Friday, January 20, 2017

Should we expect support in today's world

In today’s world when people talk about being independent and self-reliant, should we expect from our near and dear ones to support us during our bad times or during the struggling phase of life changing decisions.

No doubt being self-reliant is very important, furthermore self-actualization is needed for personal growth also it helps us function better in the society but life is so unpredictable that we have no surety of what will happen tomorrow. In such situations or decisions if things go wrong we would expect some support from our closed ones, especially on the emotional end.

Here are some examples -:
I had a friend whose best friend’s parents passed away in an accident.
She was broken like hell and needed support in every possible way.
What my friend did was the best support he could provide her, he married her. Today both are living a great life.
Another example is of a close friend who unfortunately had to suffer from a year drop because of an allegation put on her which she was not at all connected to. The examiner did ask her to write the paper again after 2 hours of exam time but she took the decision to not write it again but take the matter to the higher level.
Though things didn’t go as she expected and the allegations were made more severe which caused her to bear a year drop.
She was utterly depressed and upset. She took the decision what she felt was right at that time but things didn’t go as she thought.
At that point of time her near and dears ones, especially her bf and parents were quite supportive and helped her to come out of this terrible situation.

The Last example I will quote is of yet another very good friend of mines.
It was the end of 2014 and his mother was not keeping well. In spite of several medications, she showed negligible improvement. At that time he was quite tensed and worried about her health and needed someone to pour down his emotions. One of his best friends came as a savior. She not only took care of him but also his mother. Eventually,his mother showed signs of improvement. He proposed his friend for marriage as he knew that he could count upon her during the bad phases of his life.
Most importantly there was a feeling of security with her.

All these examples show that your near and dear ones who can be your partner or best buddies do support you during the bad phases of life but there are other examples too which prove them utterly wrong.

People have left their loved ones as per their convenience with the reasoning that as the decision was of the concerned person so eventually the problems are also his/her own and hence he/she has to suffer it alone.

The bottom-line is, though people have grown a bit more selfish and self-centered but still,  there are many generous souls in this world.
Yes,the need of the hour is to be more self-reliant and self-dependent but when the platter of life serves terribly bad times, it is good to have it together with a bunch of trustworthy souls than alone.



Sunday, January 15, 2017

The two most difficult things in the world

Life is a journey where we meet a lot of people at different phases.
Some give us a helping hand while we are in trouble while some make us realize that we have to rise on our own.
Some motivate us to follow our passions while some discourage us for various reasons.
Some love us selflessly while some confront us with the harsh reality of life that you are needed only until the time you are important to someone.
Some get a place in our heart while some are privileged enough to make it to our ass..:P

Each chapter of life brings along with it a new experience which has its own series of struggles, hardships, success stories and learnings.
A man drives from one experience to another which is the milestone in the journey of life but there are two major roadblocks that slow down his pace.

These roadblocks are actually the two most difficult decisions/things in this world.

The first one is to “Accept one’s mistake and say sorry”.
We tend to make mistakes and hurt a number of people intentionally or unintentionally due to our thinking and actions during the course of our journey. And then comes the most difficult part which is to accept it and say sorry to the concerned person.

But we can’t blame anyone as saying sorry has become outdated.
The coolest thing in today’s world is to be selfish and self-centered.
Emotions, feelings and love are mostly found in the emojis on social media as they rarely make it to the heart.
Being heartless is the new trend in the market; very soon you can wear tees with that written on it.
People love their comfort and convenience even more than their parents, so whoever you are, they don’t care. And if the decisions though taken together affect their comfort and convenience, they will leave you to suffer alone as doing so is part of their morals.
And you dare even expect a sorry from them as thinking like that also is the biggest act of foolishness.



The second most difficult thing in this world is to “Forgive someone
You can forget a person who has betrayed, used or cheated you but you will never be able to forgive them.
Forgiving a person who has brutally plundered your heart is the biggest act of humanity. 

