Must visit places in Darjeeling:Incredible North-East!

I went on this trip to Darjeeling  to explore the incredible north-east and would love to share my experience with you all!

Darjeeling is a town in West Bengal and is famous for three things- its Tea Gardens, Kangchenjunga mountain view and; monastries and temples. Apart from being an amazing hill station, it also offers being the centre-place to view all the other higher peaks of Mount Everest and Himalayas.I started my trip by boarding a flight from Delhi to Bagdogra in West Bengal as it is the only airport nearest to Darjeeling. On reaching Bagdogra, you can hire a car to reach Darjeeling as it is only about 2-3 hours away by road. Here I’m sharing with you all what I explored in this incredible city! This post will help you to know about the famous places to visit in Darjeeling.

 

Sunrise at Tiger Hill

It was the Christmas morning which greeted me with the rising sun in the lap of Tiger Hill! I have saved this day in my memory and will never be able to forget it. I didn’t know this trip is going to give me such an unforgettable experience.

I began my day with the view of the rising sun at Tiger Hill, Darjeeling. It must be around 4:30 in the morning and the temperature was as low as -2 degrees accompanied by chilly winds.The sky was like a painter’s plate with colours from shades of blue, purple, black to deep orange and pinks. It was damn cold. After a point of time I wasn’t able to feel my hands and my feet. And I was standing there in the hope to catch the glimpse of the rising sun as Tiger Hill is famous for its  beautiful view of sunrise. And that makes it the most famous tourist place! People reach there as early as 4 am in the morning, to occupy the best place for the view. At 6:15, I saw a red ball of fire emerging from the layers of the sky. It was stunning, amazing, startling, fantabulous, just out of this world… actually words seem to fall short for it. As it continued to grow bigger in size and brighter, it brought a smile on everyone’s face.

It tops my list of places to visit in Darjeeling!

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Tiger Hill sunrise point
View of sunrise from Tiger Hill
View of sunrise from Tiger Hill
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Mesmerizing view form Tiger Hills

Aswesay: You just can’t afford to miss this place when in Darjeeling!

Also, catch the sight of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga together from Tiger hill.

 

Ghoom Monastry

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Ghoom Monastery Darjeeling

This is the Samten Choling Monastery, generally referred to as Ghoom monastry but the  one is the Yiga Choeling monastry which is about 1km away from the latter. While coming back from Tiger Hill in the morning, this monastry comes in the way. So, its convenient to visit it after Tiger Hill.

Samten Choling Gompa has the largest Buddha statue in West Bengal, a memorial dedicated to German mystic Lama Govinda.

 

Batasia Loop

Batasia Loop is nearby to the Samten choling monastery. This is a small point made by the local people, from where you can catch the sight of the famous “Three Sisters peak”.

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Darjeeling three sisters near Tiger Hills

 

Tea Gardens in Darjeeling

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Darjeeling tea estates
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Darjeeling-tea garden

Along with admiring the beauty of the tea gardens, you can also enjoy an exotic cup of tea there. You can find small markets around who sell different types of tea – green tea, white tea, black tea and other types of specialties.Tea market is one of the biggest source of income for the locals.

 

Japanese Temple in Darjeeling

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Japanese tradition; interiors of japanese temple

There is a traditional Japanese Temple in Darjeeling also named as Nipponzan Myohoji Budhist temple. All the rituals are performed in the Japanese way so you can experience  different religious customs altogether.

 

 

Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling

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Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa, was basically built to inspire, encourage and bring all the people belonging to different castes and creed to unite them in the search of world peace. It stands as a sacred symbol of peace and harmony.

Peace pagodas were built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, who was a Japanese Buddhist monk. He was also a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. The tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings left him in great despair and following this setback he pledged to teach the world about the importance of peace, good-will and harmony in life. There are around 80 peace pagodas all over the world in Europe, Asia and United States.

The Japanese peace pagoda in Darjeeling has statues depicting various activities of Buddha.

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Lord Buddha giving sermon
Lord Buddha giving sermon

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

It is the highest railway station in India and also famously known by the name of Toy Train. Being situated at about 7000 feet, it also listed as the Mountain railways of India in the World Heritage Site. It operates on a narrow track and takes you through the mountains which makes for a simply breathtaking view! This toy train ride will cover some amazing slopes and curves which seems almost impossible to be travelled through train. It has specific timings and a decent fare which you can check for when you go there.

