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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

5 ways to make your LYF more fun






"I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny."

Well, Dr Seuss had a word of advice for all of us out there, in his book 'The cat in the hat'. Even if your LYF becomes boring, there's always a way to make it more interesting and fun. We shall talk about 5 ways in which you can make your LYF more fun. 

We'll get to that in a bit.

Our life is governed by the elements of nature. Earth, wind, water and fire are the elements which define our existence on this planet and Universe. They're so omnipresent and yet we don't really get to feel them on a day-to-day basis. We've almost accustomed to them.

In this endeavor, Reliance has thought up of an innovative idea of bringing together the elements of nature and packing them into technology. This is how the birth of LYF Smartphones came about. 


Let's see the 5 ways in which you can make your LYF more fun


Dual Back cameras






Yes, you heard that right. The Earth series of LYF Smartphones has 2 back cameras, 13 MP and 2 MP, respectively. Now you can go with any worries and get click-happy with all those stunning images captured in the lens. The OptiZoom and ChromaFlash feature ensure that your clicks come out crisp and in-focus.

Head over here to know more about the Earth range of LYF Smartphones.



Superior Display screen





The 12.7 cm. full HD display on the Water 1 range of LYF smartphones ensures that you do not miss out on any of the small details in your digital life.

With an awesome viewing angle of 160 degrees, show your gorgeous selfies and clicks to all of your friends in the group, at the same time. 

See for yourself the wonders of the Water 1 range of LYF Smartphones.



Superior Processing






You cannot go wrong with the processing prowess of Water 2 range of LYF Smartphones.

With 2 GB RAM, you are guaranteed a glitch free and smooth using experience. Your life would never be boring. With all that RAM, easily play those lovely and addictive games, increase your social media life and take pictures which speak volumes about your personality.

To top that, you have 16 GB of internal storage for storing all those lovely moments, videos and apps.




Selfies Galore




Yes, selfies are here to stay and will be for some time to come. That's why, LYF Smartphones have come out with the Wind range of phones.

It has a 5MP camera in the front for those perfect selfies. Not only that, it has detection for face, smile and blink as well. But that's not all, there's 6x zoom also in the front camera.

How cool is that?




Power of 4G





4G is the next big thing to hit India. The super high speeds of 4G are going to change our digital lives forever. So, to be prepared for that, LYF smartphones have come out with the Flame range of phones.

Not only are these phones 4G enabled but they are dual SIM phones. The power is indeed, now in your hands.

Go ahead, have a closer look at the Flame range of LYF smartphones here.




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Top 5 cool things seen at Lakme Fashion Week 2016



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"To ugly ducklings everywhere, don't worry about those fluffy morons; they'll never get to be swans"

Zoe Marriot penned this idea in her book 'The Swan Kingdom'. At the Lakme Fashion Week 2016, this thought and 5 top cool things were to be seen. Let me get to the cool part in a bit.

Fashion has always been about thinking out of the box. Taking bold steps into the unknown, not sure of what would become the next fashion trend or fad. The current installment of Lakme Fashion Week 2016 was also a step and a glimpse in that direction. The entire theme was 'fashion meets technology' and there was plenty of technology to be seen during the week. Innovative stage props, live digital coverage of the event, selfies galore and loads of social media engagement. The celebrities, designers, models, brands and the consumers, all of them took to the digital platform in a big way to express their views and thoughts. 

So, as i was saying, let's now see what the 5 cool things were at the Lakme Fashion Week 2016


The Celebrities


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The Celebrities, the showstoppers
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Almost a mandate and a norm since ages, celebrities stepped into the spotlight and walked the ramp for their favorite designers. It was magical watching them strut the best outfits of the designers and become the showstoppers for the event. All of our favorite stars, right there in front of our eyes, enjoying themselves on the ramp.

Although difficult to become a superstar overnight, you can still become your own everyday star. Check this out to see how technology can help you do just that.


