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.

Cabs for a pleasant ride home in Delhi

Cabs or Taxis – I’m sure everyone has taken it once in his/her lifetime, be it for going to office, to school or even a friend’s place. They do come for our rescue when we need to reach to a place quickly or when we can’t go from public transport or don’t have any conveyance to commute. Apart from these, they do provide following advantages:

  1. They know their respective cities inside out as they roam the streets full-time, hence you can rely on them to go anywhere
  2. They know about traffic jams and road closures, which allow them to choose the most efficient route to your intended destination
  3. Using a cab can relieve you of the burdens of driving and dealing with these potential obstacles, particularly in a city that may be foreign to you
  4. Taking a taxi allows you to cut down on your door-to-door commute time over driving your personal car as you need not worry about finding parking
  5. Owning a car can also be a pricey endeavor between the cost of purchase, operation and maintenance. Relying on taxicabs can eliminate maintenance, gasoline, insurance and parking costs from your monthly budget
  6. A taxi cab is possibly the fastest form of transportation available because it does not need to make multiple stops, like a bus or train
  7. Most importantly, after any social gathering or an office party, you can rely on them for reaching your home. Yes, don’t drink and drive 🙂

Talking about the scenario in Delhi, there are many AC cab service in Delhi one can take to commute from one place to other. And, because of the high competition, one can also avail regular discounts and offers which they provide from time to time. Delhi offers different types of cabs – one can see from those old Kaali-peeli cabs to new eco-friendly automated ones which you can even book through their mobile applications. One just has to install the app and enter the destination details to book it. All of these provide great experience at different levels. One can even choose any kind of cab to suit any pocket – from non-AC, to AC and premiums ones.

Because of the advanced level of technological automation and different options of cabs services, it is indeed a great place to live in 🙂

BTW, which taxi service do you use usually? Let me know in the comments section!

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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The LOVE Story

This post is about a person’s love story whom I know from my childhood. His story has inspired me a lot and have made me more confident/optimistic in each and everything what I do. The way I approach things, the way I try to remain calm in difficult situations, almost everything is inspired by his love story and yes, the result. 🙂

I won’t get into too much details but the post will give you a fair idea of all the incidents that happened. So, without further ado, here you go. And, to keep it simple and anonymous, I would use ‘B’ as the boy’s name and ‘G’ as the girl’s name.

So, B was from a so-called big town and G was from a small town. After B passed his schooling, he got admission into one of the engineering colleges in that small town where he met G. G was a simple girl with high ambitions; they both met in the second year of college and fell in love with each other. Their relationship continued till the college got over and on the last day, B proposed the girl. The girl didn’t said yes but told him that she will think and let him know later.

B was optimistic and knew that G was also in love with him but afraid of saying a yes. So, B gave G ample time to think about it. Meanwhile their long-distance relationship continued for 4 months. Suddenly, one day G called B and told him that she thinks she is in love with him. Boy got ecstatic and boarded the next morning bus to the small town to meet her and discuss everything in detail. They both met and this word ‘think’ from the above sentence just got removed 🙂

After sometime, G got placed in one of the reputed companies in the big town. So, their long relationship just became shorted because of the placement and as the time passed by, their relationship became stronger and stronger.

After few years, G’s father started receiving lot of  marriage proposals for her daughter and hence he started pressurizing her to get married. G, then told her father about this relationship he had with B. Here father got furious as she was a baniya and the boy was punjabi and doing an inter-caste marriage would be really bad.

However G tried to convince her father about B, his good family and how she would live happy after she would get married afterwards. After upteem number of requests, her father got convinced and agreed but on certain conditions which were – a) there’s won’t be any big function and b) there’s won’t be much people from B’s family on that marriage venue.

B agreed all this and with all support from his parents, family and friends, on the ‘the’ day, he went to the small town with only ten people in two innovas. During the whole journey from big town to small town, B didn’t utter a single word but when they were coming back after the rituals, B only showed her feeling when they crossed the small town. 🙂

The story inspires me a lot and emphasize on the fact that if you want something very badly, all the world conspires you, helps you in achieving that. You just have to be optimistic / positive towards that thing and in the end you will surely achieve the same.

