Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fragrances of the House : Smelley to Smiley

There's always something about your home that makes it so special than any place in the world .  Be it the one you grew up in or the one you currently bought ,with all that hard earned money, with those skyrocketing rates of interest on the home loan , you finally feel get to sense the sweet smell of victory , a sense of accomplishment and a settlement of life

We travel to different places everyday . An office , the gym, the nearyby supermarket , an hospital , or on a vacation ,you get to a new city , probably on the hills or the beach side and each has its distinct smell that makes you connected to that place . The brain stores all the events, sights, sounds and even SMELL by creating a distinct link/chain to remember that memory . When the same sight or smell reappears the chain gets activated and the brain remembers the person or place associated with it. Intensity of Smell ranges from no odor , weak ,mild ,distinct ,strong and intolerable . The huge range of air fresheners, perfumes , body sprays, deodrants lie on the extreme borderlines between mild and strong

Surprisingly, our simple abode , has the potential to create very strong linkages and bonds just with the effect of smell , so much so powerful that even a man who has lost his memory due to an accident or trauma has the possibility to recover most of it , just by the smell and odor of the house he lives in . Every good and bad memory buried deep within his brain is rekindled and brought back in flashes as if it never went anywhere in the first place . No amount of money or luxury or medicine can recover wonderful memories than the power of smell

After a brief change in cities due to a work posting for 6 months, I returned back home after a long trip. There was obviously so many things that changed in the house in this span of time ,with new furnitures, rearranging of cots and tables, new wall paints and other minor upgrades . Yet despite all these changes and remodellings, one thing that still strongly lingered on was the smell . It was so distinct that you cant feel or experience it anywhere else .It's as if it was rooted within the deep boundaries of the walls of the house.

The entrance of the house, the Foyer where the newspapers and shoes were kept brought me back to thinking of my old school days, where I had almost four to five pairs of school formal shoes and white canvas shoes which were perennially dirty or wet and in an unusable condition esp on an important day at school. The smell of the old canvas shoes with the thick smell of the black and white polish which was almost partially pungent stayed .The shoes were gone, the polish bottles and their smell were lying scattered in the shoe closet , yet the memory remained

Coming inside to the main hall I could smell the fragrance of those roses and jasmine flowers in the vase near the coffee table and its something thats found a permanent place in the house.  Everyday morning for the past 2 decades and more , the flower lady comes and places a small quantity of flowers (jasmine, roses, and other green,red flowers) around the door knob which then automatically finds its place near the coffee table as a decorative article. Besides the hall is the balcony where the  "mini garden is kept including tulsis,money plants and other small flower pots .

The combined smell of these flowers reminded of those childhood days where the neighboring kids used to sit beside the hall and balcony and water those plants and watch those flowers bloom the next day
The associated childhood memory could be a small one,  but I believe on a larger perspective it plays a crucial part in shaping the person whom you are and what you choose to be

Besides the hall and the garden balcony , the most striking and extremely addictive smell came from the only place I used to frequent every now and then  :  The Kitchen . I guess the amount of memories associated with the kitchen can never be equivalent to almost any place in the house . The aromatic smells of the delicious dishes being cooked right from the strong coffee powers to the rice in the pressure cooker to the hot steaming sambar in the stove induces a strong reaction even in the taste buds , if not the different food parties arranged together with friends.
The number of times you walked into your house feeling so hungry ,and seeing whats available and then looking up to see one of your most favourite dishes right in front of you being cooked. That moment of imagery which you can never forget in your life. Definitely a "Ratatouille moment"

 Last of all is the bedroom where the sweet smell of AmbiPur Air Freshner lingers right through the night and even during hot summer days maintaining a peaceful and calm atmosphere not just in the bedroom but also in your inner state of mind

The fragrance and the long lasting freshness somehow makes you feel , that the air is lighter and much cooler than what it seems to be with just a whiff of this air freshner . I could only remember those longggggg blissful hours of sleep with no record of time and day ,without disturbances as the AmbiPur Air Freshner begins to weave into my mind creating happiness and  wonderful dreams
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Monday, September 09, 2013

A stranger than fiction Holiday

They say, your dream vacation exists and pretty much stays only within your dreams, quite literally .Those several pages of your imagination ,written in your diaries, to accomplish that adventure and somehow. at all costs one day experience that holiday you always wanted through your childhood and pretty much even now can finally come true .