But in today’s world revenge is considered as the most beloved act of humanity as it is the path to nirvana, that’s what people think, I suppose.
Couple of day’s back I came across these 2 headlines -:
A guy tried to choke his ex-lover in a cab and second, Husband shot the bf of his wife who died later.
And there are number of such cases happening on daily basis where people choose revenge over humanity.


So if a person forgives you for the wrong you have done, you don’t have to say those 3 golden words but just a simple and sober “Sorry” as today the act of forgiveness is very uncommon in common people.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Why Distance BBA Is Better Than Online BBA

While an online BBA course in India has its set of advantages, it is imperative that students and parents understand the importance of a distance learning BBA course in India too. 

Access to universities

A student can enroll for an online BBA anywhere in the world- all he/she needs is an internet connection. Distance learning BBA programs, although few, are accessible around the world as well.

Classes

While an online BBA is dependent entirely on the internet, a distance learning BBA course involves a mix of online as well as traditional face-to-face classes.

Learning methodology

An online course is purely online, which means all the classes can be accessed on the internet. With distance learning courses, students follow a schedule, much like an academic year of a regular college. Their course material is made available to them via online formats and physical correspondence.

Responsibility of learning

In an online BBA course it is solely the student’s responsibility to catch up with the course. A distance learning BBA course on the other hand, offers guidance from staff as and when needed.

Opportunity for growth

An online BBA is relatively easier to get compared to a distance learning BBA course. A distance learning BBA degree adds value to a professional’s resume since it is considered equivalent to a degree from a regular university.


Distance courses are also easily recognized and accepted in the industry when compared to online courses. 



Monday, November 21, 2016

Aaj dil kuch bechain sa hai..!!

Ye ehsaas kuch ajeeb sa hai
Aaj dil kuch bechain sa hai..!!

Kafi dino baad dil ke hile se kuch taar hai
Lagta hai kisi ne dastak di bar bar hai..!!

Dara sahma sa ye dil to bada udas tha
Jaane kis shaks ne lagayi ye nayi si aas hai..!!

Ae dil kya tu sahi mai tyaar hai ?
Is bar tujhe chaut nahi lagegi is cheez ka tujhe vishwas hai ?

Dil bejuban hai par ye jazbat kuch ajeeb sa hai 
Pata nahi kyo aaj dil kuch bechain sa hai..!!



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Adlabs Imagica : First Impressions

Adlabs Imagica, the most popular theme park of India is located in Khopoli, around 150 kms from Mumbai. First look of this dreamy land makes me recall my memories of Disneyland in Orlando, USA.
We can call it mini Disneyland.

With addition of Snow and Aqua Park, Adlabs Imagica has become a complete family destination.
Recently I got the opportunity to review the park and here is my take on it.

Snow Park

Snow Parks always excite me and this time was no different.



Things that I loved here -:
1. Snow Park is big enough to accommodate a good chunk of people hence you get sufficient space to enjoy and have fun.
2. Sliding from the top in a tube is definitely a must try thing.
3. The disc plays some good music and it is fun dancing amid the snow.
4. Lot of snow to throw at each other.
5. Sofa made up of ice where you can sit and get snapped.

Things that can be improved on -:
1. The hall where you put on the attire required to get in the Snow Park, stinks a lot.
2. The time for each session is a bit less which can be increased to 45 minutes.

Aqua Imagica
We only did a tour of the park as we were short of time.



Though we didn't try any rides here but from the info the tour guide gave us and from the look and feel, I can conclude the below -:
1. There are lot of rides which are suited for people of all age segments.
2. If you are expecting rides with lot of twists, turns and drops, you won't be disappointed.
3. Apart from the general attractions like Aqua Disc and Wave pool with sea like waves there are quite a good no of rides which offer you a great thrilling experience.



a. Loopy Woopy - If you are a speed lover this one is for you.
Plummet through a 39 ft. vertical drop into a 360-degree
looping slide of speed and exhilaration.

b. Swirl Whirl
- This exhilarating ride takes you through a
thrilling series of twists and turns, and then plummets you into         the core of the funnel where you share 4 to 5 near-vertical
oscillations before exiting the flume into the final plunge.

c. Twisty Turvy
- The exciting gravity-defying coaster with hair-
raising drops and breath-taking curves. It blasts riders uphill on        water jets, launching them into the ‘Super Bowl’ with centrifugal
forces keeping them high on the wall for several turns, and
ending through an enclosed flume into a splashdown pool.

d. Not to forget the wave pool at Imagica is a regular for famous
DJs.




