Monthly Archives: July 2013

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag!!!

One of the best movies I have seen lately (although I am too late to see). You all must be aware, but I would like to mention that this movie is based on real life story of our only Athlete Milkha Singh who as of 2013, he is the only Indian male athlete to win an individual athletics gold medal at a Commonwealth Games. He is also known as “The Flying Sardar” and this title was awarded to him by the then Pakistan General Ayub Khan in 1960.

By now you all must Bhaag Milkha Bhaaghave already seen the movie, if not then I will recommend you to please go and watch it (now being Tax free, one should not miss such opportunity from the Government). Infact I also went to see the movie in the theatre as it was Tax free or else I would have seen it on my lappy :).

The movie is truly inspirational one and Director, Producer Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, my neighbour and Script Writer Prasson Joshi (I mean our offices are in same building) and even Farhan Akhtar who played the role of Milkha Singh has really played their part giving their 100% efforts. I don’t think anyone knew who Milkha Singh was before this movie (exception of very handful Army man or Sports person). Milkha had his ambition and determination to become a great man someday (inspired by his first love) and he put all his efforts and hardwork to become a great person in sports history. I really liked the way Milkha says “Aahoo” in the movie, small word but such a strong commitment behind it.

And best part of the movie was Milkha winning the race event which was held in Pakistan. I can hear people clapping in the theatre as if it’s a live event. Good that people are not allowed to carry musical instruments inside or else there could have been little dancing during the event, and Gujjus would have started Garba’s too… jokes apart… yes there was loud applause for Milkha Singh defeating Abdul Khaliq (Pakistani athlete) in the race. Even I heard my daughter saying “yes yes” with her raised fist expressing her joy of Milkha winning the race . Its been years I have seen such audience in the theatre appreciating in such a manner.

I will not be giving any stars or rating to this movie as the story itself is based on true Star.

Another great movie if you have seen or missed was “Paan Singh Tomar” one more great athlete from Indian Army who later became famous as a dacoit (circumstances made him choose the dacoit’s way).

There are so many great people in India who are never noticed and whom we have near heard of. Bollywood is doing a great job by making such films and bringing in light such great heroes.

End in end lesson learnt from this movie is “Hard work and Determination pays”. And very rightly said by Milkha Singh “Hard work, willpower and dedication. For a Person with these qualities, sky is the limit”.

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Nokia – Beginning or End!!!

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Do you really know when was the first cellular call was made in India? For those who are not aware then it was 15 years ago on July 31st 1995 on a Nokia phone on a Nokia Network. Nokia – “Connecting People” is also celebrating 15 years of presence in India and so is the Indian Telecom. And the tariff was as high as Rs.16.00 per minute.

Ok coming back to my headline …. Nokia was once a beginner and the only player in India Market way back in late 1990s. It had a very strong hold and was deeply penetrated in India. The first handset of Nokia was as big as a cordless phone with small display and antenna. Possessing a mobile at that time was a luxury which every one could not afford (only Tata, Birla and Amabani could) … so imagine the cost of the handset and thereafter the usage cost too per month. I myself started using mobile in 2004 wherein the outgoing charges per call was Rs.3.00 per minute and incoming was Rs.1.50 per minute.Nokia-6110-01

 Then came Nokia revolution, launching of handset with Nokia Tune ringtone which was played on classical guitar and it is probably one of the most frequently played pieces of music in the world.  And came the “Snake” game, which bite almost the whole world. An instant classic and addictive game which everyone played in their free time (I mean only those who had Nokia handset, which probably 8 out of 10 people had). By this time Nokia had started getting competition in Indian market from other phone manufacturers like Sony and Motorola. But Nokia was very quick in bringing out new handset model with new features almost one every month and was able to be number #1 for almost a decade in India. I still remember, I was also one of those crazy person for liking of new Nokia handset and I suppose I have used almost all the models of Nokia handsets till I shifted to Smartphone (initially BB and now iPhone).

 Now we are in the Smartphone era, where touch and big screen is what everyone wants. And not to forget the OS (Operating System) which are pre-loaded in the handset is the key to sell your handset. This is where Nokia had a big hit in the market and lost its top position. Until late Nokia had his own OS called Symbian and now it has tied up with Microsoft for Windows 8. So again Nokia has come up with whole lots of Lumia series. These handsets have great build quality, aggressive pricing, great camera features, etc. However the most important USP (Unique Selling Proposition) that they carry around is the OS which is Windows 8 running butter smooth even with nominal specs on these handsets.

 However other top mobile manufactures like Samsung, Sony, HTC, Micromax, Motorola, etc are using Android as their OS which Google is providing almost free of charge. This helps Android devices lower their costing and help to sell their products much faster.

Rather I believe Nokia should have an exclusive understanding with Microsoft for making only Windows devices and reduce on the OS cost for themselves thereby passing on the pricing benefit to end customers and start playing with much bigger volumes.