What else is there to life but not to enjoy one's wealth , visit new places and experience the never before thrills that you see in televisions and movies. Why restrict to domestic tours when the world is open at your doorstep to explore,esp when several travel companies have sprung up to aid travelers in safely exploring these unknown destinations

Yatra.com , a premier travel and holiday planner company offers some exciting destinations across the world including the United States , Carribean Islands, UK,Italy,Brazil,China,Asia Pacific countries and across the vast seas all the way upto Australia & New Zealand. These holiday packages come at some unbeatable prices making it affordable even for the occasional traveller. The prices comes to only a mere 25 % of the total trip cost,if planned oneself from flight fares to hotel bookings and sight seeings ,along with breakfast,tour guides and entry tickets to destinations and coach transfers (This fact comes from a first hand experience after travelling to a few Asian countries by myself without any package)

Given the thought of such a massive options available for a world tour package, i began to think aloud on which destination i can think of , that could be a cliched "once in a lifetime" experience that probably includes thrilling adventures , pristine beaches, awesome mountain valleys, trying out different international cuisines and much more

After much deliberation and hard to choose between Italy, Spain , UK and US , i finally choose the latter. The United States of America, one of the the most sought after destinations in the world , be it  for education or settling down or for a vacation , its one country that you can never afford to miss in your lifetime

The US is predominantly divided into the West Coast and the East Coast . The West Coast is mostly made up of the Silicon valleys and all computer giants based out of there , alongside the extremely beautiful tourist destination spots that include the world famous cities of Las Vegas ,San Francisco, Los Angeles etc
The East Coast  is the financial and the educational hub of the country esp around the parts of New York and Washington D.C that houses all the world's biggest financial companies around Wall Street and the most prestigious institutions including Harvard,Cambridge and other Ivy League colleges

Incidentally Yatra.com offers a major tour alongside the West Coast that includes San Francisco,San Diego,Las Vegas , Disney Land & The Grand Canyon .I'd probably call this a stranger than fiction Holiday tour . Having not visited the country before , and seen only in sitcoms and movies its always been a top priority in my Bucket List.

San Francisco would be my first checkpoint with its largely popular Indian settlement and a plethora of Indian restaurants . Home to the Silicon valley, this magnificent city plays hosts to several IT Giants including Google,Facebook,HP,Oracle and several other companies .The trip would begin with a visit of this silicon valley area and get absorbed in some of the beauty of some of the geniuses of our life time .

This would be followed by a drive down an engineering marvel of a bridge , the Bay Area "Golden Bridge" which appears as a jewel in the night and additionally cover the rest of the city's tourist spots . I googled the pictures and found one spectacular image of the same
(Source of image : getintravel.com)

The San Francisco tour comes to an end just to be followed by the epic , Las Vegas Tour .The city of Casinos, Las Vegas is one of the most prominent destinations to some of the wealthiest people in the world with its innumerable casinos, star hotels, a never ending nightlife , awesome architectures and some spectacular mountainous spots.

Be it the music festivals on the streets, Rock concerts in star hotels ,or the musical fountains near the Bellagio, or a night of gambling is upon us to decide on what should constitute an epic night . Whatever you have witnessed in the most popular "Hangover" movie, you can relive those moments , and who knows, it could be more "legen"-"dary" than you would have thought

Just when you thought this trip cannot be more awesome than you would have ever imagined, the following day would lead you to the massive Grand Canyons. It is the largest and one of the deepest canyons in the world. More than anything, this is something that you cant witness anywhere else . After being immersed in the beauty of this deep valley ,we'd take a Las Vegas Night Flight , a helicopter ride over the illuminated Vegas city

The last 3 legs of the amazing "Yatra" journey consists of three most popular spots in the history of Cinema
Beverly Hills, Universal Studios & Disneyland.  Beverly Hills, also popularly known as "Hollywood" is home to  the finest movie production companies in the world, including MGM,Warner Bros, Walt Disney etc. 
The rows of movie sets, seeing top movie actors live in shooting can be an unforgettable experience any movie buff. I being a huge crazy fan of international movies and sitcoms, may just go crazy and probably never feel like coming out of the sets after seeing these mammoth sets and quality cinema at its best

