Friday, 17 November 2017

Europa, A Sci-Fi Thriller Review

Europa by Hywel Richard Pinto is one such book that doesn’t stick to a single genre but is a blend of drama, thrill, suspense, mystery and space opera for all the sci-fi lovers where the readers may find themselves juggling the stories of many different characters and aspects related to a single mission, Europa.
Europa is apparently a research, search and rescue mission in order to search and rescue the crew members of Silver Wind spaceship which had got disappeared in the past during its trip to Jupiter.

I strongly believe that the fictional characters and plot requires a lot of research in the chosen subject and space being one of the most vast subjects to explore, it is commendable that the author had very well researched on this topic. I being an avid space admirer, didn’t find a single place where I could question the space related concepts and illustrations depicted in the narrative. The story runs between the year 2250 and six years back, which is the past but logically even that’s the future for us. Lol! 

The protagonist, Richard Sparks who is an employee of a secretive business/organisation for space exploration named SEUSA gets chosen as the captain for this mission and later gets accused for being a partaker in the murder that transpired during their mission to Europa, the Jupiter’s moon. The story commences with the trials of Captain Sparks for the same but gradually unfolds the actual conspiracy behind the murder which is far beyond the walls of SEUSA and involves some high profile people with cruel intentions.

Wowsome facts:
  1. Every character is well depicted in terms of both physical appearance and temperament. 
  2. Chapter titles are very useful in the first few chapters to understand the plot as the story swings between present and past.
  3. Author has very cleverly unveiled the story and characters with every turning page.
  4. Space enthusiasts will love the ideology and practices followed when inside a spaceship and the whole secrecy policy that is followed till the end.
  5. Rubin Draco’s character will give you the classic villainous chills and rightly so his name does justice to his character.
  1. There are many editing errors such as typos, spacing errors, improper punctuation, paragraph repetitions, etc
  2. The story somehow did not keep me on my toes throughout but is definitely a suspenseful thriller.
  3. I wanted to see more of future related assumptions portrayed in the lines of the 2250 based narrative which I did not find much except the security measures of SEUSA and space research advancements.

Final Verdict:

I would rate it a 3.5/5, keeping aside the editing mistakes. I loved the casual language used in the excerpts that makes the reader familiarize with the intentions, gestures and personalities of the characters. 
Some characters will confuse you about their true sides which are revealed later which is a positive point and contributes in making it a page turner.
All in all it’s an entertaining piece and will keep your eyes interested and glued for the most part of it.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Shredded Broccoli Coleslaw Recipe

Honestly, my favourite part in every dish is the slaw or coleslaw, which goes along with almost everything be it burger, sandwich, chips, fries and what not!

Shredded broccoli coleslaw is a new revision of conventional coleslaw, where we will use shredded broccoli in place of cabbage. As broccoli is very good source of vitamins, fibre and minerals such as zinc, protein and iron. Also it has omega-3 fats which are the healthy fats. 
So, for all the health concerned people, broccoli is a great choice. Another great twist that I have added into this dish is that instead of mayonnaise, which is full of fats and calories, we’ll be using low fat curd. Thus, making a low calorie coleslaw for all the fitness conscious people.

See the below mentioned information to know how to prepare this extravagantly flavourful snack.

Servings- 1
Preparation time- 5 minutes


1 small head broccoli  - Shredded
2 small carrots - Shredded or sliced
1 small onion - Finely chopped
1 small capsicum - Finely chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vinegar
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 small cup low fat curd

  1. Add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir the mixture thoroughly.
  2. Spread it over chips or use as a dip or simply have it as a salad and you’re good to go!

Another thing that I would like to share is that Livogen is running an Iron chef contest for all the avid food lovers who have a distinctive iron rich recipe to share. Do submit your entries here- if you think that you have chances of winning or just to share the healthier food options to all the people looking for it.

Winners will get some amazing prizes like getting featured in Femina which is a leading women’s magazine and shopping vouchers. Do check out their website mentioned above to know more.
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Aloo Methi Recipe in a Layman's Style

With advanced technologies and developments, the pace of our lives has reached a whole new level where nearly every thing can be done with a simple touch on brilliant electronic devices. But with this increased pace, what else has increased is the lack of attention towards our body and the carelessness in our eating habits.

A wholesome nutrition is certainly very essential for our body and an ideal diet must be balanced with all the sufficient minerals and vitamins. But are we actually having a balanced diet?
I think we all know the answer.