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batasia-loop-darjeeling

Darjeeling is also known as the Queen of Hills. Its usually suggested to visit Darjeeling during the months of April-June. But I went during December and even in the month of December, each day was sunny, warm and very comfortable. But the nights are damn cold. So, you must keep heavy woolens and jackets for a winter visit. The mountain peaks were covered with snow and in evening you can take a walk down the road with cool breeze. The temperatures can be very low during winter season but experiencing the chilly winters has its own charm. So, if you plan a trip to Darjeeling then do include the places mentioned in your list so that you don’t miss out on anything.  And I hope you will also have an awesome experience as I had!

Good luck 🙂

Post by Moto

 

Asus Zenfone Zoom Review: DSLR experience in Smartphone!

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Are you planning to get yourself a DSLR camera? Now you can have it without having to worry on spending thousands just for a DSLR! The brand new ASUS Zenfone Zoom is exactly what you looking for!

Last week, I attended the Launch event for Asus Zenfone Zoom at Jaypee Palace, in Agra. I am already a user of the Zenfone-2 Laser and I seem to be in awe of these Zenfone series. The theme behind the launch was “See The World Up Close”. For all the lovers of camera and photography, this gadget is surely going to get your hunger satisfied. It comes with the 3x Optical Zoom feature and that is its USP!

Unboxing the Asus Zenfone Zoom
Unboxing the Asus Zenfone Zoom
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ASUS Zenfone Zoom comes in stylish packing
Zenfone zoom is bundled with fast charging adapter and Zenear
Zenfone zoom is bundled with fast charging adapter and Zenear
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ASUS Zenfoom Zoom: First look
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Side view of ASUS Zenfone Zoom; Side of the phone is equipped with keys for volume, power and camera

Basically, its a camera centric phone with the idea to provide a “pocket size DSLR”! Its 3x Zoom (upto 12x total zoom) lets you see the minutest detail. Also, it has optical image stabilization which enables you to take shake-free photos. The front camera is 5MP and the rear camera is 13 MP. I clicked some of the photos personally to experience the same and here it is…

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Photo taken by Asus Zenfone Zoom

This picture is of the interiors of one of the tomb in Taj Mahal. I clicked this picture using – Zoom, super resolution and low light mode. It was very dark inside but still then I easily captured the beautiful work done on the walls! Its camera offers various modes like – low light mode to click pictures in dark, maximized 52 MP super resolution mode for perfect clarity, HDR, etc.

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See what others cant see; picture using optical zoom
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View of Taj through the ASUS 3x optical zoom lens

Taj Mahal is the white beauty and I thought to play with the phone’s camera and find some creative ways to click Taj’s picture. I have used its very own filters and the sky behind Taj looks amazing! Zenfone Zoom surely enables you to see up-close! For more such amazing photos, you can check my latest photo blog where I have clicked every single photo using this phone.

One of the other features that I find very impressive and useful is its battery. This phone is equipped with the charger which is built with Boost Master fast charging technology and that enables it to charge around 60-65% in just about 40 minutes.

The look of the phone is very classy and elegant with the genuine leather grip. There is no chance of getting any scratch on the screen of your phone as it has Corning Gorilla glass 4 for ultimate protection. So, overall Zenfone Zoom comes as a great package of good looks, performance and durability in terms of its outer body.

ASUS has revolutionalised the phone cameras unlike any other brand and that makes ASUS stand apart from its competitors.

The Magnificent Taj Mahal: An Absolute Wonder of the Universe

Back side of Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, One of the Seven Wonders of the World, example of an exquisite and splendid architecture, symbol of love… All these synonyms fall short to explain its majestic and enthralling beauty. Centuies have gone by, but its beauty is still intact.

Here is my exclusive photo blog for “The Taj Mahal”. I tried to capture its scenic beauty from each angle possible from my brand new Asus Zenfone Zoom which takes pictures with quality equivalent to that of any DSLR camera. I really love to travel and I also love to capture every moment of it !

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Main entrance to the Taj Mahal, Agra

 

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Closer look at the main entrance darwaza to Taj Mahal

Take a closer look at the main gateway to the Taj and you will find that it has verses from Quran inscribed on the white marble. I would like to mention a fact here – the flowers and the verses which you see here are neither made by using any colour nor painted; instead it is the marble carvings itself. So, its just the marbles and other precious stones.