The Beverly Hills driveway also being one of the most expensive real estate areas and home to major film stars is also a major clickworthy experience. I'd probably lose track of time and may relish every second of this tour

The West Coast trip heads on to 2 of the most popular theme parks in the world , Disneyland & Universal Studios. The place where the reality is stranger than fiction ,where dreams comes to life in front of our eyes, where illusions bamboozle us with death defying tricks and rides than can scare the world out of us
These 2 are places that brings out the kid in us and relive our childhood memories and actually play them out.
Forget who you are for the day and immerse yourself in the DisneyLand experience .

On similar lines is the Universal Studios experience, where you can visualise how they made some record breaking multi oscar winning movies like Titanic, Jurassic Park, the Mummy, Jaws etc. I was also told that this Universal studio has "experience rides" like "Terminator 3D" ride, the Jurassic Park dinosaur ride and even a Simpsons special ride

I guess all wonderful things come to an end and so is this trip where you head back to India, but the Yatra.com tour ensures that it ends only in reality , and not in your dreams and imaginations where the experiences stay on Forever

These tour packages like the one described above sell out in minutes, if not seconds given their unbeatable fares offered , so go ahead and book yourself not just a vacation but an experience at www.yatra.com

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fortune at the bottom of the pyramid

Social responsibility is not something limited to only corporates. Its left wide open , to anyone who would stop by & listen , understand the ills and plagues of the society and come up with innovative , cost effective ways to reform the society and uplift the masses . The world has constantly urged the new batch of  entrepreneurs, internet evangelists and other free thinking radicals to come up with simple yet effective solutions that can aid the poor ,living in the deep ,deserted urban areas or the ones living well below the poverty line in a ridiculously expensive to live urban areas

The call is not just to upgrade the lifestyle of the poor ,but rather to provide even the most basic and essential necessities /commodities to one's reach. Something as basic as drinking water and food .The internet has been one of the key channels in bringing together the best minds in the world to research and develop economical solutions in battling poverty . Be it free tutoring classes online to poor kids or the 100 dollar laptop project for kids in Africa that enabled kids to get access to computers and the internet.

One of the key things that most researchers and the govt.aided NGO's are missing out on is , its not necessary to give them a one time supply of resources like food ,money or water but to provide them with a self sustainable solution that can last for ages . These are noble deeds , no doubt , that no common man would actually venture into , in his busy workday life, but ultimately an end goal is not reached . The only way is identify solutions that could actually transform lives . I have personally had several discussions with several researchers, NGO's and other communities in their quest to transform the world and actually make it a better place to live

One such amazing video i watched was that of Cynthia Koenig ,whos innovative and ingenious product could actually reach the extra mile for the poor people living in the deserts of Rajasthan. Her product involves a rotating push trolley that could actually transport a large quantity of water , even in rough terrains and can simply be rolled along like a wheel with a lever. The product is cheaper than we could imagine and could find immense use for ppl living in the desert and has to walk nearly 6 miles to get just a bucket of drinking water

The most interesting part in this idea is that , the inspiration came from a common scene at the airport . Something any guy would overlook. Would anyone bother carrying a pair of heavy suitcases by hand , when you have an easier option of using a trolley ,where you could place the luggage and push it across till your car. Leveraging the same idea in a water carrying container wheel was the result

The power of ideas do not dawn up us at a fixed moment or time, or when people are huddled in conferences . It comes when your mind is open and able to receive ,observe,learn and implement simple ideas we use in day to day life and leveraging them to solve world issues . Doesnt sound difficult and certainly wouldnt so , if you just gave that single try

Another very interesting video I came across in Ted.com is by Christian Sarkar. If his project is properly launched and actually comes into force, it could be the next big thing in solving poverty , bringing equality and closing the divide among people one inch closer .It can fulfill the most impossible of dreams of poor people,owning your own house . What if you hadnt rubbished the thought right away, saying it wasnt feasible or not even close to being cheap in building a sustainable simple house for poor people
Well certainly this man didnt think so . Christian Sarkar formed upon a mini group of people, supporters from various parts of the world, through the internet in midst of making his dream project coming alive. A house for every man

