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2019 : An Year for Populist Schemes ?

Before saying goodbye , 2018 delivered an shocker and changed the fate how policies will be decided and implemented in first half of 2019 .

From one sided affair , 2019 election now seems to be open for throwing surprises . 3 state win for Congress in 2018 made even the alias of BJP in NDA to question if they can deliver like 2014 on Modi wave alone ?  So govt have started focusing back on getting votes from masses rather than from economist and management guru’s . Recent announcements clearly shows the ” BANIYA ” class who is traditional stronghold of BJP will be getting maximum soaps . Let’s analyse few of them :

  • Change of FDI rules in E-commerce : Simply means biggies like Amazon , Flipkart, Paytm will not be able to offer over the board discounts from their money chest funded by foreign principals . Positive Impact , difference in prices of goods between offline and online will reduce making customer partially shifting to buy from their age old neighborhood Brick and mortar shop  . Negative impact , FDI in eCommerce will slow down and investment firms will doubt if BJP is still pro-FDI or not .
  • Reservation for EWS in Unreserved Category : So this 10% Reservation on basis of Income level rather than religion or caste has been well taken by IT cell of Ruling party as game changing stroke . First Glance , yes we all want growth of the poorer section of society and no one dares to oppose this resolution . But Inside , they raise definition of Weaker section upto 8 lakh / year which again covers major chunk of vote-bank i.e. middle class and end up diluting the real purpose of provide reservation . Positive Impact : Rather than caste , now income level will decide quote . Negative impact : Govt misses an major opportunity to bring in change by raising the income level criteria .
  • GST exemption increased from 20 lakh/year to 40 lakh/year : Again Major chunk of small and middle business should get benefit as they falls in this revenue category  . Positive impact : Compliance will be better and ease of doing business will increase . Negative Impact :  Fiscal Deficit is all time High and its going to increase further with dip in tax collections expected . Bad for overall economy .

As an common man , we welcome all these decision but the questions are raised only on the TIMING . Are these decision taken as Political compulsion based on feedback of 3 state election result  . ?  If 2019 again elect Modi govt ( which has almost 99% probability  ) will these reform continue or they will be back to support  industrialist .

Supporting Industry or Bringing FDI or improving ease of business is never a bad idea . Point is what UPA has been doing in past to show soaps at end of term to turn in votes is now followed by NDA too ?

Hope and really hope this better be not the truth . Rest we can wait and watch as 2019 has more than ” 50 shades of grey ” to show On 🙂

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Saving Water , Preserving Future

Water one of the most important resource of life, without which no living organism can survive on earth, so why we are letting it get waste or polluted .Do we not need this precious resource for generations to come, are we just killing our future .

Today we are not putting our effort to safe this limited resource.  The situation is so poor that in US average water consumption is 80 to 100 gallons per person per day where as in Sub Saharan countries one has to walk about 7 miles to get only of 5 gallon of water per family. In developing countries every 15 seconds a child dies due to water related diseases.  The World Bank predicts by 2025, two-third of total population would run short of fresh water. Even today in India, there are about 76 million people without access to safe water that clearly shows our future is not at all safe .

.So, let us start thinking about little way by which we can save huge. On an average a person drinks 7 to 8 glass of water a day and many a times they may drink only half and leaves the rest .By this a least  amount of 1 glass of water on an average is wasted by one person when multiplied by population of India is 132.42 glasses of water each day . That will turn into 317808000 liters of water per day  ,which can save nearly 7.6 billion glass of water per day. Now to execute this initiative all have to take care that we take only according to our needs and pour rest of it into plants our trees as what we give to nature, nature will give us back. It is an easy way with very little efforts which only require little concern towards nature.

Effective conservation can also be done through-

  • Less usage of packed drinking water because unused water remain in plastic, which is a fresh refined water, and result in wastage.
  • Using of buckets rather than having showers as in there is great wastage of water.
  • Repairing leaking tap as every drop counts.
  • Putting all extra water into plants and trees.

In addition, many more small steps can turn the situation better

But this initiative should be taken by all as one person cannot save water for coming billions but billions can save for coming trillions and this is what we need today. All should come together irrespective of financial conditions; in name of betterment of human being

 

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Planet Hopping : Yes, that’s what I want to do !

Make a List !!

“Yes , I have a list ready for you ! List of work to be finished, grocery need to be ordered, bills need to be paid and many more. Which one do you want??

Not that one, the Blind … !

Oh Shit , Looks like I have missed something again ! Now get ready to be scolded! “Blind , Deaf , Duffer “ , this list of adjectives how can I forget ?

Arey baba, I am talking about the “ Blind List “ of places you desire – Remember the Lufthansa Campaign .

Sounds Interesting, I have heard of Bucket List , Wish List but this is new one ! But how to think of it  ?

