Thursday, July 05, 2018

Battle of Premium Smartphones

Premium smartphones in the Indian market, until 4-5 years back, was only confined to two brands only. Apple iPhone(iOS) and only Samsung in the Android zone. Premium smartphones constituted any phone above the 30-40,000 price band.  Though there were more than 100 brands fighting for the market share, no one dared to venture into the higher priced segment and played it safe in the < 20,000 price segment.

premium smartphone battle

Some of the top brands were Micromax, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung , Karbon, Asus , Motorola and LG.  But except Samsung , noone had a premium phone in the higher bands. This was because of expensive raw materials, lesser margins and relatively lower purchasing power.

The first two brands to actually break the barrier, offer expensive features at a relatively mid-premium segment was OnePlus and Xiaomi.  At just 20K, the OnePlus One and the 14K Xiaomi Mi3 became a major viral hit. Even some of the brands didn't take these two brands seriously , only to be hurt badly years down the line. The success of these these phones with premium features made the users aware of the need of top quality phones.

It didn't take many years for the launch of premium smartphones by almost every other phone manufacturer, including Huawei, Honor , Vivo and Google. 

Here's a look at the best selling smartphones of 2018 that comes loaded with all the best premium features

OnePlus 6

I have written a detailed review of the OnePlus 6 in my previous post. This premium smartphone, priced at 35,000 comes with a Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM and 64GB capacity. It sports a 6.28″ Optic AMOLED display along with a Dual camera with 16 MP resolution. 

oneplus 6 premium smartphone

Honor 10 

Almost days after the release of OnePlus 6, Honor followed suit and launched their version of premium smartphone, called the Honor 10. This "AI" enabled smartphone was priced at 33,000 and  came with the following features
  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM
  • 5.84 inch Full HD+ Display
  • 24MP + 16MP Dual Rear Camera | 24MP Front Camera
  • 3400 mAh Battery
honor 10 premium smartphone


Google Pixel 2

Though it was released last year, the Pixel 2 is still a popular phone (after a massive price drop of nearly 21,000 rs barely two weeks after it's release). The Pixel 2, offering a pure stock android experience, AR features  came in two versions : 2 and 2XL. The phone had 4GB RAM, 64GB capacity, unlimited online photo storage and a 6' Quad HD display. With a discounted price tag of 40K+ for the Pixel 2 and 52K+ for the Pixel 2 XL it certainly gave a good fight to Samsung's S8. The phone also ranked 98 in DXO mark.

pixel 2 premium smartphone




Asus Zenfone 5Z 


This is a "To be" launched phone from Asus . Asus had a fair share of success when their brand of Zenfone series had a good run , esp the Zenfone 5 around 2014 and disappeared post that. After a brief hiatus, Asus is launching a high-end premium smartphone called the Asus Zenfone 5Z.
The phone launches on 9th of July. The initial launch price is 30,000 for the 6GB, 64GB variant.
The phone comes with a Snapdragon 845 processor,  6.2'  FHD Display  and an Artificial intelligence system(that actually distinguishes between different objects).

asus zenfone 5z  premium smartphone

The Zenfone 5Z has a powerful Adreno 630 Graphics chipset and an Octacore CPU.
Coming to the camera, the Zenfone 5Z comes with a  12MP SonyIMX 363 Sensor camera with a 1.8 Aperture and 4K recording capabilities and promises good low light photography.

Vivo X21

 Though Vivo was always a stronger contender in the 10-20K segment, they made their entry in the premium smartphone segment with the Vivo X21. The phone comes with a 6GB, 128GB ROM, a 6.28' FHD AMOLED Display . However it comes with just a Snapdragon  660 processor (usually available in 15K phones itself) than going for a 800 series. The phone's pricing is quite steep at 36,000 though it has a few premium smartphone features such as in-screen fingerprint scanner, dual pixel sensor camera and face unlock system.



vivo x21 premium smartphone

Which is your favourite pick among these phones and what phone do you currently own?

Friday, June 29, 2018

OnePlus 6 - Detailed Review

It's been a month since I got the OnePlus 6 and having it used quite extensively, exploring all features I have written a quick review of the phone , listing its advantages and disadvantages.

oneplus 6 detailed review


RAM : With 6GB /8GB of RAM (mine is the 6GB variant), the phone functions smoothly even when many applications are running in parallel.