For people who have been forced to live in payments or the dark ghettos , or the houses with hay stacked roofs, his solution can come across as a divine blessing , a gift to mankind . What Christian Sarkar dreamt and actually implemented is something noone could even imagine of . A 300$ house !!
With a group of researchers around the world, he actually managed to build a self sustaining solid house for just 300$ (=Roughly Rs.18,000) .The project was tested in IIT Chennai & also tested across a few other countries and seemed to get some great reviews. The video below explains it all.. Do watch it
(Both these videos were sourced from TED.com)
Franklin Templeton Investments partnered the TEDxGateway Mumbai in December 2012 , which had these 2 distinguished speakers amongst others speaking about their dream projects and how they brought it to life

The greater idea or the greater picture indicates the power of the human mind and its limitless possibilities . It also gives us a huge learning that , its not only a wonderful deed in contributing to the society but also found a huge unexplored ,infinite possibilities in making a fortune at the bottom of the pyramid

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Desert Triangle Drive

A 1800 KM drive  . Across  6 cities . 5 days of Intense driving !  In the vast expanse of the Thar Desert , Rajasthan

That's what it took to experience one of the greatest and longest ever road trips of my life and something exactly a dream drive should be like in every way , perfectly awesome. The trip began from Delhi . Along with a few of my friends, we borrowed a friends' Hyundai i10 . It combined the comfort and luxury of a hatchback and also fuel efficient . We set out in the early morning hours, before the buzzing city woke up and began my drive on our first destination, Jaipur

Before the drive we loaded up with food , water and more importantly installed a aromatic Ambi-Pur car freshner in the car to enhance the drive experience.. The aroma and the freshness lingered for the entire week when we are at the wheel and never once did it fail to freshen & energize us

The entire tour as per our supposedly "rock solid" plan consisted of 6 cities ,which consisted of Delhi, Jaipur,Jodhpur, Jaisalmer(Pokhran and Kuri), Ajmer, Pushkar and back . Each of these cities was separated at a distance of nearly 300 kms and was almost like a Triangular route and hence the name Desert Triangle.
The drive to Jaipur was mostly pleasant though in most places the road was non existent and it became more and more evident as we entered the districts of Rajasthan. The car maintained its speed though occasionally had to slow down considerably for the potholes that were innumerable in the small villages we passed through. We reached Jaipur well past 1pm the same day and had a delightful lunch at the tourism hotel
Jaipur , true to its nickname retained its lovely dose of pink in most areas ,and looked like a  really developed city in midst of a sprawling architecture of  palaces ,forts and gardens . We covered almost 3-4 places the same day and toured the hot city and reached the palace around 5 , when we were in for a surprise .

The time of our entry coincided with a Ad shoot (IPL Rajasthan Royals title song video shoot) and in front of us ,stood the ever beautiful gorgeous Shilpa Shetty swaying to the music of Halla Bol , on top of an elephant seat . To our advantage, there wasnt much crowd around the area and we seemed to bask in the limelight and enjoy the spectacle as it happened .We took innumerable pictures as the event progressed and also happened to catch a word with her ,which was the highlight of all

After what seemed to be an eternity at the Jaipur Palace, we drove down to the nearby Hawa Mahal and finally settled for a fantastic Rajasthani meal in a small corner shop

The second destination was Jodhpur which was beautiful in its own way. The roads were clean , well built and one could experience the beautiful Rajasthan folklore in this city , from the people, their food, culture and monuments and overall the journey was worthwhile, though uneventful

Our third destination was to Jaisalmer . Jaisalmer is the entry point for the Rajasthan desert  , which was 300 KMs away from Jodhpur . Jaisalmer was a stark contrasting change to the twin cities Jaipur and Jodhpur with a splash of Blue. We learnt that , we were to cross the heavily cordoned off military areas of Pokhran (alongside the borders of Pakistan) where the very famous missile testing took place

Almost everywhere we could see mammoth military tanks and army vehicles and we almost had to give way for around 20-30 of them  at one single time. At one point of time ,we almost rode to a complete halt by a nearby "Chai-shop" until the entire parade of military vehicles passed through (One of the first time i ever saw a Tank in operation , in my life)

