Monday, March 31, 2014

Eveready Ultima Mobile Power-Model: The Eveready Power Bank UM 22 and 52

What is so special about Eveready Ultima Mobile Power?



It is one of the best product that always keep you connect to your loved ones even after you battery dies. You might ask, what is it and how does it help?


Smartphones has been getting powerful hardware but the battery life gets consumed entirely. One simply cannot keep hunting for wall power socket all the time and hence there has been rise of the mobile charger packs or juice packs. Eveready has introduced three such mobile charger packs as the Ultima Mobile 

Power.

The Ultima Mobile Power UM52 is top of the line product offering high output current of 2.1 amp which makes it usable to charge even the tablets. Offering two USB out ports, the UM52 supports charging two devices at the same time. The UM52 takes about 6-6.5 hours to get recharged completely. Bearing capacity of 5200 mAh, the UM 52 retains charge for a month and come with variety of charging tips to make it compatible with popular smartphones and tablets. Eveready has priced the Ultima Mobile Power UM52 at Rs 3200. Ultima Mobile Power UM52 offers similar features with high output current of 1 amp and has 2200 mAh capacity. This mobile charging pack recharges in 3.5-4 hours and bundles several charging tips to be compatible with variety of smartphones.

Eveready Ultima Mobile Power UM52 costs Rs 1600. The Eveready Ultima Mobile Power UM08 Multipack is a duo of the mobile charger pack and a USB powered wall charger. The mobile charger pack carries 800 mAh capacity and has dual colour LED indicators for the charging strength and status. It can be easily charged in 3.5 hours using a wall power socket or USB port from a computer.

The bundle costs Rs 1,200

Well, the Eveready Power Bank UM 22 is a smart charger for smart phones that has a rechargeable 2200mAh in-built battery which can be used to charge smartphones at anytime, anywhere. Launched by Eveready, the UM 22 has a micro USB, mini USB and Apple compatible port with which you can connect your smartphone to recharge its battery.

The Eveready Power Bank UM 22 is light weight and is easy to carry in-fact; you can carry it in your pocket. It comes with Overload, Overcharge and short-circuit protection that makes sure your precious smartphone isn’t damaged while charging through it. It has nice little LED indicators that tell you the status of the charge. The UM 22 Power Bank itself takes around 6 hours to charge and can recharge your mobile very fast. It protects itself from self-discharging using a novel shut down kind of mode and has around 30 days of standby time. It is a very useful gadget for all of those who like to have a spare battery for their smartphones as this gadget allows you to charge the battery of your smartphone and there’s no need to replace the spare battery plus, it can be easily carried.

Eveready has announced three new mobile charging power packs and one rapid USB charger - all priced and ranges from Rs 400 to Rs 3200.

Eveready has formally announced four new mobile charging products. Three new mobile charging packs, dubbed as Ultima Mobile Power and rapid charging USB charger, were part of the product announcement. New Eveready Ultima Mobile Power UM52, UM 22 and UM 08 Multipack are the mobile charging packs while the UC 05 is the USB powered mobile charger. These new products will be available from both online based retailers as well as offline vendors - electronics retailers.

Eveready Ultima Mobile Power UM 22 is constructed with thick white plastic material that packs the battery and other circuits inside. UM 22 is about an inch thick and three inches long. This mobile charger is easily pocketable and can be placed at any corner of your backpack or hip-pouch.

The button to start or switch off is located on one of the sides with a micro USB port with IN written under it. This basically means that the UM 22 needs to be connected to a power source for recharging using that micro USB port. Under the start button are four blue colored LED indicators that show the charge remaining in Mobile Power.

Eveready has packed three different adapter ports - micro USB, mini USB and Apple's custom pin adapter. The design of this mobile charging pack is quite pocketable and good enough if you wish to charge your phone at the end of the day. Our only concern is that the sharp edges at the sides of the charger could hurt a bit.

Performance and usage

Eveready has packed 2200 mAh of battery juice in the Mobile Power UM 22. This Mobile Power Bank takes about four hours or a bit more to recharge. With 1 Amp power output, it took about 2 hours and 20 minutes to completely charge the Nexus S's 1500 mAh battery. We completely drained the battery of the Nexus S and recharged it using the UM 22.

The LED indicators showing the charge remaining in the UM 22 were really useful. To top it off, the ability to sustain power for a month is an added advantage.

Another nifty feature we enjoyed is the automatic shut off mode, which basically puts the charger into sleep mode when no smartphone is attached for charging. Eveready promises safe charging and protection from overload.

· Overload Protection

· Overcharge and Short-circuit Protection

· 30 Days Standby Time

· Multiple Charging Tips

· USB Charging Time - 11 hrs

· Protects from Self-discharge

· Apple Compatible Tip

· 2200 mAh Li-Ion Battery

SPECIFICATIONS OF EVEREADY UM 22 POWER BANK FOR SMARTPHONES

Sales Package

USB Cable and User Manual

Brand

Eveready

Type

USB Charger

Connector

Apple Compatible Tip micro USB, mini USB

Model

UM 22

Fast Charge

Yes

Charging Time

6 hrs

Width x Height x Depth

20 x 122 x 112 mm

Warranty Summary

6 Months Warranty

The Eveready Power Bank UM 22 is available online from Flipkart which I think is a great buy as it allows you to charge different devices thanks to the multiple charging tips.

Portable mobile charging pack can sustain deliver full charge of 2200 mAh for a month-enough to charge a smartphone.