OnePlus Gallery App : Thankfully many stock android phone manufacturers offer only the Google Photos as an inbuilt photo editing/viewing app. But the OnePlus 6 comes with a nice gallery app with easy editing options. Yes, you always have Google Snapseed to edit your photos in an advanced level, but I feel a simple gallery/edit photo app should be provided by manufacturers.

oneplus 6 gallery app


Face Unlock : The face unlock is pretty fast and unlocks in a split second. Even in a dark environment or a low light setting, the face unlock works without an issue .

Gaming : I tried PUBG, Asphalt and a very other less memory intensive games. The phone doesn't lag even for a bit, even in a high graphic mode setting. Yes, the phone slightly tends to heat a bit in gaming (but that's normal for any phone) and nothing of a concern in the least.

Camera : I wasn't initially too convinced about the camera ( given the Pixel 2/S8/Iphone X) are way ahead in camera quality. But I seem to have changed my opinion on the same and totally vouch for the OnePlus 6 camera quality. The lowlight photography is probably one of the best in the industry, portrait pictures are coming out quite beautifully and the 6.2' AMOLED screen just makes it a whole better while viewing the photos.

oneplus 6 photography review

Yet to try the "Manual" mode in detail which involves changing the ISO, White Balance, Shutter Speed modes among other things.

oneplus 6 photography review
Shot at 8.45PM in Besant Nagar Beach with no Flash in Auto Mode

oneplus 6 photography review


Slider Button : Sourced from the iPhone, OnePlus has a mini slider in the top right corner to change from Vibrate - Silent - Ring modes . This comes in super handy when you want to change to a silent mode in a flash without unlocking the phone and navigating to the menu bar and changing it.

Display (Size and Clarity):  I was skeptical about the 6.2' size and if it would be too big for my hands. But it turned out to be good and I am able to hand the phone with ease . The phone is however slippery without a cover and you could go in for a good shockproof case which can protect the phone.
The no notch display is pretty amazing . Do try out IGTV in Instagram to see its full potential.

igtv app review


Battery : The battery though only 3200+ mah , lasts easily a day with a lot of usage
(Whatsapp/Instagram/Facebook/Payment apps etc). The fast charger ensures a full charge in roughly 30-40 mins. Esp when you are heading out somewhere, all you need is 5-10 mins of charge to push it upto 40% in a jiffy.

Things that could have been better in the OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6 ,though retaining the 3.5mm headphone jack unlike other brands has fumbled on the placement of the port. The socket is right next to the USB-C charging port and at the exact position where you hold the phone. So while listening to music, it's almost impossible to message quickly and you need to hold the phone in both hands.

oneplus 6 headphone jack review


The call answering options have been reversed. Almost all phones have a "swipe up" to accept and "swipe down" to reject. But the options have been reversed in the OnePlus. So basically you need to swipe down to accept a call.


The OS though running a close stock android version still has a few buggy issues which needs a bit of fine tuning (Can always be easily fixed by future updates).

Lack of IR : I am not sure how many times I actually used the IR option in my previous phone, but it certainly comes in handy when you want to change the channel (while searching for the remote).

On a whole, would I recommend it : Definitely yes. Great value for money , good camera, excellent display and hopefully longer lasting than other brands.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Indian Fantasy Cricket League

If you are a huge fan of cricket , know each and every player very well and might be able to reasonably guess which player can perform on any given day, this is exactly for you. A fantasy cricket league that rewards you with a huge sum of money, if you form a dream team that performs better than other set of teams. Sounds unbelievable? Read on...


Dream11 Fantasy Cricket League

Almost a decade back , during the Cricket world cup of 2007, I was introduced to the concept of Cricket fantasy leagues. Each player was given a specific score based on his role , team , form , experience and popularity. With a fixed budget spend, you had to pick around 11 players as your dream team each day for every match. You couldn't pick all the top sportsmen because then you'll run out of budget and won't have money to spend on other players. Similarly if you end up spending on low priced cricketers, they may not end up performing well and hence you might miss out on rankings. At the end of the match, each players performance was tabulated and the dream team that picked the right set of players, won a small prize money.


I used to remember how I secretly wished how only my players should perform well , while the other players get out for a low score or give away a lot of runs if they are a bowler. Mind you, this was not a game, based out of luck or lottery. It was played with a lot of skill, talent and knowledge on how a player might perform in any given condition.  If the player happened to be dropped on that day’s match, you could lose heavily than someone who was actually picked. Though there were a huge participation and interest in fantasy leagues , it  didn’t gain any traction back then
Several years later, I now discovered a Fantasy sports platform called Dream11, after seeing an ad on television during the recently concluded IPL event. I had a chance to experiment with the fantasy cricket league and it turned out to be a challenging exercise.

