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Friday, 2 February 2018

SOBHA HRC Pristine: Live close to nature within luxury of a city


Home, a word that lends a soothing feeling no matter how stressed one is. Having a home makes a family more confident and more connected to each other to enjoy the good moments and also face all odds. For any resident, home is as important as its surroundings, and which family would not want greenery and open landscape as their surroundings. SOBHA HRC Pristine by SOBHA Limited caters to exactly this need of a home buyer.

SOBHA Limited, established in 1998 and one of the leading and most reputed real estate developers in India are known for delivering quality home projects for many years in premium and luxury segments in various parts of the country. SOBHA HRC Pristine, one of their new ongoing project located in Amruthahalli Road, Jakkur in North Bangalore is being developed based on the same values and qualities.  



SOBHA HRC Pristine is being developed with a goal of providing an excellent living standard to its residents especially in terms of natural surroundings with lush greenery everywhere. This can easily be determined from the project proposal which shows the outdoor landscape to boast of trees like silver oak, teak and mango making it akin to a natural habitat for residents. As with all the SOBHA Properties, SOBHA HRC Pristine is being developed with world-class model architecture making it a beautiful place to live for everyone.

When it comes to project details and plans, SOBHA HRC Pristine has total 395 units being developed in 4 different blocks having 2BHK, 3BHK, 4 BHK, 4 BHK Penthouse and 4 BHK Row houses which makes it a one-stop destination for different type of buyers having varied budgets and needs. It is located in Jakkur which is very close to the Bangalore International Airport that is well connected to various significant hubs of the city like IT parks and other business centers. With growing metro connectivity, this neighborhood will soon become the center of developmental activities and growth in the city.



SOBHA HRC Pristine will have a meandering stream, a bio-pond, bird’s nest coves, reflexology trails, palm garden, STEP PLAZA, outdoor activity plaza and many more such nature-friendly things which will make it a blissful experience for its residents.



Apart from the basic amenities like covered car parking, clubhouses and indoor activity spaces, SOBHA HRC Pristine has made great use of its landscape to offer some fantastic outdoor amenities like a cricket pitch, a basketball court, outdoor fitness corner, maze garden and climbing wall.

If one wants to feel the serenity of forest and nature within the luxury of a metropolitan city, SOBHA Pristine is the place to be. Staying here surrounded by nature will add to a healthy lifestyle especially for kids keeping in mind the increasing pollution levels in the city. One of the best things about projects developed by SOBHA Limited is that they do not purchase the raw materials from outside as their own plants produce the most of the raw materials used. Also, the doors, the window panes and other basic components are made in-house. They also provide options to take services of in-house interior designers so that a home buyer can get all the services at one place and have a comfortable home buying experience.



To summarize, SOBHA HRC Pristine as a residential project, exceeds expectations of a buyer looking for a luxury apartment in a city like Bangalore. Along with the comfort of spacious rooms and various amenities, the wide landscape filled with greenery and outdoor activity spaces makes it a great place to live for every age group. In a time when people are looking for weekend getaways with an intention of connecting with nature, SOBHA HRC Pristine seems like a one stop solution to nature lovers. Its offering makes it a wise option whether it is for housing or a long-term investment, especially considering the rapid growth of a city like Bangalore, booking for SOBHA HRC Pristine is open for everyone and keeping in mind, the rising demand for housing properties in a fast-growing city like Bangalore there is a good chance that this project is going to be fully subscribed very soon. People who are looking to buy a home in Bangalore should not miss out on this opportunity as this A wise investment will yield great benefits to not only the current generation but also the future generation of the owner’s family.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Spartan Poker India Poker Championship Awards 2017

First edition of India Poker Championship Awards hosted by India’s leading poker gaming portal, The Spartan Poker, witnessed a grand success in Bangalore today. The first of its kind poker award ceremony was held at Sheraton Grand in the Garden City on Saturday, 9th September 2017. Recognizing excellence in the Poker industry, The Spartan Poker felicitated 72 poker players across 6 different categories in the presence of eminent Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi and popular standup comic Naveen Richards.

The Red Carpet

The Awards were given based on the players’ winning participation in various tournaments; Emraan Hashmi and the Directors of TheSpartanPoker from the poker industry also felicitated the winners in leading categories at the function. The full list of winners can be found here.
  