Theme Park
Finally it was time to explore the magical land which is also called Mini Disney Land.



Things that I liked here -:

1. Rides -:
There are rides for all kind of people here.
If you love to feel the adrenaline rush and thrill while twisting and swirling in the roller coaster rides, here are some great options.

a. Nitro - India's biggest and craziest roller coaster ride which will
take your excitement to a completely different level.

b. Dark Space - India's first roller coaster which runs in dark.
Feeling the adrenaline rush in a completely dark dome that too at
crazy speeds is a pure bliss.

c. Scream Machine - This gigantic rotating Pendulum ride makes
you recall those childhood days of Columbus, a ride similar to
it.Most of us who have enjoyed Columbus, this ride is a pure bliss.



d. Wrath of Gods - This is a great special effect show using air, water and fire.



e. Rajasaurus River Adventure - A good Story telling with an
awesome splash at the last.

f.  I for India - Witnessing the magnificent India from a helicopter's height is a unique lifetime experience.

g. Mr India - When one of my favorite movies of the childhood goes 4D, it has to be awesome.



2. Food -:
The variety and taste is good though the price is slightly on a
higher side.

3. Photographer's paradise -:
The walls of Imagica are painted and decorated so beautifully that
you will find a lot of photography  opportunities here.










4. Parade -:
The grand parade is one of the most popular attractions of Imagica
which shouldn't be missed.
Amazing dancers, famous cartoon characters and beautiful
tableau will definitely make you go gaga.

                           


Things that can be improved
1. Laser show was good but I had much more expectations from it.
There is a lot of scope to make it more creative, innovative and
unique.
2. The price of food and stuff in stores is a bit heavy on the pocket.


                             
 


                             


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tata Hexa Test Drive Experience : First Impressions..!!

Tata Motors, one of the pillars of the most renowned and trustworthy brand of India, Tata, was appearing on the front page of Indiblogger. #Hexaexperience on Oct 22-23 in Hyderabad was on offer.



I love driving and my craziness for cars is immeasurable so when an opportunity to test drive the all new Hexa was on cards, I didn’t want to miss it.
Quickly I went to the Tata Hexa page but this time I was welcomed by an Apply button instead of the conventional Register.
60 seats were on offer for more than thousands of bloggers across Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. I quickly applied and wished for luck.

On a fine Thursday evening I got a call from Swati, the beautiful lady from Indiblogger.
I was on cloud 9 as I knew this was the confirmation call but I preferred to keep my hormone level down till the time I reached the venue.

Day 1
Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Hyderabad was at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
It was great to see lot of similar faces at the airport along with some new ones.

At the Hyderabad airport we were greeted by the team of Novotel who were awesome in their hospitality throughout our stay.
From the airport we were escorted to the Novotel Hyderabad Airport hotel which was in vicinity of the airport.
Sumptuous lunch was awaiting us and we too were damn hungry.

After the lip-smacking meal we registered ourselves and filled up the indemnity form.
It was time to take some rest and get ready for the evening and for that the beautiful rooms were awaiting our arrival with a surprise gift package from Tata. The package included Power Bank and a box of macaroons.

My roommate, Ananth, an entrepreneur and founder of a digital marketing firm was a great company.
We had some healthy conversations and then quickly freshened up as the presentation was going to start soon.

Around 7 we assembled at the Ballroom for the Hexa presentation.
The session started with bloggers introduction. It was great to see the faces behind those amazing blogs.

Soon the stage was occupied with the top officials from Tata Motors.
The all new Hexa was unveiled before us and I was captivated by its macho looks.
SUV has its charm when it is masculine and the Hexa totally had that thing in it.

Mr Ashish Sani, Mr Richard Winsor and Mr Ravindra Jain were quite charged up to explain us the amazing features of Hexa and we were also quite excited to know about the next big thing in the SUV world.











