Rediscover Yourself – A Journey


Started a journey towards the unknown
to understand how I could handle the situation
without any help or support
carrying my weight all along

I faced many challenges in this part
they were unique and funny at the same time
this made me think how wonderful challenges are
they push me and make me a whole new person
all at the same time

These challenges when i overcame them,
i felt satisfaction and sort of relief
knowing I did push myself from the valley
but managed to land safe with some scratches

I created a habit to push myself in different horizons
to understand and learn how to deal with situations,
because life is a journey and when we set out
it’s always a learning curve even if we think
we have reached the pinnacle

The best thing you could do I feel is
spread your story across and share
your difficulties and how you overcame them
so that many don’t  face the bruises
which you did happily with a smile

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Ps. Inspiration for this write up is truly versatile decor blogger – Tara Nair of Crimson April blog

Asus ZENPAD 7.0 my companion

My New Companion – ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 Z370CG


You don’t experience excellence in everything ~ Aziz.Ampanwala

For me solace while writing article is : good sitting arrangement, cup of tea/coffee and laptop/desktop at night, however all the leisure are not always available and sometimes you have to find healthy alternative while you are on the go or maybe not close to all your coziness.

It was a hard time  thinking of any alternative, like, can anything replace a laptop with all the power and screen size it has, I am talking about 15.6 inch here, however somehow I managed to convince myself. I was in search of something which could just fit right on budget and had similar capabilities to a laptop however I wanted something more portable  with data connectivity both WIFI and 3G, now you would think that’s not a laptop feature right, yes, I wanted a tablet ! OK, so now I am also considering getting rid of keyboard, well YES if it’s ultra portable and on-the-move I had to shred that off too.

Before I jump right away and reveal which TAB I purchased, let me just quickly tell you that I was always a desktop/laptop person, and till the day I purchased the TAB, I had not use it before, yes I am serious.

Ok, so I did some rough research before buying the TAB, my parameters were on the basis of:

  • Processor
  • Resolution
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • WIFI and 3G
  • Look and Feel
  • Battery Life
  • Weight
  • Screen Size (Portable)
  • Reasonable Price

So, after busting out quality time (burning the midnight oil) on research for decent TAB, I narrowed down to 3 contenders and out of those 3 the victorious one was ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 Z370CG, want to know why? I have it covered for you don’t worry.

Considering the list mentioned above as my parameters while searching the TAB, the ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 Z370CG was hands down the best in the parameters I wanted and at a reasonable cost too.IMG_20160107_135757.jpg

Let me share some of the unique features of ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 Z370CG – THE PERKS you don’t find in other TABs

Power and Memory: The ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) is a beast when we talk about power, with a quad core Intel Atom X3-C3230 system on a chip. Its clock speed is 1.3 GHz, with a quad core processor, this tablet sis more effective at multitasking compared to tablets with single core CPUs.

Lasting Battery: Unconventional as it may sound, the ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 Z370CG is the world’s first tablet to have interchangeable rear elements allowing you to add a longer lasting battery. So, if you opt for an add-on battery then you will get 14 hours battery life instead of 8 hours which is preinstalled with the device.

Crisp Sound Experience: Again a first in the segment, the rear elements back of the device allows user to connect with integrated speaker within a protective tablet cover, it’s a special Asus made cover and really packs a punch when it comes to music. It’s not just loud as it has balance and element of 5.1 surround capabilities, apart from that it features the world’s first integration of DTS-HD Premium Sound, so watching movies on the tab is like a mini theatre experience, I also liked the smooth transactions and details of low key frequencies.

Wide Screen: Yes, the ZENTAB has a 72% wide screen-to-body ratio that’s bigger than most of the TAB in the market, which means a much better viewing experience at up-to 178 degree viewing angle.

Display: Pixels matter, how? WXGA 1280×800 high definition IPS panel display with anti-fingerprint coating. Why should you bother knowing about it? Well, it means you get very fine and smooth picture quality especially when you watch movies and while zooming photos for detail ;)

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Back Panel: I am impressed by the back panel, I have a Leather Black finish and I like the texture and feel of the same, it gives a better grip as well and look classy.

