Thursday, 2 June 2016

Effortless Mechanics – Urban Cross Datsun redi- GO

To be honest, I personally hate road trips, as I have nausea and I hate travelling in summers. But today, I'm really fascinated about something. I had my first experience in Urban Cross Datsun redi- GO and I cannot explain you how amazing it was. I tested it in my city, Delhi for the comfort level.

Three features that appeal me the most:

  • Leg Space : First of all, it comes with a good leg space and it has a pretty well cabin space, comfortable even for the tallish passengers. Seats were very comfortable and the ride was so smooth that it made me forget my road sickness and I enjoyed it so much.
  • USB inputs: There is enough room at the gear and a good thigh support and I really liked the grey colored interior, giving it a monochrome look. Throughout the journey I was listening to music. It has a proper single DIN music player featuring auxiliary and USB inputs. The ride was so smooth, great when going at moderate speed and even when going at high speed. It doesn't have any wayward movement and absorbs even large bumps as well.
  • Lights and Alloys: It is powered by a 0.8 litre 3-cylinder petrol engine. The three cylinder motor is capable of producing 54Ps of power along with 72Nm of torque. Talking about the exterior of the car, Urban Cross Datsun redi- GO stands true to its concept sans the LED lighting and alloys. Headlights give an elegant look to the vehicle and it shines as bright as the moon in the night. This is the second best thing I liked in the car and the first best thing about the car I liked is that it has a USB player. For a girl like me, who is crazy over music, USB player is like a blessing. I've finally found an antidote to my road sickness.

And guess what? Its fair priced as far as the features, the look and the market is concerned it is one stop buy. Comparing this one with the other cars in this category it falls just right and would definitely make a difference in the automobile industry. The vivacity of colour combination adds a pretty zeal to the one who drives. The wait is over and get ready to roll in the new Urban Cross Datsun redi- GO. It gives you fun, freedom and confidence. Your energy boost and also the confidence of the driver enhances because of the effortless smooth ride. This ride is very suitable for me as it gives me a trouble free ride and for a person like me who is not fond of driving sedan, this one surely tickles my senses to drive a long way. 

I have never enjoyed the beauty of mountains, because I was always scared of travelling long distance, especially on hills as I have nausea. But now, I would seriously love to have a drive on the hills of Shimla in the new Urban Cross Datsun redi - GO as it provides a trouble free and effortless ride.

Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross - Datsun redi-GO - the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Odd-Even lifestyle of sharing the load #LaundryGoesOddEven

In today’s time the expenses have raised so much, that it is not possible to run the house with a single person earning. So, I and my wife share the load of expenses. We both are doing service as it's very difficult for a single person to manage all the expenses. At the same time we have a small baby, thanks to my mother she looks after our son when we both are out on our jobs. If, we are implementing this here why not implement it other things also.

Recently, we got a chance to share clothes washing load and this chance was given to us by Ariel Matic with their #LaundryGoesOddEven in a happy home! activity. It was really fun participating in the activity.

Me on Even Days

My wife on Odd Days

I used to wash the clothes on even days and my wife washed the clothes on odd days. On even days, while I used to wash the clothes in the morning, she used to do all the kitchen work and on odd days she used to wash the clothes and I used to do the kitchen work.  I never knew that, I am good at washing clothes and kitchen work also. I realized this while doing this activity.

Talking about the product, it’s a brilliant product and it removes the stain in 1 wash*. It removed the stain on my shirt in just one wash. It can be used in both front loading and top loading machines. It also provides deep down cleaning and long lasting freshness for any load. It can also remove tough stains like coffee, ketchup and gravy**. I myself have used Ariel Matic to remove gravy stains on my trouser and it can actually remove the stains of gravy.

Ariel Matic pack comes in a white carton box. I really like the packing of the product. The price of 1KG is 205/-   . This is a descent price, as compared to the other products in the market. If, you want the best of all for washing your clothes buy Ariel Matic.

We both have decided to continue this, as this has proved really good for us and we are able to manage our time more efficiently than before.

I would like to thank BlogAdda and Ariel Team, who shortlisted and gave me a chance to participate in this activity. 

*Based on lab test on overall better stain removal vs. premium front load Matic detergents.
**Based on technical tests

I am taking part in the #LaundryGoesOddEven Challenge by Ariel India at BlogAdda.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

My Ideal Yatra

My idea, of a perfect vacation is to go to a destination, explore that place and sleep as much as you can.  I have been thinking of visiting Mumbai from a very long time. My destination this summer would be Mumbai. I have a habit of doing a research on the place I am visiting. The main points which I consider are:

Weather: I will find out that, what will be the weather at the time of my visit. I can easily make out, what type of clothes I need to carry along with me.

Budget: I will make a budget for my travel, places to visit and an itinerary for myself.

My itinerary would look something like this:

Flights & Hotels: I will choose the best fare flight and hotel through Domestic Airlines

Routes to places I will visit: Then, I will create a route for myself, using maps for different places I will visit in Mumbai. Also, I would find out some nice restaurants for my Lunch and Dinner.  I create an itinerary.

