Saturday, November 29, 2014

Time to raise our voices. NOW. (Swachh Bharath)

There are many instances where we come across such things where we know they’re absolutely wrong and you cannot help but raise your voice against it ! If I start listing down those social issues where people like me and you should stand up and speak up against, it’ll probably take forever.  It can be a random guy urinating in public , or a woman spitting out beetle remnants or  someone littering the roads shamelessly.
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So when do we put a stop to all of this? Akhir Kab bolega yeh Desh? Strepsils has come up with an innovative way to spread awareness among the nation. And I am glad to be a part of it.  We know that raising our voices against all that is bad in our country is a power that we all have. Let’s put that in use and the power of our voice & work towards a Swachh Bharat.
Kyuki Bin Bole Ab Nahi Chalega #AbMontuBolega !
Afterall who wouldn’t agree that we all know when we need to speak up for a cause ! It might also happen that we could end being the first person to stand up for something which you must. Also its true that a single person cannot make the whole of the nation clean. Cleanliness is next to godliness. And its true to its word.
No matter what happens we must thrive to speak up when it comes to swachhta of our motherland! I would inevitably raise my voice against the following 5 social causes :

Speak up when someone is cutting down trees !

I love nature and all the beauty it has gifted us with. And when someone tries to destroy them I can’t help but feel my blood boiling. I almost got into a fight with a house owner in my neighborhood when he got a tree cut down, I did not want to give damn that they had permission for it. It was strong and beautiful tree from ages and on the roadside! Not like it was in the middle of your site or something. I wish more people could speak up when trees where cut down because last time I raised my voice for it , I remember it was all by myself. yes , nobody I repeat nobody stood up with me and the dumb owner got away with the brutal act of murdering a beautiful life. If there are no trees how do you think we will have a clean India? Time to think.

Raise your voice when you see someone littering :

The whole nation is buzzing with the Swachh Bharth campaign started by PM Narendra Modi. One must raise their voice but most importantly we ourselves have to stop littering (that includes me) So the next time you see someone throwing away chocolate wrappers or waste polythene bags or any other waste, go to that person and speak up. Let us all be a part of this noble cause and make our country a better place to live in!

Raise your voice when you see people smoking in non smoking areas:

So Govt is doing everything from banning sale of lose cigarettes to fining , but the waery masses fail to understand this. They continue to smoke thinking it might look cool (Not including those who call death upon themselves by telling its their addiction) I have seen guys in my campus smoking and how I wish I had the strength to speak up ! But I am always warned to keep away ( Rowdy hai mat ulajh blah blah)  Smoking is as injurious to someone who is not smoking, but is standing beside someone who smokes. We must make use of the law which states smoking in public is banned, and speak up when you see someone smoking in public or at places where smoking is banned. It pathetic to see people smoking in hospitals and child play areas ! High time we put a stop it!

Raise your voice when you see someone pelt stones at the street dogs:

Not just pelting but I have seen spoilt teens burst crackers near street dogs and make fun of them !  This should stop. Seriously abusing animals is not fun. Beating them or hurting them because you think it is funny is not a joke. Throwing stones at animals cannot be accepted. STOP it, and speak up.

Raise your voice against dowry:

I had no idea how badly India was affected with dowry cases until I watched Dawat e ishq two months back. The cases of exploitation of women because of dowry demands keep coming every day. Again, this is an illegal thing but it is very much persistent. Stand up, and speak up against it.
High time we realised the importance of speaking up.Time to STOP being a silent spectator NOW. Let’s speak up. Speak up for a clean and happy India.
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Blog to feed a child. Elimination of classroom hunger.

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Children are a nation’s most important resource and promoting their health through schools can both reduce common health problems and make the education system more efficient, leading to economic development.
India with the most leading population makes poverty a norm. And poverty results in child labor . How many children have you seen who ditch school in order to work and feed themselves . Food always thumbs knowledge. When a mind is hungry it can not think of anything. Who can argue on that? And hence this is where Akshaya Patra drops by, the mid day meal scheme started by them has helped so many young minds get back to schooling.

