Saturday, November 26, 2016

Take Your Chance!!

Setting the tone!! ;)
I was watching “Life In A.. Metro” a movie about many individuals who are facing their own challenges with relationships and happiness bounding to it.

We have two characters in the movie, first is Irrfan Khan – a 38 year old guy frustrated for not getting married who fails to be in criteria of normal guys. Second is Konkana Sen Sharma, she is a 28 year girl-next-door who has her challenges being deprived of hot looks and layers of makeup. Thus misses many guys! Finds a hot guy, dates him to find that he is a gay. Ruining her life in best possible way!!

Irrfan and Konkana meet over a cup of coffee and Konkana rejects him. After few months they coincidentally join the same office and spend time together at a sea shore.

Irrfan ask Konkana as why she rejected him.

Irrfan – What’s the reason you rejected me?

Konkana – Because you were staring at the objectionable part of my body. I didn’t like it.

Irrfan – I am 38 and I haven’t touched any girl, as you are so beautiful with perfect body and you are saying.. and Irrfan continues clearing out the fog. But like Delhi fog it failed to disappear.

Konkana – The guy I like might never behave this way.

Irrfan – What’s your imagination of a perfect guy?

Konkana – Should be normal.. Caring.. Sensitive.. Reading books.. Sense of humour.. Loving.. Caring.. Loves travelling.. Knowledgeable.. Creative..

Irrfan – I have a friend; he bought a car 5 years back and is still rotting in the garage. He never used it. He said that he is only going to drive car when all signals will be green in the city.

Konkana – That’s dumb guy, unless and until you don’t take out the car how are you going to find out if signal is green or not.

Irrfan -  Exactly!! Take your car out. Take your chance.

Most of us don’t take that chance “your chance” of confessing the feelings and letting the person know about it.

Don't ever wait for a perfect person, neither the perfect match!! No one is perfect in the world. Perfect person and perfect match both are relative from person to person. Imperfection brings the lame things that we do, moment we hog our food, moment we slide on the aisle or the moment we spill water makes us laugh. But what if we have the most ideal person, life would be so boring to live. I don't want a perfect life!!

We need to take life more lightly!!

I am almost 25 :D
There are obvious reasons we avoid confessing the next person know about emotions, probably because we are not ready for commitment, fear of missing out best friend, career, past relationships or sometimes just we can’t gather the courage.

But believe me it’s never that hard to express feelings. I have been rejected by few and I have rejected few. But that’s really okay!! And this doesn't mean you can't love again. You have this one life to find the right person, if one says No it’s certainly not the end of the world. Take your time to get stable but don’t let that one person from the past ruin the beautiful future. The future which holds the power of witnessing and working on all the dreams together.

For me on most occassions I have fell for a girl is compatibility - finding things in common!! If she is also into songs I hear, shows I watch, hobbies I pursue then mind and heart automatically starts dreaming of the unlimited things that can be done together.

In my case there is a major problem with me. I often like old music by singers like Gulzar, Kishore Kumar, Jagjit Singh. Loves some sensible bollywood movies like The Lunchbox, Life In a Metro, Stanley Ka Dabba,  Swades. Shows I prefer are FRIENDS, Sarabhai vs Sarabhai. Hollywood includes watching multiple times Harry Potter, The Interstellar (and I actually know about all astrophysics part mentioned in Interstellar), Inception, Jurassic Park and possibly all science fiction movies.

I hate Big Boss, music by Yo Yo Honey Singh and Mahesh Bhatt movies – which majority of the population like.

These things make me stand awkward and stupid in-front of normal world. In return I am uncomfortable with many people and I often speak intellectual stuff which many people don’t understand!! And worst of all I can’t flirt and I am hopeless. In short a mixture of Chandler and Ross - a perfect girl repellant :D (FRIENDS fan will understand it).

Easiest and best option that I see in such situation is to consider myself Tea and next person as Coffee, with one common element – Sugar!! :)
Whatever you want to do but never bombard
your feind's timeline with quotes and song lyrics :D :D :D

This sugar leads to communications; this communication leads to multiple meets and this meet to building trust – three essential things for every relationship, friendship to family bonds.

This common sugar leads to endless possibilities of exploring each others, which becomes the connection to each other’s soul. Next person might be having Game of Thrones as favourite series which gives me an opportunity to see it. But what if next person prefer saas-bahu daily soap? :D Fail, sugar is missing and salt can’t go with Tea now!!