The presentation was followed by Q&A session and a drive briefing for the next day.
All the 60 bloggers were divided into team of 3.









After the Q&A and briefing session it was time for dinner and cocktail party.
Theme based Cocktails and finger licking dishes made up the mood for the party.
Biswa the comedy king and the funny caricature paintings by skilled artisans made sure that the mood remained in full swing throughout the evening.
It was also a great time for some networking and I was glad to connect with lot of great names in the blogging fraternity.


Though we had to wake up early morning around 5:00 a.m. but the booze and the amazing people around were enough to keep us awake till midnight.

Day 2
We were ready around 6:30 a.m. after having delicious breakfast to take the Tata Hexa for a spin.
It was a stretch of 170 kms, 85 kms drive each way. There were 20 Hexas, 10 manual (Arizona Blue) and 10 automatic (Tungsten Silver), each allocated to a team.





I got to drove both the version of Hexa and here is my say about the common features and individual versions.

Common Features

Exterior -:
The first thing that charm your eyes is the masculine body of Hexa.
SUVs are known for their macho looks and Hexa doesn’t disappoint.

Though it looks like an uplifted version of Aria but there is a lot more in Hexa in terms of features, design and comfort which sets a much bolder impression.

The dual colored front bumper is large and has the desired aggression to give Hexa that Macho look.
It houses couple of stylish fog lamps along with a large air dam.
The stretched back projector headlamps with smoked effect complement the assertive front fa├žade.

The side profile is also quite attractive and distinct.

The rear facet is equally stylish as the front one. The USB is the beautiful taillights with first in India patented LED technology. The rear dual colored bumper with chrome accents gels well with the tail lamps and gives Hexa an impactful rear styling.

The 19 inch alloy wheels are muscular and tough.
We drove quite comfortably uphill, downhill, speeding our way on potholes and uneven terrains which I will describe in details in my Off-Roading experience.




Interior -:
The first thing that I look in a SUV is comfort and enough boot space.
Hexa satisfies me on both the aspects.

There are 3 levels of sitting arrangement, two seats on the front and second row and the third row has a bench seat with enough space at all rows.



The interior design is quite sporty and the use of premium material makes it look classy.
The steering wheel looks posh and is equipped with multi functional switches. The front centre console houses infotainment system, AC controls and climate control buttons.

Hexa also comes with a choice of 8 colors for in-cabin ambient moon lighting.

Infotainment System -:
The new-gen ConnectNext Infotainment system comes with a 5 inch touch screen.
At the first glance the screen looks quite small as compared to the enormous size of the SUV.



Anyways moving ahead the system is packed with multiple intelligent features such as playback via FM/AM, USB, iPod, voice recognition, rear view camera, navigation and other on screen display facilities.

Tata Hexa houses 10 JBL speaker system with 4 door speakers, 4 tweeters, a centre speaker, sub-woofer and a power amplifier. The speaker system is incredible as the sound at the highest volumes is also quite powerful, clear and noise free.


The infotainment system can also be integrated with Smartphone apps which include Navimaps App, Juke-Car App and other Tata Smart Remote and Manual Apps.

Safety Suite -:

Tata Hexa comes with 6 airbags, Dual on the front, side and curtain airbags.
The Electronic Stability Program and Traction Control System ensure driver stability and traction.
The ground clearance of 200 mm is quite good for a SUV.
Central locking, parking sensors and driver's belt alert are among the common safety features.

Mileage -:
Mileage of both the versions should be around 14-15 Km/L

Automatic Version

We started the first half of the test drive with A10, which was the automatic version of Hexa.
In the starting I felt that the pickup was not that great as until then I was not aware about the
Sports mode.

As soon as the Sports mode was on, Hexa was cruising like a sports car.
140 km/h mark was touched but there were no signs of jerk or shaking. I was amazed by the control and stability one could experience at such a high speed.

Overall drive was quite smooth and comfortable. Even on the potholes and rough terrain the car was butter smooth.
The only thing where I could find a bit of room for improvement is the flexibility with the Steering Wheel whose handling can be made a notch smooth.

