Momma’s are the best Salesperson

Being a parent, is like riding a roller coaster ride. You never know which side your life is going to fall in the next second. Up, down, Left cut, Right cut, turn around, somersaults or even God doesn’t know the way because driving this ride is your child, with naughtiest ideas in his/her mind .

My sister Rinku was blessed with a baby girl Tanishi (Tanu) 4 years back and that was the only time when she smiled and the infant cried. Since then till time, it’s been always the other way around. Interestingly her in – laws and even her own family with 30 years old rooted relations instantly switched their loyalty.  So the current situation is that, even when Tanu sniffs, everyone gets tensed. When Rinku complains about Tanu’s tantrums, everyone just turns their ear.  So anyone who listens to their conservation without seeing their face may think Tanu is the grandma of the home and Rinku is a disobedient grandchild who is only grown up in age and not by her mind.

Mumma, I am trying to tell you since long, Clothes are kept this way not that. Listen to me, Learn from me, I had learned it from my teacher today only. I was praised for folding the handkerchief myself.”

Rinku mama, I told you I will finish my meal after TV why do you keep putting the spoon back in my mouth again and again?”

Mama, Its already bed time, You know Dr. Uncle always says we have to be in the bed by 10, but you always keep watching TV beyond 10:30, Tell me, why?? “

Being the rock star of her home, Tanu loves to play football, volleyball, ping pong and even invent few new games to play with her mama’s Cellphone. So, Blessing in disguise for Rinku is, she gets a reason to buy new phone after 6-8 months. And now she has 2-3 old phones lying around the house and the 4th one just got crushed by her tricycle with a sound of  “Krrrrrrr”.

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As Rinku decided to buy another phone and tapped happily on next generation, ultra-slim dual camera android phone, my brother in law dropped the bomb.

Rinku , I know that Tanu creates lot of trouble for you and she is the one who crashed the phone but I want you to act responsibly. I want you to get all old smartphones repaired and try if any one of them can work. I am using same phone for last 4 years and you are about to buy 5th phone in a span of 4years.  ACT responsibly”.

The silence after a bomb drop is more painful.  Although she went silent for few minutes, but busted her anger in another way “ OK , I will surely get a new phone and I don’t need ur credit card for this. I will get all the phones repaired and sell them to fund my new phone. And YES, order some food for next few days from wherever you want, as I will be busy in other works, viz repairing and closing the deal.

So shots had been fired, promises has been made but how to keep them is the real situation for now.

“Brother,  I need your help ASAP”. She posted a message on Whatsapp to me  in Delhi. ” Yes, Tell me what happened? Tanu is all right na? ” ” For God’s sake, there is world beyond your niece, Yes she is ok but I need your help. ” ” Ok , Tell me,” ”  I am sending across my 4 old phones , get them repaired from Nehru place and sell them in Gaffar Market and order me a new phone.”

” Sis , I don’t have time for doing this repair and selling thing , but yes I can order you the phone .”

“No, I have made a promise to Aakash that I will buy a new phone after I get rid of all of past junk, thus acting responsibly.”

“Ok, Send them across, I will get them repaired and the selling part, you can take care on your own. Just sell them to any of your kitty friend or Mom’s circle at any price and I will pay for the difference”.

Deal sealed!

Fast Forward 2 weeks. Rinku is trying to sell her semi-repaired phone within her friend circle. Her target price was new phone price divided by four, simple maths. As she started showing her intent to sell phone to her friends, the nightmare began. Most of them were holding on such inventories for long and have been unsuccessfully trying to do so from years. Every phone had a story to tell and bruises like warriors to show. Some had been dropped from the roof, some were thrown in anger, some were tapped and broken like eggs in curiosity on what lies inside them and few even got flushed by kids in an attempt to see the phone circling around in the pot.

In short, it was a marketplace which only had sellers with stories but no buyer for them. When the wait started to move from days to weeks to months, she finally decided to change her approach. She offered all 4 phone to family members and forced them to buy as souvenir of childhood memories of Tanu. This selling process involved lot of drama, tears, false promises and lengthy discussions. But as of now, Mom’s are always the best salesperson in the world as they daily handle the toughest customer “kid” and still emerge as winners.