How to Play?

Once you signup in Dream11.com, you’ll be shown a list of upcoming matches in a variety of team sports including Cricket, Football among others.  Pick any one game that is of maximum interest to you and you have a decent knowledge of the game and the players.


You are now given 100 credits. A player might range from 0-10 credits and you need to pick 11 of them based on the game.

Once you form a dream team in this Fantasy cricket league , with a fine mix of players (say 1 wicketkeeper, four batsmen, four bowlers, 2 all rounders) , you need to join any contest. The contest can be either a practice one or a real cash contest.

You can choose one among the 10-20 cash contests based on your budget. Suppose you want to spend only 50 Rs, you can join 1-2 contests which has lower entry fee of 20-30 Rs each.  The lower the entry fees, more no of teams can participate in that particular cash contest. So naturally the higher the entry fee, your chances of ranking higher for that game will be much higher.


Points System

Here’s how the points systems are scored for a cricket match



The short trick here is not only picking the right team who can deliver a lot of points for that day, but also picking the right contest. Pick a contest with a decent entry fee and a high winning fee with very few teams participating in it. This brightens your prospects immediately and you may end up on the winning side.

Note : The contest entry ends one hour before the games begin. So be quick , be informed and pick the right team



Friday, May 25, 2018

GDPR Compliant in 5 Easy Steps


What is GDPR?

GDPR has been the buzzword for all companies, online firms, digital marketing agencies and last but not the least bloggers as well. GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. With a lot of data thefts, illegal usage of data tracking and other privacy related issues in the past few months, European Union has enforced strict rules for all websites/blogs/sites. This includes open disclaimers on storing cookies, storing email id/name information and the general privacy policy rules.
You might have already got 20+ emails from every single website that you have signed up to.

What happens if you don't comply?

If you don't ensure your blog/website is not compliant, the EU might send out a warning letter to quickly fix the issues. This will be followed by a heavy penalty/fine on your site if you are still non-compliant (4% of a company’s annual global revenue OR €20 million (whichever is greater))

You'd probably be asking : I'm just a blogger with probably a few people visiting from the European countries. Should I still go ahead and do these steps . The answer is a resounding YES !

Who are these rules applicable to ?

If you are a blogger with a Wordpress site or have a company website or even an online service site or rather do business online storing customers information, you have to make your site GDPR Compliant at the earliest. Though you may have a US / India / any country site , you still have the possibility of an European visitor coming to your site through some means. Hence it's safer to be compliant than getting caught later

Thankfully Google's Blogspot hosted sites can sigh a relief as Google has internally done all the steps to make sure the privacy policies are updated and relevant disclaimers are present in the website. But there are a few things you may still want to do as a blog owner in Blogspot. This is explained by Shrinidhi in his blog.

Steps to become GDPR Compliant

1. Update WordPress

Update WordPress (after logging to your WP-Admin page) and ensure you have the latest version.
It's the second option, right below Home button in the left hand side



2. a. Install "WP GDPR COMPLIANCE" Plugin in your Plugins option in the dashboard

Or manually download it from here : https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-gdpr-compliance/

In Settings of WP GDPR COMPLIANCE Plugin, Under Integration Enable WordPress Comments and Save Changes.





Under Checklist Tab and Settings, enable the checkboxes if you feel some of the other options are relevant for you as well.

2. b. "WP Comment Policy Checkbox" Plugin

Just like second point, download the WP Comment Policy Checkbox plugin.



2.c.  Cookie Banner

You can also use a  Jetpack's Cookies & Consents widget to add a cookie storage banner on top of your site

3. Discussion Settings

In your WP dashboard, go to Settings -> Discussion.  Go to Comments Policy Basic Discussion box and paste the below lines.
All the data shown above will be stored by [Site Name] on [Site URL]. At any point of time, you can contact us and select the data you wish to anonymise or delete so it cannot be linked to your email address any longer. When your data is anonymised or deleted, you will receive an email confirmation. We also use cookies and/or similar technologies to analyse customer behaviour, administer the website, track users' movements, and to collect information about users. This is done in order to personalise and enhance your experience with us.

In the above lines, please remember to replce the "Site Name" box and "Site URL" with your website name and website address.  



4. Newsletter Subscription

If you have a newsletter subscription / popups etc, you should again copy the text in point 3 and paste it in that too at the bottom of your newsletter as a disclaimer


5. Privacy Policy Page

You need to have a separate "Privacy Policy" Page for your blog and ensure that page link is present in your homepage (in the footer or in the sidebar or as a menu link)

Go to Pages - > New Page.