Manual Version

After trying the automatic version it was time to try our hands on the manual one.
The manual Hexa was not that great as the Automatic one, with issues centered around the gearbox.
The gearbox was a bit notchy especially when you shift from 4 to higher gears.

The most talked about feature of Hexa is the "Super Drive Modes" system that comes packed with the Manual Version.



There are basically 4 different modes available which you can choose from.
1. Auto Mode
    This mode is more suited for normal driving conditions.
2. Comfort Mode
    This mode is best suited when you are driving on highways.
    Cruise Control option is also there in both the versions.
3. Dynamic Mode
    When you want to turn Hexa into a sport car, this is the mode to switch to.
    This is where it achieves the max power and acceleration.
4. Rough Road Mode
    This mode comes really handy when you want to explore the challenging off-road driving conditions.

We clocked 160 km/h here and were really satisfied by the control and stability as in the Automatic version.


Off Road Experience

This was the real fun I was waiting for.
The true strength of a SUV shows up in the Off Road driving and man...! I was blown away after experiencing it in Hexa.
It moved swiftly on ice. Driving on a 21 degree slanted surface looked quite comfortable.
Whether it was uphill or downhill drive, Hexa proved how powerful the beast is.
Braking system was phenomenal which was tested on a Sandy surface.
Finally driving on a terribly uneven surface is the real test of any vehicle for the Indian road conditions and to my amazement Hexa performed really well.
Loved the Off Road Experience to the core.
After the Off Road Experience we had lunch, which was quite yummy..!!
Finally we packed our bags as it was time to say goodbye to Hyderabad and leave for Mumbai.



Credit : Hemal Shah


Verdict

The new lifestyle vehicle from Tata, Hexa, is suited for people from all walks of life.
The masculine body, attractive and classy exteriors and interiors, power packed engine, super drive modes and loaded features makes it a player to look out for in the SUV world.

I found the Automatic version better than the manual one as the notchy gearbox in the manual version created some trouble while shifting the gears from 4 to higher levels.
I think the officials from Tata Motors are working on it and will fix it before the launch.
If priced properly this SUV is going to be the next big thing for Tata Motors and will take the SUV world by storm.





Thursday, October 6, 2016

The next hotspot for opportunities - Indore

The commercial capital, education hub and the most populous city of Madhya Pradesh is making its mark on the national level. Counted among the top fastest growing cities in India, Indore is all set to prove its metal as one of the biggest hotspots of opportunities in India.

Biggies of the IT industry, TCS and Infosys, setting their foot in Indore gives a clear indication that the city is all set to be the next favorite destination for IT companies and preferably the next big IT hub of India. Offices scaling on more than 100 acres of land on the super corridor area with 600 crores of investment generating more than 20,000 jobs definitely give a clear perspective of the opportunities that are going to make their way into the city.
Just an FYI, this is the largest office of TCS in the world.

Nationally renowned universities like Symbiosis and Narsee Monjee have already started with the construction of their campuses in Indore with 25 acre of land been allocated to each of them. The city is home to both the elite institute of India, IIM and IIT, with Symbiosis and Narsee Monjee joining the club; definitely makes Indore an inch closer to be counted among the national education hubs of India.

With nationally recognized hospitals like Bombay Hospital, CHRC, Arvindo Hospital, Indore has already made its stand and now 500 acres of land has been allocated on the super corridor area to accommodate major hospitals of India which are showing keen interest in Indore, one of the example is Medanta Group.

It’s also a major opportunity for the investors who are looking to invest into real estate or planning for their dream home.
Super Corridor, the 12 km long ultra modern shaped corridor and areas near it are expected to offer the best returns in real estate sector.
Factors supporting the above argument are vicinity to Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport which is gradually developing into an international airport and home to all major developments which are stated above.


So from all the above information we can draw a conclusion that Indore is going to be the next big thing whether it is education, investment or employment.
All those who consider Indore as just some random city of India, keep your eyes open ;)




Source - Wikipedia