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3 compliments that apply to every girl out there!

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Gentlemen, when was the last time someone appreciated you for your new shirt or shoes or anything else for that matter? Long time? Yesterday? Doesn't matter, what matters is the fact that a single compliment can make your day and more so if it comes from someone of the opposite sex. It’s just natural.
The good news is that the same applies to women! So what are you waiting for? Go out, compliment women, make their day and be called charming! But it’s much easier said than done. Here is the biggest problem, we men don't pay as much attention as we should and thus end up not complimenting enough.

Remember when you totally didn't notice her new ear rings? That is still level 3, level 1 is not noticing her new haircut! (If you are curious, level 2 is not noticing her new handbag or sandals ;-) ... you get the idea). However, we cannot be blamed for this, neither do we really care about ear rings nor a haircut is big of a deal. I mean we get a haircut every month!

So how do we go …

The #1 resume mistake!

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Yes Sir, this is the blog I did my first facebook live video about :-)

I have pretty much covered everything I wanted to include but nonetheless the blog is here!

To begin with I must say there are tons of advice available out there when it comes to perfecting your resume. There are many ways to 'get your resume right'. But the number 1 mistake anyone can make when it comes to resume is not treating it as a live document.

Mostly resumes are updated only when we are looking for a job change which eventually becomes one more hurdle in the new job search. Now I am no resume writing professional or a career expert but below are a few reasons I feel the resume needs to stay updated at all times,

1. Often times, we get informed by our ex-colleagues and friends about job opportunities in their respective organizations that we might be interested in. However, since our resumes are seldom updated, by the time we update and send across, the job posting is either already no longer available …

Exactly how boring can reading a book be?

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There goes a saying - "a person who doesn't read has no advantage over a person who cannot read."

Well technologically speaking, that isn't true. *Geek Logic* There are audio books and softwares of all kinds available out there that can read the book for us regardless of our ability to read. Of course in this case we must be able to listen!

Here's the question though - exactly how boring can reading a book get?

Some people would rather watch paint dry than read a book. While some others will be baffled by the question, after all, how can reading a book be boring for anyone?

Personally, I think reading books is very underrated especially considering the life transforming potential that they carry. School books were enough reading for me in my teenage while the coolest new thing called the 'internet' kept me busy in late 2000s. But this doesn't mean that I ran away at the sight of those fat fiction novels. However, it does mean that I started out on the jou…

MBA? So what's your startup idea?

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If you are an MBA, atleast once someone, somewhere must have asked you - so what's your startup idea?
With the words like 'entrepreneurship', 'venture capital', 'seed funding' and, ofcourse, 'startup' appearing almost everywhere from TV to Newspapers and from Facebook feeds to YouTube videos, it is almost a moral obligation for an MBA to have a startup idea! After all, what else do they teach you in MBA? :-)
Personally, my answer has always been a food joint. But I am pretty sure that there are much more soon-to-be-restaurateurs out there than the number of existing restaurants. I have never really taken a step further in planning a food joint which in itself is a proof enough that it is not my cup of hot chocolate. I also tend to believe that the buzz around has developed a notion that owning a company is too damn cool! But this buzz doesn't address the fact that RUNNING a company is where the dirty work lies
Now while we are at it, and I being an…

The top 5 most annoying co-workers!

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The only disclaimer I would like to add before I start this blog is that it’s my blog, you have read the title and you are the best person to decide if you want to read further :-)
Also, there are all kinds of people in every office (and everywhere else) and not everyone will fit in a category below. But if you do come across someone mentioned below, you have been warned!
1. The interrogator 5W1H is by default the first word of most of their sentences. You might think that a question is often a conversation starter and there is nothing wrong with that but when you feel like the entire conversation was simply answering questions, you my friend, have just spoken to the interrogator!
2. The dealer "You bought this for 25000? I could get you something far better in much less!" Dealers are usually more knowledgeable than you are and whatever they own is much better than anything you will ever possess. It doesn’t end there because dealers get better deals on everything including holida…

What is your fat burning zone?