The places which I will visit in Mumbai are:

Siddhivinayak Temple: Lord Ganesha devotees, worship this enigmatic place where divinity of soul, come into being it’s the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple in the bollywood capital i.e. Mumbai. The two century old temple is worshipped by thousands.

The city of Mumbai, which is primarily known as the bollywood enigmatic life, is hardly seen with people worshipping gods and goddesses, but this temple brings with it a life worth worshipping. This temple was first consecrated on 19th November 1801. Vighnaharta popularly known as the most important god, in the Hindu Gods family take into account thousands of people, and is the most popular of all.

The idol has four hands (Chaturbhuj), which contains a lotus in upper right, a small axe in upper left, holy beads in the lower right and a bowl full of Modaks (a delicacy which is a perennial favourite with Shree Siddhivinayak). On the both the sides are Riddhi & Siddhi, goddesses signifying sanctity, fulfilment, prosperity and riches. Etched, on the forehead of the deity is an eye, which resembles the third eye of Lord Shiva 

Marine Drive: Marine drive situated in South Mumbai, it is a C shaped six lane concrete road which links Nariman Point and Malabar Hill. Widely known as Queen’s Necklace because, if viewed from the top it looks like a necklace.

At the northern end of Marine Drive is, Chowpatty Beach. Famous for its mouth watering and lip smacking bhel-puris, it has become a hub for popular street food. It’s also filled with many popular restaurants. Further down this road lies Walkeshwar, a wealthy neighbourhood of the city, also home to the Governor of Maharashtra. Real estate prices along the esplanade are high. Many hotels dot the drive, most prominent among them being the 5-star Oberoi (formerly the Oberoi Hilton Tower however reverted to the original name as of early 2008), The Intercontinental, Hotel Marine Plaza, Sea Green Hotel and a few other smaller hotels. 

ColabaColaba is very famous for its fashion and lifestyle, and is a must visit place. It mesmerizes with its high fashion haute couture. A must visit place for the people who are looking for high street fashion.

Juhu BeachJuhu Beach is one place, where you will encounter the most relaxing atmosphere. In the evening its the hub for all the street food.

Malls: Phoenix and Atria mall are also must visit places for shopaholics. They actually give you this feeling of shop till you drop.

Film City: Film City in Goregaon is also one of the places where you will get to see all the magnificent set where most of the films were created. Overall, Mumbai is a must visit place and the hub for food, filmy fun and a lot more. 

This will be my Ideal Yatra.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

3X Savings while Buying Online – DealsNPrice

The trend of online shopping has increased in India, in the past few years. The process is so simple, that you can buy any product in just a few seconds and get it delivered at your door step. The Pharmacy companies, have established themselves and have started selling medicines online. One such company is Netmeds. Netmeds is an online pharmacy company, serving Indian consumers within India and outside. Online pharmacy sector in India is growing day by day. The development of online pharmacies in the country began in 2015. One of the first Indian online pharmacy companies in operation, Netmeds provides online ordering and mail delivery of prescription and non-prescription medications. They have a wide range of products on their website and you can find almost any medicine on their website. The website has a very user friendly interface and it is very easy to buy medicine on their website.

On the top of it, a cherry is added to you online shopping when you get cashback and discounts when you purchase your medicines on Netmeds through They have various coupons and cashback offers which you can use on Netmeds to get huge discounts on the real price. The process made me think of an old saying in India 'Sone pe Suhaaga'. It's very simple to get deals on They have a search box on the top, in that type Netmeds and you will get all the offers which are available.
You can select any offer which you think will best suit you while buying the medicine online on Netmeds. The process is very easy and simple. I just a few clicks, you buy medicines online with the best deals from and get it delivered at your doorstep. I myself have started using Netmeds to buy medicines. They have a great service.
So, what are you waiting for, start using to make your pharmacy related purchases on Netmeds. You can also download their mobile application to get rewards, cashbacks and unlimited free earnings. On mobile, the users can be instantly gratified on smaller engagements like downloading utility apps, video views etc.
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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Fantastico Places to visit in Goa

Goa is one of my favourite destination, for holiday. Some of the fantastico places to visit in Goa are:

Baga Beach: Baga beach is one of the popular tourist attraction in Goa. It is in North Goa and has a pleasant scenic view of the shoreline. There are a lot of water activities like:
  • Dolphin Spotting – In dolphin spotting, you are taken on a ship to show dolphins. Dolphin spotting has become very popular, as if you don’t see a dolphin you don’t have to pay the money
  • Parasailing - In parasailing glide through the air wearing an open parachute while being towed by a motor boat.
  • Banana Ride – The banana boat, is an inflatable boat that is shaped just like a banana. It is connected to a speedboat, which pulls it along the water. A banana boat, can accommodate 4 to 6 people at a time. The passengers riding the boat, hold it tightly as the boat flips and drops the passenger into water.
  • Jet-skiing 

Scuba Diving is also available at Baga Beach

Calangute Beach: The Calangute beach is the largest beach in North Goa. There are several accommodations available near Calangute beach.