Being Bold




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Bold themes, outfits and colors



Bold themes and bold fashion emerged in the Lakme Fashion Week 2016. Designers as well as bloggers and fashion enthusiasts came up with the most innovative and courageous themes and outfits as well. 

Why should you get left out in this? Here's a way you can go bold as well.


Activism



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Doubt is out AJIO Show and flashmob




Lakme Fashion Week 2016 was also about bold activism. 

The unique flashmob set the tone for the AJIO #DoubtIsOut show the next day. AJIO.com is the new online fashion gateway under the flagship of Reliance. AJIO focused its attention on doubt is out and brought many leading ladies and other celebrities on to the ramp for a unique fashion experience. 

The themes included, gender no bar, career no bar, size no bar, age no bar and choice no bar. 

Flaunting well known people like Sunny Leone, Helen, Bharti Singh, MIG Fighter Jet flyer Suman Sharma and the transgender activist Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi, AJIO stirred quite some publicity and awareness.



Masterclass With Renzo Rosso




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Master session with Renzo Rosso, in conversation with Sabyasachi Mukherjee




For anyone remotely associated with fashion and garments, Renzo Rosso rings a bell and warrants immediate attention. Renzo Rosso is the President of OTB group and owner of the renowned Diesel brand. He was in India to take part in the Lakme Fashion Week, in conversation with Sabyasachi Mukherjee. A billionaire and known as the 'Jeans Genius' across the industry, Renzo's story is something of an inspiration for all of us out there.

If you missed out on the talk during the fashion week, I covered it all in my previous post here.



The Colors




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Colors at Lakme Fashion Week 2016



Yes, fashion is almost nothing without all the colors. The overall theme was of fashion meets technology, however, the theme for the designers was of 'the elements of nature'. As a result, it was a colorful visual delight for the viewers.



Did you find more cool stuff during the Lakme Fashion Week 2016? Share it with everyone and comment in the space below. Speak out your thoughts, feedback and ideas. 





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Monday, April 4, 2016

4 elements that rocked during the Lakme Fashion Week 2016

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Lakme Fashion Week 2016


"Move swift as the wind and closely formed as the wood. Attack like the fire and be still like the mountains."
That's Sun Tzu speaking about the elements of the world and the Art of War. What does this have to do with the Lakme Fashion Week and what are those 4 elements which rocked the event? We'll get back to answering those questions in a bit.

Our world is complex. Not just our planet earth or even our Milky Way, but the entire black expanse of space which we call The Universe. There's a lot of activity going on there. Understanding such a complex thing such as the Universe can be quite cumbersome. So, some of our scholars tried to simplify things a bit. They decided to use simple and easily available substances to explain the world in which we live in. This is where the Scientific elements theory comes into the picture. 

In this theory, the scholars used earth, water, air and fire to explain our world. This is where we step back to our place in the Lakme Fashion Week. 

The theme for Lakme Fashion Week was fashion meets technology. However, the overall theme was using the four elements all around us. The designers stood up to the task of portraying the four elements in their designs. 

Let's have a look at all the four elements in action, one-by-one, and understand what they stand for.



Earth


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Earth element being represented by green color
The element Earth is generally represented by the color green. It symbolizes our planet Earth and represents nourishment, stability and security. The models walked away in the most soothing green colors creating an aura of calm in the room. 

Although, most of us don't really get these characteristics in real life but there's hope. Check this out, which actually gives stability and security, time after time.


Water


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Water being symbolized by blue color


We all know how important water is for our survival. Water signifies wealth, abundance and purification. It symbolizes all the water bodies on our planet. A majority chunk of our planet is covered with water, even the human body is comprised of water majorly. 

Water has been portrayed with the color blue during the Lakme Fashion Week 2016. 

We might already be rich or on the way to reach that position but you cannot go wrong by adding this to your personal wealth and abundance. 



Wind


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Wind being symbolized by the color yellow

Imagine pinching your nose closed and staying like that for 1 minute. Quite an uneasy and uncomfortable feeling, right? That's how important is air for us. It' vital for our survival. Period. 

