sample110

Story on plastic ban

The sand beneath my feet is reddish black and muddy. I can't breathe properly. My lungs are craving for some oxygen. I ask for help from others. But they all are facing the same difficulty. The sun seems far away, there is hardly any water around and we can see our Mother Earth far below. Beckoning us, waving at us...calling us to come back. We all are...on Planet Mars ....our new home. Yes, we have all destroyed our beloved Mother Earth and shifted to Mars. From a deep blue-lush green planet, from here we can now see that men have turned Earth into a dull grey-dark black planet with no life form. And who is responsible?We, the mankind. We did not take care of our dear Mother Earth. We used plastic universally and casually in everything from - grocery bags, trash bags, shopping bags, bottles, to kitchenware and in everything else. We did not heed the advice of environmentalists, of scientists to stop using plastic. We used, we reused and we destroyed mother Earth.'Tttrriiinggg'......goes my alarm. I am panting. I suddenly wake up from my dream. A dream which can be turned into reality if not attended to now. The day will not be far away when we really will have to shift to another planet. So wake up, ban plastic...save your Mother Earth. We have only one.

Story on plastic ban

sample110

Flying Girl

I was travelling from Chennai to Hyderabad in a bus during the day. A young girl sat next to me. She was in her early 20s; she seemed to be disturbed quite a lot. It seemed like she was arguing to herself in her thoughts. Maybe her first break up, I thought. I did not want to trouble her. I started to gaze outside the window. The bus was running by the paddy fields and it was sunny outside. I tried to close the window.Suddenly, I felt a touch on my shoulder, i slowly turned towards her. She gently smiled and asked me. “Can I ask you something?”I was happy to chat with her, looking at her in pain for this long. “Yes please. ““If you had a chance to possess a super power what would it be? “I was surprised to hear this question. This seemed totally out of context. I thought for a moment and responded. Well i would like the power of controlling people’s mind from anywhere across the world… before i could finish, She says. “I would like the power to fly.” she continued “I should be able to fly anywhere I want. Far away from problems. If you are facing a problem anywhere just get up and fly somewhere else.” she seemed to be deep in her thoughts again.Well it sounded reasonable for me..And i followed it up with this question. To till date I did not know why I asked this question to her. That one question changed my life forever and has be haunting me till date. What happens if you have too many problems? I asked it with a smile on my face.“She gently responded with a smile. You can always decide to end it.”She seems to have already lost interest in the conversation. I followed it up with another question. Where are you going to?She said Jatnga, Assam. And turned her face around and closed her eyes to sleep.I realized the conversation was over. She was far away from her destination Assam, I thought.After a couple of days, while i was at work I decided to Google Jatinga. I had the shock of my life. I was startled and my whole body started shivering…Jatinga, a village on a ridge, is located in Dima Hasao district, Assam State in India. It is 330 kilometers south of Guwahati. It is most famous for the phenomenon of birds “committing suicide”.

Flying Girl

sample110

Pondy French Retreat

Pondicherry is now known as Puducherry officially, though most locals just call it Pondy. Once you step into Pondicherry and you'll wonder if you're in India or France. Pondicherry old town is quite small by Indian standards and the main tourist areas are enclosed within a 2Km by 1Km.The French influence is everywhere from the street signs, architecture,bakeries and coffee shops. A couple of weeks ago, I spent a weekend in Pondicherry and had an incredible time.we didn't quite have an agenda for this trip. How to travel ? From Bangalore, you have three options available: •Trains from yeshwanthpur which reach Pondicherry early in the morning •Multiple busses available on Redbus, KSRTC and Pondicherry Transport. •Drive down using a Zoomcar or your own car Where We Stayed? We had booked Villa Olivia from booking.com Dupleix is a quaint and charming designer home stay.Its in French colonial villa we admired how the interiors of this property were a beautiful blend of old-world charm and modern luxury. Our rooms had the cutest European style balconies overlooking the tranquil streets of White Town. What We Saw? We did manage to see a few tourist attractions using rented bikes(300 per day)from villa. Rock Beach -Enjoy beauty of sunrise Rock beach or Promenade beach is located in the heart of the city and is one of the top tourist attractions in Pondicherry. It is about a 1.2 km long stretch that starts from the War Memorial, Lighthouse and ends at the Dupleix Park (after whom our hotel is named) on Goubert Avenue. It is an amazing experience to sit on the mighty rocks and let the waves drench you with water when they hit against the rocks. The blue water turns whitish and sprayed all across. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shore line, we are pretty much sure this beach won't let you down. Special in Rock Beach: Evening stroll just as the sun is about to set or a early morning walk as the sun is about to rise. Auroville is a peaceful area, a few kilometers from the main town of Pondicherry. It is an experimental township with the purpose of realizing human unity. Auroville is kind of a hippie paradise and gives you the feel of Goa. You can't speak of Auroville without mentioning the Matrimandir (the golden dome), which means "temple of the mother". Standing in the middle of a beautiful garden, Matrimandir witnesses a large number of tourists every year. To go inside the temple,Nonetheless, we did a 3 km hike to see the temple from outside and it was outstanding. The Aurobindo Ashram is a spiritual community that is located in the French quarters of Pondicherry. The ashram has a beautiful display of exotic flowers and even ten minutes in this place can really help you quiet your mind and find peace. French town White Town is home to some of the cutest looking buildings and the whole place seems like it is stuck in a time. As the name suggests, this area was reserved for the white (French) people back in the day. It is a very well planned area and this is where you can find the bright yellow and white walls, arched gates lined with bougainvillea, and clean European-style streets. It is also home to some of the best restaurants and cafes in Pondi and taking a stroll through White Town is a must for any person visiting Pondicherry Paradise Beach Island We took Boat to reach Island, experince venue offers spectacular boating facilities in Chunnambar River, with the lush green plantations and backwaters in the backdrop. You can also enjoy sports activity here. Serenity Beach Prefect to relax on evening its not crowed beach. Beach has Rocks and boulders to fishermen’s boats and nets, and from splashing waves to cozy beach shacks and cafes. Visit Churches There are plenty of beautiful and serene churches in Pondicherry where you can spend time , Enjoy French architecture.The colorful, tinted windows and the gorgeous ceilings are a treat for every photographer’s lens. What We Ate? Pondy is renowned for the good food that it offers and a lot of restaurants serve authentic French cuisine. During our weekend there, we tried to indulge in different kinds of food and here are the restaurants we tried out: Tanto's is an Italian restaurant and pizzeria in Auroville that specializes in wood-fire pizzas. Their pizzas are some of the best you'll find in Pondicherry and the place is very affordable. They also serve soups, salads, pastas, and their iced tea is to die for. We had two meals in Le cafe restaurant next to Promenade beach. For dinner, we preferred dining outdoors under the stars, shanti villa and an old mango tree, enjoying the relaxing ambience and the live music. The restaurant is a little pricey but is definitely worth visiting to check out the beautiful and quaint hotel. Located at the end of the Promenade, GMT offers super authentic Italian style gelato in various flavors like melon, guava, pineapple and mango. I tried the melon ice cream and it was delightful. Also, these ice creams are apparently gluten-free, lactose-free and sucrose-free so that's another plus! Although we only spent a weekend in Pondicherry, it was an eventful trip and we managed to see, eat and shop quite a bit. If you enjoyed reading this post,Stay tune for more travel blog.

Pondy French Retreat

sample110

So You think you can Marry?

640 million people or 51% of India's population is married and a whopping 12.1 million Indians were married before the age of 10 and I wonder if they were all really ready to get married. Now I know why my mother keeps saying "Beta shaadi karle... You are getting older and everyone is getting married." and I am like "But I'm not ready!" In my opinion and I could be wrong as I have been about many things in the past. Marriage is a commitment of a lifetime, as annoying as it may sound, getting married is the most beautiful thing that could ever happen to you; provided you are ready and be done with yourself. It is extremely important that you are mentally (or) psychologically, emotionally, physically and financially ready for this commitment. If you are not, then you won’t be happy and you'll give up at some point. Psychologically ready: Oprah Winfrey, Sushmita Sen, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Queen Latifah, Saina Nehwal are some of the women who have redefined spinsterhood. Coco Chanel once said “I never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.” Salman Khan, when asked about when he plans to settle down' said he thinks he is mentally not ready and when he becomes more responsible he will think about it. They’ve got everything but they are way too busy with their lives, they’ve got stuff to do and they are mentally not willing to give up on their dreams, careers and that little personal space they made for themselves. It’s like you accept a tenant who doesn’t pay rent, you can do that only when you love the tenant more than the rent. When you have had enough time to explore your own likes and dislikes, your achievements and failures. Most importantly your opportunities and your flaws. Your strengths may not help you, unless your strength is patience. But knowing your flaws, what you lack can help you find 'almost' the right person. George Clooney one of my most favorite actors of all time, who had the reputation of a love 'em and leave 'em sort of guy, conceded that 'everything's different now' that he's married to Amal, the 37-year-old Lebanese-English human rights lawyer he wed at the age of 53. Emotionally & physically ready: A friend of mine was once debating, she said ‘when you're 16-19, you're mature enough to take control of your sexuality and understand the consequences and you're also a little more equipped to take them on if you’re faced with them.’ I agree & disagree, that could be true about girls as they are more responsible and have better control on things and superior decision making capabilities then most boys of their age. In case of men, most of us lack the ability to feel responsible, own and stay committed when we are young. I think guys need to be slightly older for both their brain and dick to grow a little bit more. Of all the divorces and separations I’ve witnessed 90% of the time it was because of the man. He was cheating or could not sexually satisfy his partner, surely that has to mean something, it actually proves most men aren’t 100% committed unlike most women. When grown men don’t feel the sense of responsibility imagine some guy at 16, 17 or even 20, I don’t think so… Having said that, everyone is physically ready as soon as they reach puberty, which is usually 13 to 15. Some reach puberty as early as 7 but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ready for sex. It’s like a game that can run on your phone but your phone gets too hot and shuts down. If you are not physically ready, then you’ll shut down like your phone. Btw If it keeps shutting down either you keep the phone and get a new game or change the phone altogether. Financially ready: Nothing comes for free and if you thought hiring a professional was expensive wait till you hire an amateur. Weddings are expensive, really fuckin expensive, the average amount of money spent on a wedding in India is 1.4 million rupees (7 Lacs per side). If you want a fancy wedding, then whatever you think right now is your budget multiply that by 10 times. I was part of a discussion once a friend of mine was planning her wedding, she wanted to keep it simple with just some friends and family, what started out as a $5000 event became $25000 event by the end of it. And that actually is just the beginning… Most people don’t even know where they spend their money. I am not going to tell you to save before you get married, what I want to express here is don’t marry if you are currently struggling to pay your bills. If you know how it feels to be broke, when you don’t have enough money to buy food and groceries for the rest of the month, you’ll know the value of money. And when you have it and when you have enough, when paying bills is not a problem anymore you’ll save yourself. Back to my point: If you marry and you aren't ready or you’re not done with yourself yet, you start to feel that you are losing out on a lot and you are right, you never had the chance to experience things and now you're married. You got to achieve what you want, live your life, make mistakes and correct them. Go out, travel, fall in love and break up, be broke and earn well. Get drunk and be sober. Do weird shit, be selfish and arrogant, start to care and keep your feet on the ground. When your spouse is waiting at home for you on a Friday night hoping to spend the weekend with you and a bunch of friends who want to go out for a drink the same time, it's a difficult call to make when you haven't had enough time for yourself. On the contrary if you have had a fair share of fun and you've learnt the value of dedicating time for your loved ones then you can make that decision quite easily. You need to give in and you definitely need to be willing to compromise. Nobody finds a psychological twin, there is never a perfect match and you will never find Miss or Mr. Perfect for yourself. The challenge is you have to become that Ms. /Mr. Perfect and it is easy to do so when you are done with yourself. "Preparing for marriage is like going to war, you may prepare as much as you like but there’s always an element of surprise." Resources: The numbers are taken from census data and an article by the Times Of India. 1.21 crore (12.1 million) or 1.89% of the 64 crore (640 million) married populace were less than 10 years when they got married. These numbers were validated against the numbers on the below sites and arrived at a population of 1.25 billion people.

So You think you can Marry?

sample110

The Power Of Positive Thinking

It is often said that thinking positive is easier said than done. We often hear motivational books, best motivational authors and best motivational speakers all propagating the cause of Positive Thinking in our lives. Yet in the face of adversity we all go in a downward spiral and let negative thoughts permeate our minds. All of us are unique and have different propensity to brace tough times. Some folks give in early, some endure to an extent and some simply don’t give up until they turn the situation around.Behavioural scientist have tried to decipher the distinct pattern of our thoughts under adverse circumstances and have come to the following conclusion regarding our unique endurance limits.Positive thinking has to be inculcated as a habit. Every situation has a two sides to it. The positive thinkers emphasize the positive side whereas negative thinkers gloat over the negatives. Human brain has a limited memory and processing power. If you feed positive thoughts every day, these thoughts get accumulated in your memory and after a certain stage in any tough situation your positive brain machinery is still active and it releases positive responses to deal with the crises at hand. As we all know brain structure is very plastic in nature. If we use certain section of brain more often, it develops and gets enlarged to subside the other parts of brain. So positive thinkers feed in to the positive brain machinery which develops and makes your negative machinery smaller and less active.Those who practice positive thinking and see positive side of every situation however depressing it may are the ones who come out as winners in every situation. One should start a step by step approach to positive thinking. If you see a failure in life, think of it as stepping stone to a bigger and larger success and renew your efforts with vigour. If you see a relationship falling apart, you should view it as an opportunity to start afresh and build better and more loving relations. Every setback can be viewed positively. One should train their mind to do it. Over a period of time you will find that positive thinking has become your natural response to any adverse condition. Winning and losing in life is all in your hands. With you positive mindset you can convert your losses to gains in no time. Happy Positive Thinking.

The Power Of Positive Thinking

sample110

How to Differentiate between Good Motivational Speakers and Authors with Mediocre One’s and How corp

Of late it has become quite commonplace for people to venture into motivational speaking and writing at an early age and take it as a full time profession. Anybody and Everybody with average to good oratory skills is jumping the bandwagon and trying to masquerade as the Greatest Motivational Speaker or Author ever to descend on this earth. It is pertinent to note here that good oratory and language skills are a must for making a mark as distinguished speaker or author but they are not the only skills that are required. What is important is that person should be a renowned achiever. He should have excelled in some field. He should have gone through some insurmountable tough times. He should have shown resilience, endurance and indomitable spirit in coming out of tough situations. In short person should be naturally motivated and only then he can share his experiences with a large audience. He can draw insights from his own experience which can benefit his audience and inspire them to parallel the same grit and determination. In the absence of these experiences most of the run of the mill motivational speakers and authors draw upon the life stories of great achievers and dramatize the delivery to inspire participants and audience. But alas, the outcomes of these sessions are very short lived. The audience may admire the life stories of great achievers but they don’t carry home any insights on what were the motivations of these achievers which propelled them to greatness. They never come to know on what were the internal thought process these folks were going through when they were bracing difficulties. Audiences get to hear second hand information with very little impact on them. That’s where most of the motivational speakers and books fail. Only folks who have experienced adversity and become self-motivated through their own experiences can make an impact. So I will sum up to Corporates that if you really want to make a lasting impact with motivational levels of your leadership team, then please engage someone who possess the above mentioned traits. Simply engaging folks with fancy language skills wouldn’t be effective.