Fort Aguada: Fort Aguada was constructed in 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It has also been a reference point for the ships coming to shores of Goa. Fort Aguada, is located in the Candolim beach and at the shore of the Mandolim River. It is open all days, from 9 AM to 6:30 PM.

Casino on Cruise: The Goa is the only place in India to play casino. The Deltin casino is one of the most popular casino in Goa.

Club LPK (Love Passion Karma): The club is in Candolim and is located on the waterfront. It is very popular for its ambiance. The club is open from 9:30 PM till 3:30 AM.

Flea Market: The flea market at Anjuna Beach is one of the most popular shopping destination in North Goa. The market is a perfect place for shopping. The market is open every Wednesday, from 8 AM.

Goa State Museum: The Goa State Museum is located in the capital city of Panjim. There are more than 8,000 interesting artefacts in the museum. The artefacts include coins, sculptures and ancient manuscripts. Inside the museum, there are fourteen galleries.

Arvalam Waterfalls: The arvavalam waterfalls is also known as harvalem waterfalls. The water is falling from a height 50 meters. The waterfall is 8 KM from Bicholim in North Goa. The Rudreshwar temple is also very near to arvalam waterfalls. The best time to visit this place is, right after the rainy season.

Dona Paula:  Dona Paula, is one of the most famous monuments in Goa. It was made, to honour the great baroness Paula Amaral Antonio de Souto Maior, who was the daughter of the Portuguese Viceroy.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

My Own Navigation Software

I have done B.Tech, in Information Technology and have worked for a GIS (Geographical Information System) company. After working for a year, I thought of making my own navigation software. I started my research, on how to create a navigation software. I didn’t had any experience, of developing a mobile application so it was a very tough task for me. A few days later, I came to know that a friend of mine is a mobile application developer. I called him and asked him to help me. He agreed to help me, to create the software and became my partner. I told him about the logic behind the application. I told him that, first we need to scan the map of a particular region.

The maps are scanned using high-end scanners. The map is divided into different layers. The most important is the base layer, on the top of which there is a layer for each object. The objects refer to roads, rivers, houses etc. Then, a database is created in a query language software which contains two spatial columns. These spatial columns contain X and Y co-ordinates for a particular layer.

For example, if I want to view the map of India, the base layer would be the Indian map which would be in the background. On, the top of the base layer you can turn on or off the other layers. Suppose, I want to see the Indian map with only the roads, I can turn on just the base layer and the road layer.

For navigation, the GPS (Global Positioning System) device will get my location. With respect to my location, the map is downloaded. As I will move, I change my position and that position will be sent in the form of co-ordinates by the GPS. A dot on the map, will be the indicator of my position. This dot, on the map will move according to my position.

We needed some more people to join us, as it was very tough for only two people to create the whole software. I called up, two more friends of mine and told them about the software. They also joined me and now we were four partners. Two of us were hard core coders, one was designer and I was the one who told them all the logic.

We started, with the Delhi map and it took us a month to scan all the maps and create the databases for the layers. It took us another month, to create the overall design of the application and one more month for the testing of the application. In total, it took us three months to develop the navigation software, for the Delhi map. 

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

The Impact of Virtual Classrooms

Virtual classrooms have become very popular these days. The main impact of Virtual classrooms, has been on the distance learning sector. Earlier, it was very difficult to do a distance learning course, along with your job. You have to go to the place where the class is going on. Some of the distance learning universities, give marks for attendance. I myself, have done my MBA from IMT-CDL (Institute of Management Technology – Council for Distance Learning), Ghaziabad. My distance MBA, had been very hectic for me. I used to go to the class directly from my office, without any break, which was very hectic for me.

Sometimes, it becomes difficult to attend the class, because of the work in office. With virtual classrooms, now there is no need to be physically present at the class. The class can be easily done with virtual classroom. To do this you need have the following:

  • A Web Camera: A web camera captures videos which may be viewed or streamed with the help of an internet connection. The video can be saved on your computer also for viewing it later. The camera should be of a good quality, so that the video is not blurred and is of high quality
  • A Microphone: The microphone records the audio which may be saved on your computer or may be streamed over the internet.
  • A Speaker or Headphone: The speaker or headphone gives the audio output.
  • Internet access: Internet is required to stream the video, to different attendees of the meeting. The internet connection should be of high speed, because a low speed connection would result in streaming problems.
  • A good Video Conferencing software: A Video conferencing software should be loaded in your PC or laptop. The software does all the transmission and receiving of the video stream. Without, the software it would be impossible to have a virtual class.

In virtual classrooms, a professor or teacher can give lecture from his own place to students. Virtual classrooms, have found it use in distance learning. The teacher gives lecture from his place, to the students of the classroom. These lectures may be recorded for later use.

My younger brother has enrolled for distance MBA, from the same university and he has got recorded lectures for all his subjects. He has to just view those lectures and now there are no classes. Once in a month, they have a virtual class which is carried out by a professor of the university. The students ask their doubts in that class. The professor responds to the students queries in that class.

With virtual classrooms, it has now become very easy to do a distance learning course, for people who are doing full-time jobs. 