Eveready had recently announced mobile charging packs for smartphones as well as tablets. Launched under the new brand Eveready Ultima, the new Mobile Power chargers support a large variety of devices including Apple. We received the Eveready Ultima Mobile Power UM 22 for review after the launch and decided to put it through some real world tests.

For those who are looking for a handy and portable solution for recharging their smartphone Eveready Ultima Mobile Power UM 22 is the best choice and costs Rs 1,600. Further, that is the MRP and one can get it for less through several deals and discount coupons from online retailers.

Eveready UM 22 is a must accessory for those who use their smartphones a lot throughout the day-this is the best way of charging your phone while you are away from a charging point.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Core Qualities of Leadership.





The one enduring thing that separates the quality of people’s lives, the single largest difference being the capacity to lead. Leadership skills are not just a gift, but skills something anyone can learn.

What are the essential qualities that make a great leader? What are the skills, strategies, or tools that we can use to shape our natural gifts into true effective leadership?

There are certain patterns that cause people to succeed and other patterns that cause people to fail, patterns that cause people to be overwhelmed and stressed out and other patterns that allow people to find deep meaning and success in virtually every aspect of their lives.

So who is a leader?

It is the person who controls things by position. We all know that leadership, whether being a CEO or the manager, is all about the ability to influence the thoughts, emotions, and actions of other human beings.

Key point to be noted is the presence of energy to leadership. There’s passion and a level of connectivity that leaders have with others. It’s their ability to get things done and make progress that sets them apart.

Effective leadership styles

All of these people all have different styles. It’s not just great oratory. The spirit of great leadership is the capacity to take visions and to influence others to do more than they would ever have done on their own. Great leaders help people raise their own standards so that regardless of whether or not the leader is present, the organization or individual still performs at a higher level than ever before. At its essence, leadership is the ability to inspire people but to the ability to ignite the human spirit and execute consistently.
Leadership is not luck nor is it haphazard. Anyone who has been successful in any one area consistently is not lucky. They are doing something unique leaving successful clues.

Factual figures
In any organization, the choke-hold on the growth of the business is always the psychology and the skill sets of the leader. Sometimes their psychology lacks energy, often they are emotionally exhausted by things in their personal life, or sometimes there’s an energy leak because they are stressed about relationships within the organization or with clients that they are not connecting with. Sometimes the challenge stems from a lack of financial mastery, or other times it’s a lack of time mastery. Statistics reveal 80% of success is psychology and 20% is based on skill sets.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Leaders and Managers.

How about installing leadership qualities in Managers
Business world have both Managers and Leaders who are diametrically two different entities.
Leaders manage, lead and execute whereas Managers just manage and execute plans.

Leaders: Who are these people:
Leaders inspire and motivate people within an organization, shifting responsibility, forcing out the non-performers and rewarding the exceptional ones. Value of self-management and self-motivation is noticeable in leaders.

Managers: Who are these people:
Managers often are unable or unwilling to make the tough and unpopular decisions necessary and instead follow the path of least resistance. This can be due to the fact that it's the result of a manager being managed by a manager, usually a micromanager, rather than a leader. Managers usually order and many times just execute their plans mechanically, negative effects being decline in employee motivation.

Certain critical differences between Managers and Leaders are observed:
Managers only maintain command and control, many times to excess, thereby uninspiring employees, whereas Leaders empower and inspire their followers.

Managers make decisions, solve problems as they arise, and give orders, whereas Leaders set the standards, inspiring their followers to solve their own problems and take their own decisions.

A manager just accepts the organization's culture and does all that he or she can to cement the company's status quo, whereas Leaders teach their followers to be leaders in their own right and to better themselves, their companies, and those around them.

Leaders are always looking for better and more efficient ways of doing things and keep an eagle eye on the know-how and everyday skills of people employed in an organization. But unfortunately, even the best of managers don't do well with this type of task, but leaders do it well and professionally.

Transforming Managers to Leaders

We must look beyond hiring people with only fundamental management skills and employ candidates who exhibit a great deal of character and possess above-average leadership qualities in addition to management skills. Certain points as below needs to be incorporated at all Managerial levels during screening.

Effective communication is as important as the vision and this is present in visionary Leaders.

Integrity is an essential factor to have in a leader so as to have large followers.
Leaders must trust in themselves and their employees and they must earn their employees' trust. So look out for such trust building qualities as well.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Leadership Secrets: Real Leaders Run Toward Problems

Some people how their business experience taught them to help companies grow and also find solutions whenever trouble arises. Whenever a problem is observed always run towards it before the problem gets worse

The case of Damon Romney gives a useful illustration of this important leadership lesson:
Running a business also brings lessons in tackling challenges. I was on the board of a medical diagnostic-laboratory company, Damon, when a competitor announced that it had settled with the government over a charge of fraudulent Medicare billing. I and fellow Damon outside board members joined together and immediately hired an independent law firm to examine Damon’s own practices.
The investigation revealed a need to make some changes, which we did. The company, along with several other clinical-laboratory companies, ended up being fined for billing practices. And a Damon manager who was responsible for the fraud went to jail. The experience taught me that when you see a problem, run toward it or it will only get worse.
The case of Mr. Romney’s taxes
The clarity of the leadership lesson that Mr. Romney learned at Bain Capital makes it all the more baffling why he doesn’t apply it to a problem that he currently faces: his own tax returns. Unlike most prior presidential candidates, Mr. Romney has declined to reveal more than one year of his tax returns (2010), along with an estimate of 2011 and a promise to release the eventual 2011 return when completed.
The combination of Mr. Romney’s wealth, the unusually low rate of taxation paid on the income that he has revealed, the use of foreign bank accounts in Switzerland, Cayman Islands and the Bahamas, and other intriguing hints of esoteric tax practices have—unsurprisingly—launched a nationwide treasure hunt by the country’s tax experts to figure out what could be in those returns that Mr. Romney is reluctant to reveal.
Unsupported allegations that Mr. Romney paid no taxes at all are now being followed by more sophisticated inquiries based on information that is publicly available. Tax experts have for instance begun to examine the Bain Capital documents released Thursday by Gawker.
We can sympathize with Charlyn Lusk, a spokeswoman for Bain Capital, who said: “The unauthorized disclosure of a number of confidential fund financial statements is unfortunate.”  But what were Bain Capital and Mr. Romney expecting? The claim of secrecy only whets the appetite for disclosure.
The story so far