How to Differentiate between Good Motivational Speakers and Authors with Mediocre One’s and How corp

sample110

10 Killers Ways to Monetize your Blogging

10 Killers Ways to Monetize your Blogging I know that you clicked on the link because somewhere somehow you want a mentor to guide you and help you generate passive income ideas. In this blog, I'll be talking about a few ways how you can realize passive income success from just posting blogs- yes, blogs a piece of write-up about the stuff you love to do! Let me little bit clear the fundamentals, the blog is nothing but a platform where you share informative content and answer the frequently asked questions trying to solve people's problem. In this blog, I'll be trying to show you 10 killer ways how you can make passive income money from your blog. 1. Become an expert A blog is backed-up with huge research and analysis. Thus, it adds value and improves your existing knowledge, Finally, opens up the door for multiple side income sources. 2) Google Ads A blog is a place where you accumulate the crowd. Thus, it's a golden opportunity to monetize the crowd by showing them ads. You achieve this by signing in to the program called Google Adsense. 3) Sponsored Ads Such type of income is generated by placing ads by contacting directly with third-party vendors or publishers. 4) Affiliate Marketing Its a process of business model, where you flock traffic on your blog relevant to a niche and try to sell products of third-party vendors from the same niche. 5) Sell your own products Develop your own digital products and try to sell this to your email lists. There will be a high chance that your email list that is your regular visitor would love to experience your products and later become your regular buyers. 6) Promotion Make money just be endorsing or promoting other brands in an educational way by not presenting yourself as a salesy guy. 7) Events Once you grow your blog, you build your brand and get an opportunity to host events relevant to the interests of your visitors. 8) Sell Email database Email database is a rich source of income. Once you build your subscribers, it grows up to reach a source of lead database list that may help multiple companies to raise awareness about their products or services. And ultimately, you become rich by selling database :) 9) Guest Posts Once you reach to a certain amount of traffic that other companies in your niche get attracted to your subscribers or readers, its time to make money by publishing the third party guest posts, it would be an indirect promotion of these companies. 10) Teach blogging Teaching is not only a noble profession but also make you very good money. Teach blogging and the above money making models to other budding bloggers and charge mentoring or tuition fees. Readers, these are just the 10 ways and the tip of the ice berg. There can be multiple other ways also. Hope that the blog added some value to your precious time. In case, if you have any questions, then please comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

10 Killers Ways to Monetize your Blogging

sample110

How to start disrupting the Market

How to start disrupting the MarketAt the start of your entrepreneurship journey, you should generate as many as possible ideas which fulfil a current unmet need of the market. The unmet need could be a product or a service or could be a technology driven solution to a current problem. If you are particularly looking to disrupt the market, then technology should be able to dismantle the existing structures of the business with speed, ease, user experience and cost. The customer is not interested in what is cooking in the kitchen.If your product or service or a solution provides better speed, can be leveraged from a phone app or a portal and has a great user experience while doing all of this at a fraction of current costs then you have done your homework right. The more the automation or use of technology in the business, the more likely it is going turn out to be efficient and hence becoming more scalable. The more your business does away with establishing physical structure and people centric organization the better it will turn out to be.And finally , the more your business uses transactional data for self-learning algorithms or artificial intelligence the more it would be able to predict what lies ahead. Accordingly you can generate funds to scale the business to next level. These are some of the commonalities observed in successful disruptive businesses of the past few years and these hold true for even today and in future as well with only difference being that the role of technology would be greater day by day with very few human interventions required.Gear Up Folks – Exciting Times Lie Ahead

How to start disrupting the Market

sample110

ORION MALL – ONE OF MY FAVOURITE DESTINATION TO SHOP

I have been born and bought up in Bangalore, specifically Malleshwaram & Rajajinagar area! To be frank, I have seen how Bangalore has grown up with me! Initially it was all gardens and parks and fountains, these were the Sunday spots we all generally would go, spend time in the greenery and laze around and chill with family and friends. A few years ago, may be around 15 years, there was nothing like a mall, all we would do is go to Cubbon Park or Lalbagh, go to Commercial Street or sometimes Brigade Road for fun and entertainment. And generally, when we shopped, everything was not under one roof, the maximum we could find something under one roof would be say like a shopping plaza. Being a Bangalorean, I have seen malls getting planned and built in front of my eyes. And Bangalore has right now over 25 malls all over the city which is such a whooping number keeping in mind the area a mall requires! One of the first malls I visited was the Orion mall in Rajajinagar, which is like the most premium mall in Bangalore. The Best part about it is that, it upholds the true value of Old Bangalore in a small way that it has a lake with a fountain. Apart from that the whole Orion Group has come up with such a unique concept that the house and workplace to be nearby, so they have a beautiful society and the World Trade Center, Sheraton Grande and of course the Orion Mall which is not even 2 minutes away from the Metro station too! And also, if you are a person who looks for the best shopping experience hassle free and looking for premium brands this the one stop destination. I always come here to shop only because of the ease of access to all the brands and delicious food and you can go chill in the spa, if not go for a movie. Orion mall also has a kids Play area, also there is Bowling alley ! Its literally a one stop entertainment, shopping and a family destination. For any Fashionista like me, a place which has all the international brands is like a dream come true, right? Zara, Mango, HnM, Forever 21, Gap, Sephora, Only, VeroModa, Mac, Calvin Klien, Ritu Kumar and all the Indian Brands like Westside, Accessorize, Biba, W and so many to name them here. Some of my favorite brands that I love are: ALDO One of my most favourite brands that look out for accessories and shoes and they never fail to surprise me is Aldo. Founded in 1972, the Aldo Group is a leading international retailer for fashion footwear and accessories with over 2,200 stores in 100 countries. Aldo, the group’s flagship brand, delivers fashion to a diverse customer base at prices that make keeping up with seasonal luxury within reach. Aldo has devised a new go-to-market strategy that can turn out product faster than ever. The company can now deliver merchandise in less than a year — and in some cases within three months — to flagships around the world. Currently, the company introduces new product in its stores every month. How cool is that ? The brand’s creative platform was inspired by cultural trends and consumer insights – a practice influenced by Aldo’s deeply rooted consumer-centric approach to the business. “We know the people who shop at Aldo believe that what they wear is a reflection of who they are,” says Daianara, Senior Vice President for Aldo. “Latest insights have told us how important preparation is to them and that there is an entire culture around getting ready – from playlists, to articles, to prep-routines. We’ve always been invested in creating personal experiences, no matter where our consumers shop or interact with the brand. VERO MODA The story of one of Europe’s largest clothing brands began in 1987, when bestseller launched VERO MODA – a high quality clothing line with the latest looks at just the right price. VERO MODA’s healthy and successful start provided a solid foundation for the continuing expansion and success of the brand. Since its commencement, VERO MODA has become synonymous with contemporary fashion and designs, which young women across the world desire. VERO MODA India currently has 67 stores and 246 shop-in-shops spread across the country. VERO MODA is available online with www.veromoda.in and present with leading online partners. Some of the AW18 Collections are: Tokyo Street This spring, stripes are everywhere—from classic Bretons to Nouveau Technicolour, this print is angling for serious space in your closet. And why not? It’s one of the most wearable (gasp!) trends this season—and a cinch when it comes to styling. Eden Take a note from nature’s playbook and infuse your look with wild ditsy florals this season. Prints take a new dimension with delicate thread embroideries on sheer fabrics. Retro Modern The first story of the season to bring in the Aspen colour, Thai curry to set in the fall mood, this collection explores the street basics such as polkas and stripes in smart patterns, infusing retro aesthetics with modern outlook. Brooklyn Blue, black and white is what we call the new Brooklyn aesthetics. Mixing an array of generic prints like stripes, grids and polkas, each of them are explored playfully in terms of placements. ONLY The brand embraces the magic of the possibilities within everyday life. That is their philosophy – ONLY is about you – and ONLY you. An amalgamation of western fashion forward styles, high quality and great value is what makes ONLY truly unique. Each style is created with this special ONLY feeling, which resonates with the self -confidence, style and carefree attitude of the style conscious millennial. Only as a brand started operations in 1995 in Denmark, and forayed into the Indian market with the launch of the first store in Mumbai in 2010. Having received an overwhelming response, we have rapidly expanded our style footprint in the country with 53 Exclusive Brand Outlets, and 140 Shop in Shops till date. Denims are their lifeblood and we pride ourselves in setting the paradigm for ‘denimizing’ the world with our range of runway inspired and trend driven collection of high on fashion denim wear for the fun fearless fashionistas! In effect, all ONLY collections reflect the denim attitude, look and image. Incorporating the latest trends ONLY curates a unique version of fashion, keeping in mind the exclusive and differentiated fashion moments each ONLY girl comes across. The ONLY collections of high fashion western wear feature an inimitable, modern identity coupled with attractive styles and international class. The AW18 collection at only has majorly Cameo Prints and a lot of floral print inspiration which is seen in the stores. Also Velvet has not gone back yet, you can find a number of Soft Velvet pieces. Also loads of funky graphic T-shirts and cute little off shoulder tops which are like a mist buy! I love their ripped denim and their fits, the best part is they are always up to the seasons trends with boot cut jeans, Boyfriend fit, joggers and what not! SEPHORA Sephora is a visionary beauty-retail concept founded in France in 1970 by Dominique Mandonnaud. Sephora’s unique, open-sell environment features an ever-increasing amount of classic and emerging brands across a broad range of product categories including makeup, skincare, fragrance, bath & body, haircare and men’s skincare. They have over 70 brands in our store led by Sephora Collection, Exclusive brands like Benefit, Makeup Forever, Cover FX, Becca, Foreo, Stila, Klara, Smashbox and Glamglow (which are available exclusively with Sephora) and Selective brands including top global names like Dior, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Tom Ford, Bvlgari and Bobbi Brown. Owned by LVMH, the world’s leading luxury goods group, Sephora is highly regarded as a beauty trailblazer, thanks to its unparalleled assortment of prestige products, unbiased service from experts, interactive shopping environment, and innovation. Sephora operates approximately 2,300 stores in 33 countries worldwide and currently has 17 stores running in India. Some of the new range this season are: Lipstories Lipsticks, Glow Perfection Foundation, Shimmering Face Powder, Outrageous Extension Mascara, Miniature Palette, Glide Liner Kohl Pencil, Colourful Face Moisturizers, Colourful Hand Balms, Colourful Dry Shampoo, Extra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, Solid Brush Cleaner What are you all make up junkies waiting for?? CALVIN KLEIN INC Calvin Klein is one of the leading fashion design and marketing studios in the world. It designs and markets women’s and men’s designer collection apparel and a range of other products that are manufactured and marketed through an extensive network of licensing agreements and other arrangements worldwide. Brands include Calvin Klein Collection, Calvin Klein Platinum Label, Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear & Calvin Klein Performance. Product lines under the various Calvin Klein brands include women’s dresses and suits, men’s dress furnishings and tailored clothing, men’s and women’s sportswear and bridge and collection apparel, golf apparel, Jeanswear, underwear, fragrances, eyewear, women’s performance apparel, hosiery, socks, footwear, swimwear, jewellery, watches, outerwear, handbags, small leather goods, and home furnishings (including furniture). PVH Corp. is one of the world’s largest apparel companies. It owns and markets the Calvin Klein brand worldwide. It is the world’s largest shirt and neckwear company and markets a variety of goods under its own brands, Van Heusen, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, Arrow and Speedo USA, and its licensed brands, including Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, BCBG Max Azria, BCBG Attitude, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Sean John, Chaps, Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, JOE Joseph Abboud and Perry Ellis Portfolio. RITU KUMAR One of the designers whom I have always seen up to for her sense of design and how global the brand has become ! The designs so extremely global and so in point to the trends. LABEL, Ritu Kumar is proud to patron symbols of India’s contemporary cultural energy. In the rapidly evolving culture, the current generation of young women experience increasing number of influences. They believe that in conjunction with and in-spite of the huge foreign aesthetic stimulus, India has and always will define an identity for itself. It is this phenomenon that has given rise to LABEL and it is their intention to be heralded as a symbol of this new energy. LABEL, Ritu Kumar is a designer brand for young urban India. Whereas its influences are global, its identity originates from Indian design. The look is sophisticated and carefully crafted. Today they are part of the India’s re-awakening individuality and cultural impact around the world. Collaborating and working with talent in the arts we seek truly unique expressions from today’s generation. The associations are an open platform where the design house provides a structure on which the artists build their vision. The New AW18 Collection has a very Boho feel to it, Especially the feel of the prints its Indian and the silhouettes are so awesome with the trendiest dresses, jumpsuits and dresses ! Check out the online website as well ! VAN HEUSEN A division of Aditya Birla Fashion and Lifestyle is India’s largest and fastest growing branded apparel companies and a premium lifestyle player in the retail sector. After consolidating its market leadership with its own brands, it introduced premier international labels, enabling Indian consumers to buy the most prestigious global fashionwear and accessories within the country. The company’s brand portfolio includes product lines that range from affordable and mass-market to luxurious, high-end style and cater to every age group, from children and youth to men and women. Van Heusen- Power Dressing Perfect for the boardroom and beyond, Van Heusen brings fashion-forward power dressing to today’s multi-faceted professional’s wardrobe. With power-packed details and fine fabrics, Van Heusen has successfully defined the way women and men dress for the corporate world. The collections range from formal wear, party wear, casual wear and ceremonial wear with ranges that spread across shirts to suits for men, and dresses to blazers for women. Modern, minimalist, and timeless, the brand’s clothing is noted for being relevant to its time. V Dot- Sophisticated Club Wear Addressing younger professionals and their changing lifestyle, V Dot a sub brand of Van Heusen specializes in club wear. Styled to radiate attitude, the edgy collection of Van Heusen trousers, shirts and blazers is cautiously designed to give a bold sophisticated look. Van Heusen Sport – Ivy League Style Van Heusen’s sub brand Van Heusen Sport is a sport inspired casual wear that’s a perfect amalgamation of modernity and the iconic 60s Ivy League look. Somewhere between smart and casual, the line is made up of shirts, fine-knits, laundered chinos and jackets that channel a nonchalant look. The Van Heusen Woman Emerging as a lifestyle brand, Van Heusen launched it women’s wear category under the sub brand Van Heusen Woman. Aimed at the dynamic, ambitious and intelligent women, who lives life on her own terms, the brand’s collection is polished, classy and chic in style. The ‘Everyday Couture’ which is smart yet effortlessly feminine addresses today’s woman, who is always on-the-go. Hope you all are going to check out the Orion mall for this Ganesha Festiaval, they might have great offers too! These are only some of the brands I mentioned, there are more like Aeropostale, Allen Solly, AND, Arrow, Celio, ColorPlus, Ed hardy, FabIndia, Flying Machine, Forever21, GAP, Global Desi, Go colours, Jack & Jones, Louie Phillip, Lacoste, Lee, Manyavar, Nautica, Peppe Jeans, Promod, Park Avenue, Raymond, Ritu Kumar, RMKV, Satya Paul, Soch, Tommy Hilfiger, UCB, US polo, Vero Moda, Wills Lifestyle, Woodland, Wrangler, ZARA, Zodiac, Aldo, Bata, Clarks, Crocs, Hush Puppies, INC-5, Mochi, Sketchers, Steve Madden, Bagzone, Da Milano, Hidesign, Samsonite & VIP. These are just the Fashion, footwear & bag Brands. Some of the Lifestyle & beauty brands like Accessorize, Addons, Bulchee, Chumbak, Clockwise, Covo, Fastrack, Fossil, GKB, Lenskart, Rayban, Colorbar, Health & glow, Kaya, Mac, Parcos, Revlon, Sephora, The Body shop, Veda Earth are like my favourites.

ORION MALL – ONE OF MY FAVOURITE DESTINATION TO SHOP

sample110

How a Blog should be to Support SEO?

Having Blog in a website is very important and it helps a lot in SEO. Sometimes blog supports directly and sometimes indirectly. Simply having a blog doesn’t help you in ranking a website. Instead, it should have some good qualities too. So below are the few points which help a lot in developing a blog in such a way that it supports in ranking a website. ➽ Keyword Selection It is very much important to choose the Right keyword. Writing about all the topics or everything will not make a matter. Choosing the right keyword is the base and it is very much important for better traffic as well. The keyword must be based on your domain or your business and it should have good search volume. Also, it is important to check the competition of the keyword. Because, it will be comparatively easy to rank low competitive keywords than a high competitive one. Another most important point to be noticed in selecting the keyword is “who will search for such keyword?” and whether the article can help in promoting your business. Because the links that you built should be more relevant and so the keywords should support the topics as well. ➽ Content Quality When it comes to SEO and Blogging it is more important to take care of the content quality. If it is a website or a Blog, contents matters a lot. The content should be easy to understand and it must be in such a way that people may show interest to refer through their website. In content quality, you should make sure you avoided the core on page SEO mistakes. Content can be of any types, it may be a Video, Image, text or audio. So it is more important to make sure that the content is provided in a right way. Most of the time, blog acts as a solution for the questions raised by the people in need of it. So the quality of content really matters to make use of the blog very effectively. Also, it helps in increasing the authority of a website. ➽ Link Building Link Building which is the important SEO ranking factor. It is classified into 2 types as Internal linking and external linking. Internal linking should be very much important. Each blog post will have internal links to the respective article with relevant anchor text. Internal linking is very powerful and it helps in ranking a service or product web page. If the article looks good with quality content and if it is easily understandable then it will make others to refer your article. Getting quality external links will helps in increasing your domain authority and finally it will influence the ranking of all the web pages in your website. ➽ Consistency Consistency is an important factor to make the blog such a good one and also it increases the recurring users to the website. Regular updates and blogging will make the blog fresh. It will have fresh content and regular updates which gives more possibility to index the website habitually. Adding new contents and regular updates in the blog are the good signs for better ranking. Writing a blog for a day or a week or a month doesn’t matter, it is important to maintain the consistency. ➽ Bounce Rate Everyone will have a thought that how bounce rate helps in ranking? and whether it should be too high or low. If a user is entering into a site and staying for a long time, then the bounce rate will be very less. It indirectly shows that the user is engaged with the content. So make sure the content is well written in an engaging manner for better ranking and low bounce rate.

