Surf it All! Surf it Fast!

Cricket is a force like no other in our country. It’s like a religion in India. People from all walks of life with different age groups just love the game. It tempts us to skip so many things, be it work, family get-togethers, force us to bunk tuition and sometimes even cancel a date. Don’t take me wrong, I have actually seen people postponing their dates and even rescheduling their wife’s shopping outing just because of the match.

Even famous Aussie journalist Peter Roebuck once said – “On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!!”

From this you would have got a feeling of how BIG Cricket is in India. 

I still remember the recent semi-final world cup match between Ind vs Aus on 26th Mar, Thursday. It was a usual day in our office but most of the people were in no mood to work that day because of that match. Australia batted first and scored 328 runs on the board. While India got a good start but they lost their way in between resulting in a disappointing heartbreaking loss. Here are few pics of our office staff while cheering the Indian team from the very start. Yes, it led to a decrease in our work efficiency but who cares if India is playing a crucial cricket match and that too in a world cup.

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This was during the office hours but there are times when you’re outside and want to catchup with the match but because of the low internet speeds, you just can’t and it builds up a kind of frustration. Recently I’ve downloaded UC web browser and was really surprised with its speed in loading videos and web-pages. You can Surf it All, Surf it Fast with UC Browser, it’s faster, easier to use with seamless transitions. It also features UC Cricket which is a space dedicated for every cricket fan, connecting them to the match wherever you are.

Do checkout this cool video featuring famous cricketer Yuvraj Singh. This video shows that slow browsing speeds and downloads are a real pain sometimes. And how Yuvraj Singh solves this problem for a fellow victim of slow browsing. #YuviSurfsUC

And if you want to know more about UC browser, do visit this web-site http://www.ucweb.com/ for more details. Android users can download the same from this page. If you want to join them on Facebook and Twitter, you can do it here and here respectively.

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External Hard Drives

Every compute or a laptop these days have its own internal hard drive for storing all your data and files, however if you’re running short of the storage space and want more, what comes to your rescue is the – External Hard Drives. They usually connect through USB and provides an affordable way to share/store files on computer. There are a number of advantages because of which hard drives are being used by every professional these days:
a) Extra storage space of large capacity: Because of the advancement in technology, people these days like to keep all their old stuff handy and safe. With the kind of large storage capacity hard drives have, they prove to be really beneficial
b) Backing-up important data: Large capacity hard drives are also used to back-up important information. In case of a sudden computer or laptop crash, they provide an alternative source for that useful data
c) Sharing of data: Hard Drives also provides an easy way to transfer data from one computer to other. They can be plugged into any computer and will also be supported instantly without needing to install any drivers.
d) Ease of use / convenience: Like I said above, one doesn’t have to install any drivers in the computer to make hard drives work, they can easily be plugged into any of the computers to make them work
e) Security through encryption: Some hard drives also provides a way to encrypt all or some of the data present so that if someone opens it without permission is not able to access the data by any means

Apart from this, buying external hard drives is very easy. One can buy the same through online stores too without any hassles. These not only provides good discounts but also a great way to compare and then finalize on one.

Are you using an external hard drives? Why is it important to you? Let me know in the comments.

The Power of Togetherness

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This post is not about one single memorable day but a memorable journey with my life partner who gave me the strength and motivation at a time during which I required the most.

There was a time when things were not going good for me. I completed my B.Tech in 2007 in Electronics and communication. After that, I didn’t want to pursue the tech. field any further OR even get placed in a technical role in any of the reputed companies as I was way too bored with the subjects that I cleared 🙂 Hence I paused my life a bit, took a step back and thought what could be the best way to approach life or I’d should say my professional career going forward.

