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When I saw the word ‘Impact’ for the TataZicaMarathon, I knew exactly what I had to write about. It’s the impact of the one thing none of us can probably live without, the Internet. We live in a nation that accommodates over 1.2 billion people… and that is… a lot! So we are bound to have multiple languages, multiple cultures, multiple cuisines and most of all, multiple opinions. No matter if it’s politics or sports or any other random topic, you can always find a million different opinions and viewpoints that differ enough with each other to start a civil war.

And one such hot debate was recently sparked over net neutrality. And it reached, or should I say is currently at, its pinnacle after Facebook announcing the Freebasics. Now I’m not going to tell you my views on this matter, and neither am I going to put forward more stats for you to wonder, but one thing this whole controversy told us was how our whole internet community can come together if it’s for something that affects all of us.

The same people who had been calling each other names over petty political matters, the same people who didn’t agree with each other over matters like which Football club is better, were all standing together against the internet giant because they didn’t want partiality when it comes to the internet. Millions of emails were sent, thousands of petitions launched, and all this was done in a matter of weeks to make sure that they listen to us.

Again, I’d not say who was write in this matter, the public, or Facebook or the government, but one thing is for sure, the public used the internet, to save the internet. It was social media that brought us all together to make sure that something which a majority of us doesn’t want or isn’t okay with, shouldn’t happen.

I’m sure this matter is multilayered and will have a lot of twists and turns before it comes to a conclusion, but the lesson it taught us was the impact of the internet and how important a tool it has become for us. There is a lot of technology we’re yet to uncover, yet to explore, there’s so much that we’ll see in the coming ages… but this gift in the form of internet is like the gift our mankind got when we discovered Fire, or invented the wheel. It is needless to say that the internet is the most widely used mode of communication today, and it beats the rest by a wide margin.

But as they say, with great power comes great responsibility. So let’s all use the internet as a strength, but not exploit it, shall we? 🙂

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.

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I heard the word music, and now I’m here!

Let me tell you what happens when we listen to music. When that first beat reaches our eardrums, they vibrate, telling our brain about yet another thing that they heard, just that this time there was a rhythm, something our brain would comprehend more easily than a normal sentence. And then once our mind gets the hang of it, its frequency matches with that of the music and it starts resonating.

So you may like this kind of music or that kind of music, but you simply cannot dislike music. Music makes us complete, music makes us human, and if I may say it out loud, a person’s taste in music is more or less enough to define his personality. And why not, after all we encounter music in all spheres of life. Our life starts with the music that we fondly call crying, although it does bring a smile on our parents’ face, then we move on to the nursery rhyme, covering the pop songs as we grow up in our teens and before we know it, we have adults fighting over Iron maiden and Metallica.

For me, music has always been surprising. I never imagined that I would develop a liking for so many kinds of music. May it be Pop or Rock, country or classical, I never had an extreme point of view for it. For me, music always had something to teach. From classical I learned the patience, which is one asset that most men don’t have. From rock I learned how to express myself, how to control (or not control) my emotions. Pop taught me the importance of love and friendship, and it was rap from which I… well… learned to speak English very fast.

Music is with you all the time, like when you take a bath and play your favorite playlist, or when you’re cooking while listening to Pink Floyd, or while driving your Tata Zica and playing Eric Clapton’s best!

What I want to convey here is that no music is bad music, unless it’s a very bad copy of some original harmony, or forcing loud words just to make it sound like a party song, which is basically a general definition of bad. Music isn’t a means to divide people, it unites people! Music brings people together (Have you ever been to an Iron maiden concert?), music brings nations together (Coke studio!), music brings the worlds together (Koi mil gaya… well, maybe not.)

So the next time you meet someone and he tells you that he likes Raps while you don’t, appreciate the fact that he does. You can’t force music on someone, let the beats do it naturally.

Oh, and also, stop pirating music, that’s the least you can do for something that’s with you whole your life!

 

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.


It’s 6 AM, I switch off the alarm before it could beep and wake up in a fresh mood, ready to take on the world with my amazing smile.

Wait… that didn’t sound anything like a usual morning for any of us now, did it?

Let’s try again:

It is 8 already; the alarm has snoozed four times before giving up on me. I still feel sleepy but I have to wake up to go to that damn job. And do all those chores I don’t want to.

Well, that was pretty much all of us.

So what does it take to switch from the previous description to the first one? What do all these cheerful people do to wake up so early and stay energized and fresh all the time? Trust me, I’m not going to give you a self help guide here, I’m just going to share a mantra to make your mornings something you look forward to.