How a Blog should be to Support SEO?

sample110

Debunking Myths – Women & Weights

I love hitting the gym and nowadays thanks to a specific workout regime, I look forward to my day even more. Recently I was asked by one of the ladies who trains at my gym as to why I workout so much with weights and do not spend much time on cardio. There are so many myths about women’s weight training thanks to the countless images of buffed up women on the internet and many “expert’ opinions on this topic. Though I have seen most of the women at my gym stick to mainly cardio and probably use some of the equipment, this recent conversation got me thinking on penning down my thoughts on this subject down here. 1. WEIGHT TRAINING MAKES WOMEN LOOK BULKY AND MASCULINE This is the biggest misconception and most common concern women have when asked to start using weights in their workout routine and I noticed this especially in my gym. This is surprising especially when most women come to the gym with concerns like fat-loss and to gain strength as their main goal. I realised that many women do not understand that the image they see of professional female body builders comes from hours of training and heavy lifting everyday, sometimes with use of other drugs (synthetic testosterone) to achieve that kind of muscle mass. Women do not produce large amounts of the growth hormone, testosterone which is responsible for muscle growth in men hence there is no possibility of getting bulky muscles like men unless you pump yourself with such drugs. Of course, once you start using weights in your workout, you can expect some degree of muscle growth which will give you a lean, strong and well defined body. The bottom line is do not be scared to lift heavy weights and train hard. Keep in mind that sticking to heavy weights for fewer reps per set would help build strength and tone your muscle rather than to push for more reps which can increase muscle growth. 2. TRAINING WITH WEIGHTS DOES NOT BURN AS MANY CALORIES AS CARDIO Everyone begins their workout routine with some form of cardio and each one has their reasons from warming up to training for a marathon, losing weight etc. One thing I noticed in my gym and in some gyms I have visited is that the cardio section has mostly women and the weights section is dominated by men. I do not blame the women as many trainers also seem to follow society’s norm that women should look feminine and not very concerned about looking strong. A double standard which peeves me to no end that I have on many occasions asked the women in my gym why they spend so much time on each and every cardio machine. The so called “cardio culture” among women does make them lose weight in the long run but during that process there is no other benefit. Focusing only on cardio would definitely burn calories but doing only cardio will cause your muscles also to be burned for fuel. The body utilises stored carbohydrates as fuel during a workout hence causing our body to shift to using stored fat as a fuel between sessions. Women who train with weights utilise more of the sugar stored in their muscles, create a larger amount of muscle fatigue and use the fat in their body to get more energy during rest periods to repair. Running on the treadmill or using the other cardio machines for 20 mins a day / 4 days a week will help you lose body fat, but without adding on muscle or gaining any strength. Add resistance training to your regular workout, thereby burning more calories and achieving that toned look. 3. MUSCLE TURNS INTO FAT ONCE YOU STOP TRAINING Another common misconception which make women who gather up courage to hit the gym to rethink their decision! Muscle and fat are two different types of tissue. So when women stop working out or stop their usage of weights in their workout due to the inactivity (which obviously also includes a change of diet) the muscles they have developed will begin to shrink and waste away and fat is accumulated. So it creates an impression that the muscle is turning to fat, which is obviously is not the case. Please remember – muscles do not turn into fat or vice versa! 4. I NEED ACCESS TO A GYM TO TRAIN WITH WEIGHTS By now, I hope I have stressed the importance of weight training as an extremely effective form of strength training. If you are someone who has no access to a gym or do not have the time to go to a gym, rest easy as all you need is a pair of dumbbells or just use your own body weight to work out at home. There are tons of exercises you can do at home using either a pair of dumbbells or body weight such as squats, lunges, bur pees, push ups, planks etc. which can improve strength as well as help you in your day to day activities. While it can get boring to workout on your own, remember that consistency is the key. I hope I have been able to smash some of the common myths about woman and using weights with this article. Gympik can help all you newbies to locate a gym near you or also assist in sending a trainer to your home. That look you have been wanting is a combination of cardio and strength training, so do make strength training as part of your regular workout and I guarantee you will see results! LADIES LIFT! STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY!

Debunking Myths – Women & Weights

sample110

What is New in Google Chrome 69?

The Internet has come a long way in technological advancements and user’s preference in the recent decades. It is not long ago Google introduced their browser called Chrome that revolutionised the internet usage to a greater level. It is a decade now chrome has recently celebrated its 10th birthday with some improved features that would make you go Wow! The complete details of such advanced features of google chrome 69 updates are discussed in detail below. Google chrome is one of the most commonly used internet browsers on a global level though there are many competitors in the market, its simple design and improved speed of access make it much more preferable. However, the internet gets improved with modern technological advancements in order to be on the race. This calls for frequent updates to simplify their search and also to retain their trust among people. This new Chrome 69 update is filled with surprises including increased speedy web access and improves search bars and their design features. How do I get it? It is easy; one could easily download the whole new Chrome 69 with a few clicks. The desktop version of chrome update involves following steps. Open your chrome browser Click on the three-dot icons on the rightmost corner Select settings Select Menu bar Choose About Chrome Update to latest version (Chrome 69) In the case of the Mobile phones, one could get this latest update from the Google play store (for Android) or Apple App store for IoS mobiles. Improved Design features Chrome 69 has undergone greater changes in terms of user interface. In other words, it has adapted to its Material Design 2 philosophy to provide whole new looks and features. People now could enjoy easy surfing with stylish icons and improved color palette. In case of the IoS platforms, the toolbar has been moved to the bottom for easy access. In addition to all such features, Chrome 69 also involves other customizable options. Now people could enjoy their desired background in terms of New Tabs. Also, it involves adding a new shortcut to the sites you visit. Though in the previous cases it would be recently visited pages here one could choose the particular site to be accessed quickly. Improved Omni box Chrome search box simplifies the idea of internet surfing, it provides numerous suggestions that helps one to pick rather than typing it. Well with the improved Chrome 69 this search box (often referred to as Omni box) has surely updated to work more efficient and simple. This smart Omni box displays information on the Translations, Weather, public figures, and other related answers to your search questions. It is also said that people could access their Google drive files from the Search bars in the Foreseeable future. Easy Signups Chrome 69 reduces the burden of people in terms of logging into their desired web pages. This is made possible with the help of the newly improved password manager. When an individual sign up on any of the websites the login credentials will be auto saved onto their Google account. So when the particular individual visits the particular site again there is no need for him/her to go through the login process once again. This saves quite a time. In addition, as such login credentials are stored in the Google account; one could enjoy these features in terms of both the computers and the mobile platforms. Advanced AI & Machine learning Google has made real impressive work in terms of their AI and Machine learning in the recent years. And this development is ongoing. With latest google chrome 69 browser update, it mainly focuses on simplifying the information search and presenting it in much simpler terms that one desires. One could witness these changes in the Google translate features. Well, other than AI developments they also focus on machine learning to ensure the secured internet access. This involves finding the Phishing and the malware sites and in the recent times, it has extended its operation in terms of other malicious extensions as well. Sources: Chrome 69 latest update

What is New in Google Chrome 69?

sample110

Alexa Cortana Integration – A True Digital Wonder!

The long-awaited collaboration is here, Microsoft and Alexa voice assistants are working together sharing information to make people’s lives better. It is just a start! It proves much more helpful in terms of managing many organizational duties without involving greater efforts. Today one could access the Alexa on the windows 10 pcs and the Cortana on their echo devices. All it ever requires is a simple command of Alexa open Crotona and vice versa! However, it might sound simple and easy; getting the hang of two voice assistants operating side by side could be quite a challenge. This article is all about how Alexa Cortana integration work and how to access them more easily than ever. Digital voice assistants are the personal friend in hand; they provide great support under various circumstances from setting an alarm to making personal calls, reminders for meetings and important events with just the voice command. But with the mending technology around us, it sure calls for the improved updates to be on the race. This idea of Cortana with Alexa is the first step! Cortana and Alexa are buddies! It is almost a year ago (August 2017) teaming these AI assistants to help one another was just an idea. Today we enjoy the new preview of this improved digital assistance and yet to witness its true power in the upcoming days. It proves more useful to those who use Windows 10 at their work and also owns the Echo device. Today it is easy to collaborate them with the three little magic words “Alexa, open Cortana” or vice versa and the magic happens! Even with such collaboration, they are confined to certain limits of accessibility. However, the party is just getting started and the teams are working to extend the boundaries of this digital friendship to the next level. Dawn Brun, Amazon’s spokeswomen made a statement last year saying “once you open Cortana all of your voice data will be sent to Microsoft and not Amazon, And once you open up Alexa All your voice data will go to Amazon, not Microsoft” For any Echo users to make use of Cortana one can enable it in the Alex app through “skills” feature. It works only on the Android, IoS platforms. One could find them on the Menu icon on the Top left corner of the application. Search for Cortana and enable it followed by logging into your Microsoft account. Such a connection could also be established by adding the Alexa on the Cortana assistant. (It is not possible in the mobile platform or Xbox One) This calls for the need for Windows 10 PC to launch Cortana and say “Open Alexa” But the Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon on his Interview to New York Times said that he looks forward to possible future where digital assistants could route the user’s request to the right Assistant to provide better service. Microsoft SEO Satya Nadella on his interview with New York Times last year has also stated that he hopes to see this new collaboration to be inspiring for the rivalry Tech giants like Apple & Google to give it a try! Cortana via Alexa Making use of Cortana through Alexa would really prove effective in handling many productive works. This includes setting up calendars or checking emails and to do add any items to your Microsoft to do list making work life to be more simple and easy. Alexa through Cortana A simple voice command of “Cortana, open Alexa” provides greater comfort. It involves adjusting thermostats for temperature control, ordering groceries to pick up later, controlling the lights in the buildings (remotely), also to check the status of Amazon orders. In addition, it could also perform other tasks out of its amazon circles like weather details, game timings and etc. making life more simple, happy and enjoyable than ever. Thus this modern Alexa Cortana integration is just a start o and truly a wonder. However, they at still at the learning curve so it takes time to perfect it to cope with the modern lifestyle and the expectations of people. Sources: 1.Alexa Cortana integration preview features 2.Alexa and Cortana new Tech BFF’s 3. How to use Alexa and Cortana together

Alexa Cortana Integration – A True Digital Wonder!

sample110

Amazing New Android P Features That You Should Know!

Smartphones are one of the greatest technological advancements of our time. It is not long ago we started using standard phones for communication, then came the mobile devices making it more comfortable and easier. With smartphones around, distant communication has become simpler than ever. These smartphones have completely outranked its ancestors and top the list certainly. Google recently launched a New Android Pie OS for mobile phones and this article is all about the Android P features that are irresistible. Any update in the smartphone industry will sure make a great impact on the lives of people. These updates have also become more common in the recent years. One of the most intriguing ones in the recent days includes Google’s new mobile operating system called Android Pie or Android P (starting with its own Pixel devices). The basic idea of any smartphone is to simplify the work of people and provide a more comfortable living. This whole new Android P has definitely taken it to the next level, making it the trendsetter for the future techs. Android Pie OS (Android P) Ever wondered what makes smartphones so special? Why do people love them so much? Well, the answer comes down to piles of program codes that we call Operation system or OS. It provides all the essential features that one always looks up to in any modern smartphone. Speaking of the highlights of Android Pie or Android P, It comes with greater upgrades and new features. Digital Well being It is more common to see people say that using smartphones more could affect one’s day to day activities; it could also result in addiction. As all such points prove to be valid, many people have started concerning more on them. But with the world getting more used to the digital environment, smartphones have become inevitable. This calls for the effective measure to handle the smartphones in the right way to enjoy the benefits. This paves way for digital well being where the unwanted usage of smartphones is greatly reduced. The other major reason associated with quality usage of smartphones is its improved security features. The new Android P version has taken these matters in hand making it much more than just a regular OS upgrade. Smart App Timer Effective use of any smartphone is all about the applications it can control. Many of the recent studies show that people tend to use less number of mobile applications but spend a lot of time on them. So Android P update provides the precise time information spent on each application. It also makes use of timer setting to cut down the particular application after a specified period of time. One could even say that this makes Smartphones even Smarter! It is undeniable that the business life of people has taken a toll with the advent of smartphones. The Pie upgrade allows the users to make effective use of their smartphones by building separate user profiles. So, one could just turn down his/her work mode once the work is done. This way one could focus more on their work as there are no disturbing factors. Adaptive Battery & Brightness Android Pie also makes a better move in predicting the battery consumption of the apps that you are likely to use in the near time and neglecting the others (smarter isn’t it!). It also involves adaptive brightness settings to control the screen brightness under different lighting conditions. Simplified Search Functions The improved OS provides a new option called “slices” (Interactive snippets) that enables the user to get a preview of the app. This also focuses on improved Phone navigation. Try searching at the Search bar and it will fetch the information without moving across different pages of the application. The Navigation has also been greatly improved with the single Search button rather than three as in the older ones. A single swipe could get you what you need! After all Android Pie reduces the work to get the actual result making it more suitable for our busier lifestyle. Improved Privacy! Speaking of modern advancements, the key factors associated with any modern digital tool are privacy and data protection. Given the recent incidents with Facebook, the need for privacy has become more of a pressing concern among people. Well, Android Pie takes such factors into consideration and serves the following functions in return. Android Pie provides plenty of improved features that ensure safer and secured data and internet access. It restricts access to the camera, microphone, and other sensors for any application which is idle or running in the background. It encrypts the backup data with Client side secret ( making use of the PINs, pattern & passwords) Android Pie also provides more standardized Biometric authentication procedures along with several new security features. Cash transactions are also made highly secure with the UI of the compatible hardware. It also makes use of the tamper-resistant hardware access to avoid any data theft by any malware on the network. Thus to summarise it all, Android P is surely a step towards a well-advanced communication platform. All of the above mentioned Android P features are a solid evidence that people are yet to witness the true wonders of the modern technology that might change the way they look up to the smartphones these days.

Amazing New Android P Features That You Should Know!