It is proved that rather than attending school, many children tend to earn money to bring food to their family's table, foregoing long-term opportunities to focus on short-term necessities. resulting in poor health and educational outcomes that trap them in the cycle of poverty.
I remember visiting a government school after 7 years near by my place only to find out that , the school which seemed deserted for almost 3 years was surprisingly full with children then. It was later I learnt that the school was funded and it practiced the mid day meal programme. The children who came to this school were from very poor families who cannot afford a single nutritious meal to their children and often end up sending their children to work instead of sending them to school. I also recall a 11 year boy saying ‘ kaam nahi karega to kya khayega?’ . This was the sad plight of the children in India, but after mid day meals have been introduced , thousands of children were allured into schools just so they could get a taste of a hot nutritious meal atleast once everyday !
Even research has shown that the Mid day meal scheme has boosted school attendance of girls  and
I really wish the scheme was practiced more and more by schools everywhere, this way illiteracy could be eradicated and so could hunger. Elimination of classroom hunger is the key factor to success.
 Similarly, children in city schools can be a part of this initiative by contributing Rs 100 every month. This small individual amount can make a big difference in the lives of many children who have a hard road for a plate of food.
I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda.

Really I salute BlogAdda for taking up such a initiative and joining hands with Akshaya Patra to end classroom hunger. For every blog post we write, BlogAdda will sponsor meals for an Akshaya Patra beneficiary for an entire year, as a part of their Bloggers Social Responsibility. Isn’t that wonderful? here is a chance where we can contribute to build a nation free from hunger and malnutrition. :)

Even after 20 years, DDLJ trending strong on Twitter.

Who hasn’t heard about the SRK and Kajol starrer blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Lejayenge ? Then my dear you are definitely not an Indian or there;s something wrong with the kind of movies you watch ! Indian Cinema’s iconic love story that redefined love for the generations to come will complete its 1000 weeks of timeless romance.

Anywhoo DDLJ completed 1000 weeks and making it even more extravagant  was Yash Raj Films is in full mood to make 1000 weeks of ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ an extravaganza by releasing a new trailer of the movie.
To celebrate the success of the film, the king of bollywood ie SRK along with Kajol devgan will appear on the television show Comedy Nights With Kapil. Considering the fun the film shares and love it spreads across the whole of nation, Comedy Nights With Kapil is the perfect place to celebrate the happiness this film has delivered across billions of people for 1000 weeks.
Celebrating 1000 weeks of “Timeless Romance”, this new trailer was trending on Twitter with hashtag #DDLJNewTrailer.
Released on October 25 1995, the Shah Rukh- Kajol starrer movie will complete its 1000 weeks at box office on December 12 2014. (So in love with the new trailer)
And today Twitter was buzzing with DDLJ jokes (What DDLJ would look like if it were filmed by some other person) .And I must say I haven’t enjoyed a trend so much since long, its good to see twitter bringing back the humor touch in its trending topics. First Simran took trending which was later followed by DDLJ.
DDLJ and Simran trending on twitter today (28/11/2014)
Below are a few tweets which actually made ROFL. No kidding they are so damn funny :D

Which one of them made you laugh or smile ?  Do lemme know by commenting <3
Until next time.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Fat Cat Gaming App review for Android!