Download this document and paste it ( Or you can use any other privacy policy document from any other sources)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZrnLONGtWTMaQpRsjP56Qo_vu2A0IgFm-ir2us5ZM4c/edit?usp=sharing

Replace the  [Site Name] at 2 places mentioned with your own website name and your email address mentioned as [Your Email Address here].

You can see how I have done the same in my travel blog, An Asian Traveller and see the Privacy Policy page menu option.

Well , that's it. .These steps are for blogs and websites with just a comment box/ subscribe page and a newsletter and not intended for professional companies who stores financial transaction information of customers and other business related info. 
Do let me know in comments, if you found it useful or have any further questions on the same.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Race, Drift & Drag with the Mercedes AMG C63 S

Speed now has a new definition with the launch of the  AMG C63 S model by Mercedes in India. The car was displayed and test driven in a specially conducted AMG Performance Tour in Chennai earlier this year. Though many cars were available to be test driven, the highlight of the event was none other than the AMG C63. Though meant to be built as a race car, the car also functions as a Sports Sedan with some amazing features and can be defined as a German Engineering marvel.



Mercedes really makes a powerful impact when it comes to delivering a car like this. Make no assumptions, given it belongs to the C-Class. Because the similarity ends there. The car outperforms every other car in this segment and by a large difference, be it performance, safety or style.


Be it a flat out racing event, a drift event or even a drag race, you can comfortably take the C63 for a spin and it does the job in style. As the throttle goes down, the  blissful sound of V8 engine breaks the deafening silence and the car zooms past several metres ahead at the blink of an eye.




The car is fitted with a 10' COMMAND display at the centre of the dashboard, displaying key information like RPM, temperature, maps and other driver related info.


Technical Specs

 

With a power of 503hp and 700nm Torque, the AMG C63 S carries almost 70% of a F1 car's engine (which ranges at 750).  To say this in a comparative note,  even a premium sedan or a  top end SUV carries an average of 160hp. Only the AMG GT-S powers more than the C63 at 563 hp (though costs 50% more).  So imagine driving a car that is more than thrice as powerful . Quite literally carrying the power of 500 horses in front.   Incidentally Mercedes claims a 0-100 in just 4.0 seconds. The car's top speed is a whopping 250 km/hr (electronically limited) but actually can go upto 290km/hr (with the optional AMG driver's package).



The Mercedes AMG C63 comes with a powerful "Hand made" 4.0 litre V8 Turbo Petrol engine and boasts of a 7 or 9 speed Automatic transmission (the 2019 model carries the upgrade).

Check out a hot lap at the Sriperumbudur race track by a professional race driver in the AMG C63S.


Drive Mode

AMG C63 S Drive Mode Options

AMG has given a Dynamic "Drive" mode option that allows you to switch between driving style and efficiency. This includes Individual, Comfort ,Sport , Sport + and followed by the Race mode (A mode that's not usually available in most cars). The race mode comes with a launch control as well. A full manual mode is also available for racing enthusiasts. The gear changes are fast and sharp in all drive modes and you can climb up to higher speeds in no time.

One of the key highlights of the C63 is also the AMG Ride Control Suspension that can have a perfect wheelspin for the perfect launch start. The enhanced suspension also allows perfect sharp corners and quick turns even at relatively higher speeds.

V8 Sound 

One of the primary reason, a sporting enthusiast might go for a V8 engine is for its sound. The growl of the engine can be a true delight for any driver as he steps on the gas. Unlike most other cars which offers "tuned up" noise or exhaust noise being back channeled into the cabin,  the AMG C63 S offers a pure sound experience . As the car's rubber burns on the tarmac, you can literally hear the pistons blasting with power and energy and gives the perfect adrenaline rush. In fact there are 3 electronically operated valves in the exhaust that's contributing to the C63 noise. This is definitely something you should experience in person.

You can hear a sample audio of Interior & Exterior acceleration of V8

https://www.mercedes-amg.com/en/vehicles/c-class/sedan/c63.html

Safety : 

The AMG C63 S, true to its Mercedes brand name, has given safety a serious consideration.  With 7 air bags, ESP (Electronic Stability Control) , ABS (Anti-lock braking system) , EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and TCS (Traction control) , the car provides maximum protection for its passengers.