Millionaire - December 2016 Winner Mayank Jaggi with Amin Rozani and Emraan Hashmi

Expressing his excitement on the success of the first edition of the IPC Awards, Amin Rozani, MD & Co-founder, The Spartan Poker said, “Hosting the India Poker Championship Awards was truly an exciting experience for us. It feels great to see the poker industry together and under one roof. The idea behind the IPC awards was to felicitate the amazing talents and contribution of poker players. We hope to continue hosting the awards every year to shed light on it as a skill-developing and mind sharpening sport as well as to encourage all the poker players across the country to continue contributing to this industry.” 

Emraan Hashmi & Amin Rozani (MD & Co-Founder of TheSpartanPoker.com) addressing  the Press

Expressing his views on the association, Actor Emraan Hashmi said, "I am truly honored to be here at the first edition of the India Poker Championship Awards and among these talented poker players and this industry’s veterans like Amin Rozani, Peter Abraham, Rajeev Kanjani and Sameer Rattonsey. Recognizing the efforts and skills of these poker players, I feel The Spartan Poker created a great platform for these players across the nation.”

Amin Rozani sharing some Poker tricks

About The Spartan Poker:

TheSpartanPoker.com is India's leading & most-trustworthy online Poker gaming portal. It is an India centric online gaming hub that aims to bring the sophistication and quality of a world-class online gaming platform to gaming enthusiasts in India. With a vast variety of Poker tournaments, offers and game offerings, TheSpartanPoker.com, founded by Poker Badshah, Amin Rozani, in 2014, has become the hotspot for Poker aficionados across India.

TheSpartanPoker.com offers unmatched technology, software and service to online Poker enthusiasts across the country. The online Poker gaming portal is recognized among patrons and Poker lovers alike as the trustworthiest online gaming portal in India as the portal operates under the highest standards with regards to payments, transaction management, customer support, etc. It is India’s first card room to offer a rake-based online poker model.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Team Indus – Towards Moon with Young legs

When I googled about Team Indus few weeks back, in search result I got many links and purposely I decided to ignore original link of Team Indus website and hopped on to some other links and in one of those links I read this statement “Team Indus is an Aero Space start up “.  Wow, doesn’t this sound really cool ?:) My cursorily to know details about “Team Indus” got even bigger than the curiosity of scientists to know about Moon and Mars.

The invite to satisfy my curiosity was there in my email box and it read “Team Indus Open House” and few days later there I was in premise of Team Indus near to Bengaluru Airport. The place looked really cool from outside and to be honest looked different from various other office premises. Sessions went one by one and I could see how curious people were to know about Team Indus including many kids. We got to see various sections inside the campus having different space equipment, It was a new thing for me personally seeing such stuff from naked eyes.

Space Rovers
We got enlightened about how all these spaces programs work including some really tough scientific terms which I have no idea about :). We got to see Rovers used to read surface and environment on moon, we got to see their development corridor and also probably one of the most important part of any space program, the mission control system. Every member of team was eager and more than happy to answer any questions throughout the sessions.

About Team Indus :

Team Indus is funded by many groups and is guided by many acclaimed scientists like Mr. N.S Hegde who was mission control director of ChnadraYan- 1. They have people across age groups, from people in their early 20s to experienced people, people from different streams of technology like IT, Mechanical and even medical. They are working on mission to send first Indian private rover on moon in order to compete for Google Lunar Prize and It Is only Indian team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE is a global competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. Team Indus has been trying to promote young talents along with their growth and have done many programs for same purpose like inviting young students to send instruments they would want to send on moon and how that instrument can be useful.


  • Founded in 2010 by Rahul Narayan.
  • Have been funded and supported by many Organizations
  • Only Indian company in last 5 for Google Lunar XPRIZE competition.
  • Have done Partnership with ISRO’s commercial section “Antrix Corporation” to launch its mission craft on 28th December 2017.
  • Individuals can be part of this open mission in many ways.
The Mission Control System

As I am not a Sci-fi person at all, it’s not easy for me to write about mission details and how it is going to have an impact on space research growth but to see a startup in this field is not usual at least in India. The best people to answer all these will be Team Indus members itself and they are always active on Social media to help anyone who wants to know more.

Team Indus does many informative sessions on Twitter, do follow them if you want to know more about space. 

