Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My First Expert-Motivator

" Congratulations Sujata, you are the winner of Jeffrey Archer contest. You will be meeting Sir Jeffrey Archer in person at Trident, Mumbai and you will receive an autographed copy of 'Only Time Will Tell' as a prize from EBay." 

This is just a tip of an iceberg or a chip off the old block - mother's version about my winnings. Since time immortal my mother kept on reciting to me stories of Mahabharata, Ramayana as well as Dadayana. Dadayana means my father-Dada's glorious achievements as a student / social activist / inspector / publisher / editor / founder and philanthropist. My mother, my first Expert in motivation, inspired me to be a Winner

"Like Father, Like Daughter" , mother used to remind me whenever I was depressed from a setback. She used to bring me back on the right track, if and when I suffered a failure. Her reasoning to move on and forget the fall is : this is a trifle, you must aim higher as per your standard. 

I was in 5th standard and already addicted to tea. All uncles and aunts in our huge joint family kept on guzzling cups of tea throughout the day. I loved to have my share of caffeine with all of them. My mother tried to get me off tea but in vain. 

One day, I returned home with an exciting news from school. Our teacher Ms. Joshi had given us a glimpse of a glossy, superbly illustrated, fluorescent-covered, 'The Kingdom of Fantasy' story book and promised it as a prize to the First-ranker. I was totally charmed by that magnificent story-book. I wanted to read and share it with my sisters and friends. 

At the night, when I snuggled up to mother and wished to have that treasure of a book. My mother said, "Sure, you will have it cause you want it with all your heart. You are a very intelligent girl so to achieve the 1st rank is easy. You have to eat lots of fruits, fish and drink milk instead of tea. Your body and brain both will be strong and super-active with protein-rich diet. Just imagine, within a month you will be reading 'The Kingdom of Fantasy' and admiring the marvelous pictures from that prize-book." 

Wishing for a story book is fine, OK but replacing that nectar of a caffeine-rich, sweet, cardamom-flavored Tea with insipid, white milk was a whole new ballgame. Next morning, my mother made me drink milk by adding BournVita. I gulped that awful drink with tightly shut eyes and pinched nose. 

Since then, I ate apples, drank Bournvita-milk, studied a lot and played little less for winning my 'Kingdom of Fantasy'. My uncles and aunt chipped in by teaching me maths, which was the hardest hurdle in getting the 1st rank. I hated maths so I did not like to study it and got less marks resulting I hated it even more. This vicious circle separated me from the 1st rank. 

Guess what ? Did I get the 1st rank ? I am extremely sorry to disappoint you, my dear readers. I did not get the 1st rank. The good news is, I still received 'The Kingdom of Fantasy'. How ? My mother's promise is sacred it could not be broken so my father fulfilled it on her behalf. My father had observed me eating healthy, studying hard and struggling with Maths. Father gifted me 'The Kingdom of Fantasy' with a promise from me to gain the 1st Rank in 6th standard. My mother's, my motivator's prophecy did come true, 'When you really desire something with all your heart, the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it'

This post is a part of a contest with Godrej Expert  and IndiBlogger

Monday, May 18, 2015

PingPayKaro with Axis

We the select few Mumbai bloggers received an exclusive invite from BlogAdda for a wonderful , interactive event at Axis Bank ( Corporate office ,Worli ). Ms. Parminder - Head Media Relations : Axis Bank, greeted us warmly at the artistically decorated Cafeteria.

We the group of bloggers were playing the guessing game about , what would be the activity at this Axis Digital event? After a breezy breakfast, we were joined by Axis Corporate communications Managers in a conference hall. They revealed the brand new, amazingly useful and easy 'Ping Pay' app. Our Saturday turned out to be quite exciting with the introduction to 'Ping Pay' app.

So you all must be wondering what's this 'Ping Pay' app is all about ?
'Ping Pay' is India's 1st Multi Social Payment app from Axis Bank , through which we can send or ask for money and mobile recharge across Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, SMS or email. Eventually, the hashtag of this Digital Axis meet was #PingPayKaro.