Todays youngsters with every passing day are on the on look for more excitement and fun in whatever they do in life , hence when it came to gaming what better way than putting that extra interesting content by making it a lottery gaming app ? You heard it right ! The all new FATCAT gaming app will not only allow you to play games, share with your friends but you also stand a chance to win some fabulous prizes that will blow your mind !
Sometimes playing a game and also winning something can be a fun and exhilarating experience. The rush of seeing whether or not you’re a lucky winner is an exciting thought and unique concept can even be pretty fun. Online, social and mobile gaming is red hot, experiencing phenomenal growth which is forecast to continue. Now that most of our lives have gone mobile, lottery games have gone mobile too and you can take that exciting experience with you no matter where you are.
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SHM Entertainment Ltd has designed an online gaming platform whose apps are marketed under the brand, “Fat Cat” ! Currently the platform allows players to play two unique games on their smartphones and tablets. It Compatible for Android and IOS users.
You can be a part of a real Game Changer! They are also crowd funding ! Fantastic returns from a unique lottery concept!
How many of you even indulge in traditional lottery at present? I am pretty sure the answer would be in very less digits but when lottery is introduced into play games on mobile they are more fun and entertaining than traditional lottery yet still allow players to compete for the chance to win life-changing prizes! Voila ! You play and win , and by win its not just some badge its Cash prizes and luxury holidays ! Way to Fat Cat Gaming app!
When we play a game we want it to be adventurous, exciting and entertaining. Every single time. You might also want it to be convenient and easy to play. Gaming is now hobby of so many youngsters out there but with Fat Cat everything changes, the games becomes fun along with challenging.
Fat Cat game is definitely simple to install and has no complicated rules. Best of all you get to to win a prize. Yes, a meaningful prize.
Its not just some points to buy another skateboard or some badge or some other achievement ! It gives you opportunity to win a PRZE ! :D
Here’s my profile on Fat Cat Gaming app ! I abso-LOVING-lutely loved the gaming app!
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You just have to sign in from your mail Id , you’ll receive an activation link from the registered mail Id you used to login. Once you click on the activation link you have to press a 5 digit passcode( which will be your password for future login purposes) ,after which you’ll play a fun game and tada just after that you get choose the 6 brands you want to associate with based on which you’ll win prizes!!! That’s it ! Your ticket will be confirmed and you just have to sit back to see if you win it or not ;)
Overall Fat Cat game app is a fun, engaging and social app, offering players the chance to win life-changing prizes!

Go check out the app here ! You’ll love it <3

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lack of toilets : A question of a girl child's hygiene, safety and dignity !


How many of you knew that more than a whopping 50% of Indians lack access to toilets and 600 million people in India openly defecate ? This is the state of most of the rural areas in India.
With over 600 million people in India or 55 per cent of Indian households defecating in the open, absence of toilets is one of the important contributors to malnutrition , causing various deadly diseases subjected to both children and adults.
We need toilets, but most importantly we need toilet importance education !
How many more helpless women will give up schooling and fall sick ?


A few years back during the summer vacation I was on my way to my way to my native, and on the journey was were I witnessed hundreds of people defecating in the open from behind the window of my slow moving train. Now how many of you have experienced train mid stops in some unknown remote village areas , you have no idea which place you are but there are children of different age running half naked with their dirty jugs filled with water to defecate . And No I am not guessing here, I have seen it with my own eyes ! & years back when I was in my native for a marriage I had to visit this village which was far across the fields and on my way I saw many women with ghoongat carrying lotas ( steel tumblers) filled with water heading towards empty farway fields and lands. At first I felt angry on the village men to not have seen through the basic needs of a woman, but as I spent time I learnt that a large number of people defecate in the open because they could not afford to build a toilet from their own resources.
But is sympathy all we have to give to those who don’t even have toilets (The most , YES I repeat the most basic need of a woman, man and a child!) at their homes . I even happened to read that many girl children dropped out of public schools because they did not have toilet facilities and they did not feel safe to go out in the open. It was proved true when two of the girls I met in my native complained that  men used to peep on them when they went out during schooling and hence their parents cut them of from studying and attending school after such incidents!
India might be high on population but that doesn’t mean we can’t work a little harder to make sure every child out there is protected from diseases spread by urinating in the open or the problems faced by a girl child every time she feels the need to go to the bathroom and ends up shivering in a field with no one to watch over when she sits there,not feeling safe out in the open. It is a basic necessity which we can no longer afford to ignore if we want to have a safer healthier and productive childhood and life.