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ASUS Audio Cover: It’s basically a sound bar attached to a cover, so you don’t need extra sound bar to carry, saves space and looks sleek, as it’s all in the cover, so it does a dual job, smart isn’t it ! Asus Soundbar Back Cover.jpg

COMING BACK TO OTHER SPECIFICATIONS:

OPERATION SYSTEM
Android™ 5.0 Lollipop

CPU
Intel® Atom™ x3-C3230 processor (Quad-Core, 64-bit),
support 3D graphics

MEMORY
32bit single Channel LPDDR3 / 1GB/2GB RAM

STORAGE
• 8GB/16GB
• 5GB of ASUS WebStorage space for life; with an additional 11GB for the 1st year
• 100GB Google Drive space for 2 years

CAMERA
• Front Camera: 2MP, Large Aperture f/2.0, with 140 degree Selfie Panorama
• Rear Camera: 8MP/5MP Auto-Focus, Large Aperture f/2.0
• PixelMaster for up to 400% brighter photos & videos with Low Light mode, zero shutter lag (rear), IR filter, beautification, panorama, HDR, ZSL

DIMENSION
189 x 110.9 x 8.7 mm (LxHWxH)

WEIGHT
272g

USER INTERFACE
ASUS ZenUI 2.0 with over 1000+ software enhancement (What’s Next, ZenLink, Kids mode, ASUS Splendid, etc)

VIDEO
Playback: 1080P@ 30fps
Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, AVI, MKV, WEBM

NETWORK STANDARD
• WCDMA HSPA+
• 3G: WCDMA: 900/2100/850/1900
• 2G: EDGE/GSM: 850/900/1800/1900

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Afterthought – Using it for a while:
I am quite happy and content with the performance of ASUS ZENPAD 7.0 Z370CG, finally I found an alternative power packed with features and has the capability of true multitask besides being a TAB. I also got a portable keyboard to go along with the TAB, so now I don’t have issues about typing long draft/post on screen. Yes, finally a portable companion while I am on the go.

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How prepared are you – Do your Homework


Planning for a Childs future in terms of education is always in the top priority whenever you ask parents, education is that framework which will secure a Childs future and that’s why the emphasis on quality education is a set benchmark with parents who are willing to invest in their Childs education. Now talking about a Childs future, the basic research as a parent you would do is understand what does your child aspiration is and what does he want to become, I know that children these days get easily inspired after watching certain things  and it keeps on changing multiple times, however if we consider cost of education in any field today compared to say 1 or 2 decades, you will be surprised to know the inflation rate in education sector has been soaring more than 300%, now that can set any parent on the back seat considering how to plan financial with such high inflation rate for Childs future.

The trend in India as we might have observed from our parents, their friends, neighborhood and society is that firstly education funds are not always the set priority and its heavily dependent upon funds from FD’s (fix deposits), inheritance funds left by grandparent for their grand children and in many cases which is common these days is education loans which I feel is more of a burden which creates pressure for both parent and child.

I would give a fair share to my parents for providing me quality education, they definitely understood that education is a must for a brighter future and kept saving from the very beginning, however the saving were not enough to fulfill the complete fees and we had to opt for other resources however the intend was always there.

We are now an educated bunch of youth developing in India and we sure know the importance of Education but what we lack is the understanding somewhere about what could be a healthy and profound solution of saving for our child’s education? Mutual funds! How does that sound? Yes, with the ever growing and developing market, mutual funds investment has that right algorithm to fight the mighty inflation, as the investment grows and evolves with market at a brisk consistent rate.

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Lately an initiative was conducted in many cities of India at Crossword and KidZania on-ground activation for NEW INVESTOR EDUCATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN – #DoYourHomework by Axis Mutual Fund to better understand the parent and child relation in terms of aspiration sync, apart from that information regarding parent’s ideas and opinion on education savings for their children were also taken as a crucial parameter.