On the very day that Mr. Romney was telling us about the importance of running towards problems, Ryan Grim in the Huffington Post was explaining one of several significant issues that have already emerged:
Private equity managers already get the vast majority of their income from capital gains, which are taxed a lower rate, but also take a fee — typically 2 percent — off the top. That management fee is income. But some private equity managers have claimed to “waive” that fee in exchange for future capital gains.
“In exchange for a minimal amount of economic risk, the tax benefit is enormous: the compensation is transformed from ordinary income (taxed at 35%) into capital gain (taxed at 15%). Because the management fees for a large private equity fund can be ten or twenty million per year, the tax dodge can literally save millions in taxes every year,” writes Victor Fleischer, a tax expert and law professor at the University of Colorado. The problem is that it is not legal.

And Teresa Tritch in the New York Times writes: For Mitt Romney, probably the only thing worse than having to lay bare his financial life is for someone else to lay it all out. Which is, of course, exactly what Gawker did on Thursday, when the gossip Web site published confidential documents from Bain Capital, the private equity firm where Mr. Romney made his multi-millions and from which he still takes a share of the profits. 

And now we know much more about the nature of those profits. Mr. Romney and his partners may have abused the tax system by paying far less in taxes than they should have.

Run towards the problem, not away from it
Now that the hunt has begun, tax experts have begun to sniff blood.  The more adamant that Mr. Romney is that he will not release his returns, the more energetic the search for answers will become.

The political reality is that Mr. Romney’s taxes create a massive distraction for his candidacy and get in the way of serious discussion of the substantive questions facing the country. So why doesn’t Mr. Romney follow his own excellent leadership advice, that he learned so well at Bain Capital, and run towards the problem, not away from it?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Do Opimists make better leaders?

Optimism can be termed as an essential ingredient of innovation and is one of those ingredients and essential traits that today’s leaders must exhibit.

Here are some reasons why optimists can make better leaders

Optimists start businesses. 

An optimistic person sees opportunity where others see uncertainty and despair. At times of recession, pessimist uses this factor of unemployment as excuse to stay in a place, whereas an optimist refuses to let macro-economic trends impose hurdles on their imagination. They take up challenges to start new businesses that ultimately employ people back to work. The saying “optimists see opportunities in every difficulty” is very truly reflected here, since they have successful mindsets and start successful businesses in a very difficult economic environment by casting away the negative emotions of fear, uncertainty, and worry.

Optimists are inspiring communicators.

Inspiration also means eliciting a fervent enthusiasm. This is achieved through strong communication and believing in a better future.

Optimists rally people to a better future.

Speeches bring out the best in people as words and attitude of the speaker make public feel confident and secure in their presence.

Optimists see the big picture.
We all need optimists in our lives to fight the “Recency effect”. This effect is a psychological term that simply means the most recent experiences we go through are the ones we are likely to remember and assume they will continue into the future.
We need leaders who are immune to the recency effect and who see the big picture, reminding us of the long-term. For example, recession being bad as it seems in the moment and if you’re surrounded by pessimists you’re likely to assume that nothing will get better i.e  the economy or your personal situation.
Optimists elicit super human effort.
People must believe that no matter how bad things look, but this trait can be achieved by great leaders who know things will get better because they themselves will make them better. This is optimism with power of logic.

During times of economics crisis, believe in yourself, get things done even if facts and analysis pile up against you. Avoid skeptics but take their criticism in your stride and move on. Bottom line : We need optimistic business leaders who inspire their employees, clients, and customers, infusing them with the confidence and enthusiasm to take up challenges even in tougher times.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Food and delicacies prepared during Dasara in India.

Food and delicacies prepared during Dasara.

During the Durga puja festival, tourists and local natives can enjoy the best of the delicacies that are not usually found in other seasons. Here are some dishes served during the best of Dasara season.

Sweet items are the most prevalent with preparations of many delicacies depending on the region to which the tour is taken during the Durga puja in India.

In Mysore, food festival or the Aahara Mela is held and visitors get to taste different delicacies from all over Karnataka besides Bengal, Gujarat and Kerala. From Bidar a special variety is the jolada rotti, yengai, shenga and Agsi chutney curd. The speciality about this food is that the ingredients are directly from Bidar.

Jolada rotti, yengai and kara chutney are the specials on the menu. In the Non-Veg section, Dum mutton biryanis along with kebabs are served hot. In the chaats category, Bangarpet panipuri which is of colourless pani or water is up for grabs. Four different Pani puri’s namely pineapple, grape, watermelon, pudina besides pudina bhel is available every day. Participants from Bengal, Sindh, Gujarat, Kerala and Jain samajas present a variety of their foods on different days during the seven-day festival.