How it effects the Children

source: The Hindu
Poor sanitation and open defecation remains a major public health concern linked to several important health outcomes; emerging evidence indicates a link to childhood stunting. In India over half of the population defecates in the open; the prevalence of stunting remains very high.
A girl child faces the most number of problems when there is lack of toilet facilities. She has to take an elderly along with her if she wants to defecate and if not she has to drop out from school and the worst are the hygienic effects defecation strikes on young minds!
  • We all know its not possible to keep human faeces from crops in fields, bore wells, food and children’s hands both in urban and rural areas of India ! Defecation and urinating in the open leads to vector borne diseases like malaria and diarrhea.
  • Also study has proved that children exposed to defecation  grow as tall as other children with less exposure to the fecal germs borne by defecation.

How it effects the Women:

No toilets = No privacy= No safety = No hygiene
No safety : he costs are high. Public safety is one underappreciated problem, as young women have to leave their rural homes after dark. In May two teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh visiting a field used as a communal toilet were raped, murdered and strung up from a tree.
No privacy : Always having to move in pairs to not become a prey leaves you no privacy !
No sanity : A broader matter is public health. Open defecation is disastrous when practised by groups in close contact with each other.
November 19th is World Toilet Day , lets join hands and give two minutes of our lives to make sure the children and women out there are and healthy. 
You can bring about the change in the lives of millions of kids, thereby showing your support for the Domex Initiative. All you need to do is “click” on the “Contribute Tab” on and Domex will contribute Rs.5 on your behalf to eradicate open defecation, thereby helping kids like Babli live a dignified life.
Do contribute for this good cause. :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

#Singlesday on Twitter!

November 10th was single’s day and making the most advantage of it was Alibaba turning the day from’ single’s day to ‘shoppers day’ Alibaba's Singles' Day , reaching the billion was its sales nearing $7bn!

When did an obscure holiday devoted to single people, a kind of anti-Valentine's Day, become China's biggest shopping day of the year ? Singles' Day in China was adopted by Alibaba in 2009 to boost sales and now we tweetaars trend absurd things on this day!

Four days back it was Single’s day ( Not that its important you should know there’s some stupid day like a single wala club day too!)
So yeah , almost interesting trends took to trending on twitter.
Two of which became very popular

1) #HowToEndARelationship :

Funny and few stupid things were tweeted ( even I ended up tweeting a few :not proud: )
Twitter trends have lost their touch since twitterattis were overtly populated by celeb fans and since than most of the trends you’ll see would be either movie name of a next release or Sallu champu fans SRK champi fans fighting who and who is the best actor among the two. (Not to forget long legged deepika’s increasing fans trending 7 years of deepika*vomits* )
But once in a while it is good to see good trends other than bollywood, cricket and politics ! Anyhoo few of the tweets that caught my eye (including one of the tweets I tweeted;) are below


2) Coming to second next popular trend on twitter on #Single’sday was


This is another trend which makes you think what kind of heelariious hilarious people are out there on twitter.
But the first thing that popped up in my lousy brain was logic. Broken hearts go to suicide sites right? So I had a lot of free time on my hand went looking for the best 6 places where these so called broken hearts could go to embrace their destiny
Suicide is always a terrible tragedy that hurts everyone it touches, in one way or another. Even so, some people view the end of their life as a grandiose final act (And this is something I’ll never understand!) , and insist on making a spectacle out of it! I am totally against this hideous act of taking ones own life, but we can only feel sad for those who commit them.

So yep, I now present you the five of the most dangerously interesting suicide landmarks where broken souls can be sabotaged completely.

1. Overtoun Bridge
Even Dogs love this place to end their lives ! No kidding… read on for more
Overtoun Bridge, located in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, is famous because it was found that not just humans buta large number of dogs have leaped from the bridge since the 1960s. An animal habitat expert investigated the area and found that the odors of mice and mink in the undergrowth on the side of the bridge stimulated the dogs, causing them to take the plunge.

