Life in America

Hi Friends,

Just reached US one month back and its time I share my experience here. I am sure unless I note it down I might not remember what all I noticed here in my first visit. Also my views might differ if I continue to stay for more years here. :-)

Watching Amercia in movies is definitely different from being here. We will feel the cold weather, we can feel the warmth of people, we will learn courtesy, we will appreciate the cleanliness and systematic way of life.IMG_1120

We will definitely miss the freedom we had in India. You feel like you are caged without a car here. Because you cannot just walk somewhere and get an auto if you feel tired. In India even if I go out without carrying any mobile or money at least I can catch an auto all the way till home and pay the driver after reaching home. Here If I forget to take my cell phone then I cant call a taxi, I wont get any on the road!!

Very unpredictable weather. Good that I came in Summer here. So we can mover around without a car. But when I went for a walk as it was a bright day suddenly it rained!!

We need to always keep track of weather by watching weather alerts. Most of the time they are right.

Can you believe we dont see price tags on grocery products here. No MRP mentioned on any product. Every shop has its own pricing and different prices for same product in different shops. Hence you should be very careful while buying groceries on regular basis or in large quantities. Go the nearby shop for emergency needs, go to the best priced shop for regular shopping.

I live in Edison and I meet many Indians. In fact if we go to any mall or park we feel that we are in India and can see many foreigners here!! Well when it comes Indians, most of the old people miss India. They want to go back. And most of the people of my age who have been living here for more than 5 years, blame India. They keep telling, oh I cant tolerate that in India, I dont like this in India and so on!! I wonder will I also start talking like that if I stay here for long?? I hope not.

They do not make any false statements but why highlight it so much? If my house is not clean instead of living in somebody’s clean house, I should clean my house and live in it. But its not easy as said.crotonpark (7)

Also people living from many years here, have a very negative image of India. Lot has changed in India. I feel we are more aware of pollution hazards, environmental challenges in India rather than US. Even though US can easily ban plastic usage and make people use more and more biodegradable products, they have not yet started it.

I had put my daughter in one of the best schools of Hyderabad and the public school here is no match to it. But its free. Our government schools in India just cannot match the government schools of US. But if I need a school as good as the one she was studying in India, I will have to pay almost 10 times the fee I paid in India. I think so. I have to check the fee structure of best private schools here.

Well there is lot to write.. hope I will divide them properly to specific topics and discuss in my future posts.

Till then bye bye.

Game Changer is here

Do you love playing games? Which games do you play? Chess, snake and ladder scrabble or Virtual villagers, candy crush or angry birds? Have you won thousands of games and beaten number of people in your scores? Thats great. So what profit did you make? You must have spent hours playing games on the net, must have downloaded lot of applications, might have even paid for some lives, paid for downloading games and what are the returns? Just Time Pass and Fun?

Here is a Game Changer entering the market. From now on, your addiction to games is not only an enjoyable experience but profitable too. Dont believe? Still have doubts? Asking me how much I need to invest?

Yes, I am telling the truth, and No you do not have to invest a penny for that.

Most of the time when I played games like Virtual villagers or Angry birds clearing the levels and putting so much effort, I always thought instead of building a house for virtual villagers what if I could build a real one for myself? Instead of earning highest score in Angrybirds what if I could highest salary. Not even salary if only scoring highest or clearing levels in the shortest time than millions of others had any tangible credit to the player. Now here it is.

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Fat Cat is launching Lucky 6 a game which is fun, entertaining, challenging and rewarding.

Yes, you heard it right. Its rewarding. You get actual real prizes for winning. You can win Cash Jackpots and Luxury Prizes. Not just badges or scores!!

Its challenging. Your 7 year old kid cannot beat you in this game so easily. If he has to beat you, then he has to do some hard work for that. Yes, it needs some brains. Do you have it? Then its for you. You do not have? Then you can be happy with the chocolates games on Facebook.

Because it is challenging and rewarding it automatically becomes more interesting and addictive. Yes, you heard it right, its definitely going to be addictive. But whats wrong, better to get addicted to something which gives you returns than to get addicted to something which empties your pocket.

You play with friends and family. You invite others and when they win you win a share of the Jackpot prize. Isn’t it great? Instead of competing with friends, here you are playing with friends. If you are the smart guy in your group, you will be in more demand. If you have smart friends around you, the chances of winning are more.