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In one of my previous blogs, I did share the absolute #1 fat loss tip but in order for everything to work, you also need to make sure you are in your fat burning zone. Nutrition is the other important thing. In this blog, I am covering the fat burning zone.

Question - What exactly is fat burning zone and how to measure it?

The first thing you would need for this is a heart rate monitor and I recommend the Xiaomi Mi Band (here is my review and amazon link). Now let's get down to our math exercise of the day,

Step 1
Subtract your age with 220. I am 29 so below is what I get,
220 - 29 (your age) = 191

Step 2
Multiply the result of step 1 with 0.6 and 0.8
191 x 0.6 = 114.6
191 x 0.8 = 152.8

This heart rate range of 114.6 to 152.8 is the fat burning zone for all 29 year olds out there. Anything above this is muscle loss (the most dreaded thing for our body builder friends). Below is a handy table I have put together,



Step 3
Use the Xiaomi Mi Band or any other heart rate monitor to keep track of yo…

Xiaomi Mi Band review

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If you personally know me, you already know that I am into running. I have been using the Xiaomi Mi Band for quite some time now and although I don't really review products on my blog, I would like to give you a quick overview of this handy fitness band.

The Mi Band is a simple rubber strip with a piece of aluminium hardware that does the entire job. In addition to monitoring your steps, it also monitors your sleep and heart rate (heart rate is what we need to measure the fat burning zone)

The official app that brings this band to life, Mi Fit, keeps your fitness records and streaks handy. The band can also vibrate to give you notifications like incoming calls, alarms etc.

You don't have to keep your phone's bluetooth or location turned on all day for the band to work. The band will automatically sync the entire data with your phone when you open the app and turn on the location and bluetooth. The band is also water resistant (IP 67) and Xiaomi claims a 30 day battery life to…

The last kilometer

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As someone who has run close to 1000 kms and burned more than 65000 kcal in the process (thanks to Endomondo for the stats), I feel worthy enough to share some pointers on running. To be frank, these stats above are nothing compared to some of the marathoners that I know. But if you haven't run a single km in your life and are looking to make a start, this blog will definitely be helpful.

Below are my top 4 tips for starters to make it to the 'last km',

1. Get inspired. It's simple. No activity can start without motivation so if you want to run you need motivation, be it fat loss to shed some extra kilos, be it getting in shape or be it the movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Motivation is what is going to get you started

2. And if motivation is going to get you started, music will keep you going. Running is one of the most high intensity workouts and the fact is that its tiring, its tough and you are going to sweat like anything. If you continue after the first 5 minutes, you woul…

The absolute #1 fat loss tip!

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No side talks. Let's get straight down to it. You know the question - what is the #1 thing that I should do to lose some fat?

The answer is in the math - burn more calories than you consume!

An average man requires 2500 kcal and an average woman requires 2000 kcal everyday. So if you are an average man consuming 2500 kcal everyday, you need to burn more than 2500 kcal everyday to create a fat deficit.

The good part is, we burn calories while doing everything, even while sleeping! But can you sleep your way to fat loss? Not so easy pal!

But the best way to burn fat is to cardio... 1st thing in the morning on an empty stomach!

- Wait... what?
- But what about my pre-workout shake?
- Exercising on empty stomach! What if I fell down unconscious or throw up?
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there is no way I am doing anything before having a well balanced pre-workout breakfast!

Well the science behind this is to tap on the stored body fat. When we wake up, we have basically…

Top 4 things all PMP aspirants must give up!

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All thanks to my PMP certification, I have been approached by a lot of people of late on all kinds of platforms for a little bit of guidance on clearing the exam. But this blog is not about all of that (I am anyways available to tell you about it, if required). I have previously blogged about how I cleared the PMP in 7 weeks and if you are a PMP aspirant, I suggest checking out PMPLounge.com. As far as this blog is concerned, the inspiration has been the best question that I got about PMP,

What do I need to give up to clear PMP?