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

The Impact of Facebook on Me

When I started using Facebook, I really liked it for uploading and sharing my pictures. I used to get happy, when someone liked and commented for my picture. With Facebook and internet, you can upload a picture in less than a second. The mobile application, had made the task easier and you can post your pictures, through the mobile application. You get notifications, for an update and there is no need to open the application again and again.

Facebook has also become popular for branding and advertising. Facebook gives an option of creating a page, for your company, website, product or blog. People put there advertisements on Facebook page, as a post and their post reaches people who have liked their page or follow their page. The Facebook users can also upload a picture or video while posting a post, which could be an invitation or a banner of advertisement. The Facebook is becoming more and more popular, as a medium to reach millions of people.

Initially, Facebook was used to put update of what you are doing, among your friends or followers, but it became so popular that people started using it for branding, advertising and marketing. The impact of Facebook on my life has been to such an extent, that when I woke up I post a good morning post to my friend or followers. When I sleep at night, I post a good night post to my followers. I used to post jokes and many wired posts daily, which I have stopped now. Now, I post only sensible and relevant things.

Facebook, has helped me a lot to promote my product of cosmetics. The Facebook has hashtags, which you can embed in your post and it will be available to a large number of people who search for that hashtag. For example, I have products related to cosmetics and if I want to post about my shampoo, on Facebook, then my post would contain the hashtag shampoo and cosmetics. I have received a very good response, since I started posting my products on Facebook.

I have created a Facebook page, for my company and I am getting a good response on the page. I have received many queries for my products, on my Facebook page. The Facebook, also has different packages to give advertisement on their main page. I have created a Facebook page, for my blog also and I can easily see my page likes, post reach, page views and actions on the page by using the insights feature provided by Facebook.

Using, the publishing tools you can view your published posts or you can, schedule your post for publishing. Now, most of my time is spent on Facebook. 

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The Impact of The Curse on Dasharatha

Dasharatha, was the king of Ayodhya. He was the son of Aja and Indumati.

He had three wives who were his queens:
  • Kausalya:-the sweetest and eldest
  • Kaikeyi:-the most beautiful and middle one
  • Sumitra:-the most intelligent and the youngest.

He had four sons Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrugna. He died, when he was separated from his sons. This was because of the impact of the curse on Dasharatha, by a blind couple. Because of the promise Dasharatha made to his wife Kaikeyi, he had to send Rama to Vanvas (to live in forest) for 14 years. One night, after Rama left Ayodhya, the king Dasharatha could not sleep as his heart was full of grief, because of the injustice he had done to his beloved Rama. He died because of this grief, when all his sons were away from him.

One day, Dasharatha went to the banks of the River Saryu, to hunt. He was an expert I hunting and was well versed in Shabdavedi (hunting by determining the direction of sound). As he was standing near the Saryu, he heard a noise which was made by an elephant drinking water with his trunk. He shot an arrow in the direction of the sound. After a moment, he heard a human voice in pain and someone said, ‘Who has done this? Who hunted me like an animal?’ Dasharath went towards the voice and saw a young boy lying along the banks of the river, with an arrow in his chest. He had a pot of water lying beside him.    

Dasharatha at once realized his mistake and asked for his forgiveness. The boy told Dasharatha, that he is ‘Shravan Kumar’ and was carrying water for his blind parents. They are totally dependent on me. He started to speak with difficulty, because of the arrow in his chest. The young boy, while dying told Dasharatha, to take the pot full of water to his parents, who were waiting at the ashram for him. The ashram was near to the River, so he immediately went there with the pot of water.

The old couple was eagerly waiting for their son, to come back to the ashram. Hearing Dasaratha’s footsteps, they called him with endearing words. They thought that their son has come, as he had gone a long time back to fetch water for them.

Dasharatha, gathered some courage and told the blind couple about their son’s death. The couple was shocked and cried a lot. After a long moment of silence, the father of the boy cursed Dasharatha and said ‘As, I am suffering the pain of separation from my son, you will also die when your son is separated from you.’ After saying this, the couple died.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

The Impact of Keeping a Dog

My father hates, keeping a dog at home. I have, always been an animal lover and always wanted to keep a dog at home. We both have had many arguments, on keeping a dog but there were no results. The only person, who could influence my father, was my mother. One day, I went to her and told her to convince her husband (my father) to keep a dog.

She had a talk, with him and he agreed to keep a dog. I was very happy and the very next day, went to a pet shop to buy a dog. I bought the dog and came back home. I kept the dog, without thinking about the impact of keeping it. A few of them are:

Earlier, I used to get up at 9 AM in the morning. There was no one, to disturb my eight hours sleep. I used to watch, late night movies and get up late in the morning. But now, my dog wakes me up at 7 AM and wants me to take him out of the house. I have stopped watching late night movies, because at night also my dog wants to go out and do shit.

My dog used to lick my legs and wake me up in the middle of night. The most effected thing, after keeping the dog was my sleep.