Wishing all the best to them and hoping that 28th December will be their date to remember for lifetime. 

Friday, 16 June 2017

A short Q and A with Shradha Sharma of YourStory

Shradha Sharma is founder of Yourstory Media, a company that gives platform to various type of startups and help them get recognized. Before starting YourStory she had worked with Times of India and CNBC TV 18. She has won many awards in media and startup space like Fortune 40 under 40, ET promising entrepreneurs of India Award, Loreal Paris Femina Online Influence Award, Villgro Journalist of the Year.


Pic: Facebook Profile 

Here is a short fun Q&A with her mostly related to personal side of her rather than the entrepreneurial side. 

Q : While starting young did you ever plan for where you have reached today or did you even imagine it? (Like motivational speakers say that visualize what you want to be in future 😊)

A : Actually no, I have let life happen to me, in fact, to tell you the truth I still don’t know how people can answer what will they do five years from now etc. I have lived in moments and max months etc. Though, have given everything to those moments.

Q : What worries you more when you are alone ? except ghosts

A : Oh, ghosts do worry me :-) losing my close ones, having experienced it once, i know its reality, though I have still not been able to accept it, and probably will never be.

Q : Given a chance to go back in time, what age would you go back and what different you would do?

A : My current age, I have totally, madly loved all the ages I have lived in. Childhood and growing up years were tough, but I wouldn’t be me if it was not for those years. No turning back :-)

Q : What is the best compliment you have got from anyone for your work?

A : That I am very perceptive and kind in most difficult situations, can see compassionately even people who are trying hard to sabotage me :-) And it may be hard to believe, but this has helped me professionally.

Q : Have you ever received any awkward comment for work? what was that ?

A : oh, all the time, mostly, she doesn’t have what it takes to get there :-) or I am too emotional, too clumsy, too stupid, too money minded, too clever, too shrewd.. its endless…. blah blah blah, honestly, it hurts a lot less now.

Q : One thing you want to tell that no one knows about you yet?

A : I am a romantic through and through :-)  believe in magic and love

Q : Funniest Startup story you have heard of?

A : So many, in fact, let me narrate you a story that happened to me many a years back, like initial years of YourStory, I interviewed this amazing, driven, young  entrepreneur on the phone and towards the end of the call I told him, please send me the best photograph of yours. And lo and behold, he sends me his marriage photo while he is sitting in the shaadi mandap, holding his bride's hand :-) and the other one was him climbing on the tree and posing. Even writing about it makes me laugh.. still..after so many years. What an adorable memory. And between I am still in touch with him.

Q : Are Facebook and twitter blocked for personal use in Yourstory during office hrs ? 😊

A : hahahaaa, of course not.

Q : Put yourself in shoes of an employee of YourStory, what would be that one thing that you want to change in your boss?

A : Haahahaa, so so so many things, one would be to have more time to interact with each and everyone. To spend quality time together. To be less emotional. 

Q : You get offer to exchange YourStory for something? What it would be for?

A : NOTHING. YS is the magic that I live everyday.

Q : What is one thing you hate most about your job ?

A : Time management, I suck big time at it. Sometimes, I want to run away to a jungle and sleep for hours and hours in the nature.

Q : Why did you agree to give this Q&A interview? 😊

A : Because, I like you and you have “still” not given up on me.

Q : Any one question that you want to ask yourself ? and also answer too ? 😊

A : What is my state of mind most times?
      Hopeful !

You can follow her on Twitter @SharmaShradha

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Indian way of living - Personal Experiences

We all never miss opportunity to say that we are proud Indians, do we? We are really proud of our culture, our way of living and how we manage everything somehow despite all odds. Indian way of living has helped each one of us one way or the other, in one situation or the other though we might have never realized.

Now to start with most common thing, it is in Indian culture to wake up early and there are many assumptions written about benefits of waking up in Brahma-Muhurata ( 1.5 hrs. before Sun rise). I might not have read what those documented benefits were but when I started applying it from my 11th standard in college, I was thrilled to see change in myself. It helped me in being energetic for whole day and also helped me in managing my studies much better. The power of spending 15-20 mins in peace before sun rise with cool breeze blowing is immense and it helps you to feel good about life and makes you realize importance of being a human. Try it for one week whole heartily and I can assure that you will start to feel changes in the way you think or the way live your life. Since that day I didn’t have to wait for my parents to wake me up forcibly in early morning as I was doing it myself for my own selfish reasons explained above.