I call it the best question because it's just way too much on the point. If someone is leading a peaceful non-PMP certified life, what all does he need to give up to swim through the PMP ocean. This is also a question, I would myself like to find an answer to, before venturing into anything new. So after a bit of thinking and recalling the dreaded days of my run up to the PMP exam, below are the top 4 things all PMP aspirants must give up!


1. Social Life
This …

Why do Muslims sacrifice animals on Eid al-Adha (Bakra Eid)?

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Let's get a few things straight,

1. A person with a vegetarian or vegan diet preference can totally be a true and practicing Muslim and fulfill all his or her religious duties. It is not mandatory for a Muslim to consume non-vegetarian food (Since I don't like Mutton, I usually get a "mutton nahi khate? what kind of Muslim are you?" comment every now and then)

2. The very basis of Islam is a doubtless belief in the central religious book - the holy Quran, which includes stories of about 25 prophets including Musa (known as Moses in Judaism), Isa (known as Jesus in Christianity) among others

3. Animal sacrifice does not eliminate your sins. In certain cultures, animal sacrifice is considered as "washing away sins", that is not the case in Islam

So if this doesn't "wash away sins" and it is not mandatory to eat non-vegetarian food in Islam, why exactly do Muslims offer the animal sacrifice?

Story of Sacrifice
The story begins with Ibrahim (known as Ab…

Mr. Just Married!

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So the dhols have stopped, the decorative lighting is off the house, the relatives have departed and you are either already off on your honeymoon or waiting for the photographer to share the ceremony photos. Of course those photos will either be subjected to a careful scrutiny before 10 of them go up on facebook or will be subjected to a quicker scan before, well, 450 of them go up on facebook!
In either case, welcome to your second innings, Mr. Just Married :-)
For full disclosure, I must share that I am no longer ‘just married’. In fact I am approaching my first anniversary next month. But all of this experience is also a must to jot down how the ‘just married’ men feel. Needless to say, this blog is from the perspective of men who have recently taken the big step.
In the beginning, I did touch the topic of photos, let’s stick to it a little more. Thanks to the infinimillions (inifite millions that is!) photos pre, thru and post wedding you will be able to look at yourself from all pos…

How to reconnect with people you have unfollowed on facebook (in 5 seconds or less!)

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Being someone who likes to use facebook only for social networking and staying in touch with friends, I understand if you decide to "unfollow" a few from your list because of their burning politically motivated posts. The central theme of such posts is basically hatred. Be it justifying or inciting hatred towards people that do not support their political ideologies, belong to a different religion or community, speak a different language or simply from a different region. In fact, why just the people that make such posts, you can very well "unfollow" someone specific for no specific reason! I mean, why waste your social media time on something you don't like? Right?

That's the question I asked myself before I started "unfollowing" people posting stuff I don't wish to see on my timeline. If you are wondering how to "unfollow" someone or, better yet, take a step ahead and tell facebook how posts like these are spoiling your facebook exp…

From paranoid to android!

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There comes a time in everyone's life when looking at the mobile phone notifications just doesn't suffice. We battle that situation, we change the phone's wallpaper, lock screen, ringtones and even the phone back cover. All of this only to give the phone a fresh breath of life. This avoids the urge of switching to a newer phone. But the situation gets stalemated when the phone gets terribly slow!

And when that happened to my Lumia 820, I happily switched to Lumia 925. But when the time came for the next upgrade... I was out of options. The Lumia 950 and 950 XL have some of the worst reviews out there and there is no point buying any of the two. Oh, and by the way, I have always been a Nokia loyalist and, no points for guessing, a Windows Phone user. Why, you may ask, the answers can be found here.

I do have an iPad so I am fairly comfortable with iOS but android has never been my cup of hot chocolate. So with the honest understanding of the fact that beggars cannot be choose…