That’s the best part, don’t think or google. Not even pen down your usual “10 places to visit before you die “ type post  . Close your eyes, consider impossible is nothing and let your heart fly to limitless imagination and bring it own version of world and share it in a post.

 

So , I closed my eyes and tried to focus . But what I can hear is some mobile ringtone, Knocking of Pen, Keyboard strokes and whisper of coffee sipping by someone. “Focus buddy, You have to focus “ . Unfortunately , After trying for 5-6 times , even changing venue from Home to office to bar , Gulping down 14 coffee , 3 beer , 7 Tequila shots  and endless rounds  of Peanuts Platter  the post is still “ BLANK “ .

Finally, I stopped trying , went to Arham ( my 4 year old kid ) and started watching what he was doing . At the moment , he was using Lego  blocks to make some structure . I asked “what’s that buddy “ ?  He said it is a Rocket water ship, which can eat all garbage of the earth and convert it into footballs.

Hahaha “  , that’s impossible ! Who gave you this idea ? This is not possible and you are just trying to define whatever you made fixing whichever blocks you can put your hands on !

His reply was “ I don’t care , its my world and I can make / think / do whatever I like to “ . Would you like to join my world . ?

Yes , its his world ! Right now he is not focusing on what he see or what he is taught and not abide by any rules . He is in his own world giving an free hand to his imaginary world .

So , I decided to try what Dr. Arham has prescribed me to do “ Be in my own world “ and sharing what my subconscious  mind brought back to me .

Planet Hoping !! I want to climb on carpet like Aladdin and go on journey of “Around the 7 Planets in 70  Days “ !!

The list is restricted to 7 as that’s the only I can name and remember for the post, else list can be endless J

So Base station for the trip will be Sun, where I can get Fuel for my entire journey !

 


1st Stop – Mercury!  This planet must be an big sized Hot water park with fun slides all over the place. Probably spend some time getting using to flow instead of walk  in absence of gravity .

2nd Stop – MARS!  I know after mercury comes Venus but stag entry is not allowed on it because you remember ” Men are from Mars & Women are from Venus ”  . Rock Climbing , Biking and all the wild sports will suit this place

3rd Stop – Jupiter – The Biggest of all must be an place to explore DINOSAURS and AUTOBOTS living together. May be I will buy a souvenir in form of BUMBLEBEE for my kid.

4th Stop – Saturn – Time For some roller coaster rides on the rings of Saturn.

5th Stop – Uranus – Lightest of them all, this planet must be full of fog to inhale the fresh air In and meet the rarest of birds!

6th Stop – Neptune – After all the while , I expect this planet to have an beach , rum flowing fountains and Pizza bearing plants .. It will have my longest stop with some me -time to reflect on the journey.

7th Stop – Venus: Yes, I mentioned Men’s are not allowed on this planet but who cares about rule. I will call in favor and arrange for a 2-day VIP pass in wonderland of women land J

8th  Stop –  Finally Back to real world after an Enriching experience of Self Exploration .

Now any Airlines or Startup planning to launch any similar  travel package know they already have an prospective customer here !!

 

Feel Like sharing your own #theblindlist , then write your adventure in comments section below or post it on Lufthansa website to win some cool prizes .  #SayYesToTheWorld

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The International Dreams

Yes , Everyone dreams to go Abroad . It’s an desire shared by billions of Indian be it short term or long term . Since ages , we have been hearing stories about how superior the developed countries are in term of living standard . While , Bollywood played an big role in promoting the exotic locations for travelers . On other hand , People Working at Top level of MNC inspired students to look outwards to international universities like Oxford , MIT etc to make their dreams come true .

 

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I am too part of the same bunch of Dreamers . But while many plan to settle abroad , My plan was to learn Advance technology in Renewable sector and come back to our country to promote solar/ wind Power plants .  Although my technical knowledge was good enough but lack of information about Major selection criteria including proficiency in English language resulted my application getting rejected most of the times . Being Born and brought up in Tier – 2 Indian City , Proficiency in English reading is fair enough as per Indian Standard but not at par when grammar and pronunciation is concern.

Unfortunately there was no single course/institute to help me on this matter but now Pearson’s PTE academic is helping kids out of this important milestone #DefinatelyPTE

PTE academic is an world’s leading Online English Test which helps in Demonstrating skills in English Language . It is equally useful for  Students & professionals as it is accepted in many countries and academic centers. Almost 100 % of Australian , Irish , New Zealand universities accept there scorecard . Few of the popular one are  Australian National University , Charles Sturt University , Indian School of Business , Rotterdam school of Management and at least 500 + more names . With more and more UK , USA universities and even Immigration centers are validating the authenticity of this test .

The Major steps involved in this test are  :

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#DefinatelyPTE is an easy way to cross first hurdle to your dreams of moving beyond borders legally .