The fun, interactive part of 'Ping Pay' app is, every time you send or ask for money or recharge, you can add humorous, funny, tongue-in-cheek customized messages, photos, videos, audios. Is not 'Ping Pay' an adorably funky human interaction instead of dry, mechanical banking transactions of Debit and Credit?

This Ping Pay app of Axis Bank, made us all eager to know more about it, as we sat glued to our smartphones and desktop-screens. The question is. 'Who all can use Ping Pay ? The Axis-Managers answered : Ping Pay is for everyone. It can be downloaded and used by both Axis Bank and non-Axis bank customers. The Send money / Recharge service is available only for Axis-Bank customers. The non-Axis bank customers can Receive money / Recharge using Ping Pay. The receivers bank account must be IMPS enabled to receive money / recharge.

We can register our bank details in a few simple steps on Ping Pay ( for sending or receiving money ),link our accounts only once and the same can be set as default for all subsequent transactions. We can also add multiple accounts and choose the account we want send / receive money from. And most important feature of Ping Pay is : It's FREE.  We can transfer the funds-amount ranging from Rs.1 up to Rs. 50,000 per day ( with Ping Pay ). Now skeptics like me must be wondering, what about the security ? Well the Axis bank has taken utmost care about the security of our banking transactions.

Axis Bank's Ping Pay is 100% secure. How ? Well, our bank account information remains absolutely safe. Ping Pay does not post our account related info. on any of the social media related platforms connected with the Ping Pay app. A unique MPIN is required every time we want to log into the Ping Pay app. Multiple login to the Ping Pay from diff. mobile handsets is not allowed. WE will receive an auto-generated sender code, while sending money , which we must share with the receiver. Our Ping Pay transactions will have daily transaction limit. WE must authenticate and link our bank account using our Axis bank debit card or Internet banking credentials while using Ping Pay. I am sure all of you want to avail of this wonderful Ping Pay app, so here's the simple registration process.

This post is about 'Digital Axis' meet conducted by Axis Bank in association with 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

MyFirstExpert My Mom

Almost all religions in the World preach "Sacrifice is the greatest virtue". My mom, my Aai says "Make others Happy, Happiness will return to you manifold". My Aai is an Expert Human Being and she does not need to wear a "Being Human" T-shirt to understand what "Being Human" is all about.  

Almost all people say that their moms are the expert cooks. Everybody goes gaga over their mothers' cooking expertise ... They say, "Nobody cooks Gajar ka Halwa / Butter chicken / Methi Thepla, Dhokla / Machcher Zol, Mishti doi / Idlee, Dosai, Vada / Puran-Poli, Alu-vadi / Makke di Roti , Sarson da saag / Dum Biryani, Rogan josh / Payasam, Avial etc. like my mom". 

I say,"My Aai cooks most delicious Varan, Bhaat, Bhaji, Chapati ( Dal, Rice, Subzi, Roti ) under the Sun, over the Earth. So what? So nothing. My mom is the First Expert in simple, everyday routine life.

In the early Eighties, when television was the most sought-after luxury in Mumbai' middle-class homes. My mother decided "Instead of a TV set we need a Godrej refrigerator". My father asked "Craving for a refrigerator is fine but why Godrej"?. My mother cast an admiring look at our second generation Godrej storewell and uttered "Godrej means Trust, Godrej means Quality. None can beat Godrej". Bowled over by my Mom's Expert common-sense my father bought the Godrej refrigerator

We were the 1st family in the whole Municipal-colony to enjoy the Godrej-made Mango ice-cream that summer. Summer never felt so cool and glamorous. My mother was happy to share her Godrej with neighbors, by storing their assorted vegetables, fruits, milk, ice-creams in our refrigerator. All the guests were treated to cool water, fruit slices in general and Aam Panhe, Kokam sarbat especially in Summer. 

"Health is Wealth" is my mom's Expert Mantra. Our Godrej refrigerator kept our fruits, vegetables, milk, curd , eggs etc. fresh and cool. Our everyday meals became healthier and fancier due to mom's decision to buy a refrigerator instead of an Idiot Box. 

Later, we did buy a Television set, but mom decided which content-rich edutainment TV programs to watch and which stupid serials to switch off. Mom had a simple rule. If any of us watched a TV program, banned by her, she will not talk to us for a whole day.

