebook users for the first time this year and by 2017, will have more mobile Facebook users than the US,” eMarketer said.

The above is a part of the report that appeared on Jan 22nd 2015 in the Economic Times, well not so long ago.

As we speak we have seen how social is an integral part of politics today with the result of AAP making a big win. We know both the victors in 2014 and now did use social to a great extent and ofcourse with precision that was characteristic of both the winners.

The mobile will today make the internet accessible to the most rural part of the country. And thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, the Founder of Facebook he has initiated internet.org in India today to give free access to internet in some states.

I am sure we can go on and on on how mobile has impacted us so much. I leave you with one small incident, a young techie had taught his mom to use a feature phone especially on how to text. Mom sent a message promptly the next noon asking – did you have lunch?

So much for bringing the family together even with a text. Imagine a Skype call or the voice on Viber or IMO. I am a happy go lucky guy simply because I got to study these and live these as a part of my job! What more can one ask for.

On the professional side there has been a big change with the apps and tools which help you and make things at ease. So you have all those things at the touch of a button or say a swipe or a tap.

Definitely as a professional in digital and internet of things and personally I am sure the mobile is a way of life going forward and ask me, the bandwidth and internet story has only just begun with the mobile enabling it  and making it happen all the way!

“I am participating in the #SMWBangalore activity at BlogAdda in association with Social Media Week Bangalore

Senthilkumar R

Kurukshetra – the Aryavarta Chronicles Book 3 by Krishna Udayasankar #BookReview

Epic Retelling of an Epic!

Epic Retelling of an Epic!

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher Hachette India
ISBN-10 9350097184
Imprint Hachette India
Number of Pages 384 Pages
Publication Year 2014
Language English
ISBN-13 9789350097182
Binding Paperback

Indian Mythologies have this rare distinction that the more you rewrite the more livelier they become and its one of the innate characters that they continue to be retold and perhaps this will continue for the days to come.

Each in its own context and setting and more perhaps suited to the times that the author is in the retelling takes the course with impact of the generation that it touches and communicates. That way this book will be remembered for the retelling of the kind that has never been attempted before.

This is a book to be read – a retelling redefined perhaps. You knew Mahabharatha, now know it from a parts of the forts that you have never been to. The graphic and gory retelling, and sometimes walking and talking through the minds of the characters sends you a chill down your spine, quite often we took them for granted without any investigation.

The scene is set for the war and how the allies on the part of Pandavas and Kauravas get ready to fight it out and the way it ends.

Aptly titled and well written with details, this book is sure to get you riveted to the last page. The way the book takes turns to reach into the mental realms of all the characters as they speak out their mind and sometimes something else being so graphically described takes you so much inside the forts and places that they walk and talk about.

You will feel the eerie sounds when you actually read through the pages and feel those moments along with the characters.

I loved the naming and the family tree part and its time I go back to the first two books to make it complete.

Its not just the war but what goes into the minds of each of the characters that’s the best part. I am sure the author has done a great deal of mind reading the characters and bringing them alive with such precision requires a tactful reading and delving deeper into the psyche and also the setting of the events that take place in the epic of all times.

I must mention that the author Krishna Udayasankar has taken us on a treacherous journey and the machinations of the characters. The portrayal of Govinda is an absolutely unravelling of the mystique behind his political wizardry is just an example.

I am sure this Mahabharata re-imagined and retold in many ways will be a game changer for many people to look at the epic and draw inspiration for retelling.

So if you come across this book take it and you will be happy that you did. You will watch the Mahabharata’s war stream live in front of you word by word.

A fast paced and yet a deep dive in great sense, this will leave you with scenes of the war right infront of your eyes. The narrative and graphic storytelling ability of the author will keep you awake to finish the book.

Personally I feel this riveting and fast paced a story telling of the Mahabharatha probably was destined.

Great writing, narrative, story telling all in a package that you will not skip a beat through the book.

For once apart from the Books Review category this forms a part of Politics in my blog!

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