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.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


The Crowning Glory of the rising Sun makes my eyes happy. The early morning orchestra of assorted birds' chirping makes my ears happy. The king of fruits, Mango makes my tongue heavenly happy. The Jasmine-perfume makes my nose happy and touching the cool dew on fresh flowers make my finger-tips happy.  

I return home, all tired, hungry and sweating from the suffocating, crowded train-journey, everything seems dark, futile and useless. At that crushing moment, the one and only eager, expectant, welcoming face of my mother makes me Happy, Happier ... Happiest of all. 

Childhood is the most happiest of all. We are happy cause we are pampered by the parents at home and by teachers at school. We are happy because we play a lot and study a little. We are sheltered, we are cared, we are loved by our  relatives as well as by the neighbors. Everybody loves Children and children respond to that love abundantly. Love makes us all happy. So Childhood = Happiness  

Generally children are happy, but I was happy only when I was with my family or with my close friends. I loved to be either with my mother, sisters, aunt, uncle or with my favorite teacher. The funny thing was I wanted my mother to be always with me, even in school. As soon as mother dropped me at school and turned about to return home, I would cry foul. How could my mother leave me alone?. The only thing that pacified me to stay put at school was Cream crackers ( Chocolate flavor ). My mother packed my lunch-box with Bhaji-Chapati and a tiny packet of Cream-crackers. Even today, I love to munch on it. 

I grew up and joined college, where chatting, hanging out with friends made me excited. I liked my friends' company as well as reading Sidney Sheldon's novels made me immensely happy. I crave for luxury and still the simple things such as freshly made Ginger tea with potato chips make me gourmet-happy.

Mall-hopping, Window-shopping for dresses, bags, shoes and wrist-watches make me sight-happy. That means just the sight of those cute, costly luxuries make me happy and inspires me to work harder, to earn more. 

My nephew Aamen and niece Aditi make me refreshingly happy with their bright smiles, foolish pranks, silly jokes and warm hugs. 

My diary, with it's myriad content about my school, college, office and random memories make me nostalgically happy. I love to write about anything under the Sun, over the Earth and in between the lines. The brand new pages of diary make me happy with the numerous possibilities of subjects to be written in it. 

"Happiness is doing things for others, without an iota of selfishness, gaining satisfaction from others' happiness", which my mother practiced but never preached. Someday I wish to follow her path. Amen! 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

7Star MotoE

Moto E ... Moto E ...Moto E ...screamed the newspapers , TVs, radios and even my 13 year old nephew Aamen, plus my 39 year old Electronics-Engineer brother , when I was searching for a latest, high-tech smart phone to buy. I was doing my own R and D about Moto E with friend, philosopher, guide, the omniscient Google. Lo and behold ... the verdict was unanimous ...Moto E ... Go ... Get it. 

May I confess?. My final decision was based on the elegant, aerodynamic looks of the ritzy Moto-E. After all this hoopla , I am sure all of you are eager to have a look at my snazzy Moto-E, which I purchased on March 18, 2015 from Flipkart .As usual Flipkart's delivery was prompt and perfect.

Well, we the ladies have oodles of 6th sense and we do use it ostentatiously. 
I wanted to buy a smart phone, and my first choice was Nokia. As an Indian , I am a brand loyalist, whether it's Colgate, Godrej, Surf, Vico or Parle-G, I buy whatever my parents have bought. 

I have used 2 Nokia handsets, 1st from the year 2003 to year 2009 , and 2nd from the year 2009 to till date. They both are still in fine mint working condition. Don't believe me ? Have a look at my loyal companions ... 

But, now both my Nokia handsets have become obsolete. I can not click sharp pictures. They don't have high-tech micro-processors, modern operating systems, large storage capacity, big TFT LCD Touchscreens and WiFi en-ability etc. 

My new Moto-E ( 2nd Gen ) 3G ,possesses all the above features , plus much more. So I #ChooseToStart with the new Moto-E. The most important features of my elegant Moto-E ( 2nd Gen ) 3G are : Android v5.0 ( Lollipop ) Operating system, 5 MP Primary Camera , 0.3 MP Secondary Camera, 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor, Dual SIM ( GSM + UMTS ), Expandable Storage capacity of 32 GB, 4.5-inch TFT LCD Touchscreen, a long-lasting battery,  and the price is so reasonable. I can not believe that I got so much more by paying so less.