When my dog was small, he used to do shit and pee in the house. My father used to tell me, that I told you not to keep a dog. Now, since you have kept it you will clean all the mess he creates. It became really tough for me, to manage all the things. Then, I kept a care taker for my dog, who could take him out and clean all the mess that he creates. 

The only good thing that happened to me, was that I made a girlfriend with the help of my dog. One night, when I took him out he ran inside a house. The house was of my neighbour, Mansi and I had a crush on her. My dog climbed her house stairs and went to her floor. I entered, her house, went to her floor and rang the doorbell to get my dog. She opened the door and I apologized to her, for the mess that my dog created. She invited me for a coffee and after that, we became very good friends.

Initially, keeping the dog gave a good feeling but with time it became difficult for me to take care of him all the time. So, my dear reader if you want to keep a dog at your home, think of these impacts which I have mentioned

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

The Impact of my Groomed Look

Luck or Confidence do matter in grabbing an opportunity but can we neglect our looks and say ‘No’ to a well-groomed face. What do you think?

For me the answer is a big "No". A groomed look gives a good impact on the other person and is very important. We should take a step ahead and groom ourselves and have a well-groomed face. A groomed face with a good luck and confidence can do wonders and make you succeed in your day to day tasks.

To support I will tell you an instance. A few months back, my company sent me to a client's office in Gurgaon, which is around 20 KM away from my home. They sent me, to get the contract of renewal signed from the client. I have been doing this for years, so I was confident about getting the renewal.

I was in a hurry, so could not shave. My confidence made me neglect my looks and my ungroomed face. When I reached the client's office, the receptionist gave me weird look. I knew I was looking untidy and the reaction of her was obvious. She told me that, sir is in a meeting and you will have to wait for a while. After waiting for about an hour, the receptionist came and said, ‘The meeting is over and sir is calling you’. He told me that he will read the contract and then sign. He said that ‘You come tomorrow and take the signed copy’, I replied ‘OK Sir’.

I came back to my office and went to the client next day. Exactly the same sequence happened. I waited for an hour and then he told me to come on Monday. I said to myself, ‘Abe ye takla sign kyu nahi karta’ and again came back to my office.

On Sunday, I groomed myself and had a shave. I takes a lot of time, to groom myself because I do it only on Sundays. Monday morning I woke up, took bath and went to the client's office directly from my home. Today, I decided that I will not leave the client’s office till the time he doesn’t signs the contract of renewal. I entered his office, the receptionist smiled upon seeing me. I thought for a while that a groomed face gives such a nice impression. She told me, that sir is in his cabin you may go and meet him.

Client upon seeing me said ‘I have not read the contract yet, but don't worry I will read it and sign now, you wait for a moment’. He took some time, read the contract and signed it. After this incident, I realized that a well-groomed face, luck and confidence can help you a lot in your day to day tasks by giving a good impact.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

The Impact of Air Freshners

I am, very much against a smelly environment. Being a housewife, I have always maintained high standards of hygiene in my house. Fighting odour is the toughest part and I make sure, that I remove every single stain and odour from the toughest areas, of the house i.e. kitchen, toilet, dining area and living rooms. Mostly, I use special aerosol sprays or ‘agarbatti’ to remove all kinds of odour. Some smells are really poignant and are below tolerance level. Rose, sandal, jasmine, daisy are the most common fragrances that are available in the market. They have a great impact on odour, as well as they are quiet economical.

In a house there are many areas where you need to take care of bad smell and cleanliness. Let’s start from the kitchen the first thing which needs attention are utensils, for cleansing utensils I use liquid cleansers. Liquid cleansers help me to keep my utensils clean and the fragrance of the cleanser helps to reduce bad smell in the kitchen. A bad quality cleanser, will never clean the utensils completely and one or more stains will be still left. These stains create bad smell in the kitchen.

Then comes the toilet area, the smelliest area in a house. If the toilet is not clean or doesn’t has toilet freshener then it will start giving bad smell. Imagine a guest, using your smelly toilet and then after coming out saying, ‘Aapke toilet mein to bahut badbu hai’. I have faced this situation many times and it’s really embarrassing. Different fragrances are used to clean different kinds of smells for e.g., for room odour I use air fresheners and for fighting the toilet smells I use toilet fresheners.

Then comes the odour in room, room odour can be due to many reasons. It could be because of food, smell from socks sweat from your body in summers, can cause smell in your room. The basic commodity used to kill the body odour are deodorants, they kill the smell of under-arms. The smell can also be from the dust particles in the room, your socks and even the diaper of your baby can also contribute to the smell in the room. The best way to reduce smell is using an air freshener.

I will share one instance with you all, once I had some friends coming over at my place, I ordered lots of food from outside, soon the room started smelling of strong poignant onion odour and it got really embarrassing for me that the whole room was full of strong smell of onions. The smell of it started irritating us. I quickly killed the smell with an air freshener and my guests got relieved from the smell. It’s very important to keep an air freshener in your house. They have a very good impact on bad smell.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Friday, 19 February 2016

The Embedded Musical Chip

Creative party invitations are really hard to write. Recently, a friend of mine wanted to plan a birthday party for his father’s 50th birthday. He called me up and asked me that if I can help him to create a creative party invitation. I told him, to come to my place tomorrow and we will make the invitation card together.