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Considering the data and research parameter from the campaign, Axis Mutual Fund came up with some healthy pointers and useful details in their micro-site do your Homework, if you browse through you will come across a custom made market ready calculator that will help you plan your Childs future, apart from that you can also download The Homework App, a space that will make you think and get guidelines on how mutual funds can be beneficial if investment is started from a early age of the child and multiple market aspects as well.

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New Year Wishes


Recalling the school days back then,
I use to mumble the jingles at year end
the excited me was happy and contained
as i knew, New Year shall bring me
happiness, presents and other gains

I am on my way to find you,
Yes, you always brings a smile
on my face, when i think of you
Oh, memories, how fond i am of you

As the new year is about to begin
the festive season is on its head
there is a breeze of happiness in the air
i want to feel this breeze with all my sense

People seem more lively then before
there is a sparkle in every eye as i see
on the streets and roads
the anticipation of greater value awaits
as the countdown to the New year begins

Its contagious and spreads far across
the souls are touched and feeling roar
its the air  playing the part
in setting up the occasion with great flow

People, come together and chant along
to the melodies they admire and love
priceless times are spend together
as families bond and enjoy the glory, once more!

On that note, wishing all my readers,  friends and fellow bloggers celebrated holidays ahead and Happy New Year. Warm wishes and delightful year ahead :)

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Happy New year 2016

Lets Join Hands and Support My School


Education system in India is still in the developing stages, we might be aware that Education in the rural parts of India has not reached its potential, there are many struggles and reaching out to them in the remote areas is a task that Government is taking up steadily, however the pace is slow and not effective considering the infrastructure, teaching quality and hygiene is concern. Thou there are many NGO’s working on this system to be more effective so that the rural parts get their share of fair Education and infrastructure, but even they are tied up when it comes to getting the necessary funds required to furnish these basic needs, as per Article 21-A of the Constitution of India and its consequent legislation, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 became operative in the country on 1st April 2010 and this has lead to promising future for Education in the rural parts of India.

If we look at the ASER (ANNUAL STATUS OF EDUCATION REPORT) report of 2014, there are statistics which shows that only 75% of schools have provision for drinking water, however how clean the water is for consumption is a broad question, some other interesting finding from the report states that usable toilets for boys are only 65% for boys and 55.7% for girls. If we talk about playground in these schools, you would be surprised to know that only 65.3% of them have space for playgrounds, which clearly shows that there is a definite need for improvement in these grey areas of schooling for kids in the rural areas.

** Note (The data of ASER ( ANNUAL STATUS OF EDUCATION REPORT) report of 2014 was conducted all around India from 577 rural districts – 30 randomly selected villages in each district -20 randomly selected households per village – All children age 3 to 16 in the household.

The other major concern due to lack of basic amenities like clean water, hygiene, proper toilets for girl child specially is the drop outs rates are accelerating  significantly and there are less enrollments in these Govt run schools, as the stats shows a dip from 6.95% (2013-14) to 14.77% (2014-15)

Talking about the need for some action to be taken for revamp of schools in rural India, Support my School a programme run by Coca-Cola India & NDTV in association with the UN-Habitat, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) aims to revitalize 1,000 schools in the country, the program undertakes the following core activities:

  • Provision of improved access to water
  • Appropriate sanitation facility for girls and boys
  • Improvement in the overall school infrastructure and environment
  • Provision for sports and recreation facilities and
  • Recharging groundwater through rainwater harvesting

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With such necessary amenities in place, schools are able to provide a cleaner and healthier environment more conducive to learning.

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Support My School is a WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) initiative that aims to improve basic amenities in government schools like separate toilets for boys and girls and access to water. The Campaign is also committed to developing the overall infrastructure like playground and a clean environment to encourage a holistic learning environment. The Schools revitalized under the campaign have served as model schools in several districts and have led to enhanced community engagement and higher emphasis on attendance and enrollment.

You can also join hands and support in this cause along with NDTV MISSION 1000.