People like me who have a 9-5 job are in such a hurry that we grab almost anything that we find just to hush our starving stomachs. We’re never bothered about cooking ourselves some good nutritional food as we’re too lazy to do that.
Many friends of mine complain of having a series of health issues from having fatigue to headaches and stomach aches. These symptoms are caused due to the lack of nutrients in are diet, one of those which is evidently prominent is undoubtedly iron. Iron plays a very crucial role in proper growth and development of human body. Moreover, it helps in the production hemoglobin and red blood cells. So, it is a must to include good amounts of iron in our daily diet.

Lately, I have got really concerned about my health after hearing to symptoms of various illnesses that people are suffering in my surroundings. So I decided to improve my eating habits by making and opting a list of healthy options and by chucking out unhealthy options from my diet.

My mother has always pointed to me, a few things that are very healthy to eat like cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onion and methi which may not taste very good but they do complement other eatables and on the top of that have great health benefits.
Which reminds me that I am a great fan of aloo methi which is a dish prepared by potatoes and fenugreek leaves.
Fenugreek leaves are not only flavorsome but also have some amazing health benefiting characteristics. Especially being a great source of iron, it serves as a supplement when added to any dish.

So yesterday, I finally decided to cook one of my favorites, Aloo methi with all the above mentioned ingredients and that too in my very own layman's style!

Follow the steps and ingredients mentioned below to know how I prepared it.

Ingredients Used:
  • 1 small bowl chopped potato
  • 1/2 small bowl chopped onions
  • 1 small bowl methi
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 small sized grated ginger
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Steps that I followed while cooking this savoury dish:
  1. Pluck out a bunch of fenugreek leaves into the bowl and wash is properly.
  2. Put the leaves into an empty pan for sauté and cover it with lid for 10 minutes.
  3. Now in a separate pan add a tsp full of Olive oil and after oil gets heated add ginger, garlic and cinnamon into it.
  4. Add chopped potatoes and onions along with the mixture prepared above into the sautéed leaves and stir well.
  5. Add salt, pepper and turmeric powder into the pan and cover with lid for another 15 minutes on slow flame after stirring properly.
  6. Turn off the flame and serve it hot with chapatis and curd and you’re good to go

That’s not all, I want to share another great thing with all my lovely readers that Livogen is running a great contest for you all in which you have to submit a unique iron rich recipe and prove them that you’re the real iron chef. By doing this you would stand a chance to win vouchers and get featured in the leading women’s magazine, Femina. If you’re interested or want to know more about Iron Chef contest, do check out this link-

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Brown Rice Pulao~ A Healthier Version

Every foodie like me, loves to eat all kinds of foods but many a times this leads to certain health conditions in people due to their wrong choice of food. This is one of the main reasons why conditions like iron deficiency is so common among people. Shockingly 53% of women suffer from it which is unbelievably alarming.

Iron is undoubtedly an essential nutrient for our body and lack of which could lead to a whole bunch of problems, few of which are extreme hair-fall, headaches and blood deficiency.

There are variety of foods that offer great nutritional benefits and highly rich in iron. If you choose wisely, you can definitely improve the amounts of iron intake in your body and eventually lead to a healthy living. 

With an initiative of promoting iron rich diet, Livogen, which is the number 1 Iron supplement, is running an iron rich recipe making contest for everyone. If you too have an Iron rich recipe that can standout among others, you should definitely take part in the Iron Chef contest. By doing this, you stand a chance to get featured in Femina, the leading women’s magazine, as a Celeb Chef. 
And that’s not all, Top 3 will also win vouchers worth Rs. 20,000 and the next 7 will win vouchers worth Rs. 5,000.
To know more, do check out their website- 

One of the greatly known iron rich foods is the whole grain brown rice, which is far healthier than white rice and tastes equally good. Being a food lover, I have always significantly been a fan of vegetable pulao. But nutrition level of white rice isn’t very much appreciated, so I always had to control my cravings for pulao until I tried my customized vegetable pulao recipe made with none other than brown rice. 


1. Main ingredients:
  • 3/4 glass brown rice 
  • 2 small sized carrots (chopped)
  • 1 small bowl peas
  • 2  medium sized onions (chopped)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 glasses of water (Nearly 2.5 times brown rice)
2. Spices:
  • 1 tsp jeera (Cumin seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dhaniya Powder
  • 2 green chilies (chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
3. For Garnishing: 
  • 1 small bowl grated paneer
  • Fresh coriander leaves (10-15)

  • Soak the brown rice in water for one hour
  • Take a pressure cooker and put 1 tsp of oil into it.
  • After few minutes when oil gets heated up, put cumin seeds, green chilies and cinnamon powder into it and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now, add chopped onions and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add salt and spices into the cooker.
  • Now add carrots and peas and mix well.
  • Add 2 glasses of water into it and wait for the water to boil.
  • Add brown rice into the cooker and close the lid tightly.
  • Cook until two whistles are released on high flame and then turn off the burner and keep in steam for another 5-6 minutes
  • Garnish the bowl of pulao with grated paneer and coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot pulao with curd or coconut chutney.
A healthier treat for your taste buds

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Healhy Oats Idli- To Deal With "Those" 7 Days

Isn’t it an irony that even after so many iron rich sources, iron deficiency is so common among people especially women who in fact require it more than men to handle all the stress and pressure involved in their hard living. Iron deficiency further tends to cause many health related problems such as anaemia, headaches, dizziness, restlessness and hair loss to name a few.

