Do we really understand Free Basics by Facebook?

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For the last few days, we have been seeing huge advertisements by Facebook in India’s leading newspapers on Digital Equality, stating it as a first step to connect one billion Indians through a campaign called Free Basics.

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Free Basics by Facebook: Two page ad on TOI

What is Free Basics?

Lately, you must have been getting a lot of notifications stating, “your friend just sent a letter to TRAI supporting the free basics campaign of Facebook”. Free basics which intends to provide free internet access to 1 Billion people, who are yet to get the internet access and help them with JOB, Education and various other opportunities online. There are many people supporting this cause but there is another set of people talking a lot about it and definitely that is not so positive. Like any other debate, this one too has another side which Facebook is not highlighting. Facebook is not sharing all the facts related to its campaign and instead making its user to support the campaign through these push notifications. Lets compare both the sides and decide upon on our final decision.

What Facebook has stated in its letter to TRAI…

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Facebook letter to TRAI

To achieve this objective, Facebook is inviting Mobile operators to participate and provide free internet on the platform known as internet.org. So, the sole authority of accepting and rejecting an operator lies with Facebook only. It will create a platform where the content is being controlled by Facebook entirely. There will be a price differential for different content, different websites and even for different Apps.  And this is totally against the ‘Net Neutrality’. All these facts are not mentioned anywhere in the letter. Then, how come a user is able to take the informed decision?

You can watch this Videos to understand the Net Neutrality.


There’s another set of group, referred as small vocal group of critics by Facebook, with different view point. They are fighting for Net Neutrality in India for quite a while.

Lets understand the Free Basics through a video posted by AIB recently. This will give you a new perspective to think about Facebook’s Free Basics from this group’s point of view.

You can also go through the below link and read more about it.

This debate is open on public space till December 30, 2015. It’s better to make an informed decision rather than someone pushing you to do so. Before sending the letter to TRAI, as pushed by Facebook in your notification, read more and take a wise decision.

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Movie Review: Bajirao Mastani – Phenomenal performance by Ranveer Singh

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Moto says…

Bajirao Mastani is yet another masterpiece delivered by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. This movie is touted to be his dream project from past 12 years or so. And, he definitely did bring out the best of the epic love story saga of the great Maratha peshwa – Bajirao 1 (played by Ranveer Singh) the then Peshwa to Maharaja Chhatrapati Shivaji 4. The story revolves around Bajirao Ballad and his second wife Mastani (Deepika Padukone) daughter of Chhatrasal (Maharaja of Bundelkhand). She was called as his Mistress but was actually wedded to him.

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Bajirao Mastani Review

Bajirao was reigning over the glory of his heroic win in all the battles he fought and was happily married to Kashibai (Priyanka Chopra), his first wife. During that time Muhammad Bangash was planning attacks over Bundelkhand. In order to save Bundelkhand, Mastani who was herself a brave and skilled warrior, seeks Bajirao’s help to save the kingdom. Bajirao accepts to help Bundelkhand and both of them defeated Bangash in the battle.

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Bajirao Ballad

As per historical facts, Chatrasal gave Marathas a handful of villages, diamond mines and his daughter in marriage to Bajirao in gratitude for his help and to strengthen their relationship. While in the movie, both Mastani and Bajirao fell in love with each other and then got married. But Maratha’s never approved of Mastani as she was born to a Muslim mother. They posed many threats to her and her son’s life but the love between Bajirao and Mastani grew stronger. She was not given the respect and stature of Peshwa’s second wife and was treated terribly. But Bajirao went against their will to protect and love her second wife.

The screenplay of the movie was brilliant. One can expect outstanding performances by all the actors. From costumes to dialogues and screenplay, it was all well executed. And as it is a Bhansali movie, so you can expect a fabulous dance sequence with both actresses in the song Pinga (reminds me of the song dola re from Devdas). The music of the movie also feels fresh.

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Ranveer singh as Bajirao

My personal view is that Ranveer Singh just took me by surprise has outdone himself in the movie. He got into the skin of the character and his Marathi accent is one sure thing to look out for. His body language and on-screen persona makes him the appropriate choice for Bajirao. Deepika looked absolutely stunning in the song “diwani mastani” which is strikingly spectacular. Her expressions and dialogue delivery is superb. Priyanka looks convincing as Kashibai and performed with ease.

 

Although, the story is given its own share of twists and turns to make it look more tragic but this love story saga is worth watching amongst the number of films released this weekend. I think it’s the perfect treat for this Xmas!

 

Are you Odd or Even : Or just a critic

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The purpose of writing this particular piece is to share my view point on the current status of pollution level in Delhi. We all are very much aware of the fact that the pollution level in Delhi is beyond the prescribed standards. Delhi being the capital city, often stands as an example for other states. Delhi has witnessed growing corporate sector in NCR region, enormous constructions (for metro, flyovers, housing sector) and increased no. of cars on roads, over a few years now. Air quality has deteriorated so much! The air that we are breathing is highly dangerous for children and old age people having asthma or heart diseases. Also, India has the highest death rate due to chronic respiratory diseases. It is totally unfit for young children and newborn babies to breathe this air. I read it in a survey that in Delhi every non-smoker is also a smoker. Because the lungs of even a non-smoker is as much affected as the one who is a chain smoker. Catching with the situation, lately Delhi government has come with an idea of Odd and Even numbers.

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Delhi pollution

What is Odd or Even?