He wanted to make a very creative invitation. It took me a whole day, to think of the matter to be printed on the invitation card. When I showed him the content, he was very happy with it and finalized it. But, the problem was that he wanted something extra, in the invitation apart from just the content.   

I gave him many suggestions, I told him to put some balloons around the corner of the invitation, or to print some whisky bottles on the corner of the invitation. I suggested him that he can, make a box for the invitation and send a bottle of vodka, along with the card to everyone. Another, suggestion which I gave him, was to get his father’s name printed on some chocolates and give them along with card. He didn’t like any of the idea which I gave to him.

After, thinking the whole night that day, I came up with a suggestion to create a musical card. My friend said that it’s an old concept and I don’t want to use this concept in my invitation. I told him, that we will not use music in our invitation, instead of it we will have your recorded voice which will speak, ‘Happy Birthday’ with some music and the content of the invitation card. He liked my idea and started to work on it. Now, the problem which we faced was that, where to get the recording done.  The recording was to be embedded on a chip. The whole task involved a lot of technicalities, which we didn’t knew.

A friend of mine, worked for a company who manufactures embedded chips for washing machines. I called him, at my home and he told me that the idea we have thought of, will cost us much more than our budget. I told him to talk to the owner of his company, for us and ask him that, if he can manufacture 100 embedded chips for us. The owner of his company agreed to manufacture the chips for us.

My friend, recorded the message on his computer and transferred the file in a pen drive. I gave that pen drive to my friend, who was working in the embedded chip manufacturing company. He gave us the chips after two days and we attached a chip to every invitation card of his father. 

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16 Fantastico Facts about Delhi

Many of the Delhiites, don’t known about some of the fantastico facts about Delhi. These facts are:

1. Delhi is the capital of India, the capital was shifted from Calcutta to Delhi in 1912. It is built on the banks of Yamuna River.

2. Delhi is the world’s second most bird-rich capital city after Nairobi, Kenya.

3. Lotus temple is one of the best structure in Delhi. It was completed in 1986, and is known for its lotus like structure. It has won many architectural awards and has been featured in many magazines.
Shahjahanabad was the old name of Delhi. Indraparastha was the name Delhi during the Mahabharat Era.

4. Yogmaya temple in Delhi is one of the five temples of Mahabharta days.

5. The Qutub Minar is the world's tallest brick minar at 72.5 metres.

6. Delhi is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. 

7. Azadpur in Delhi, is Asia’s largest fruit and vegetable market. An approximate of 30,000 vendors get their supplies from here.

8. Delhi has an International Toilet Museum at Mahavir Enclave. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak is the founder of the museum. The museum is open 365 days. The museum has a rare collection of facts, objects and pictures of toilets from 2500 BC to date. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets has been awarded for ‘Certificate of Excellence 2013’ by

9. The walled city of Delhi had fourteen gates. Now there are only 5 are standing they are:
  • Kashmiri Gate: Pointing North to Kashmir
  • Ajmeri Gate: Facing Ajmer in Rajasthan
  • Lahori Gate: Facing Lahore in Pakistan
  • Delhi Gate: Road to earlier cities of Delhi
  • Turkman Gate:  Named after pious saint Hazrat Shah Turkam.

10. Khari Baoli, in Old Delhi is the Asia’s biggest wholesale spices and dry fruit market.

11. Delhi rail museum is the only museum having steam-age rail structures. The Delhi rail museum is in Chanakyapuri. It was opened on 1st February 1977. Many attractions, have been added to the museum which are:
  • 1:8 scale toy train
  • Diesel Simulator
  • Steam Simulator
  • Coach Simulator 

12. Feroz shah Kotla is from the 3 century B.C. Ashokan Pillar. Emperor, Feroz Shah Tughlaq brought this 27 tonne pillar to Delhi from Topar in Ambala, where the great Emperor Ashoka erected it.

13. Delhi is one of the greenest cities in the world. It has 20% of the landmass covered by forests.

14. The entire public transport system in New Delhi runs on environment-friendly Compressed Natural Gas.
15. In 2010, the Common Wealth Games were held in Delhi and had been reported to be the largest and most expensive of all CWGs till date.

16. Jama Masjid of Delhi, is one of the largest mosques in Delhi. It was built in 1656 and was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The Jama Masjid is in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

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Fantastico Foods of Delhi

I am a big foodie and like to try new dishes. There are some fantastico dishes, which you will get only in Delhi. These dishes are:   

Chicken Tikka: Chicken Tikka is a Punjabi dish. Tikka means pieces and the chicken tikka comes in the form of pieces. I like to have chicken tikka once a month with my friends. It is served, without gravy and with gravy it is known as chicken tikka masala. It can be eaten as an appetizer or in main course with gravy.

Butter Chicken: Butter chicken is a Punjabi dish. It’s a gravy dish and is made a bit spicy. It is not for people, who don’t like to have butter in their food. Butter chicken is full of butter and is very fattening.

