Monday, July 21

Questions that have no right or wrong answers!

Sometimes asking the right questions is the answer... 

  1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
  2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
  3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
  4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
  5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
  6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
  7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
  8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
  9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
  10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
  11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?
  12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
  13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
  14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
  15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
  16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
  17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
  18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
  19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
  20. Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
  21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
  22. Why are you, you?
  23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
  24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
  25. What are you most grateful for?
  26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
  27. Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
  28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?
  29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
  30. What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
  31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
  32. If not now, then when?
  33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
  34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
  35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
  36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
  37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
  38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
  39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
  40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
  41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
  42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
  43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
  44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
  45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
  46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
  47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
  48. What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
  49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that?  Or the day before that?
  50. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

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Thursday, June 19

What I expect from Samsung for the GALAXY Note 4!

It's that time of the year again! The S-flagship from Samsung has come and gone and now I eagerly await my next Note!

So here's what I want in the Note 4:

Exynos Octa 64-bit processor (About time yo!)

4GB RAM (Note had 1GB, Note II had 2GB, Note 3 has 3GB - I am just following the math here!)

5.9" qHD S-AMOLED display - 2560 x 1440 resolution (Oh yeah baby!)

Minimum bezels resulting in the same size as the Note 3 (Any larger and I'll have to buy new pants!)

128GB internal memory (Please Sammy, it's about time, no?)

Less Samsung bloat (Omit S Voice, Samsung Hub & Samsung Apps please!)

No plastic... please! (Hey Samsung, heard of 'metal'?)

Beefier battery (Minimum 4000mAH - I am not being greedy, I swear!)

Better Fingerprint sensor (I am done with passwords! Can't we go all James Bond on this Note?)

Water-Proof, Dust-Proof, Scratch-Proof, Fire-Proof! (Let's make the new Note the Chuck Norris of all smartphones! What say?)

Amazing software (Note = efficiency. Kindly continue the trend!)

Am I being too greedy guys?
No, right? Thought so :)

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Thursday, April 3

Muscle or Beauty – Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One (M8)

Hello everyone!

This is my favourite topic to write on – smartphones and tech!

This time I’ll try and reason with new smartphone buyers whether to get the proven super hit, the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the new beauty on the block, the all new HTC One (M8)!

Choosing between these two is like choosing between Sunny Leone and Bipasha Basu… how can you choose without trying to kill yourself?!

See my point? Now get your hands out of your pants and read on!

What’s ticking for Samsung’s latest offspring, the Galaxy S5?

The Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch display, a 16-megapixel camera with software for advanced shooting modes, and has an integrated heart rate monitor (which you will need a lot coz you just spent 50k+ on this phone!!!).

Samsung finally hopped on the fingerprint-scanning bandwagon, integrating a scanner into the phone’s home button. In addition to unlocking the phone, it can be used for app authentication, such as authorizing PayPal payments (I don’t think you’ll use it though. Remember you are broke? You just spent 50k+ on this phone!!!).

Sporting a 1080p display, the Galaxy S5 is water and dust resistant and is available blue, white, black, and gold colours (though knowing Samsung, it’ll probably launch in 200 more colours soon enough!).

The camera is capable of autofocus speeds as fast as 300ms with new HDR processing tweaks, and a selective focus mode which allows amateur shutterbugs to experiment with shallow depth-of-field shots. (I have no idea what I just wrote! Depth of what?)

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has focused on what users might actually want rather than useless gimmicks.

It's a quiet improvement over the Galaxy S4 though, which may disappoint a lot of people looking to see the world's highest-res display and an all new metal chassis, but it's one that at least delivers where consumers need it.

If you're looking for a phone that reinvents the smartphone again, you're going to be rather disappointed with what's on offer from Samsung. However, if you're after a better camera, a brighter screen, a faster processor and a more solid design, then the Galaxy S5 will mostly deliver all you'd be looking for.

Overall, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 ticks all the right fields when it comes to camera, software, hardware and even looks… err… don’t look below!