After some so-called introspection, I decided to prepare for MBA entrance exams as I thought this would be the best way to completely shift from an engineering background to a non-engineering one 🙂

Deciding to go for the MBA entrance exams was one thing, preparing for the same was another but the hardest was scoring well and getting into one of the reputed MBA schools. To prepare for the exams, I did two things:

a) Moved to a different place within Delhi with two of my best buddies

b) Joined one of the coaching institutes which gave me all the preparation material which was required

Apart from these, the coaching institute’s faculty was good and very supportive with every student. The preparation went well for initial month, but after that the coaching institute started taking mock tests where the actual realization happened 🙂 One after another, I scored below par in each of them and this had a negative impact on my confidence as well as preparation. Me and my buddies who were preparing with me scored well but not that well to expect a call from any of the reputed B-schools. We used to have long conversations with each other on the approach or tactics we should deploy to counter our low percentile in mock-tests, but we weren’t able to think of anything concrete which could save us.

I also used to discuss all this with my girlfriend and ultimately she came to my rescue. She showed confidence in me as she knew if I work hard and stick to it, I would definitely get entry into any of the reputed B-schools. Because of her belief in my abilities and dedication, I did clear entrance exam of one of the reputed institutes. Even today, I still remember our phone calls and meetings where she used to push me to work hard for it.

I just want to thank her to give me power, making me remain optimistic during those difficult times. Without her, this wouldn’t have been possible 🙂

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Quikr Brings Quikr NXT With Instant Chat & Free Home Delivery

 

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This blog-post is a part of Quikr’s Indiblogger happy hours campaign for their latest instant messaging service Quikr nxt. For more details, you can visit this web-page.

First, let me tell you something about the company. Quikr has more than 30 million active users, and Nxt is the latest in a line of product innovations by Quikr, including Maximum Selling Price (MSP), the Missed Call service and the like. Quikr operates in over 13 categories and 170 sub-categories including mobile phones, household goods, cars, real estate, jobs, services and education. As per the recent reports, Quikr raised around USD 60 million led by U.S. investor Tiger Global Management with participation from the existing investors Warburg Pincus, Omidyar Network, eBay Inc , Kinnevik, Matrix Partners India, Nokia Growth Partners and Norwest Venture Partners.

The company recently launched Quikr Nxt, an instant messenger on mobile as well as desktop site to enable seamless transactions between users. This new feature lets sellers chat instantly with buyers through its mobile app, mobile site and desktop site. Quikr Nxt users can also safeguard their privacy by opting to not share their mobile numbers but can still connect with prospective buyers or sellers.

As per their website, main advantages of this feature would be:

1) Keep Your Number Private: Quikr Nxt assures you complete number privacy. Interact with prospective buyers or sellers directly via Chat, without ever revealing your number.

Here’s how one can keep your number private:

● Click on Post Free Ad

● In ‘Your Contact Information’ section, click on ‘Maintain My Privacy’

● Your number is now private, go ahead and Post the ad without any worries!

2) Chat At Your Convenience: Now chat at your convenience with multiple prospects rather than talking to them. Quikr NXT puts you back in control of online buying and selling!

3) Keep Track Of All Your Chats: With Quikr NXT, all your past chats are available a glance. So you don’t have to remember a thing – they’ll do it for you!

As per TheHindu, while launching the product, Quikr CEO and founder Pranay Chulet said the feature could revolutionise the domestic digital classifieds industry. It allows buyers and sellers to immediately get in touch through chat, using Quikr’s mobile app, mobile site and even its desktop site. “The benefits of Quikr Nxt are that buyers/sellers do not need to share their contact number or e-mail address and the only point of reference is the Quikr ID. This prevents bombarding by multiple e-mails and phone calls and safeguards the user’s privacy,” Mr. Chulet said. “E-mails are not real-time and phone calls are invasive while chats are most convenient.”

My opinion – All in all, it could be a great product but one has to wait and watch how the market adopts to it. There are still doubts how the target audience would embrace this new technology but coming up with such a feature has put Quikr into forefront in a very competitive market which includes Olx and Junglee. Do let me know your opinion in comments section below!

About the company: Quikr was launched in July 2008 by Chulet and Jiby Thomas, it was originally started as Kijiji India, later it is rebranded as Quikr. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quikr Mauritius Holding Private Limited, which is backed by Matrix Partners India, Omidyar Network, Norwest Venture Partners, Nokia Growth Partners, Warburg Pincus and invested in by eBay Inc.

