Friday, April 29, 2016

Internship Story

Fresh out of college, you long for the corporate experience that can set you on your goals, ambition and career . You'd want to learn the craft as quickly as possible and start delivering on those results. You'd have a burning desire to master the subjects and implement them in different projects.

Corporate life however may not be exactly as you imagine. You wont have many helping hands as you expected to show you your path. You are left to fend for yourself, no spoon feeding and of course you are expected to deliver everything overnight . The learning curve can be quite steep than you imagine. So the best way around this is to get an internship (either during college in a similar firm or immediately after) . Being an intern, you have so many advantages. You can get to meet everyone in the firm, and learn about their roles and responsibilities. You dont have a fixed agenda or a deliverable but rather a freedom to sit with anyone and understand the work from them. The experience of working with live data in a current project can add to significant experience in working towards your end goals

I still vividly remember my internship days, immediately after my post graduation in management. I was one of the lucky few to be recruited through campus placements and my employer (who also was my visiting professor) . The experience was completely different from anyone else, given that the company was a startup and in its initial days of breaking through the market. With ambitious plans and goals, the company was trying to make a huge mark in the retail analytics sector

With a computer science engineering and a post graduation in Marketing as a background, it was like bread and butter to me. It gave me the exact kind of exposure that I was looking for. To explore the intricacies of a developing and exciting industry, meeting clients and pitching for new opportunities, developing solutions, almost everything was part of my job profile as an intern.

Without a doubt, my learning curve went up at a steep pace, giving parallely an in depth industry experience. I was asked to sit in focus interviews by clients, derive key insights and present in front of an audience, this was the one of the most challenging as well as exciting days of my early career. It setup the way and gave me enough confidence to face anyone boldly and interact with them.
Though the pay you may get during an internship can be very low as compared to a normal salary, the experience and knowledge you gain out of it is invaluable and gives a further strong hold in your career. You can also use the internship experience in your resume to apply for other jobs in the future and given more preference compared to others

I distinctly remember the time, when we formed the basic company roadmap , and the first client meeting where we were asked a lot of questions and some of them were quite impossible to answer. This gave me a further momentum to learn about the industry challenges, client needs and other common practices that can solve many a problem. Not just primary research , but the secondary research in the net gave me so much valuable info about current industry and market that was prevailing. I also got to learn a lot of statistical techniques, tools like SPSS that provided a further edge

This 2 month of internship experience acted as a solid foundation when I attended my first interview in a big MNC and helped me immensely in easily cracking it and definitely owe it to where I am today

I’m sharing my first internship experience for the #MyInternTheory activity at BlogAdda in association with Intern Theory

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Open Plan Homes

As we begin to expand our neighbourhoods and at the same time plan for sustainable living methods for a better future, we need to consider a lot of factors . The construction of new houses ad buildings should not intrude or alter the existing habitat or natural surroundings but rather compliment and blend in with existing condition. 

As stated above, these housings should be environmental friendly, have options that can tap into natural resources to provide for a sustainable living and so forth

The Garden city of Bangalore, filled with trees and gardens  is one such prime example where the city has seen the rise of a huge no of buildings in the recent future . It's imperative that these contructions follow environmental norms and takes effort in contributing to mother earth
In my search for environment friendly organizations, I came across one such firm, GoodEarth who's known for constructing environment-friendly and sustainable neighborhoods. They have now introduced their latest Community called Malhar Patterns - Open Plan Homes.



GoodEarth Malhar Patterns is an eco-village spread over 12 acres of land, located in Kengeri, Bangalore. The Open Plan Homes are cleverly designed spaces with minimal walls or no walls at all seem to flow seamlessly from the entrance verandah, through the living and dining areas to the rear verandah and into the rear garden.

This creates a sense of spaciousness in a compact plan and the beauty of the outdoors can be appreciated from various points within the home. The position of the plot in the layout and proximity to the parks will decide the emphasis on the front or rear garden.


GoodEarth‘s Malhar Patterns is truly a distilled essence of their understanding in designing layouts for homes and is based on how people live in them and how the home can help them interact with their neighborhood. 

