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My favorite selfie.
This was taken by me 2 years back when we were in Mangalore on a family trip.
I am not a very water loving person and when my husband with his cousins were enjoying the water rides I was busy sitting on the shore with my son playing in the mud. I was clicking pictures of the calm sea and its surrounding when I just realized my son (who was on my lap) was looking at me with so much love and affection. I quickly changed to selfie mode and took a selfie.This was my best “Selfie experience” and frankly speaking one of the first time my “Selfie camera” was used. This is when I experienced what our elders always tell -” we are so busy capturing beauty far/elsewhere that we fail to realize that beauty is within us and with us.”
I really wish I had Mobiistar phone’s front, dual “Selfie camera” that captures a 120° wide-angle shot. One has to buy this for the best “Selfie Experience” . I checked the details here Mobiistar . Very soon this will be available on Mobiistar on Flipkart
I always had the mindset that good restaurants serve fresh and clean food. I never liked eating from the street side eateries… My brother, husband tried convincing me many times but I never gave in to their persuasion.
Until one day when me along with my sister in law and husband were out at around 10PM. We had gone out for a long drive and we were on our way back home when we all thought of eating something outside. I am sure you all know how the urge is to eat some thing nice, hot on a rainy day.
We were in JP Nagar, Bangalore and we started looking for a restaurant. Almost all were on the verge of closing or the ones that were open were full of people. We were thinking of going back home when we saw a small cart which had a nice shade made and there were a few people eating dosas and noodles. My husband looked at me and I just said OK with a heavy heart.
My Sister in Law ordered Egg dosa and my Husband ordered for plate of Gobi Manchurian. I told them that I needed little time to decide.A young boy came and served us what we had ordered. I was shocked. What I saw was 2 clean plates on which there was a clean plastic cover on which they had served the food. I was really shocked and also delighted at what I saw. I was happy that I was proved wrong and all my misconceptions were now cleared.
Post that we ordered another dosa , Egg noodles, vada and all this cost us only 250/- I would recommend this eatery to anyone who is in Bangalore and nearby JP nagar. There is a playground right in front of Innisfree school/ RV dental college. This eatery is in the corner outside the playground Another landmark is Rangashankara -JP Nagar. This is open post 7PM and is open until 11.00 PM. I can truly say that this was a Savior to my hungry tummy that day. 🙂
I belong to the generation who got their cell phones only post finishing college and getting a degree. Back then cell phones were considered an item of luxury and as every other parent of then , even my parents thought that it was a distraction.
However post completing my graduation I got my first cellphone, A basic model and I was on cloud9. Slowly the models changed and then came the era or smart phones. Thanks to the smart phones we can access internet whenever we want and wherever we are. No need to carry laptops or cameras during vacations as a small smart phone does the job. So all in all life became much simpler , all thanks to the smart phone,
Problems started a little later when sow;y people began to realize that smart phones do have their own defects. For instance battery dying out is one such common problem. I can browse internet and use my cell phone provided I keep charging the cell phone every hour.I can click impeccable pictures provided I have a steady hand and I do not shake my cell phone. I can keep clicking pictures and saving them provided I have enough memory in my cell phone, if not then I would surely need a Data Card.
For a person like me all this means a lot of work. as if taking care of a small kid and a family is not enough I need to put lot of effort in taking care of my smart phone. This is when I read about the ASUS ZenFone 2. A smart phone especially made for people like me who do not have much time due to the daily chores.
A phone with a 4gb Ram. Wowwww no need to think about space and no need of deleting items or apps to create space, Isn’t it a wonderful feeling. A technology where the battery can be charged really fast. Isn’t that awesome. So after a tiring day if i go to bed without charging my cell phone I still do not need to worry too much about it as a little time in the day is enough to charge my phone’s battery. With the phone’s Pixel master camera I do not have to be a professional photographer as I an capture high resolution pictures at day and most importantly I can click the same quality pictures at night (dark) too. I love clicking pictures of my little baby, but all thanks to my cell phone’s flash my baby is always startled. Now I can good pictures of my bundle of joy without startling him i.e. without the flash. These are just a few features that I came across. But from what I have heard this cell phone has host of many such features.
Thanks to http://www.asus.com/Phones/ZenFone_2_ZE551ML/. for such an awesome invention 🙂
After this topic was announced the first thing that came to my mind was : what is e governance?
I am sure many others would have actually tried to know what exactly this means post reading the topic. As per my understanding and in common man terms is making all the government services available to the people in a country using information or communications technology/electronic media. This immediately brings a very colorful picture where we are not going through lot of paperwork or not standing in long queues on a hot sunny day.