The AMG high-performance brake systems has red brake calipers (which is internally ventilated & perforated) and specifically designed for high performance and enhanced braking force.

AMG Red Brake Calipers


When we took the C63 for a flat-out drive (keeping the windows open) and tested the emergency braking system, the car came to an almost immediate halt with the ABS & EBD kicking in. Not only this, we also noticed the car windows rolled up automatically upto 80% to protect from any outside objects (Seriously a super cool feature).

Pricing

With a starting price of 1.4 crores INR (ex-showroom)+ taxes,  the car certainly doesn't come cheap. But if you consider the technical specifications, the lavish luxury quotient and the design elements, you'll definitely feel it warrants the price.

Have you checked out my review of the Rolls Royce Extended wheelbase edition?

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Achieving the Foreign Education Dream with PTE

The prospect of an overseas education has been the desire for several lakh students studying in India. The dream for these kids starts developing as early as primary school and they set their ambitions of acquiring a masters degree in US/UK/Australia. The dream shapes into a goal when they begin their initial years of gradution and start focussing on what to study next .


Students pursue an overseas education, primarily because of three reasons:
  • Parental / Societal Pressure : If the neighbour or colleagues son happens to study overseas, the parents feel pressurized
  • Peer Pressure : Students see their friends applying for foreign universities and feel the need to apply it themselves , than settling for a job here.
  • Passion to study further : A passion to study further in top universities of the world is also a key reason to go abroad.

Foreign Education : Challenges in Application

However there are several monetary , academic and other limitations that can make it difficult for a student .  There will be delays in applying for a passport or the passport doesnt have enough validity to apply for a visa.
Next, the visa rules by many countries have made it tough for many students to apply and the possibility of a rejection is even higher.
Even if you manage to get your records straight , the most important hurdle while applying abroad is university acceptance and their expected English standards. This can be produced only through a reputed , accepted English test that you should undertake.

Things to keep in mind for a Foreign Education

  • Focus on your goal : There will be many instances which might force you to quit. Stay focussed and be determined on your career
  • Reputed Institution : There are 1000's of universities across the globe specializing in many courses. Ensure you select the right one, which is reputed, offer good placements and a good academic degree.
  • Finances : Finances can always be a big hurdle. A good degree abroad can easily cost in excess of 15-16 Lakhs. Ensure you are properly covered or secure a bank loan, that allows you to repay once you are employed.
  • Research about the country : Be it Australia, UK or the US, research extensively on the culture, food, society and other aspects that helps you to transition there easily. 
  • Perfecting your English : Though we are not native English language speakers

The Pearson PTE Test

The English test is actually a mandatory option when you are applying for universities in Australia New Zealand , UK and US as well. One such reputed and officially accepted test is PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic).


This test is accepted by 100% of Australian and New Zealand Universities (approved by the Govt of Australia and New Zealand for all student visa and immigration applications) and more than 96% of UK universities.

Some of these universities include :
University of Canberra , University of Tasmania, Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT) , Oxford College of London , Regent's College London, Manchester Business School etc.


#DefinitelyPTE :  Structure of the exam

Pearson India has designed the test with the sole objective of making the application & acceptance of foreign university, a hassle free journey. The test assures students the fastest way to prove your English langugage proficiency.

The 3 hour English Language Test comprises of the following sections :


The questions evaluates an assessment of a combination of language skills, which includes :
  • Speaking & Writing

  • Reading

  • Listening

The net score is based out of an granular scoring method between 10-90 (A Global Scale of English) and this actually includes the test taker’s overall score, communicative skills scores and enabling skills scores.

Booking, Schedule & Results

Booking a Test in just 2-3 steps through the official website of Pearson.

So all you need to do is :
1. Visit pearsonpte.com/book . 2. Create a Pearson account (Candidates must register using the name and  date of birth as it appears on their passport)
3. Once they have created an account test takers receive an email with their login details.
4. Once their login details are received via email  test takers can schedule a test via www.pearsonvue.com/pte.

The test is pretty much available throughout the year (360 days) and you can take it in any of the 50 centres spread across India including Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kolkatta, Bangalore etc.

A test can be booked just one day before and the results are available in just 5 Business Days.
In case you want some practice papers before taking the actual test, you can check out the PTE Practice Course, that helps you to prepare well .
Wishing all the best for all my readers who are applying for a post graducation abroad.

Check out this #DefinitelyPTE video for more details.