About GoodEarth : 
The GoodEarth Malhar- Patterns project is the fifth community of the Malhar Eco-village as it continues with the aesthetic traditions of the development. Based on the work and philosophy of late Laurie Baker, the award-winning British born Indian architect, Good Earth was started by a group of architects and engineers who abide by his belief in sustainable architecture. experimenting with alternatives in architecture, exploring concepts of holistic development, through ventures in housing, organic farming, tourism, for the past 18 years.  The properties are built-up with Green Technology bringing out the most esthetic designs close to the nature

Do check out their website at : www.goodearth.org.in 

Other contact info : 9686676504/ 9945241616, Email: sales@goodearth.org.in

Friday, April 15, 2016

Impact of Air Quality to improve Business Productivity

Sometimes you may wonder what's really causing a drop in the levels of productivity at your office. You want to put in your best efforts, but the external surroundings can have a deep impact on your health as well as efficiency of your work.

External surroundings include not only the visible colours, lighting systems, cooling systems or even the work space quality but also the unseen pollutants that hover around in the air. Just because an air conditioning system is present, it really doesn't mean you are breathing a clean quality of air. You need special monitoring equipments and air filters to determine the quality of air levels in your office.



There has been plenty of research that indicates that a bad office air can directly result in poor productivity levels and issues in people as well.

To address this head on , world-leading air purifier company Blueair is making a unique free offer to  firms across India to test the air in their workplaces and demonstrate how they can quickly tackle productivity problems caused by sub-optimum air quality. The company says it will also demonstratethe power of a ‘Blueair Pro’ air purifier to clean the air in the office space being tested of 99.97% of contaminants within just 20 minutes and at no cost

Vijay Kannan, head of Blueair India says that they'll provide a whopping 25 percent discount during the month of April to each business taking up our ‘free air test’  offer, only if they decide our Pro air purifier did such a great job that they are prepared to place an ‘on the spot’ order. He further added that their air purifier will speedily remove 99.97% of all airborne contaminants from large offices five times an hour, leaving the air and those breathing it in tip-top shape. They have also established a toll number : 18008331188 especially for corporates

A new study by a research team at the prestigious U.S. Harvard University found that subjects scored 60% higher results in cognitive tests in indoor environments with reduced levels of volatile organic chemicals, which are gases emitted from certain solids or liquids.  Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in thousands of household and other products – paints, varnishes and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing and hobby products.

The Harvard study, entitled "Economic, Environmental and Health Implications of Enhanced Ventilation in Office Buildings”, also found that improved air quality ‘reduced absenteeism and improved health’ among employees. Piers MacNaughton, one of the researchers, said ‘we tell managers and building owners that they can gain a competitive advantage if they provide a better, healthier environment’. Blueair ‘breathe clean air at work’ initiative is designed to give businesses the chance to see for themselves in their own environments how efficiently a Blueair air purifier works to benefit their employees and bottom line

A word about BlueAir :

Sold in over 64 countries around the world, Blueair delivers home and office users more clean indoor air for enhanced user health and wellbeing faster than any competing air purifier thanks to its commitment to quality, energy efficiency and environmental care. A Blueair air purifier works efficiently, silently to remove 99.97% of allergens, asthma triggers, viruses, bacteria and other airborne pollutants. WebsiteDo check out further info at www.blueair.in


Saturday, April 02, 2016

Cashkaro  - Get Paid when you shop

Cashkaro - Get Paid when you shop

The e- retailing space has exploded in breakneck speeds in India in the last 3-4 years. Some of the top brands include Flipkart, Snapdeal , Amazon, E-Bay, Jabong and Myntra. The latest entrants to the space are wallet providers like Paytm , MobiKwik who wants to capture the e-shopping space with an integrated system of wallet payments as well

With so many options to choose in almost any category, the competition is fierce among these retailers and they have launched offers and discounts on a massive scale . Some of them might go off in just minutes if you aren't really aware of the same. The venture capitalist funds are primarily to capture new customers through attractive deals and offers

But this poses another dilemna. You dont know which site is offering what kind of discount nor do you get any cashbacks for any of your purchases. This is the place where a site like Cashkaro.com comes in  .