It takes a lot to be a woman as it involves going through mental and physical pain every month during the menstruation cycle and to cope up with those days, one must be fully prepared by involving iron rich foods in their daily diet.

Usually, healthy and tasty rarely cross each other’s paths. What’s healthy isn’t really tasty and the other way round is true as well. Luckily, my mother cooks this very delicious recipe of hers which is also very healthy for it has iron and protein richness which always helps me to deal with “those” seven days.

This reminds me that Livogen (The number 1 Iron Supplement) is running an iron rich recipe making contest for all of you. So if you have a unique and interesting Iron rich recipe, do participate in the Iron Chef contest and you will stand a chance to get featured in Femina, the leading women’s magazine, as a Celeb Chef. 
And the best part is, Top 3 will also win vouchers worth Rs. 20,000 and the next 7 will win vouchers worth Rs. 5,000. So roll up your sleeves and submit amazing recipes.
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Here’s the recipe of healthy Oats Idli, and why is it healthy?
It’s because the hero of this recipe is as the name suggests, Oats. Oats are incredibly nutritious and iron rich too. A cup of oats contains 20% of daily recommended dietary allowance for Iron. Can you believe it?
This recipe also involves the benefits of peas and French beans which are also rich in minerals such as zinc, protein, magnesium and iron. Again an iron booster goodness.

A blend of taste and health
Enjoy this great recipe with goodness of iron enriched into it.

Main Ingredients:
  • 1 Large bowl of Oats
  • 1 Small bowl of Rawa/Suji ( Half times oats)
  • 1 Small bowl of curd
  • 1 Small bowl of chopped French beans
  • 1 Small bowl of peas

Basic Ingredients:
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp of any vegetable oil
  • A glass of water

Magic Ingredients:
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • A pinch of Eno1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 5-6 Curry leaves
  • Few grated ginger


1. Batter:
  • Grind the bowl of oats to make it in powdered form.
  • Take an empty bowl and put ground oats, curd and rawa into it.
  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper into it.
  • Mix everything well while gradually adding small quantities of water into it until the consistency of batter becomes smooth but sufficiently thick.
  • Cover the batter and set it to settle for 10-15 minutes.

2. Veggies:
  • Put a tsp of olive oil into a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds, grated ginger, curry leaves and cinnamon into the pan and sauté it for 2-3 minutes
  • Now, add peas and French beans and roast them for 5-10 minutes after adding remaining salt and spices.

3. Idli Preparation:
  • Add the veggies into the batter and mix them well.
  • Add a tsp of baking powder and a pinch of Eno into the batter.
  • Take the Idli stand and grease the base of Idli plates with oil.
  • Pour the batter into the Idli plates.
  • Add a cup of water into the steamer such that water should not touch the base of Idli stand.
  • Put the I dli stand into the steamer and cover the steamer with lid.
  • Keep the flame of stove to low level and let it cook for 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve it hot with tomato ketchup or mint sauce.

Serve with your favorite chutnery!

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Five Experiences Of Every Small Towner

I don't know about you but I am very certain about the fact that one's personality is strongly based on their hometown, the place where they're born and brought up. If you belong to a small town (like I do), you'd definitely relate to undermentioned incidents. (Even if you don't, nodding along would be appreciated. Thank You!)

View outside my home- Just to create the feel of a Small town 

1. Freaked out with excitement on visiting shopping malls for first time.
I still remember the time when I visited Chandigarh for the first time, that was about 10 years ago or so. And it had only one shopping mall running at that time. I was totally awestruck on visiting that mall for the first time. Taking escalators, eating at Mc Donalds, buying gummy candies, watching movie in a multiplex cinema and playing claw machine games and air hockey were like the first timers for me who had only visited street shops or shopping marts until then. It was like an uber paradise for me, I felt like I'm living a dream. Few hours weren't enough for me to explore the entire place and I acted like a total maniac while constantly chanting "Oh My God! Oh My God!" to be very honest.