So, the idea is to control the number of cars plying in the city. During odd days, only the cars with odd numbers will run and similarly on even days, cars with even numbers will run. The government is planning to run this formula for first 15 days of January 2016. As of now this is only applicable on private cars.

How’s the reaction around?

The typical reactions of some of the Delhi vallas on this idea was; ye idea nahi chalega(This idea will not work), ye CM kuch bhi karta hai(This CM does anything), car band karne se kya ho jayega(Stopping cars will not help), etc. Reactions of some of the so called intellectuals; Car contributes least amount of pollution in Delhi, Women safety, Why commercial vehicles are not included etc…

So, what could be the possible reasons for so many questions? Did we try it once, NO, then how can we say this will not work. Isn’t cars one of the reason for pollution, YES Of course ! Then how can we say stopping cars will not help.

The very simple answer is, this is the way we are tuned in. We never want to contribute. We just like to ask questions and pass judgment. We appreciate when France, Singapore, or any other developed country doing it but when it comes to clean your own home; we give these knee-jerk reactions to it without giving it a thought. We never want to be part of the solution but yes we like to escape these problems simply by asking a number of questions. Because by questioning we don’t have to go through the pain of travelling by Metro, looking for car pool, reaching office late and all other problems which we associate with this change.

Let’s try at least..

In such a scenario, which we are facing, I feel it is completely justified to support this “Odd Even” funda. At least, let’s try it out and see what change it can bring!

Since, it’s been created by us and we are the cause of this problem. Now it’s our responsibility to come forward and do our efforts to clean the mess.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”

 

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser: First Look

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser was launched at the Zenfestival in the month of August, in New Delhi. Zenfone has garnered a lot of appreciation for their classy designs and premium technology at affordable price. ASUS launched a series of smartphones at the Zenfestival – Zenfone 2 Laser, Zenfone 2 Selfie and Zenfone 2 Deluxe.

So, here it is the first look of Asus Zenfone 2 Laser. I am sure you will like it as much as I do!

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser

2GB Ram, 16 GB storage, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Processor

Unboxing Asus Zenfone 2 Laser
Unboxing Asus Zenfone 2 Laser

Zenfone 2 Laser box contains – a charger,  USB cable and warranty cards. Headphones are not available with any of the new Zenfone series. You can buy Zen ears separately.

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Scratch proof Gorilla glass 4

5.5 inch display, 5 MP front Camera

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ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser comes with rear Egronomic Arc design key

13 MP rear Camera with Laser auto-focus

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Keep watching this space for complete review of ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser in my next blog.

Our take on Tamasha – Movie Review

 

After one week of its release, Moto and I decided to watch Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor’s Tamasha. It took us one week to finally get convinced to watch the movie as the feedback from people around us was not so positive. So today we took the risk of watching the movie and the risk was worth taking it. And here it is what we have to say…

                                                                                

LB Says…

First of all I loved the way Deepika Padukone portrayed the character of Tara. She was truly beautiful and amazing in the movie. Though the Tamasha revolves around Ved (Ranbir Kapoor)’s life but Tara took my heart away.

Ved met Tara – Corsica

Ved and Tara met in one of the beautiful island of France, Corsica. They both decided to spend time together and not to know about each other’s real identity. They talked about things which made no sense; they laughed and drove around the place. They lived life in those 6 days on their own terms without being the expected version of society around them and after those 6 days they bid goodbye to each other without asking any questions to know about the “real them” and moved on with their respective life thereafter.

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 After Corsica

Over the years Tara realizes her love for Ved. She fell in love with the madness that Ved had for life. In Corsica, Ved was a dreamer who took her heart away… one who was not what a regular person is… his life was like a piece of a story where he plays a character which he wants to be. She found him to be one of those rarest people who accept their individuality and be who they actually are… And as the story takes another turn…

She meets him again after years and expects him to be the same person she met in Corsica. But, here Ved is a very regular and simple guy. His life revolves around office and home. He is now leading a robotic life with set schedule and rules. Tara and Ved started dating officially but Tara was surprised to see a different Ved.  Tara’s expectations made Ved more impulsive and they parted their ways.

 But he soon realizes that in a bid to prove himself to his parents and live up to the expectations of the society, he has lost sight of himself… what he was and what he wanted to be. He finds it suffocating to lead his life by the set rules of studying engineering, 9-5 office, taking shit from his boss and saying “YES” to everything. He then quits his job and goes to get Tara back in his life. The girl who had shaken and awaken him from the tamasha he was a part of and brought him to reality.

Moto says…

Tamasha is what seems to be the reality but is not. Like in a drama or a tamasha, you see a person playing a character, doing things as per rules, saying set expected dialogues and behaving in a manner to please others. Whereas in reality, we all are very different people, which give birth to creativity and individualism. And we get into this tamasha unknowingly and call it “the course of life”. Also, there are a very few people around who would actually encourage you to follow your dreams and accept you as the way you are.

 I just feel, why is it so, that sometimes a person is so bound and ends up making compromises and gives up on who he is. Maybe because in life, everybody doesn’t get a chance for it… or maybe circumstances are just not right. Imtiaz Ali brought out this subject beautifully. The ending of the movie really moved me and  suggests  that sometimes it’s worth taking the risk… at least for your own satisfaction. It’s “you” who is the hero of your own story. If you don’t like the story..”you” change its ending.. Life is an individual’s story. So Ved comes out of the tamasha he was forced to be in and joins Tara and makes his own story.