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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.

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 #CuttingPaani .

.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 and “cutting pani” is name to initiative take by livepure ,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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Our small steps can give us great future and small initiatives live of live pure can make us aware about need for conserving water and our mother earth. Sign this petition and join the revolution  by #cuttingpani.

 

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.

 

 

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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