2. Took time to digest that it is OK for anyone to smoke a cigarette, go on a night out, openly discuss about their periods or be in a love or live in relationship as long as it is solely their choice.
C'mon, don't judge me. I had always been taught since my childhood that all of these things were sinful, these were just supposed to be shown in the movies and weren't practiced by a common man like us which indeed wasn't quite the truth. It was when I got exposed to the people of a progressive city, that I realized that everyone has a right to do whatever they want to and that does not define them or make any statement about their personality. I gradually realized that no one is worthy of judging anyone else other than theirselves. 

3. Faced lack of opportunities
I know many people will not agree with this saying that talent and hardwork always pays, which is true but another true fact is that it requires much more patience and efforts for a small towner to rise than the one living in a metro city. Standards of living, surroundings, opportunities, unconventional thinking, acceptance and appreciation of extraordinary skills, all these things depend on the place where you live. For eg, If you want to get professionally trained in western music, you can not do that while staying in a place like, say Patiala(No offense). You have to go to a place like Delhi, Bangalore or Mumbai to get a professional training for such skills. I think it's very important to remove these drawbacks from small cities by introducing or bringing such opportunities in these cities as well. Because I would never want anyone to miss their chances of becoming successful because of the shortcomings of their hometown.

4. Felt leftout in a room of high maintenance people
I guess all the Punjabis will empathize with me on this. We're prone to eat recklessly without giving any damn to the "unhealthy" consequences, but apparently people in the advanced cities are very much conscious about their health. I had never heard of gluten-free diet or keto diet or perhaps any kind of diet before I came to Chandigarh. I thought eating roti(Indian Bread) is the healthiest habit of mine, which indeed has lots of carbs and gluten and isn't much preferred here by many high toned people. Foods like brown rice, broccoli, quinoa, flax seeds, chia seeds were like invisible for me few years back when I lived at home and presently I am actually relying on them for my health(in the wake of living in an advanced city). Only I know how much I crave for that "roti sbji" that my mother cooks back at home.

5. Tried to immitate sophisticated living but failed.
Once again, don't judge. But as a small towner, you always have an inferiority complex when you visit a new place with people having a modern lifestyle so as a defensive move you always try to adopt their lifestyles to fit into their group. I have also many a times tried living a sophisticated life, here in Chandigarh. By switching from "Sony Xperia" to "Apple", from "Lux" to "Park Avenue", from "Laughing out loudest" to "Just Smiling", from "Being a potato" to "Going to gym", from.. Ahh.. but I couldn't because.. mai hu aadat se majboor. :D

If you've also had any of such encounters then high five, if you haven't then.. nevermind!
That's all for today peeps. Have a nice day.

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

New Stomach Old Brain Review


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Everyone in this world is struggling with their own set of challenges be it having issues with career or family or health. There was a time when I was having issues with my weight few years back when I had drastically put on a lot of weight because of my careless binge eating habits. On account of which I tried a bunch of ways to lose weight from starving to workouts. 
I had recently read a book by Limor Haim Matityahoo called "New Stomach Old Brain" which reveals a different aspect and story of the author who had always had weight issues and how she dealt with it before and after her weight loss surgery. 

What I loved about the book is its simple and straight forward language, there are very few or perhaps no jargon (technical terms) that may be difficult to understand. A straight from the heart language has been used to portray the experiences of author's life.

Foodie's Choice
Every foodie can totally relate to the habits of the author, how she loved every kind of food and couldn't resist finishing her plate. Being a food lover myself, I could utterly empathize with the words written in the book. This book is for every person with a significantly good appetite who has been struggling from their weight all their lives. And is especially for those who are considering to undergo a weight loss surgery or have gone through the same. 

It empowers the self esteem of obese people and emphasizes on the reasons why people are prone to eat more than they actually require. It idealizes the idea of not following the myths or presumed practices that are imposed on you since childhood and encourages the readers to always listen to their heart. It also lays stress on the repercussions of excessive dieting and an alternative "non-diet approach" which is by the way a great way to stay healthy and fit. 

One thing that is evident about this book is that it only shows author's single minded perception about weight loss and someone with a different or conflicting approach may not follow what author believes.

I would recommend reading this book to everyone who is planning to go through any such surgery and to those who understand the habit of binge eating and can relate with this. This would definitely make you more confident within your skin and would help you make right decisions that suits your body. You can buy the book from this link-
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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Commendable Startups and their Godfather, Vodafone

"Dilli meri jaan"
"Yeh Sheher Nahin Mehfil hai"
"A paradise for foodies"
"A fusion of cultures"
"Delhiwallahas would rather die than live in any other city in the world."