The next thing which I embedded into my daily routine was prayers and chanting of few mantras. It came more or less from being from a Brahmin family in North India but I didn’t start doing it just because I was a Brahmin, I did it because I felt the magic of doing it. Chanting of "Om" every day 5 to 7 times made me realize how relaxing feel it gives and since that day I never looked back. I have been practicing it almost every day as part of my daily routine. I am not a religious person but yes I think chanting of few mantras and praying in peace for few minutes gives one immense calmness and time to realize about oneself. I don’t do prayers to ask for something, I do it just to feel the peace within myself in those few mins.

Benefit on the spot: 

Now apart from these somewhat serious values of Indian system there were many times when one belief system or the other helped me to come out of a tough situation and trust me I am not making it out just for sake of it. Here is one such incident which took place when I was travelling from Allahabad to Delhi in night train to catch my early morning flight to Bangalore and that was my first ever flight. It was winter time so heavy fog caused trains to be late and though I had anticipated for 5-6 hours delay, it turned out to bit more than that. I can’t recall the timings precisely but I guess around 1 hour before flight departure time I was still in train somewhere in outer part of Delhi. While I was in all this anxiety of losing my flight booking money and wasting my day, I saw a beggar in the compartment and guess what?? I gave him 10 Rs πŸ˜ƒ. This might sound normal but before that day I never gave money to beggars or never even donated in any temple thinking that was waste of my hard earned money. Somehow in few minutes train reached to station and then I started searching for my cab driver as I was not much familiar with Delhi. After few mins of zigzag running I found the driver waiting and he dropped me to the airport 30 mins before flight departure time ignoring all the speed warning popping out in his cab speed control system and then thanks to Airlines staff I managed to get the flight just in time. All these things happened so suddenly that I didn’t get time to realize what was happening and why. I had lost all hopes of getting flight when I was in train and was trying to cancel the flight to save whatever bucks I could save but as there is a phrase in Bollywood derived from Indian value system of compassion that “If you give 1 paisa, you will get 10 lakh back”. I believe this is exactly what happened with me that day and saved not only my hard earned money but also my day getting wasted.

In our everyday life we follow values of our Indian belief system, many times unknowingly. Indian culture is so vast with so many values that it has answer for everything happening. Unfortunately when the West is coming to understand and adopt some of the best values of our cultural system, we are trying to ignore what is rightly ours. This TVC from Lufthansa says it so beautifully that world is trying to replicate the way we live our life after seeing the growth we as a country are making and they have realized that to win over us world has to be like #MoreIndianThanYouThink .



Be proud of our belief system doesn’t matter how old it is. If it made sense thousands of years back, it makes sense today and it will make sense in years to come.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Tata Hexa Experience - Bangalore 2016

I have been blogging and tweeting actively for over 3 years now and have covered many events in this time, so invitation to attend Tata Hexa event in Bangalore came like any normal invite for me. I was excited for it like for any other event but after going through all details I was bit more excited especially with the promise of getting  chance for “Off Road drive experience”.


On 24th December as scheduled I was there along with many fellow bloggers and the place was full with Car enthusiasts of Bangalore who came at venue to experience new Tata Hexa. After doing with formalities of registration we were let loose to roam around the venue and feel the vibe there. The event had different Tata Unit stalls like Croma,Tata Motor Finance, Tata Value Homes and at the center of venue was the brand new Tata Hexa. This black car was attraction point of everyone and all of them got opportunity to see the car from inside as well. From inside Hexa really looked spacious enough for a family including good space at back for luggage and from outside it looked really decent.


There was Digital Zone where one could experience Tata Hexa car inside out including all the features just by sitting on a computer and also Tata has launched “Tata Hexa” app with which anyone can see all feature on their phone. One can see specification of everything from minor to major related to car and also can operate those to see how it works, for example one can use Light option to change color of light inside car and immediately the backseat light will become of that selected color.

Tata Hexa Digital Zone

Exploring Tata Hexa digitally
There was also kids zone to make it a perfect family outing. There were few games for kids to make them feel part of the event and next to that was Pet Adoption drive where stray dogs were put for adoption as a noble cause and that place was getting many eyeballs of pet lovers.  