Chole Bhature: Chole Bhature is a Punjabi dish. It’s not for people who hate fried food. The bhatura’s are fried in oil and are very fattening, but the taste is awesome. The bhatura’s are made of flour (maida) and may be stuffed with potatoes or cheese (paneer). The bhatura’s are served with chole and onions.

Paranthas: Paranthas are my favourite for breakfast. The parnthas can be made in desi ghee or butter. They can be stuffed with potato, cheese (paneer), cauliflower and many other vegetables. The paranthas are served with butter or curd. I usually, have paranthas in my breakfast.

Chole Kulche: Chole Kulche is not as fattening as chole bhature because kulcha’s are not fried. The kulcha’s are made of maida but not fried like bhatura. They are served with onions and pickle to increase the taste. Chole kulche is generally eaten in lunch or as an evening snack.

Aloo Tikki: Aloo tikki is a street food of Delhi. The aloo tikki is made of potato and then fried in a pan. The tikki is stuffed with peas and dal and is served with chutney and onions. In my area, there is an old tikkiwala called ‘Sindhi Tikki’.  

Aloo Chaat: Aloo chaat is made of potatoes, the only difference in aloo chaat and aloo tikki is that, aloo chaat has no stuffing and it is served as small pieces of potatoes.  

Shawarma: Shawarma may be stuffed with chicken, mutton, lamb or vegetables. The filling is made with mayonnaise and onions. Chicken shawarma is my favourite. We friends, once in a month make a plan to have shawarma.

Rolls: Rolls is the most popular street food in Delhi. The rolls are made of ‘parantha’ or ‘rumali roti’. Those who love paranthas have the roll in parantha. The rolls are made by, stuffing vegetables or chicken in ‘parantha’ or ‘rumali roti’. The onions and mayonnaise may be added to the stuffing. My favourite roll is ‘Double Egg Double Chicken’. 

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The Peppy Holi Celebration

This holi, was my first holi after marriage. According to our family tradition, this year’s holi celebration was to be at our home. For this, we call all the near and dear ones at our home for lunch.
holi is the only festival which I don’t like because, people put dark colours on the face and it takes at least two days to remove the colour.

Because it was my first holi, I had no option other than calling all the cousins to celebrate holi at my place. My wife was very excited to celebrate our first holi as it’s is her favourite festival. We decided to order the food from a restaurant rather than making at home. It takes a very long time to prepare everything at home and it becomes very hectic for everyone.
We all planned to celebrate Holi at the terrace. I arranged the music system, to make the environment peppy while playing holi. We kept 12 PM as the time to play holi and after that lunch. My cousins, came on time with very dark colours and I was the first target. After me, they coloured my wife’s face.

My aunt prepared bhaang for all of us. After playing holi we all played cards. I lost 400 rupees in cards and my wife won 200 rupees, a loss of 200 rupees for me. After that, we had bhaang and lost control over our mind. Some were laughing and some were crying. We all danced a lot on some peppy songs, my friend clicked the pictures and took all the videos.

After, a peppy holi celebration we all went for the lunch, from terrace to the dining area. I ordered the food from a restaurant near my house. Everyone, drank so much bhaang that they were not in their senses. An uncle of mine, took chapatti for him and kept it in my plate. My brother was pouring water outside the glass. After the lunch, everybody planned to stay at my place because no one could drive because of the bhaang we had. We opened the guest room and in the lobby area, we kept mattresses so that everyone could easily sleep. We all slept at around 4 PM and woke up at 10 PM. No one hungry because the lunch we had was very heavy. We all started to play cards again, to pass time. No one slept in the night and all of them left my place at 7 AM in the morning. I asked my cousins to stay for breakfast, but all of them had a busy schedule.

First time in my life, I enjoyed the holi festival so much. Next year, we have holi celebrations at my mother’s sister place.

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The Impact of Blogging Communities

I am a food blogger and blog about restaurant reviews. When I started blogging, I didn’t knew about blogging communities. One day, I met a friend of mine, who is now a full-time technology blogger. He earns a lot of money from his blog. I told him, that I have started a blog on food and I need your advice on how to make it popular. He told me about blogging communities and told me that you can increase your readership and network, by joining these blogging communities. These blogging communities, will help you get more readership for your blog.

I joined indiblogger and many other blogging communities 2 years back. These communities have had a great impact on me and my blog. I would like to mention few of the benefits, which I got by joining these blogging communities:

At Indimeets, organized by Indiblogger, I made new blogger friends and increased my network. The information sharing at the indimeets has increased my skills in blogging significantly. I have never missed any meet since I joined Indiblogger. These meets really help new bloggers, to improve their network and they get a chance to introduce their blogs. These meets are fun filled meets and you will never return empty handed, from these meets. I have a collection of T-shirts and goodies which I got from these meets.

My blog readership has increased because of blogging communities. Earlier, I never got too many page views for my posts, but since I joined blogging communities, my page views have increased significantly. The alexa ranking of my blog has also improved and I have started receiving many comments for my blog posts.