My first smart phone, My Moto-E won my heart's approval with it's glitzy, white elegant looks. Next I started browsing through the manual which won my brain's approval with it's fantastic features. Moto-E's key-features are more luxurious than Five Stars ... My Moto-E dazzles with 7 Stars  : 

1st * : Moto-E has 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU and advanced graphics. It switches smoothly between different application. We can listen to music and browse the web simultaneously. It is future-ready with 1 GB - RAM.

2nd * : Moto-E has 2390 mAh battery which lasts all day , we don't need to recharge it again and again. 

3rd * : Moto-E has Android Lollipop operating system, which offers the best Android experience. 

4th * : Moto-E shoots beautiful pictures and videos with the 5 MP primary camera. The front camera is superb for selfies and video chatting. It has 4x Digital zoom. 

5th * : Moto-E has adorable curves, which are comfortable to handle. The speaker gives melodious music experience. The waterproof coating and Corning Gorilla glass protects my phone effortlessly. The anti-smudge coating keeps the fingerprints away.

6th * : Moto-E has advanced Internet connectivity with Pre-installed Browser Android, v4 Bluetooth, Navigation technology of GLONASS, BeiDou with Google maps, Wifi, Micro USB and 3G. 

7th * : Moto-E has various useful apps such as Google Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, Google Chrome, Motorola Assist, Motorola Migrate, Moto assist.

So How do you like my 7 Star-studded Moto-E ? Grand enough to go for it, order it right now from flipkart. Well, you can always drop in at home to have a look and drool over it with Aam-Panhe. It's quite a cool Deal.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


"Oops, I have forgotten the keys , we have to return Home and collect it" - Sandhya, my cousin-friend declared with alarming hurry. We were already late due to the office-rush hour and to top that lateness, we had to return home.

Our mobiles were constantly buzzing with friends, threatening to call 100 , 101 , 102 ,... if we didn't reach the venue within a second. As if we possessed couple of time-machines. Now that's typical of school-friends. They take you for granted. They think of you as Omnipotent and Useless in the same instance. 

We pacified them with the coolest promise of Magnum Chocolate Infinity Ice-candies, if they didn't kill us on arrival. They bargained for 2 candies each, we cursed Foreign Direct Investment in retail but our taste-buds were already in raptures. 

At last, we reached the venue for the get-#together / reunion of school-friends, exactly an hour after the scheduled time. We were fashionably late but still received the warmest welcome with open arms I mean mouths. So... our Get-together started on Sweetest-coolest note of dessert first ...  

The cool candies warmed up the spirit of our group. We had so much to catch up from school-sendoff ,college to jobs that everybody was talking, listening, laughing, munching on snacks simultaneously.  

As the day progressed from morning to noon, we still had so much to share with each other, that we kept on postponing the lunch, which was planned at a fashionable restaurant. We decided to order the lunch at home, rather than going there all dressed up and missing on the fun-moments of a boisterous company. What an awesome decision!. We enjoyed the delicious food while chatting, laughing, singing ( parodying) and praising each other's healthy appetite. 

One of our friend had recently lost her child to cancer, so she was reluctant to join our get-#together. We cajoled her to join us just for a few minutes and surprisingly, she got so enchanted with the warm camaraderie that she stayed for a night-over. None of us showered her with gaudy sympathy, instead we chatted in general about her college-days and her latest promotion to the managerial post. 

We were pulling each others legs about extra-weight and extra-curricular activities such as Dream-jogging, mall-hopping and window-shopping. We exchanged tips about saving money, investing, cooking and last but not the least BEAUTY / FASHION as if we were the page-3 celebrities. To top this, we shoot a catwalk of one of our most beautiful friend and threatened to upload it on the Facebook page of our school. She bribed us with black-forest pastries, for not going ahead with our atrocious plan. I wish I could upload that catwalk video here ... but I have to remain loyal to that creamy-soft pastry which tasted heavenly at that moment of togetherness. 

Our friend who had become a pessimist, was undergoing a psychiatrist's treatment to recover from her child's death, joined in our pranks and enjoyed this school reunion to the fullest. Picnic is a tonic and being #together with friends is an elixir of life, which rejuvenates, motivates, inspires, strengthens us for ever and ever. The richness of friendship is infinite, it can not be measured in rupees. On that most memorable day of school reunion ,our friend's journey from pessimism to optimism inspired all of us to remain #together and #lookup in the time of happiness as well as in the crisis.