Pet Adoption drive
One of the best part of this event was great music being played continuously with different singers and band performing. We spent more than 1 hours sitting there and just listening to some melodious singing.


Then it was time for stuff that I have been waiting for and that was the crux of Hexa Experience event, It was time to go for “Off Road drive” experience in new Tata Hexa Car. When I had filled the declaration form while registering I was asked to sign a bond that if something goes wrong Tata Motors wouldn’t be responsible and as soon as I reached by side of ground where the drive was happening I felt that the form filling was genuine, yes the drive looked really risk prone and tough from outside and it was not for everyone. 

Glimpse of  Off road drive experience
There was inclined hill like ramp, a muddy road full of water, driving over Stairs, driving on 30 degree side inclined road and driving on rough surface made with tyres and bricks. If I have to describe this experience in one word then it must be “Thrilling”.  Driver was expert enough to drive through these placed obstacles while explaining us qualities and uniqueness of Tata Hexa car. While sitting inside the disturbance was not much felt as Car has been designed keeping such tough terrain in mind. The suspension, the seating space and the height of car was good enough to make traveler comfortable while driving on any type of road or even off road. Here is the video of off road experience in new Tata Hexa.



Overall the event was somewhat different from other events that I had attended including some of car companies. Getting personal experience of Car’s capability and uniqueness made it exciting, so if you love going on trips with family then this Tata Hexa car is for you and if you and your family has adrenal rush then it is must have car for you.  

Find my tweets related to the event at #HexaExperience

Sunday, 11 December 2016

#BergerXP Indiblogger Meetup - Change the way you Paint

We all love painting, don’t we? Even if we suck in it, given a brush and few colors we would paint something which would definitely look colorful. Well, painting on art paper is much easier than painting a house in terms of effort, precision and way of painting. We all have witnessed the pain of our house getting painted once in few years. It is such cumbersome, time taking and get- dirty process that many of us detest to go for painting for our house.

Berger Paints, one of India’s leading paint brand has decided to solve this problem for us with its Express Painting feature. We bloggers of Bengaluru were invited for meetup with Express Painting team of Berger Paints hosted by Indiblogger on 10th December to get to know more about Express Painting and the event was full of informative session and painting related activities.

The meetup started with some nice lunch along with networking opportunity for bloggers and then it was time for the real stuff for which we were invited. Indiblogger team introduced few of the bloggers randomly by identifying them with their Twitter accounts to make moment lighter before Berger Paint team starts their presentation.

Representing Berger Paints team was Chandranath Banerjee – Service Head – Express Painting and he explained about how this idea of Express Painting came into consideration and how they went ahead with it when no other competitor was willing to try it. As any new idea is just a thought to solve an existing problem, so was Express Painting which was to solve the problem of normal house painting process which is messy, tiring and very slow.

Chandranath Banerjee,Service Head – Express Painting

About Express Painting:

Express painting uses skilled painters along with specifically designed tools to paint houses and buildings and the best thing about this is that it is cost effective. The main moto of “Express painting” is to make panting less hazardous, faster, cleaner and better. As per Chandranath Banerjee, the amount of time it takes to paint anything with express painting is 40 to 50% less than what it takes in usual way of painting and in this way it also reduces the labor cost which is major factor in deciding cost of entire painting process. For specific purposes Express Painting team uses different kind of tools like SANDING MACHINE, MULTIPURPOSE MIXER, AUTO ROLLER, HIGH PRESSURE WASHER and AIRLESS PAINT SPRAYER.

Different tools that are used for Express Painting 

Some of the benefits of Express Painting in their own words:
  • 40 percent faster than traditional painting
  • Trained painters for efficient and better painting
  • Cutting-edge vacuum suction-enabled sanding machines keep your house dust-free
  • Better coverage and smoothness guaranteed each time
  • All these benefits and more offered at no additional cost

Activities:

Like many other Indiblogger meetups, this was filled with activities too and this time it was time for some hard work along with the fun part. The first activity was to smoothen a rough surface coated with some white paint using scrubbers. This activity was to make us feel how hard and time taking is the manual old process of painting and to our surprise we did finish it in quick time :)


The second activity was to do some painting on art paper using any of the themes and our team painted on theme “Colors of India” and it was appreciated by both Berger Paints and Indiblogger team. The painting was done using paints and colors of brand Berger Paints and we were given a brief about how to mix water, paint and colors to make it smooth for painting, the same way experts at Berger Paints do. 