SO if you are looking beyond TOEFL or IELTS and want to work with an flexible text methodology which give you option to even book an test slot just 24 hours  before and provide free text taker handbook ( PTE Preparation course ) , go for PTE Academic .

Without any human intervention , chances of error in scores is almost Nil and that’s why it deliver fastest result within 5 business days .

 

English is and will remain the unofficial WORLD’s language and to be an true GLOBAL citizen this test seems to be an smart choice to gain acceptance among peers and superiors  by proving expertise in language and opening doors to International opportunity .

Still feeling confused , then take an look at this video and decide for yourself but never let language be an barrier to your dreams .

 

 

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5 tips to make car trips memorable

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Road trips are always very memorable. Most of times it leaves happy memories but sometime it may be other way around. Although guessing all what we can encounter is impossible, but some preventive actions can help the riders avoiding the useful pitfalls.

Sharing the top 5 tips:

  1. Choose your car based on terrain:

Based on the destination, the car must be picked. Therefore, between an SUV to Sedan to off roader picking the right weapon for your fight is important specially while travelling to mountains.

  1. Keep your documentation ready: 

Permit / Licenses / Car Registration documents / Insurance copies / Driving License are the few of paperwork you must carry in original with an additional copy in your glove box .

  1. Pre-trip Checkup:

Get the complete car checkup with a mechanic / authorized service center. The Major things to look up are GPS & Music System, Brakes, Lights, Clutch Pad, Battery, Coolant, Air Conditioner and Car Tyre etc.

  1. Medical / First Aid Kit:

For trip involving senior citizens or kids , keep the proper medication specially for issues like motion sickness causing one or all of them including nausea, vomiting and dizziness

  1. Miscellaneous items:

Spare Key, Spare Water Bottle, Umbrella, Cans with additional Fuel, Torch, Contact Details of Insurance Helpline number and roadside assistance services must be handy to manage a messy car .

In addition, most importantly, even after ticking out all the check on “THE LIST”, be open to the challenges road trips throw at you which are going to be the highlight of your real life stories worth sharing. That is what makes a traveler different from a tourist, we are open to expect and experience whatever comes our way.

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Ignored by society, helped by technology

“What we find by stranger’s touch is  we can say most of them are sympathetic and few of them are helpful too. Some say we are “ Divya jan “ , Some says we are “ Physically challenged “ , Some say we are living  our bad past karma , Some don’t say at all “ just move away from us “  . These strangers sometimes even include our dearest family, neighbors and even friends. In our world, we consider our self-just humans or partially human trying to fit and find our place on this perfect earth. We are people who have been limited by the virtue of our vision.  “

“When everyone started talking about cell phone, we were still trying to touch and count on the giant Landline to press the right button. Unfortunately, earlier no one consider developing a phone with Braille to assist the recognition of digits. After a while, we got hold of some cell phone with keypad big enough for us to run around our fingers and press the right key. Still, as the case goes we were still living in 19th century, as the function for the phone is limited to calls only or occasionally hearing to radio, as we are not able to use the touch screen phones. “

“Just for a moment, close your eyes, hold your phone, and see how many functions you are able to perform. Do not share the number but hopefully you know how helpless you feel.”

 

This is part of a conversation on topic of “advancement of cellular technology “ ,  I had with old colleague of mine, who has zero vision since his childhood days .

Later I introduced him this new piece of tech, BOSE Quiet Comfort Headphone and asked for his opinion on the same.


 

For him, GPA seems to be a promising tech leap, which can enable him to find and play many things without even touching the phone’s screen. Thankfully, their voice is now the power, which can run all the functions of the phone. However, Passing clear instruction and hearing the audio commands is still an issue if there is too much noise in the background. In addition, with wired earphone, there is always a risk of theft of phone or wires getting entangled somewhere.

So with BOSE Quiet Comfort wireless headphones II ordinary person can play music, receive texts and get answers without glancing at the phone. However, for him, it actually help do host of things, which was very difficult to do earlier. Consider, he is stuck at one location and just wanted to call a cab that can pick up and drop to home. Over GPA, he can command to open a Taxi app and put our destination and we can get the cab and even call the driver to inform to call back when he reaches the point, as he may need some assistance locating them. Alternatively, he want to send SOS to a friend for help or wanted to text him about being safe then he  just need to give voice command over his  wireless headphones and its done.

As very few books are converted into Braille language, literature for people with low/zero vision is very limited. However, with Good Noise cancelling headphone, they can clearly listen to audio Podcast or e-books or use Text to Audio software to listen to the pdf/word files without any hassle. One touch on earphone to access any feature on phone, can help them in exploring the major features of Touch screen phone with more comfort.

For many technology is the way to ultimate luxury and for them, it is a way to be more self-dependent and living our life with less sympathy. This little piece of technology from BOSE seems to bring right solution for the niche audience who truly appreciate efforts of inventors.   

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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.