I visited Taj on a chilly winter morning accompanied with a lot of fog. I tried to capture that particular dreamlike view of Taj. So, have a look!

Front View: Taj Mahal, photo taken by Asus Zenfone zoom
Front View: Taj Mahal, photo taken by Asus Zenfone zoom

And the above one is my favourite, with the bird flying just in front of Taj.

 

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Image of the Taj in the reflecting water pond

My Asus Zenfone zoom’s 3x focus feature and its super resolution mode, made it possible on a hazy-foggy day to click perfectly clear image of the reflection of Taj in the reflecting water pond. This is one favourite spot to click Taj’s pictures for photographers.

 

Minaret of Taj
One of the minarets of Taj Mahal

There are four minarets surrounding the Taj Mahal, two in the front and two at the back. This minaret stands tall on the marble floor, rising high in the sky. Not just that these four minarets surround the Taj but they also have an interesting fact to them. During Taj’s construction, one key point was noticed that these minarets could fall on Taj if an earthquake occurs. So, in order to keep it away from damage, its makers constructed one of the two minarets at certain tilted angle such that it doesn’t fall on Taj. You can notice the same in the picture above picture too.

 

Side View of Taj
Side view of Taj; taken from a lower angle

By zooming in the picture, you can notice the persian style writings and poems (caligraphy) on its walls. Taj’s architecture is mostly Persian and Mughal type. Basically, an amalgamation of Islamic, Persian, Mughal and Indian styles of art and architecture.

 

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View from the back side

This back view of Taj shows a little bit of the tilted structure of the minarets.

 

Other architectural gems inside the Taj Mahal
Other architectural gems surrounding the Taj Mahal

As you move further inside, you can  find some spectacular architectural monuments surrounding the main structure of Taj. This is on the left to the Taj.

 

Monument facing the right hand side of Taj
Monument facing the right hand side of Taj

 

View of Yamuna River from Taj
View of Yamuna River from Taj

Taj Mahal, built on the banks of the Yamuna river.

So my trip to Taj was one superbly awesome experience. And I hope that after seeing this blog the reason as to why – it is and will always be one of the wonders of the world- will be very much clear.

It is the cultural heritage site of India and also has fascinating historical love story of – the Mughal King Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Mughal Emperor Shahjahan got this built in the memory of her wife.

If you plan for a visit to Delhi and wish to explore more places around it then I suggest you to visit the Taj Mahal.

Airlift: Movie Review

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AIRLIFT, one of the biggest evacuation mission, carried out by India in 1990, when Iraq had invaded Kuwait. This mission was one of its own kind where the civil airlines airlifted the Indians struck in Kuwait. Needless to say that in such a crisis, where all the Kuwaitis were being shot dead mercilessly by the Iraqi army and the whole place was burnt down, people could not find a ray of hope to live and could not even take it into their heads that overnight everything has come to an end. So, basically they were just left hopeless and helpless, without any identity, getting no help from either Kuwait government or the Indian embassy there. The film is all about how one man, Ranjit Katiyal a successful business man, rich, famous and powerful, used his each and every bit to help out all the Indians.

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About the music of the film, I personally enjoyed Akki dancing to the Arabic beats in the song “Dil cheez tujhe dedi”. Rest of the songs were just to describe the emotions of the situations in the background.

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Akshay Kumar as Ranjit Katiyal in Airlift

The film did stick to its plot but there were some unnecessary scenes and after the interval it moved a little slow. My most favourite scene has to be the one, where I see the Indian flag being hoisted at the Jordan airport. It will literally shake and awake the patriotic feelings you have for your country.

I have always been a fan of Akshay Kumar. Be it his comic timings, action films or romance…this guy can do everything. He doesn’t need a brand or a big director or big budget…he has his own aura and has created a brand of his own. Nimrat Kaur, was very good in the movie. She is a great artist as we all have seen in Lunchbox. Her clothes and make-up were kept very elegant and classy. Airlift is surely this year’s first movie which is making decent box-office collections so far. And I must say it’s well deserved.

Kudos to the team Airlift!