We had booked a cottage in the middle of a village called Kuri, which is further 50 Kms away from Jaisalmer, deep into the desert . The drive took us to middle of nowhere though the map and direction posts indicated that we were on the righttrack .We reached Kuri in the late evening and it was one fascinating village that I ever visited. It was a tiny village with small handloom shops, mini huts , and the only cottage houses which we fortunately had booked .Locating people was actually a tougher challenge than signposts. The village was surrounded by sanddunes and cactus filled deserts with the occasional camels roaming around , just like those old films .The stay in a mini cottage , in the middle of nowhere with minimum facilities and some authentic Rajasthani dinner made us completely awe struck

With countless pictures , and the digital camera almost reaching its memory storage limit ,we decided to drive down back to Jaisalmer . About 15 miles down the way, the car came to a halt ,and we realized the car fuel had reached to an empty state. We looked around and found almost no signs of life or any vehicle even in the nearest vicinity . The way back was more than 25 Kms and we knew it was not easy to walk back without the car in the hot sun , in the middle of the desert. The sun was slowly rising and the temperature started to soar . Heights of despair were almost reached and we seemed to lose hope by the second. There was no cell towers and hence was completely out of coverage . We wandered off together towards the dessert in search of any human life that may point us in some way or the other for a emergency call or relief

At a moment, when life stood still and every alternate plan came with a failure, we spotted a small guy riding a camel. We got back to life and almost ran towards him . He seemed to understand our broken Hindi, and nodded vigorously for our cry of help .Despite the desert's soaring temperature, we were forced to pour

our water from the bottles, and carry off the empty ones along with us. 2 of my friends decided to stay back near the car , while 2 of us, in a never before experienced "Camel Ride" rode off in what seemed to be like hours in the poor camel's back. We finally spotted a truck who stopped at our waving and with such a generous heart gave us a bottle of diesel from his own truck's engine . After a profusal of thanks, we went back with the same camel and reached our car . Despite the hardship, soaring heat , it was a never to forget experience in an almost no man's land

The trip concluded with a visit to the adjoining cities of Ajmer & Pushkar as we finally shifted our gears to the fifth as we stepped on the Delhi Highway, bound for the national capital

The whole trip was summarized in that one small desert trip we took in Jaisalmer and it was definitely indeed a "AmbiPur" Fresh n Happy Drive

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Love for the open road with an impassioned spirit

I believe in road trips.   

For which nothing else gives you greater passion , a liberation of your spirit and freedom and a touchline reality with mother nature . Road trips creates a parallel reality shift , where the sorrows are left behind and that moment creates an excitement of entering new lands and some uncharted territories

The key difference in making a road trip from good to great depends on several factors  : A rock solid car that can sustain rough terrains and tricky road conditions . A great group of friends who can make the whole road trip worthwhile without getting monotonous and last but not the least , a passion and a will to explore uncharted territories. It also certainly helps immensely if the lingering smell in the call has a pleasant fragrance creating an exotic impression .

The olfactory sensation from a nice freshner like an Ambipur Car Air Freshner creates a transcending freshness transporting to another world and makes the whole journey even more pleasurable
My idea of a perfect dream road trip was something that actually happened a couple of years on my trip to Delhi - Shimla – Manali . An unforgettable road trip, it was nothing short of what Barney Stinson would have referred it to as Legn – wait for it – Dary !! 

We planned to have a long drive from Delhi  - Shimla – Manali – Chandigarh,after flying over to Delhi from Chennai . It was a mini reunion trip with a few select college friends. After our arrival in Delhi , we hired a Mahindra Scorpio from a travel firm to take us to Shimla, our first destination. The total distance was 343KMs and the drive began very well with some amazing weather in the early morning bliss and the smooth roads in the highways added to the overall effect . 