These famous quotes vividly paint a picturesque imagery in every Indian's heart creating a soft corner for Delhi. Delhi indeed is a dream city with modern buildings and traditional architectures, with fashionable clothing and old school cultures, with contemporary thoughts and conventional lifestyles. Where else can you find a blend of so many notions? The center of government, the capital of nation, the core of emotions, the fuel pump of talents, the destination of food lovers, the heart of India is indeed the one and the only, Delhi. (Wiping off a tear of joy)

Delhi-ites are not only charming but also have a heart of gold, that's the reason why many Delhi based startups are rising day by day with unique ideas to promote growth of the country and make positive changes in the society. With social goodness added into the realms of technology, these startups truly deserve recognition and appreciation. Let's lay our focus towards few such start-ups that have taken positive efforts and initiatives towards making Delhi a better place to live.

1. Pom Pom Recycling
Pom pom is a Delhi-based waste management startup founded by Deepak Sethi and Kishor K Thakur, that helps people in disposing off recyclable waste as a contribution to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. All the recyclables go to a segregation facility where they are sorted and segregated according to their type and then sent for recycling to keep the environment clean and save resources. It also provides quick payment at the best possible price for your unwanted recyclable waste as per its weight and type. It has already started operations in South Delhi.
One can make bookings or schedule pickups via their website or by giving a call at +918881766766. They also have a Mobile app for Android and iOS.

2. Smart Joules
The Government of India has always seeked conservation of energy and promotes energy efficiency as it reduces financial costs and also controls the problem of greenhouse gas emissions.
One of the most effective solutions to this challenge is a Delhi-based energy efficiency startup, Smart Joules that makes saving energy smart and easy. Its products provide cost effective facilities to reduce energy consumption and thereby saving energy. 
"The amount of energy we are able to save in one hospital, say Sant Parmanand Hospital, is what 500 houses will consume in one year. This is what drives us to do this work", says Arjun P. Gupta, CEO at Smart Joules.

3. Chakr Innovation
Delhi has always been invaded by the tyrants of Air pollution causing various air borne diseases and premature deaths. Chakr Innovation is a team of skilled engineers and innovators from IIT Delhi who believe in fighting against such threats caused by pollution and protecting people's well being. They develop sustainable solutions to benefit and protect the environment. Their unique invention "Chakr Shield" is one such device that converts the harmful and carcinogenic emissions from the engines and diesel generators into harmless and useful substances that can be used as a raw material for making inks and paints. The "Chakr" word has originated from it's Hindi meaning circle, signifying the closing of the loop of particulate matter and purifying the quality of air for the people to breathe. 

4. Nurturing Green
Nurturing Green is one such pioneer in the arena of pollution that has brought a brilliant concept of "Green Gifting". They promote the idea of gifting live plants rather than bouquets which are already uprooted flowers that are meant to die in a week or so. They bring humans closer to greenery by selling exotic and unique plants for home decor, landscaping, green gifting and air purifying. Their quality plants come in attractive pots made of ceramic, jute or fiber adding value to the appeal of plants. In 2010, Hindustan Times mentioned Nurturing green among one of the top 50 enterprises who have brought effective climatic change ideas.

5. Shuttl App
Another startup by IIT Delhi alumni that promotes people to leave their cars at home is the Shuttl App which consequently contributes in controlling the traffic problems of Delhi. 
"In India, if you see, solutions for (the) daily commute are either overpriced or overcrowded. Passengers simply want to go to office without the stress and quite comfortably. What we are trying to do is offer a comfortable seat for a journey, for which the passengers won’t need to take their own vehicles,” says Amit Singh, co-founder of Shuttl. 
The company has 450 air-conditioned buses that travel along 75 routes connecting areas across Delhi and offers around 300 pick-up points. Many personal cab booking apps offer rides at very high rates whereas Shuttle App offers you a seat in fully air conditioned bus that is booked via their App and costs between just Rs 50-80 depending on the undertaken route.

Vodafone: The Godfather of Start Ups

Where we see all these startups venturing into the era of positive changes, some established companies like Vodafone are also very diligent towards serving the country for social good. 
They have recently come up with some pretty overwhelming initiatives exclusively for Delhi-ites. 


As we all know that the Supreme Court had lately banned the sale of firecrackers during Diwali to control the level of air pollution in Delhi NCR. Subsequently, Vodafone took a promising move towards inspiring people to celebrate Green Diwali from now onwards by selling their special "Super Crackers" during the Diwali week. These super crackers contained seeds of plants that could be sown as a token of new beginnings of Diwali celebration. This initiative was taken at 52 Vodafone stores across Delhi NCR spreading smiles and positive energies among the Delhi-ites. 