I believe in that age old mantra of early to bed and early to rise. So those of you who sleep before 11, have a way better chance of waking up at 7. (Did that rhyme?)

Once you got that covered, you need to make a target. Targets work great on human mind. Once you have something important to do the next day, the morning will be really important.

Next is music, start your mornings with some peppy music, preferably with beats, so that your mind will gain that required momentum to keep you awake and away from slumber.

And last, but not the least, make sure your morning activities make you fresh enough to you know, take on the world. This is where your toothpaste comes into the scene, since this is one thing you use daily and it simply is a very important part of your routine, so make sure there is no compromise made on that front. And the Colgate 360 Gold is your best bet when it comes to all round cleaning and a fresh feeling. (Did that rhyme again?)

 

 

So once you have a great start to the day, you can definitely call it a great morning, or wait, a Gold Morning, right? So go ahead, enjoy the experience of #Colgate360GoldMornings .

Make sure you visit https://www.facebook.com/ColgateIndia to stay updated and have even more Golden mornings!

This is coming from my personal experience, that if you have a good start to the day, the rest of the day will automatically be great. And there is no wonder in the fact that a good brushing partner like Colgate 360 Gold can do wonders to your start of the day. Combine that with good music and a great breakfast, you’ve got yourself a winner! So go ahead, try it today. 🙂


I’ve kind of a sweet tooth, or as my mother puts it, “I’d rather spend my life packed in a box of sweets than live without one”. And in my defense, this is only because of the amazing sweets that she makes at home. I’d any day prefer a homemade dessert over the ones we buy from the sweet shops. And for a long time I’ve seen my mom trying to explain her recipe to so many people who later mostly unsuccessfully attempt it. So when Indiblogger and Sugarfree Natura came up with the Sugar Free Dessert Challenge, I just had to share my mother’s amazing Five Star recipe with all of you.

 

So, what’s so special about this sweet? Well, it contains the essential nutrients and is pretty easy on the stomach, not to mention the added goodness of Sugarfree Natura will give it an edge over any other dessert. So without further ado, let me tell you the recipe of the “5 star barfi” directly from my mom’s kitchen.

Ingredients:

Gram Flour (Besan) 1 Cup.
Milk 1 Cup.
Coconut Powder (Nariyal Boora) 1 Cup.
Ghee (Desi) 1 Cup.
Sugar Free Natura Diet Sugar ¾ Cup
Almonds, Raisins, Cashew. 1 Tablespoon each.


Method:

Before I begin, let me tell you that this is probably one of the easiest Dessert recipes that you’ll come across, given that even I can make it. This is also one of the tastiest things you’ll eat once it is ready.

  1. First of all, take a big frying pan, and pour half of the Ghee in it and heat it on a medium flame.
  2. Once the Ghee has melted and become hot enough, put the Gram flour and coconut powder and milk in it and start stirring it.
  3. Make sure that you don’t let any lumps form, once the mixture become homogenous, pour the remaining Ghee in it.
  4. Keep stirring. And now put the Sugarfree Natura Diet Sugar and half of the dry fruits, mix it thoroughly.
  5. Remember, do not let the lumps form, which is an important part of making any sweet. Heat the mixture till it starts getting a very light shade of brown, keep stirring the whole time to make sure the heating is uniform.
  6. Once the mixture starts solidifying, that’s your cue to lower the flame, give it 5 minutes and then take it out on a large dish.
  7. Now garnish it with the remaining dry fruits and Kesar leaves, or anything else, use your imagination. Let it settle for around an hour.
  8. Once the mixture has settles and become solid, touch it with your finger to see if there’s still any softness remaining. If it doesn’t stick to your finger, it’s time to give the ‘Barfi’ the shape you want. Cut it with a kitchen knife and you have the world’s best homemade mithai with you!

For Sugar Free Natura powder concentrate users please use 37½ measures of the special spoon provided in the pack.

And yes, this dessert contains Ghee, making it pretty digestive and nutritious, and it can be stored in a cool and dry place for up to a week and will stay fit for consumption.

Did I not tell you how it looks once it’s done? Well, you’ve got to see this!

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The authentic “5 star” barfi.

 

So, wasn’t it amazing? There’s so much more that you could do with SugarFree Natura. Do check out http://sugarfree-india.com/ for more.

Do tell me if you liked it, and I’ll tell you the delicious homemade cake recipe next! 🙂


Do you remember the childhood days, when we used to wake up, read the newspaper, go to school, play, study and come back and sleep like a baby? Now-a-days too we do almost similar stuff, just that we wake up because of our smartphones’ alarm, read news on our phone, work on our computers, play games on the laptop, do all kinds of readings on Kindle and tabs, and not to mention, feel difficulty in falling asleep because of all the headache this screen gave us. No wonder the world wants to go back to the old days, but simply can’t afford to.