sample110

22 life lessons I learned as I turned 22

Birthdays are important milestones in our lives. They bifurcate a year of our life from the next while simultaneously measuring our growth. I turned 22 day before, on February 13, which is quite a number if you ask me, personally. But that also means that there is a lot that I have learned in these years. So here is a list of 22 life lessons I learned in these long 22 years, in no particular order- 1.You will change as you grow. And there is no shame in it. They say change is the only constant in life which is paradoxical if you think about it. But it is the truth. You will change and evolve and in the process you will outgrow people and things. So there is nothing to be ashamed about. When people taunt how you’ve “changed”, take that as a compliment in disguise. 2.There is never going to be time “later”. A lot of times we put our passions on the back-burner hoping there is always going to be time later. But trust me, those weekends will turn to months, months to years. Lo and behold, you are in your late thirties with a job and a family and no time to think about anything else. Which brings me to my next point. 3. Take control of your life. If there is something you want to do, do it now. Don’t let your life run you. Turn it around and take control of matters. Honestly, if you just keep living a routine over and over, you are going to waste the most precious years of your life. Warning- they are never going to come back! 4. Sometimes, you’re gonna have to say NO. Ever since I have started blogging, I have had to say no to people for a lot of things. Initially, I used to be very apologetic about it. Even if I had a legitimate reason for refusing people. But you can’t please everyone and sometimes it is okay to do that. Obviously, don’t hurt others but make sure you also don’t hurt yourself to please them. 5. People are going to be jealous. (And honestly, screw them) No matter what you do, achieve, or how nice you are- some people are just not gonna like you. And there is literally nothing in the world you can do to change that. Now Idk why that is, okay. But some people are just wired that way. Personally, I know people who would keep messing up my Instagram polls, play the follow unfollow game, or stalk my profile and accidentally “like” something from 3 years ago and rush to “dislike” it. Like why? Why would you want to waste so much time and energy on some other person you don’t even like. So my suggestion, stay away form such people or they will drain the life out of you, one. Two, don’t become such a person! 6. If you love someone, do it unconditionally. Yes, I am old school. I don’t believe in the Tinder generation and think Friends with Benefits and open relationships are unrealistic. (No, I don’t judge people who think otherwise. It’s just a personal opinion) But I do believe that in order to find the one you love, you will have to get your heart broken, not once, not twice but numerous times. Until you meet that one person and realise that you were not broken in the first place. And in order to get there, you’re gonna have to live a bit dangerously ad let your emotions take over you once in a while. How else are you gonna grow emotionally? Your past relationships may not stay with you forever, but the lessons learned most certainly will. 7. Learn to respect others. In today’s day, I see people of my age trying to be “cool” by being indifferent to people elder to them. Be it their college teachers or parents or relatives. Newsflash: You are not being cool, just plain disrespectful. I know we feel like we know more than them (and at times, we do in certain matters) but it is their experience that has got them where they are today so it makes sense to listen to them on matters we have on idea about. And even if you don’t want to listen to them, atleast treat them decently. I see people who would cross their teachers in the hallway and not wish them. And all I can think is what the hell is wrong with you? So don’t be that jerk who doesn’t treat others with respect. 8. Some friends will not stay with you forever. But will teach you important life lessons. Like I said before, life is all about learning and growing. So you are gonna come across people with you’re always gonna want to stay friends with. But people change and so do their priorities. While some drift apart, some you’ll have fights with but they’ll teach you important life lessons. You are not going to have friendship bracelets to keep but these lessons will be the memories of your friendship that you will always cherish when you silently thank that friend. 9. Make time for your family. This is probably one of the most important lessons on this list. I am lucky to have a close bond with my family. But I know some people who don’t. In reality, this is the only time you are going to get to forge a real relationship with them. These are the years when we become our true self and it is important that our parents know that self. Else they are always going to be in love with the idea of that naughty child you were even though you are now a responsible adult. Or they’ll love that little scientist or a doctor even though now you want to be a singer. You see what I am saying? 10. Family in the previous point includes your siblings. Don’t forget your siblings. They are going to be your friends forever, for real. I have a brother who is 8 years younger to me, but I still count him amongst my best friends. And if you do have that kind of bond right now, it’s going to last a lifetime. They are going to be the one you’re gonna want to call up during good times and bad later in life. And honestly, the way extended families are falling apart these days, they’re going to be your only family once your parents are gone. So cherish them and make them feel loved. 11. Blood is not always thicker than water. Just because someone is your family, it isn’t necessary they have your best interests at heart. So be careful when dealing with someone like that. Also, don’t mix personal relationships with professional unless you have a really high degree of trust- like a husband and wife. If one gets into choppy waters, the other automatically follows. 12. Appearances are deceptive. Just because someone sports a tattoo doesn’t mean they’re bad. Similarly, a person dressed as a saint could be a devil in disguise. Don’t be so obsessed with appearances- of others and yourself. There is nothing wrong in wanting to look and feel good but only to an acceptable limit. There is a reason why they say looks fade, only beauty remains. The day you understand the difference between the two, you are going to find true bliss. 13. Be kind to others. All of us look calm on the surface but the truth is that we are all struggling to keep up. So be kind. You don’t know the kind of battle they’re fighting. Or the horrible day they’ve had. A lot of people think that the only way to go up is by stomping on others and that is simply not true. Don’t use others to get ahead, not while taking undue advantage of them. 14. Karma is *really* a bitch. No, it is not simply a saying. And never think it is not going to happen to you. It may not happen eventually, but 5 years or 10 years from now, it WILL come back to bite you in the ass. So be good. Universe has a funny way of working and you are simply not going to get away with it. 15. Make time for spirituality. No, I am not asking you to visit temples or gurudwaras or mosques. Though it is good if you want to. But I am not asking to be, religious, you know. Just spiritual. To make time to become one with yourself. It could be through meditation or just sending out a small prayer or a little thank you to the Universe. But something to pay gratitude to the Higher power out there to make sure it knows that you acknowledge its existence. 16. Focus on your health. Even if it is 10 minutes, take that walk. Develop a habit. I am still struggling but I will get there eventually. All of us are already living such sedentary lifestyles so it is extremely important that we develop healthy habits. Whether it is healthy eating or healthy living, inculcate small habits to eventually make big changes. 17. Don’t let social media take over your world. Yes, socialising is important. We all suffer from FOMO but don’t let it rule you. It is okay if you miss an update or don’t check your phone constantly. Not every picture has to be clicked and it is not the end of the world. I celebrated my birthday yesterday and don’t have a single picture. Do I mind it? Not one bit. Social media is deceptive which leads people to believe that others are living a better life than them. But that is not true. Social media is filtered, right from the details to the places to the faces. The reality is much darker which can’t be fixed with filters and brightness settings. 18. Learn to manage your finances. You may not be earning right now. For some reason, most Indian kids don’t. But despite of all that, you should learn to save for a rainy day. Who knows it might even provide you with some cushion in the future for some big investment you make. So start small, you will get there. 19. Love yourself. Now this is THE most important lesson I have. Till the time you don’t learn to fall in love with your body and mind, no one else will. I see a lot of people hating themselves, the way they look or the clothes they have or the fact that they are not smart. But you need to learn to be confident in your skin. I am sure there is some scientific logic to it, but the confidence you feel inside is the only confidence people see outside. So if you want to be treated a certain way, you have to look the part. 20. Don’t create unnecessary drama to seek attention. Now I have been guilty of this. I used to be extra, man. Picking up fights and arguments and what not. Now this is not something someone does consciously. It is something you do when you are insecure and look for other ways to seek attention and I understand that because I went through it. And god, it is so easy to fall into that pattern. So you need to constantly keep remind yourself to avoid creating drama wherever possible because that is the only way you are going to find true happiness. 21. Be open to trying new things. Whether it is new experiences, places, people, or food- be open and receptive to all of that. This is the only time and age (generally) you are going to have the open mindedness towards new things. So make sure you put that to best use. They are going to make the best memories of your life. 22. Don’t forget to help others and the environment. Be charitable. Now I am not asking you to devote all your time, energy and resources to charity. But find atleast one cause you care deeply about and work for it whenever you get the time. If you have the resources or the skills to open closed doors for someone, why not do it? It will repay you in bountiful ways eventually. BONUS: Two other advises rather than lessons I have for you are these- One, don’t be afraid to cry. Crying doesn’t make you weak. It is okay to let your feelings take over you once in a while. A friend once told me that tears cleanse the soul and nothing else I say can sum it up better. And two, don’t worry about your first grey hair, or the second. It is a natural part of ageing and ultimately you actually start liking it. So these are some gems I had to share with you all. Did I go overboard? Did I miss something? Or did I hit the nail right on its head? Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below!

22 life lessons I learned as I turned 22

sample110

10 SIMPLE TIPS FOR SMART PARENTING

Introduction We all want to be good parents. Why? Because a child is probably God’s best gift to you. Because we love our children ‘unconditionally.’ We want the best for them. But, do we really know what parenting really means? It implies facilitating a child’s dreams and consequently his* needs and helping him achieve them. It certainly does not mean making them achieve what you think they must achieve. The focus is the child not the parent. Parenting simply implies promoting and supporting the overall developing of a child and includes the physical, emotional, social, financial, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. It is beyond just building a biological and emotional relationship. Why Smart Parenting? There has been a sudden shift in the environment in which we are operating today. The internet and communications have made big difference in the awareness levels. The need for children to depend on parents and teachers guidance has lowered. They are smart children living in a smart world of smart phones, smart TV etc. The parents need to step into this smart world and adopt smart parenting techniques. I wonder if there is anything called Ideal parenting. Its unique as every child is born unique. However, we can learn from other’s experiences and apply them to our own lives. Here are 10 tips I compiled from my knowledge and experience. 1. Help your child discover and live his uniqueness. Your child is unique. He need not be what you or people think he should be. Support him to identify his profession and encourage him to make it his profession. 2. Focus on what your child needs, not on what you think he needs. We are talking of his life. Not yours. He is not your property. He is in the universe for his role to play – not yours. It is his ‘youniverse.’ 3. Give the child some space. Allow him some space to grow. Do not breathe down his neck. 4. Child is not a miniature adult. He is not just small in size phsically. His brain is still growing. He is not growing physically alone but mentally too. 5. Telling is not teaching. Just telling is not enough. And telling him repeatedly does not mean he will learn. Distinguish between telling and teaching. Make him understand the consequences. He will understand what benefits him when you explain it to him. 6. Earn respect and love. Do not demand it. Is he expected to love you and respect you just because you played a role in his entry into the world? 7. Build a positive and healthy relationship with your child’s teacher. The child is learning from the teacher and parent simultaneously. A joint approach will get a child’s focused attention. Do not leave him wondering whose advice he should follow. 8. Boost your child’s Self-esteem. A child comes into this planet with a very high self-esteem. Very unknowingly and unintentionally, it’s the mother who generally damages the self-esteem of the child. This is generally reinforced by the teacher. Its worth building his self-esteem consciously. 9. Build an independent, confident child. Make your child confident and lead him into independence. Let him not be dependent on you lifetime. 10. Be a role model. Invest time in them not money. He trusts you. Do not betray his trust. Children do what you do and not what you say. Remember that These are just a few tips to consider and use them as applicable to you and your child. It’s a complex process. I have attempted to make it simpler.

10 SIMPLE TIPS FOR SMART PARENTING

sample110

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS OF TRAINING

Are you looking forward to enhance your training skills and reach out to more people and grow your training business? Can you do that without Social Media? Managing Speed of Change is the challenge for today’s youth. Things have always changed, but not as rapidly as they do today. Internet and telecom put together, is the most significant revolution after discovery of fire and the wheel. Bill Gates said in early 80s, in his book, “Business at the speed of Thought,” said that in 10 years time, a business without internet will not be able to survive. I think it did not even take 10 years to become a reality. The bandwidth of the entire Internet about 10 years ago was a fraction of what You Tube or Facebook individually are today. Social Media has emerged as the most powerful tool today. I wonder if anyone can do without it, be it organisations like Railways, Government offices, Panchayats, educational institutions, NGOs or businesses. Beyond websites and blogs now they also have a Facebook Page. Once considered a social platform for staying connected with family and friends, Facebook Pages have turned to be strong marketing platforms. Facebook is now an effective, probably the best, marketing platform. Prime Minister of India launched his Digital India campaign on 1 July 2015. The excitement got louder when he attended a Townhall Meeting with Mark Zuckerberg on Sep 27, 2015. The series of events which followed only contributed to the growth of digital media in India. It has been a phenomenal growth since then. And then came the mega announcement of Demonetisation which shook the country. There was a pack of inconveniences, apprehensions, and controversies. Yet the move is a sure step towards and a boon for digital media. People with innovative ideas even with limited funds flourished because they leveraged the power of emerging trends in digital and social media. For example, Paytm saw 435% growth in traffic within hours of the PM’s announcement, plastic transactions have jumped 25% a month in India since November 8, The search term ‘McDonald’s online order’ increased by 90% during this time. Digital transformation is growing phenomenally and trainers cannot ignore this aspect. Digital marketing is one of the most in-demand skills for 2017 Trainers, as leaders, movers and shakers of society, are expected not only to keep abreast of the latest happenings but to hand-hold others to understand, analyse and act in a world that is changing every second. This being the case, it becomes imperative for trainers to factor the role of social media in their training philosophy, strategy and execution. There are two distinct areas of social media that trainers must harness. a. Content b. Marketing Content. The conventional content development processes and tools are being replaced with new ones. Before you can master one, another better one with new features appears in the market. It is high time that we use our innovations and use the following platforms for content creation and its movement in order to engage target audiences. Facebook Facebook Live has emerged as a powerful tool to have your ideas and content go viral (or super viral) with lesser effort in lesser time with negligible cost. If you don’t grab the opportunity, chances are that you may lose the competitive advantage to your smarter competitors. Ideation. Want new ideas? Ask engaging questions to your target audience on your time line and generate content with their ideas. WhatsApp Have you experienced the potential of a Whatsappinar? I make a group of my participants (corporate or schools / colleges) and do some pre and post work. Create hype, get people to introduce themselves, get to know their expectations and aspirations – all before the programme. It is interesting, engages them, saves time. It adds value and earns you the reputation of an innovative trainer. LinkedIn Writing and reading your subject related articles on LinkedIn is a focused approach to build your content. Its economical in terms of time. joining subject or profession specific groups adds a lot to your content creation and refinement. YouTube A powerful visual tool both for acquiring content as well as disseminating it to your desirable audience. Live streaming is a feature that adds another interesting and powerful dimension. Quora Not a very popular platform but can do wonders in content creation It’s a Q&A specific site. Ask questions and get ideas or clarifications. Or answer questions and establish credibility. These are just a few examples. There are many, many more. One needs to be alert to find. Join groups where trainers exchange ideas. WhatsApp and LinkedIn are good at this. Marketing Social Media is the single route today that ensures maximum reach (target market and secondary market) in the least time at minimal cost. This is an established fact. Marketing is all about creating content (text, audio, video, images, and infographics etc) and its movement. Either the content moves to your target audience or the audience is attracted to your content. This is termed as traffic. There are a large number of platforms and each of them has a specialised role in marketing. You need to pick the right ones. Some that trainers can use effectively are listed below: Facebook. Once a social platform, Facebook is today one of the most effective of platforms. It helps you reach your specific client. It gives you high-quality analytics. With images, videos, text (fairly large space,) live streaming etc it has become a popular means of extending reach. The best part is that while platforms like Twitter remain the same as before, Facebook brings out new features very frequently. Merging with Instagram it has strengthened its content and widened its reach. Its feature of adding pages and other factors has given it wide acceptability and usage. Linked In. A very professional, business-like platform. It is more formal and focussed. The professional groups, and profile format, recommendations (testimonials) provide great value to the user. Twitter. Twitter will not generate direct sales but is powerful for movement of content. Insragram and Pintrest. These are good for businesses where the products can be best projected with images This short article projects the importance of Social Media and its powers which must be leveraged to avail the advantages it provides in the professional and personal development of an individual and organisation. Having attended Digital marketing and Social media trainings by international trainers like Mark Shafer, Allison Shreeve, Blair Singer and Alex Mandossian, I feel it is my dharma to share this knowledge and experience with my fellow trainers.

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS OF TRAINING

sample110

ARE YOU HYPNOTISED?

Believe me, you are ! Without knowing it !! Deep studies, experiments and research says that 95% of our behaviours, thoughts, and decisions happen in the subconscious world of ours. We have been speaking of our Belief system. The system is created from the beliefs created by our experiences in the journey that begins maybe in past life / lives (Lets remain silent on that), through our existence in the womb of our mothers, through child hood till now. The belief system is formed by what we pick up from our environment which includes family, religion, community, schooling etc. The system keeps getting refined, modified or reinforced by the layers of our experiences. What controls our lives are these automated programs. Researchers of human behaviour say that we are born with certain temperaments, traits and qualities that shape our so called personality. Our conditioning in childhood reinforces the system. Haven’t you, then, been hypnotised your own experiences and beliefs? Whether it is Transactional analysis, or psychometrics or Hypnotherapy, I believe that my past past programmed self influences me to live in todays’ situations based on what I experienced or was trained to do in the past. I have been studying this subject and experimenting with it in my “Human laboratory,” (my experiential learning programmes) and I have discovered that this self awareness can change the way we think and behave after clearly understanding Why I think and behave the way I do? and What I perceive of the way others I deal with think and behave they do? This awareness and understanding can be a great tool for controlling our feelings, emotions, anger and many related qualities that shape our personality. We can change our inner world and our little voice by controlling our thinking, beliefs, behaviour, emotions and perspective and live a life that matters.

ARE YOU HYPNOTISED?

sample110

How Jarkiholis run ‘Republic of Belgaum’?

Gokak in Belgaum district, with nearly 220 years of history behind it, is home to one of the finest textile mills in India. With the market for the textile produced here spread across the world, the taluk itself is in deep political turmoil for quite some time. With such a legacy behind it, the taluk was in the news a few days ago for all the wrong reasons. Elections to the Belagavi Taluk Primary, Cooperative, Agricultural and Rural Development Bank (earlier known as Primary Land Development Bank) was held and the tussle between Congress leaders Laxmi Hebbalkar, on the one side, and the Jarkiholi brothers, on the other, raged on threatening to even bring down the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the State. The Jarkiholi brothers were upset that the Hebbalkar- backed team won the bank elections to key posts. Though the controversy has ended on a conciliatory note, it cannot be said it has been settled for good. This is not the first time the Jarkiholi brothers have fought a bitter battle for control of institutions and bodies in Belgaum, or at least in their taluk, Gokak. In the early 1990s, the Gokak Mills, established in 1885, Shocked the entire nation on a December night when a dozens of workers lost their lives in a violent incident on the Mill premises. Nobody now wants to recall that tragic incident anymore but there is one striking similarity between that incident and the political developments now. Both had the Jarkiholis fighting for control of institutions and establishments. The people behind the violence, over 25 years ago, as registered in police files were the Jarkiholi brothers. The brothers fought tooth and nail to gain control of the labour union of the Mill. Who stood in their way was their own distant cousin Karning, a frail old man who had enjoyed the support of people in the town and the mill workers. The Jarkiolis had a meteoric rise in politics and had wielded considerable influence in the Kannada film world by financing films that often turned out to be box-office hits. By 1997, the family had become a force to reckon with in the state's political arena. Now, their ambition to be the uncrowned princes of the ‘Republic of Belgaum’ still runs deep in the family. In their pursuit, they see Water Resources & Medical Education Minister D K Shivakumar as an intruder in their territory since the minister seems to be backing Lakshmi Hebbalkar. They do not want Shivakumar, who is considered running the ‘Republic of Kanakapura’ interfering in the affairs of the district, particularly in Gokak. What has clearly revealed once again in the two episodes, nearly a quarter century apart, is that the muscle power, money power and the political power to control institutions in the district has not changed. The incidents of the early 90s at the Gokak Mills have not ended but continue even today. The Jarkiholis still fight tooth and nail to control over their ‘Republic of Belgaum’. But many have forgotten about the innocent people who lost their lives in the meaningless violence that enabled the political leaders to rise higher and higher. So how did the Jarkiholis come out of all this? When this writer was working as a journalist for a national daily as a crime correspondent, he chronicled the entire Gokak episode. One late night he got a call from his Belgaum colleague tipping him off on an important development in police circles about the brothers. He dismissed this as ‘routine’, an easy word crime reporters use. A chance meeting with a senior police officer sometime later gave a new tip to the developments at Gokak Mills. The officer refused to divulge more details as he was obviously scared. Working on this tip this reporter gathered from other officers that the police department had recommended for externment from the district (Gadi Par in police parlance) the entire Jarkiholi family. There were upright police officers who confirmed the externment move. This was the gist of the story that went on page one the next day. Once this story was published, the reporter began to get threats. The Jarkiholis did some PR activity then. They caught hold of a tabloid editor, the one facing trouble in the assassination of Gauri Lankesh, to do a story depicting them as great sons of the soil. Their family pride seems to have restored for the next over 25 years. Disclaimer: The writer is a senior journalist based in Bangalore. The views espressed are his own. This channel does not vouch for its authenticity.