The event ended with winners getting cool vouchers like in any other Indiblogger meetup and thanks to Berger Paints team and Indiblogger team for smooth conduct of entire event and it was a great way to spend weekend for all of us. All tweets related to event can be found on twitter at #BergerXP and don't forget to checkout this really funny TV ad of Express Painting. 


*All Pics credit to Indiblogger Facebook Page. 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Habitat Eden Heights - The place you want to live in

My visit to Habitat Eden Heights came more from curiosity. Promises of ‘well thought through amenities’ to ‘wide open spaces’ were made. So, I did myself a favour and accepted the invitation to attend their launch. That being said Habitat Eden Heights was a very convincing experience. As you walk through the boulevard, you cannot miss the badminton courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, with enough green surrounding them.


These facilities are perfectly designed and I could picture myself unwinding over the weekend over a good game. It was almost nostalgic. Back in school, I remember how we used to make use of every opportunity to play. Gobbling our lunches as fast as possible so we could spend more time playing numerous sports.


As per me it is the perfect fit for a sports enthusiast like myself. A sports-zone with floodlights! Well-lit to make ‘playing after sundown’ more accommodating to my tight schedule. Another addition, among many, is the well designed and modern gym, at the sky clubhouse. What a statement!


Being architect developers, it is safe to say that these guys have put in thought to every square inch of this property. Although this property is located on Hoodi main road, 200 mts off Hoodi Circle, the homes are nestled deep within the property, keeping the traffic noise to a bare minimum.








Whitefield, is a booming part of the city. With the best of the malls close by and some amazing restaurants, that are on my list of favourites, this part of the city is the ‘it’ place to live in for a young family.

All in all, a fun day spent with loads of activities, a live RJ from Radio One and very eager families who were excited about the idea of living at Habitat’s Eden Heights. Eden Heights is a delightful home to be in a soon to be paradise.


If your interest is as peaked as mine, follow this link to know more http://habitatventures.com/eden-heights

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Technolution - The Future of Smart Cities

Since the new Modi government came into power in May 2016, we have been hearing a lot about Smart Cities. There has been great buzz around which are most likely to be smart cities in India whereas government has already proposed name of few cities based on different criteria. Now all of this sounds so romantic and catchy to us but are we really ready to make our cities smart cities. Though there can be different level and type of smart cities but there are some minimum aspects that must be in every such city. Technolultion event organized by Mind Ignited was one such event where we got to know about requirements to make a city Smart city and how that smart city status can be sustained in long run.


Event started with some beat boxing performance by Emcee of the show Vineeth to get crowd excited for the evening and then it was turn of the first speaker of the evening, Mr Bernard Charles, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer Dassault SystΓ¨mes . He has been working on Data points and simulation for last so many years and as per him the same simulation logic must be applied in case of smart cities not only to develop  smart cites but also to predict sustainably of those smart cities. Smart cities must be Vertical like human body and he cited example of Paris as such vertical city. Simulation needs lots of data inputs to predict the future requirement of a smart city, which can go to as low as where to plant trees in that city keeping future growth in mind. The Noise level, the traffic, altitude all play essential role in making of a smart city and simulation is must to predict future of smart cities on these parameters. He shared examples of few of cities globally those have used these simulation technique and have benefited a lot to cater future need of its citizen. The best part of simulation is that it can create multiple scenarios in one go and predict the outcome accordingly and then it is up to the administration on how to take decision on that outcome.


Then it was turn of Harini Nagendra, writer of Book “Nature in the City” and who has worked excessively on Urban evolution to talk about ecological viability of smart cities and what needs to be done to differentiate those from normal cities that are not so ecological. She showcased different statistics from across the world and especially India on how our cities have evolved sacrificing ecological aspect. City like Bengaluru city where precious lakes are frothing and now it is the 3rd most air polluted city in India. It has developed leaps and bounds but by sacrificing ecological aspect. A city can never become smart city if it can’t let its citizen breathe fresh air, drink clean water and let them live in less noisy environment. She explained how cities across globe have developed so rapidly in last few years but failed to cater need of a good environment.