We were 4 of us excluding the driver and the car cruised along the highway (NH 22, if I am right) in good speed with the music blasting and some wonderful chilled and Fragrant fresh air from the A/c  , thanks to Ambipur Car Air Freshner . We had several pitsops which included tasting the “Asal Dhaba” Food in the roadside restaurants and getting a Quick Chai. We reached Kalka at a decent time though the driver was pretty fidgety and nervous throughout. Kalka , being the base station was the entry point to Shimla .This was where the events take a quick turn . The driver slowly brought the car to a halt towards a corner of the road and announced nonchalantly that he has never driven in the mountains ,especially a car like Scoprio and cant drive in the Ghat section . We were quite shocked at this new revelation and mightily worried about the whole plan schedule

The four of us quickly decided and planned as to who’s gonna drive across the steep and dangerous mountain roads(ghat sections) till Shimla. They all pointed fingers at me, despite forgetting that I  have equally no mountainous driving experience, though would definitely fare better against the driver who refused to drive completely or the others who looked completed passed out . It was a 96 km Distance and one of the most challenging efforts I had been assigned to . The car suddenly looked beastly and the roads looked much smaller and steep . Taking the wheel at the base of the world famous Himalayas was something that could have given me an instant kick though and made the drive an unforgettable one

There were several shops,view points of the deep gorgeous valley and ravines , small villages along the way and the railway lines that kept running parallel to the ghat roads  gave us some “invisible”force and protection that kept us going

There was one too many hairpin bends , steep climbs that forced you never to leave the accelerator and clutch even for a second nor stop anywhere ,as the car just go back down the slope ,added to dodging the incoming traffic in the even smaller roads. We later learned that Shimla was at a height of 7234 Ft and ironically a “Himalayan task indeed” . 

The Scorpio was strong enough to handle 5 of us and the pure fresh fragrance from the Ambi Pur Car Freshner kept us at peace at all times without any pressures. As the climb got higher, the temperature dropped drastically and the air pressure higher.  The deep valleys looked spectacular amidst the backdrop of a snow capped peaks in full glory. It really brought out a "Roja" movie moment , the pure joy and estacy of seeing a snow capped peak in a earth shattering silence amongst the peaks could be a life changing moment
The moment where you forget everything , life comes to a standstill and you just awe at those extremely beautiful peaks several eons away

After a 3 hour effort with small pitfalls and narrow escapes from accidents ,we reached the summit (as we call it). Shimla was on our eyesight like a jewel in the crown and we really felt the entire effort was worth it . It was one journey that none could ever forget and personally it was one Ideal Drive that one could ever hope for . Getting down from the car after a exuberant journey , I just thought to myself, why not drive again to Manali as well , with a wicked smile :)

I guess i looked just like below after my journey

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Saturday, June 01, 2013

Health to Life

Health to Life

The Post 90's era has witnessed growth not only in the field of technology ,IT but also tremendous improvements in the field of healthcare ,by leveraging technology as the key backbone

Gone are the days of the innumerable health issues ,left untreated or cures that was unheard of . Technology has brought in a revolution that has understood the mechanisms and anatomy of the body better than ever before . Technology has leveraged us , to explore deep inside the tissues, skins, organs upto cell level to understand where the health disorder is arising and a painless laser surgery fixes it minutes and the patient can walk back home without a foot astray

However they key pivotal point in the whole healthcare initiative  is increase in awareness, preventive checks and change in the lifestyle altogether ,everything from working styles, diets,  daily routines and measure of phyiscal activities . Corporates, especially in the IT & Manufacturing sector has risen up to battle the evils of an imbalanced lifestyle of their employees and ensure full involvement of their staffs in frequent full body health checkups, yoga & Zumba classes in the weeekends , adherence to strict diet schedules and the likes. A few companies has gone the next step in healthcare initiative , by giving their employees a pedometer kit , to track the no of steps they walk everyday and track them everyday in the systems .

Technology has armorized ( or actually provided miracle weapons) that can heal any almost any health disorder and disease with cutting edge tools ,which was unheard of in the past.
Some of them include

  • Stem Cell  Transplant :

  • Robotic Surgery that includes
    • Total Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass
    • Single Vessel / Multi vessel Small Thoracotomy
Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer The list is endless ...