And in my opinion, one other thing this invasion of smartphones in our lives has done is to make us forget the people we used to be close to, we used to love. Not that we don’t love them anymore, just that this entire social media concept gives us a vague feeling of being connected, and ends up taking us apart from those we need to stay close to!

So what does one do to get rid of that? What is ‘Togetherness’ after all? I believe the answer to this lies in the core values we’ve received right from our childhood.

For me, real togetherness is being able to have the morning tea with my family and have a laugh together on our horoscopes!

Real togetherness is going on a family trip with no phones to disturb us and no computers to distract us.

Real togetherness is remembering each other’s birthdays, without Facebook or a calendar.

Real togetherness is sharing that pizza with 8 pieces among 7 friends… And fighting for the last piece!

Real togetherness is attending a rock concert together with your buddies, and actually enjoying the performance without recording it on our phones!

Real togetherness is feeling that grass beneath your feet and rain drops on your face, and that feeling of bliss no number of megapixels on your camera could ever capture.

For me it’s all about being able to see and appreciate what nature has to offer us, being able to love the people that deserve it the most and being able to realize that technology is to make our lives easier and not to enslave us. We’re so lost in these advancements that we seem to be forgetting the basic things that make us happy. And while Kissanpur has used this approach to remind you of what you’re missing in this world, I used my approach through this blog. It kind of seems ironic that you’ll be reading this on your PC/Phones! So let me make this small request, once you’re done with this article, please check out this website http://www.kissanpur.com/ and then this awesome video. And once you realize what you’re missing, shut down the screen and wake up to life. Happy living 🙂


So there’s an advertising firm visiting my office, and they’re giving away some amazing gifts. All you need to do is to install their android app and make a transaction as fast as possible. And thanks to the 3G connection that I have, it is practically impossible. But 3G is supposed to be fast, right? Well not if you have my special 3G that becomes 2G whenever there’s something important needed from it. And it’s not just me, I’ve seen so many friends of mine cursing their data connection and the company that provides it for stealing from them. Sometimes the speed is too low, sometimes the price is too high, and sometimes the network isn’t there! So when I say that we need something promising and something efficient urgently, I won’t be exaggerating. And thankfully, it seems like it’s here.

Introducing Airtel 4G (http://www.airtel.in/4g/), ladies and gentlemen; A revolution in the world of mobile internet that will solve most of your problems with the internet, if not all. Airtel 4G is supposed to be the connection for the next gen. It will not only be fast, but cheap too. Yes, it is available at the same price as 3G, so no harm in trying, right?

Here are some of the highlights of this amazing feature.

  • Airtel 4G is the first telecom operator to roll out 4G services
  • Nationwide rollout across 296 cities
  • 4G available at 3G prices
  • Getting a 4G SIM is just a tweet away – #GetAirtel4G
  • Free home delivery of 4G SIM

Take a look at this video and find out for yourself what all you can do with a connection like this.

Personally, I am the kind of person who needs to stay connected all the time. May it be the numerous news and online shopping apps that I have, or the movie and sports streaming, or the social media, I simply can’t stand waiting because of a slow internet. So when I have a connection that’s faster and available at the same rates as my current 3G, I’m going to use it for everything.

  • All my YouTube videos will be buffering at 720/1080p now.
  • I’ll now install large apps that have been in my wishlist for long.
  • I’ll not have to wait till I get home and use the wifi for important updates.
  • I’ll stay connected all the time and stay updated with the latest news.
  • And at last, I won’t miss any more goodies when such a thing happens again in my office! 😀

In a man’s basic necessities today, food, shelter and clothing aren’t the only things, there’s also a need of a good Internet connection and given that, I think Airtel 4G should prove to be a boon for all the Internet junkies out there. So don’t wait, go check out http://www.airtel.in/4g/ now and get your own connection to start browsing faster than ever.


I remember how some time back, when anybody was comparing the features online to buy a new phone, we used to laugh at people who bought an expensive phone just because it had 4G compatibility.  Personally, I never understood the use of buying a 4G enabled phone, when we didn’t even have the service in our country. But obviously, we were a bit naive in thinking so. I was pleasantly surprised when I first heard about Airtel launching the 4G services nationwide. You can check out everything about it here.

To give you a bit of a context, I’m a 25-year-old working male, and my life is pretty much running on the Internet. And it’s not just at home, but everywhere that I need to stay connected. This obviously includes having a fast data connection in my phone. And it’s not true just for me, but for my parents and siblings too. In short, I can say that almost everyone in today’s world needs a fast data connection. And with my past experiences with Airtel, I’m pretty sure that Airtel 4G would be just as great, in fact, a refreshing change over the previous internet plans.