Just imagine, mom not talking to us for 24 hours ! Out of those 24 hours, 8 were sleeping hours, 5 were school hours plus 1 play hour. Still there were 10 hours remaining, when Mom won't be talking. What horrible suffering just for a stupid TV program!. As we grew up, we stopped watching TV altogether and enjoyed reading thousands books from our in-house library. Our father donated the TV set to an orphanage in Vikramgarh, while our neighbors grumbled about their children wasting time in front TV and low grades in exams. 

Some people say , " NO TV ? How boring, How do you spend time?". We answer, "We have just enough time to read so many wonderful books, magazines. We have subscribed to 10 newspapers daily. We have 24 hours Internet-connectivity through which we get instant news, whatever happening all over the world is just a click away. Plus we don't have enough patience to mull over the never-ending Saas-Bahu sagas".

My Mom's strictness regarding TV watching magnetized us towards the brilliant books, saved our eye-sights, nurtured our creative talents and focused our mindsets. Due to NO TV , we gained more time to play, paint pictures, write letters to penfriends and study. Most importantly instead of being Couch Potatoes we became Apples of Aai's Eyes.

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This post is a part of a contest with Godrej Expert  and IndiBlogger 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Zakaas #ZenMeetUp in ZENbai

Now, it has become a rule for me to attend any conference as the WINNER. 

Hi Sujata ,

Congratulations for winning an invite to the Exclusive ##ZenMeetUp in Mumbai, which will be held on 18th Apr 2015. 

Event Details are as follows:
Time: 5.30

See you there :)

ASUS  Team

The #ZenMeetUp in Mumbai on April 18, 2015 started with registration at the Hilton International through Jeny's ever-smiling, ever-welcoming sweet persona ...

The stage was set up to #SeeTheUnseen  ZenFone2 

All Mumbaikars were ready to #WelcometheZenFone2.

The eager, enthusiastic audience, greeted with assorted Welcome drinks.

Super-Hit and Super-Fit #ZenMeetUp in Mumbai #CantWaitf4Zenfone2 , still Waiting ... Waiting... Waiting for #ZenFone2 

The Charming, vivacious hostess of #ZenMeetUp , Komal holding forth on ZENtastic features of #ZenFone2

ASUS representative demonstrating the ZENtabulous features of #ZenFone2.

PlayBoys playing games, testing the beast on ZenFone2 as well as Multi-Tasking by praising the #ZenFone2 in the same breath. ZENsational...

Our Team 3 won the Ad-skit contest. All 10 members of our team won 4GB pen-drives from Peter Chang.

The crazy #PanoramicSelfie with #ZenFone2  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Futuristic Asus Zenfone 2

I am a Dreamer, Day-Dreamer to be specific. I always dream about people , things , situations molded according to my whims and fancy. Take for example people. I want , wish each and everybody to be efficient, perfect, faultless, powerful, understanding, and look like Zillion dollars. Is it possible? My Utopian concept is more rigid when it comes to gadgets as I am technologically challenged. I wish my smart phone to have numerous advanced, futuristic features and still it must be user-friendly.

I had this ' Aha...'  moment of realizing my Utopian dream about smart phone , when I read the news about ZenFone2 launch.   

" Asus unveiled ZenFone 2, the flagship smart phone in the new-generation ZenFone family, with a gorgeous all-new ergonomic design, a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, 13 MP / 5 MP PixelMaster camera , 2.3 GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 4 GB RAM and 4G / LTE connectivity. ZenFone 2 delivers powerful all-round performance." ...That's it.

Let's tally ... I wished for

1. Zillion Dollar Looks : ASUS ZenFone2 boasts of stunningly luxurious, ultra-thin Ergonomic Arc design. It vouches for the spirit of Zen with rich brushed-metal finish and distinctive concentric-circle detailing. ZenFone2 spells aesthetics with graceful curved case.The curvature ( a curved back and rounded edges )offers comfortable secure grip, intuitive control and convenience through the rear-mounted volume control key for the user's index finger-operating. It is bold yet elegant. Most importantly , we have a choice of Osmium Black, Glacier Gray, Glamour Red, Sheer Gold, Ceramic White colors to select our favorite ZenFone 2. Special Transfusion and Illusion covers are available to match our styles. I would definitely love to show-off my Asus ZenFone 2.