So from the day the 4th phone got crushed till today which was almost 50 days, the curtain over the phone drama was finally closed. All 4 phone got sold and she happily bought the new phone and even made my brother in law say “Sorry”, “ you are the best” ,“ I was wrong “.

Even while I also ended buying one of her phone, which I thought was very small price to see the glomming smile on her face.

Probably, if Cashify was there we all could have been saved from all the troubles. All mothers can now #CleanUpCashOut and get over their worries..

You can also try and use code “CLEANCASH” to get INR 250 additional on your gadgets sale. So time to wipe out this Diwali all the electronic junk from your closet.

 

 

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Increasing use of Solar power in Delhi

To combat climate change, reduce  air pollution, and enhance energy security Every Country in Planet is talking about turning away from fossil fuels and more to Renewable energy sources . Among the option of Solar is the one which is predominately getting noticed due to its application .

Delhi is blessed with almost 300 sunny days and the rooftop space  available for solar panels is estimated to be 31 km2 , giving Delhi a solar energy potential of 2.5 GW (annually approx. 3,500 million kWh).

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Some of the Major Places in Delhi which have already adopted solar rooftop system are :

  • Lotus Temple
  • Moolchand Hospital
  • Major Delhi Metro Stations ( almost 30 of them )
  • Many Delhi Public School Buildings
  • Maruti Suzuki Plant in Manesar
  • Medanta Hospital
  • IIT Delhi .
  • Major Collages and Hospitals and Hotel Chain

List of benefits of going solar  :

  • Reduction in Pollution .
  • Reduction in Cooling Requirements as heat is absorbed by the solar panel installed on roof .
  • Earning Carbon Credits.
  • Reduction in Peak Demand Load Reducing Overall Electricity Bill
  • Under net metering , excess power produced can be sold back to grid earning money for consumers .
  • Less dependency on Grid power and feasible solution for areas with deep power cuts .
  • For Industrial Consumers , Solar replace costly diesel power requirements .
  • Being part of Responsible tourism .
  • & for GOOD karma off course .

Given Delhi’s land-locked position, the high cost and paucity of barren land within its borders,  and low potential for wind or hydro power, Delhi is focusing on rooftop solar as its primary  source of renewable energy.

With current tariff power touching almost INR 6 for Residential and INR 10 + For commercial consumption , when solar power has already touched INR 3-4 / unit . It definitely make sense for everyone with a roof space to shift to generate their own power . Ideally 1 KW of Solar System Require 100 Sqft / 12 Sqmt of Shadow free space and investment of around INR 45-50,000 / KWh system . Mainly it consists of Solar Panels , Panel Structure , Inverter , Cable and Metering Equipment . 1 KW of system generate approx 1500 unit / year and these can bee designed / customized based on individual load requirements. Delhi , itself has approx 100 + installer who can provide turnkey design , installation services.

In 2016, the peak power demand in Delhi was almost 6 GW (annually approx. 28,000 million  kWh). Power demand can vary considerably across a 24-hour window, especially in summer and owing to the increasing use of air conditioning. In general, energy utilities  pay  more to meet short-term demand surges, raising the average cost of power. Delhi’s peak  demand curve broadly matches the generation curve of solar systems, which can therefore help reduce peak demands. Moreover, energy produced by rooftop solar systems is mostly  consumed at, or near, the point of generation, minimizing transmission and distribution losses.
In short, rooftop solar systems offer sustainable energy, environmental benefits, low gestation  period, low transmission and distribution losses, reduced need for distribution infrastructure,  and peak load offset that reduces costs for the DISCOMs and ultimately for the consumers.

The Government of India (GoI) has set a target of 100 GW of solar energy generation in India by 2022, of which 40 GW is from rooftops. Delhi is well positioned to lead India’s rooftop solar revolution and has consequently established solar generation targets of 1 GW by 2020 (4.2% of  energy consumed) and 2.0 GW by 2025 (6.6% of energy consumed). To help achieve these  targets, this document seeks to outline a robust and pragmatic solar energy policy for Delhi.