In state of West Bengal, Kolkata people prepare all types of spicy food items and these are mostly vegetarian items for example Aloo Posto, Bandhakopar Dalna, Chola dal, Labra and Misthi Doi. The Roshogolla is a sweet dish that is necessarily prepared in every household and is used for the prasad for the goddess.

In state of Punjab, typical punjabi cuisine along with the best punjabi lassi are the highlights. The cream paneer and cream chicken are their special dishes. A wide variety of parathas made by special chefs from Delhi, flow like butter. Such contrasting styles offered on the culinary platter for the taste lovers.

In Delhi, hotels offer a new type of wrap and rolls and roll mafia as a special menu during the four days of Puja. Also offered are delicacies like Dahi ke kebab, Aalo bhutte ka tikka, Murg haryali kebab, Murg angara kebab, Jungle paneer tikka, Dadad majboosh biryani and a special Bengali dish delicacy fish coconut curry.

Exercise for mental health, benefits of exercise on the mind and the brain




From ancient history onwards there has been a paradigm shift in the way people have been using their brain power towards various challenges faced in society be it academically or technically. The power or health benefits of exercise on the mind and the brain has become all the more significant and due importance has been given by introducing a lot of brain drain mental exercises to keep both the mind and brain sharper as a person ages. Apart from lot of brain drain gizmos or games available freely in our society, nature has to offer the best brain exercise in the form of swimming and a quiet and peaceful brisk walk in your own neighborhood.

Regular exercise like walking leads to a more robust development in mental abilities which can span from childhood and continue till old age.

This form of exercise reverses or slows down the brains physical decay and thereby the ageing process. We need to develop this habit on a regular basis and incorporate more of such physical activity into our lives so as to function optimally and additionally reap the benefits of staying agile and sharper.

There are also various man made or developed brain games in the form of Sudoku, find the missing six images, online games, puzzles and riddles and various other exercises which are strategically developed and made available for targeting the cognitive senses and neurons associated within the brain mappings in human beings.

These games exercises human cognitive abilities and improve brain fitness. Some online games like mastermind are good for practicing logic and deduction and some computer training games can also improve mental health by exposure to intense brain workouts which otherwise prove to be a boon for young and the old.

Scientists even hinted that physical activity plays a critical role in making our brains larger to a certain extent and researchers have time and again released press evidence that practicing a particular demanding mental task like for example dual n-back increases general intelligence. This effect increases the capacity of working memory in the sense the number of things we can hold in our head at one time while thinking. This significant breakthrough holds the promise of a way of increasing general intelligence and problem solving ability.

Also studies done all over the world shows that brain exercises may ward off Alzheimer’s disease and its related chemical components in the form of protein structures. Such observations have also revealed that people who are well educated and stay mentally active build up brain reserves that allow them to stay sharp even if deposits of the destructive protein called beta amyloid form in the brain.

Are you Building an Effective Work Team?



There were times when the hierarchy of boss- to- worker concept was the predefined way of working and getting work done, but this rhythm flow or governing mechanism has undergone a paradigm shift in various business entities which largely focus on effective work team and their correlated benefits.

The term “effective work team” can be best described as a team which is more of a flexible type and a self supporting mechanism in place for managing all the team work more effectively and efficiently.

 The complaints and associated personal or professional problems are discussed and addressed first by the team itself rather than escalating to the higher authorities or the big boss. This eliminates considerable time engagement for solving the queries then and there itself, also effectively bringing out optimum performance in terms of enhanced productivity and collective work from the individual and the team respectively.

Along the way even the best management practices are taken care of during this stage.

To achieve the above strategy for achieving quality and extracting effective work from the team, a few simple points in team building needs to be followed systematically as per below

“Have a common goal and vision” - Being united and working towards a common purpose and achieving the goals selflessly.

“Goal clarity” - Clear and common objectives and discussing the same frequently with an open mode of communication.

“Commitment from all” - To be loyal, productive and effective commitment from every individual is essential.

“Bringing out the best” – Specific skilled people accomplishing different tasks and guiding other new non skilled workers

“No place for ego”- It’s not about you or what is so relevant on your resume but playing along with all team members to accomplish common work standards and ethics.

“Qualitative and quantitative approach”- both needs to be balanced and driven.

“Innovation” - Learning and innovating together.

“Responsibility” - Sharing responsibility and to collectively work.

“Ownership”- Taking ownership for whatever fault/mistakes that can happen at work.

“Real teamwork” – Help each other by eliminating the “I” factor, there is no “I” in the team.

“Incorporation” – Incorporating broader skills to handle more work.

“Self management”- To share ideas and information without any reservations.

“Conversations which are constructive”- Conversations that are honest, open and filled with skillful discussions.

“Having a team lead” - Who can address and lead the team effectively.

On a final outcome on building effective work team a few facts are re-observed.

Introduce the business vision once again, help in decision making among groups, introduce the concept of leadership and promotions, manage effective work force, goals set which are predominantly achievable and finally engage in verbal communication as and when the need arises to eliminate negativity and boredom among employees. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Get Bedazzled at Theni this Pongal


Theni

Theni is situated 70 kms on the outskirts of Madurai, is a small village and known for its scenic and lush green beauty. Theni is known for the brilliant and rustic celebrations of Pongal. This newly formed Theni District is surrounded by Western Ghats. It is well-connected by rail and road to Madurai and by road to all the important cities in Tamil Nadu. The nearest airport is at Madurai.

A ride to the village transforms you to a different world where the waves of modernization have not influenced the age-old traditions. Don’t miss such an opportunity to see nature at its best. So grab a chance to go back to the basics of life where you appreciate and thank nature which has been providing us with all the blessings like a mother.