2. Power : ASUS ZenFone2  is World's 1st smart phone with 4 GB RAM with 32 GB of internal storage ( expandable ) around 26 GB is user accessible, paired with 2.3 GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor 73580 which can deliver up to seven times faster gaming performance than its predecessor.A 60ms touch response time ensures lag-free input and OpenGL 3.o provides incredible gaming performance

ZenFone 2 has built-in 4G/LTE connectivity for super fast data speed of up to 150 Mbit/s plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi for stutter-free video-streaming and music. Dual-SIM capacity with Dual Active technology allows us to have 2 active phones.

ZenFone 2 has high-capacity ( 3000mAh ) battery, which provides more than a full day of use on a single charge. Plus fast-charge technology enables recharging to 60% battery level in 39 minutes.
Wow... all these features make my ZenFone 2 so much more powerful.

3. EfficiencyASUS ZenFone2 has sharp 5.5-inch FullHD IPS display with high density and a wide viewing angle, guaranteeing lifelike photos , videos and superb-looking apps. ASUS TruVivid technology enhances display performance with brilliant colors. The display has an ultra-narrow bezel for a maximized viewing experience and is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for super resistance to damage. An anti-fingerprint coating reduces friction by 30%. It offers a luxurious, smooth feel to touch gestures. I am sure my ZenFone 2 would be convenient for my mother and father as well

4. Camera : ASUS ZenFone2 has 13-mp rear camera and a 5-mp front Pixel-Master camera, which guarantees excellent. high-resolution results. This means ZenFone 2 would be a perfect partner for shooting group-photos / natural landscapes / sports-activities / candid moments / portraits / flowers / fashion-events-pageants ... even in low-light conditions with pixel-merging technology to capture up to 400% brighter photos at night without the flash i.e. anything under or without the Sun and everything over the Earth. The rear camera's video mode can record 1080p ( full HD ) videos.I would love to carry my Asus ZenFone 2, wherever I go to capture the Bold and Beautiful.

5. Understanding : ASUS ZenFone2  Zen UI - Running Android Lollipop with ZenUI atop the Zenfone 2 has numerous Asus proprietary apps. ZenUI has various advanced features such as ZenMotion ( Intuitive touch gestures ), SnapView ( Security feature ), Trend Micro security, ZenUI Instant Updates, which enhances ZenFone2's usability, ensure security and privacy. ZenFone 2 delivers a seamless user experience. ZenFone 2 is the world's 1st smart phone to give all the ability to completely customize it to match their personal preferences , including ZenUI's launcher, themes, fonts, icons and more. A technologically challenged person like me would love to experiment and benefit from this user-friendly ZenFone2

Plus .....   The back panel of ZenFone 2 has a speaker grill at the bottom, which produces clear results even in noisy environments.

A Flash, Camera lens, Volume key and Asus logo give the back panel of ZenFone 2, a designer look. 

There are slots for SIM cards ( 4G and 2G ) and a microSD card slot that supports the memory card up to 64 GB below the removable panel

Oh.. my... I can go on and on ... praising the qualities of ASUS ZenFone2  which redefine my smart phone experience to the Utopian summit.

I just  #CantWait4Zenfone2. What about you ?  To get latest updates on ZenFone 2 follow @ASUS_India

ASUS ZenFone2

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ASUS ZenFone2

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

We Are The City-Womens International Day

  We Are The City India hosted the International Women's Day event " Make It Happen " at J.W. Marriott, Mumbai on 16th March, 2015.ent Details

Make it Happen IWD Event India
WeAreTheCity India invited me to celebrate the most important day of the gender calendar, International Women’s Day!

 Hosted by event partner, Marriott Hotels, the event featured inspirational women from across India who shared their secrets of success and advised us on how to get ahead in career.

Apurva Purohit

The key note speaker of the event was the unstoppable CEO of Radio City,Apurva Purohit, author of the best selling novel, ‘Lady, You’re Not a Man’.