Alongside, govt & various private bodies are actively working on  consumer awareness of solar energy, promote capacity building,  and generate healthy competition among solar developers, so that solar power is adopted on a mass scale and Delhi becomes the premier solar city in India .

Being the Capital city of India , Everyone looks towards Delhi to lead the race ad set example for Tier-1 City and other to follow . And this initiative will surely help us in creating a SUPER LIFE #CelebratingSuper  for its citizen  and green air / clean air is the need for the hour .

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Fight the invisible enemy – Pollution

We are living in a Jungle made of Steel and concrete . Yes , that how a modern metro city can be defined . With growing Population due to  large volume of people moving towards Metro city for Job opportunities , their is a Hugh spurge in Skyscrapers  buildings for residential and commercial purposes . As per Sqft Prices are going up , the average size of a flat is reducing , no. of floors on a tower is increasing and many of the parks , garden have been legally/illegally encroached to turn them into profitable business means .

Rapid Form of Urbanization .. Buildings growing taller then EGO/ANGER of their resiednts
Rapid Form of Urbanization .. Buildings growing taller then EGO/ANGER of their resiednts

One of my childhood friend ( Ashish Kalra ) lives in a Greater Noida in a  residential complex  made by prominent Builder with 5 towers located closeby with a occupancy of almost 5000 persons . Being a prime city location , there are 18- 20 more complex located in vicinity . So a nearby park is 4-5 km away from his house .Although , as per govt rules and to market these projects the builders shows lush green parks and jogging tracks in their sales brochure but in reality most of these are converted into parking space for 2/4 Wheeler’s leaving no space for tress/garden for people to breathe in fresh air even at early morning hours . There are club houses for kids activities and RWA assembly but they are more sort of Big size AC containers .

To make up for lack of fresh air , modern solution  was providing AIR-PURIFIER in each home which can virtually make you feel safe . But me and my friend comes from a generation where we spend almost 50% of our time in our home town closed to nature , walking in woods , playing sports in green field and roaming around spotting flowers/fruits/vegetables and even taking short naps between tuition on the benchmark below shades of trees in park located everywhere in town few footsteps away .

Definitely  work compulsion have bounded to live closeby to office in these skyscrapers , but deep inside we missed those breeze of air and knew that without closeness to mother earth our kids immunity towards disease and the feel of freshness which unleash creative side of brain/mind would suffer as they grow old .

So almost after 6 months , During a meeting of RWA held to approve permission to open Restaurant on roof of all 7 towers helping them to  earn Roof Rent and fixed fees from franchise which would reduce AMC charges for all Flat owners . As the proposal was providing monetary benefit , everyone agreed to it . But ASHISH has a different thought in mind and asked 7 days to evaluate pro-cons and meet again . As the suggestion was coming from Ex-IIT , IIM passout  , Committee agreed to follow .

In Next Meeting , ASHISH Showed a Presentation on concept of ” TERRACE GARDEN ” , how the place which is currently dumped with waste building material , chillar units , Dish antenna and mobile tower can be converted into a perfect hangout place for everyone to chat / play / discuss and get close with nature .

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How it can be a workshop on growing organic food . How can it reduce cooling requirement for the building . After this he introduced a Child Specialist who demonstrated how kids of the block are suffering from asthama and other disease due to lack of fresh air and how this rooftop garden can benefit them . For Housewife’s , Senior Citizen ad kids these place can be a meeting point close to nature . The IDEA got real appreciation from all of the residents and they applauded on the thought process of Ashish which goes way beyond commercial sense and instantly brought real happiness on face of all . images (1)

Everyone agreed to contribute in term of there skill set and profession for realizing the concept and agreed to form 5 CLUB HOUSES with names derived from  ” ELEMENTS OF EARTH ” . Every Saturday was en-marked for get-together and people avoiding past meeting as they felt jailed in those club house were first one to confirm .

And After 2 months of effort and work , a portion of dull steel – concrete jungle was replaced by ” GREEN SMILE ” . A view which instantly brought relief to resident’s eyesight and people who used to spend evening endlessly switching TV Channel and kids glued to Mobile games were all on the roof . Playing , Eating , Sharing ideas and watching the mother nature delivering its magic on plants .