2. Eiffel Tower
At first I couldn’t believe , but its sad a place we refer to love is used by many to end lives !It is difficult to connect this romantic dating attraction with suicide.The “Iron Lady” has seen its share of jumpers. So many, in fact, that it is said to be the third most popular means of suicide in the entire country (right behind poison and hanging).

3. Aah the Bridges !: Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It is a must-see attraction in San Francisco, featuring splendid ocean views. However, it is also known as a famous suicide spot.The total number of suicides exceeded 1300 in 2008.

4.Beachy Head
Located in Southern England, Beachy Head, a chalk headland. It is essentially a majestic, 531-foot (162-metre) drop into the sea below. As such, it is one of the foremost suicide spots in the world (around 20 documented cases annually).Known as one of the most "romantic" suicide spots in the world, it is estimated that over 20 people have ended their lives there every year

5.The Gap
The interesting thing about  this point is that the efforts of Don Ritchie, who has been awarded the title "The Angel of the Gap." Whenever he saw a person walking toward the cliff, he would talk with them and invite them to have a cup of tea. He has saved 160 lives so far..
Don was a WWII veteran who lived right next to the most popular jumping cliffs. He had a habit of wandering over to jumpers who were bidding goodbye to the world and engaging them in conversation, often starting with the phrase “Can I help you in some way?” . Well not anymore sadly he died in 2012 but he ended up saving more 150 lives!
Numerous people have chosen it as the terminal station of their lives since 1800.The Gap is the Australian (and therefore automatically more dangerous) version of the Beachy Head we mentioned earlier.

Sadly they look beautifully serene from the pictures I saw, hopefully people realise the value of a life and put an end to this suicidal act.

Also guess who were seen taking advantage of this trend , none other than our beloved @Flipkart , who hit the trend button after they hosted a #FlipkartSingle’sDay contest on the same day.
Till the next twitter post..

Sunday, November 9, 2014—The future of market places !

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Evolution of Online Market places !

Its 21st century and the use of Internet has revolutionized the way we do everything. By everything I mean every single thing out there ! We humans have pretty much become dependent on the internet for everything, from social media to information and entertainment to shopping and ecommerce.  It has also changed the way we buy and sell our products and services. Manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers , single sellers have discovered the increasing amount of trade been carrying out online and are active to participate and profit from selling and buying online. Hence when a website with no middlemen was out , everybody wasted no time to register and benefit from it, it is here were comes in the picture.

However, advertising can be very expensive and it may either not reach the right people or it may only reach a few of the right sort of people. Having a website is a good idea, but just having it does not necessarily mean that you will get visitors to the site or that your customers can find it on the web.

With a huge number of online shopping portals flooding the internet what I missed was some kind of online classified that could bring a seller and a buyer meet together without a middlemen involved. And with Quikr here it is a dream for those wanting to buy or sell with no middlemen whatsoever!


Quikr have literally taken the Indian classifieds by storm due to its user friendliness and ease of access; not only has it made life a whole lot simpler for people all over India; but, in fact, Quikr has brought almost everything you could be looking for under a single roof!

There was a time when we had to run around every nook and corner to search for something we wanted buy or wish you could sell it because you were relocating your house or you were gifted the same product thrice by your numerous friends and relatives or wish to sell it simply because you don’t use the item anymore ,which is nearly impossible with printed advertisements (Which ofcourse will cost you more than you expect it to) Well no more worrying as now you can just sit back and relax while you do your searching around from the comfort of your bed. (Doesn’t that sound wonderful ;)

Quikr is one of the India’s largest online and mobile classifieds portals all over India.Quikr now supports the customer with finding, renting, or buying any product or service just by giving a missed call!

But ofcourse most of you out there might have a hunch if the adds placed on quikr could be trusted . First of all its important that you take a few precautions while dealing with stuff on quikr but all the while I’ve never experience any kind of problem till now , but today is a trusted online classified portal where you can easily place an add for free in multiple and exhaustive categories through which you can directly reach out to the buyer or seller.