A lively panel debate picked up the theme of ‘Make it Happen’, with heavy-weight panelists from the corporate world including:

  • Archana Shiroor – Head HR, Barclays India
  • Shalini Naagar - Head of Human Resources and Sustainability, India and South Asia, Marks and Spencer
  • Marita Maier – Head of French and German Business Centres India, EY
  • Khushnooma Kapadia – Director of Marketing Communications, Marriott Hotels
  • Roohi Biswas – Head of HR, Jean-Claude Biguine – Paris, India
  • Dr Sahar Bhaloo – Clinical Psychologist for Social Change

The panel debate was moderated by WeAreTheCity’s founder and CEO,Vanessa Vallely.
The talking panel discussion was followed by a glittering fashion show courtesy of Marks & Spencer who presented their new business dress collections.  The hair and make up of the models in the show was styled by Jean-Claude Biguine Paris.

As with all WeAreTheCity events there were opportunities to network, re-connect and make new contacts. All registered guests received a free copy of Apurva Purohit’s book, courtesy of Barclays.

 Event Format was like this :

15:30    Registration
16:00    Welcome from WeAreTheCity Committee
16:15    Key Note Speaker, Apurva Purohit, ‘Accept, adapt & achieve your way to success!’
17:00    Panel debate moderated by Vanessa Vallely
18:00    Tea, coffee, snacks and networking
19:00    ‘Dress for Success’ fashion show from Marks & Spencer on the Terrace
19:45    Networking over cocktails and canap├ęs
21:00    Close

The venue for this year’s International Women’s Day event was, JW Marriott Mumbai which has an iconic reputation. Its guest rooms and restaurants are favourite hotspots of business travelers and Bollywood celebrities. Featuring 14,000 square feet of stunning event space, 355 newly renovated rooms and 7 impressive food and beverage outlets, JW Marriott offers some of the most lavish venues for meetings, weddings, events and receptions. For further information on the Marriott’s hotels click here.

Marks and Spencer, the iconic British retailer, opened its first store in India in 2001 and in April 2008 signed a Joint Venture with Reliance Retail to form Marks and Spencer Reliance India Pvt Ltd. Since M and S formed its joint venture partnership with Reliance Retail in 2008, the retailer has built a solid platform to accelerate its growth in India. Marks and Spencer now has 46 stores located across Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Amritsar, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Kochi among other cities. The company aims to build a leadership position in India including in cities such as Mumbai and Delhi by opening a cluster of supporting stores around its flagship store locations along with expanding into attractive secondary cities such as Amritsar, Kanpur and Ludhiana.

In India, Marks and Spencer sells high quality, great value clothing and accessories for men, women and children. Marks and Spencer has also introduced a new standalone concept that is dedicated to bringing the very best of M and S's exceptional quality, stylish lingerie and edited beauty offer to customers. Marks and Spencer was founded over 129 years ago and currently has 798 stores in UK and over 455 international stores across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

WeAreTheCity India  is an online platform which supports the career development of Indian women through networking, events, thought-leading articles and interviews. The site aims to bring professional women, female entrepreneurs and the charity sector together onto one platform to empower, promote and celebrate the successes of local women in India.

The Make In India - Organizing Committee of "WE Are The City" 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

LineGlobal EdCamp

LINEglobal connects and supports dynamic, innovative partnerships between educators in the USA and India by creating a multi-platform dialogue among educators. It embraces various perspectives, encourages understanding, empathy and pave the way for continued communication and synergy through the use of technology.

Hello SUJATA, 
You are invited to the following event:
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (IST)
Oberoi International School
Oberoi Garden City near Oberoi Mall
Goregaon East
Mumbai, 400063

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edcampMumbai - the second iteration of India's first edcamp!
Questions? Contact Rekha Puri

We look forward to seeing you and to learning together!

Rekha Puri, LINEglobal, and team at Oberoi International School

The reception lounge of Oberoi International school was teaming with eager, enthusiastic educators from Mumbai's as well as USA's top-notch schools on March 28th, 2015. The LINEglobal-EdCamp officially started in the auditorium with welcome address from Ms. Rekha Puri ( Founder and President of LINEglobal )

The beauty / uniqueness of this EdCamp is that subjects to be discussed in various sessions were designed / coordinated by the participating educators themselves.