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It shows , being progressive doesn’t mean you are confined by virtual walls know as Status .  Rather move out and be open for all as mother nature , who teaches us perfect lesson of humbleness which treat everyone and anyone as it’s kids without playing  favoritism .

 

Similarly Asian paints has come u with a new product , one which will help us fight the Indoor Pollution ..  Royale Atoms … It’s surely makes it more than a normal paint and help everyone keep their home SAFE from the dirtiest enemies ” Pollution

New Venture : Family on the wheels

Hey Friends,

I’m so happy to announce the launch of our new Family Travel Blogsite ” Familyonthewheels” , coz that’s what we are.. Travel addicts:)

The major focus of this website is to share  what it takes to travel with a Kid along side . Believe us , it takes whole  together another level of planning and  even the experiences are different . We have been through all the phase of being a Solo traveller to roaming around as couple and now ARHAM has joined us .

Be it funny situation , when we missed our flight becaz our kid has last minute urge to pee , to getting special Upgrade in Dolphin show becaz we had Arham along . Through this website we will be sharing all our experience in terms of tips as how to make Travel comfortable for yourself and kid .

We will be more than happy if you can come over, follow us and let’s begin discussing in and all around the beauty of Travelling.

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I had last posted a very small highlight of Capri on this blog, so the detailed post is out. Read here :

  1. Capri island : An amazing Italian island, waiting for you to leave you awe struck
  2. Blue Grotto : All you wish to know of the magical charm of Blue Grotto at Capri.

As the days will pass, the blog book will become heavy but interesting to help you unravel the travel goals with amazing destinations we will bring out for you!

Follow us on our new venture – familyonthewheels.com

Blog URL – https://familyonthewheels.com/

Social media :

Instagram : Witness some amazing Nature photographs directly from FOTW lens

Facebook :  Get our Travel journey

Twitter : @TalesofFOTW 

Let’s catch up soon there! Connect with us & travel the world!

See you all till then!

Curious case of SHADOW

An everyday conversation between an Einstein  kid & an average IQ  father like me☺ .


Son – Dad,  Who is he ?? 

Me: This is Shadow .. 

 Son : Why is he following me ?? 

if-shadow.jpgMe: Becaz  , it’s a friend gifted by god to you .. who can watch you over all the time.  

Son : Then it’s not a good friend , becaz he  follow me only during  day time.

Me: Becaz , it get tired running all along with you entire day and goes to sleep in the night .

Son : They why the length of shadow keeps on changing during entire day.

Me : Becaz it is scared of sun and tries to hide behind you going in reverse direction .

Son : But why is shadow scared of sun ?

Me: Becaz It cannot bear the heat of him. 

Son : Then Why I cannot change my shadow with my friend or buy a new one .

Me: you cannot exchange it like you can’t do with your eyes or nose or hairs .

Son : Then why don’t shadow wear a dress like I do.

Me: It always wear a black color dress and it’s her fav color.

Son : In case , then why I am not allowed to wear the same dress always ?? 

Me : Becaz …Becaz  … I NEED A BREAK …. Please go back to your MOM ..only she can handle a shadow like you !!! ☺ { or I am feeling like a  shadow who needs to hide from a  SON   like you whose curiosity is brighter than the SUN rays. }

 

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Underwood’s are back : House of Card S05

 

A famous leader once said. – “World is neither white nor black, its actually a shade of Grey and to understand it, you have to read the unwritten between the lines”. That’s what this show is all about – HOUSE OF CARDS .

It is difficult to decide whether this show is influenced by politics played in power corridors of White House or real life leaders are getting inspired by this show for setting their national and international policies.

Very few TV shows have been able to achieve such popularity amongst the audience and critics as House of Card has been able to do. Since 2013, already 4 seasons of this show have been broadcasted and the great news is, it has received rating close to 9 on scale of 10 on Imdb.com every time. Isn’t that super awesome?

This TV series is an adaptation of a similar BBC mini show aired in 90’s . The show revolves around Frank Underwood (Kevin spacey) and his wife Claire Underwood (Robin Wright). Both of them with support of their few loyalist’s are on a mission to achieve the “impossible”. To conquer the epitome of power, the seat of White House, to became the President of United States of America, their greed list is long enough.