Theni is known for large scale trading of cardamom, cotton and textiles. Lot of basic shopping can be done here. If you are lucky enough you can catch some of the Tamil superstars shooting here as this place is very famous for film locations.

Pongal festival in Theni, Tamil Nadu

Theni district is known for its brilliant celebration of Pongal, which is considered to be one of the most important festivals of Tamil Nadu.

Pongal is a harvest festival, thanking the gods of nature namely Sun, Rain, Earth and Wind for their blessings and favorable harvesting. During this festival “Pongal” a form of a rice preparation in various sweet forms is cooked at every home as an offering to the deity. Sugarcane is also an integral part of this festival.

All the homes are decorated, family members wear new clothes and women adorn jewellery. Pongal and Sugarcane are distributed over a hearty meal to family members and friends. People shout “Pongalo pongal” during this time.

Typically Pongal festival runs from 14 to 17th January every year and is described as below.

14th - Bhogi Pongal is celebrated with first cleaning the house and decorating the compound with Rangoli.

15th - Thai Pongal is celebrated with worshipping the Sun god and sweets along with Pongal dishes are prepared and distributed.

16th - Mattu Pongal is celebrated with all the cows being decorated. Jallikattu or taming the bull event (the famous bull chase) is held which is a visual treat to watch.

17th - Kanum Pongal is celebrated with worshipping of the birds.

Theni Tourist attractions

Resounding cascades, silver-lined clouds resting a top billiard green hill tops, sheer rock faces and temples of antiquity distinguish these places. These unique places warm the soul and provide the much-needed balm to the mind.

Places of interest around Theni

Vaigai Dam is approximately 20 km.

Suruli falls is approximately 50 km.

Meghamalai Hill is approximately 67 km, is a misty place and a perfect weekend getaway to unwind.

Bodi Mettu Hill is approximately 45 km, is a hill resort situated at a height of 4500 feet.

Kumbakarai Falls is approximately 24 km.

Shanmuganathi Dam is approximately 50 km.

You can also visit other nearest places of interest like Thekkadi which is approximately 80 km and Munnar which is 95 km from Theni.

“Visit Theni and it will be truly your enchanting and memorable experience."

Friday, March 14, 2014

Ladakhi Losar: The Cultural Extravaganza of Ladakh

Ladakh is one of the must visit destinations famous for its breathtaking view of clear blues skies, the dusky track and the smiling faces that make you fall in love with this place. The people here are radiant, smiling and always ready to welcome you with a cup of salty butter tea showering you with their warmth and affection. Probably because they understand that you are away from home, just like a good number of them, who are Tibetan in descent and staying in Ladakh as refugees.

Ladakh is also termed by many as the “roof of the world” and rightly so, as it lies at an altitude ranging from 10000 ft to 20000 ft above sea level. Ladakh is often referred to as Little Tibet.

Reasons to plan a trip to Ladakh during Losar festival

Losar is the Tibetan New Year, a three-day festival that mixes sacred practices along with prayers, ceremonies, hanging prayer flags, sacred and folk dancing and finally partying.

Day 1: Lama Losar

Day one unfolds with the Tibetan Buddhist commencing the New Year by honoring their dharma teacher. It is also traditional to offer sprouted barley seeds and buckets of tsampa roasted barley flour with butter on tables to ensure a good harvest.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other lamas gather in a ceremony to make offerings to the high dharma protectors. The day also includes sacred dances and debates of Buddhist philosophy.




Day 2: Gyalpo Losa

On this day, “King's" Losar is honored for their community work. Long ago it was a day for kings to hand out gifts at public festivals.

Day 3: Choe-kyong Losar

On this day, people make special offerings to the dharma protectors. They raise prayer flags from mountains and rooftops and burn juniper leaves and offer incense sticks.

This ends the spiritual observance of Losar; however subsequent parties may go on for another 10 to 15 days.

Itinerary Planner

Name of the Festival

Venue

2012

2013

2014

Losar

All Over Ladakh

Dec 14th

Jan 02nd

Dec 22nd

Travelers make best use of this itinerary and backpack this New Year to Ladakh in the midst of splendid landscapes along with fun and frolic.

Ladakh Packages:

Trip to Ladakh is incomplete without visiting few of the places mentioned as below.

Leh

Leh is the land of Lamas, the Buddhist Monks. Leh houses numerous Buddhist monuments, monasteries and study centers.

Alchi

Alchi is an ancient Gompa located 70 km from Leh on the banks of river Indus in Jammu and Kashmir. It is the only monastery on flat ground in Ladakh. Inside there are thousands of miniature-sized paintings depicting Buddha.

Lamayuru
It is among the oldest known Gompas, dating back to the 10th century. This monastery lies in Kargil District, about 125 km west of Leh. Two annual masked dance festivals are celebrated.

“Go ahead and plan for a spiritual journey especially during Losar and fall in love with Ladakh over and over again”

There are innumerable temples throughout India, dedicated to Goddess Durga




Vaishno Devi Temple

The world famous and most religious pilgrimage destination is Vaishno Devi Mandir. Located at a height of 5300 ft in the trikuta hills of Jammu and Kashmir, this holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is located inside a ice-cave in a hill and is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage site. Approximately 8 million yatris visit this temple every year. There is another famous hill temple known as Mata Balaji Sundri temple in kathua.