However as the topic rightly mentions for all the public services to be delivered effectively, country needs to be digitally sound as I feel implementation of e-governance is not a simple task. It is a highly complex process and considering the population of India if the services need to be available to all we need a lot of competent IT infrastructure i.e. Networking, hardware, software etc . A lot of research and development must have gone into this as the capacity needs to be planned also we need a proper support team in place to ensure that there are no technical hitches.
In short there is a need for the best IT infrastructure for the E governance plan to be successful and if Intel is committed towards digital India then we can surely be in peace as we are in safe hands. We are depending on a company which is one of the ‘ World’s most valuable brands’ according to Forbes and is one of the ‘100 best companies to work for’ according to fortune list.
I am not a very tech savvy person. I use laptops, high end phone but I am not a person who will try to check how best my phone’s camera works or what GB memory card is required or what processor is the laptop using etc. But when this topic came up I did my own research on these simple thing and noticed that most of the laptops have the Intel core processors. I sat with tech savvy husband and he made me go through the array of products that Intel has and I was stunned at the magnificence.
We are talking about an e governance plan in India where the population is in crores. That itself shows how huge the project is going to be and how much the government would need to invest in the IT components. So we need a company whom we can trust in terms of quality and load and what else we ask for other than Intel.
The company has the best processors:
Networking products :
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But there is surely one thing that we all need to think about. When we speak about providing services using electronic media , are all the citizens of India in a position to use this efficiently. when we speak about the rural people or the underprivileged , can they use technology comfortably? when I tried to find answer to this , the faith that I had in Intel was reinstated as they are undertaking numerous programs to increase the digital literacy in people
So I would conclude that if Intel , http://www.intel.in/ is committed towards our government’s vision of a #DigitalIndia then the day is not far when we will at the comfort of our homes get to enjoy the government services at the click of a button without the hassles of paperwork or long queues 🙂
I truly believe that happiness is any thing that can bring a smile on your face .
My mom making breakfast or any food item that I love, my little baby smiling at me when I play with him, cuddling with my lovely husband on a lazy Sunday afternoon , Small fights with brother and acting as if nothing has happened when parents intervene, taking my parents out for dinner after getting my first salary, getting a compliment for doing some good work, appreciation from managers in office, a bottle of coke on a hot day, spending time with family and close friends, a beautiful flower in a garden,a random smile in a crowded bus from a small kid after a tiring day at work, seeing youngsters helping elderly citizens cross roads or doing one such deed yourself, a yummy chocolate when u are too lazy to cook something,on a crowded road vehicles making way to ambulance irrespective of their commitments surely makes me smile and gives me tremendous happiness.
It is practically really difficult to list out all the things that spreads happiness as the list is really long, on the contrary it is endless. I can just go on and on.
But one particular moment I remember particularly is Just spending time with college friends in canteen and sharing a bottle of coke. The atmosphere was that of continuous chatter and the time used to fly like anything. This is the very reason why a bottle of coke still makes me smile as it makes me nostalgic. It makes me remember the good old days.
We decided to have a reunion last year and me, along with a few friends got in touch with my other friends and decided a neutral venue for the meet. It was so exciting to meet them after years. Most of us were married with kids and we were sure there would be lot of changes. Thanks to Facebook we were kind of used to seeing the pictures of each other. The day we met it was amazing and as I rightly mentioned we had all changed. A few had put on weight , a few had lost weight, a few who looked like nerds looked really smart. But one thing had not changed and that is COKE. That broke all the differences and initial awkwardness. Love coke forever.
As a simple human being I feel happiness is all around us. One can feel it and can spread it too. It just depends on how we perceive it. My family, My friends, My hobbies, My passion, My dreams sums up happiness.
Thanks to http://CokeURL.com/96jnc. for giving me a chance to share my route to happiness 🙂
Just when I was beginning to feel that I had a perfect life with a Lovely family, Loving husband, Well paid job , I discovered that i was going to be a mother. Environment around me was ecstatic. My parents, My in laws, My husband and all the relatives were all excited and so was I.
Months passed as I was getting pampered from all sides. I was enjoying the phase where I was getting all the love and attention. Things were all nice as they show in typical Bollywood movies.Finally the day came when I delivered and there I was, a mother of a baby boy. It was all awesome.