How Jarkiholis run ‘Republic of Belgaum’?

sample110

Jus' Trufs Chocolate Tour - Corporate Outing

"Team Lunch" - the most popular corporate team activity ever! If you work at a corporate organization, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Having organized many activities for my team in the past, we (my team and I ) thought of doing something different from the same old lunch.And so we thought - whats's it that most of us love? "Chocolates??" Well, with people telling how eating chocolate is better than falling in love, I thought why not experience the chocolate tour at Jus' Trufs, Bangalore.The tour begins with the master chocolatier speaking briefly about how and where chocolate was discovered, some of the largest producers of chocolate and the variety of raw materials used to make different (milk, dark, white) chocolate types. You're also presented with a tray containing the yield at various stages of chocolate making and processing from cacao fruit and beans to cocoa butter and cocoa powder. Since we were a slightly larger group, the chef demonstrated the tempering process (stabilizing chocolate at the right temperature) as it could have gotten real messy if each of us were to try it! After discovering how extremely careful and complex the art of chocolate making is, we tried our hands on decorating some of the chocolate blocks and fudges with sprinkles and icing cone! It turned out to be a very enjoyable experience. Of course, we couldn't skip the important bit - The Lunch. Shabana, the head chef at Jus' Trufs, served some real rich pasta with fresh tomato and creamy bechamel sauce along with garlic toast. The eggless chocolate pastries were the perfect end to the day.Now that's a lunch we'll all remember! ;)

Jus' Trufs Chocolate Tour - Corporate Outing

sample110

Ooty Indulgences

Most of us in South India have visited Ooty so many times that yet another botanical garden, lake or a view point on the itinerary isn’t as exciting! So for those of you who wish to dwell into what more the the queen of hill stations has to offer, check out these eight not very typical touristy affairs– The Culinarium This place has some of best deserts ever! - melt in the mouth cheesecakes, pastries and variety of flavorful breads. With a small space that displays wonderful souvenirs by the side, the restaurant has an airy ambiance with a gaping view of the gorgeous green mountains. Ensure you make a reservation if you are heading here for lunch because their continental pot pies are worth it. After your meal, head to the pony craft store right below the restaurant. Pony needles, India’s first online needle craft supplier, has a range of interesting DIY craft products and accessories on display for sale. Address – Ooty Coonor main road, Ketti.Phone – 0423 2517293​ Moddys ChocolatesAbout 600 meters from Botanical gardens, you’ll find a tall store called Modern Stores. This place offers some of the finest chocolates in the country! If you have a sweet tooth, you will definitely fall in love with their freshly baked cakes and cookies. I also found their fudges and chocolates absolutely exceptional.Address – 114, Garden road, Opp Lawley Institute, Nilgiris, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001. ​​Phone – 0423 2444035 Wellington Gymkhana Club​​​​​​ Home to one of India’s best golf course surrounded by tea estates, the club serves aromatic freshly brewed English breakfast tea. I loved sitting in the lobby outside the restaurant (which serves great food), sipping tea after breakfast with a good book and a serene view of the tea estate. What a way to start the day! The club also houses a collection of vintage arms and ammunition.​Address - Barracks Post, Tamil Nadu 643231Phone - 0423 224 4030 St George’s Garrison Church and St Stephen’s Church (19th Century)There are numerous churches that are over a century old build by the British. Admire the sturdy architecture and silence around these places. Acres Wild Cheesmaking Farmstay​​Experience the world of making distinct types of cheese in a two days cheesemaking course. If you haven’t the time for it, you could just visit to watch the process (call to check and confirm timing), and pick up some tasty organic cheese from their unique collection of cheese types you didn’t even know existed! Learn more about the duration of stay and advance booking here. Ooty 8th Flea Market On the 8th of every month, Aravankadu comes to life with the very many traders bringing in export quality fabrics manufactured for brands such as H&M, Vero Moda, Tommy Hilfiger, Primark and so on. Popularly known as "aat market" among the locals, you'll find exquisitely soft "wear at home" outfits and a lovely collection of curtains. Nilgiri Mountain Railway (UNESCO World heritage site)This toy train is one of the very few locomotives that still runs on steam engine! The train operates between Udagamandalam and Mettupalayam (Coimbatore). During the journey, it stops over for water at an old and charming station called HillGrove where the passengers usually get off to take pictures, sip tea at the small bakery or just enjoy the scenic view around the foggy mountains. At 10mph, it takes you through 16 tunnels (I loved shouting like a kid just to hear echoes). Starting point - Udagamandalam Railway Station Upper BhavaniIf you like serene and calm, and if you’ve already been to Avalanche, this place is perfect. Located about 60km from Ooty, the view of the valley-like damn is stunning. If you could pack lunch (considering it a day long affar), it could be a nice picnic near a wild life sanctuary. Speaking of which, you’ll need to have prior permission from the Forest Department to get here.

Ooty Indulgences

sample110

Why you must work in a Start-up ?

This article is for those who really need something challenging and want to spice-up life with excitement, knowledge, innovation and success. I am gonna answer the WHY in the title of this article based on my experience and observation. My 2 years of tenure with a Bangalore based tech-startup changed my perception towards a lot of things and somehow helped me discovering a better version of myself. The three of the most important things that changed in my life after working for a start-up are: Thoughts about myself - I feel more confident and capable of doing things on my own. Approach - The way we see and do things matters a lot. I try to see in different perspective until the best one is found. Becoming friends with failures - Success and failures walk hand in hand and there isn’t any way to escape. The more I make mistakes, the more I learn. Stop doubting yourself and start stepping into your greatness. Look for a start-up, work there. Trust me, It’s fun. You wouldn’t want to work anywhere else once you get into the zone where there isn’t any boss and saying ‘I don’t know, I can’t’ is never a crime. Start-up is a place where clock doesn’t exist, people live on caffeine, wear shorts and are ninjas in terms of getting shit done. You’ll find a lot of start-ups around these days, but identifying a good one is little challenging. But once you get that, you’ll realize over a period of time that how it change your life and perception drastically. Whether you’re a fresher or an experienced professional, start-ups are good for everyone and vice-versa is also true. Not everyone is capable of working in a new venture. It needs an open mindset to work in a culture where you have to be less judgmental and more welcoming about other’s thoughts, decisions, choices or ideas. I would like to list out some important point which makes Start-up’s much cooler: 1. Leadership — makes you confident and fearless You are leader of your own thing! Here, leadership doesn’t mean being Bossy or get work done by other. It’s about taking responsibility and get things done as it’s is always on priority in a Start-up. As a leader, you are supposed to take decisions and take things to the next level. As you start taking decisions, you become more certain and confident about your thoughts and deliver them fearlessly. Hence, you develop a better version of yourself — a new you. You grow when you lead. 2. Opportunity to Shine and Rise You get the freedom to go out of the way and work the way you want. And, with this freedom comes a great sense of responsibility. With minimal guidance, you will have to do more and within the given frame. If you’re accountable for something, you will have to lead or make decisions and if you do it right, then you rise and shine. 3. Learning & Exploration — Makes you Creative You get to work in multiple domains as you have a team of fewer people. You will be assigned tasks from different domains. And, hence you will have to be jack of all trade and develop skills in marketing, management or technical, no matter which specific field you belong to. You develop skills to learn and do things effectively and creatively. If it’s not there and you want it, Create it. 4. Recognition Working with the small team is always a benefit in terms of getting recognised. Your colleagues know you. People accept you with your failures which encourages to do better. 5. Chilled-out Work environment No Dress code, No Formality, No Working Hours! Wear what you want, come to office when you want. All they care about is getting shit done. 6. Innovate and Think big You are always surrounded by innovative and thinkers who are full of ideas and energy. You learn to challenge your mind and work on ‘How to think Big’, ‘Out of the Box’ etc. You try to figure out unique solutions to a problem. Make it happen. Shock everyone. 7. No Reporting — You are your own Boss 8. Sometimes Work Station turns into a Play Station Working in a Start-up comes as a huge responsibility and fun. It makes you Creative, Innovative, Responsible, Open-minded and sometimes Rich 😉 PS: I am not against MNC’s or other companies but in more favour in working with a new venture.

Why you must work in a Start-up ?

sample110

ചത്ത പ്രേതങ്ങൾ …..

ആറുമണിയുടെ കുരിശുമണിയടിച്ചു കഴിഞ്ഞാല് ഞങ്ങളെല്ലാവരും നടുവത്തെ മുറിയില് മുട്ടുകുത്തുമായിരുന്നു . ത്രിസന്ധൃാ ജപം കഴിഞ്ഞാല് മേമമാരും അച്ചാച്ഛന്മാരും വലൃമ്മിച്ചിയും അപ്പാപ്പനും വിശദായിട്ട് നാട്ടുവര്ത്താനം പറയും. ഞങ്ങള് കഷണങ്ങള് തറവാടു മുഴുവന് ഓടിച്ചാടി, കുളിയും ജപവുമൊക്കെ കഴിഞ്ഞ് കൊന്തയെത്തിച്ച് കഴിഞ്ഞ് ഭക്ഷണത്തിനിരിക്കുമ്പോളാ അപ്പാപ്പന് കഥ തുടങ്ങുക. വലിയ ചങ്ങലയും വലിച്ച്, ഉറക്കെ കുരച്ചുകൊണ്ട് നിഴലുമാത്രമുള്ള കൂറ്റന് നായയും,പടിഞ്ഞാട്ടേക്കു പോവുന്ന വഴിയിലെ കമ്മൃൂണിസ്റ്റ് പച്ചകാടിനിടയിലുള്ള കുളത്തില് മുങ്ങിമരിച്ച ഗര്ഭിണിയും , വലൃപ്പച്ചന്റെ സുഹൃത്ത് സെക്കന്റ് ഷോ കഴിഞ്ഞ് വരുന്ന വഴിക്ക് കണ്ട തേരും , പഞ്ചമി നാളില് മരിച്ചിട്ട് അപ്പാന്റെ കഴുത്തിനു കയറിപ്പിടിച്ച പുലയനും അങ്ങനെ എല്ലാരും കൂടെ എന്റെ നിദ്രയെ കൊന്നിരുന്നു അന്നാളുകളില് . വലിയൊരു കുരിശുമാല കഴുത്തിലില്ലാതെ തറവാടു വീട്ടില് ഞാന് ഉറങ്ങിയതെനിക്കോര്മയില്ല. പിന്വശത്തൂക്കിയിട്ടിരുന്ന സോഡിയം ബള്ബിന്ടെ വെട്ടം കുളിമുറി വരെ എത്തിയിരുന്നില്ല. പാതിരാത്രി ഗതികെട്ടല്ലാണ്ട് പടിഞ്ഞാട്ടേക്കു കാട്ടിലേക്കു നീങ്ങി മൂത്രമൊഴിക്കാന് കുട്ടോൃളാരും പോയിരുന്നില്ല. പുലിമുഖമ്മൂടി വച്ച് വടക്കു വീട്ടീന്ന് ചേട്ടായി ഒരിക്കല് പേടിപ്പിച്ചിട്ട് ഞാന് തറവാട്ടില് വന്നു നിന്നു . പായക്കടിയില് ഒളിപ്പിച്ചു വച്ച ബാലമംഗളം തീര്ന്നതെപ്പോളോ , ഏതോ നാഴികയ്ക്കപ്പു റംകണ്ണുതുറന്നു നു നോക്കുമ്പോള് , അപ്പാപ്പന്റെ തലയ്ക്കും ഭാഗത്തുള്ള ജാലകത്തിലൂടെ ദംഷ്ട്ര കാണിച്ചു ചിരിക്കുന്നു.. കുളത്തിലെ ഗര്ഭിണി !! തൊണ്ട വരണ്ടു. ന്റെ നാവു പൊന്തിയില്ല . പക്ഷേ പായയില് കിടന്ന് ഞാന് കാട്ടിക്കൂട്ടിയ വെപ്രാളം കണ്ട് അമ്മച്ചിയും വലൃമ്മച്ചിയും എന്നെ വിളിച്ചെഴുന്നേല്പ്പിച്ചു . കരഞ്ഞു പിഴിഞാണന്നു ഞാന് നേരം വെളുപ്പിച്ചത്. പിറ്റേന്നു തുടങ്ങിയ പതിവാണ് , പിന്നീടെപ്പഴും തറവാട്ടില് പോവുമ്പോള്, , പടിഞ്ഞാട്ടേക്കു പോവുമ്പോള് വഴിയെ ചത്തു മലക്കാറായൊരു തെങ്ങുണ്ടാര്ന്നു, ആയ കാലത്ത് വീട്ടുകാര്ക്ക് ഓലയും തേങ്ങയും വേണ്ടുവോളം സപ്പളൈ ചെയ്തൊരു സാധു, അതിന്റെ കടയ്ക്കലുള്ള പൊത്തില് വെള്ളക്ക നിക്ഷേപിക്കല് ചടങ്ങ് . ഓരോ തവണയും വെള്ളക്ക വച്ചിട്ട് ആരോടെന്നില്ലാതെ ഞാന് പ്രാര്ത്ഥിച്ചു പോന്നു , ഈ വെള്ളക്ക ആരേലും എടുത്തുകളയും വരെ തെങ്ങു കടന്ന് ആത്മാക്കളൊന്നും തറവാടു മുറ്റത്തേക്കു വരരുതേയെന്ന്. ിന്നീടുള്ള ദിവസങ്ങളില് അവരാരും എന്നെ കാണാന് വന്നില്ല. തെങ്ങു ദ്രവിച്ചു കാടു മരിച്ചു . പഞ്ഞിപ്പൂ കണക്കെ സമയം എങ്ങോട്ടെന്നില്ലാതെ പറന്നു പോയി. അപ്പാപ്പന് കിടക്കയില് നിന്ന്എണീക്കാതായി. കുളമൊക്കെ മൂടി , ഇടക്കിടെ വിരുന്നു വന്നുപോയിരുന്ന കുട്ടന് പാമ്പു പോലും വരാതെയായി. ഒത്തിരിയാള് ജനിച്ചു , കുറേപ്പേര് പോയി. കുട്ടികളായിരുന്ന ഞങ്ങളൊക്കെ ആരുടെയൊക്കയോ കൊച്ചാമ്മയും ആന്റിയും മേമയുമൊക്കെയായി. പ്രഭാതം ആകാശവാണിയുപേക്ഷിച്ച് ഫോണിരമ്പല് കേട്ടുണരാന് തുടങ്ങി. ഞാനും മോളുവും അന്നമ്മയും പരിപാലിച്ചുപോന്ന ഞങ്ങളുടെ വാല്മാക്രി ശ്മശാനം പൊതുവഴിയായിത്തീര്ന്നു. വീരന് പുഴയുടെ കുത്തൊഴുക്കു നിലച്ചു, കണ്ടങ്ങള് നിരന്നു മണ്ണു മരിച്ചു. കഴിഞ്ഞതവണ തറവാട്ടില് പോയപ്പോള് അച്ചാച്ഛന്റെ വീടിന്റെ സണ്ഷേടിലിരുന്ന് നിരവെട്ടി കളിക്കുന്ന പുലയനേയും ഗര്ഭിണിയേയും കണ്ടു. എനിക്ക് ചിരി നിര്ത്താനായില്ല. പച്ചയും ഇരുട്ടുമുണ്ടായിരുന്നപ്പോള് വിലസി നടന്നിരുന്ന ടീമാണ്. ഞാന് നോക്കി നില്ക്കവേ അമി അപ്പോള് ജോക്കുട്ടന്റെ പഴയൊരു ടെന്നീസ് ബോളെടുത്ത് എന്തൊക്കയോ പിറുപിറുത്ത് , സണ്ഷേടിന്റെ കീഴിലായി ജലമൂര്ന്ന് വീഴുവാന് സ്ഥാപിച്ചിരുന്ന ചങ്ങലയ്ക്കടുത്ത് കൊണ്ടുപോയിവച്ചു . പ്രേതങ്ങള് വിഷമിച്ചു പറന്നുപോയി. അവര് വീണ്ടും മരിച്ചതറിഞ്ഞ് ഞാനും വൃസനിച്ച് തിരികെ പോന്നു.