This post was written as a part of indiblogger contest for https://housing.com/lookup.

If you’d like to know more about the details of this story, do get in touch with me here, on my twitter handle.

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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A trip to Pattaya, Thailand

thailand pattaya city  akhilsethi blogpost randomnomicsThey say workplace is your second home and whoever has said that, let me tell you – it’s damn true, it’s like home away from your home! Knowingly or unknowingly, we spend more time at workplace as compared to our home and if we have a good family there, it’s like cherry on the cake, isn’t it?

This post is about my recent trip to Pattaya organized by my current employer @IsobarIndia and this wasn’t the first one. Last year, it was Bangkok and prior to that, it was Dubai. You can call it a good retention strategy or whatever but I really like working here. Yes, it’s just my second agency to work with and I’ve already spent more than 3 years here. Ahh…honestly, I didn’t think that I would be spending this much time at my second agency considering the frequent job hopping which is normal in the early part of one’s career in my industry. But, when you get so many good people whom you can learn, unlearn, bond so much…you can’t leave until the next opportunity is too good! 😛

Coming straight to the post –  it was a 3-day trip starting from Delhi to Bangkok and then to Pattaya for the conference as well as the leisure. We took the Air India flight in the afternoon and reached Bangkok by 7:30 pm. Then we went to Pattaya by bus which took around 2 hours. The stay was arranged at one of the luxury 5-star hotels Dusit Thani Pattaya. Fortunately, I got a sea-side room and let me tell you – the view was simply amazing. Do take at some of the pics that I clicked from the room:

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We checked-in around 11 pm at the hotel, so there weren’t much places to go except one at this point of time. Yes, you guessed it right, we straight-away hit Walking Street. If you don’t know anything about it, check here and here for more details. 😛 I won’t go into much details what we did here, but anyone visiting this part of the world doesn’t miss going here once.

Pattaya is also famous for its spa and massage. Just outside Dusit Thani, there were two spa/massage centres i.e. Savanna (just opposite the road) and Let’s relax (on the left side). Both are good for all the services they provide. And here are their rate cards:

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From the looks of it, I think – let’s relax is comparatively better than Savanna.

I won’t go into much details of what else can you do in Pattaya, because there are tons of websites which can give you that kind of information. Some of the other things that I liked about this place were:

a) Songthaew buses: Youakhilsethi blogpost randomnomics  Pattaya's Songtaews buses can even call them autos with cheap fares and high speeds. Don’t forget to take a ride of one of these at-least once as it’s a really good experience. But do check the internet or even from your tour guide on tips for dealing with Pattaya’s Songthaew buses as it can turn out to be a bad experience.

 

 

b) Tesco Lotus MallIt is at a walking distance from the Dusit Thani hotel, just 10 minutes walk from there and is known for its low prices. Here’s how I came to know about it – It was around 7:30 pm and we were thinking of going to a good market where we can do all the shopping and even all the good bargaining 😛 Fortunately, we met our tour guide just at the exit gate of the hotel and he advised us to go to the lotus mall which not only was a big hypermarket but it was very nearby. One of the things I bought from there was a car freshener for around 50 Bahts, not sure the size of the same but the minimum one you have to buy here in India is more than INR 200, so it was a good deal and I latched onto it 😛

c) FamilyMart and 7Eleven: These are 24 hours open shops in Pattaya that are indeed the lifeline of the city. They have everything starting from cookies, chocolates, cold drinks to even the hard drinks. We bought a pack of beer and chips from one of these. Just remember you can buy alcohol only between 11AM to 2PM and 5PM until midnight. This is because of the reason that it should not be available to school kids when they just leave school.

d) Street-food: Apart from this, if you’re a lover of thai food or seafood and don’t mind indulging yourself in tasting the so-called unhygienic street food, do try it. Managed to find a relevant blogpost here that has more details about the same.

I would leave you with some of the nice pics that I clicked on this memorable trip. If you’ve been to Pattaya or thinking to go there and want to ask something, do drop-in a line in the comments section below and I would be happy to discuss. Till then, Happy Travelling!

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