And this is just the beginning of it. If you look at this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpHZ3sXY6B8), you’ll realize how exciting the new Airtel 4G is.

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To make sure that your transition to Airtel 4G is smooth and hassle free, Airtel has done everything it can. All you need to switch to 4G is a device that supports 4G, a 3G data pack and a 4G SIM, which will obviously be delivered at your door step free of charge. You simply have to request for the SIM on the Airtel Website.

I’m sure you’re all set to dive into the world of amazing speeds and state of the art tech. If there’s one doubt that might still be there in your mind, it’s about the money, did I guess that right? So let me put that to an end right here, Airtel 4G won’t be expensive like many people assume it to be, it will be available to you at the same price as 3G. Cool, isn’t it?

So don’t let me hold you back any further, log on to www.airtel.in/4G and clear away all your doubts. Go 4G!


Busy lives, busy people, too much work, lack of sleep… There are a thousand things that keep us away from a ‘Healthy lifestyle’. Not to mention that our definition of a healthy lifestyle keeps changing with time. While a good night’s sleep and an early morning Yoga was a necessity for most, times brought us to think that a normal workout at any point of day is enough, which has now changed to a question “Do you at least take a small walk in your whole day?”. We’re all becoming couch potatoes, some by chance and some by choice. But the good part is, many of us realize it sooner or later and involve exercise in their daily routine, which is one of the most important things. But at the same time, we forget another most important thing to take care of, the diet.

It isn’t a matter of worry for lean people like me, but trust me on this, I’ve seen my share of fat people and how they plan to manage that weight. The worst part about all this is how people cope up with their weight and the corresponding diet plans. The lean ones plan on eating a lot and the fat ones, nothing. There’s crash diets too, and I don’t even have to go in details for that… just read the basic dictionary meaning of this thing. “A weight-loss diet undertaken on an urgent, short-term basis with the aim of achieving very rapid results”. Now how can someone expect a lot of good out of something that gives ‘rapid results’, of course there’s going to be some bad effects of that. And what are they? Well, fatigue, restlessness, lack of energy, mineral deficiencies to begin with, which later leads to problems like high blood pressure, heart issues, Diabetes and many more. So much for losing weight huh!

So what is it that you should do? Is there something one could take, a schedule one could follow to have nothing but positive results? Well, regardless of your body shape, weight, gender or age, there are so many things that have been recommended by many generations. A good schedule that includes 8 hours of sleep, light exercise, a balanced diet and yoga, this is something everybody should do. And when I say balanced, I’m not saying eat anything, but eat the stuff that’s good for your body. Trust the experts; Dabur, for example, is one of the leading brands that provide you the best of products for a good health. And Dabur honey, is one of the best products that I have come across that you should have regularly for a body in shape. And not just the 1 teaspoon in the morning style that most people recommend, but you can’t imagine how good a Honey Diet can be for you.

Honey is a natural source that acts as a substitute to sugar, helps you in weight management and provides you enough vitamins and minerals for a beautiful skin and voice. Not to mention that it is very light on the stomach and helps in a better digestion. Now imagine replacing your regular fruit salad with the awesome Honey fruit salad. Or having the wholesome Honey chilli cauliflower for snacks. A honey diet will help you enjoy the smoothies and shakes you deserve in a summer season but not let you gain those extra pounds you were afraid of. And as a bonus, it will help you in maintaining a great health!!

Then why those crash diets when you can have the real goodness of honey and eat what you want? Feel like it? Check out http://www.daburhoney.com/ and go ahead with your honey diet today!


A friend of mine once told me that no matter which part of India you’re in, it is very easy to strike a conversation with anyone. Simply ask them if they like Sachin Tendulkar or not, no matter what their answer is, it is a guarantee that they’ll know who you’re talking about. And this is a fact. Cricket is more than a sport in India, it is like a religion, one that does not distinguish between people of any color or caste or sex. May it be the exciting world cup semi final between India and Australia or the amazing T20 Finale between India and Pakistan, I’ve seen people literally on the edge of their seats, cheering on every dot ball and getting tensed if the opponents scores even a single.