Another, applaudable and super initiative taken by Vodafone is the empowerment of start ups by providing them with the complimentary resources of Vodafone to help them grow and flourish as a strongly held company. Thus serving as a God Father to small start ups, Vodafone continues to be the flag bearer of good will. 
Not only this, Vodafone has also launched Delhi NCR's first air-purifying and Wi-Fi enabled bus shelters to facilitate all the people who wait for their buses everyday at the bus stop. The Wi-Fi facilty at the bus shelter is not just for Vodafone customers but for every person and can be availed up-to 20 minutes which is a great deal.
Last but not the least initiative taken by Vodafone in Delhi is the introduction of free Wi-Fi zones which are allocated at more than 120 famous places in Delhi NCR where Vodafone customers can enjoy the open Wi-Fi facility at no cost.

There's no doubt that Vodafone has always been a favorite of many that is why up-to 1.2 crore people of Delhi NCR rely on Vodafone solutions which makes up almost 50% of the population of the city. To know more about what great deals and facilities Vodafone has to offer to Delhi-ites, do visit
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Friday, 27 October 2017

Celebrating Super Beginnings


Delhi, Delhi, Delhi. It's something very special and unique about Delhi. Isn't it? 
Not just because of being the national capital but there are many other factors like the heartwarming and welcoming nature of Delhiites, their smiling faces, the wide range of delicious street food, and many more things that create a special place for Delhi in the heart of every Indian. Every time I visit Delhi, I feel very excited on seeing the huge buildings and busy lives of people but at the same time I feel very frustrated on seeing the height of pollution levels that Delhi has reached. Nevertheless, many positive efforts and great steps are being taken in Delhi NCR to help people live a super life!

I would like to mention an effective subset of these super initiatives taken in Delhi NCR which is as follows:

Public Bicycle Rental initiatives for a pollution free city:

One of the main causes of air pollution is certainly the use of automobiles. Delhi being a very populous city has busy roads all the time loaded with buses, cars, scooters and auto-rickshaws lined up after each other. Almost all automotive vehicles run on fuels and are known to emit various harmful pollutants in air causing severe environmental degradation. One can fairly imagine how Delhi's air is being victimized continuously with the attacks of motor vehicles since years now. 

With increasing standards of living, every person wants to own an automobile. In today's era, from junior executive to CEO, everyone either owns or is planning to buy a car or perhaps a scooter. In the busy schedules, no one really cares about the pollution and continue to travel by their personal vehicles despite increasing encouragement towards use of public vehicles. 

The main reason behind people not using public vehicles is probably the amount of crowd present in public transport and money spent in buying tickets. Delhi faces traffic jams at every corner almost every other minute. I believe it's wiser to opt for a vehicle that can easily take you through the jam packed traffic without using number of horns. One such, only eco friendly vehicle in urban cities is a bicycle. What's great about riding a bicycle is that it keeps you fit, is eco friendly and can  penetrate through the jammed roads easily. Trust me on this, a bicycle can be faster than a car in today's time of heavy traffics in Delhi.
Today, many organizations such as DRMC, Greenride, Greenolution, etc have taken the initiative to favor public bicycle rentals at a very minimal rate so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of easy transportation while staying healthy and keeping pollution free environment. 

Vodafone's initiatives for a green and digital city:

Vodafone has always been my favorite network service provider because of that 'Apna pan' (Affinity) they have for all their customers. That's the main reason why 1.2 crore people of Delhi NCR which is almost half of their population, rely on Vodafone services. Vodafone receives a new appreciation in every 30 seconds for effectively serving the people and their needs. If you're a Delhiite, you must definitely check out to know more about the great services that they offer.

But that is not all, they are not only known for their commendable achievements but also for their thriving initiatives towards making a better India. Especially in Delhi, which is the heart of India, vodafone has been very sincere in taking steps towards making it a green and digital city.

Some of the social manoeuvres taken by Vodafone are:

Free Wi-Fi Zones: Vodafone services are very promising in using the latest technologies to help their customers and one such service provided by them is the very popular, free Wi-Fi zones at more than 120 famous spots in Delhi & NCR such as Fortis Hospital, Khan Market, several malls like DLF Mall of India, Pacific Mall and many more. Now, one can easily enjoy internet facilities for free in public areas while handling their daily tasks.

Empowering start-ups: Vodafone has always believed in supporting the small scaled entrepreneurs and organizations. They provide right resources to the people with brilliant and bright ideas to nurture their growth in the tough arena of corporate which is very praiseworthy. Oyo and Zomato are also among these start ups who have been supported and powered by Vodafone.