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Top 7 Technologies to look out for in Smartphones

Our phones have changed from simple candy-bar Nokia 3310 to an extraordinary iPhone 6s, stuffed with multiple top-of-the-line features. Below mentioned are the brilliant technologies that have defined the face of the smartphone industry in the future. Even some big shot giants are providing these high end technologies in budget smart phones.

  1. Biometric Security

Not just the fingerprint scanner, but multiple other forms of biometric scanners have already entered in the market. One of the latest examples is the Windows Hello in Lumia 950 XL that scans your iris for authentication purpose.

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Windows hello feature in Lumia 950

 

You just need to look towards the display, and the scanner will automatically detect your eyes and unlock the device. Moreover, the technology works even in dark, as it depends on built-in infrared to scan your iris.

Fingerprint scanner has already gained a lot of popularity in multiple flagship devices, including iPhone 6s, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, and the mid-range OnePlus 2.

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Fingerprint scanner in iPhone 6s and Galaxy S6

 

They all have been designed to give you a faster and more secure way to access your device.

Google has integrated the fingerprint technology in their latest Android version, and the Nexus 5x and 6P comes with Nexus Imprint.

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Google Nexus 5 – fingerprint sensor
  1. Pressure Sensitive Display

Right after the introduction of 3D Touch in the iPhone 6s, Synaptics, the world leader in laptop touchpads, announced their own pressure sensitive panels for smartphones, tablets, etc. The pressure sensitivity, as seen in iPhone 6s, will add another dimension to the way we use our smartphones today. The phone will sense the amount of force being put on the screen and treats you with relevant information.

  1. Virtual Reality

This technology is still in nascent stage, but has a great potential to rule the future of not only the smartphone industry but the complete entertainment and electronics industry. In the future, when the VR content will be available more easily, you will be able to just put your smartphone into a VR device and enjoy your favourite shows in full 360-degree view. What an incredible experience it would be!

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Samsung virtual reality headset

Samsung and HTC have successfully created their VR headsets which can provide you the immersive experience of the VR world using just your smartphone. You will just have to place your smartphone in the inbuilt holder, and you’re good to go. While such headsets will be available in the market within a few months, Google has given a more cost effective and easier way to experience VR content – Cardboard. Using cardboard, you can create your own VR headset, and it requires minimum setup. YouTube app has also been updated to support the cardboard, and you can easily access an array of 360 degree videos on the network.

  1. Tap to Pay

Apple Pay and Samsung Pay are already into the market, but they are limited to certain countries, and are accepted in even less number of stores. Combined with biometric security, payment made through these services is much more secure.

We will soon see these services in many more countries, and being widely used by the consumers for their added security and convenience. Samsung’s and Apple’s recently launched flagship devices are capable of making payments through their respective payment services, but they are yet to come to India.

  1. Wireless Charging

As of now, you have to place your smartphone over a charging pad to wireless charge your device. But, in the future, you won’t need any charging pad either; the pads would be built directly into your furniture, like tables, etc., and you just need to keep your device on the table to start charging it. By then, fast charging will also be much more effective in wireless charging, than what it currently is.

For the time being, Samsung’s latest flagship devices come with wireless charging facility. A few more devices have implemented the feature, but none have been as popular and effective as the Samsung’s. However, you will have to buy the charging pad separately, and being a new technology, it sports a premium price tag.

  1. Laser Autofocus

LG was the first manufacturer to implement this technology in their then flagship device G3, but it is now seen in various budget smartphones from Asus as well. The technology shoots a laser beam on the subject to ensure a faster and accurate focus lock, even in the low light condition. As a result, you get a perfect shot with an even perfect on spot focus. The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is designed for giving an ultimate camera experience to user, without compromising on the quality, speed and accuracy, even when the lighting conditions aren’t adequate.

  1. LED Flash with the Front-Facing Camera

When you try clicking a selfie in dark, you certainly get disappointed because of its low quality with a lot of grains, and almost nothing being visible. Well, the companies have thought of this problem and have decided to accompany an LED flash with the front camera too. Motorola’s Moto X Style is one such latest smartphone that features a front facing LED flash to aid its already awesome selfie camera. Apple came with a unique way to cater the problem in their iPhone 6s. They used device’s display itself to light up your face for optimum lighting and ultimately better quality selfie.

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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Posted by LB

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!

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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.