Tara Devi Temple

This temple is situated at the top of a hill called the Tara devi mountain in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most popular tourist attraction surrounded by lush green deodar trees and forests. The temple was built approximately 250 years ago and every year thousands of pilgrims visit here. Himachal Pradesh also has two other most popular Hindu temples Chamunda devi and Jawala Ji temple.

Kanaka Durga Temple

This temple is at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh and is dedicated to Goddess Kanaka Durgeshwari. It is situated on a hill top of Indrakiladri mountains on the banks of river Krishna and is second largest temple in Andhra Pradesh. Other temple is the Bhadrakali temple.

Chamundeshwari Temple

This temple is situated on the heights of Chamundi Hills at Mysore, Karnataka. The temple is considered to be a very religious with large silver gates and golden idols.

Adhar Devi Temple

This temple is one of the popular religious destinations located in the Mount Abu region of royal state of Rajasthan. The temple is situated in a cave with picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and forests. Another world famous temple is the Karni Mata temple.

Saptashrungi Devi Temple

This temple is located at Vani near Nashik in Maharashtra. This temple is also one among the 51 Shakti peethas located in the Indian subcontinent. The image of the Devi is huge-about 10 feet tall with 18 hands, holding various weapons. Renuka or Anusuya Devi temple, Ekvira devi and Tulja bhavani temple are other famous ones Goddess Durga.

Why Magento commerce, a leading e-commerce platform, is so popular among e-commerce solutions companies.



What is Magento? Let us understand this point first. 

Magento is rich feature amalgamation of ecommerce platform naturally on open source technology providing merchants who are online with enhanced flexibility and control over the look, style, content and functionality of their ecommerce store.

Magento’s administrative interface is power packed with powerful marketing, SEO-search engine optimization and catalog-management tools to give these merchants the authority and power to create sites that are customized and tailored to their unique business needs and requirements thus offering ultimate experience and ecommerce solution.

In a nutshell, Magento ecommerce solutions are used due to below reasons which are time tested.
· Being robust and a powerful solution both for small and middle sized companies and large corporations

· Multilingual support

· Web content management

· Full SEO support

· Faster system deployment and less or low implementation costs

· User levels are well arranged and management of user accounts being very systematic

· Projects being successful and achievable

· Content administration being easy and independent of design or appearance

Since the inception in the year 2008, Magento has greatly attracted the attention of many business merchants all over with its flexible shopping cart solutions and high scalability.

Some of highpoints of Magento are its brilliance in flexibility, ability to search, enhanced security, extendibility and usability. Currently more than 150,000 business chose this product among ecommerce platforms and one among the current leading web shop software in the world. Magento mainly deals with uploading, promoting and marketing of unlimited products simultaneously. It also gives freedom to owners of shops to extend the functionalities that allow buyers to order and purchase products freely and easily.

Some of the striking features of Magento are

  • Very favourable for marketing promotions and tools
  • Integration of checkout, payment and shipping
  • Search engine which is 100% user friendly
  • Product page can be made customizable to suit user needs
  • Custom number of products can be set in a row
  • Custom sub theme can be developed
  • A distinct appearance can be given to the store by way of customizable designs
  • Custom content can be added in every part of the store
  • Supports wide screen and maximum width of the page
  • Product brand logo can be made more appealing 
  • Images can be made zoom with the usage of lightbox or through usage of cloud zoom tools
  • Different settings and multi-store installation for each and every store.

Magento ecommerce is so popular with 350 plus solution partners on a global level and it captures more than 30% market share which is very encouraging and commanding.

More than 10,000 business and brands worldwide trust this product and more than 100 stores being added every month on the so called “Magento Enterprise Editions”.

There is a growing community of 800,000 plus among these groups with some of the popular brands being Nokia, Samsung Ford and Fox using Magento products.

Magento serves its purpose in both B2C and B2B by providing cheaper and faster solutions namely in pricing being low due to already existing modules and components, management of system being more easier, fast training and implementation and host of other benefits in terms of design customization.

So if you are a merchant with online business, here are five reasons a web designer would suggest Magento for their business website irrespective of their size.

  • Solid integration: easy to integrate with many of third party sites needed to run effective ecommerce website like Google, Fedex, Salesforce.com and Mysql
  • Special tools and features: built in SEO features, international currency recognition, currency rate live updates, online marketing tools, buyers can rate and review products and have wish lists.
  • Multi-store capacity: capability to run multiple stores from the same backend interface.
  • Easier customization: offers higher degree of developer customization resulting in a unique and memorable web presence for the business.
  • Innovation: offers clear improvements over its predecessors. As an open-source platform, Magento is updated regularly by the designers, so newer features and bug fixes are fixed quickly with web community support.

Successful business that have relied on Magento for their websites are Skype, Gap China, Fiji water and Better Homes and Gardens.

My Hyderabad Trip


I would like to share my Hyderabad visit which I undertook last year.It was in the month of May which is one of the hottest months of the year and especially unbearable in this city.I frankly recommend that all of you avoid going to this city in the summer months of the year as it is too hot and unpleasant for both adults and children if you taking them along.The heat is very unbearable and best to be avoided as travelling becomes exhaustive in this temperature.

I visited this place by reserving and boarding train name Kacheguda Express from Bangalore City Station along with my family and relatives. It leaves evening hours and was a night journey and you reach Kacheguda Railway Station early next morning.

From Kacheguda you can either take a bus or arrange for Taxi/car to reach Hyderabad.You can also visit Secunderabad which is called the twin city of Hyderabad.The SP road is one area in Secunderabad with lot of Non-Veg hotels and the famous Tea hotels with bakery's and various other places to shop for,it also is one of the longest roads.