Green Diwali Initiative: Our favorite festival Diwali has always been infamous for bringing loads of air pollutants with continuous burning of a range firecrackers for 4-5 days of Diwali Season. But this year, the Supreme Court of India took a very wise decision of banning the sale of firecrackers. Owing to this, Vodafone rolled up their sleeves to bring another great change in society by selling pollution free Super Crackers. 
And why were they super? 
That's because they didn't contain any black powder or chemicals, instead they were filled with eco-friendly plant seeds promoting new life instead of destroying many by polluting the environment, which the other firecrackers tend to do. These Super Crackers were available at 52 Vodafone stores across Delhi NCR during 16th-19th October. This initiative encouraged many individuals to give up bursting of harmful firecrackers and bring a new and fruitful change in their lives by planting these super crackers and seeing them flourish day by day in front of their eyes, which is the true realization of #CelebratingSuper.

Valuable Bus Shelters: Mostly every Delhiite's day starts with them waiting for their respective buses at the bus stop. Never did anyone realize the need of paying attention to benefit those people who come and stand there every day so that they could go back to their homes or work places. It was Vodafone which took this great action of introducing valuable bus shelters. One was creating first Air-purifying bus shelter in city so that people can breathe pollution free air while waiting for bus. Another was the first ever Wi-Fi enabled bus shelter in Gurgaon, which offers free Wi-Fi upto 20 minutes to everyone irrespective of whether they use Vodafone or not. Now waiting would not be boring and tiring as with the free Wi-Fi facility, people can enjoy the perks of open internet while waiting for their buses.

NDMC projects for a smart city:

Smart City term seems very fascinating to ears since we have never really experienced it in practice. Certainly with changing time, it is very important for a city to adapt new processes accompanied with modern technology to benefit its citizens for a better living.
In 2015, a smart cities mission was launched by the government. It is a five year program in which 100 cities all over the country were selected to get benefits from this mission. The NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) being selected as one of the first 20 cities for this mission, has already started many projects to make a smarter and digital city. Some of my favorites are listed below:

Smart City 311 App: NDMCC has launched 311 App for the citizens to digitize several services such as making household complaints, online payment of water, tax and power, booking a parking space, to name a few. This App will definitely ease the living of citizens in Delhi. Further, many more features are to be included in the application in near future such as bus scheduling services and checking frequency of buses.

Digital Screens: Digital screens will be installed at all major NDMC locations that will continuously display useful information such as weather forecast, pollution levels, traffic flow and suggested traffic diversions via FM and radio stations.

Smart Poles: Don't worry, Smart Poles aren't a sorcery, nor are they cousins of smartphones. They are simply the alternatives of street light poles that will serve as a boon to mankind, having LEDs, Wi-fi and CCTV cameras mounted on it to provide many advanced digital services to the people.

Government's initiatives for a safe city:

From stalking and staring to acid attacks and rapes, many women of Delhi including Nirbhaya have been subjected to extreme brutal violence turning out to giving up their dreams and even their lives. Delhi indeed seemed a red alert area for women back then. I strongly feel that safety of women is the key factor of any developed city. Even after plenty of advancements if a place is not safe, it's not worthy of living.

Thankfully, since then, many actions and measures have been taken by the government and society of Delhi to control and avoid such situations.
CCTVs cameras were installed in DTC buses and several Delhi markets to ensure that every act of people is under supervision. GPS installation was made mandatory in public vehicles. Moreover, vulnerable areas were made to be under constant patrolling to avoid any such mishaps. Also, a number of police helplines from 60-100 had been introduced to provide guidance and help to anyone in need. Several compensations are provided by the government and NGOs to the victims of such crimes to empower their dreams and motivate them to emerge as confident personalities. 

These actions light a hope to make Delhi a safer place for women so that they can live fearlessly. Nevertheless, many people still need to be educated so that they practice humanity within the country they live!

Of course, Delhi still has a long way to go but these initiatives have definitely ventured into the challenge to make Delhi a clean, green, smart and safe city one day. 

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Cheers to Dilli #CelebratingSuper

Delhi- The heart of India, is indeed the land of dreams. Where many dreams originate and many get the wings while many are subdued and many get a reality check. The feeling of patriotism that you get when you're in Delhi is one of a kind and cannot be found anywhere else.

However, "Dilli Dillvalo ki toh hai par lungs valo ki nahi!" (Delhi may belong to the large-hearted people but not to those with healthy lungs).
One of the main reasons behind it is Delhi being an overly crowded city with a population of nearly 46 million and still growing, that means multiplied pollution is getting contributed to the environment by multiplied population. As per WHO, Delhi was the most polluted city in the world in the year of 2014. Shocking! Isn't it? Rising air pollution levels have contributed to rising vulnerability to various diseases affecting every community from children to elderly people.