Cashkaro.com is a deal and a cashback site that literally rewards the customer everytime he shops online in the form of small cashbacks. The cashback % may vary from 0.5% to even 10% of your total bill amount with no upper amount in some cases.

Whether you gonna shop in Flipkart or Amazon or Ebay or any of the 1000's of sites , all you gotta do is create an account in Cashkaro which gives you a 50rs cashback instantly for free. Post  verification, select the offer you need or just visit the desired retailer from the link provided and get your purchases. Thats it. Cashkaro will track your purchases for you and rewards you with the corresponding cashback amount back in your account. This cashback amount can be redeemed in the form of cash or Flipkart vouchers, whichever you'd like

The experience of shopping through cashkaro is a breeze. Almost all the deals available in all e-retail stores are available in a single click. You just have to filter what you require, be it clothing or travel or accesories or even hotel rooms and click on the offer link provided in cashkaro.com. Once this is done, it'll divert you to the site , and you can begin to add the item to your cart and complete the payment

A few days later, you'd find your cashkaro account updated with an amount in proportion to what you shopped earlier . In several cases, I was never aware that there are so many coupons available to get a deep discount in many of the purchases I had made

For example, I was planning to purchase a mobile cover through Ebay. When I logged into Cashkaro and selected Ebay ,it quickly informed me of a coupon code that could get me a whopping 8% discount if I make my payment through PayTm. That was a huge discount %  which I was lucky to get. Interestingly this was in addition to the cashback that Cashkaro would give me for shopping in Ebay through Cashkaro (So basically a Double Cashback !!). Aint that cool?


So what are you waiting for : Just click on the below link, sign up for your cashkaro account, and start shopping through Cashkaro and get rewarded

Do signup here and get 50rs as Cashback amount in your Cashkaro Account :
http://cashkaro.com/r=1209471

Do check out their Twitter and Facebook pages as well for more info and upcoming deal info.

A jungle book memory

Gone are those beautiful days when I used to watch episode after episode of the amazing Jungle Book series in Doordarshan, the only available TV channel around that time. A fantastic representation of a book by the same name , written by the famous children's author ,Ruskin Bond

There is not a single episode that I may have missed in the Jungle book series. Even if I happen to miss one, I would quickly watch its replay that usually comes some other time. Not just the vivid characters, unique storyline that captured me, but I'm sure there's not a single person who hasn't been a big fan of the title track too. It was so addictive and perfectly captured the mood of the whole TV series itself

My memories of the Jungle book is quite extensive. Every sunday around 10 or 11 am, I used to sit with my family , friends and even neighbours to watch this adorable show and get captivated into the jungle.


So when I got to know that a 3D movie is going to come , a fantastic remake of the TV series, I have my hopes and expectations through the roof. As the D-Day is nearing , I'm already eager to make plans to watch this beautiful movie and thereby revisiting my childhood.


Some of the best memories of Jungle Book include the scene where Mowgli and his parents first step into the wild forests for an adventure tour and he gets separated in a midst of chaos. The journey of Mowgli begins there as he begins to make the jungle his home and make friends with all the animals and finally becomes “one of them”

I remember the scenes where Mowgli is initially attacked by a pack of wolves and finally knowing who he is and understanding his problems, the wolves begin to accept as a member of their family and begin to raise him

His interactions with deadly snakes and the famous tiger SherKhan calls for interesting memories as it now becomes a life and death game. The escape pursuits Mowgli went through , being attacked by several wild animals and finally saved by the wolves and bears is totally an epic memory. You don’t get to read any other comics that has so many interesting characters and wildlife setting that Jungle Book can offer. Even if you happen to have missed this series by chance , go grab the book and watch the beautiful story come to life in the big screen in a movie near you


One of my reasons why I love Mowgli is because of his natural instincts, street smart style, his quick wits to get out of tough situations and of course his tough nature to battle the jungle as a kid, all by himself and come out of it alive. This has been a quite an amazing inspiration for several youngsters including me





I’m blogging about #MyMowgliMemory at BlogAdda