These cutting edge instruments has given a fresh lease of life to several millions of people across the globe . In some extreme cases, where the entire face of a victim was burned down due to an acid attack was restored completely using complex skin grafting and cosmetic surgeries . In some other cases, where people who were born with deformities in the face and other parts of the body, were touched by the "hands of God" or in other words, these medical equipments , and ensured return to complete normalcy in just a few days time

One key "Global" hospital that I know personally who has pioneered in research and using advanced technical instruments in their treatments is Apollo Hospital. They specialise in almost every field of medical treatment, be it the heart or the eyes or a deadly cancer

One such life saving technological marvel ,is the Cyberknife Robotic Radio Surgery System. To quote exactly from them , "its a robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy" . This otherwise inoperable to treat deadly life threatening disease is now in strong hands of Apollo who can safely bet in curing it completely

However to conclude , healthcare not only aids in post operative treatments, but also illustrates the importance of a fine health ,with right amount of exercise , a proper dietary plan , a non sedentary lifestyle and frequent health checkups to ensure a healthy and happy life

For more information on the cutting edge medical treatments, visit http://www.apollohospitals.com/cutting-edge.php

Wechat - Connecting the World one step closer

Sometimes you imagine, how awesome it would be to talk to all your favourite icons at the time ,yet you keep reminding yourself ,it'll always be a myth or a dream and never a reality.  Yet one thing that sets apart us humans from other living being ,is our power to imagine, fantasize and explore an alternative reality.  Creating things and doing things that we want to do and desire to do , in our own alternate universe .

The introduction of a new awesome messaging/networking app called "Wechat" brought me to question and wonder, what would it be like to chat with all your favourite role models in a group conversation. Below is a short description of such a imagination into my "Inception"al world

After racking my brain to shortlist to nearly 5 personalities, I decided on "Sherlock Holmes"(Fictional), "Batman" (Fictional) , Steven Spielberg , Jeffrey Archer & A.R.Rahman

The above list is based on a dream project I was thinking about , and what more could aid in its discussion than the awesome WeChat. Assuming a state , where  both Sherlock & Batman comes to life ,and joins the "Bold and the Brawn" We chat group. The discussion revolves around a new movie project to be directed by the best director in the world , Steven Spielberg. The movie script and the narrative to be given by the master storyteller ,Jeffrey Archer and the composition of the music by the double oscar Winner, A.R.Rahman. Batman & Sherlock play themselves in this superhero meets Crime solving specialist to save Starling city.I shall play the project producer and also act as a "Watson replica" to be a third sidekick in this action thriller.

The Wechat app in Sherlock's Iphone & Batman's customized programmed suit that has a Wechat as well will be the key in solving the mysteries and fighting crime eventually. Sherlock receives anonymous voice SMS with hidden messages, which is decrypted after learning key pivotal information from the dark lords , after a long battle by Batman. The battle and the scene setting takes place in the dark corners of Starling city, that is filled with crime in every vicinity.

The story written by Archer , is directed by Steven Spielberg in a time relative , sequential frame method, where events take place in real time .

Every clue for the location solved by Sherlock using WeChat voice message is sent across to Batman ,who quickly races over time to prevent the next crime from happening

Batman to Sherlock :  "Clue location Identified"

The story is concluded with a scene where the people of Starling city, look up to their saviours, who announces that , all 911 calls are to be replaced with instant Wechat voice messages, which will then be quickly received and the taskforce will be sent to the destination within minutes
The final glory to Wechat !!

This post is for my official submission for the  "WeChat with Anyone, Anywhere" contest. Visit
WeChat's Youtube channel for more details

Wechat is a newly introduced smartphone app , that's one of a kind , enabling users to send voice Sms apart from the usual free messages, as demonstrated below


Sunday, April 21, 2013

How I met my TreSemme !

TRESemmme' hair product is a magical elixir hidden inside a wonder bottle , that can actually create miracles to your hair . What was once a "let-go" and hopeless condition is now transformed into a thick,lustrous and shiny dazzling hair 

 TRESemme' had a solution for every type of hair be a it frizzy , unkempt hair or a dry/rough hair or a damaged/breakage prone hair . The TRESamme' "magical potion"  contains ingredients like vitamin H ,silk proteins and Keratin extracts(which you can normally find in only very expensive premium International products) . They stand true to their promise ,that it's got the capability and right solution to fix any type of hair , on regular usage

I had a great opportunity to use their pair of shampoo and conditioner and trust me , just a whif of it conditoner smell really delighted the olfactory senses of the body . That instant, i realized one thing is wrong. Its just not for women . It works just fine for men ,and really helps in maintaining the shine and luster of the hair , despite the fact that mine was a super rough ,dry hair .