ചത്ത പ്രേതങ്ങൾ …..

sample110

CITY OF WALLS-DUBROVNIK

If you are the one who is a fan of famous television series Game of Thrones then I am sure you know what I would be writing about today. HISTORY!! And for Bollywood fans some sections of Sharukh khans movie FAN was filmed here too:) Visit to beautiful country Croatia would have been incomplete if I had not visited this place. George Bernard Shaw said this – “Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it”. Dubrovnik called as the “The Pearl of Adriatic” is the UNESCO World Heritage site. Dubrovnik city walls are the most important feature of Dubrovnik and a world renowned iconic place. The Dubrovnik city walls runs uninterrupted to a length of approximately 6300 Feet encircling the city. The city of Dubrovnik is completely surrounded by the walls and forts. It was a gloriously sunny day. Beginning my exploration of Dubrovnik upon the wall and ramparts provided an expansive perspective of the city and the Adriatic below, an appreciation of its history and conflicts, and a glimpse into the everyday life of its citizens. Fairly strenuous walking including steps, there are plenty of stairs, but the rise and footing is quite manageable and Walking around the walls gives you a vivid picture of what life is like inside Old Town and will also show you gorgeous views of the water and the mountains behind the city. It is a brilliant starting point to get to know an amazing place. It took us about 2 hours to complete the tour, honestly was getting difficult to stay more with the hot sun frying us down. If possible evening time is more preferable as you are saved from heat and can enjoy the sunset from fort. Though I was tired walking but still couldn’t stop clicking at every single step. In my opinion the ancient city walls tour is the top attraction in Dubrovnik. The view on the city and ocean is amazing! Wandering around these walls is a fantastic experience. You get a bird’s eye view into the life of the city now and it gives you a real sense of how it would’ve felt during the war. The coast is beautiful and the history of these walls is intriguing. We climbed to the top of Fort Minceta gives a spectacular vista across the rooftops, the steps here are quite steep but the view is terrific as it is the highest point. You’ll be spoilt for choice the red terracotta roofs, beautiful Adriatic blue sea and, hopefully, glorious sunshine just can’t stop praising the beauty of this place ! The place is very scenic and the views both inside the old town and out to sea are fantastic. Every corner has something to tell, if you have the eyes for seeing beyond the simple snap shot. Any season will tell you new story in the same place. No visit to Dubrovnik should be complete without walking around the walls and gazing down into the Old City. These fantastic walls are very old (hundreds of years!) and needs lots of money for preserving. So it was worth the 120 Kunas entry ticket. With my fresh and young experience of this place I could say that July and August is the most peak season. Best time would be May to June or September or October with sunny days sea is warm enough to swim. Placa Stradun – The Stradun is like the central street of the city of Dubrovnik. This is the place where the old city comes to life. While walking along the street, the aromas of the mediterrian cuisines are very inviting. The place has numerous of restaurants and taverns serving the fresh and best local specialties. Fortress Lovrijenac – You get an Amazing view of Old Town from here. The admission is included with the ticket to walk the city walls. There are about 10 Canons in this fort. The visit to this place is a treat to Game of Thrones fans. You get a special tour with the name Games of Thrones Tour with guide to this place. Sailing and boat trips – Dubrovnik is also very popular for sea Kayaking and boat trips. I don’t know when I would walk the Great Wall of China, but for now I am convinced that I have walked one of the most magnificent walled cities……

CITY OF WALLS-DUBROVNIK

sample110

Solo Trip to Gokarna from Bangalore. (1260 Kms Bullet Ride)

DAY 1 Before the alarm shouts at 3:00 am, the excitement of a solo trip didn't let me sleep whole night and my anxiety forced me defuse the alarm at 2:57 am with sleepless aspirant eyes. After a refreshing shower, I started at 4 am with lots of hope n excitement driven in my eyes to ride my "Royal Enfield" Classic Chrome 500cc "Laado" - (Pet name) to Gokarna, 550 Kms away from Bangalore. My "Laado" throttled its heart out burning the whole lot of 350 kms through the 6 lane Highway (NH-4), all shiny and black smooth tyre gripped with desire. With the Sunrise my Chrome glittered out shine, tearing the forests and mountains of the Western Ghats hovering up beautiful scenery and landscapes all along throughout. It took 10 hours to reach Gokarna, I am running short of words to describe the nature, view and the journey in between these miles.....!!! The first sight of "Kudle Beach" blew my mind away. It felt as I have my very own private beach with sparkling blue water, I couldn't hold myself dipping into those waves throwing away all my bag packs aside on the rocks nearby and in a fraction of seconds i was swimming in one of the beautiful shores of Arabian sea. The blue skies, blue water and the white sand took all the stress and pain which i was holding somewhere within from very long, there were no outlook mails, daily office routine, unwanted people, only i, me, myself was there with few lost beautiful unknown faces and couples. I headed towards one of the many shacks spotting the beach and checked into Little Paradise Inn located at the center of "Kudle Beach" at 3 PM. The staff members and the stay was pleasant, I was with all my luck that day getting an accommodation in the shacks even the season was ON. If u ever get a chance to visit Gokarna, I recommend you to stay in shacks, if you happen to get accommodation in any of the shacks available there, book it right away. You can enjoy the sea and the "Kudle beach" to its fullest this way. And of course, stay up till late night under the starry sky, listening to the soft music of the waves. Evening was way beautiful than it was expected.. Little paradise Inn was firmly lighted and the soft music was adding essence to the moment. I had enjoyed the music, food and interacting with people around. After 11 PM I went to the beach i.e. just 100 meters right in front of the restaurant and i felt alive. I sat down on sands holding a chilled beer with me, the cool breeze coming from sea and the white waves beneath millions of twinkling stars took me to a new level of happiness. I experienced many of the couples, group of friends, lonely souls were murmuring with their partners and themselves. I am sure that was the best moments of their lives and YES mine too. I stayed up till 1 AM and then i went to sleep since i drove all the way from Bangalore and yes I was a little tired. DAY 2 Haaah! I woke up at 6 AM and went to beach, I found very few people were awake and a few were practicing Yoga. I had a nice walk with my best music in my ears. For an adventurous soul, this is 'MUST' Start early from "Kudle Beach", catch the glimpse sunrise and cover "Om beach", Half Moon and the Paradise beach and come back. I can assure you of a gala time in the company of nature at its best. I too decided to leave for Om Beach, it is shaped like "Om" and the two halves of this Om are surprisingly different in nature. The first half of Om, where Namaste Cafe is built is generally where we found Indian families enjoying the sea. Namaste Cafe, situated on one end of Om beach is accessible by road. It is the only 'proper' hotel on Om beach, all the others being shacks situated on the other end. It is clean, and the restaurant is situated by the sea. I spent my whole day at Om Beach Chilling, Swimming,Tracking, Relaxing and head back to kudle beach in evening 7 PM. I had a nice bath at my shack and dipped into relax at the restaurant, had dinner with few friends which i made there. Again went to beach and today the crowd was double than yesterday. I was at the beach till 2 AM tonight. DAY 3 Again I woke up at 6 AM went to beach but this time i was having heavy hangover lol. I had a nice swim at the sea and had a nice breakfast with a beer and decided to visit Gokarna city tour today. Gokarna town is a tourists delight. Being a religious town, it has many temples attracting Hindu devotees as well as curious tourists. It is a small town and worth walking around to explore, but other than that and visiting the many temples, there isn't much to do. A small local eatery in town definitely deserves a mention here. It serves an exceptionally delicious fish Thali and is located one minute away from Gokarna beach. A sign in the lane before the beach leads you to the house where a local family serves you a fresh meal. DAY 4 It was the day when i had to drive back to Bangalore, a place which has helped you savor your solitude, if you will ask me how i was going through trust me I was not at all in the mood to come back. I woke up and had a nice breakfast and met with the friends that I made there, with all goodbyes and promises of coming back soon again i started through a different route which I was less aware of and went to Murdeshwar temple. I was in all my luck, to encounter the mandir's aarti at 12:30 PM which was just about to start and I was blessed to be a part of it. I Started from Murdeshwar at 1 PM and after 100 KMs the world famous Jog Falls was on the way. It is a beautiful waterfall which is further enhanced by the lush green environment, it survives in. The waterfall is created by the Sharavathi River dropping 253 m (830 ft), making it the second-highest plunge waterfall in India. This is an absolutely scenic view that one must see. You can take a plunge in the water at the base. After Jog Falls the only thing was left is drive back home. I reached Bangalore at 11 PM leaving behind all the joy, happiness, adventure and nice people. Again the daily work, hectic traffic and unwanted calls were welcoming me into the city lights. But that feeling and the moment which i had lived in past 4 days will never be washed with comfort of a city like Bangalore. I am now refreshed and filled with a fresh infants spirit to get exposed to hectic world now... LoVe U GoKaRnA......... ^_^

Solo Trip to Gokarna from Bangalore. (1260 Kms Bullet Ride)

sample110

‘Magic of Smile…

‘Magic of Smile’ “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss Smile, an everlasting smile is the one we lack now a days. To Smile, we really need a heart with courage. No matter what we’ve experienced – Good or Bad, Easy or Hard, Appreciation or Humiliation, Together or Alone, Pleased or Annoyed, Fascinated or Bored. Whatever situation you are in, whatever the present scenario leads you to, Smile upon it and see the magic. You can concord the situation through your hands in a positive way. Personally, I’ve a friend who always say “Smile”, to anyone he came up with. I didn’t understand what he meant to or why he was telling anyone. It took 9 long years for me to realize what he meant and today I’m writing his thoughts through my eyes. I do owe him a lot only because of this as he always say, “Always have a Smile across your face.” Smile through the things you do, it takes you high on your confidence and fruits it offers are the things you cannot value. It’s not about the money you earn end of the day, it’s about the Smiley faces you came throughout the day which counts your day. In my college days, a friend of mine asked me: Her: Why don’t you ever Smile? Me:(With a weird expression) I do smile, didn’t you ever saw that? Her: Never (with a scary voice), I do observe you a lot and hardly I found a Smile on your face. Dude, do Smile, it looks good on your face. Me: Okay!! (with a little bit of dumb face) I will try to. After a few days, she again asked me…. Her: Please don’t Smile coz you tend to be pretending that you are Smiling actually you not. Me: What? Am I pretending?? Her: Yes, you are. Don’t put a fake smile on your face rather keep that dumb face. Me: Oops!! 😦 Those are the last words I’ve ever had with her. After a couple of days, I’ve tried to Smile back at her yet nothing worked out. Now, I realized what I’ve done and what I’ve to do. “An apple a day, keeps doctor away.” We’ve learnt about this quote right from our childhood and I don’t know if it’s true or not. I believe, “Smile and keep doctor’s away.” This is the fact which needs to followed by everyone and the Irony is everyone knows about it and it’s very hard for everyone to digest this. Smile at your worries and enjoy the magic it does because the moment you Smile about it, those worries vanishes and you will find a solution to sort it out. I personally gone through some worries, spent a lot of sleepless nights and I’ve gained nothing except some illness. When I’ve realized that I need to Smile back at my worries and did so, I can see the positive vibes, the attitude changed towards everything and here I am sharing the ‘Magic of Smile’, It’s not that your concern will vanish the moment you Smile. It’s the attitude that changes about the way you see your concerns. Folks, hope you like this post and please share your feedback… “Don’t forget to Smile”

‘Magic of Smile…

sample110

DELICIOUS BREAKFAST OF NORTH EAST INDIA!!

Give a joyous treat to your taste buds with these toothsome breakfasts of North-East India!! It is a customary credence that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And as we know a healthy morning starts with a healthy breakfast. People usually opt for nutritious breakfast, keeping in mind the nutritive requirements of the body. Interestingly, every household have disparate breakfast depending on the needs, taste and preferences of the individual. To talk about India, it can be said that India has all the rights to be boastful about its diverse landscape, culture, language, creed etc. Furthermore it can rightfully brag about its boundless repasts as well. Some of such authentic cuisines are proffered by the North-eastern states of India. Notable for its astounding picturesque and unique culture, Northeast India owns an amazing food habits. Therefore, here are some popular and salubrious breakfasts from Northeast India, which are not only palatable but health-giving as well. Hence you can break the monotony and kick start your day with a decorous North-eastern cuisine of India. PUKHLIEN: These golden deep fried balls are made with rice flour and jaggery. It is a traditional snack taken as breakfast by the people of Shillong. Though its sweet, these round sponge puffs brings you the goodness of sugarcane (jaggery is made up of sugarcane juice) which helps combat cold weather and the rice flour keeps one full till your next meal. POITA BHAAT: This is one wonted breakfast of Assam, it is an age old breakfast item which is still gobbled by locals even today. This bowl of poita bhaat is a mixture of rice, buttermilk, onion, chilly and salt. It provides complete nourishment and helps keep the body cool throughout the day. PANCH POORAN TARKARI: This delicious curry is concocted with vegetables and spices. The taste of the curry is further enhanced with a dash of seasoning or ‘tarka’. It is seasoned with five different Indian spices or panch pooran. It tastes best when eaten with rice, roti or poori (flat bread). This is a wholesome meal to start a day, with goodness of veggies and wheat. SANPIAU: It is a popular Mizoram snack which can be included in breakfast for its nutritious values. Rice porridge is cooked with freshly chopped garlic, spring onions, ginger, black pepper ad fish sauce. The salutary quality of porridge and fresh spices can definitely be a healthy option to initiate your day. For more healthy option you can opt for brown rice or substitute it with oats. PUTHARO: Another delectable repast of Meghalaya is Putharo also known as rice pan cake. It is enjoyed with hot cup of red tea, chicken curry, pork belly curry or any sort of sauce and chutney. It is made with sticky rice, baked in earthen utensils. These steamed rice cakes are oil free which will help you managing your diet. Hence as the saying goes “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast” do start your day with these healthy and scrummy platter. #northeast#breakfast#food#Flavour#Cuisine#Heathydiet

DELICIOUS BREAKFAST OF NORTH EAST INDIA!!

sample110

हाँडी और गाँव की यादें

Handi, typical Indian word used for a big clay bowl like structured utensil in north-rural areas used for boiling milk, churning buttermilk and storing it. What is the reason behind choosing it as title, let's go together. One day I was coming back to Hostel after college. I got off the bus. After a little walk; at last, I turned towards the narrow street. Rough road, kids playing, two dogs lying side by the lane silently. There was a primary school and on my right were some kachha houses made up of- Bricks, stones and mud on them. These kachcha houses had gates of tin with doweling holes on the walls. One more kachha house was getting built. As I walked further, I smelt something, the smell of boiling milk in Handi. The strong smell took me straight to my village, “Sadonpur” pronounced as ‘Sadapur’, located close to Delhi and Ghaziabad, in Uttar Pradesh (UP). Long ago in those summers, we used to go there to visit maternal Grandparents. During the day time, we used to have loads of fun like roaming here and there, playing carom, Raja-Rani-Chor-Sipahi, cards, vagera-vagera. We used to play in fields and bath in small ponds. On our way back home, the street used to be black. Laltane light coming out of every house because of no electricity. When we reach home, the entire baramda would be covered with smoke due to the burning of firewood and dunks. Mami- preparing food, kids running here and there. There was staircase going up and a big wall separating two houses. In villages of UP, the food is mostly prepared on the chulas through burning wood sticks and cow dunks. Here the story of Handi comes. Everyday, post our dinner, before going to sleep, mami  used to prepare milk for everybody in Handi. She used to boil the milk by placing the Handi over the burning dunks. The smell of  the smoke getting mixed with buffalo’s milk that she serves in steel glass was unique in itself. The same smell made a way to my nostrils (just for a moment of seconds), when I was crossing one of the houses through the narrow street. All these moments flashed in my mind and reminded me of the old memories of my village “Sadapur”.

हाँडी और गाँव की यादें

sample110

Some Unexpected Guests In The Café

It was an amazing evening with a fresh breeze. The month of November takes a beautiful cool atmosphere. The atmosphere itself is enough to fill you with love and beautify you with a natural calm smile. The evening was amazingly calm and I was busy reading my book in the café, as there was not so much rush in the café that day. In that calmness, I heard the voice of a child. The voice of children always amazes us and makes us smile. It is a psychological fact that the human brain reacts fastest when it receives the vibes of the voice of any child. So I also peeped out of my book, on hearing that attractive voice. What, I noticed was that there were two children, a boy and a girl of the almost same age. They came hand in hand, in the café. I gave the menu card and asked for their order. They ordered a Cappuccino and a cupcake. On the table, they were constantly fighting innocently and were enjoying their food. While they were paying the amount from their savings, I asked them about their special reason to visit the café. The boy said that it was the anniversary of his mom and dad and they met first time in this café. So I asked where they are… The beautiful girl replied, “They are at God’s home to buy us a big dollhouse when we will be grown up.” I was speechless… and amazed with the love their eyes. A smile was the only reaction, I could give.