However, along came HTC to spoil Samsung’s party with the all-new HTC One (M8)!

The down side to success is the pressure to keep on succeeding!

HTC’s 2013 flagship, the original HTC One (M7), defined “successful” in nearly every way. It was awarded the ‘Best Smartphone of the Year’ countless times!

But it’s been a year. The smartphone market has evolved rapidly and HTC’s fortunes depend heavily on the success or failure of the new One.

HTC is known for its industrial design. The HTC One (M8) is without a doubt the most beautiful phone in the world!

It features a 5-inch SLCD3 display with a resolution of 1080p. Beneath that display sits Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor which runs at 2.5GHz with 2GB RAM. The new One also has a microSD card slot with support up to 128GB (so much porn yo…)!

The camera still carries a resolution of 4MP (Ultrapixels!). It’s actually less than the resolution of its front-facing camera and Optical Image Stabilization has been removed too (WTF!!! Again, What. The. Fuck!).

The HTC One has a new twin-eyed sensor arrangement called the ‘Duo Camera’ which has the ability to refocus photos after they’re taken with functionality like artistic depth-of-field photos (Err… I still don’t get it! #JustKidding!).

The One give you the best smartphone selfies with its 5MP sensor! Hardcore narcissists like me or ‘normal’ selfie fans would definitely want this!

Hello New Age Selfies! :)

The bottom line on the HTC One M8′s camera is this: it’s all right though definitely not the best!

In almost every measurable sense, the HTC One (M8) is a premium phone. So which one should you go for - the S5 or the One?

If you are addicted to looks (who isn’t?!), then the One is for you. It’s not only powerful but also beautiful (I mean Katrina Kaif beautiful!).

But if you want a future-proof phone with added functionality, then the S5 is for you.
I say future-proof coz HTC’s future is bleak!
It’s a vicious circle actually: No sales --> Bleak Future; Bleak Future --> No Sales. Sigh!

So, if you are NOT a Gujarati whose father owns a business or is an investor in the share market, think which one’s right for you. If you ARE a Gujju, buy both!

Me? I am happy with my Galaxy Note 3. I just can’t work with a 5-incher anymore (I meant phone size not THAT size pervs!)!

If I had to choose, I would probably go with the One just for those killer looks coz the S5 essentially looks like the S4, S3, S2 and S1 :/

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Sunday, March 30

When 'God' left the field forever...

It seemed he was born to play Cricket. It seemed the game was invented for him. To many, he WAS the game!

His achievements are nothing short of extraordinary. Many saw them simply as bench marks for other players. When he played, a billion hearts skipped a beat, so as to not waste a single moment by not watching him play.

He was someone who could do no wrong. Rarely has anyone inspired a generation - nay, generation(s).

His fans were ever so demanding, ever so belligerent. Anything less than perfection was simply not acceptable to them. They alleviated him to a divine stature so much so that even a minute human error or a bad day at the office caused immeasurable grief to them!

If imitation is the best form of flattery, then surely one won’t be surprised to find his namesake at every turn and corner. Since he gets tremendous respect from colleagues, seniors and rivals alike, this is but a small show of appreciation.

Perhaps one of the lowest points in a career of highs was the forgettable Sri Lankan tour of 2009! India needed a team. India needed him. He, though a “God”, was only human! He was unable to deliver - a rarity for him! And his failure exposed the failures of others. He had worked hard his entire life to be dependable and he had been… always! But his capability made the others lazy and that’s what that fateful tour exposed!

Talking about his statistics and his records are like talking about a man who ‘could’ have done better. But no one can beat him. No one can better him. So talking about numbers is pointless.

It wasn’t just his stats and style of play that endeared him to one and all. It was his persona, his overall demeanour. He avoided publicity and kept to himself. He lived a quiet and peaceful life. He embraced humility. His charisma made him the son, the friend, the neighbour, we could all have or could become ourselves!

Perhaps that’s what still keeps him in a billion hearts. Perhaps that’s what still provides a faint hope… that someday, somewhere, we might still see him play again!

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