Sunday, March 25, 2018

Saving the Shape of Water

Without a doubt, water is one of the important utilities that is essential to any living being. Survival without water is next to impossible. Even a single season of drought can almost bring a city to its knees. Conservation of such a national resource is an important responsiblity, not just relegated to the government but also to every one of us.



A reality shock came quite recently, when two popular cities in South Africa, Durban and Cape Town ran out of water and declared a national emergency. With less rainfall, high temperatures and high surface evaporation, both these towns are facing a severe crisis. With no proper steps taken to conserve water, the country will now have to start its battle with water, both for the present and future generations.



This is a wake up call for all the citizens across the globe, to understand that water is a resource that may not last forever, if we dont do something about it , pretty urgently.  Bangalore seems to be the next in list with signs of water scarcity already showing.  Though we have no control over the amount of rainfall a place we may get, we have full control on preservation and conservation of water at every step. I've always been stronly advocating against water wastage, esp in homes, public areas and restaurants.

Future of Water? 

Source : Shot by me 

Water is one of those natural resources that's showing a decline thanks to climate change, increased temperatures and of course lack of conservation. Price of a bottle of water has already doubled in the last few years. In some European and African countries, water is actually costlier than beer.

If present situation continues, we can eventually find many lakes and rivers dry up soon , increased drought conditions and famines. The project of desalination (converting sea water to drinking water) has proven to be very expensive and not a realistic solution. Like space travel, one can't be surprised if even water is made into capsules and sold.

Unless we do something about it, availability of water can be one of the biggest question marks in our life.

 Source : https://shorty91.deviantart.com/art/Water-question-mark-170632634

On a happy note, I am quite happy to write about water conservation techniques on the World Water Day celebrated on March 22nd.  I also got to learn about the interesting Initiative by LivPure called #CuttingPaani . This campaign is a stark remainder of times we waste precious drinking water , be it at home or at a restaurant.

Top 10 ways to Save water


1. Rain Water Harvesting
Rain water is one of the purest forms of water that can be used for drinking. However more than 95% of the rain water on land is wasted and not saved. A proper rain harvested flat can save a lot of these water and thereby improve the ground table levels of water.

 Source : smartpaani.com

2. Carry a water bottle with you.
We often buy water bottle from outside, everytime we go out and throw away the remaining water.
If we adopt a practice of carrying a small water bottle from home, we can avoid buying and at the same time, drink it fully.

3. A Quick Shower
Though you can take the occassional day to enjoy yourself in a nice long bath, make it a practice to keep your daily showers very quick and turn off the nozzle when not in use. More than 2 litres of water can be saved, even if you cut your shower time by just 3-4 minutes.



4. Spillage & Leaks
Prevent spillage of water as much as possible. If possible , prevent the use of bubble top water cans and instead opt for a water purifier than helps you to fill the exact amount of water you need. Even when you replace a bubble top can, ensure its completely empty before you replace with a new can.



Also do a routine check of all taps in the house to ensure there's no leakage of water. Remember small drops maketh the Ocean.



5. Reusing water
If you have any disposable yet clean water, use it for floor cleaning or watering the plants. Or use the same to wash the clothes or vessels. Think twice before throwing any water out onto the sink.

6. #CuttingPaani Technique
Ok, this is a nice idea, I learnt it from the LivPure ad. When you are at a restaurant and towards the end of the meal, when the waiter come to refill your glass, ask him to stop at half glass, if you feel that's all you need. Many a time, we let the waiters pour the entire glass, though we may have no intention of drinking it or probably drink only a little of it.

 Source : LivPure Video

7. Plant Trees
One of the biggest reasons we are facing drought in most places, is because of extensive deforestation. Planting trees is pretty much the only way we can save our environment and save us from droughts and famines.

8. Collective washing & cleaning
The amount of water used for daily household activities such as washing clothes or vessels can consume more water than we can even imagine. By simply accumulating them and washing at one go, it can save several litres of water quite easily.


9. Half Flushes
Opt in for low water usage flushes or use a half flush accordingly as per need. This one act of yours and family members at home can easily save several gallons of water every day.

10. Spread the word !
The biggest act of saving water is to raise awareness around others. When you talk about your ideas, thoughts with friends, neighbours, family members, colleagues, people in your society or even post a simple tweet about it . A positive word has a strong.

Sign the Petition

One of the best ways to spread the awareness is to sign the change.org petition and share them on your social media as well . Here's the link for it :  https://www.change.org/p/cuttingpaani

Do check out the interesting CuttingPani Campaign video from LivPure in this video


Do you have any other innovative methods to save water? Do let me know in the comments .