The reality started sinking in slowly. After the painful normal delivery that I had, all I wanted to do was rest/Sleep but my baby wouldn’t allow me to do so.As I belong to a typical Indian family I had to adhere to certain rules post my delivery. I was so used to going out every weekends and spending time with friends or family, Here I was home bound. Me, a major foodie was only given a few selective food items to eat. I was on a maternity leave , hence no office for 6 months. I was not allowed to eat what i wanted or felt like . I couldn’t walk barefoot. i was told not to get any beauty treatments done as it might affect the health of the baby.
I had piled on loads of weight, I was tired, I was bored. I wanted to run away. Away from everyone and have some quality time with self. I wanted to shout and tell everyone that I wanted to do things that I wanted to. Though my doctor asked me to be normal, my parents and in laws said I need to follow a few things to make sure my baby was healthy.
I used to cry alone and used to silently curse myself for getting in to all this. I suddenly started feeling it was good to be alone. Marriage, kids and family was a big responsibility which all of a sudden looked too much for me to handle. I spoke to my doctor and I was told that I may be suffering from depression and I was told to do yoga , listen to music and divert my mind. Nothing seemed to work.
Months passed and each day seemed like a drag. That is when a miracle happened. My baby looked at me and gave me the warmest smile. It was the most innocent and the most gentlest smile on earth. It was as if my baby was telling ” mummy I understand what you are going through and don’t worry it will all be OK, I am with you”. I was in tears. I hugged my baby tight and he giggled. That was it. I realized how much all that I had gone through was worth it. I realized that being a mother was magical. There was a sudden rush of emotions and I was just looking into my baby’s eyes. He was continuously smiling. That day changed my mind. I was a different person from the next day.
Now after a year of being a mother , that day still brings tears to my eyes. It was pure magic. I simply love my son and I am proud to be a mother. Thanks https://housing.com/lookup. for the opportunity to let me share my feelings.
Isn’t it an amazing feeling when you have a family that understands you and has complete faith in you?
I Stay in Bangalore and I am blessed with such parents who have always believed in me and have given me the required freedom. I grew up in an environment which was free of restrictions. The rules were same for me an my brother. Nothing special just because he was a boy.
I finished my schooling. Enjoyed my college life and finished my graduation. I decided to do post graduation which my parents were expecting as I come from a family of highly educated people. I even got a well paid job as soon as I finished my post Graduation. Things were all perfect when my parents started discussing about my marriage plans. That is when I felt my life was going to change.
I was not ready to give up on my life , start afresh with a new family, change my habits and give up on any of my dreams. I was scared that my life was going to take a 360 degrees turn.I decided to stay unmarried. That is when I realized that my parents who had always been so supportive suddenly started brain washing me and forcing me into getting married.
I decided that moving out of home would be the best choice given the situation. I got another job which was in another city , however I heard a ‘NO’ from my parents again as they said its not the right thing to do as that point of time as they wanted me to get married and settle down and not venture out on my own in a new place.I convinced my parents that this was important for my career.
I moved to a new city, new home, new people. I set up things from the scratch. the new employer gave me a guest house till I could find a house for myself. I used to complete my work as soon as possible so that I could do some House hunting in the evening.There were days when I was so tired that i did not have the mood to cook and survived on Maggi. At one point I thought of going back. But then it was a test of my strength and I had to come out as a winner.
I went to the office one day and was tired after a day’s work when I noticed a familiar face in the office. It was my school mate. I was so happy to find someone familiar and ran to him. I tapped on his back and when he turned I asked “is that you Vikas?” . He recognized me and told me that he had also shifted recently along with his parents to the city. He took me home where his parents welcomed me with a warm smile and I also had dinner there. Home cooked food felt like heaven.
Days passed and he helped me find a new home and helped me in finding stuff at reasonable price for my new house. we used to discuss what we wanted to do in life and he was always supportive of the same. He used to take me home many times and spending time with his family made me feel good.
it was more than a year and my parents grew worried about me and decided to come and meet as it was a long time and they wanted to know if I was doing good. When they reached I had a meeting so Vikas picked them and dropped them at my place. He spent some time with them, made them comfortable and then left the place. When I reached my home in the evening my mom with a big smile told me “I think we have found our son in law”. They meant Vikas. I was taken aback but when I gave it a thought It made sense. I was comfortable with his family and he was a great human being who knew what I wanted to do.
After 2 successful years of marriage with Vikas, i can proudly say that One just needs to believe in their instincts. Trust your dreams and you shall always attain it .
Thanks https://housing.com/. for giving me a space to share this.