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The best Apps around!

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‘Apps’ is the buzz word these days and more so if you own a smart phone. When I thought of writing a blog on apps I decided it will be a lot easier to segregate them on the basis of the mobile operating systems. So here we will have a look at the top 5 apps from the top 5 mobile OS in the market. Let’s kick things off with my favorite,

Nokia Symbian OS


1. Handy Taskman
Taskman gives you complete information about running programs and about free memory left on the phone (RAM, Phone memory and Memory card). You can also switch to or close any application or close all applications in one click! Taskman also gives you a recently used list and an application search function.


2. emTube
emTube is a great little application for viewing and saving YouTube videos. A recent firmware update gave users Flash Lite 3.0 but viewing videos in the web browser is not as convenient or as easy as using emTube. It has endless uses; out on the go and want to hear a specific song? Just search for it and chances a…

It takes a Dabangg

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According to the earlier reports, Dabangg, starring Salman Khan, has crushed the opening weekend numbers set by 3 Idiots last year. 3 Idiots was released on 25th December, 2009 eyeing the Christmas and New Year holidays, probably the best time for a movie’s release. Dabangg too had the advantage of Eid but then it had several other things going with the motion. Oh and by the way I am serious about writing the blog on Dabangg so let’s get started with some of the best things in the movie,
No preaching, no management learning, no social messages – This is hands down the best thing about the movie! The movie never wants you to achieve excellence so that success may follow, it simply delivers what it promises and that is entertainment. Pure 100% solid Salman Khan style entertainment! And if you look back, movies were always made for entertainment purposes. In fact if you take a look at the list of the top 50 highest grossing films worldwide (try wikipedia), at least 40 of them do not inten…

5 things you must know about Ramadan

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Before starting this let me make it clear that I am not an Islamic scholar. This blog simply has a few things that I feel everyone must know as a general knowledge about Ramadan and fasting. I have compiled a list of 5 things below, so here goes,

1. Just like the Gregorian calendar there is an Islamic calendar which is based on the moon. Ramadan is the 9th of the 12 months in the Islamic calendar. It contains either 29 or 30 days. The variability is because it is a lunar calendar. If the moon is sighted on the 29th day, the following day is Eid ul-fitr. However, if the moon is not seen then there are 30 fasts and Eid comes next. So now you know the story behind “Eid ka chaand” :-)

2. There are five pillars of Islam, one of which is fasting. This elaborates the importance of Ramadan. Following are the five pillars,

a. Shahadah – Aka ‘Imaan’. It is the belief in one God and the Messenger (Peace be upon him).

b. Salah – Aka ‘Namaz’. It is the prayer offered five times a day.

c. Zakāt - It …

Rain, Assignments, Obama, Nostalgia

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Last year and this time, it was pretty much the same situation. All of us (MBA Fall ’09 batch) were busy with the heavy dose of pre-term assignments which we had to submit on the first day of the college. I used to burn the mid night oil working on assignments, similar to what I am doing these days. It was June and it was raining... Ah! Nostalgia...

So June, rain and assignments are pretty much in the same line this year too with the heavy pile of SIP (Summer Internship) report, SIP presentation, write-up and the University assignment being on top of my list of things to do before the college resumes. But what really made me do this blog was a news item that I recently read about Obama’s failure to handle the oil spill. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll mentions how half of those surveyed disapprove of Obama’s handling of the spill. Now that's an interesting poll. How can someone who created history by winning the US elections in the most unorthodox fashion be disapproved just li…

The iPad's "Flash Forward"

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The news is out! The all new Apple iPad does not support Adobe Flash! Now, I know what you must be thinking, "I don't know what Flash exactly is and I don't understand what's the big deal in iPad not supporting Flash?" Now before you run away from my blog let me keep things simple and explain everything.
Flash is a multimedia platform designed by Adobe which is used to add animation, videos and games on web pages. In even simpler terms, if you download videos from youtube.com they are mostly in .flv format i.e. Flash format. So does that mean if you open youtube.com from the iPad, most videos won't work? Absolutely right! They won't work! And the same applies to many, many other websites.
Next question, “why did Apple commit such a huge mistake?” Actually, it is not at all a mistake. In fact iPhone and iPod have never supported Flash too. Steve Jobs recently posted his thoughts on why iPad doesn’t support Flash content. Below are the six major reasons with …

Unison 2010 - From my eyes

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The 2-day annual event of PROTON business school, Unison 2010, is now over and it ended with the rock band Tapas playing the theme of ‘Saare jahan se acha hindostan hamara’ on guitar. I don’t think there could have been a better ending to Unison than that. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the core coordinating team of the event and hence had tons of learning experiences. I will list some of the most important lessons learnt in this blog which should help you not only in organizing similar events but also in day-to-day life.

My first and the most important learning was managing information. Everything must be with you in soft copy for reference purposes as you never know when you may require what information. It took me 7 excel files, 16 notepad files, 24 PPTs and 32 word documents in all to manage every single bit of information throughout the event. The information varied from the list of 92 prospect sponsors for the event to the 60 days event preparation schedule leading to Uni…

IPL, Bollywood and Girls

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“So how’s life?”
“These days are so boring yaar” “Kyu? Any problem in the office?” “Arey nahi, the temperature is rising, there are no good movies coming up and on top of that, all you see everywhere is cricket, cricket and only cricket! I hate IPL and I really hate Shah Rukh Khan!”

Clearly the "Girls" in the title of this blog do not represent the IPL cheer girls ;-)
One of my female friends (also an IT engineer) who works in Noida has started hating Shah Rukh Khan. She said SRK is involved in promoting IPL because he owns a team and wondered if that has anything to do with the reason why no good Hindi movies were coming up in the IPL season.


This conversation got me thinking. Most of the girls don’t know much about cricket and few of them actually hate it. In fact, it was the falling popularity of the ODIs that gave birth to the concept of T-20. Some of my male friends absolutely love T-20, they just cannot afford missing a Mumbai Indians match. This is a relatively big point of…

To Blog or not to Blog?

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Ever wondered how many blogs exist on the Internet? Technorati claims that there were 112 million blogs in the year 2007. More googling shall reveal that by the end of the year 2009 there were as many as 126 million blogs on the Internet. Bloggers seem to be increasing every day, as a result, more and more information is being posted. How much of this information is useful remains unanswered, which in turn gives rise to a big, big question - Is blogging really worth it?
I have been asking myself a question for a long time now, to blog or not to blog? Eventually, I decided to jump in and start off. A lot of the credit for this goes to my colleagues who have started their blogs on all kinds of topics. Apart from the chance to win an iPad (as a part of the first of its kind Online Social Networking competition at PROTON business school encouraging the students to use social media in the most effective way possible), there are several other reasons to blog. The most prominent one is the fe…
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