Some Unexpected Guests In The Café

sample110

REQUEST TO GOD

I was always brought up saying that the good wins over the evil. Every mythological story says that it’s definite that the good wins over the evil and this is the era where the evil sustains! Why is it?It’s the Kaliyuga. They say it’s the era where evils happen; but then, isn’t it contradicting the statements proclaimed by Lord Krishna that whenever Adharma (the wrong) happens, when the eternal law of the cosmos breaks and falls out of its path, the God incarnates to set it right. You have become the Hero of heroes, Lord Krishna, when You saw Draupadi (Paanchaali) in struggle and surrendering to you. Then what happened when Nirbhaya, Sowmya and Jisha cried??You held hands when Arjuna felt uncomfortable to fight for his kingdom. What happened when in the same Indraprastha (Delhi) when Nirbhaya’s friend cried aloud for a help??? You say, You exist everywhere then what happens when these crimes take place??On a personal note, yes, I have been abundantly blessed by You! My humble gratitude and Pranaams at Your Holy Feet. At the same time, it’s You who gave me the strength to question when something wrong happens and thus I ask.If You, my dear God, relate this to the ‘Karmaphalam‘ (the outcome of ones’ good & bad deeds) then why aren’t the cruel and the evil perishing?I feel disgusted to even pronounce the name Govindachami, the pervert who feels proud to rape a poor girl and put the entire family into disaster.I request – please don’t keep the punishments for the next births, as said in some theories;let the evil suffer and realize through those sufferings what he has done. It’s high time that You incarnate, in any form as You please – as a physical being, as peoples’ thoughts, as a better social system, but please arrive, my Lord.Discussion Credits: Nikhila Ashok

REQUEST TO GOD

sample110

GIRL IN RED

A road that leads to many paths so does life there are paths to be chosen some you are not sure of, completely clueless and some that leads you to a way you’d desire of. Everyone bears their own highs and lows..their races to achieve and their make to identity.She knew the world of love and passion long gone was the heart of stone which she knew less, life’s just been a fancy fairy tale to her with the hopes and wish lists to fill up. A path she chose so unused with the leaves fallen of spring and a no turn to look back, half the way crossed by, a new self she was to the mankind so bold and enriched was who she was. Time was to learn of calm and courage and look to herself with pride.The look was to show up style in a fun, simple, naughty and be your self and carry the confidence. It was crazy shootings this up when i could just wear on myself in the mischievous and funny manner. i’d suggest this look to go for a brunch, party and or a catch up maybe. #lifestyleblogger #personakstyleblogger #bangaloreindia.follow me on instagram roposo and facebook for updates @itsmillisoni..Stay happy…

GIRL IN RED

sample110

Focus!!

A kid goes to his mom and says, “mamma, I am not able to fare well in life“. It’s atypical for a kid to worry so much about life at a tender age, but what if that Kid is 23 years Old? Does that remind you of someone familiar to you? or does it remind you of yourself? Don’t worry, they or you aren’t alone on this ship. A lot of us, irrespective of the age groups we are in, are subjected to a lot of hardships. And life is a bitch. I think that’s something everyone going through those hardships agree. And that doesn’t end at abusing life but to indulge in self-destructive means. That not only takes away the valuable time in the present but also destroys the potential of the future. For example, very recently I was upset about something that hurt me deeply and I spend an entire evening eating junk food which ended up in a severe stomach ache and couple of sleepless night. But the point here isn’t about the lost night, the point here is that it could’ve been anything other than Junk food. And I thank god it ended there. But looking back at that evening, I thought hard about what I could’ve done to avoid the huge pain in the ass (literally 😛 ) Then it struck me that the more I thought about the incident, the more it upset me and the more it upset me, the more were the tendencies to do something radical. This is an example of erratic behavior based on emotions. In these situations, your decisions are largely driven by your emotions and emotions sitting in the driver seat is one of the worst situations you want to be in. That is the condition that leads to catastrophes. Bang on!! I was focussing more on that incident so much that I got obsessed with it. I created all kinds of mental images to analyze the incident without stopping to realize that it was useless. The situation was over and there was no point on re-living it. And looking back that incident didn’t even deserve the effort I put in. It was plain useless. But it taught me one important lesson. Our actions are largely a result of our thoughts. Feed your mind with useless irrelevant thoughts, the actions would be in equal proportion, useless and irrelevant for your own good. I was going through my photo albums and stumbled upon this beautiful picture of a “Red-whiskered Bulbul”. This picture spoke volumes about the concept of focus without uttering a single word. We all know how photographers wait patiently to capture, what would later become their prized asset and fond memories. They focus on the subject so much. They read about the subject’s habitat, when do they sleep, what do they eat, what are the times during which they’re active, their physical characteristics. The Focus on the subject so much that success in capturing it becomes second nature. Hence, for those who focus on their life goals and feed their mind with thoughts about those goals constantly. Success comes naturally!! Hope you got something out of these 530 odd words!! Thanks for the read!!… If you know of any techniques that help people focus on their goals, please share them in the comments section below. The world would be thankful to you. Have a good day 😀 and Happy Weekend.

Focus!!

sample110

Maa

I was born on some random day,Had no idea the world works which way,Was in her arms as tears I shed,Happiness was all around as I lay on the white bed spread.You’ve been bestowed with a wonderful gift all said,But did someone thank the person beside my bed?I couldn’t talk back then but I had this connection,With this person who symbolized perfection.If this person called maa wasn’t there,I really don’t know, I would be where.A million thank yous wouldn’t do,It’s a beautiful feeling, the gift of knowing you.Days passed and years I think,I was two within a blink,For all the days in between I used to crawl,If I tried to walk I would fall.You held my hand and walked with me,So I wouldn’t fall and now I can run you see.The sleepless nights you had so I could sleep,You were always available when I used to weep,The hours you spent just to see my smile,It’s cause of you I even talk now and my emotions fragile.Some more time passed and older I grew,Why dint I ever realize the value of you!Be it then or even now,How could a person be so selfless and so wow?I remember the first day to school I had to go,I discovered the swing and you swung it to and fro.You’ve always made my life easy right from then,Whenever you held my hand, I felt like a cub in my den.I was never worried when you were around,Happiness around you is all I found.I’ve grown so old and you’ve never let go,For all these years cause of you I’ve never felt low.You have this secret that you wouldn’t tell,I’ve screwed up so much but you wouldn’t yell.Its been so many years but I’ve never told,You’re a gem and worth way more than gold.Words would not end and just flow,After all these years, a special thing I want you to know.You’re my sunshine, you’re my snow,You’re my everything maa and I’d give my life to see you glow.Thanks for your selflessness,Thanks for your love and care.You’re amazing and without you I’d be no where.A billion words wouldn’t be enough,Without you life would be tough,A lot of gratitude to you is dew,Maaa, I love you, I love you…and could never imagine a life without you!

Maa

sample110

Weekend on wheels details

Man - is an explorer at a fundamental level, be it travel into vast landscapes of endless nature, travel into crowded cities and explore various cultures or travel spiritually into his own mind staying very still. In each of these modes, he comes back having satisfied the inherent explorer within. These explorations, more often than not, result in a lasting to a permanent change in the explorer’s mind, body and spirit.Weekends – for the urban mind invoke hidden feelings of fulfillment and freedom beyond compare in today’s day and age. It’s an ultimate expression of the body’s felt experience like tattoos, piercings or jazz. They invoke a feeling of celebration within us that needs to find expression just like early African-American communities tired from their daily routine of serving their masters sitting around a fire somewhere outside their limits singing the blues giving birth to an entire genre of music that is still widespread and enjoyed to this day.Wheels – are arguably the greatest invention of man that made him mobile beyond compare. One can be brave enough to claim that man went from nomad to explorer or even the hunted to the hunter after its osmosis into human society. Such was the power and liberating capability associated with it.Weekend on Wheels is my brainchild which rides on these core fundamentals of a person. The wheel is irrelevant just as long as there is one. From skateboards to giant lorries can be used to explore nearby undiscovered locations and destinations. This initiative also has an encouraging quality to get people out of their beds, heads, homes, leave their problems behind and dive deep into one’s own consciousness.People seem to be immensely involved in the stories of others. It’s time to be involved in your own. Every weekend has a story….

Weekend on wheels details

sample110

Who Will Win Amethi?

Votes till the time of this post for the in-house FB poll on my question, Who will win Amethi? Most of the comments were that S Irani has been working away cradling that constituency, and that Amethi is ripe for a change, she has charisma that the Congress scion lacks. So much so that someone commented "Vasanthi, is your poll on who will win, or who do you want should win!" Truth be told, me who has nothing to do with that FFF First Family Fort of Congress, also would like to see a change there. But a few of my journalist friends in UP, who I met in Lucknow last week, said I was mistaken, and that no matter what you want , Congress hi jeetega. But looks like the ground is giving some other sign. Rahul's decision to choose Wayanad in Kerala or any other 'safe' South seat is a sign of nervousness. If I were an Amethian, I would now be even more cautious to give away a precious vote to a guy who doesn't even trust me enough to give him a mandate that my place has given his clan for decades. Anything taken for granted for decades, and no work to show, needs a shakeup, needs people to sit up, and sets the stage for a 'we gave you enough chance, we will now show you our power' moment. That's the whole point of an Indian Election. ------------------- This is a collective of passionate people working to bring out the best of media, culture, and cinema.

Who Will Win Amethi?

sample110

`ಜವಾಬ್ ದೋ... ಮೋದಿ ಜವಾಬ್ ದೋ...’ : ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಸವಾಲು

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೈತ್ರಿಕೂಟಕ್ಕೆ 22 ಸ್ಥಾನ : ಎಚ್.ಕೆ.ಪಾಟೀಲ್ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು : ಕಳೆದ ಲೋಕಸಭಾ ಚುನಾವಣೆಗೂ ಮುನ್ನ ದೇಶದ ಜನರಿಗೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದ ಭರವಸೆಗಳನ್ನು ಪೂರೈಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ವಿಫಲವಾಗಿರುವ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಮೋದಿ ಅವರು, ಆರು ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಉತ್ತರ ನೀಡಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸಿದೆ. ನಗರದ ಅರಮನೆ ಮೈದಾನದ ವೈಟ್ ಪೆಟಲ್ಸ್ ಗ್ಲಾಸ್ ಹೌಸ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬುಧವಾರ ನಡೆದ ಚುನಾವಣಾ ಪ್ರಚಾರ ಸಿದ್ದತಾ ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರದ ಬಳಿಕ ಸುದ್ದಿಗೋಷ್ಠಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಪ್ರದೇಶ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಪ್ರಚಾರ ಸಮಿತಿ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಎಚ್.ಕೆ.ಪಾಟೀಲ್ ಅವರು ಈ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಕಿದ್ದಾರೆ. 2014ರ ಲೋಕಸಭಾ ಚುನಾವಣೆಗೂ ಮುನ್ನ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಮೋದಿರವರು, ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ಅಧಿಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದ ನಂತರ ನಡೆಯುವ ಪ್ರಥಮ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲೇ ದೇಶದ ರೈತರ ಕೃಷಿ ಸಾಲವನ್ನು ಮನ್ನಾ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದು ಭರವಸೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದರು. ಆದರೆ, ಐದು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಅವಧಿ ಮುಗಿದರೂ ಇದನ್ನು ಈಡೇರಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಫಲವಾಗಿದೇಕೆ ? ವಿದೇಶಿ ಬ್ಯಾಂಕ್ಗಳಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಕಪ್ಪು ಹಣವನ್ನು ವಾಪಸ್ಸು ತಂದು, ದೇಶದ ಜನರ ಖಾತೆಗೆ 15 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ.ಗಳನ್ನು ಜಮೆ ಮಾಡುವುದಾಗಿ ವಚನ ನೀಡಿದ್ದೀರಿ. ಎಷ್ಟು ಪ್ರಮಾಣದ ಕಪ್ಪು ಹಣವನ್ನು ವಾಪಸ್ಸು ತಂದಿದ್ದೀರಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಎಷ್ಟು ಜನರ ಖಾತೆಗೆ ಹಣ ಜಮೆ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೀರಿ ? ಮಹದಾಯಿ ನದಿ ನೀರು ಹಂಚಿಕೆ ವಿವಾದವನ್ನು ಬಗೆಹರಿಸುವುದಾಗಿ ನೀಡಿದ್ದ ಭರವಸೆ ಏನಾಯಿತು ? ಅದನ್ನೂ ಇತ್ಯರ್ಥ ಪಡಿಸಲಿಲ್ಲವೇಕೆ ? 200 ಟಿಎಂಸಿ ನೀರು ದೇಶದ ಆಸ್ತಿ ವ್ಯರ್ಥವಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ ಎಂದು ರೈತರು ಪ್ರತಿಭಟಿಸಿದರೆ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಉತ್ತರ ನೀಡಿ ವಚನ ಭ್ರಷ್ಠರಾಗಿದ್ದೇಕೆ ? ಪ್ರತಿ ವರ್ಷ 2 ಕೋಟಿ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಸೃಷ್ಠಿ ಮಾಡುವುದಾಗಿ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದೀರಿ. ಆದರೆ, ಇದ್ದ ಉದ್ಯೋಗದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ 1.7 ಕೋಟಿ ಉದ್ಯೋಗಗಳನ್ನು ಕಡಿತಗೊಳಿಸಿದ್ದೀರಿ. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಕಾರಣವಲ್ಲವೇ ? `ವ್ಯಾಪಂ’ ಸ್ಕ್ಯಾಂ ಹೊರ ಬೀಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದಂತೆಯೇ ಅದರ ತನಿಖೆಯಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು, ಸಾಕ್ಷಿಗಳು, ಅಪಘಾತ, ಆತ್ಮಹತ್ಯೆ ಹಾಘೂ ಇನ್ನಿತರ ಕಾರಣಗಳಡಿ ಇದ್ದ 44 ಜನ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿಗಳ ಹೆಣ ಉರುಳಿತಲ್ಲ ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಯಾರು ಹೊಣೆ ? ಇವೆಲ್ಲ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ‘ಜವಾಬ್ ದೋ.. ಮೋದಿ ಜವಾಬ್ ದೋ...’ ಎಂದು ಎಚ್.ಕೆ.ಪಾಟೀಲ್ ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸಿದರು. ಮುಂಬರುವ ಲೋಕಸಭಾ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಮೋದಿ ನೇತೃತ್ವದ ಎನ್ಡಿಎ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ವೈಫಲ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಗೂ ಅವರು ಕಳೆದ ಲೋಕಸಭಾ ಚುನಾವಣೆಗೂ ಮುನ್ನ ನೀಡಿದ್ದ ಭರವಸೆಗಳನ್ನು ಈಡೇರಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ವಿಫಲರಾಗಿದ್ದನ್ನು ಜನರ ಮುಂದೆ ಇಡಲಾಗುವುದು. ಕೇವಲ ಸುಳ್ಳು ಆಶ್ವಾಸನೆಗಳಿಂದ ಜನರಿಗೆ ವಂಚಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಮೋದಿ ಅವರು, ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಜನರ ಗಮನವನ್ನು ಬೇರೆಡೆಗೆ ಸೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದು ಪಾಟೀಲ್ ಆಪಾದಿಸಿದರು. 22 ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಗೆಲುವು ಮುಂದಿನ ಲೋಕಸಭಾ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್-ಜೆಡಿಎಸ್ ಮೈತ್ರಿಕೂಟವು ಕನಿಷ್ಟ 22 ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಗೆಲುವು ಸಾಧಿಸಲಿದೆ ಎಂದು ವಿಶ್ವಾಸ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದರು. 31ಕ್ಕೆ ರಾಹುಲ್ ಪ್ರಚಾರ ಮಾ.31 ರಂದು ಎಐಸಿಸಿ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ರಾಹುಲ್ ಗಾಂಧಿ ಅವರ ನೇತೃತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಮತ್ತು ಜೆಡಿಎಸ್ ಜಂಟಿ ಪ್ರಚಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಚಾಲನೆ ನೀಡಲಾಗುವುದು. ಪ್ರಿಯಾಂಕಾ ಗಾಂಧಿ ಅವರು ಪ್ರಚಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಬರುವ ಕುರಿತು ಇನ್ನು ಯಾವುದೇ ನಿರ್ಧಾರವಾಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಎನ್ಡಿಎ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ವೈಫಲ್ಯಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಹಿಂದಿನ ಅವಧಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಹಾಗೂ ಪ್ರಸಕ್ತ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್-ಜೆಡಿಎಸ್ ಮೈತ್ರಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಜಾರಿಗೊಳಿಸಿದ ಜನಪರ ಯೋಜನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮತದಾರರ ಮುಂದಿಡಲಾಗುವುದು. ಇದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಜಾಲತಾಣಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾತ್ರ ಅವಲಂಬಿಸದೇ, ಮತದಾರರ ಮನೆ ಬಾಗಿಲಿಗೆ ತೆರಳಿ ವಿವರಿಸುವ ಕೆಲಸವನ್ನು ಉಭಯ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರು ಮಾಡಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದು ಎಚ್.ಕೆ.ಪಾಟೀಲ್ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ನೀಡಿದರು. ಸುದ್ದಿಗೋಷ್ಠಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಜಿ ಶಾಸಕ ನಂಜಯ್ಯನಮಠ ಮತ್ತಿತರರು ಹಾಜರಿದ್ದರು.

`ಜವಾಬ್ ದೋ... ಮೋದಿ ಜವಾಬ್ ದೋ...’ : ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಸವಾಲು

sample110

Want to be a Model?