Also don't miss visiting the famous "Karachi Bakery" situated near Secunderabad for its rich flavoured biscuits and savouries of many delights and tastes.

In Hyderabad or the City of Nizams or ruled earlier by Nizams,you can visit the famous Golconda fort,the Salarjung Museum with its rich heritage of antiques,the artificially created Hussain Sagar lake near Secunderabad with a big standing Buddha located in the centre of it.You can see immersions of Ganesha Idols if you happen to visit this place during Ganesha Utsav.

You get to see a well planned city with good roads and lot of flyovers in this already traffic congested city.

The famous Hyderabadi Biryani can be enjoyed at so many places and it is not that you have to visit only the star hotels to brunch/dine.

Also there is a temple situated at a little distance near Osmansagar Lake dedicated to Lord Venkateshware called the chilkur balaji,good place to visit and pray, long queues but try to be there/visit early morning hours to avoid the rush.

You can also visit the famous Ramoji Film city by paying which is one of the biggest film studios in the world.If you are lucky you can happen to see and meet your favorite actors and take autographs during breaks.Hyderabad city with its people are really crazy for Telugu films and other langauages and brings in lot of film industry revenue.

The people are really friendly and courteous with barely a few on the ruder/harsher side.They mainly speak Urdu and English.

You also can shop of the Hyderabadi pearls which attracts every woman and they would really treasure this memorable piece as memory.

I also like all to visit the famous Charminar which really charms you with its magnificent architectural structure of history.

There are also lot of other places wherein you can do good shopping by bargaining and you will really feel the royal atmosphere by visiting this place.

For religious buffs the Birla Mandir dedicated to Lord Balaji in the centre of city is worth visiting and you get to see unique white marble construction.

Also you can take a look at the Chowmahalla and Falaknuma Palace for its history of Nizam dynasty.

Truly enchanting and memorable Hyderabad which is really unique from other cities.

The Mysore Dasaprakash Hotel

Hi i would like to share my experience with all of you for the accomodation at Mysore in Hotel Dasaprakash at grand square area. This hotel still looks and charms as a heritage one loaded with memories as it still remains like before except for some painting and renovation done in few measures. It provides food and ice cream at it's own attached place and rythm i.e mainly Veg South Indian style food (both Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

The hotel is also centrally located and is in the heart of Mysore City, and places like the Myspore Palace and the famous Hotel RR is situated very closeby within walking distance, even the main Mysore local bus stand is closeby. At walking distance is the famous Guru Sweets and Bombay Tiffinis for the sweet condiments for the traveller availabe.
The Hotel also is maintained clean and hygienic and it caters to various budget costs/type to tourists.You can see many seniors still working and serving people from a very long time. You can also arrange for Daily Tour of Mysore and surrounding areas at the premises of the hotel by making reservations here.Truly this hotel exudes charm and magnetism and brings back old memories of my childhood also. nice place to stay overnight.

My Travel to Badrinath/Kedarnath


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I would like to share/recall with all of you my experience of travelling to North India especially to religious places like Badrinath and Kedarnath and on the way Haridwar and Rishikesh during my childhood days when i was in the school of 8th standard. It was one of my memorable trips till date.I had been to all these places along with my parents,sister and brother-in-law during the peak summer month of April/May in the late 1980s.

To visit Badrinath or Kedarnath you have to pass through Haridwar and then later Rishikesh first. Haridwar is the Gateway to Himalayas region and is one of the very religious places alongside Rishikesh. Here in Haridwar there a lot of various places to see like the famous temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and also you get to see the panoramic view of the River Ganga flowing besides.This place is worth to stay for 1 or 2 days as you get to witness the holy rituals/pooja along with the traditional hindu customs followed very seriously.

Rishikesh also looks similar to Haridwar and has the famous Lakshman Jhoola along with a lot of Ashrams and all along the way you can see Rishis practising Meditations/Spiritual in their deep state.

Moving from Rishikesh and travelling for quite a long distance you can reach the famous Badrinath temple and with it you can take bath in the famous spring water ponds or "Kund" as it is called for a refreshing bath relieving you of some body pain as it contains mineral strong elements. Badrinath also offers you a breathtaking view of the Himalayas and is truly enchanting to visit.

Kedarnath is also at a very long distance from Badrinath and you reach here only by trekking from Gaurikund which takes you through Trekking/or through Ponies.The way along from Gaurikund to Kedarnath is amazingly beautiful and breathtaking with wild nature along with snowy capped mountains blooming with flowers with a fair share of deep gorges beneath as you will be trekking at a very high altitude from sea level.You reach Kedarnath temple which also has a AdiShankaracharya temple behind this.The view from here is mindboggling and really treat for the naked eyes.

Both the temples of Badri and Kedar are historical and deep rooted in Hindu tradition also it is believed that you have to visit the 4 dhams or 4 important religious places before you die namely Badri,Kedar,Yamnotri and Gangotri to gain Salvation.

Truly the above places are worth visiting from religious and tourism point of view where you get to see the real Himalayas in its true self.Go ahead and plan accordingly as there are so many tour operators to arrange and take care of this pilgrimage places suiting to everyone's travel budget.
What is B2C E-commerce?

Let us first try to understand what the term E-commerce means first.  

E-commerce commonly known as electronic commerce is a type of industry which enables buying and selling of service or products over the usage of electronic systems like Internet and various other computer networks. Now B2C –commerce is a business to consumer type of e-commerce where a common, person or general public can easily purchase a product or a service that is advertised on a catalogue listed usually through a website or its links. Such catalogues also make proper usage of shopping cart software that allows person to place a number of item/items in one location or place before placing or making an order.