  • Free Installing
    • Yes you heard it right. You do not have to pay for downloading it. There are two versions IOS and Android. You are never asked to buy lives. You dont have to be a premium member or any such thing to hit the Jackpot. So fair and simple. It is just like any honest genuine competition you ever attended in life. I am saying this because these days, people earn degrees by paying money!!!
  • Simple Game
    • Very simple game. Because I said challenging dont be under the impressions its only for mathematicians or scientists. Its for all the common people. The people who are aware of brands. Yes Brands. Have you heard of Google, Apple, IBM, Mercedes, Mc Donald, TaTa, Reliance, Airtel , Coco Cola ? Which are the top 6 brands as per your views? Does it sound interesting? Yes It is interesting. You just have to select the Top 6 brands which you think will top in the Capital market on the day you are playing the game. If your 6 matches with the Top 6 at the end of the day. Then You hit the Jackpot!!!!! Hip Hip Hurray.. Simple isn’t it?
  • Social
    • So what is Social doing here? Yes, all your friends in facebook, twitter, linkedin, whatsapp, Hike and your office and your family members where ever they me on earth can be of help to you in this game. You can be of help to them too. You add a friend to your crowd and if his selection matches with the final 6 on the day, he wins Jackpot and you win a part of the amount too!! So you will not hesitate to add people, rather you will be adding more and more people.
  • Real Rewards
    • You are getting real rewards for winning. Its in cash and luxury prizes. You are not made to pay from pocket when you are stuck at level unlike other games.

Believe it or not India is the chosen country to launch

this game for first time ever

Fat cat has chosen India as its first destination to launch Lucky 6. India tops the list in the maximum use of Social Applications. Social will never be Social unless you share things. And Indians are good at sharing. They want to have fun and want their friends to have fun too. Hence Fat Cat has chosen to launch its dream game application Lucky 6 in India.

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This is going to create a revolution in the Indian gaming scenario followed by world as it is giving rewards in cash. Not just cash, but huge amounts. It is a crowd funded initiative. You can be a part of it too. Click here for more details.

I have been lot of games since the introduction of internet and always felt guilty for wasting my precious time. Of course there are King Players who beat my record in the amount of time spent and number of levels reached. But was it worth it? Now when I look at this game, which is free to install, and its not like gambling. You are not choosing some odd numbers you are choosing most well known brands. And if you are a novice when it comes to brands you will go google and find out. You will discuss on brands with friends. Isn’t it so refreshing and enganging for educated and intellingent people like you and me. Your kids will not come and tell they have beaten your scores, if they want to beat, instead of spending hours on the game, they will spend some time to improve their General knoweldge on brands too. They will start reading newspapers, they will start following TV news, they will not ask you to change the channel if you are watching Business Channels.

I find it so interesting being a fan of Business world.

Uplifting Brands

The game not only tests our Brand knowledge but sooner it will be a test to brands too. There will be reverse action where in the brands would like to know which brands stood in the highest place as per the players!! I do not know whether Fat Cat thought of this, but I do feel this will happen. Free installation and real prizes. Friends win you win. So its going to be viral anyway. And ones millions of people start using there will be debates in all friend circles about brands and why they think that should be the top 6. It will be a test for the brands to know their brand equity, Brand image and positioning of their brands in India and in the global scenario when game enters all countries.

Lucky 6 by fat catI have downloaded the game to my mobile and started exploring it. Have you?

Explore more about the game here Fat Cat Gaming

Childhood of rhymes and Stories

Recently while viewing the Rhymes and stories on KIDSHUT, m thoughts wandered on childhood and now and the lessons we got from it. I chose the simple two here.

“If you are happy and you know it”


As a small kid I felt it was a wonderful rhyme with lot of energy and things kids like to imitate and enjoy. Which child does not feel happy to clap, jump or to stamp feet. This rhyme was full of energy and had all ingredients a child would love.

But when I grew up the meaning changed for me. When we get into competitive world and lost in the fast track of life we loose the child in us and hence forget to celebrate the things that bring happiness to us. As a child we celebrate every small wins and we also show our happiness. But as we grow we tend ignore to celebrate and express our happiness. The happiness a child feels and expresses when it gets a toffee is far more than a man’s happiness when he gets a salary hike or a promotion. Its just because people have lost the express and bring out the child in them. Imagine if everyone decides to express their happiness and start celebrating how energetic this world would look like. And this happiness is a contagious thing it can bring smiles on people around you too. So why don’t all people take a lesson out of this Rhyme and show their happiness. So first thing is to find happiness and then certainly to celebrate it.

Won’t this small change in life bring a big change in world…………………….. FOR HAPPY WORLD.

The Thirsty Crow

This childhood story is one of my favorites. I have listened this story hundreds and thousands of times and also repeated same to my daughter. In this story the thirsty crow overcomes a tricky situation of small mouthed bottle/pot with little water at the bottom. It drops pebbles to get the water level up by dropping pebbles and increasing the water level. And drinks water and flies happily.