Seasons 1-2 focussed on their unorthodox strategy, manipulative & deceptive skills and out of league ways to reach the top. Season 3 & 4 reflected their art of survival while people make every attempt to de-throne them using any legally correct or incorrect possible means.

Talking about actors, everyone specially the lead actors have done a phenomenal job, creating an strong recognition which is irreplaceable for any new entrant. Dialogue’s, costumes, facial expressions, eye movements, pitch of tone are just perfectly delivered. Even the use of direct narration by Kevin with viewers between the show is well timed.

Season 5 takes the drama to another level and here are 10 reasons to cancel all your plans for 3rd June to find out what happened next !

As on 3rd June from 5 PM onwards , ZEE CAFE is bringing this show, the legendary FRANK UNDERWOOD, right to the idiot box  in a Premiere marathon.

Reason 1. : What happened after JAMES MILLER  execution ? 

Reason 2. : Is Claire still going to support Frank Presidential Campaign ?

Reason 3 : Where is the chemistry between Claire and Tom Yates heading to ? 

Reason 4 :  What storm did the  News story in Washington Herald  against Frank is going to create in senate ? 

Reason 5:  Will Frank be able to handle the Tom Hammerschmidt before he finds out another well kept secret of him. (Reporter who has sworn to dig out all the dirt from past of Frank) 

Reason 6 : Will William convey the democrat candidate for Presidency be able to survive against Frank Underwood? 

Reason 7 : Is Viktor Petrov ( Russian President ) going to influence the results of presidency Elections. 

Reason 8 : Can Frank Convince Senate for a Full fledged war against ICO ? 

Reason 9 : Does  “America Works” Bill sees Light of the Day , will Frank be able to pull out and implement the AMWORKS Bill within congress ? 

Reason 10 :  Is HOC S05 really inspired and depict the Ideology and working theory of current POTUS ( Donald Trump ) or it’s just a coincidence . 

Luckily we got a sneak view of Season5, E01 i.e Chapter 53 and Yes, it answers few questions along with opening of many more ghosts from the past episode to complicate the life of Frank .

Some spoiler alert is HERE: 

Starting Scene shows Clarie narrating story direct to the audience in first 30 sec of show, which may hint that she is going to overpower Frank and be the lead character for the rest of season. Also, there are few more explosions reported in Chapter 53, favouring Frank’s stand to go on war with ICO. And yes, the Idea of putting Homecoming of Terror in the minds of AMERICAN People is working! Its a bloody evil story!

Lookout how this season follow the theme of “WE MAKE  THE TERROR, WE BRING THE TERROR ” #HOConZCafe

Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House Of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café!

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The Peri Peri magic – Nando’s , Nehru Place

The peri peri sauce and it’s magical flavour is the soul of this place … Easy to locate in Epicuria , situated right opposite to Dhaba by cladridge ..
They have ample of choice in term of Non veg food and alchoholic​ beverages .. Veg option are limited but you can find the right thing to order ..Even they have kept a Kid’s special burger .

First glance at menu make you think , ” oh they are expensive “, but when they inform that with meal you can take unlimited soft drinks /frozen yogurt /peri peri sauce from a self serving counter . You feel just the opposite -” Dude , it’s a jackpot deal ” .
So we tried garlic bread (which was a bun ) , Veg platter with rice and exotic veggie and pasta . Serving size was cool and prep time was 10-12 min . During which you can sip coke /sprite /Fanta as much as you can .

Taste was ok considering veg dishes , as the place USP is chicken .. Icing on cake was they provided colors and drawing sheet to my kid . He got totally engaged in it and we parallely enjoyed our meal after long .

Overall : One time must visit for veggie’s to try this concept and non-veggie seems to be a regular repeat customers .


Cost for 2: INR 800
Table reservations : Must on weekends during dinner time .
Kid’s Menu : Burger specially for them .
Service : Quick and very appreciative
Theme : South African music and ambaince is prominent
Parking : In Nehru place metro station ample is available .
PS: Ask for your royalty card and you will get Free Burger /Chicken on every 3rd visit on bill above 300 INR .

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