I was too happy to pass on the bottle to my friend , who happened to use it for her long yet dry and rough hair . TRESemme' s shampoo and conditioner made just perfect sense for her style and she couldn't believe the transformation right in front of her eyes. The change consisted of a long ,plaited, boring, dull hair to a ultra model , ramp ready hair and a shine that never existed before.

It was actually a "How I met your Mother" moment with a gentleman in an uncombed yet smooth shining hair and a gorgeous women in a classical yet ultra modern look, thanks to TRES'emme

 Scene/Act 1 :
When i first introduced the product to my friend and explained her the awesomeness of this product ,she was just laughing about it

Scene/Act 2 : I gave her the product to use it and bet on her , that she could transform her hair instantly to ramp ready after using TRES'emme

Scene /Act 3  :  After using it , she had to give in and accept defeat. The product actually worked wonders on her and she's become a loyalist ever since

Scene / Act 4 :  The final result was unbelievable and that's how I met your mother :)

For more details visit their link in Youtube : TRESemmé India Youtube channel.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Get that Hair Straight !

Hair Straightening is always an "in thing" for the fashion conscious people and it really elevates one's personality to a whole new level or to put it a marketer's word , causes a paradigm shift in one's charm and appeal. I have witnessed several people blow huge amounts of money trying to convert their otherwise  frizzled,unkempt,curly hairs to a perfectly smoothened Straight Hair. What was usually considered a girl's thing, its become now a metrosexual thing to have a beautiful straightened hair  , be it men or women.  

The experimentation to get straightened hair has varied from using hot iron presses to hair straightener machines or to the other extreme end, Japanese & Brazilian Hair straightening techniques , which involves applying special keratin formulas along with ironing presses to achieve the end goal. And the whole treatment is really an expensive affair sometimes costing upto 300-400 dollars and it may not even last for weeks

However, fortunately I have been at the receiving end of a fantastic pair of latest innovative products from Sunsilk , namely the Sunsilk Perfect Straight Shampoo and Conditioner . This is their new offering to get a long lasting straightened and smoothened hair ,which really works !

The fragrance of the product case itself took me to a trance ,even from quite a distance and knew its going to be an instant hit . I shared the product with a very special friend who gave it a try too.
The experience I should say was just fascinating,for both of us who tried it .Esp my friend,who still keeps raving about it. The solution worked like a miracle giving the exact desired results . The conditioner , coupled along with the shampoo gave the hair a completely new shine or rather would call it a rare sparkle, apart from getting it a perfectly straight shape and alignment with no frizzles or puffiness anywhere. Given that ,both the conditioner and shampoo combined, comes at only 100Rs or so gives it an even more compelling reason to try it !!

The first thing that comes to my mind when i think of straightened hair , will be Angelina Jolie or the ever beautiful Deepika Padukone or sometimes even "Gajini" Surya . Sunsilk Perfect Straight could give you that exact thing , which you always just desired on screen , and that too Instantly.

Just use it on a regular basis , and let the hair dry on its own ,and allow it to settle. (P.S.I'd totally recommend to skip the hair dryer/blower .Just let nature take its own course :) . I am sure this should definitely keep you off on those expensive salon visits for quite sometime and give you that extra budget to splurge on something else,
Overall A definite , must try and a satisfying experience !

If its gotta be straight, it's gotta be Sunsilk !

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Vishwaroopam Review

Vishwaroopam Review

Honest & Brilliant Filmmaking at its best. 
Kamal Hasan has managed to stick true to the boldness of the script and not bow down neither to the confines of the restricted "acceptable boundaries" of the film industry nor have the expectations of the "mass" audience impede in his storytelling .One of the finest spy thrillers in the history of Tamil films. The raw power of several scenes be it a Kathak dance or depiction of the Afghan blasts is unparalleled and leave many people gasping in awe. 

Kudos to this guy whos brought Hollywood one step closer . 

Already awaiting Vishwaroopam 2.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013