Vishal Chahal of IBM Watson talked about what role industries will play in future of smart cities. The new advancement that will take place in Artificial intelligence will play a key role in how future of smart cities will be like.  He quoted several examples of how systems and machines will be self-activated tasking decisions on its own rather than depending on some server somewhere on cloud system. Systems will predict things in advance rather than individuals asking for it. He concluded his presentation with comments that almost all technical ingredients of smart city in future will be cognitive.


The last presentation was by Divakar Vaish who is one of the genius minds in India when it comes to Robotics and is developer of India’s first ever indigenous robot “Manav” and also word’s first brain controlled wheel chair. He explained about robotics industry has grown up on Artificial intelligence and cognitive intelligence and the next step will be to master Real Intelligence which is probably at first step of its growth. Artificial intelligence has grown up leaps and bounds when it comes to robotics and has given great results too but Real intelligence is future of robotics and machine system. In real intelligence system robots and machines will be able to take decision ion its own rather than being programmed to react. As per him it is still a long distant dream to fully conquer Real Intelligence but things in robotics industry are going in right direction. He showed few of his developments related to it where robots could replicate what a normal person does just with use of brain sensors. The brain controlled chair is one such creation and many more are yet to come soon in near future.


There were session By Saumya Lohia Agarwal on how not only Public-Private collaboration is needed to get things done, it is time for individuals to get involved actively on individual basis as well. Event also had a soulful and melodious musical performance by VarijaShree Venugopal who is award winning singer and flutist.  



More information of the event and videos can be found at Mind Ignited facebook page.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Reliance Jio - The First-hand experience

Reliance JIO, the new entrant in Indian telecom sector has created buzz like never before. Even before going live commercially without spending much on advertisement it has got on nerves of other service providers. Rolling out of preview offer of all its services including premium ones and word of mouth publicity has worked for Reliance JIO in perfect way.

I got access to Reliance JIO last Saturday and been on it since then and trying all apps along with its data services. I enabled Jion network as hotspot and connected 2 cellphones and 1 laptop with it and didn't find any data speed slowness issue. The Speed is better than other service provider like Airtel, but that is not only thing that makes JIO different. It has come up with some amazing apps for different purpose under its My JIO app. Jio Cinema for HD Movies, Jio Beats for Music, Jio Play for Online TV, JioXpress for News, Jio Mags for Online Magazine, Jio Drive for Online free storage, Jio Net for accessing its hotspot data, Jio money for Online wallet, Jio Join for Call and Chat. I tried almost all of its apps except Jio Join and Jio Money and must say that I loved few of those.



JioCinema has Movie collection in HD version and with many languages and categorized in different ways. It has movies form old era to 90s to latest released and when I watched few of those movies it played without buffering. It keeps track of movies you play so that you can resume playing it once you get time.



Jio Play has more than 250 TV channels online all of which you can access free for time being except few sports channels that needs Hotstar premium account. It also keeps history of last week shows that you can watch anytime. I played CNBC TV18 for continuous 3 hrs and didn’t see any lag in live streaming. It has channels in various languages to cater need of people from all regions.



Jio Beats is one app that I loved the most purely because of amazing content it possesses. It is online music playing app along with curated Radio. The category of Songs it has is really amazing with songs ranging from 50s and 60s till latest hits in different languages and genre, all categorized in simple way for anyone to access. It also gives you access to a good collection of Indian classical music from almost all world renowned artists like Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pandit Jasraj and Zakir Hussain. It has Sufi music, it has Qawwali, it has music for kids, music for dance, music for travelling and so many, all categorized properly for easy access and navigation. One can create playlist and download songs to play offline.





JioMags gives access to various online Magazines like Femina, FilmFare , Business today. Once you download a Magzine you can read it anytime. JioXpress opens up world of online news for users with access to curated news that can be customized easily by users too. JioNet gives you access to use JIO’s hotspot that are there at various places within cities. JioDrive gives you access to 100 GB of free cloud storage for anytime access. 

With such reasonable pricing and such vast content satisfying needs of different type of users, I think JIO is here to stay for longer run. Reliance Industries has spent almost 1.5 Lakh Crore Rupees for Jio so I hope they won’t leave any stone unturned to make it a grand and sustainable success.

And YES , Enjoy Everything Free…. Only if you get access to a Jio Sim :)