It is easy to imagine a scenario when a very important cricket match clashes with an important work. Hell, I’ve experienced it myself. I still can’t believe I had to miss 80% of the T20 World cup final because of my IITJEE Coaching. Not to mention I couldn’t catch live the historic moment when Yuvraj Singh hit six sixes back to back in an over to make a new record! But that was way back, a time when people like didn’t have high-end phones or laptops. Today, it’s different. Unlike those times, you have an option to take the game with you. And it actually happened recently, when Sachin Tendulkar played his last test match and we were all curious to see his last speech as a cricketer. It was a working day, we were all in office. So we used the live streaming option to quench our cricketing thirst. But still we faced many problems, like a slow connection and the stream breaking at times. Many times we wished we had better options. And guess what, we do!

Let me tell you about the UC Browser, one of the very few browsers that I’ve genuinely liked. Not because of the common features that it offers better, which it does, but there is a lot more to it. And the sweetest one is the UC Cricket. As the people at UC put it, “You can Surf it All, Surf it Fast with UC Browser, it’s faster, easier to use with seamless transitions. It features UC Cricket which is a space dedicated for every cricket fan, connecting them to the match wherever they are.”

Amazing , isn’t it? There’s so much to it that you can’t imagine. You can simply stay connected to your favorite game all the time. You don’t have to wait for the thing to browse anymore; it will load before you know it. You get to watch the game no matter where you are, maybe on a date, or on a hiking trip. Just take a break and catch up with your game, or maybe not, simply watch it as you go. I’m sure your date will understand, perhaps watch it with you! After all, it’s THE game everybody wants to watch. So don’t wait, check out http://www.ucweb.com/ now and get your favorite browser and stay connected via UC Cricket. It’s simple: Just Open UC Browser – HomeScreen – Find “UC Cricket” with blue icon. And get your amazing feed of Live Scores, Results, Latest news and Videos.

Courtesy: UC cricket

Courtesy: UC cricket

And don’t forget to watch this video:


Recently a friend of mine asked me to recommend a smartphone to him. Before he could tell me his requirements, I said Asus Zenfone 2. Well, I was too excited, but then I asked him to first tell me more about his budget and requirements from the phone. So he said he wanted something under 20,000, with the latest technology and a cool camera. So I said it again, go for the Asus Zenfone 2. And it makes sense; why would you spend so much in a phone when you can get the same or even better specs at such a less price? Gone are the days when there was just one brand and everything revolved around it. Today the customer wants the best, and there’s hundreds out there trying to provide that.

So why the Zenfone 2, you ask? Let me give you my reasons.

  1. Let’s begin with the first thing everybody looks for in a phone these days; The Processor. The Zenfone 2 comes in 2 models, and both have a Quad core processor, and trust me, it is what you need given the speed with which the app market in India is evolving. Almost all the online shopping, travel, banking companies want you to use their app. I think you’ll need a Quad core to handle all of that. Not to mention that it’s a 1.8 GHz processor, so even that 1.5 GB HD game of yours can be played seamlessly.
  2. Camera. With a 13 MP back and 5 MP front camera and 1080p Video recording, this phone is actually saving you a lot of money since you’ll probably not need to buy a digicam.
  3. Memory. Talking about the RAM, we got two models that offer 2 and 4 GB RAM. Yep, 4 GB, I’m not kidding. Not only is the Zenfone 2 the first such phone to offer this, it works like a charm. You can read the reviews yourself. And even for the ROM you have multiple options in 16/32/64 GB, not to mention the expandable memory that can add upto another 64 GB to your phone.
  4. Talking about the display, it’s a Corning Gorilla Glass 3, or what you may call the state of the art technology. A 5.5 Inch screen with a 403 ppi, trust me, you are looking at one of the finest screens in the category.
  5. Battery. It should’ve been the first point, but now that we’re here, how would you like your phone to have so many amazing features and still last for a whole day? It won’t sound so unreal when I tell you that this smartphone of yours is loaded with 3000 mAh battery. Even the best phones in this class offer a 2300 mAh. Oh, and it has a speed charging system, so the first 60% gets done in just 40 minutes… Sweet, isn’t it?
  6. With such a wide range of options available, it would be a shame if you can’t get the color of your choice. So let me make it easy for you with a picture.Too.Many.Options!!
  7. This is where most discussions of us Indians end, Price! So how much does it cost? Well, given the brand and looking at the features alone, I was expecting a big number at first. I mean, I have bought phones worth over 30000 that have less features than these. But here’s the good part, this range of Asus Zenfone 2 is available from 12,999 (2 GB Model) to 22,999 (4 GB Model). And if that doesn’t make you buy it right now, I don’t know what will!

Choosing a phone can be a tricky task. A phone stays with you for probably the longest time in a day compared to anything else and no matter what you use it for, it is one of the most important gadgets you own. In short, it just has to be the best. It’s a good thing that Asus has made it easier for you. Go make it your next phone. Good luck.

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