My experience with

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I have been using Quikr from like past 4 years ! It all began with renting out our apartment and my first add on quikr stayed not more than 12 days, it was through quikr when we were introduced to our very nice tenants who evacuated our apartment previous year. Not just that I have been advertising on quikr on several occasions and everytime I was left satisfied. It was not until recently did I know that we could sell used products too ! That is something. All of these aside I was not so worked up about buying on quikr but until recently where blogadda shortlisted me for the shop and write a C2C experience on quikr website.

Selling and posting an add on quikr is something I was familiar with but buying something I wanted on quikr was a whole new story for me, so when I grabbed the opportunity to shop on quikr. The first thing I did was downloaded the quikr app on my cellphone and went on to window shop for not more than 40 minutes before I zeroed upon a very alluring product. *Smirking*

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Quikr app on my mobile.

How it runs:

I was looking out to buy something worth 5000 INR and I found it was easy peasy to find the desired product I was looking for.

Procedure for buying

If you wish to buy a product on Quikr, all you have to do is choose your location (below is a snapshot of the first thing which appears when you visit quikr) and the next step is to select the category of the product you’re interested in buying. Now browse through the adds and directly reach the seller who put the add! That simple!

Procedure for selling:

You can place an add in just 30 damn seconds ! you heard it right ! you don’t even have to login to place an add on Quikr ! Isn’t it wonderful when all you have to do is

   -Click on ‘Post Free Add’

   -Select a category for the product

   -Post the add

  And all this for FREE!

My buying experience:

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I found these flipkart GV’s for sale on discounted price ( ran around in circles for finding it so quickly). As I already registered with quikr , quikr search showcased sellers from my city, which made it even more easier for me to pick up my seller! After which everything went so fast , so smooth that I was tempted to go on shopping spree right away on quikr all over again !

All I did was went through the categories , (Quikr has categories numbering over 12 and sub-categories over 100+ range from Mobiles, real estate, cars, services, jobs,discount coupons, entertainment, furniture, electronics and much more!) and finally found what I wanted on the discounted category in just 3 clicks ! yes ! (Home And Lifestyle---> Discounted & sale items----> Search Desired Product )

After which I contacted the sellers via mail. Tell you what , not more than 4 hours passed when I got replies to the mails and I chose the best discounted product and contacted the seller accordingly.

After which everything went so smoothly not to forget I the vouchers I bought within 24 hours of sending the mail !Yes , so quick ! ( After which I started wondering if the name ’Quikr’ was actually derived from the word’ quick’ I know very silly of me but which turned true in my case!)

--Mailed sellers

--Selected the seller with the best discount on the product


-- Gave him a call.

--Finalized and got his bank details over whatsapp.

--Logged into my online bank account and added him as a beneficiary .

--Made payment after beneficiary was confirmed after 4 hours ( SBI you need to improve here okay?)

-- Asked the seller to acknowledge once payment was received.

-- Seller sent Gv immediately upon receiving payment.

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-- On receiving voucher ( value of one voucher worth 5k + value of another 200  ) I confirmed they were all working and of promised value by checking it on Flipkart Gv sec.

And both buyer aur seller had one happy hassle free experience on Quikr !

Tada! And I had the vouchers ready to shop in no time ! But I was happy to have a found a seller who was soft spoken (It helped that I was from the same city) he was a kannadiga :D

-- And then it was time to shop fro the GV’s I had bought (FLIPKART! WHEE) As flipkart was running discounts on the clothing section , I went shopping o the apparel and the dresses which I bought were for so less ( First of all discounts on the GV while buying em on quikr , second of all discounts on the website so I was a happy HAPPY girl at the end of this MAHA shopping spree) *Jump of joy* (Not to forget my mom was all praise of me when I told her about the discount story on quikr ^-^ *More jumps of joy*

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Few of the products I shopped for from the discounted GV’s I bought on Quikr. *Cheeky grin*

Whether you are looking for buying or selling a product or a service,be it a new one or a used one, Quikr is by far the best place to market it on! Undoubtedly Quikr is buyer aur seller ka the perfect matchmaker! Do try it today !

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