Air/Wind has been denoted by the color yellow for explanation purpose. All communication and energies flow through the air as a medium. Wind cannot be contained or stored and acts as a carrier. It's an invisible force which is always at work. 

Even though the odds are against it but you can still have a portion of wind in your pocket. Check this out to know and see for yourself how the wind can become an ubiquitous partner for you.


Fire


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Fire being represented by red color

Fire is an element which has the power to create as well as destroy. It all depends on how fire is put to use. Fire/flame symbolizes energy, youth, recognition and fame. 

Fire has been denoted by the color red. 

All of us yearn and crave for fame and acceptance among the people and the society. Here's a guaranteed way to do achieve just that, check it out. 


Are there any alternate meanings of the elements of nature? Do you know of something more, which has not been covered in this post? Please do share your thoughts in the comments section below.





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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Renzo Rosso's top 3 tips for fashion and life


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Sabyasachi with Renzo Rosso


"In order for fashion to progress, we have to always be willing to invest in someone or something new and embrace risks, regardless of the economy." 

Renzo Rosso, President, OTB Group, Owner of Diesel Jeans brand couldn't have put fashion and life in a better perspective than this. He was in Mumbai during the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week 2016, in conversation with renowned Indian designer, Sabyasachi Mukherjee

One of the first things which hit you when you see Renzo is his energy and aura which he brings to any room he walks into. However, very few know of his rise from obscurity to a famed denim magnate. That was one of the things which was on the agenda when both Sabyasachi and Renzo walked in to commence an hour long talk. 

The entire theme of the Lakme Fashion Week 2016 was of fashion meets technology. That became pretty evident, once you stepped into the venue with smartphones, DSLRs, live tweeting, live streaming and online digital contests. 

Renzo also had a few tricks up his sleeve. 

We'll get to that later.

Here are 3 key takeaways for anyone stepping into the field of fashion and startups. 


1. Be Bold



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Renzo Rosso with Sabyasachi



Renzo was always a bold person at heart since the very beginning. He got fired from his job within a week. His boss claimed that he was too lazy at work. After much coercion, he was brought back to the company, only to resign once again. It was Adriano Goldschmeid, from the Genius Group, who would eventually mentor the young Renzo and paved the way for a pioneer.

Renzo took many bold decisions and gambles in his life because he always wanted to be different than other people.

Imagine taking on the mighty Levis brand by opening a 15,000 square feet store in New York right opposite the Levis store.

That's a bold display of grit and determination, pretty much like the bold display here.

2. Stay grounded and humble


He's done it all: became a billionaire, won many awards and is known the world as a management guru as well as a fashion icon. Yet, Renzo manages to keep his feet deep into the grounds from which he has risen up. 

Despite the fact that the fashion capital Milan is close by, he chose his hometown Bassano del Grappa as the headquarters for his company. 

"I never get jaded." That's all that he has to say for himself.

When one stays grounded, nature opens up any vistas for creativity. Stay humble, stay close to our planet Earth in this manner.


3. Hire and communicate with the best team


Renzo believes in the power of a great team. This is one ideal which has stuck with him since his early days. He always goes out of his way to hire the best people for the business and then ensures that he maintains a healthy communication channel with all of them. 

He jokingly tells Sabyasachi that 300 is his favorite movie. 300 is the perfect example of how formidable an army can become if they form and stick together as a team. That's what Renzo has also wanted with his teams all across the world.

In order to communicate with the best people in the best manner, one needs to be swift and gentle as the wind. Here's a way in which even you can become like the wind.

So, I had mentioned earlier about the tech savvy side of Renzo. He is always active on the social media. He never misses an opportunity to show his consumers, employees and the world the places he has visited or the people he has met. Even during his trip to India, Renzo was happily clicking pictures, tweeting, posting on Instagram and Facebook and liking other posts. 

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Sabyasachi showing his Diesel jeans


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Renzo Rosso and I



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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Are you tuned into the right frequency?




My heart's a stereo
it beats for you so listen close,
hear my thoughts in every note.
Make me your radio
and turn me up when you feel low
this melody was meant for you
just sing along to my stereo.