And even if we had a bad past experience doesn’t mean we will confront same thing every day. Dumping and betraying is the part and parcel of our journey. If we kept cribbing with past then we have no present or future.

This reminds me of a quote from Kung Fu Panda by Master Oogway – Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is Mystery, Today is a Gift. That’s why it is called PRESENT!!

Not going ahead with the next person because of a horrible past is like you have been to Essel World, first ride was frightening so you skip all others. Or like avoiding SRK’s “DDLJ” (Oct 1995) after watching “Oh Darling! Ye Hain India!” (August 1995). Or losing out scuba diving opportunity in Great Barrier Reef because in childhood you gulped some water down your nostrils.

That huge is what we misses out when we keep ourselves confined to past and are reluctant to explore future.

To get over the fear of everything that you are afraid to do in life there is one scene from movie “We Bought A Zoo”. It states you just need those 20 seconds of insane courage.

In this scene Matt Damon asks guy what's up with Lily. Guy has not told Lily that he likes her so Matt explains - Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally 20 seconds of embrassing bravery and I promise to you something great will come of it!!

Screenshots from the comments below this video –

Some failed

Some nailed

I believe life is full of surprises. Stephen Hawking beautifully narrated life –

“We are on a minor planet of a very average star located within the outer limits of one of a hundred thousand million galaxies. Are your problems really significant in light of this?
You walk this Earth for but a short time. Why not become devoted to having only a wonderful experience. Why not dedicate yourself to leaving a powerful legacy to the world? Sit down now and write out a list of all that you have in your life.”

I see many people finding it hard and confused to go ahead and take that leap of faith. Closing quote from Superman movies “Man of Steel!” - Sometimes, you have to take a leap of faith first. The trust part comes later.

Hope after reading this there will be many people who will be taking that leap of faith and be a superman of their lives. :)

Even if you failed there is no reason to be upset of - keep yourself busy to the core, take up new hobby (I am trying Harmonica and Scuba Diving now), build a skill, volunteer for NGO or best build a company. Just one life and so many things to try.

Nakhre utha iske nakhre utha
Haan dhoop bhi yehi hai
Chaanv bhi yehi hai
Joh bhi yeh kehti hai, tu maan ja

Kho jaana, paa jaana, na paana
Hai zindagi jaan le
Bik jaana, loot jaana, bas jaana
Hai zindagi jaan le

Joh kal gaya woh phir se aata nahin
Ho ho ho guzra hua joh waqt hai
Woh dastak lagata nahin

Kyun zindagi se ho shikva gila
Yeh hasti hai roti hai
Joh bhi hai jaisi hai
Joh bhi yeh deti hai woh hai tera
Kar salaam ... kar salaam!!

- Kar Salam, Life In A Metro ( Pritam, 2007)

All the best with those 20 seconds of courage, do mail me with what happen next!! ;)

Read the below article to know what happens when you get along with wrong partner.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Fabulous ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL) Review


This blog is dedicated to the technical review of ASUS ZenPad 8.0 P024 (Z380KL) and ASUS Audio Cover, which; thanks to ASUS India I own.  ZenPad 8.0 is the flagship tablet from ASUS’s Zen series. After launching ASUS ZenFone series they last year launched ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL).

ZenPad 8.0 is a flagship product from ASUS. ASUS has been pretty successful in branding its ASUS ZenFone in market. Watching the market go gala on ‘Zen’ they brought the same ‘Zen’ brand to tablets.

ZenPad 8.0 runs on 1.4GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 SoC which in itself is a huge booster enhanced with state of the art ASUS Audio Cover. Let’s come to the detailed review.

ASUS ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL)

Fashion-inspired look and feel:
The design of ASUS ZenPad 8.0 is a mixture balanced beauty and strength; modern influences and a simple, clean look that gives it a universal and stylish appeal. Zenpad’s back-cover texture gives a rich look and feel.

The ZenPad 8.0 has a thin metallic strip around the screen which gives the impression that the device is metal, although the actual frame and rear are made up of polymers. The USB and 3.5mm ports are at the top, while the power and volume buttons are on the right edge. The rear has a removable very durable and unbreakable plastic panel with a rough finish that seems like leather from afar. The camera sits in the left corner. The device is 8.5mm thick and weighs 350g, which is fairly comfortable as far as tablets go.

