Monday, April 6, 2015


Sony Xperia Tablet Z

If the Sony Xperia Z handset was the showstopper at CES this year, its elder sibling laid claim to the spot in Barcelona, not least because it was dunked in a tub of water at the Sony stall.
The 6.9-mm thin and and light tablet features a 10.1-inch HD display, a 8.1 MP rear and 2MP rear snappers and is powered by a 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon processor. The amazingly tough gadget interacts with other Android devices via NFC and is powered by a 6,000mAh battery.


Did you pray a phone which would also double up as an excellent eBook reader, while not compromising on battery life? If your answer is yes, the YotaPhone should be on your wish list. The YotaPhone features an LCD and E-ink 4.3-inch displays at 720p and runs on stock Android Jelly Bean.
It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM and a 12MP camera. Suffice to say we'll wait for how this concept turns out.


This was surely the event's sexiest device. Be it the machined aluminium shell or the polycarbonate components moulded perfectly or the 1080p, 468-ppi, 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass 2 display with bevelled edges, the One looks and feels like the labour of love of the God of design.
Its something which feels at home both in the front row of a Prada show or the glass and steel 113th storey conference room of a multinational. Now lets wait for some word on its pricing and release in India.

Monday, March 30, 2015


Why would men wear an ornament?W

This thought struck me when I first noticed men wearing large diamond earrings during one of my trips to Kutch. I dug a bit deeper and learnt that only men in Kutch, west Rajasthan & some parts of Sindh have this tradition. What is common to these three regions? The Thar Desert.
One Possible legend: So, many many centuries ago, a traveler wearing a diamond fell due to dehydration in the desert. Another man gets curious on observing a flickering light in the desert, and approaches the light source (light from the diamond), only to find a human in need of help. How a diamond saved a man in the desert becomes a local folklore, and slowly this idea spreads through the relevant geography (the desert). Eventually, wearing a diamond became a cultural practice, endorsed by local leaders and temples.

Considering that most weddings in North and South India recite same sanskrit shlokas (by Vedic Saints) for any wedding, this practice of showering of rice stands out in the South.

Lets go back one step. Before the Vedas were compiled, what are the specific geo-things for which South India could be known for? Heat and Rice.Rice cultivation was widespread throughout central-south India. It is also well-known that agricultural produce has always been lagging behind its market demand, which makes rice, a stand-alone monetary unit, worth equal to copper coins to both a small farmer and a big Zamindar (landlord).One Possible legend: So, many many centuries ago, a local Zamindar, during the wedding of his only daughter, throws around rice, to show the world, that his love and pride for his only daughter is much more precious than his wealth (rice). Soon the news of this spread across the relevant geography (South India), that in any wedding, the true pride and social status is reflected by the family’s show of throwaway ‘rice-wealth’. Nothing religious about it, just showing off, like all Indians do at weddings!

here are a few ‘weird’ Indian practices (weird by Western standards) that are so inherently innocent that one cannot simply unfollow or criticise them. ‘Ayudha Pooja’ and ‘Saraswati Pooja’ are among the ones which probably will never disappear from the Indian culture.One can easily find numerous religious folk stories of ‘Ayudha Pooja’ (meaning ‘Worship of Implements’), in which worship of vehicles, hardware, weapons, ammunition and most recently, software, happens. Now why is the practice of ‘Ayudha Pooja’ still prevalent, even though it is so simplistic and feudal in nature?Lets put all the cards out on the table. The festival is celebrated at the end of Navratri, on Dussera/Dasami. It is celebrated generally in the months of September or October.
One Possible legend: So, many many years ago, a strong noble King, lets call him Vijay (meaning ‘Victory’), who had reigned over the peninsula prosperously for over 20 years, was defeated at the hands of an invader, who had a much smaller army. The result decayed the growth of society, literature and arts, and eventually ended up ruining the economy. The reason for his defeat was simple: due to extended periods of peace, the army had forgotten to clean/patch up its inventory regularly. The rain in this season (Monsoon) was bountiful, and with rain comes water, which provides life but rusts weapons, rendering them useless in a fight.So, when Vijay’s grandson reclaimed the throne and restored peace, he announced the practice/ritual of cleaning up all things which protect and bring stability to family and society but could rust. So a farmer started practicing the ritual of cleaning ploughs, a warrior maintaining weapons, and a home-maker cleaning utensils – all of them being grateful to ‘things’ which secure their society & make their lives less laborious. So nothing religious about it, just instilling of good habits.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


HOLI  is a festival of colors, celebrated primarily in India. The festival falls on the last full moon day of Falgun according to Hindu calendar. It is celebrated sometime in the month of March, usually in the latter half of the month. According to Hindu books, the festival is celebrates the killing Holika, the sister of Hrinyakashyapu. The festival also holds significance with respect to end of winter season and the onset of summer season.

Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love.
It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia

Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. 
Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw colours on each other, laugh and chit-chat, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. Some drinks are intoxicating. For example, Bhang, an intoxicating ingredient made from cannabis leaves, is mixed into drinks and sweets and consumed by many. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up, visit friends andfamily.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

suffering to strenth -journey within

How to transform suffering to strength
Everyone is down on pain, and when we experience it we usually say we’re having a bad day, because we forget something important about what we’re going through: Pain is for the living – for those of us who still have the chance of a lifetime. Only the dead don’t feel it, because their time is already up. So with this in mind, here are twelve smart ways to turn all your daily wounds into wisdom and strength…

Ask yourself more positive questions
If you ask negative questions, you will get negative answers. There are no positive answers to, “Why me?” “Why didn’t I?” “What if?” etc. Would you allow someone else to ask you the demoralizing questions you sometimes ask yourself? I doubt it. So stop and swap them for questions that push you in a positive direction. For instance, “What can I do right now to move forward?”

Keep putting one foot in front of the other.
In other words, never, never, never give in! The brick walls in life are there for a reason. They are not there to keep you out. They are there to give you a chance to show how badly you want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it as badly as you do. They are there to stop the other people.

Embrace the new, stronger version of YOU
You are not who you used to be, and that’s okay. You’ve been hurt; you’ve gone through numerous ups and downs that have made you who you are today. Over the years, so many things have happened – things that have changed your perspective, taught you lessons, and forced your spirit to grow.