Adam Levine sang to a lovely tune and some awesome lyrics in this song but maybe it hinted at something much more profound. This goes back to a conversation I had few months back. The hour was late into the night. The partner in crime - my batch mate from XLRI. What could have been a casual chit chat turned out to be quite a pot boiler with loads of mental sparring and moments where one would go 'Aha!'. 

Do you belong to the generation which had to manually adjust the dials of a radio set to reach a particular frequency? Even if you don't, you might remember checking the frequencies on your smartphones, car stereo or MP3 player to listen to your favorite songs. You may not have realized it but that was a physical and surreal depiction of how our lives pan out to be. 

Our lives are akin to a radio transistor. We spend huge amounts of time trying to find that elusive frequency which would play the happy tunes in the most clear fashion possible. Yet, the frequency evades us, most of the times. Usually, it's the great static noise which greets us every time we try. Isn't the static which we hear very similar to the disturbances which we face in our actual lives? Mental, emotional, physical or spiritual disturbances which hinder our progress and take us off our paths.


Surprisingly, it should be brought to notice that most of the times the static is not even from an external source. Frequently, it is our own thoughts which causes the most static disturbance. This static arises from an unwell, disturbed and gloomy mind. The reasons for such a frame of mind can be numerous and can stem from external sources.

We tend to forget that any factor arising from the environment external to us cannot be controlled by us in any manner. What we can control is our thoughts and our bodies.

Most of the times, we just let the static hang in there. When we should actually be changing our frequencies and tuning to a newer and happier frequency, we get stuck up in the old noises. Sometimes, you can do nothing for the external factors, you can just forgive yourself and keep moving on. This is precisely where my batch mate said something, which will stick in my mind for a long time and which I always believed in, subconsciously:

"clean conscience is indeed the softest pillow."

As long as you strive to keep your conscience clean, no amount of noises or disturbances could ever distract you. 

So, are you currently facing distractions of some sort? Something in your present or from your past diverting your attention? Are you stuck up in a frequency?
What are you waiting for, just get up, move the dial and change the frequency. Change something in your life, your lifestyle, habits, place, address, circle of friends, hobbies, places, cities or even your complete personality. 

Who knows, that elusive frequency playing your favorite song might just be a kilo/mega Hertz away.





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Saturday, June 20, 2015

3 surprising truths about body odor






“Life’s like brown sugar sprinkled on shit. Sure it tastes great, if you don’t mind the smell.” 

Indeed, smell does affect our sense of taste/flavor whenever we eat something. A pleasant smelling object/source in your vicinity would greatly enhance the overall richness of your sensory experience whereas an unpleasant would completely ruin it for you. Well, the list of unpleasant odor sources are plenty but the ones which originate from humans cause the most awkward and tough situations.

Talking about odors reminds me of these beautiful lines penned by Javed Akhtar,

"Khushboo si hai jaise hawa mein tairti,
Khushboo jo beawaaz hai,
Jiska pata tumko bhi hai,
Jiski khabar mujhko bhi hai,
duniya se bhi chupta nahi,
ye jaane kaisa raaz hai."

Yes, the one secret which you cannot hide from everyone and is omnipresent and an instant repulsion - body odor. The BlogAdda SniffSniff activity was conducted at the Four Seasons Hotel to tackle this very issue. It was a lovely get together of bloggers who braved the rains to make if for this event (I arrived at the venue with a completely soaked shirt and a mind soaked with my eagerness). 