Please do comment about what you feel whether Nokia who was once a beginner would end their journey here or would they again gain top position in India market? And given a choice how many would select a Nokia handset now?

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WhatsApp – An Addiction!!!

WhatsApp …. Heard this word … of-course you all do :). When I first heard about WhatsApp I got confused with “What’s up” or rather “Wass up”. When I was in US in 2005 I use to hear these words almost from everyone. It rather means “How you doing?” and it’s a way of greeting.

But now a days WhatsApp means something different. Everyone starting from age group of 10 years till 60+ years, all are saying I am on WhatsApp … r u also on WhatsApp …. I don’t think the company CEO must have ever thought that this application will penetrate so deep inside everyone. This is one of the highest downloaded application till now on any platform (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Nokia, Symbian and Windows Phone). WhatsApp icon will be found in almost all the mobile users. In fact people subscribe to internet so that they can use WhatsApp in their phone.

WhatsApp was developed so that users between BlackBerry and iPhone or Android users can cross chat with each other. And now this app has killed all other older ways of chat or communication like SMS, yahoo chat or gtalk, or BBM. There is whatsappno age bar to use  WhatsApp. Even oldies are seen using WhatsApp, which probably they have learnt from their children or grand children. It has rather now days become a timepass app. Lots of jokes, pics are shared by creating groups. People are just seen chatting endlessly on WhatsApp. One can hear phones beeping continuously in office and many offices have now days banned using WhatsApp during office hours. By forwarding jokes and pics it gives pleasure and fun to many but at times it also creates misunderstanding between some too. People express their love to their loved ones on WhasApp and at times break up also with them on WhatsApp only. It allows you to keep intouch with all your friends, colleagues and even family members too. It has the facility to create groups and people names it like “School Friends”, “College Friends”, “Family”, “Train Friends”, “Building Friends” and the list is endless …

WhatsApp has become addiction to most of them instead of being just a communication window. One checks his/her mobile incase it does not beep after every few mins and gets worried why no messages on WhatsApp? As I mentioned earlier sometimes its fun to keep intouch with all but at times it is irritating when one is busy in some work and your mobile keeps on beeping with new messages and also eating up your phone battery :oops:.

The above views are totally my thoughts and there is no resemblance of anyone. I am a chat-ohlic and you will find me Online most of the time in WhatsApp from the time I get up till I goto bed. 8-)

How about you all??? Please do drop in your views …..

Bhaiya ji Smile :-)

You must have heard these words in recent block buster movie of our Salman bhai “Dabangg”. The villain has hired a special photographer to click pictures of his own in various positions. In full movie the only dialogue the photographer says is “Bhaiya ji Smile” and clicks pictures using his camera.

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Now with the help of Smart phones which has the facility to click HD pictures, I have seen more and more people are clicking their own photos, to update their DP for Facebook or Twitter or Whatsapp or BB chat or Orkut or rather any social website or any chat on the mobile.

I always wonder what do we call such people, Photogenic or self obsessed? Or is it that they want to capture each and every moment of their life and post it on some place so that all known people are updated with the latest whereabouts. Or is it that these people likes to see their own beauty and admire it day and night J. Technology has really benefited such people. Smart phones with very high capacity storage and good mega pixel camera has made life simpler for them, rather hiring a personal photographer as in the case of Chedi Singh in Dabangg. To add to these the latest phones has dual camera (front and back) which works together at the same time and not to forget the editing software which are easily and freely available in the market which helps to look more photogenic.

How can we forget the other side of the person who does not like to click any photos of their own or clicked by anyone. Do they have photophobia or are they un-photogenic? Many have their own reasons of not clicking any pictures or allowing anyone to click their pictures. But these people can still smile like others 🙂

Which category are you in???

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As the name says Indian Railway – strong and deeply penetrated across the country.My journey started last friday morning from Borivali to Jammu (only one direct train from Mumbai to reach Jammu) and I had my reservation in 3 tier AC coach. I have a train phobia in the sense I am worried and tensed before my journey starts. Don’t know whether I will be able to get into the train in the stipulated time halt, whether I will get my reserved seat empty and hoping no one has pre occupied it. By overcoming all this phobias I hopped into the train and what a relief …. My seat was empty and my journey started.

So again getting back on track… Indian railway has improved a lot. Train was on schedule at borivali and even coaches were neat and clean. And to add to it bed sheets, pillows and also blanket were all neatly kept. And not to forget Bed sheets were washed in surf excel (daag dundhte reh jaoge). There were house keeping guys who use to come after every few hours for cleaning  the floor and toilet too. All in all Indian railways has maintain cleanliness. Only improvement they need as per me is communication system in all the bogies. Wherein the driver or the guard of the train can reach all passengers in case of any emergency. All in all I need to mention that Indian railways has really improved a lot over the past years.

However my train was delayed for 3 hours due to some technical issue.Hope you all also have must seen the improvement or maybe you can try traveling once in Indian Railways.