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My 2014 in blogging

The WordPress.com prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Some cool stats but 2015 would be even bigger!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Power of Voice to Clean India – Swach Bharat

This blog-post is a part of clean India campaign initiated by Strepsils India. For more details, you can visit these web-pages: Indiblogger page, twitter handle, facebook page.

Not so long ago, Mr. Narendra Modi, our prime minister began Swach Bharat campaign on 2nd October, 2014. The campaign is aimed at cleaning India and improving the sanitation facilities all across the country. The campaign itself is a step in the right direction however much needs to be done at the grassroots level. I stay in West-Delhi and I have seen many places around my house which are full of dirt, trash and filth.

In this post, I’ll only talk about a nearby place which needs much cleaning and warrants attention of the concerned authorities at the earliest possible. Here’s what this place currently looks like:

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It’s a barren land and I don’t even remember how long its been like this now. Its been years, none of the concerned authorities have tried to do anything. I even wrote many emails earlier to the Delhi government but no such action was taken. Adding to the situation, people living nearby this place have started throwing their household garbage considering a good/comfortable dumping ground. Even the labor class nearby this place has started using it for pee-ing or toilet purposes. Despite several requests from the RWAs and people living nearby, using this place for toilet didn’t stop. As a result, they came up with a good solution of placing Indian Gods’ images on the walls. Here’s what it currently looks like:akhilsethi randomnomics blog akhil

This has indeed stopped people for pee-ing around this place, however much needs to be done to improve the condition. There has been some construction going on nearby of a proposed police station but I’m not sure when it’s going to be completed. Following are few simple steps I propose to improve the condition of this place:

a) Since it’s a DDA land which is unused for years now, I think govt. can clear all this and create a commercial complex of small shops. This will not only help in revenue generation but also help generate more labor/employment around this area

b) Enforce a hefty fine on anyone who is seen pee-ing around here OR even throwing any kind of garbage. Make people aware about this fine as well as have police around this area who can impose fine on the spot

c) DDA with the help of Sulabh International can also build and maintain toilets here. Having said that, there’s already a toilet nearby at the end of the road but similar to other public toilets in Delhi, there is no maintenance and it stinks when someone passes across it. This will also help in tackling the situation mentioned in above point (b)

Do let me know if you have any other suggestions to improve the condition of this land OR even you’re facing something similar around your area.

As mentioned earlier, this post is a part of #AbMontuBolega campaign from Strepsils. Details of which can be found here http://www.abmontubolega.com/ as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Want to get a google inbox invite?

akhilsethi blog randomnomics Inbox by Google GmailWorking in the digital industry has its own advantages. You can keep yourself updated with the latest developments while having conversations online on various social media channels or even offline with the industry people. Few days back, I got the invite to access Google’s inbox  from one my friends Sachin Uppal. However after getting the access, to my surprise, the ‘invite to others’ button was not visible. I thought, may the same would get enabled in a day or two. Even after waiting for 3-4 days, the button didn’t get enable. Hence I researched on the internet regarding the same and found on one of the Google’s product forums which explained that it usually takes a week to get that option in one’s inbox. This made me calm and after a week or so, I have now got the option to invite others.

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Coming straight to the point, from the 3 invites, I have only 1 left and would be happy to give it to someone who do the following:

1. Subscribe to my blog by entering your email-id on the top-left hand side box
2. Follow me and Rt the following tweet

3. At the bottom, where we can show our care by sharing this post with others, increase your chances of gaining the invite by sharing this blog-post on all social media platforms

So, go-ahead and follow these simple steps and increase your chances to be lucky 🙂 Don’t forget to give the links of your posts where you’ve shared this post on all platforms in the comments sections below, otherwise would be difficult for me to find your shared posts 🙂

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P.S: As I’ve only 1 invite left, my decision of giving the invite to someone among all would be final, binding and even non-contestable! 🙂