The event began with a session of personal grooming, personality shaping and the process to tackling body odor. The discussion was led by Mr. Animesh Gupta, positive conditioning coach at LimitlessEQ. Read up more about him here. The discussion focused on the following aspects:
  • causes of bad body odor
  • self awareness about body odor (accepting its presence/absence)
  • personal grooming
  • tips to avoid body odor
  • confronting people with body odor in a positive manner
The session was fun filled with activities, introspection and loads of interaction. Through discussions we got a lot of myths and misnomers about body odor out of our minds. I personally got to learn quite a lot and came out of this session with three key take aways:
  • The first step to banning body odor is accepting the fact that your body odor is bad, whether it is a one-off incident or a prolonged stint of odor.
  • Most of the techniques of personal grooming which is in use presently, does not ensure a complete removal of body odor.
  • All of us have been applying deo spray in the morning right after we take our bath, which is completely wrong. The best time to apply deo is in the night, just before going to bed. Read this article to know more about this phenomenon.
The session was followed by the surprise which we had all been waiting for. Right there in front of all of us came Arjun Rampal, model turned Bollywood actor, who's the current brand ambassador for Nivea Men. Even though the presence of females in the crowd was minimal, all the hearts in the room skipped a beat to see this fine man, exuding youth, possessing an impressive personality and immense stage presence. He spoke about his trysts with body odor and how he had to tackle this issue on a daily basis with a few of his female co-stars. Body odor does not spare anyone and one has to proactively take conscious steps to eliminate it. He even went on to say that he would actually thank the person who would go up to him and point out that he's having body odor. 




After the one-on-one with Arjun Rampal, we had the opportunity to witness the product launch of Nivea Deodorizer for Men.

I am presently using the product and following the regime of applying the deodorizer before going to bed. I must admit the results have been quite satisfactory. I would definitely recommend this product to all those school, college, office goers traveling by auto, bus, local trains and braving the agonizing traffic as well as the Indian subcontinental climate.





I attended the #SniffSniff product unveiling event by BlogAdda in association with Nivea


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Monday, June 8, 2015

PingPay - the era of transacting socially

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Ask to receive




Maybe, a word which rings loud in the corridors of management and marketing. Maybe, a word which introduces possibilities, probabilities and unsure thoughts. Maybe, just maybe. 

Well, maybe might start to lose its sheen in some time, if things start moving in the social circuit. Consider these scenarios:

Your best friend in college wants to get photocopies done of the notes for that upcoming exam but his account shows no balance. He simply pings you to send money and within 2 minutes he has taken out cash from account and paid to the photocopy guy. How?

Your mother has run out of talktime balance in her cellphone. She can't go out to recharge her phone so simply tells you to recharge her mobile quickly. Within minutes she is already on the phone talking to her mother in the village. How?

Your local newspaper vendor has come to collect money for the bill. However, you don't have cash with you. However, the bill gets paid in minutes without the use of any cards or borrowings. How?

It's your birthday and you decided to treat your best pals in a five star hotel. However, what you didn't expect was footing a huge bill and you don't have that much balance in your account. In a few minutes, your father has solved the problem in the comforts of his home. How?

Well, you must be wondering that all of this is just a prank like the ones on TV and that I'm simply fooling around with you. However, these are actual scenarios which come up in our day-to-day lives. The only difference was that we did not have a quick fix solution, up until now. The answer to these questions has been brought forward to us by none other than Axis Bank.

Introducing to you,  PingPay, a unique multi-social payment solution to enable customers, specially the youth and smart phone users, to transfer money and mobile recharge, person-to-person, including to non-Axis Bank account holders, using social and messaging channels like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Email and Phone Contact lists.

Take a look at the features of this app:
  • PingPay is the only banking social payment application which allows users to share digital content like text, images, audio and video, while sending/asking for money/mobile recharge.
  • An innovative gesture based mobile app designed to provide customers with a delightful user experience while enabling money transfers and mobile recharge with utmost convenience.
This app is meant for all those netizens and techies out there. However, the icing on the cake and the feature which wins hands down are a couple actually:
  • The hugely interactive user interface
  • The highly customized manner of asking/giving money with the help of personalized messages, videos, audios and images.
Take a look


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So, what are you waiting for? This app is only for Axis Bank Customers, so it's time to spread the message and the word and help your near ones become a part of the Axis Bank family and enjoy the whacky way of sending/receiving money.

PingPay on Google Play Store

PingPay on Apple iStore


This post is about 'Digital Axis' meet conducted by Axis Bank in association with BlogAdda.com





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