The business model in B2C E-commerce works on the business selling directly to the customer and most of the transactions done or conducted over the net. This ensures best leverage and uses of the unique qualities of the web and internet for business commerce purpose. In B2C E-commerce the perspective is on the roles and relationships between and among a firm’s customers, allies and suppliers and how the product flow is maintained via information and money with major benefits passes on to the participants. Therefore the ground rule being B2C refers to system of business communication with or selling to an individual rather than a company.

The co-relation being business to customers covers those e-commerce websites and transactions through which the organization sell goods to customers also known as internet retailing or E-trailing.

B2C can be put across as the exchange of services, information and/or products from a business to a consumer as opposed to between B2B or business to business.

B2C has greatly expanded from the late 1990s with more easier, wider and deeper access and penetration of the internet for the public. The B2C category also includes electronic shopping, information searching for example like in railway reservation, and also interactive games that are available over the internet. Some of the famous and popular items sold using B2C model are computers, videotapes, music and video CDs, toys, health and beauty products, airline tickets, jewellery and other items.

Let us try to understand step by step how a simple transaction happens in B2C type of ecommerce, first the customer places an order via online, then his/her product is linked via a shopping cart, then the mode of payment is noted or required like for example Visa or via credit card is charged, then an order form is flashed to the consumer and prompted to be filled and completed, later after successful completion of order form an email is sent the consumer and merchant involved, these shopping details along with catalogue number is sent to the warehouse, from here a typical shipping carrier picks up the shipment and is finally the package or product selected is sent to the user/consumer.

In general B2C ecommerce consumer shopping/transaction procedure portrayed in simpler step wise process is as shown below

1.    Basic requirement details determination.

2.    Engine search for available items that can meet these requirements.

3.    Comparing the customer items with multiple perspectives.

4.    Placing an Order.

5.    Paying the Bill.

6.    Receiving the delivered items followed by inspection.

7.    Contacting the vendor to get after-service and support, and or return if unsatisfied or disappointed.

Some of the B2C business models are the Portal, Content provider, Service provider, Community provider, E-tailer or storefront, Transaction broker and Market creator.

Portals being gateways to the internet offering powerful web searching tools with efficient and ease in approach.

Content being an integrated package of information like news, currency rates, phone and map information.

Services include chat, games, downloads, e-card, SMS service, entertainment, search and shopping auction.

Storefront being the virtual merchant i.e. online version of retail store where customers can shop 24/7 with comfort.

Transaction broker being processors of online sales transactions such as stock brokers and travel agents that increase customer’s productivity by helping them do things faster.

Community provider includes sites where individuals with particular interests, hobbies, and common experience can come together and compare.

Market creator includes web-based businesses that use internet technology to create markets that bring buyers and sellers together.


Finally B2C ecommerce beneficial factors being faster customization, increased availability, de-intermediation and collaboration.

My School-Baldwin Boys High School,Bangalore

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I would like to mention few points about my School "Baldwin Boys High School" which is one of the oldest in Bangalore.I am proud to be associated with this place. I studied here from Nursery section to Class X under the famous ICSE board syllabus of New Delhi Board.I was very fortunate and lucky to have got admitted here mainly thanks to my uncle who had earlier studied here.His influence helped my parents in getting my admission here.

My school has many old buildings as well as newly renovated stuctures as of now.This school was founded and established in 1880 by funding from John Baldwin hence the name given to school and actually set up as per plans architecturally by the Methodist Church. It newly started as Co-education system and later bifurcated into separate schools for boys and girls.

There are also many other noted personalities who have studied here.The school also provides hostel facilities to limited number of students who come from other states and international places also.

I belonged to Green or called as Turquoise color house which had total of six houses in which school students were divided for march pasts,sports participations.The school also has a swimming pool attached and provides all round development for people learning swimming which is very important in our life.

There are lot of sports activities along with education curriculum happening always here.Even the cultural activities recognise and promote personality development if you want to part in them.

The sports field is big for a cricket game and also there is another short field for other sports like basketball.

This school believes in righteousness and truth and tries to empower or drive this principle of life right from a very young age in all the students irrespective of caste or religion.

This is a christian methodist church run and also supports noble causes and assists in providing clothes and other things namely for the old people at a place known as "Home for the Aged" which is located nearby at walking distance from the school.

The quality of education is very good but it all depends upon the interest of the student to takeup studies seriously and become good responsible citizens of tommorrow.

The school is located on Hosur Road Banaglore which is very near to the famous Johnson Market and closeby to Brigade road and also another landmark is that it is almost opposite to the famous Army High School.It also has started Baldwin methodist college under Karnataka pre-university syllabus and a full fledged Degree college also a few years ago.

I have lot of memories and feel very nostalgic about this place and I thank my parents for giving me the best of education here.

This small resource will provide some tips in consuming Cardamom tea,uses,health benefits of having Cardamom tea,various advantages of having this healthy tea drink.

I would like share information regarding consumption of Cardamom tea and its various health enhancing effects and beneficial properties.

The various advantages of using Cardamom Tea are to help in treating indigestion, reduce stomach pain and to a certain extent relieve flatulence. It also helps relieve nausea and vomiting.

Another very important factor is for people facing respiratory problems having this tea may be effective in fighting pulmonary disease with large quantitites of phlegm which then acts as an expectorant providing some relief.

For women having cardamom tea may be helpful in fighting irritation and mood swings during their menstrual period.

I hope the above tips helps and benefits many people.