When I think of Delhi, there are two perspectives that come to my mind. One is the negative face of Delhi that I mentioned above and second is the positive one. Where I see so many initiatives taken towards making Delhi a cleaner, greener, smarter and a much better city. Let's appreciate and acknowledge some of the initiatives taken by the government and people of India and celebrate these achievements with a hopeful and positive attitude of #CelebratingSuper.

Banning Fire Crackers and Introducing Super Crackers and E-Fuljhadi

India's supreme court has recently banned the sale of fireworks in Delhi during the Diwali season to prevent and regulate the amount of air pollution which otherwise crosses heights due to burning of fire-crackers.
Since ages, burning fire-crackers have contributed in causing toxicity in the environment filled with black smog which even the new-moon night couldn't hide. It not only pollutes the air but also causes noise pollution disturbing various street animals.

With the aim of encouraging people to celebrate a pollution-free Diwali, Vodafone has come up with its campaign of Green Diwali by bringing Super Crackers and E-Fuljhadi to the people.
The Super Crackers will be available from 16th-19th October at 52 Vodafone stores. These Super Crackers pose no threat to the environment, instead, they contribute towards making a greener India. It contains eco-friendly water soluble papers carrying different variety of seeds of plants with air-purifying characteristics. To burn is to destroy and to grow is to bloom. These super crackers are not meant to be burnt but are meant to bloom by planting the seeds. The E-Phuljhari is a personalized GIF greeting that can be sent to all your loved ones through social media.

Banning Polythene Bags and Introducing eco-friendly Jute bags

It is very well known that plastic bags are among the biggest enemies of pollution in National Capital, Delhi. Since, polythene is non-biodegradable and if harmful to wildlife if consumed by them. It also poses various kinds of land and water pollution.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently imposed a temporary ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags which are less than 50 microns of thickness which would definitely help in reducing the use of plastic bags.

Last year, the Textiles Minister, Santosh Kumar Gangwar took an initiative to replace the use of plastic bags by using an eco-friendly alternative of Jute Bags. Jute bags were sold at the outlets of Mother Dairy booths to promote the use of bio-degradable products.
Another such initiative was taken by Ecoware Pvt. Ltd. which is India's largest manufactures of eco-friendly food packaging in India. It promotes the use of natural, biodegradable packaging materials in place of synthetic and non biodegradable products.

Public Wifi Hotspots

Being a free Wi-Fi enabled city is like a whole new level that makes a smart city even smarter. It's way more beneficial than it actually sounds. Vodafone offers the fringe benefits of over 120 public wifi hotspots scattered across Delhi & NCR. Be it in DLF Mall, Pacific Mall, Khan Market, Sadar Bazar, Fortis Hospital, to name a few. This facility allows citizens to get free access to Internet at all the major public places in Delhi.

Empowering Start-Ups to Kick-start their business

Vodafone comes with a vision of empowering not only its customers but innovative ideas too. It aims at helping many start ups with disruptive and unique ideas by giving them Vodafone products as per their needs that help them in their business in the earlier stages. One of the greatest virtues that a company or brand can incorporate is not  only to work for their benefit but for everybody's benefits which is what Vodafone does.

Vodafone has launched Ready Start-up Kit exclusively for reinforcing the small-scale companies with the resources that they need to tackle shortcomings and build great and reliable services. You might be amused to know that successful startups like Oyo and Zomato have also been supported by Vodafone.

Eco-Friendly and Smart Bus Shelter

Vodafone Group had taken the initiative to set up the first Air-Purifying bus shelter at Safdarjung Hospital bus stand in the city to facilitate pollution free air for the passengers waiting in line for their bus. This area was deliberately chosen as many patients used to come for their treatment in Safdarjung Hospital. Thus, to avoid any kind of discomfort caused to them while waiting for the bus, this place was chosen to have the first Air-purifying Bus Shelter. 
These shelters are covered with plastic curtains giving it a fancy closed room look having three industrial air purifiers installed inside.
This initiative was taken by Vodafone to address the issue of alarming air pollution.
Another creative initiative taken by Vodafone was when it introduced the first Wi-Fi bus shelter in Gurgaon to make a digital India by bringing Delhi & NCR into the world of free digital communication. The most amazing fact about the Wifi Bus Shelter is that it could be used by anyone for 20 minutes and there's no bar on which mobile network provider the person is using.

Not only this, Vodafone offers many more benefits exclusively for Delhiites. To explore more, do check out this link-
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