This simple story tells us there is no problem which can not be solved. Given a little thought any damn problem can be solved all we need is to spread our wings of imagination. When things get tougher just think of this ‘Thirsty Crow’ and I am sure you will find a way out of it. I love some newer versions of the Thirsty crow too.

Kids Rhymes and stories are not just for kids its for all and apart from learning language there are multiple lessons one an take from these.

This post is a part of Kids Hut activity at BlogAdda.com

Do not blindly forward it…

Friends,

You have heard of grapevine, gossip and rumour right? And did you think you were not the one who would easily fall prey to those? If someone told the boss is having affair with his PA you are least bothered, If neighbor said the guy living upstairs might be a terrorist you did not blindly believe her. But now when it comes to internet you just forward each and everything thing which sounds interesting or never heard of.. right? why is it?

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Some one forwarded a photo telling Congress is making a Yaga to invite aliens, everyone forwarded it in whatsApp and laughed at congress. But they never realized they were such big fools to believe the news.

Then there are many forwards which ask you to forward the message to ten people and you will get auto-recharge, or the picture will change, so on and so forth. I agree you want to test it, ok test it, but how many of you ever go back and send a message that it did not work? At least that way everybody realizes such things wont work.

The biggest fraud of all is forwards like ‘Telegram’ is an Indian messenger application and Modi asked to install it. How many so called software engineers forwarded it!! were you also one of them? You were rather marketing a foreign product which was not even as good and safe as whatsapp!!

Jokes making fun of women, and even women forward it!! I am sure now why the half of the world considers women as Dumb.

There is this video of a girl singing a nice Hindi Song. Neither the name of the girl, nor her city nor the senders information is there in the video. But everybody is requesting to forward that video telling it will help the girl get publicity. Now I wonder how many men with ill will approach her promising her of bright future and misuse her innocence!! If somebody really wanted to help, he or she would have given their contact details so that the people wanting to help would have had a point of contact.

Forwards like – Today you will see many moons, or there will be no light for 48 hours, sun will disappear etc are so hilarious. Whatsapp works on internet, Facebook works on internet why not just Google it out and confirm before forwarding?

Kids lost, or kids found, blood needed all these forwards have some good will behind them, but make sure to add some date, name of place etc so that when it goes on circulating around the world through out the year or years, someone will cross check and find out if its relevant or not and stop forwarding.

Friends forward a joke, forward inspirational quotes, forward all good things. Before you forward anything, just make sure the information you are sending to the world around there is true, helps someone and important of all does not harm anyone!!

Sparsh

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when words cannot convey message, the touch does. Of all the action words found in English Language, Touch is the one which has larger than life meaning to it. Mother’s Touch, Baby Touch, Touch me not, UnTouchable so on and so forth. So which Touch are we talking about today?

In India we are more of Touch me Nots than Touch me types. we prefer to fold our hands and greet a person than shaking his hand with that of ours. We bend and bow to our parents than hug them. I am not telling I hate or dislike our culture. I have all the respect for it and I am proud of it. But there has to be a distinction. We need to understand whom to bow and whom to hug. We need to teach the Touch lessons to our kids.

Here is the story of my friend Lucy who did her Engineering from one of the prestigious colleges of Bangalore. Very ambitious, hard working and Social girl. She would participate in almost all events of college. She had many good friends around her but there was one who hailed from her native place and he was Rajesh. Rajesh was not so charming or dashing. Lucy never gave more importance to him as she never felt that she would enjoy his company. The kiddish pranks of Rajesh irriated Lucy more than making her happy. But never did Lucy ever realise that Rajesh had become her only confident to share all her problems in that residential institute away from her home. By the time they had reached final year Rajesh was very much present in every moment of the day. Be it working in computer lab, or having tea in the canteen or reading for late hours in library Lucy would depend on Rajesh. Lucy had to do some field work as part of her Elective and it was Rajesh who accompanied her. Even though the whole campus would talk of the thick relationship between Rajesh and Lucy, they never realised it was love. For them it was only friendship or something which they could not understand.