Little monster:
ASUS ZenPad 8.0 is an 8-inch tablet. There are no off-screen Android soft-keys. Instead, the screen occupies a significant 76.5 percent of the front i.e. 76.5% screen-to-body ratio, with narrow borders on all sides - an incredible engineering achievement made possible by reducing the width to least possible.

Enjoyment to fullest:
ASUS ZenPad 8.0 comes with 4G LTE featuring a Snapdragon processor. Allows for 3G voice and LTE for all intents and purposes of every Indian. Superb audio, but low resolution might sooth down the real fun of a HD video, which is still considerable for the tablet.

The ZenUI interface which is crafted aesthetically and intensely by ASUS UI experts. ZenUI comes with material UI foundation which makes it more impressive and user-friendly for non techno-savvy users. Asus ZenPad 8.0 runs on Android 5.0. The UI is comfortable to use, with apps classified and sorted into groups. ZenUI is known for its customisability and personalization, which helps make your ZenPad 8.0 more up and ready for your needs and preferences.

ASUS ZenUI has more than 1,000 features that improve upon the standard Android interface. You’ll enjoy a simpler and smarter experience, with a stylish new layout that expands white space for a cleaner design, placing the information you need front and center. The brand new ZenUI is brighter, smarter, simpler and even more beautiful.

The Asus ZenPad 8.0 is very close to most Snapdragon smart phones in terms of performance. I installed numerous apps and games, most of them ran well except few glitches with video performance. Heating at the top is a problem after heavy usage, which is a pretty common with every smart device. HD video runs fine with very few glitches, ZepPad 8.0 is given low-resolution considering its market – just 1280 x 800 WXGA display.

Although the in-built speaker is of decent volume, enough to enjoy jukebox. I would recommend investing in the audio cover for a better media experience.

Battery life is decent as well, 4000mAh battery powering the device which is pretty good for tablet. I have been using ZenPad with data services running; and been very comfortable in getting a full day use out of it.

The primary camera of the Asus ZenPad 8.0 is an 8-megapixel shooter, while the front camera is a 2-megapixel one. Pictures taken are good in daylight, and ZenPad 8.0 comes with ASUS's PixelMaster technology which gives fine photograph even without flash. The front camera is barely acceptable for selfies, and should only suffice for video chatting.

The camera software is excellent, however. The primary camera records video at 1080p, while the secondary camera records at up to 720p.

The ZenPad 8.0, with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of  internal storage, and LTE connectivity is perfectly designed for Indians. Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, expandable storage up to 128GB, a 4000mAh battery, an 8-megapixel primary camera, and a 2-megapixel secondary camera, both without flashes is other standard stuff.

Specs in numbers:
Size: 8-inch
Android 5.0 Lollipop
1280 x 800 WXGA display
Processor: Qualcomm MSM 8929 Octa Core
Memory: 2GB
Front: 2MP
Rear: 8MP Auto-Focus
Storage: 16GB
Battery: 4000mAh – 15.2Wh
Dimension: 209mm (L) x 123mm (W) x 8.5mm (H), 350g weight
Speaker: 1 x front speaker with DTS-HD Premium Sound
Colors: Black

Audio Cover:

Above all resides with ASUS ZenPad 8.0. It’s now the turn of Audio Cover.

Audio Cover do not come with ASUS ZenPad 8.0, it is a separate accessory. But I would highly recommend to but it if you are having ZenPad 8.0.

The Audio Cover fits onto the back of the tablet. The speaker on the audio cover is DTS-tuned, and can simulate 5.1 surround sounds. Audio output is heavily boosted, and using the speaker cover makes the tablet an excellent media device for both audio and video.

BASS Boosters on the go:
ASUS Audio Cover is an entertainment accessory that brings cinematic, 5.1-channel surround sound to ASUS ZenPad 8.0. DTS-HD Premium Sound and SonicMaster technology provide further enhancement, ensuring the ultimate audio experience on ASUS ZenPad 8.0.

It has 6 speakers (INCLUDING 1 SUBWOOFER), 6 times sound volume and 6 hours of battery backup.

Final verdict:
Overall I would say ASUS ZenPad 8.0 is a fabulous piece of work, good battery, and amazing media experience. The real problem lies with close to decent screen resolution.

I would say ZenPad 8.0 is a good mid-range tablet with so much to explore. Cheers ASUS!! :)

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