Taking part in various contests, organized by blogging communities makes me win vouchers which are added benefits for me. Recently, I won a travel voucher of 10,000 and I saved this amount by using the voucher during my travel. I have won many online shopping vouchers, which have saved a lot of money of mine.  I have bought a number of things using these shopping vouchers.

The best part is that, I order cosmetics for my wife with these vouchers and she is very happy with me. Earlier, buying cosmetics every second day, was a waste of money for me. Yesterday, I ordered a new mobile phone for my wife with these vouchers.

Apart from these vouchers, some blogging communities have given me cash work. I really like getting these opportunities, as it’s an added advantage for my blog. Many times, I was short of cash and the money I received from the blog work helped me a lot.

I have received many invitations from new restaurants to review them via some of the blogging communities.

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Thursday, 18 February 2016

The Impact of IndiMarathon on Me

I am an Indiblogger member and I like to participate in all the contests on IndiBlogger. Recently, they have come up, with a new type of contest ‘IndiMaraton’. The first IndiMarathon is the ‘Tata Zica Marathon’ and it ends on 21st Feb 2016. In the marathon, you have to write creative articles or inspiring stories around any of these keywords – Fantastico, Impact, Peppy, Music and Navigation. The post should be a minimum of 450 words which in my opinion is a bit high.

Bloggers like me, are writing many creative articles and stories. I myself, have written 66 posts out which 18 posts are approved and 7 rejected. The leader of the board has written 96 posts till now. If I think, about the impact that IndiMarathon has on me then:

  • I have stopped taking my meals on time. Earlier, I used to take all my meals at a fixed time but now, I have totally forgotten about the time. Yesterday, I had my dinner at 11 PM, as I was busy writing post for ‘IndiMarathon’.
  • I have not touched my office work, from the past 10 days. Month end is coming and I have lot of pending works. My boss will scold me a lot, if I will not complete all my pending tasks before 28th of this month.
  • I have not taken, my 8 hours of sleep from the past 10 days. I have started sleeping at my office. Yesterday, I slept in an important meeting and I was scolded by my boss. He told me to take leave, if I am not feeling well.
  • I visit at least 30 times a day, the IndiMarathon leader board just to see my position on it. Yesterday, I woke up in the middle of the night and opened the Indiblogger website on my mobile. My name was on the 11th position from 9th position. I opened my laptop and started writing a post. It took me an hour, to write a post and I slept again at 4 AM. Today, I came late to office and my half day salary is gone.

The worst part is that, the last date of the contest is on Sunday and my wife wants to see a movie on this Sunday. After the movie, she wants to have dinner in a restaurant. Now, to avoid all arguments and fights I have to take her for the movie and dinner. So, writing posts on Sunday would be a tough task for me. For me, only two days are left, today and tomorrow.

Till now, the impact of ‘IndiMarathon’ has not been so good on me. Let’s see, if I can make it to the leader board and win a 20,000 rupees voucher for myself.

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The Musical Instruments

It takes a lot of effort to create a song. A lot of instruments are used, when a song is composed. Each instrument gives a different sound to a song or music. Some of the musical instruments, which are widely used when composing a song are:

Guitar: The guitar is a string instrument having 4 to 18 strings, usually having 6. The projection of sound is projected either acoustically or through electric amplification. The guitar is played by strumming or plucking the strings with the right hand. At the same time, fretting the strings with the fingers of the left hand. The guitar is constructed from wood and the strings are made of nylon or steel.

There are three main types of modern guitar:
  • The classical guitar
  • The steel-string acoustic guitar
  • The archtop 

Piano: The piano is an abbreviation of pianoforte and is a musical instrument. The instrument is played using a keyboard. It is widely used for classical, jazz, solo and traditional music. The piano is a bit expensive, but its versatility has made it a very popular musical instrument in the world.

An acoustic piano is made of a wooden case which surround the metal strings and the soundboard. There is a row of 88 black and white keys (52 white, 36 black). Pressing a key produces sound and releasing the key stops the sound.

Flute: The flute is a musical instrument and belongs to the woodwind family of instruments. A flute produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening.

Harmonica: The harmonica or mouth organ, is a free reed wind instrument which is used worldwide in many musical genres. It is widely used in blues, classical music, jazz and rock and roll.
There are many types of harmonica:

  • Diatonic
  • Chromatic
  • Tremolo
  • Octave 
  • Orchestral

A harmonica is played by using the mouth (lips and tongue). The air moves into and out of the holes of the mouthpiece. The holes have chambers behind them, containing at least one reed. A harmonica reed is made of brass, stainless steel, or bronze, which is secured at one end and serves as an airway. When the free end vibrates by the air of the player, the airway is blocked and unblocked alternately, to produce sound. The reeds of the harmonica are 'pre-tuned'. Tuning involves the changing of a reed's length, stiffness near its fixed end or weight near its free end.

The harmonica is made up of combreed-plates and cover-plates.

Violin:  The violin is a string instrument. It is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the family in regular use. The violin typically has four strings.

Saxophone: A saxophone is made of brass and is played by a single mouth-piece. It is mostly used in classical music.

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