Then final semester was over and there was an interview call for Lucy from Mumbai and she had to travel alone. The thought of travelling alone to Mumbai made her feel anxious. Was it because she was already in love with Rajesh and hence needed his support or was she really afraid to go alone to Mumbai? But Rajesh agreed to accompany her. They had a common friend in Mumbai hence they could stay at their place and attend the interview and then return. They boarded the train and after a while Lucy fell asleep. Unknowingly she had kept her head on Rajesh’s shoulders and Rajesh could not understand why his heart started beating so heavily. Until Lucy woke up he tried his level best to keep himself cool. It was a general compartment and a girl leaning her head to the shoulder of a boy was also considered weird. Rajesh was aware of strange stares from passengers around, but he would not disturb the sleeping Lucy or Sleeping beauty!! Lucy felt ashamed and sorry when she got up. But she realized how secure and safe she felt sleeping on the shoulder of Rajesh. Even Rajesh could feel why he volunteered to accompany Lucy, why he would not disturb her while she slept. So actions had spoken more than words. Both of them realised that they have already accepted each other.

Its ten years hence this happened. Both of them happily married and proud parents of a child. But even today while travelling when Lucy keeps her head on Rajesh’s shoulder the same lightening effect goes through him.

Do you also have anything to share?

My Porcelanosa house would be

Most of the time the word Dream is followed by Dream Home, Dream Girl/Boy and Dream Job. Among these three also Dream Home is something which every one dreams about. People of all ages from Children to Old ones, people of all countries, Rich or Poor, Educated or Illiterate everybody dreams of his or her dream home at least once in his or her lifetime.

When we moved from a small town like Shivamogga to a big city like Mysore in 1985, how excited I was about our new own house. I was so thrilled. I was only a small girl then. But I was little disappointed when I saw the house. At that age I could not understand that owning a house in a city like Mysore itself is a great achievement. I had dreamt of very big house in my imagination. As there were no Digital Cameras or smart phones at that time, my father had not shown the image of house to us! I was too naive to understand its area by listening to the measurements. So my imagination and the real house did not match. But after a while I was happy. We had enough space to grow flower plants and vegetables. So much wind and light. We could climb on the terrace with a ladder which we could not in Shivamogga as it had a roof made of Mangalore tiles. Then even that house became bigger when I was in High School. I had my own room in First floor. I loved to spend most of the time there.

So that is Past now and we are building our own house now, and understand what it means to own a house, plan every inch of the house, get finance, make adjustments in our life style to complete our dream home. To avoid any disappointment to my daughter I ensure she is present in almost all moments of our Dream home in making. So she knows how big it is, where it is, which is her room, How big is her room and so on.

But somewhere I was not really satisfied with the size of the house again!! With Real Estate booming like anything the prices have shot up like Rockets. And I wonder whether my house will be even as big as the house in which I lived from high school days till marriage! But I found a solution. I felt that it is not the big rooms or number of rooms that matter, it is how you design them. The interior design, the walls, the paint the wardrobes, the windows and the curtain and the furniture and our love towards our house and people living in it. That is what makes a dream home. Love is in abundance so no need to worry about it. All I need to worry is planning the walls, the roof, the floor and Kitchen, shelves, bath room tiles and so on. Here I found some virtual solution to my real dream home. :-)

Here is a topic from Indiblogger and 24living which says  Pick as many items as you can from Porcelanosa to build your dream home. Tell us why you chose them and why”.

Let me start choosing and see how my dream home turns out to be. Good thing Porcelanosa did is that it has mentioned price in its catalog. So no constraints, let me choose the best one for my dream home!

Ours is an independent villa which is under construction. I would like to have some Sit out arrangement in front of the house as we have more space left in the East Side, which is the Entrance. This is how it I want it to be

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Porcelanosa Tiles

So I am choosing Dublo Beige Structure for the outdoor flooring. I selected it as it looks rough and it can stand the attack of water from rain and sun shine from Sun. :-) Also it is not slippery. Children run around and make lot of fun in out doors and its just suited for that.

I would choose Par-Ker Oxford Antarcita for the Terrace flooring. As we would be spending most mornings and evenings on Terrace. I spent most of my study hours on our Terrace when I was a student.

terrace tileFor Living room I would choose Madagascar Marron. I chose this color because I am very nostalgic about the house where I was born and brought up. Till 1990 we had the Cement flooring which had Red Oxide painted on it. The floor would shine more and more as we would mop it day after day!! The tiled floor never looked so clean and appealing to me. This Maroon colored tiles in the Porcelanosa catalog really matches with my imagination.

living room marronHere is something unique for my Kitchen. I always dreamed of something like this. Most things get lost in big shelves, hence I want to have as many small units as possible so that everything is at my reach. Just look at this.

kitchen porcelanosa

Now let us see what I buy for my bathroom. Here it is

bathroom porcelanosaThere is much more to choose from Porcelanosa. This is enough for the time being.

Friends I am writing this post for Indiblogger’s Happy Hours. But I hope my dream home comes somewhere near to the dream home described here. Thanks for reading.