Want to work part-time as a model in Bangalore? Want to get noticed real soon by clients for assignments? Want to be well-connected with a ready professional portfolio to make your mark in the modelling and film industry? Want to sizzle the ramp with the best designer collections? Then the best way out is to participate in GlamnFashion Princess 2019, Global Diva of India. Glamnfashion Princess 2019 is a Bangalore-based fashion and talent pageant show organised by Feroz Khan, celebrity fashion photographer who has a talent to spot fresh and perfect faces for prestigious assignments. Every year trends are changing in the fashion industry and many models are finding it hard to find paid assignments. The selection criteria for modelling is becoming stringent too. It is essential for a model to be well-groomed and trained for many projects. GlamnFashion Princess 2019 is a competition-based ramp show with 10 sub-contests and is the perfect platform for freshers to turn into models.What Kind of assignmnents will be provided to Finalists and Winners?It ranges from ramp shows, designer shows, exhibition, print shoots, calendar shoots, campaign shoots, magazine shoots and short films and album songs.Eligibility: Female with height 5'3 and above between 16 years and 28 years.Glamnfashion Princess 2019 is unlike most other pageant shows organised to make quick bucks with sold crowns that are not obligated to give work to the finalists, Glamnfashion Princess 2019 guarantees client projects to its finalists where they can establish themselves in the industry with proper guidance.Top 10 finalists who are title winners will be the face of our client brands. It's a perfect chance for corporates and college-going girls to get a deserving break in the industry.Fashion Rounds: We have auditions on April 27 and April 28, 2019 at Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore out of which 40 deserving contestants will be selected for the finale. In the finale we have 3 rounds- Introductory Round with a Fashion Designer- Wear Sequence, Western Round and Gown Round, out of which top 10 finalists will become in-house models at FerozKhanClix.If you are interested, then register for Auditions to be held on April 27, 28 @ Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore apply on this link http://www.ferozkhanclix.com/glamnfashion-princess-registration/ GlamnFashion Princess 2017- Season 1: http://www.siliconcitynews.com/?p=24486- FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/ferozkhanclix- Website: http://ferozkhanclix.comhttp://glamnfashion.com/Whatsapp No. (Feroz Khan) : 9004596562Calling No. (FerozKhan): 7892474641

Want to be a Model?

sample110

This election is not about Congress versus BJP but the future of youth: Parameshwara

Bangalore. April 4: Congress party’s campaigning in North Bangalore Lok Sabha constituency gathered pace on Thursday. To give a shot in the arm for the party’s candidate Krishna Byre Gowda, who is facing BJP’s incumbent candidate Sadanand Gowda at the hustings, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameshwara, joined the campaign.Speaking at an election rally in Kamagondanahalli, which is part of Bangalore North Constituency, Parameshwara said this elections is not about BJP versus the Congress. “It is about the future of the youth of the country,” he said. While he described the BJP as a party which supports the rich and the bureaucrats, Parameshwara said The Congress focused on the poor , marginalised and downtrodden in society.Prime Minister Narendra Modi was only making statements with no visible development. On the employment and job creation front the policies of the Centre has totally failed the people.The only aim of the BJP is to convert democractic India into a Hindu Rashtra. “ Are those in the BJP the only Hindu people? Are we not Hindus also”, he asked.‘BJP leaders are talking as though they are the only patriotic people. Are we not patriotic? They are taking full credit for the achievements made by the soldiers and scientists.”Earlier, in an exclusive interview with Feederfox News, party Candidate for North Bangalore Krishna Byre Gowda said he was getting positive vibes from the people. He said people in his constituency were disgruntled with the BJP’s sitting MP Sadanand Gowda. “Lack of development and several issues faced by the people are key factors in this election.’ He has lost touch with the people and they are looking for a change this time.”In my constituency I have the full support of the JD (S) and our alliance partner’s workers are campaigning for me actively. ‘They already know that I am always approachable and accessible to the people”, he said.“I am confident that I will win this election with a good margin”.

This election is not about Congress versus BJP but the future of youth: Parameshwara

sample110

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಉತ್ತರ ಲೋಕಸಭಾ ಕ್ಷೆತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿರುಸಿನ ಪ್ರಚಾರ ; ದೇಶದ ಯುವಕರ ಭವಿಷ್ಯ ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸುವ ಚುನಾವಣೆ :

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಉತ್ತರ ಲೋಕಸಭಾ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ಮೈತ್ರಿ ಅಭ್ಯರ್ಥಿ ಕೃಷ್ಠ ಭೈರೇಗೌಡ ಅವರ ಪರ ಡಿಸಿಎಂ ಡಾ.ಜಿ.ಪರಮೇಶ್ವರ ಮತಯಾಚನೆ. ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಮತ್ತು ಜೆಡಿಎಸ್ ಪಕ್ಷದ ಮೈತ್ರಿ ಅಭ್ಯರ್ಥಿಗೆ ಮತ ನೀಡುವಂತೆ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಿಗೆ ಮನವಿ ಮಾಡಿದರು.ದಾಸರಹಳ್ಳಿ ವಿಧಾನಸಭಾ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ಕಮ್ಮಗೊಂಡನಹಳ್ಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಗುರುವಾರ ಚುನಾವಣಾ ಪ್ರಚಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ದಾಸರಹಳ್ಳಿ ಜೆಡಿಎಸ್ ಶಾಸಕ ಮಂಜುನಾಥ್, ಜೆಡಿಎಸ್ ಮುಖಂಡ ಅಂದಾನಪ್ಪ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಹಲವು ಮೈತ್ರಿ ನಾಯಕರು ಭಾಗಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದರು. ಪ್ರಚಾರ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಡಿಸಿಎಂ ಡಾ.ಜಿ ಪರಮೇಶ್ವರ್ ಮಾತನಾಡಿ, ಈ ಬಾರಿಯ ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಕೇವಲ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ-ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ನಡುವಿನ ಚುನಾವಣಾ ಹೋರಾಟ ಅಲ್ಲ. ದೇಶದ, ಯುವ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಭವಿಷ್ಯ ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸುವ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಮೋದಿ ಐದು ವರ್ಷಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೀ ಮಾತಿನ ಮೋಡಿ ಅಷ್ಟೇ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶಿಸಿದರು. ಪ್ರಪಂಚದಲ್ಲಿ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಸುಳ್ಳು ಹೇಳುವ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ಇದ್ದರೆ ಅದು ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಮೋದಿ ಮಾತ್ರ. ನಿರುದ್ಯೋಗ, ಬೆಲೆ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ವಿಫಲರಾದರು. ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ನಾಯಕರು ಸದಾ ದೇಶದ ಭದ್ರತೆ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಪಕ್ಷ ಅಧಿಕಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಇದ್ದಾಗ ದೇಶಕ್ಕೆ ಭದ್ರತೆ ಇರಲಿಲ್ಲವೇ. ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗೆ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಮೋದಿ ಅವರು ಮಿಷನ್ ಶಕ್ತಿ ಮಿಸೈಲ್ ನಾವೇ ಕಂಡು ಹಿಡಿದಂತೆ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದರು. ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಮೋದಿ ಹೋಗಿ ನಟ್ಟು ಬೋಲ್ಟ್ ಟೈಟ್ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದರಾ. ಆದರೆ, ಮೋದಿ ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಸ್ರೋ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನಿಗಳ ಸಾಧನೆಯನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮದೇ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ ಎಂದು ವಾಗ್ದಾಳಿ ನಡೆಸಿದರು.ಸೈದ್ದಾಂತಿಕವಾಗಿ ಜೆಡಿಎಸ್ ಎರಡು ಪಕ್ಷಗಳು ಒಂದೇ ರೀತಿ ಇವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ಅಧಿಕಾರಸ್ಥರು ಮತ್ತು ಹಣವಂತರ ಪರ ಇದೆ. ಎರಡೂ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳ ಸೈದ್ದಾಂತಿಕ ಚಿಂತನೆ ಒಂದೇ ಆಗಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ನಾವು ಒಂದಾದೆವು. ಅದರಂತೆಯೇ ಲೋಕಸಭಾ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೈತ್ರಿ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಮೊದಲಿಗೆ ಉತ್ತರ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರವನ್ನು ಎಚ್.ಡಿ ದೇವೇಗೌಡರಿಗೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದೆವು. ಎಚ್.ಡಿ ದೇವೇಗೌಡರು ತುಮಕೂರು ಬಯಸಿದ್ದರಿಂದ ಇಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಭೈರೇಗೌಡರನ್ನು ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಅಭ್ಯರ್ಥಿ ಮಾಡಿದೆವು. ಇಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಗೆದ್ದು ಹೋದ ಡಿ.ವಿ ಸದಾನಂದಗೌಡರು ಯಾವುದೇ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಬದಲಿಗೆ ಡಿವಿಎಸ್ ನಗುತ್ತಲೇ ಇಡೀ ಐದು ವರ್ಷ ಕಾಲ ಕಳೆದರು ಎಂದು ವ್ಯಂಗವಾಡಿದ ಡಿಸಿಎಂ, ಇದೀಗ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಡಬಲ್ಲ ದಕ್ಷ ಅಭ್ಯರ್ಥಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಮುಂದಿನ ಐದು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಕಾಲ ಮೈತ್ರಿ ಸರಕಾರವೇ ಅಸ್ತಿತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಸರಕಾರ ೫೦ ಸಾವಿರ ಕೋಟಿ ಮೊತ್ತದ ಯೋಜನೆ ರೂಪಿಸಿದೆ. ಶಾಸಕನಾಗಿ, ಸಂಸದನಾಗಿ, ಸಚಿವನಾಗಿ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಅನುಭವ ಹೊಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಮತದಾರರು ಮೈತ್ರಿ ಅಭ್ಯರ್ಥಿ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಭೈರೇಗೌಡರಿಗೆ ಮತ ನೀಡಿ ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಅವರು ಮನವಿ ಮಾಡಿದರು.ಉದ್ಯಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಮತಯಾಚನೆಬುಧವಾರ ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ವರಂ ಮತ್ತು ಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಲೇಔಟ್ ವಿಧಾನಸಭಾ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ದಿನವಿಡೀ ಮತಯಾಚನೆ ನಡೆಸಿದರು. ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ ಸ್ಯಾಂಕಿ ಟ್ಯಾಂಕ್ ಉದ್ಯಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ವಾಕಿಂಗ್ಗೆ ಆಗಮಿಸಿದ ಜನರನ್ನು ಭೇಟಿಯಾಗಿ ಮತ ನೀಡುವಂತೆ ಮನವಿ ಮಾಡಿದರು. ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ವರಂನ ಮಾರ್ಗೊಸ್ಸಾ ರಸ್ತೆಯ ವೀಣಾ ಸ್ಟೋರ್ ಬಳಿ ತೆರಳಿ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಸರತಿ ಸಾಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಂತು, ಇಡ್ಲಿವಡೆ ಖರೀದಿಸಿ ಉಪಹಾರ ಸೇವಿಸಿದರು.ಬಳಿಕ ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ವರಂ ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆಗೆ ತೆರಳಿ ವ್ಯಾಪಾರಿಗಳ ಕುಂದುಕೊರತೆಗಳನ್ನು ಆಲಿಸಿ, ನಂತರ ಅಶ್ವತ್ಥನಗರದ ವೀರಾಂಜನೇಯ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನಕ್ಕೆ ತೆರಳಿ ವಿಶೇಷ ಪೂಜೆ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದರು. ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಮುಖಂಡ ಎಂ ಆರ್ ಸೀತಾರಾಮ್ ಅವರೊಂದಿಗೆ ರೋಡ್ ಶೋ ಮೂಲಕ ಮತ್ತಿಕೆರೆ, ಯಶವಂತಪುರ, ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ವರಂ, ವೈಯ್ಯಾಲಿಕಾವಲ್ ಸುತ್ತಲಿನ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಬೀದಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಚರಿಸಿ ಮತಯಾಚನೆ ನಡೆಸಿದರು.ಮಧ್ಯಾಹ್ನ ಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಲೇಔಟ್ ವಿಧಾನಸಭಾ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ತೆರಳಿದ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಭೈರೇಗೌಡರು, ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಜೆಡಿಎಸ್ ಶಾಸಕ ಕೆ. ಗೋಪಾಲಯ್ಯ ಹಾಗೂ ರಾಜ್ಯಸಭಾ ಸದಸ್ಯ ಚಂದ್ರಶೇಖರ್ ಅವರನ್ನು ಭೇಟಿ ಮಾಡಿದರು. ಕುರುಬರ ಹಳ್ಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರನ್ನು ಉದ್ದೇಶಿಸಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಭೈರೇಗೌಡ ಅವರು, ಇಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಸಂಸದರಾಗಿ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯಾದ ಡಿ.ವಿ.ಸದಾನಂದಗೌಡರು ಯಾವುದೇ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿಲ್ಲ. ಹೀಗಾಗಿಯೇ ಮುಖವಾಡ ಮುಂದಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಮತ್ತೆ ಓಟು ಕೇಳಲು ಬಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ನಾಯಕರು ಹಿಂದೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದ ಯಾವ ಭರವಸೆಗಳನ್ನು ಈಡೇರಿಸಿಲ್ಲ. ಬೆಲೆ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣ, ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ವಿಫಲರಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ೪೫ ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಬಳಿಕ ಇದೇ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಅತಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಪ್ರಮಾಣದ ನಿರುದ್ಯೋಗ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಎದುರಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಆಪಾದಿಸಿದರು.

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಉತ್ತರ ಲೋಕಸಭಾ ಕ್ಷೆತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿರುಸಿನ ಪ್ರಚಾರ ; ದೇಶದ ಯುವಕರ ಭವಿಷ್ಯ ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸುವ ಚುನಾವಣೆ :

sample110

Weekend hangouts with a difference

Dimple Jain Bangalore, the IT capital of the country is also known to party hard. Well, what about teenagers? All they can do is hang out with friends and call it ‘chilling’! Fortunately, there are plenty of places in Bangalore where the teens could spend their weekends productively and have a different experience altogether. Let us take a look at some of the best weekend hangouts with a difference. Therpup, The dog cafe: This place is called 'The magical place in Bangalore sheltering 11 dogs. The cafe also offers delicious food while you spend time with the friendly canines! The chefs strive to create a uniquely elevated food experience of an earthy and flavoursome cuisine, leaving your senses richly satisfied. All the age groups, especially the teenagers, make their visit to bust their stress off and have a "pawsitively purr-fect" day. So, when's your visit to the temple of love? Snowcity: A winter wonderland right here renders an experience like no other. Step into the coolest amusement park made of ice! Slides, igloos, snow and other sculptures are all there for you to enjoy as you are provided with the right gear. It's the coolest place in the city for sure so come and chill out with your friends and family. DYU Art Cafe: A welcoming cafe and an art gallery located in Koramangala. Space is dedicated to quality art and food creating a vibrant and relaxing atmosphere. It is also a place where creativity meets coffee! An antidote to the teens’ life that will soothe and give peace of mind. Pyramid Valley: "Meditate. Learn. Relax". The campus is beautifully landscaped with water bodies, natural greenery and coconut groves. It also has a library, a meditation centre and the hilltops to do your sightseeing. The natural environment among trees, flora and fauna with large water bodies facilitates retention of energy in large measure and lets you rejuvenate in serene surroundings. A perfect place to relax. Breakout Escape Room: The gaming here is fun, exciting, thrilling and interactive. Quintessential for a group outing with intense mind-boggling games and puzzles. This place is a mystery buffs’ dream. To be able to play and solve the mystery is mind-blowing. It is the best team building activity in the country. Play Arena: This is the place where you need to head to for some weekend thrills to get your adrenaline flowing. Activities including Paintballs, Laser Tag, ranked to thrust anxiety/pressure in a better way. Apart from these, there are Go-karting, Bowling alley, Kids play arena, Racket games, Head rush, Skate park, sponge and trampoline, Game simulators, Pool, Air Hockey, Football, Pogo stick, Trickke, Soccer, Cricket, Rugby, Basketball, Team building activities, Climbing, Bouldering, rope course, Zip line, Archery, Air rifle shooting, Beach volleyball, Swimming, Water polo, Water Zorb and Mechanical bull and many more. Wonderla: The loudest, craziest and the most amazing part of the town. The amusement park offers a breathtaking experience with 198 exhilarating rides, several pools and a chance to groove under the combination of rain and music!! Amoeba and Smaaash: A great place to just hang out, Bangalore’s very first bowling alley known for being fun and upbeat. Apart from bowling, Amoeba has many other games and for sure is a stress buster. One of the most well-known and popular entertainment zones has got to be ‘Smaaash’ with indoor football shootout, cricket, air hockey, basketball, bowling, arcade games and a whole lot more to offer. Cubbon Park: With cool weather throughout the year, this lush greenery and fresh air make it an ideal place to spend time with family and friends. Talk a walk or pack a picnic and reconnect with nature right here in the middle of the Garden City. The Humming Tree: This place is arty, eclectic, has a good ambience and music. Plus their pizzas and cocktails keep your taste buds appeased. A charming terrace with colourful metal chairs makes it ideal for lunch and a casual catch up. The Story Cafe: If you are looking for a quiet place to chill, sit back and read a book with an occasional snack or wallet-friendly meal, this is the perfect place to hit up!! Roastery: A Café-cum-Roastery with the fresh smell of roasted coffee greeting you as you walk in. The best it offers is a cold-brewed iced coffee, coffee mocha, caramel Macchiato and fruit tart. Definitely, the best place for teens to hang out after school/college to destress.

Weekend hangouts with a difference